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  1. Panhandle Regulators in Otis Orchards. Just over the border via I-90. If you can get to Post Falls, you can get to Otis Orchards.
  2. (Scratchin' at nits while waiting for Windows10 to finish an update...) I want to shoot an 1866 clone in 44WCF as main match rifle. I have such rifle (carbine), as new, un-fired, no box. The '66 will go with cap guns, hammered shotgun, and BP. Rifle is also a Uberti "Red Cloud" edition, manufactured about 1980. When I bought it, I was also thinking about a CAS persona; the decorative tacks looked like something a pre-'73 scout might run across, and the engraving something that a limited-funds cowboy might commission. (Not that there were many fat, gray haired scouts or cowboys in the early days.) Side view Full Length I am leaning towards ignoring the "collectible" component and just shoot. The alternative, swap with someone who has a real interest in "intentionally manufactured as collectible" guns. I sold my 2nd-Gen Colt 1851 "US Armed Forces" commemorative revolvers; they were too gaudy even for B-Western. Not interested in selling this rifle, just in finalizing shootin' plans. Question is, what is general consensus on shooting "collectible" weapons?
  3. HP, If I just wandered in and read these Kappa rememberances, I would normally say these are just good fishin' STORIES: heavy on the fun and light on the accuracy. 'cept I KNOW some of this gang! I've hunted, shot CAS, and/or tipped toddys with 'em. (Usually in that order.) They independently relate the same events. I've pictured much younger Halfbreed Pete twice smokin' to a hard landing from the top of stairs, or Hank cannon balling down same after catching spurs. (Nowdays, with enough toddys, they'd likely do it again.) Glad you (and they) survived so as to keep us a grinnin'.
  4. What brass are you using? If just neck sizing with that press, set up a mark on ram or frame to get a consistant depth. Or, size a neck to your liking, then cut yourself a stop of proper width from brass shim stock, stiff plastic/cardboard/thin plywood. Set case in shell holder. Set stop along side case to get pinched between top of shell holder, and die-ring of press, halting neck size at correct depth. Hardest part will be finding shell holder, if real .43 Eg brass. Normal bullet diameter is .448", so carbide 45 dies intended for .451" can work. Expect crude, lopsided, buldged results. Real RCBS dies used to be $250 a set. In poor former student days, I had a rifle, (marked "Universal 54" [film studios]), in .43 Turkish which is just a long .43 Egyptian. Same head, rim, bullet diameter. Carbide ACP/Colt dies worked well enough. I used home annealed .348 Win brass (and shell holder) with 7/16" of brass hobby tubing over case head. Outside of tubing was .43Turk head diameter, inside was .348 Win diameter. Unique, a case load of Farina, rifle held vertical to keep tube in place; cases formed. Case buldged just enough at front edge to hold tube in place, length was about right, rim barely engaged extractor.
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