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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. Hey Cemetery Was genuinely surprised that your efforts to sell some new 25-20 brass did not receive a response ... particularly since it’s new brass and not, like so much that I’ve seen advertised and most of mine: old and reloaded several times. No foolin’, in the last 2 or 3 years I’ve made acquaintance with 4 — serious! 4 — shooters who’d acquired 25-20’s. The irons were a Remington pump and 3 Model 92’s. They were scrounging for ammo and components. I’ve contacted Starline several times urging them to add 25-20 to their line and to Hornady urging them to add a 25-20 LeverRevolution to their line. For my efforts? Butkus! No response whatever. An article in a recent gun magazine detailed the author’s acquisition of Model 92 and his efforts to obtain brass. He wound up buying 32-20 brass (the parent case of the 25-20) from Starline and using forming dies to neck the brass down to 25-20. He had about an 80% success rate. There are a considerable number of 25-20’s out there — human owners wear out and die but those old shootin’ irons seem to go on forever— and it’s hard to believe the new owners don’t need reloading components. My best recommendation to you would be periodically enter posts advertising your brass. Surely there’s someone ... maybe a lot of someone’s ... who need that brass. I’d be interested but I have a sufficient supply and I’m going to wear out a lot sooner than my iron and it’s reloading components. Keep the sunny side up! Adios Fort Reno Kid PS. Can’t resist thinking that the highest and best use of King Medallion’s 218 Bee brass would be for someone with a 218 Bee rifle ... but that’s a thot for another day.
  2. BTT Just a thot. This might be of interest to those owning Winchester or Marlin lever guns chambered in 25-20 WCF. 25-20 brass is hard to find. I have enough for my Model 92, altho it’s getting on in age, but other 25-20 owners have bugged me something fierce to part with some brass. The parent case for the 218 Bee is ... Ta Dah ... the 25-20 WCF. A 218 Bee is really nothing more than the original 25-20 necked down to 22 caliber. It would be a relatively simple matter to fireform the 218 Bee brass to 25-20. IMHO the price is fair, particularly in comparison to new 25-20 brass ... when it can be found. Just my 2 cents. Fort Reno Kid
  3. BTT for a great-lookin’ shootin’ iron. Just my 2 cents. If anybody is contemplating acquiring this iron, I have the octagon-barrel rifle version of the 1866. The 1866’s are drop-dead gorgeous and shoot well. Put a tang aperture sight on one and they’ll do even better. Price for this one looks good too: check out the price for a new one from DGW’s or Cabellas’ site! Side note. I’ve read more than a few articles that dispute the Winchester Model I873 being the “Gun that won the west”. Their reasoning: the rifle’s debut was 1873 and it took a few years for it to achieve widespread distribution, by which time the Indian Wars were winding down to their grim finale and the days of open range coming to an end. Their conclusion, and IMHO concur, was that it was the Spencer Carbine, 1860 Henry, and 1866 Winchester that did the hard work and heavy lifting of the winning of the West. I’m a fan of western movies and TV shows and can’t help but grimace when I see 1892 Winchester’s in the 1860’s to 1880’s time frame. What a pleasure to see western shows of more recent vintage with weapons that are correct for the period. Again, just MHO but modern-replica 1860’s, 1866’s, Spencer’s, and yes, the 1873’s really enable us modern-day cowboys to achieve a considerable degree of authenticity. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  4. Just a side note for those who have Roger Old Army percussion revolvers. Howell, and other firms as well , makes a “drop in” cylinder for ROA’s that enable one to shoot 45 Long Colt, 45 Schofield, and 45 Cowboy Special. Simple to insert the cartridge cylinder for a Cowboy shoot and then switch over to the percussion cylinder for a cap-and-ball scenario. I dearly love my ROA but dreaded the black-powder cleanup that followed. Now, with cartridge cylinder,it’s become a “go to” shootin’ iron for CAS matches. Still ... every now and then when the urge comes over me ... I’ll take a walk on the dark side and send some black-powder-propelled round balls down range. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  5. Howdy Pard I’ll second the info to buy the brass inserts from Dixiegunworks. Noted your comment that the items are on backorder ... with patience hope you’ll be able to get your order filled. I use the similar items for a S&W 32 rimfire and it’s a hoot to get that ancient shootin’ iron back in the game. If you keep your post active perhaps some good Pard with the brass 41 rimfire inserts will make a deal with ya. While I suspect you’re way ahead of me with regard to your Derringer, let me issue a cautionary note about those who may own one of those old Derringers. Have them inspected by a gunsmith prior to shooting them. A buddy had one and I took it to my gunsmith. Barely noticeable at first to the naked eye, but very obvious with a magnifying glass, was a crack in the hinge. The gunsmith said the crack, altho seemingly minor, was deep and it wouldn’t take much to induce catastrophic failure. Wish you the best of luck in getting that old iron back in the game. Keep on the sunny side! Fort Reno Kid
  6. Back to top for a top-notch shootin’ iron. Fort Reno Kid
  7. Warden Calloway Hadn’t checked the SASS Wire in a few days and saw your latest post. Thanks. I did inquire at the link for old gun parts and received a quick response ... but sadly in the negative. Thinking of your earlier post about buying a box of parts that could be assembled into a complete gun. Thru the dim mists of long-ago memories I do recall adverts for disassembled guns. Some were undoubtedly from parted-out guns and others possibly a means of skirting gun-import regs/laws. One reason for posting my WTB advert at various forums is the hope that someone may just have one of those old gun kits stashed away in the attic. Nickle plating? It’s a thot. Will mention that to my gunsmith who is far more mechanically/technically capable than I. I just know there’s a Webley ejector out there somewhere ... just have to keep diligently searching. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  8. Warden Callaway Hey Pard, you do good work! Many thanks I’ve bookmarked their address and got an email off to them inquiring about the part I need. The conversion kit to “reconvert” from 45ACP back to 455 Webley is intriguing. Years back I might well have considered doing it but now I believe I’ll stick to the converted Webley. 45ACP brass is abundant — I have enough to pave a sidewalk — and I reload the ammo to safe levels for the pistol. Thanks again for your research. I suspect you may be a kindred soul who takes great pleasure from getting old shootin’ irons back in the game. Did that, among others, with an old 43 Spanish, a Snyder Carbine, and a 577-450 Martini-Henry ... but those are stories for another day. Thanks again and Adios Fort Reno Kid
