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Fort Reno Kid

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  1. Howdy Pard Great looking shootin’ iron. Have you requested a factory authentication letter from Colt? That could well determine if the nickel plating originated as a factory order. Otherwise highly likely the nickel plating was an after-market job. It should also assist in determining, in the event you want to shoot with it, if the rifle was black-powder era or smokeless era. In approx 3 decades of participation in Cowboy Shoots (admittedly in the West Texas/New Mexico area) I can prob count the number of period Colt Lightnings I’ve seen used in an actual match on the fingers of one hand. A shooter who used one said he only occasionally used his Lightning. Said the linkage in the pump action was prone to wear or breakage (they are very old guns) and it was a real bear to find gunsmiths that were familiar with the gun and even fewer that could work on them. Finding parts? Good luck! Sincere Congratulations on locating that beautiful, period piece. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  2. Howdy Pards Thanks to DocWard for injecting a wee bit of humor into an otherwise grim situation. As others have mentioned, it brings back memories of when I matriculated at The Fort Sill School for Wayward Boys. IMHO, those tracked artillery pieces will never replace memories of a towed 105mm howitzer and giving the lanyard a yank to fire the round. In those days the Army didn’t require hearing protection. Somehow my hearing remains in a normal range. Our NCO’s, many of whom had hearing impairment as a result, advised us to holler as the lanyard was pulled. Said it equalized the pressure on the ear drum. Must have worked. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  3. Howdy Pard My compliments and sincere admiration for you stalwart types who observe style and tradition and use the “Holy Black”. Tried it in my replica 1860 Army and Ruger Old Army. Oh, it was fun and authentic … but I don’t have your fortitude … I hated the black-powder cleanup. For both I bot Howell cartridge-conversion cylinders for 45 Colt and have enjoyed the “H” out of them. The instructions state that smokeless powder can be used but only with cowboy loads and to studiously avoid anything hotter. Sounds like a plan to me. Glad there are those who follow tradition. You set a good example for those such as I who take the easy way out. Nonetheless, whether smokeless or black is used, those irons are a real hoot to shoot. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  4. Howdy Pards My military service was 02/64 to 05/69. Quiet at first but then something called Vietnam came up. You younger sprouts can google it but perhaps best to let that sleeping dog lie. While I received training at the Fort Sill School for Wayward Boys and unit exercises in Germany (I still shudder at the memories of Grafenwohr) Uncle Sam can take great relief that I wasn’t sent to the (then) RVN. Still, I take pride that during my military tenure there is no record of attacks on CONUS by the VC or NVA. That said in jest, in all seriousness I am in absolute awe of those who did put boot prints “in country”. Ya dun well. You have my undying respect. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  5. Howdy Pards Many Thanks! Yep, I shoulda figgered it out on my own. Gives me additional insight into why I should’ve been placed with the slow- learners class. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  6. Howdy Pards I always thot 45ACP and 45 Cowboy Special were essentially the same length. Google search was inconclusive but the Starline website indicates that they are essentially the same. Depression-era Grandparents and Parents drilled into me “waste not, want not” and to always repurpose supposedly discardable items. Have shot 45 Colts for decades. Cases are durable but eventually develop splits. As long as the splits are small and manageable, I save ‘ em up. When I have a bunch, I take ‘em to a buddy with a lathe. There we trim ‘em to 45 Schofield (small splits) or 45 Cowboy Special for slightly longer splits. I use 45ACP reloading dies for the Specials (with appropriate shell holder). 45 Colt dies will work for Schofield cases but I wound up buying Schofield dies. They work better. Overkill? Perhaps. But I shoot a lot of 45’s and that extends the useful life of the brass by a not inconsequential amount. And it’s very possible the time may come when I order Cowboy Special brass from Starline Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  7. BTT plus a side note. I looked at my first-generation Colt in 38-40, which factory letters to 1903, and haven’t located a proof mark on it. Any other place I should look? Perhaps, since it dates comfortably into the smokeless-powder era, they dispensed with the proof marks. Or maybe I’m just not looking in the right place. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  8. Howdy Pards Love reading these replies. Brings back happy memories of long-past childhood when sitting down to dinner or supper (take your choice) was a regular family thing. Was all the more special when it involved multi-generation family members and friends. Keep on the sunny side. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  9. Howdy Pards Been a SASS member a long time: #25694 (IIRC) and have enjoyed surfing thru the site over the decades. Have made many posts and bot and sold thru the Classified Forum. Still … I don’t know how to edit or modify my posts. Might I impose on some good soul to explain how to do it. Simple please. I know an 8-year old should be able to do it … but a long time since I was 8 years old. Many thanks! Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  10. Howdy Pards Appreciate a bit of humor on an otherwise grim subject. On a more serious note I take heart in the determined resistance put up by the Ukrainians. Stout lads and with good reason: their country has been subjected to an unprovoked aggression. Big difference between the invaders of a non-aggressive country and those that defend against the aggressor. Not hard to tell which has the moral edge and the psychological stamina. In addition, I am not without sympathy for the individual Russian troops. From many reports, they were deceived about their mission, are poorly or inadequately trained, have abysmal leadership from C-in-C all the way down to platoon and squad level, and are severely lacking in logistical support. Did Putin know his Armed Forces were so desperately unprepared? Or that the Ukrainians would put up such a determined, effective resistance? And who would have thot the Russian steamroller would turn out to be a paper tiger? Wasn’t it their grandfathers and great-grandfathers that hurled the advancing Nazis from the gates of Moscow all the way back to Berlin? Sadly, the aggressor is larger in size and manpower and has substantial economic resources. Might we hope they’ll eventually tire of the effort, declare a great victory, and return to their own boundaries? Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  11. Howdy Pards Second post. I love to scroll thru this thread and gaze longingly at all of those beautiful, period pieces. To H. K. Uriah: do you really own all of those shootin’ irons? My compliments. That is one “H” of a collection. As mentioned in previous post, I do shoot my old irons but sparingly and with appropriate mild loads. Again, don’t want to unwittingly convert a superb old iron to a parts gun. Congrats again on that great collection. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  12. Professor Thoreau You are very welcome. Perhaps we agree that the 38 S&W is an under appreciated cartridge. Multi-decades back I recall an article in a shooting publication that gave some more powerful loads for this cartridge that approached 38 Special ballistics. Even in those bygone days before fears of litigation loomed heavy, the author stressed the loads were ONLY for modern, solid-frame revolvers. Looking at old “Gun Digest” and “Shooter’s Bible” publications, one can note that Colt and Smith&Wesson produced modern, solid-frame (as well as strong top-break) revolvers in 38 S&W into the 1960’s and possibly into the 1970’s. Believe the author noted that the 9mm and 38 S&W cases (rimless and rimmed, respectively) were very similar in size and powder capacity. That said, he did NOT recommend using 9mm load data even in a strong, modern pistol. I once loaded some hotter ammo for a WWII-era S&W 38 S&W and it worked fine. Sticking cases were a prudent reminder to ease back a bit on the throttle. Then … and then … awareness of human frailties set in. I realized I’d loaded both factory-equivalent loads and hotter loads and mixed them in. Not anxious to damage the old pistol and the hand holding it, I proceeded to fire all the hand loaded rounds in the modern pistol until all cartridges were expended. Since then I have only loaded 38 S&W ammo to factory spec. Side note to those with a revolver in 9mm (mine is a short-barrel Ruger SP101). Look at older loading manuals, the ones that listed light 38S&W loads for top-breaks, and use those in the revolver (they won’t function an auto-loader). You’ll wind up with a pleasant, light-recoiling load that is a joy to shoot. Yes, the Ruger is strong enough and safe enough for +P loads but firing them is not the most pleasant of experiences. The light loads are easy on the hand, the ears, and the pocket book. Apologies for the length and verbosity of this post. Hope there might be a wee kernel or two that provides perspective. Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  13. Howdy Pards Have a question I’m hoping some of you might have an answer. In a few weeks will be flying to a family reunion. There’ll be some friendly shooting competition and I’d like to take some ammo, a 100-pack of 44 Mag. I’m well aware ammo is not permitted in carry on bags. Question: Is it legal/permissible to put loaded ammo in a checked bag? The checked bag would, of course, be stored in the baggage compartment of the airliner. If so, do I need to declare it at the time I the bag is delivered to the airline check-in counter? It’s been a while but I do recall someone placing a firearm in a bag as it was being checked in. He showed it to the clerk, verified it was unloaded, locked the bag, and the airline employee took possession. I think they put a sticker on the bag indicating that a firearm was stored inside. Again, that was quite some time back and the rules may have changed. Many thanks and Adios Keep on the sunny side Fort Reno Kid
  14. Howdy Pards Many thanks for the informative replies. My take is to stick with 4198 either IMR or H variety for my 25-20 and stick with “old faithful” pistol powders for my CAS pistols. Agree the two 4198’s are NOT the same but various loading publications I research show them to be very similar. Nope … I don’t interchange one 4198’s powder’s loading data for the other. I stick with published load data. Glad both are available. Yep … it was expensive but it was available after a long dry spell. I take comfort in the fact that 7gr and 9gr loads will go a long way in a 1lb (7,000gr) can of powder. At my tender years … born during FDR administration … it’ll be a race to see which runs out first: me or the can of powder. I hope to give it a run for the money! (LOL … I think!) Keep on my sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  15. BTT for a Pard Note to potential buyers. I have a couple of 38S&W’s and over many yrs have a sufficient cache of brass. Otherwise I’d seriously consider this. The cartridge dates to (sources vary) 1868ish. A stunning amount of its brass dates way, way back. Even really old stuff can be “camouflaged” as newer if sufficiently tumbled and polished. Translation: a lot of what you find available is old enough to be iffy for reloading and may even be hazardous, especially if it was fired with black powder and not cleaned promptly. I don’t have any Starline brass in 38S&W but will comfortably assume it’s as strong and durable as their other products. IMHO a reasonable price for brand-new Starline brass. Just my 2€ Keep on the sunny side Adios Fort Reno Kid
