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Earl Brasse, SASS #3562

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About Earl Brasse, SASS #3562

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    Cowboy action shooting (and all the fun that goes with it), History, antiques, classic cars,

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  1. Just some things I have heard & or seen............. Years back when the Contender crowd complained that 32-20 Win brass was failing after a couple firings R-P made theirs a little thicker. This helped the TC shooters as they were using .308 FMJ bullets & dies came in boxes that said " 32-20 For TC Contender" & were setup for that combination. I believe the dies were marked "TC" also. This was not helping anyone trying to reload for old guns. (or even new non-TC guns) Today when wanting to shoot a larger dia. bullet do to wanting to mach bore size +.001 it is a ?? as to how to get it right sometimes. The size of the finished cartridge is determined / restricted by the die & the thickness of the brass & bullet size. Just for fun pull a bullet & see what size it is. Sizes are approx (from memory) Example cast bullet .314 (trying to get to work in old Colt) Pull loaded round, bullet is only .311 loaded in R-P brass Winchester brass is thinnest allowing the net dia of the bullet to increase. Starline was in the middle for thickness. This brass thickness difference would cause crimps to differ a;so, (providing R-P was trimmed to Winchester length so cases are equal length). By the way the Wilson gage is a "case gage" not a "cartridge gage" they say so in the instructions that it is not for loaded rounds. Example, new factory Winchester ammunition falls into the gage as the shoulder is set way back so as to chamber in "any" firearm in that caliber. No spec for 32-20 (& 38-40 Win) etc so nobody makes a cartridge gage that I am aware of. (hence the practice of using a tight revolver cylinder to gage rounds. There is a company making one for 44-40 that seems to work for my applications at least, but when I spoke with them they were not planning any in 32-20 or 38-40. Oh what fun. Hope this helps or at least was interesting.
  2. Shootin Fox, I apprecite the offer but .32 Long Colt & .32 Short Colt are different from .32 S&W (long/short) & .32 Colt New Police. Thanks, Earl
  3. Thanks for the link but I am looking to see if anything can be found an the used market. I have found new from the usual suspects for molds & dies. Most dies & molds were not used much; I would guess, not exactly a "high volume" application.
  4. Looking for .32 Short Colt & .32 Long Colt Dies, brass, molds , loaded ammo. (different from .32 S&W & .32 New Police) Inside/hollow based or outside lubed / heel-based dies or molds or bullets. Ideal (old Lyman) Bullet mold #'s 299152 , 299153, 299154, 299155 If you have any running loose shoot me a pm with what & how much shipped to 85308 zip Thanks in advance for digging around.
  5. You might want to look into it but I think those are Berdan primed. (if you were looking to shoot/reload them vs. collect/display them)
  6. Thanks Ol' #4 , That's the same 20" straight stock as the 44-40 & 38-40's I shoot so I should handle the same once I get a full length stock put on. I'll keep the short one for future Girlfriend, wife, kids that I haven't found yet. lol. (easier finding the guns) See you at ACSA Sat.
  7. I got a set of these on E-bay, great fit. reasonable price. Mine wasn't a military, so the checkering sounded good. Edited, My opps, I had Colt on the brain, got these for my 1917 Colt. (not S&W) https://www.ebay.com/itm/CHECKERING-WOOD-GRIPS-FOR-COLT-1917-1909-ARMY-NEW-SERVICE-AFTERMARKET-Random/262694997697
  8. War Grizzly, That's why I had mine all cut. I was casting & shooting original Lyman bullet & it worked great. Then tried APP since I could shoot up about 10K of magma style hard cast I got into right. Worked great after recutting. Now I'm looking at casting again as I'd rather shoot BP. But... at least I have bullet options now. Looks like you did a great job & are going to get to the good part (the shooting) & making the "dings" happen.
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