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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 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
  2. 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
  3. Howdy Pard Just a thot for you to consider. Dixie Gun Works ( and possibly other outfits too) used to sell rimfire conversion cartridges. I bought some for an antique S&W 32 rimfire. Basically they’re solid brass machined down to rimfire cartridge sizes. They take a round ball, small charge of black powder, and use a 22 blank. Enables me to shoot the old pistol. If DGW still stocks them, would be a way to recall the heirloom piece to active duty. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  4. Many thanks to the Pards that contributed. Definitely helps. With this info the shootin’ buddy and I can do some horse trading. He no longer needs the primers but needs $. I need the primers and have some $. That sets the scene for willing buyer and motivated seller to arrive at an agreement. My experience is much the same as several other Pards that responded: one can wear fingers to the bone searching the internet and come up a cropper. Side note. There was a time (I’m a circa 1942) when I hoped that I would get smarter as I got older. Nope. That ship has sailed.
  5. Howdy Pards Right now small rifle and small pistol primers are rarer than an honest politician ... if that’s an adequate metaphor. Making the best of a bad chinese virus situation I have made use of the time to load up a mess of ammo (and cast a mess of bullets, too). Finding my supply of small rifle and pistol primers depleted and scarcity being what it is, I contacted an old shootin’ buddy whose shooting/reloading days are essentially over. He has a few, maybe several, hundred of each and is willing to sell. He’s out of town and I’ll plan a trip in near future.
  6. Howdy to the person that bot that handsome ole smoke pole. I own a “shirttail cousin” to this shootin’ iron ... 1860’s vintage Snider Carbine in 577 Snider. The Brits used the Snider action to convert their Pattern 1853 Enfield percussion muskets to a centerfire cartridge. The 577 Snider and 58 Berdan are not identical but are very similar. Concur with the seller that 24 gauge Magtek brass cases will work if shortened as will shortened 24 gauge plastic hulls mfged by Cheddite of France (as illustrated in one of the photos). I bot the Cheddite hulls from either Graf &a
  7. Howdy Pards I concur with previous posts that a new cylinder in a black powder frame is NOT RECOMMENDED! Howsomeever, yrs back at one of our Cowboy matches, a shooter had a Colt SAA of 1890’s vintage with a brand new cylinder from Colt. You bet it looked funny: bright blue cylinder in a time-weathered frame. It shot okay and got thru the match. Having read these comments I recognize that it would have been healthier to keep a considerable distance between myself and the shooter. Suspect the arrangement would work just fine with Holy Black loads.
  8. Howdy Pards All in all, a very informative, interesting thread about one of my favorite cartridges: take a well-deserved bow, venerable and respected 44-40 WCF. Have owned and cast bullets and reloaded for a period Winchester 73 since the late 1970’s. When one thinks he has read all there is to know about the 44 WCF , along comes a spate of new research such as this. Well done,Lad! While my favorite bullet for this great oldie is the Lyman 429434, it does not have a crimping groove. It appears this mould is no longer cataloged by Lyman. It also works great
  9. Howdy Pards This Elder Statesman ... 1 1/2 yrs from being a Cattle Baron ... finds competition aplenty in that category. Looking at the scores of the younger shooters, I suspect if I shot with them young uns that they’d open a big can of whup a** on me. Been a cowboy shooter for 3 decades. If anything, my accuracy is as good or better than when I wore a younger man’s clothes ... but my speed has slowed considerably. I’m happy where I am. That said, my $0.02 says older shooters should be able to compete in younger categories if they wish to do so but hope
  10. Howdy Pard My no. 1 , go-to heavy bullet for 44 Russian, 44 Special, and 44 Mag is the Lyman 429244. It’s essentially an Elmer Keith design but modified to use a gas check. With relatively soft alloys it’s around 250 grains. With linotype , mine run closer to 240 gr. It’s an attractive bullet. Long and semi-wadcutter in shape. The length gives it plenty of bearing surface for the rifling. Gives excellent accuracy in each of my various 44’s. The semi-wadcutter shape punches nice round, easy-to-see holes in paper targets. For my period 73 Winchester I’ve even loaded some
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. another bump. Can't believe someone hasn't snatched this drop-dead gorgeous shootin' iron. Fort Reno Kid
  14. 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
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