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Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

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Posts posted by Larsen E. Pettifogger, SASS #32933

  1. 6 minutes ago, slow poke gear said:

    1. Who are the gunsmiths that can and will short stroke pistols?


    2. Has anyone heard of a 1875 Remington clone being short stroked? If so who did it?



                  Slow poke 

    1. What brand?  Lots of people short stroke Rugers.  Colt and clones not so many.


    2.  No.

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  2. 5 minutes ago, Moe T Vator said:

    I already tried to make it longer but had no success. 

    This sentence makes no sense.  Make what longer?  Also you did not list the caliber.  .38 Specials are easier to make work than .45 or .44-40.

  3. A paragraph from a 2017 Handloader article.


    "Starting in 1984 and going on for about 20 years, Yvonne and I participated in cowboy action competition. It was great fun. I got to shoot “Old West” guns to my heart’s content, and as a fine seamstress, Yvonne enjoyed making fancy clothes for us. Our favorite cartridge was .44 WCF (.44-40), although for a couple of seasons I switched Yvonne to .38 Specials. She had developed a flinch and that was the temporary cure. We still have all our .44-40s, but physical problems have caused us to drop out of the sport."

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  4. Finally got everything fitted and adjusted.  It actually works fairly well just sitting on the counter.  After I have used it a bit I will decide whether to retire one of my Dillons.  Here it is sitting on the counter.  A nice but almost useless accessory for SASS is the integrated bullet feeder.  It only comes in action pistol calibers, i.e., 9mm, .38 Super, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.  That is it.  Cowboy rounds are too long.  I often shoot .38 Short Colt in my Ruger Montados as the ejector is too short to eject .38 Specials.  So I used the 9mm feeder and spent a bit of time making it work with the Short Colt.  If I decide to load .38 Specials or .357 I will use the Frankfort bullet feeding collator but use a Mr. Bullet Feeder dropper.






    The bullet feeder is unique in that it drops the bullet and seats it in one operation.  On the Mr. Bullet feeder bullet drop and seating are two separate operations.  The feeder has a calibrated seating stem so it can be set very accurately, especially with jacketed bullets which is what it is designed for.  I am using coated lead bullets and it seems to be working OK so far.  The die just to the right of the feeder is the crimp die.




    The last thing to go in is the RCBS Lock Out die.  I am waiting for some new plastic tips from RCBS.  It is a tight fit but will fit between the powder measure and bullet feeder.  One thing that is nice for us hearing aid users is the low primer warning is a beeper and it also flashes the built in light in the tool head.




    Now the big question.  I have been using Dillon equipment for 40 years.  I have boxes of spare parts and Dillon is just down the road from my house.  How durable will the X-10 be?  EVERY press breaks sooner or later.  How easy will getting replacement parts be?  Will it wind up a boat anchor in Lake Pleasant?

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  5. You need to post a photo so we can see what hole you are talking about.  If you are talking about a plugged hole in front of the tang screw you remove that and the sight usually comes with a longer tang screw.

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  6. 9 minutes ago, Slick McClade said:

    They are VERY aggravating to set up but once you do, they work pretty good


    These are not plug and play.




    Another thing that is very useful is a digital level.  You can get these pretty cheap off the Internet and they are very useful when setting the angle of the feeder.  A swag may not be good enough.




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  7. Here are the two bullet nose guides that are available.  The one on the left is the original style that came with my machines.  They use shims to set the bullet length adjustment.  I had to buy additional shims as the stock guide did not have enough shims for short bullets.  On the right is the new style guide.  It was an accessory when I bought them, maybe they come with the newer machines.  The height adjustment is screw adjustable.  This makes making fine adjustments easier.  I just bought a Frankfort Arsenal X-10 and their bullet feeder.  Same issues.  At least their manual tells you the feeder will not work with all bullets.  I have some bullets that feed well.  Other styles won't feed at all and jam the feeder.  The Frankfort manual also lists minimum and maximum bullet lengths that will work with their feeder.  Double Alpha does not tell you these things.  You have to find them out for youself through trial and error.  You may have to try a few different bullet nose profiles.



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  8. I have two.  You cannot use lubed lead bullets.  You must use coated bullets.  The 160 is almost as long as it is wide so it probably won't work properly.  The nose guide adjustments are critical for flipping nose down bullets.  Again, the 160 grain bullets may not have enough length to width ratio to work properly.  Mine gave me fits and it took a while to get them to work with light for caliber bullets.  I am missing something.  How are you testing the bullet feeder if you have not set up the collator?

  9. Took a couple of photos for something else and figure I would post them here.  Colt Lightning rifles had a curved dovetail for the magazine tube hanger.  The dovetail pushed in with finger pressure.  Once centered the length of the magazine tube kept the dovetail from moving side-to-side.  Seems like a lot of extra work but in the old days they could afford some craftsmanship.





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  10. Admire the craftsmanship but can't figure out the purpose.  Here is another curved dovetail.  Original Colt Lightning rifles had curved dovetails for the magazine hanger.  When the hanger was centered the length of the mag tube kept it centered.  Can't figure out why Colt did this either.







  11. Hopefully you will not take offense but from the back and forth in this thread it is obvious you do not know a lot about these guns.  Your best best is to take/send it to someone who does and let them analyze the problem and propose a fix.

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  12. That up and down movement of the bolt is the extractor hitting the extractor ramp in the back of the barrel.  Not that unusual.  Lots of 73s do that.  It does indicate loose tolerances or some wear.   From the video that is not the cause of your light hits.  What is happening is the bolt is aligning itself with the certerline of the cartridge and primer.

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  13. The mounting bolts are inside the base.  So you cannot do anything with the press (like attaching the operating handle) until it is mounted. I decided to order the Inline Fabrication mounting plate so I could mess with the press before permanently mounting the press.  The Inline base plate gives the press a much larger footprint and with the thing weighing a LOT it is quite steady just sitting on the bench.  One of the original inside mounting bolts is visible in this photo of the mounting plate.  With the plate new bolts can be inserted with the press assembled.





    The press uses a lot of ball bearings and is very smooth but has a longer stroke than a Dillon 650/750.









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