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  1. I also clip the shanks in half (forming a chisel point) and dip them in wood glue before using a non-metallic hammer to install.
    18 points
  2. Captain's Log, Stardate 43125.8. In preparation for the decommissioning ceremony for the USS Enterprise NCC-1701D, we have the exceptional honor of being escorted by one of the newly re-engined Federation ships...the B-52X. First flown April 15th 1952, the B-52 has been in continuous service, undergoing multiple upgrades during its lifetime. The now reengined B-52X is expected to serve up to stardate 53000.0 and beyond if no suitable replacement is available at that time. >>>Sierrahotel.net<<<
    15 points
  3. Put the '73 back together today after 18 coats of linseed oil rubbed in over 21 days.
    14 points
  4. Just about eighty years ago right now in 1941 , in North Africa near a mostly useless little village called Tobruk, the Australian 9th Division spent a heroic 242 days ruining Rommel's plans to take the Suez canal. His professional tankers, artillerymen, and foot soldiers were fought to a standstill by a smaller number, in every category except courage, of these Aussie soldiers who were stubbornly determined to stop and hold the mighty Nazi Army where it stood. They did exactly that.....at great cost.....but they by God did it. They earned the title The Desert Rats long before a TV series of that name was conceived. I offer a toast to these brothers in arms (and a lot of Aussies that I met in Vietnam) for their outstanding service and I've asked bottles to put it my tab. Cheers!
    13 points
  5. Congrats to Deuce Stevens for His Top Overall finish at Gunsmoke! Stan
    12 points
  6. When I moved to California the first time in late 1982 I was told that California is a true melting pot of people, culture and ideals. Over the years I have learned that this is true. After all the heat, shaking and stirring the impurities have risen to the top. As time goes on more and more raw material has been added but there’s no one there to remove the impurities so they have now become a permanent part of the melting pot and have worked their way all through the mix and no amount of heat, shaking or stirring will remove the impurities. The entire batch is now scrap.
    12 points
  7. ..... told me he has bad news and worse news ... .... the bad news: You have 24 hours to live ..... ..... the worse news: I should have told you yesterday ......
    11 points
  8. A local gun shop owner mentioned that he owned an original LeMat revolver. I immediately queried the editor to see if he wanted a piece on it. This is the result. https://gunsmagazine.com/guns/the-lemats-grapeshot-revolver/
    11 points
  9. Decided to try a short on-line article. There are few things more frustrating at a match than having a hull stick or jam in your shotgun. Hopefully, here are a few ideas to help avoid that from happening. Shotgun ammo needs to be gauged before shooting it at a match. Even brand new Winchester AA feathelites (LowNoise, LowRecoil) have sporatic problems. I have found many individual shells in a case of shells that had slight bulges in the side walls and were difficult to chamber and would not shuck. You want to find these shells before a match, not during a match. I shoot doubles, 87s and just recently tried a couple of 97s I have had for over 20 years but not shot. I also shoot trap several times a week. At present I have three gauges. What is truly amazing is that ammo that fits into one of these gauges may not fit into the other gauges. I do cross checks occassionally but use a specific gauge for a specific gun type. Here is a shot of the gauges. . My favorite 97 is a late E series solid frame. At several matches I had jams and malfunctions I could not intially explain. This was with new and reloaded ammo. I finally completely disassembled the gun so I could get an inside micrometer into the chamber. Chambers have minimum and maximum dimensions. When reamers are new they are close to the maximum dimension. As they wear they get smaller and then need to be replaced. My 97 is dead on the absolute minimum chamber dimension. Must have been the last gun chambered before they threw away that reamer. So a maximum round in my minimum chamber and things got sticky or jammed when the gun was fired. For the 97 I use a case gauge that is made to measure a minimum spec chamber. Rounds that are above minimum chamber spec hang on the edge of the gauge. I use a collet style sizer on my 97 ammo to make sure the ammo head diameter is BELOW the maximum spec for factory ammo. This ensures the shell will drop freely into the gauge and, more importantly, my 97. If loaded rounds stick in the gauge and cannot be corrected by a second trip through the sizer they go into the goof around practice box. For trap loads I have a gauge that was cut with an actual chamber reamer. If the rounds drop into the gauge they will fit any of my trap guns. If they are a slightly tight fit it makes no difference as you can manually push the shell into the chamber and the ejector will kick it out when it is fired. Ammo for the double barrel needs to be the most precise. The rim has to pass the gauge test but more importantly the crimp area has to gauge properly or it might not shuck after it is fired. Most problems with shucking are not caused by the case head expanding as SASS ammo is loaded light so that is not generally an issue. Most problems are caused by the crimp unfolding when fired and not shrinking back enough to be released from the chamber mouth. The more often a shell is reloaded the more apt the case mouth is to get a slight mushroom shape. The next gauge is designed to help fix that problem. You are checking for two things with this gauge. First if the rim is sticking it won't seat in the gauge. The bigger problem on most shells is, however, the crimp area and it is the more likely culprit in keeping the round from dropping into the gauge. To fix the problem you stick the shell in the other end of the gauge and give it a couple of twists or wiggles and then try it again in the other end. IF you can drop the shell into the gauge and it drops in freely up to the rim AND drops out of the gauge when you turn it over it will most likely work fine in your double. If the rounds do not drop in and dump out freely put them in your junk box practice rounds. Trying to wring every reload out of a five cent shotgun hull is a false economy, especially if it sticks on you in a match. When the plastic gets pin holes the crimp will tend to loosen after the shell is reloaded. Even using this gauge the case mouths can open a bit if they aren't fired within a reasonable time of gauging the shell. I do a final gauge of my shotgun ammo at my cart when I am replacing shells fired during that stage.
    9 points
  10. With all the wire lawyers you mean which category do you fit? Gateway Kid who is really tired of cheap shots about those who are competitive WITHIN the rules!
    9 points
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  12. I got my Pietta 1851 Navys back from Goons Gunworks and I have to say I'm impressed. Mike took the hammer draw from about 8 lbs down to about 4 lbs. He put in cap posts, corrected the arbors, put in a coil spring action, action stop, action shield, corrected the timing and hardened and fire blued the screws. I'm about ready to do some cap and ball shooting.
    9 points
  13. Here are a few pictures of the gun cart that I finished. The gun cart is the one that I built for the Rebuild Cajon raffle winner. He wanted six long gun capacity, revolver storage in the chest and a collapsible shelf on the back of the cabinet. He also wanted the chest high enough to comfortably sit on with gun leather on. The lumber is African black limba and the leatherwork was all done by Double Diamond out of Escondido, Ca. The winner came up with the ideas and artwork that DD used to build the medallion on the crest of the cabinet and on the front of the chest. I tried using a rugged gear type revolver holder in the bottom of the chest but really didn’t like it so I came up with the holster idea. I made a couple of shelves before I got this one right. The shelf is very sturdy and will hold up to cap and ball cylinder loading and with the push of a couple of levers it folds down out of the way. I installed rare earth magnets to hold the shelf against the cabinet in the down position so that it wouldn’t swing out while being pushed, it works really well. The joinery is all through or sliding dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery where required. I installed ebony Diamond pegs in the spokes to dress it up a bit and also covered the shotgun brass, that I use in bolt mounting holes with some buffalo nickel themed antique brass buttons.
    8 points
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