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  1. I bought a Perfected model a couple years ago, but thought it would be disallowed due to the time frame until Palewolf, as above, offered his opinion on another board as to its legality.


    How about this 4" Iver Johnson New Model/3rd Model .32 S&W with these original one piece grips? It was manufactured from 1909 to 1941, and, using the same logic as the S&W Perfected model, should be legal as it's the same basic design as the 1st and 2nd models, but the grips extend beyond the grip frame AND cover the backstrap. Would it need different grips to qualify?

    @PaleWolf Brunelle, #2495L




  2. I sold both my X-frames a couple months ago, along with a few hundred pieces of brass, dies, and shell holder. A few days ago, I found another 80 cases buried on my loading bench, then today I was sitting there looking at them and thought... "Don't I have another .500?" Yeah, I do, a .500 barrel for my .45-70 NEF Handi rifle. So now what do I do, sell it, or buy dies/shell holder?  :lol:

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  3. 8 minutes ago, Eyesa Horg said:

    No crimp or filler ???

    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.

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  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.


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  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.



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  6. Here it is, 1:00 am, and I just finished watching it.






    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. 2 hours ago, Chuck Steak said:

    gotta show my ignorance - is there a benefit to roll crimping or is it just cool looking...

    ...i do think its cool looking so "cool" is good enough for me

    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.

  9. 6 hours ago, Bugler said:

    I have never used a cart.....saddle bags, and leather scabbards strapped together works for me......might even be the one that Three foot Johnson mentioned. We have shot together for many years.



    OK, you and Wrangler. ;)

  10. 1 hour ago, Abilene Slim SASS 81783 said:

    What method did you use to trim the hulls?

    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.



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  11. 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. :(

  12. ... call one four oh, ring two and ask for Bob. :D


    I have an old Helena phone book in the basement, 1912 or so, and probably all of thirty pages, including the cover and advertisements, that has numbers from single digits to the same seven digit format we use today.

  13. That's kind of what I was thinking - I use Claybuster wads a lot, because they're cheap, and they have a Windjammer pattern with 8 petals, but I've never heard the term "feathered" to describe them before.

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  14. I've used 12 grains of Red Dot and 7/8 oz shot almost from day one. When I started, I had never loaded shotshells before, so I asked another shooter I casually knew through his job, and he said, "I use 18.0 grains of Red Dot and 1 1/8 oz shot". :blink: I didn't know any better, and I'm pretty sure I still have a few left from the first boxes I loaded. :lol:


    Another long-time shooter here used 9.0 grains Red Dot for years - you could actually see the shot ball going downrange. Eventually, he must have gotten a wad or two stuck in the barrel because he bumped it up to 10.0 grains, and is still using that load today.

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  15. The scaled down Lyman Ideal was made for them by Chiappa, who also made the Half Pint for Taylors and the Little Sharps for Charles Daly. I think Pedersoli also built one they called the Little Betsy. I bought a Chiappa .22 locally in 2021. It came with a 3x Malcolm scope, but I put an MVA tang sight on instead. When they do turn up, they're not exactly cheap. Less than my Shiloh by a fair measure, but really not far removed from a full size Pedersoli (pictured). A Chiappa .22 went for $1280, shipped, about six weeks ago on Gunbroker, and a .44-40 for $1635, shipped.

    A Big Sandy/Dakota Arms Little Sharps, which were also made in .22 or .38-55, plus nine other cartridges, was just on Gunbroker for $3650. A shirttail relative of mine, Aaron Pursley, was one of the two founder/owners of BSLS, and yet I've only actually held one single rifle in my hands, a .38-55 owned by a Cowboy shooter here. They were completely hand made, finished, and engraved "in house", and I think total production was only around a hundred rifles, plus another handful after Dakota Arms bought the company.




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