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Hashknife Cowboy

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  1. From a business perspective, I can't fault them one bit. Still a great company to deal with.
  2. Summer is AZ is just plain hot! On the east side of Flagstaff my barn thermometer was at 100 yesterday afternoon. The entire free world from Maricopa County is in Flagstaff currently for the 4th, can't fault any of them either. As far as Snowbowl goes I say we all go shoot in Alpine in eastern, AZ. We all know this too will pass... man it's HOT!
  3. On the topic of 22's... Now I don't consider my self old, vintage or high mileage perhaps, but not old. Back in the early to mid 60's I'd collect empty pop bottles on my way home from school and trade them in at the local mom and pop store for a box of .22 shorts. I believe it was 5 bottles for a box of 50. Then I was all set to go on Safari with my Winchester model 62. Different times, different days and attitudes. High mileage people can relate.
  4. I just heard that Emeril Lagasse is cooking for us in deer camp this fall...
  5. 50/50 mix into a vibrating cleaner works well for me.
  6. Never a problem with any Remington, as a matter of habit, always start with clean the primer pockets. Bought a few thousand during the Great Dumpster Fire of 2020 , large and small, pistol and rifle and not a problem one.
  7. Anyone ever come upon some Top Brass in 44 40 designed for small pistol primer? I just have and given the way it jammed the progressive, I threw them out. User be aware please.....it was once fired from factory ammo.
  8. Welcome, glad your'e here. Enjoy the ride and the friendships. The only advice I will give is simply, have fun.
  9. I have been using their 550 and SDB for decades. Very minor problems on a rare occasion and as far as I am concerned they wrote the book on customer service. I did ask them to start making pick ups......
  10. Now I am not a gun writer, I am a gun shooter. Periodically something is manufactured and it is elevated from want to need. So I found myself needing a new Marlin 1894 in .357/.38. Now when it comes to CAS I shoot .45 and 44-40 and have yet to become a part of the .38 culture, I just like bigger calibers. So this was not a CAS need. Being a previous Marlin owner and connoisseur of lever rifles, I took the plunge. I had seen the rifles at big box gun stores, but was holding out for the smaller LGS and managed to find one. Here we go.... First off it is pretty, the wood, the checkering, the bluing, externally it is a pretty rifle. The walnut stock fit the metal surfaces perfectly, the bluing was consistent and attractive and the quality and appearance of the wood was first rate. I still prefer walnut and blue steel so this is right up my alley. I actually read the entire owners manual, no surprises there, and commenced to take it apart as if I was going to clean the rifle. From what I could seen it appeared to me exactly like my other Marlin's but internally the various friction points were nicely lubed by the factory in all of the right places. It did not need a oil drain plug like some of the off shore rifles we buy for CAS. The machining appeared to be spot on throughout the rifle. To sum it up, Ruger did it right. So after some reassembly it was off to my favorite shooting location to see how this rifle performed. I shot it at 25 - 50 - 75 and 100 yards from a bench. Using factory Hornady 158 gr XTP ammo in .357, it was dead on. 75 yards was ideal, but out to a 100 it was a shooter. Then off hand I shot it as one would in a CAS match, and it cycled consistently. No glitches in .38 or .357, accurate as can be using iron sights and old eyes. I am very happy with the rifle Ruger brought back. Now the downside. The action and trigger can use some work, not the worst out of the box but it is lawyer approved. For my purposes, a pick up rifle, I will not have it tuned in the near future. The sights are good but I would prefer a brass bead in the front. The sling attachment points detract from the aesthetics of a lever gun, I can do without them. I have to question the rubber butt pad, it is not a recoil pad just hard rubber. It is nice and doesn't slip but I still prefer the old Marlin black butt plate. Overall though, it is a keeper and a shooter. I have seen these priced from $975 to $1499...inexpensive they are not. Overall it is a solid rifle and I can expect to see it hanging from my saddle or carried afield in search of pesky varmints. Just some thought from a fellow shooter...
  11. I have a pair of antique glasses that I use to use on the range until I took a bullet fragment in the eye brow. That was just a bit too close, now it is prescription safety glasses on the range that will be a antique in 100 years. But the antique glasses have a cool factor of quite high!
