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    Yesterday, 02:05 PM
    . The name of the shotgun appears to be located on the LH receiver sidewall, but I cannot make it out from the pic(s).
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    06-11-2021, 09:22 PM
    . One will flat move a shooter out from under their hat.....
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    06-11-2021, 09:44 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Winchester Model 64 in Leverguns
    . I always wanted a Model 64 Deer Gun (model), but they were out of my financial reach, so I bought the next best thing - A 1971 Winchester 94 NRA Centennial .30-30. I figured, where else can I get a like-new/new rifle in the configuration I...
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    06-11-2021, 09:37 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin 1893 .32-40 in Leverguns
    . Nice grab - congrats ! ! The .32-40 was made for cast boolit loads, so if the bore's good, it should be a good shooter. .
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    06-11-2021, 09:31 AM
    . FWIW, "easy" doesn't translate to "best"...…. If you plug the holes with a round wood dowel, the end grain will always stand out from the stock's natural graining; bedding compound/epoxy leaves a smooth/plain surface appearance, even if...
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    06-10-2021, 09:36 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Advice in Muzzleloading.
    Nobody can make your mind up for you...… However, IME there's no comparison of either to a Seneca, in either weight or handiness. Here's a nice .45 Seneca F/S:...
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    06-08-2021, 04:06 PM
    Redfield was the first to market with that turn-in scope ring system, but it became so popular that, after Redfield's patent expired, several other makers offered the identical set-up - but all parts are interchangeable between maker's turn-in...
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    06-07-2021, 09:59 AM
    pietro replied to a thread new to the Muzzle in Muzzleloading.
    . Lose the rifle cleaning patches for patching the RB and instead use proper/sturdier patching material - like washed/dried (to get rid of the sizing) striped pillow ticking or even old denim. "Spit patches" are an even cheaper lube. FYI: ...
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    06-07-2021, 09:51 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Advice in Muzzleloading.
    . FWIW, I have two Seneca's ( .36 & .45) and a .45 Cherokee - and have owned/sold several others (one was a .32 from T/C's Fox River Custom Shop that was hard to load due to my fat fingers). If the exterior looks OK, and the bore's rust-free,...
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    06-07-2021, 09:34 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Pre-'64 Model 70s in Factory Rifles
    . Back when I was able to hunt, I had excellent results ( like: bang/flop) with my 6.5x55 CRF Model 70 Featherweight.
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    06-04-2021, 10:53 PM
    . That's the forend tip, and it's usually permanently glued to the stock with an alignment/holding peg that transits the seam/joint from the stock, into the tip. The only way to remove it would be to cut it off at the white line....
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    06-04-2021, 10:49 PM
    I use kid's Play Dough to plug any recess' that would cause an interfrence fit after the bedding compound cures. I apply a single layer of masking tape anywhere on the metal that I desire a clearance, then use paste wax over EVERYTHING ! -...
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    06-04-2021, 09:37 AM
    . FWIW, Ted Cash has all kinds of shapes/sizes of brass boxes used by muzzle loading folks, myself included: (Ted's website doesn't support an Internet Explorer browser - I used Mozilla Firefox) .
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    06-04-2021, 09:30 AM
    . I've had several Model 700's over the years, and not one had glued-on grip caps or buttplates. Once removed from the stock, the white line spacers are easily separated via using a single-edge razor blade on the seam, and lightly tapping the...
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    06-03-2021, 09:58 AM
    . IMO, that's pretty neat - a nice Howda ya do..... :)
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    06-03-2021, 09:56 AM
    . Also, a double charge of powder may have snuck by, during the reloading. .
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    05-29-2021, 11:04 AM
    . Very nice rescue - I hope the owner will appreciate your work, and hopefully take that puppy dancing again.... :) .
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    05-29-2021, 11:00 AM
    . The first thing that needs to be understood is that bullet weight does not directly have anything to do with what rifle twist you should be using. The bullet length is what dictates your barrel rifling twist. A general rule of thumb with...
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    05-28-2021, 10:48 AM
    Maybe you can sell ne of them to the OP, Sam Sackett...Ö.. BTW, while the quality of workmanship/fit/finish on the BL-22 is superb, I found it to be so light that I found it difficult to hold steady enough for effective shots when hunting...
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    05-28-2021, 10:36 AM
    . You're correct - H&R used Sako short actions for their .222 Model 322, which was issued with adj trigger & 24" bbl in 1973 (only). They're pretty nice/petite rifles, but I can't help with loads, as I shot only commercial ammo in mine.
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    05-27-2021, 03:51 PM
    . FWIW, I've owned/shot/hunted with over 10 different brands of .22LR leverguns, and IMO the best in terms of finish/functioning/dependability was the Winchester 9422-XTR - well worth the cost.... However, the most consistently accurate /22LR...
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    05-26-2021, 10:38 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin mongrel 30-30 in Leverguns
    The top screw/knob is the elevation adjustment, the screw plate on the LH side of the body needs to be loosened to adjust, tightened to lock it in place. The screw/knob on the RH end of the aperture arm is the windage adjustment - which may/may...
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    05-26-2021, 05:57 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Marlin mongrel 30-30 in Leverguns
    Microgroove rifling, introduced in 1953, was only a dream when that rifle was made.
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    05-22-2021, 10:32 AM
    . FWIW, ALL Ruger boltguns in .358W are made of gold ! I would respectfully suggest getting any less expensive common chambered short-action Ruger Model 77 and have the barrel re-bored to .358 & rifled to your druthers. ...
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    05-20-2021, 10:32 AM
    . Much to do about nothing ( j'es sayin' ) .
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    05-18-2021, 02:48 PM
    pietro replied to a thread 1891 Marlin in Leverguns
    . AFAIK, very early 1891's came with a dual FP, the later 91's had two FP's - one of which was factory stored under the buttplate……. ;) IDK if they still do, but Winchester used to make a few runs of CF .32 Short Colt every year - I used to...
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    05-18-2021, 02:42 PM
    . If you're reloading the same brass, there should be N.P. with normal case re-sizzing - but a different brand of brass may/may not be too thick for the block to rise enough to lock up properly (if at all).
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    05-18-2021, 10:06 AM
    . T.Y. :oops: :oops: :) .
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    05-16-2021, 10:23 AM
    . Thanks all, for the kind words - they are appreciated. :oops:
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    05-15-2021, 10:11 PM
    . I drilled hole in the rear of the handle wide enough to accept the brass rod and deep enough for the brass rod to seat against the end of the tang - then epoxied the rod in place.
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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
GC Gas Check