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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    05-12-2021, 09:12 AM
    It looks like the Ideal 454190, which copies the standard factory bullet in .45 Colt ammunition. I’ve also found it very accurate, and ammo loaded with it really “looks right.”
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    05-05-2021, 08:18 AM
    As far as I can see, the main advantage is that they tend to fall more readily out of the mould after casting. And thus are better suited to high production setups like automatic casting machines and gang moulds. I think the sneaky switchover...
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    05-03-2021, 11:44 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 32 Long Colt ammo in Vintage Ammo
    I wonder why people’s feelings should be hurt by sheer, brutal economic facts. But I have to admit, mine are, too, sometimes. I’m kind of bugged by the fact that a lot of the stuff I scrounged up to read, use and shoot is now “priceless...
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    05-03-2021, 10:58 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 1886 Help in Cast Boolits
    The .45-2.4” Sharps used the same dimensioned shell as the .45-90 WCF, but it could be loaded with up to 100 gr of powder. The rifling twist in Sharps rifles allowed boolits in the 470 to 500+gr range. The “.45-90 WCF” was conceived as an...
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    04-28-2021, 04:02 PM
    Ignition isn’t just a spark at the rear of the powder charge. If it was, flintlocks wouldn’t need priming powder. What is needed is a blast of hot particles going through the powder charge, igniting a considerable part of the granules’ surfaces. ...
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    04-26-2021, 06:34 PM
    You might ask over on the N-SSA web site. Shiloh Products dropped all their Civil War skirmish accessories when they got into making replica Sharps rifles. For a while they made the 1863 percussion model, but I think they've dropped that model in...
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    04-25-2021, 11:46 AM
    I’m not a high-volume renter, but I’ve rented reamers from White Rock, Shawnie Tools, Reamerrentals and CH-4D, and have only had less than complete satisfaction once. That was in the rental of a .40-90 Sharps Straight reamer. I had bought...
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    04-24-2021, 10:41 AM
    That’s a fantastic rifle. I’m not a fan of French Gray, but that one makes it look good. I think Glenn Fewless lives in Wisconsin. Last I heard he was making Daniel Frazier sidelever actions. Didn’t know he made barrels. Maybe he put the...
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    04-24-2021, 10:18 AM
    Mr. Carder was certainly a diligent scholar in an area of firearms manufacture largely neglected by most other writers. I was a member of his HAAMS group for a number of years and still have a bunch of the newsletters. He certainly brought a lot...
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    04-22-2021, 09:02 PM
    The Hopkins&Allen plant burned to the ground in the last year or so of the nineteenth century. Previous to that, their “Junior” falling block model had the ringed set screw for takedown coming in through the right side of the frame. It was...
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    04-21-2021, 11:18 AM
    If the bore is decent, you can make a new link with hole spacing such that the block is higher and the rimfire firing pin is centered. It can then be fired with moderate loads in .32 Long Colt brass. That’s a nice job of refurbishing. The...
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    04-20-2021, 03:07 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 32 Long Colt ammo in Vintage Ammo
    There used to be a fair amount of.32 Long Colt inside-lubed ammo available at gun shows for cheep. It was a primitive cartridge for bureau-drawer revolvers that weren’t shot much, and at the time, little attention was paid to single-shot rifles in...
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    04-20-2021, 11:57 AM
    If I recall, there are pictures in Spencer Wolf’s Trapdoor Cartridges book of both bullets. The only difference was related to the fact that the military bullets were swaged lead, with cannelures rolled into them for the lubricant, and a slightly...
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    04-17-2021, 10:48 PM
    I nailed and glued a piece of wood under my bench that sticks out far enough for the clamp to work on, and hold the back of the measure against the front of the bench. When the clamp is tightened, the measure can’t twist any more. The spring is...
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    04-16-2021, 09:55 AM
    They’re around. I typically find them at gun shows, but they also show up on auction sites, infrequently. The .243/.244/6mm, like the .270, never was touted much as a cast boolit caliber, since they made their reputations as high intensity game...
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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