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  1. This goes against the popular advice these days, but I am old & don’t care as much as I used to. :-) I don’t shoot CAS now, but when I did shoot a pair of 1858 Remington replicas, I never replaced the nipples that came with them (ASM & Pietta). From around 2000 until my last match in 2012, (In the interest of full disclosure, I only shot once or twice a month). They worked fine for me. So unless you want to replace them before you start, you might want to try the stock ones for a while. (I also used the straight capper, as it worked well.)
  2. Not exactly apples and apples, but when I was actively shooting and reloaded smokeless, I used 6.5 grains of Unique with a 200 grain bullet in my .44-40. Kind of a universal easy on your hands load.
  3. That's right, I forgot about Shotgun Gibbs and his 10 gauge Greener... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXSl3eFi648
  4. Yup. 12 gauge. Back when I started shooting and was shooting actively, that is the criteria I used for my decision. Never had a problem and never looked back. Added: I forgot, cooler guns to choose from also!
  5. Yup, me too. When I started, I reloaded to play, not to save money.
  6. I hoped for an original Winchester part and ended up buying a "lightly used" one from Old Arms of Idaho https://oldarmsofidaho.com. I just kept searching for one until I found an original available that wasn't all worn out. It took about was about to purchase one from the The Smith Shop http://thesmithshop.com in Rhode Island when the one I purchased came available. I missed one on ebay, and it took me almost a year to find what I was looking for, so if you see an original in good condition that is reasonably priced, buy it when you see it-it may not be there when you get back...
  7. Time to downsize. After 35+ years of reloading, it is time to get rid of some stuff. Let me know what you are interested in and I will get you a shipping costs. I typically use USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate, so how much you would like and how much I can get in a box will determine the shipping rate. Here's the brass that is left and not spoken for. I can't seem to figure out how to delete the columns and rows, just the text! Quantity Caliber X Fired Brand Type (B or N) Pricing T
  8. I've never used a Lee Load-All so I can' t speak about it, but I did have a MEC Junior and I liked it quite well-as I remember it was well made and didn't give me any trouble at all. I no longer have it, but in going through stuff today, I still have a few hundred rounds that I loaded in the off time using the MEC.
  9. Saw a NEW Winchester 1873 Deluxe Sporting Lever-Action Rifle 44-40 with gorgeous figured wood for $1725 out the door, half octagon, half round barrel, case colors, shotgun butt plate. Is it worth that much, or should I keep looking? What experiences have folks had with the Miroku Winchesters? Let the opinions begin! :-) Stock photo...
  10. I used those orange hat cleaning sponges back in the old days. Bought them at Renton Western Wear, but I have been away from Seattle for a long time now, and I see they shut down in 2013. Search for “orange hat cleaning sponges” in your favorite search engine.
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