  9. Hey Warden Calloway Appreciate the suggestions. Think I’ve tried those before without success but maybe I should resume reviewing them. Continued vigilance in searching those sites might just result in a good outcome. As to what the part looks like,it’s easier to refer you to an exploded drawing of the pistol. The ejector is the 6-pronged rod that forces the cartridge cases out of the cylinder when the pistol is opened or “broke”. Believe it would be hard to replicate. My gunsmith gave it a good going over. In the vein of the Veterinarian who tells you regarding your geriatric pet, “there’s no cure for old age”, my gunsmith tells me there’s no cure for badly worn metal. Thanks Fort Reno Kid
  10. Hey Muley Gil Appreciate your informing our Pards of the danger of shooting 45ACP in the converted Webleys. All too many are unaware. The website, British Militaria Forum, goes into this topic in considerable detail and I highly recommend it to Webley owners as well as to any who own British military firearms. I use 45 ACP brass, of course, but strictly use handloads for my Webleys (I own a Mark V as well). I’m partial to Unique , Bullseye, and Titegroup and use load data appropriate to the 455 Webley cartridge. A load of 3.8 grains of Unique and the Lee 255 grain wide flat-nose cast bullet shoot to point of aim and are suitably gentle on both shootin’ irons. Years ago I recall an article in a shooting magazine on this topic. The author recalled talking with a Webley owner who claimed to have fired thousands of GI 45 rounds thru his Webley. The author commented to the effect that this was equally a testament to the strength of those pistols and to the diminutive intelligence of the owner. I heartily concur. Adios Fort Reno Kid PS. Wish I could find an ejector ... I really like shooting that old war horse.
  11. Howdy Pards Might seem strange to look for the part on this Forum but I know CAS shooters have varied interests and are definitely not one-trick ponies. I have an excellent Webley Mark VI converted from 455 to 45ACP. It’s a great shooter. Sadly, its ejector (also called ejector rod) is badly worn from the enormous number of times the pistol has been opened and closed. I’ve advertised on a number of forums over the years without success. A recent article in a shooting magazine listed 7 or 8 outfits that stocked old gun parts (Numrich, Apex, SARCO, and several others) but none had the part. Another Pard suggested Martin Rettig (a fabulous source of surplus guns in those fabulous days of yesteryear before the 1968 GCA) and they came up dry. If anyone has this part — preferably new but used is okay if it’s not too worn — I’d be delighted to hear from you. My email address is fortrenokid@sbcglobal.net. Many thanks and Adios Fort Reno Kid
  12. Just my 2 cents, in the event this might add perspective to someone considering this. I have a similar one of these and IMHO they are drop-dead-gorgeous shootin’ irons. Mine doesn’t have sling swivels; wish it did.It has become my go-to rifle for CAS (second place would be my Uberti Model 1866; aka The Yellow Boy). Found it also very useful for Cowboy Lever Action silhouette matches. Those big 45 slugs smack the silhouette targets with real authority. The original Henrys had a reputation for accuracy due to their heavy barrel that was machined from solid bar stock. Mine has not disappointed. This is a good price ... just compare to brand-new Henrys at various retailers. Small note of caution. My 7-decade-old eyes are not on friendly terms with open sights. I use tang sights both for their vastly increased accuracy potential and because they are so period correct. My Henry wasn’t drilled and tapped for a tang sight. Relatively simple chore for a gunsmith to do the drilling and tapping; only took mine perhaps 15-20 minutes and the addition greatly increased the gun’s accuracy potential. Keep this in mind if you want a tang sight. I’m sure I’d go to Cowboy hell if I disgraced that beautiful, period piece with a modern receiver sight.If you and open sights are on speaking terms then no problem. Good luck to the Pard that nails this down ... hope you enjoy it as much as I do mine. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  13. 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
  14. 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, with the passage of time, find that I do most of my reloading on Lee dies and prefer 'em to RCBS so I finally bot a set of Lee dies and now the RCBS dies are redundant to my needs. In the interest of full disclosure, let me pass on two objections/irritations I have to 'em. The decapping pins break more than I like. They're cheap if ordered from Brownells but it's still an irritation to change 'em. The resizing die does have a new decapping pin in it. Also, these dies do not have a crimp function (as Lee dies do) so, after completing the reloading process, I jerry-rigged my 45ACP dies to put a crimp on the cartridges. Again, not all that much additional time to crimp 'em but there was the irritation factor. Price is $25 which includes shipping. No need to go to the hassle of a money order; your personal check will be fine with me. The SASS PM sometimes plays games with me so prob easier to contact me by email, fortrenokid@sbcglobal.net. Adios Fort Reno Kid Eat when you can, Sleep when you can. S@#t when you can. The opportunity may not come around for a long time. If ever. Combat pay is a flawed concept. Having all your body parts intact and functioning at the end of the day, beats the alternative. The madness of war can extract a heavy toll. Please have exact change.
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