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Fort Reno Kid

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About Fort Reno Kid

  • Birthday 07/07/1942

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    El Paso, Texas
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    Cowboy Action Shooting, High-Power Rifle (especially John C Garand Matches and Vintage Bolt Action matches), concealed carry matches, IPSC

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  1. Howdy Pard and condolences. Yrs back at a gunshow I bot a partial box of old 45LC loaded ammo. Old? It was in the old Peters Cartridge Company red and black box. Some of you guys cerca 1940’s/1950’s may remember them. Used ‘em at a match. They were all sure fire (good job there, Peters Cartridge Company!). They were at least solid head construction and not balloon head. The rub came when I tried to reload ‘em. They didn’t fit the Lee #11 shell holder. Thot the Lee #14 for 44-40 would work. Nope. Wouldn’t go in. Finally used the shell holder for 7.62X54R. Loose fit but
  2. Howdy Pards It a non-sass question but we are not one-trick ponies. There are lots of knowledgeable Pards out there and I’m hoping that some might have some input. Hi-Vel #2. Those born during the Roosevelt/Truman era may remember reading articles on this long-discontinued rifle powder (1960’s). Shooting buddy has 3 sealed 1lb cans of it. He was inquiring as to loading data for it and whether the cans have collector value. I did a very cursory search. Apparently there’s still a lot of it out there and people have questions on reloading data for it. There w
  3. Howdy Pard Good thot but that link is for 8X56R, a rimmed cartridge for the Steyr/Hungarian Model 1895 rifles and carbines. Different round from 8X56 Mannlicher Schoenauer rimless cartridge. I own a Model 1895 Hungarian Carbine (it’s a dandy!). Not sure where brass for the rimless version can be found. Some European ammo producers might still manufacture it ... but good luck finding them. Might do an internet search to see if there are means of altering an existing cartridge case. I recall an article yrs ago in “Gun Digest” or a similar publication that gave al
  4. Howdy Pard Glad you found what you’re looking for. I have a 577 Snider Carbine and can share some thots with you about their care and feeding. I special ordered a .59 cal minie bullet mould for it but found the Lee .60 cal round ball mould to give better results. I paid an arm and half a leg for some Bertram and Jamison brass cases but found the plastic Cheddite (French) hulls to be easier to work with. With plastic hulls it’s easy to use a mild load of black powder (my preference is Pyrodex), push down a heavy wad to eliminate any air space and then seat the round bal
  5. Just a thot for those who might have an interest. There are a number of conversion cylinders available -- I use Howell's; I know others who swear by Kirst -- that economically double the usefulness of a Ruger Old Army ... or for that matter, other percussion pistols as well. I find that I use my ROA lots more now that I have the cartridge conversion and, with the quick switch of a cylinder, it's back to use as a cap 'n' ball pistol. Just my 2 cents worth. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  6. WTS a set of RCBS 45LC reloading dies. These are well used -- I'm sure I've reloaded thousands of 45LC's on 'em -- but in good working order. These are tough dies; they'll wear out a bunch of humans before they finally give up the ghost. The resizing die is carbide lined so no need to lube cases before full-length resizing. Comes in the RCBS green plastic box (label missing as I ran the box thru the dishwasher to rid it of accumulated oil and bullet lube) and comes with the correct #11 shell holder. What's wrong with 'em? Nothing really. I got plenty of good use out of 'em but, w
  7. another bump. Can't believe someone hasn't snatched this drop-dead gorgeous shootin' iron. Fort Reno Kid
  8. Howdy Pit Bull You've gotten lots of good feedback from the other Pards. Couple of thots for ya that will pretty much mirror and reinforce the other advice you've gotten. There's lots of 44-40 brass out there ... the caliber's been around since 1873. IMHO the Rem and Win brass are very thin and need to be loaded slow and easy to keep from crumpling them. My brass is predominately Rem and Win and, as long as I go slow and steady, rarely have issues with damaged cases. Have seen LOTS of commentary on this and other sites to the effect that Starline brass is heavier and less prone to d
  9. Just a thot for those that might be contemplating the purchase of this pistol, If 1920's vintage it should be safe for smokeless ammo but, of course, have a gunsmith check it first. I've read various sources that ammo is diificult , at best, to find and very expensive when it can be found. Be aware that Dixie Gun Works sells a brass cartridge insert that enables one to fire a 41 rimfire using 22 rimfire blanks, black powder, and a 41 caliber round ball. Little slow to work but they are fun. I use similar brass cartridge inserts for a 32 rimfire pistol and, yes, it's fun! Just my 2 ce
  10. Just my 2 cents. I bot one of those a few years back and have rejoiced ever since. In addition to being drop-dead gorgeous and in a caliber I reload and love, mine has surprised the "H" out of me with its accuracy potential. In addition to being authentic as "H" for Cowboy Action Shooting, a local silhouette club has a cowboy carbine match (40, 60, 77, and 100 meters) and that rifle (with tang sight added) is far more up to the task than its loose-operator-headspace owner. Fort Reno Kid
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