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Three Foot Johnson last won the day on December 19 2016

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About Three Foot Johnson

  • Birthday 02/12/1956

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    Near Helena, MT
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    Toothpick carver, seasonal aspirin engraver, and full time traveling coffin salesman.

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  1. Had a Norinco, worked over by both Coyote Cap and Lassiter, but it takes some time and dedication to learn to run one smoothly, and I didn't use it often enough to learn. I bought it in 2011, and finally sold it to a dedicated '87 shooter last year who wanted a backup.
  2. Yep, as long as it will chamber, you're golden.
  3. No filler - the bullet is seated on the powder, and a crimp isn't necessary with black powder. Some long range BP shooters even claim accuracy is better without a crimp.
  4. I just picked this ASM .38-40 up from Gunbroker, but haven't stepped outside to try it yet. It's supposed to get up to 41 tomorrow, so I'll go out back and pull the trigger a few times. I've got a custom Ruger in .475 Linebaugh on a Bisley frame, and had another one in .45 Colt a couple years ago, but calling the Ruger style a Bisley is a stretch - it's kind of a hybrid somewhere in between.
  5. Deep seated 405 grain cast bullet over 40 grains (volume) black or sub. Plenty good enough for Plainsman distances, and surprisingly accurate in my H&R. I probably put a Walter's Wad between them too... I'd have to go read my reloading notes.
  6. Here it is, 1:00 am, and I just finished watching it. Intriguing... *SPOILER ALERT* In the end, I was expecting the book to be changed again, and Al & Kristen would see the picture of Charles & Laura and realize things were right with the world... but, of course, Charles had never met Al and Kristen, him and Laura being long dead by that time... or did he... there is a feeling that Kristen recognized him in the book at the end... When the conductor told him it was his last trip and he had to choose, were previous timelines permanently erased, or did Charles, Al, and Kristen retain their memory of events...? Is there another twist at the end? Is the kid Al's or Charles's?
  7. I bought a repro 1861 Springfield some years back, and a 500 grain cast Lyman 58 cal Minie (575213), plus another no-name brass 450 grain mold, are too large to push down the bore without a ramrod and a small rawhide or plastic hammer, so I turned out a sizer and pushrod to fit my RockChucker press. The die came out just a tad large, and after a couple shots w/o swabbing, the bullet takes a little encouragement to get down the barrel. A machinist I'm not, but stuff like this isn't that hard, so maybe I'll make another one a couple thousandths, smaller... maybe .005"... whatever works. In my experience with two different hollow base Minie designs, they are a royal PITA to cast.
  8. There's a one-man organic egg producer up north of me who has his eggs priced at $1.29 ea.
  9. A 2 3/4" roll crimped shell is the same length as a 2 3/4" star crimped shell... sort of. The length of the shell is measured with an empty/fired hull, not the overall length of a loaded shell, so they're not any shorter unless you cut them shorter. We cut them shorter to get rid of the existing folds of the star crimp, because those folds make it harder to get a nice clean roll crimp, so we're making 2 1/2" shells in the process... or whatever length is needed. A loaded roll crimped 2 3/4" shell probably ends up measuring slightly longer than a star crimped 2 3/4" shell. I also make little 1 3/4"ers, like the Aguila mini-shells, for my Mossberg Shockwave to get nine shots out of it. For CAS, the only real practical advantages to cutting a quarter inch off to make shorter shells are if you have a shotgun with a 2 1/2" or 2 5/8" chamber, or using one or two in your Wild Bunch '97 in order to get six in the magazine. I've also modified a Lee Load-All to load 2 1/2" shells with a star crimp.
  10. I use a piece of 3/4" pipe cut to about 2 3/8 - 2 7/16" with a piece of wood glued in the cap to make sure the hull is tight up against the end of the pipe and I only have to turn it a couple threads to tighten it up.
  11. I use a 31-105C from Accurate molds. http://www.accuratemolds.com/bullet_detail.php?bullet=31-105C
  12. 20-25 is a new one on me - 25-20 maybe? There are a couple boxes of Remington .25-20 on Gunbroker for $4.50/round, plus shipping, and a couple more boxes of Winchester currently at $2.60/round, plus shipping, with 4+ days remaining. You can also form brass from .32-20 or .218 Bee. Hornady made a run of .218 Bee about five years back, but right now they're just as rare as .25-20 brass. For that matter, even .32-20 brass is non-existent at the moment.
  13. There's one long-time shooter here who has used rifle cases and saddlebags since day one.
  14. There are at least twenty "best" smokeless powders for .45 Colt CAS loads - find one that's available, and buy it.
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