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  1. Wife has been locked out of Facebook since the 20th due to "suspicious activity" in her account. As part of the process of trying to unlock it, they want a photo of her driver's license or other ID. Is this on the level?
  2. 2 degrees here in MN. Just a trace of snow yesterday. Low to mid 60's by the weekend.
  3. Four films altogether. First two this year then two next year. Photography is impressive. Strong cast.
  4. If Cholula Mike and Squibber stop by say hi for me. I miss being there.
  5. This from the cmp (thecmp.org)web site: The CMP advises to not use .30/06 ammunition in M1 Garands, 1903s, and 1903A3s that is loaded beyond 50,000 CUP and has a bullet weight more than 172-174gr. These rifles are at least 70 years old and were not designed for max loads and super heavy bullets. Always wear hearing and eye protection when firing an M1 Garand, 1903 and/or 1903A3 riflfle. I'll add this from the CMP web site also: WARNING ON “LOW-NUMBER” M1903 SPRINGFIELDS M1903 rifles made before February 1918 utilized receivers and bolts which were single heat-treated by a method that rendered some of them brittle and liable to fracture when fired, exposing the shooter to a risk of serious injury. It proved impossible to determine, without destructive testing, which receivers and bolts were so affected and therefore potentially dangerous. To solve this problem, the Ordnance Department commenced double heat treatment of receivers and bolts. This was commenced at Springfield Armory at approximately serial number 800,000 and at Rock Island Arsenal at exactly serial number 285,507. All Springfields made after this change are commonly called “high number” rifles. Those Springfields made before this change are commonly called “low-number” rifles. In view of the safety risk, the Ordnance Department withdrew from active service all “low-number” Springfields. During WWII, however, the urgent need for rifles resulted in the rebuilding and reissuing of many “low-number” as well as “high-number” Springfields. The bolts from such rifles were often mixed during rebuilding, and did not necessarily remain with the original receiver. Generally speaking, “low number” bolts can be distinguished from “high-number” bolts by the angle at which the bolt handle is bent down. All “low number” bolts have the bolt handle bent straight down, perpendicular to the axis of the bolt body. High number bolts have “swept-back” (or slightly rearward curved) bolt handles. A few straight-bent bolts are of the double heat-treat type, but these are not easily identified, and until positively proved otherwise ANY straight-bent bolt should be assumed to be “low number”. All original swept-back bolts are definitely “high number”. In addition, any bolt marked “N.S.” (for nickel steel) can be safely regarded as “high number” if obtained directly from CMP (beware of re-marked fakes). CMP does not recommend firing any Springfield rifle with a ”low number” receiver. Such rifles should be regarded as collector’s items, not “shooters.” CMP also does not recommend firing any Springfield rifle, regardless of serial number, with a single heat-treated “low number” bolt. Such bolts, while historically correct for display with a rifle of WWI or earlier vintage, may be dangerous to use for shooting. The United States Army generally did not serialize bolts. Do not rely on any serial number appearing on a bolt to determine whether such bolt is “high number” or “low number.”
  6. They lied! Brass came today. Good folks.
  7. Wow! Prices for them have really gone up. From what I have seen decent condition examples, at least on various websites such as Guns International, Guns America, and others are running in the $1,500-$2,000 range. Makes me wish I had kept mine. Good luck.
  8. Received an email this morning from Starline regarding a back ordered shipment of 44-40 brass that I had forgotten I ordered as it was a while ago. They're calling all the folks who put in back orders to confirm and obtain payment details as their system only holds those details for 30 days. Shipment within a week to ten days. Nice surprise.
  9. Regarding the shotgun, do not shoot it again. Depending on the serial number, it may be an early one, which will not handle modern ammunition. If you Google the name there are some threads regarding the gun. Below is one I copied: ENDERS OAK LEAF- Crescent Fire Arms Co. and Stevens Arms & Tool Co. WM. ENDERS OAK LEAF WALDEN NY U.S.A. PATENTED AUGUST 12 1913-J. Stevens Arms & Tool Co. ENDERS ROYAL---Crescent---Davis Arms Corp. ENDERS ROYAL AMERICAN--Crescent Fire Arms Co. ENDERS ROYAL CANNON BREECH-Hopkins & Allen ENDERS ROYAL FIELD-Crescent Fire Arms Co. ENDERS ROYAL PIGEON-Crescent Fire Arms Co. ENDERS ROYAL SERVICE--Crescent Fire Arms Co. Hunter Arms Co. ENDERS ROYAL WITH ROYAL STEEL-Hunter Arms Co. ENDERS ROYAL WESTERN-Crescent Fire Arms Co. and ENDERS SPECIAL SERVICE-Crescent Fire Arms Co. All were made for and sold by the Shapleigh Hardware Co. Be careful. Shotguns are cheaper than new fingers or eyes. Save Share Like
  10. The only lever action rifles I have seen with 26 inch barrels are 1886 Winchester/Browning or Pedersoli, all in 45-70 caliber.
  11. Sun is back and temps are moving up. Later in the week, mid to upper 30s and into the 40s. Less than 10 inches of snow this winter and none of any significance expected this month. Altogether a warmer than average winter and what some folks call a "snow drought".
  12. Best one I went to was in Allentown, PA many years ago. Lots of vendors, many firearms of all types, even original Henrys. A couple of old timers with tables full of parts, and great memories as they could tell you without looking if they had the part you were looking for. The Harrisburg show at the fair grounds was another good show. I haven't been there in over 20 years, so I don't know how they have changed.
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