  12. I primarily use a few different .45 Colts but have to been know to also use .44 Spcl's and 44-40's..... I do love the collecting and gathering aspect of CAS.
  13. On the topic of North American Bison, we have a number of them on the north Kaibab Plateau in Northern AZ. Specifically, just outside of the park at the Grand Canyon North Rim. One evening as the sun was setting one of our hunting partners was overdue in returning to deer camp. We were all involved in a archery deer hunt. So we went looking and within a relatively short time we found Richard perched like a squirrel, 20 feet up a Douglas Fir with a nasty bull Bison just below him at the base of the tree. The bull was laying down just looking around, occasionally dosing and occasionally looking up at our friend. We came to find out that the bull charged Richard about 7 hours earlier which caused him to scamper up the tree leaving all dignity behind and actively not becoming involved in a natural selection event. What caused this was just a chance encounter, unprovoked and according to Richard, unsolicited. We finally did spook the bull off, and instead of gratitude all Richard could say was, "What took you so long!"
  14. Same problem that many of us "high mileage individuals" are facing, it is getting harder to do with beat up, well used hands. But, I have yet to give in.
  15. I have a pair of CZ Coach hammered SG's. One is my go to and the other is a safe queen and only used as a prop in a Redneck Wedding by the Brides Father. But that is another story. I bought these when they first came out, had a great experience with a prior CZ and was never disappointed. My go-to CAS SG shows the wear but it just adds to the character. Never a problem, no complaints or concerns. They are stiff when new, they do break in nicely if your patient or you can find a good smith to speed up the process. But they are expensive.
  16. I will take the brass if still available for $35....PM me with a address to send $ please
  17. I have taken mule deer with a .44 mag. (240 gr SP), 41 mag. (210 gr flat point) and one with a .357 mag. (158 gr SP). All pistol shots at less than 50 yards. I have not tried the .45 Colt yet, perhaps once I come up with a load for my Marlin 1894. You got me thinking......and it will be all about bullet placement. Perhaps this is the way to go.
  18. Its a good looking rifle, I have my CAS go to rifles that I am quite happy with. Might consider it, but Henry will have a difficult time breaking into the 1873 / Marlin crowd. Question is, do I need another pretty toy, but then at this stage of the game most of us do not need, it is all about want.
  19. Probably something to do with spending a small fortune on three different ones to make them work consistently and finally throwing in the towel. I would love to have one that is reliable but lever guns just work, all of the time. I am still partially infected with the bug but is became a lesser priority. I even bought a Henry Pump .22 and it works flawlessly.
  20. Buy what makes you happy. All are good, some have some unique quirks but it is an investment into your happiness. I prefer Ruger and Colt, I have used the Italian Pistolas without any regrets but appreciate the feel of the Colt SAA and the toughness of the NMV. Go to a shoot and test drive a few, I have not met anyone in CAS that would be opposed to sharing and even providing some ammo. My go-to pair are shown below....
  21. I gave up on the wet process, I went to mixing these dry at a 50/50 mix and tumble brass dry. Works great for me. This even gets the BP brass clean and shining. I use the Hornady Vibratory Tumbler, set it on a timer and walk away. .
  22. This version got me a speeding ticket once upon a time while driving a Roadrunner in 1978.....such fun it was!
  23. I use the data from the Hornady manual for the 250 grain XTP bullet in .45 Colt and avoid +P anything. I have an older Marlin 1894 that feeds reliably with the Hornady data. Please do not re-seat, just like everyone said, it is dangerous.
  24. Canon Power Shot GX1 Mark II digital camera. This has been upgraded and I do not have the need to keep it. It is in excellent condition and comes with everything in the picture. Review: https://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-powershot-g1-x-mark-ii/11 $105.00 and I get the shipping....final price reduction .
  25. My favorite stupid person story is based upon someone who publicly stated in anger that they were going to sue us for, "defecation of character." Perhaps before they ventured into the world of 4 syllable words they needed to learn the difference between defecation and defamation.....
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