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  1. I'm just the opposite, I ALWAYS want a tiny amount of flair to any case getting a lead bullet. Absolutely ensures that you won't be shaving lead off the side of the bullet, and makes it MUCH easier to align the bullet on tops of the case.
  2. If I may be so bold as to offer a suggestion or two. 1 - Anneal your brass. And when you get tired of that, 2 - Take the carrier out and trim the sides. I put a piece of 150 grit sandpaper on a block of wood, 8-1/2" x 11" held in place with thumbtacks at the corners. Keep the carrier flat. The sides will come out parallel with uniform pressure. Slowly change to finer and finer sandpaper. Inuit at a out 1,000 grit. I took about .010" off per side. I can run either of my 45 Colt '73 Ubertis, or my 45 Colt 1860 Henry for a 12 stage 3-day day match & clean when I get home. I'll be taking my own advise this weekend for my C45S carriers! The carrier block needn't be a precision fit part. A little slop is your friend! 3 - What ever you do, do NOTuse a wet lube on it!
  3. Why Larsen, last week is a vintage, my Uberti Sporting Rifle is of a 1986 vintage... And I suspect someone coulda bubba'd a Winchester '73 into a 357? But otherwise I suspect you're spot on. I have seen some different angles and lengths to the ramp at the front of Uberti carriers, but in the main, they're fairly uniform. That '86 vintage has the longest ramp I've seen. It'll feed very short ammo.
  4. Griff

    .45 to .38?

    Hmmm... going from .45s to .38s... is kinda gamey... leaves me wonderin' how long it'll be before you're shootin' two-handed?
  5. At max length, to cycle thru the action will be 1.600", x 10 = 16.00", is your compressed spring & follower over 4" long? Your rifle may be different than anyone elses... My "Short Rifle" 1873 is only 18=½". But, FWIW, it holds 10 45 Colts, does NOT hold 11. (Also a 1.600" max length cartridge).
  6. Okay, you've read all the answers above, now here is unvarnished truth. You haven't provided enough information to get a succinct answer. Great cartridge, lousy choice in arms. Whether it's good choice for this game depends on a lot of factors, all in your court. I.e., do you already reload for it... in fact, do you already reload? THAT answer will probably change a bunch of the advice you may get. I'd probably discount any answers you get until that is known.
  7. BTW Big Boston, those Duck Unlimited brass shotshells from Remington are Berdan primed.
  8. I have 3 different toggle links in 45 Colt... they all take slightly different max overall length and function, so I just make my ammo to meet the requirements of the shortest of them.
  9. With ANY ammo under 1.600" in length you're having a round partially feed into the carrier block. When the lever is pushed forward, the block raises forcing that next round back into the magazine. 1.600" being the spec'd length of the carrier mortise.
  10. For the same reason a Winchester 94AE in a pistol caliber is a legal main match rifle... Which didn't come along until 1982!
  11. Just in case you're wondering Snakebite... PWB emails me when he has a question!
  12. I'd argue that if the Henry BigBoy is legal, the Marlin 336 is certainly even more legit... being a direct descendent of the 1893... but... I don't have to, 'cause the 336 is legal, just not as a main match rifle in anything BUT the 44 Mag.
  13. Keep your loads using a RNFP shaped bullet and either a Rossi 92 or Marlin 94 should be fine. Both are relatively simple to slick up, but the Marlin is a little simpler to disassemble and reassemble!
  14. Probably not what you want to hear.... but, "...trade it in on a new one?" I've got both their coach gun and Uplander (double triggers), been using them since early 1986 and never had occasion to peek inside their actions, except to disengage the "auto" portion of the safety. You might just need to take the stock off, operate the cocking mechanism and see why it ain't engaging. Could just be something simple...
  15. TW... that is where the RO III manual is great at resolving these apparently conflicting issues... The observing spotter or other shooter should bring the matter to the TO's attention... in a forceful & commanding tone, for the TO to then issue the relevant and binding commands to the offending shooter!
  16. Shhh... I was hoping nobody noticed!
  17. Griff

    Cap jams

    When I first started shooting cap guns, I'd get caps back in the hammer channel all the time... There was no one paving the way, so to speak, I learned by experimenting and trying what others did. The closest I came to a fix came by wallering out the inside curve of the hammer. Sometimes I've have 10 caps stuck down in there... and then one would be one too many and the hammer wouldn't contact the cap... Noticed my nipples were getting mushroomed... trimmed 'em back and cleaned them up... NOTHING worked. I finally sent my cap guns off to have the Manhattan conversion done. Now with Treso nipples and Remington #10s, it's rare that I have a cap jam... but when I do... it's nearly always when I'm shooting C&B GUNFIGHTER!!! The slot in the hammer has been filled. This is a "in progress" photo.
  18. Did you see the video of my last stage of EOT, 2021? Felt like it took 15 minutes of replacing caps on one revolver that never even popped! Finally got all five rounds to go off and ended the embarrassing spectacle, on how to pick off dead caps, replace them with other dead caps... but, salvaged a clean match!!! Took awhile, but figured out that caps can get wet... CBB, I always figured that paper cartridges was an art form, much like paper-patched bullets... and roll-yer-owns... Something I never mastered... And since I'm not inclined to practice things that up my self-satisfaction quotient, I ain't startin'!
  19. I look in the SHB, the RO Guides... then ask PWB. Our TG is fabulous... keeps us informed, asks for our input on questions or Summit topics...
  20. Nay, Griff lives in Texas... some of the time... the rest of the time he lives all around the US... except, CA, NY, NJ, or points NE of there.! And, is dubiously only part Irish, but a WHOLE lot of Scottish! But, I fully understand and fully support your hedging of bets... I'm doing the same... figuring that I'll have a dry hole or a cap only ignition and have to cap that 6th chamber to get 5 rounds to go off! And I don't have flash holes the size of Alaska...
  21. IF it undersized by some .004", depending on a number of factors, hardness of your lead, actual size of your projectiles, chamber length, diameter, length of leade, and what depth you seat bullet to, it could, possibly, maybe, might, increase pressure somewhat. Since the 45 Colt factory ammo is relatively anemic, as it's made to be safe in even 1st gen Colt SAAs, and the Marlin IS safe with 44 Mag ammo... I wouldn't worry about it at all. But, like mentioned above, (at least once), I slug the barrel and take a chamber cast so that I'd KNOW what all the factors are rather than SWAG'n it. Wait, it'd still be a SWAG... except after the measuring, it'd be a Scientific Wild Assed Guess, instead of a Silly Wild Assed Guess!
  22. I've shot 1851s in SASS matches since 1986... and have charged all six chambers for every stage I've shot... both when we only used one pistol and when we moved to having two pistols on every stage. I've never had a chain fire... Not saying it won't happen with the very next pistol I load... but.. the evidence I'm in possession of, sez the likelihood is very small. That is both with stock nipples, Treso, Ampco & SlixShot. You can worry about a chainfire if you wish... me... I'll cap and continue on. I would however, check to make sure the flash holes in the nipples to be used did NOT look like the mouth of San Francisco Bay!
  23. Western 3-gun. And long before that, @ West End Gun Club it was allowed, and continued until they became SASS affiliated. The "basketball" rule came into being in '86/'87 as I recall, just before the formation of SASS. That's when a goodly portion of the action left cowboy action, IMO.. Not that I can keep up even now! Ain't sure, but maybe OWSA, as I seem to recall firing as you advanced on downrange movement.
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