  16. Howdy Itchy Trigger Wasn’t aware I was unable to receive messages. Best of my knowledge my email address, fortrenokid@sbcglobal.net works. Give me a holler via email and I’ll get back to you. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  17. Howdy Pard Looks like you have yourself a winner. Great looking iron. Just out of curiosity you might have a gunsmith check it to determine if black powder shells would be safe. That old smokepole could earn you some serious style points at a Cowboy Shoot. Congratulations on a great acquisition. Keep on the Sunny side! Adios Fort Reno Kid
  18. Salty Pawl In anticipation of mailing it out, I’ve already packed the set in the usps sfrb and wrapped it in enough sealing tape to secure an Egyptian mummy. If there’s real interest, I’ll open the box. Hmmm … I didn’t notice a RCBS part number on the plastic box. Where on the box will I find the part number? Adios Fort Reno Kid
  19. Bump to top for a good Pard. As mentioned in an earlier post, I have a Snider and, to repeat, they are a HOOT to shoot. Forget exactly where I got brass and plastic 24 gauge shells but believe it could be Graf & Sons and/or Track of the Wolf. Lee Precision makes a 60 caliber round ball mould. Bot a mould for 59 caliber conical minie ball but forget the source. Round balls work best for me. Keep on the Sunny side! Adios Fort Reno Kid
  20. $35 which includes shipping by usps sfrb Lightly used set of RCBS loading dies for 44 Special/Magnum. Complete with shell holder. In the green box. Not sure if they’re carbide but the printed label on the box states CARBO. They’re fine. Excess to my needs. Rely more and more on my set of Lee dies. If interested, reply to this post or email to fortrenokid@sbcglobal.net and I’ll post a SPF. Your personal check will be fine. Will wait a few days for it to clear. MO will be mailed next business day. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  21. Hey Abilene, SASS 27489 Concur with your thoughts on Titegroup. An excellent powder and my prime go to for my center fire SASS irons. Again, Unique and Bullseye are stalwart backups. The IMR4198 is for 25-20. Have seen it recommended for light cast loads in 30-06 family cartridges but mainly use Unique and SR4759 for those. SR4749 has now been discontinued. Glad I stocked up on it before its discontinuance. Just curious if IMR4198 could have use as a backup or alternate. Adios Fort Reno Kid Keep on the Sunny side, always on the sunny side.
  22. Howdy Pards Consider me as a good example of a bad practice. I tried black powder and Pyrodex in a vintage S&W New Model #3 in 44 Russian. Pardon the expression but D***! Gummed up that beautiful machine with its close tolerances so quickly. Two cylinders and it was time for a field strip and deep cleaning. Didn’t last even for short matches. I use very light loads of smokeless. One load is 3 grains of Titegroup with a 160 or 200 grain cast lead bullet. Suspect a similar load of Unique or Bullseye would give similar results. The old girl digests them with no complaints. Don’t shoot it that often. If I damage the gun and injure myself … I need only look in the mirror to see the guilty party. I DON’T recommend this to others. A risk I take upon myself . Only occasionally shoot this iron in a match. Go to irons are Rugers and a smokeless powder era Colt single action. Again, only use the S&W occasionally and even then spell it during the match with a Ruger or the Colt. Keep on the Sunny side! Adios Fort Reno Kid
  23. Howdy Pards I could cry bitter tears for the irons I’ve sold and almost immediately lapsed into sellers remorse. Miss them! But no use for bitter tears … what is done is done … no way to unring the bell. A matter of satisfaction for me would be the ones I nearly parted company with … but held on to and still own and cherish. A question for you Pards would be: what irons did you nearly part with but , with great satisfaction, decided to keep them? Keep on the Sunny side. Adios Fort Reno Kid
  24. Howdy Pards Was at my shooting club today and noticed the pro shop had IMR4198 in stock. Bot a 1lb can. Thru experimenting with various powders I have found it to give excellent results in my 25-20wcf. I use the Lyman 257420 mould which throws a 65 grain gas check bullet when Linotype is used and a bit heavier with range lead/scrap lead blend. I use 7 grains for cowboy matches and 9 grains for silhouette matches. That stretches out the usable life of a can of powder. That 9 grain load and the Lyman bullet will easily take down the rams with authority … on those rare occasions that I actually hit one. Glad to see it in stock as my existing supply was nearly exhausted. Not so glad to see the price but took a deep breath and bot it. Price $57.50 less 8% discount for club members. Suspect I’d pay more at Cabellas and the like so no regrets. Yes, I remember well the “old days” of not that long ago when $30 a can seemed outrageous. After the long windup, let me get to the question. Do any of you Pards use IMR4198 (or its sibling, H4198) for 38-40, 44-40, 44 Special, or 45 Colt with loads that meet SASS velocity requirements? My go-to powders for those cartridges are Unique, Bullseye, and Titegroup. Get great results but wouldn’t mind a backup load with IMR4198 to enhance flexibility. Appreciate your thoughts and any guidance you can offer. Keep the Shiny side up and the dark side down. Adios Fort Reno Kid
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