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Driftwood Johnson, SASS #38283

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About Driftwood Johnson, SASS #38283

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    CAS, Black Powder, SW DA Revolvers, Trap, Woodworking, Model Trains, History, Reloading.

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  1. Man Up? Sorry I am not man enough in your eyes. I have been shooting my Uberti 1860 'Iron Frame' Henry as my main match rifle for about ten years now. Yes, 44-40 and only loaded with Black Powder. Yup. those are photos of my spacer stick. It is made from a piece of 1/2" hardwood dowel, available at any well stocked hardware store. Funny, just yesterday somebody on another forum asked me about how to make one. Here is what I wrote: I made it from a piece of 1/2" hardwood dowel. The dowel is actually about .450 diameter, but it is just standard 1/2" hardwood dowel you can buy in any hardware store. It is a tad more than 4 1/2" long. I don't know if you shoot cowboy, but we don't load more than 10 rounds in the magazine as a rule. My Henry will actually hold about 13 rounds, I think, I have not tried in a long time. Anyway, to get the exact length I wanted I loaded 10 rounds into the magazine, and then put the dowel into the magazine. This will vary a little bit with how long your rounds are. I load all my BP 44-40 rounds, so they are all the same length. I marked the dowel and cut it off so the follower had a little bit of free play, not much more than 3/8", when the magazine was loaded with 10 rounds and the stick was in place. That allows the follower to move down far enough to latch the magazine closed. There has to be a stop on the stick or it will slide into the carrier when the last round is chambered and jam the carrier. The stop has to prevent the stick from sliding all the way onto the carrier. I used a piece of 5/32" (.156) diameter brass tubing that I had laying around, but you can use anything that will slide down the slot in the magazine. The slot is a bit under 3/16"(.187) wide. To mark the spot for the stop, I put one round into the magazine, so it would be resting in the carrier. Then I slid the stick down and lowered the follower onto it so the follower was holding the stick firmly in place. I used a pencil to mark the spot on the stick at the end of the slot, making the mark just a tad up from the end of the slot, so when the stop was in that position it would stop the stick from protruding any further onto the carrier. I drilled a hole a little bit undersized in the stick at that spot and drove the piece of tubing in. That's it. I put a slant on the end of the stick so the carrier would ride by it easily. I have been using this stick for a long time, you can see how one end is stained. With the spacer stick in place on top of a column of rounds, and my hand holding the magazine near the frame, the follower never quite reaches my hand. I filed the stop down enough so that it is not protruding out of the slot by much, so I can feel it as it slides by my hand, but my hand, or my glove, does not impede its motion. My spacer stick can be used with any quantity of rounds in the magazine, but we usually load ten. The other thing about the spacer stick is it functions as a bit of a safety device. I have heard too many horror stories of Henry followers slamming down onto the column of cartridges in the magazine and setting them off. Yes, it can happen. When I load my Henry I NEVER drop rounds straight down the magazine. I lay the rifle on the loading table at a slight angle so the rounds will trickle down the tube. I wrap one hand around the magazine so if somehow the follower got away from me it will slam into my hand, not the cartridges. Yes, it will hurt, but it is better than an accidental discharge in the magazine. What I like about the stick is once the magazine has ten rounds in it, and the stick is in place, if the follower were to get away from me it can only travel about 3/8" or so. Not far enough for the spring to get in going full speed.
  2. Howdy Yup, Boss of the Plains. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boss_of_the_Plains The first common 'cowboy hat". High crown to insulate the top of the head, and a relatively wide brim to keep the sun out of the eyes. The actor in the photo has the front of the brim turned up. If you study photos taken of cowboys in studios in the 19th Century they often turned up the front of the brim to keep their face from being in shadow. This is Will Rogers as a young man.
  3. Howdy The first time I had my blood tested in 2017 it came in at 11.9. The state considers anything over 10 to be excessive, so I got a routine notice from the state about my elevated level. According to the state, a level of 1.2 is normal in adults. For a while I was wearing rubber gloves when handling bullets for reloading, but I did not like the lack of the feeling of touch using rubber gloves. When I had my blood tested a year later the lead level was down slightly, but not much. I suspect most of my contact with lead comes from Trapshooting every week. Lead gets deposited on the surface of everything, including my shotgun. I no longer cast my own bullets. A friend recommended a product called LeadOff made by Hygenall. It is a soap that removes heavy metals. My friend was religious about using LeadOff each and every time he was in contact with lead, and got his lead count down to next to nothing. I have not been quite so religious as my friend and I suspect my lead count has not gone down very much. Have not head my blood tested yet for a while. I expect I will have a physical in the fall and will have it tested again. Clearly, do not eat or drink anything after handling lead. And it is best to wash with cold water, not hot. Hot water opens the pores and more lead will be absorbed through the skin.
  4. Howdy I have been loading 45 Colt, 45 Schofield, 44-40, 44 Russian, and 38-40 with real Black Powder on my Hornady Lock & Load AP for many years now. Have lost count of how many years, probably at least 15. Have used Goex, Elephant, and Wano over the years, these days I load exclusively with Schuetzen because it leaves a bit less fouling behind than Goex. I do not use the standard Smokeless powder measure when loading BP I have a Lyman Black Powder measure that I use on my Lock & Load presses. I agree with Garrison Joe. It is not static electricity that is likely to ignite Black Powder, it is a hot mechanical spark. Modern Black Powder has a graphite coating on the grains that will conduct static charges over the surface of the grains. This prevents resistance from building up enough heat to ignite the powder. The Lyman Black Powder measure has a brass rotor rather than the standard steel rotor. The body is made of iron. A steel rotor might create a spark in an iron body, a brass rotor will not. Regarding grounding the press, I worked in the electronic industry for many years and understand how Electro Static Discharge (ESD) will damage microelectronic circuitry. We took a reminder class every year, which included reviewing slides of microscopic damage done to delicate circuits by ESD. The air in the clean rooms was kept at a high level of humidity to prevent static charges from building up, all the work stations were grounded, the chairs had a chain on the bottom to drag on the conductive floor to drain charges, and all the workers wore grounded wrist straps (with a resistor in them). Paper, plastics, and wood were not allowed on the work station because they are static generators. Anything that does not conduct electricity will create a static charge. The point is, every time you move you create a static charge on your body because of the motion through the air. Every single motion. Then every time you touch anything connected to ground, a spark jumps from you to ground. Each and every time. You will not feel the spark until it is several thousand volts, but it is there every time. Grounding the workers this way prevented a charge from building up, so there was no spark created as they worked. My point is, unless you completely ground your work station as I have described and wear a ground strap, grounding your press will achieve absolutely nothing because every time you touch the machine a spark will jump. I try not to load Black Powder in the dead of winter when the air is very dry. Other than that, I don't do anything different than loading Smokeless, except I use the Black Powder measure. Having said all that, a few years ago I was on vacation in Florence Italy. There is a museum in Florence that had several interesting displays. These are called Thunder Boxes. They were used in the very early days of scientific experiments with electricity. The idea was a small charge of Black Powder was placed on the pedestal in the middle of the box. Then a Leyden Jar was used to discharge an electric charge to the brass ball at the top. Leyden Jars were a very early form of capacitor. Ben Franklin used them to hold electric charges for his experiments. When a probe from the Leyden Jar was touched to the brass ball, the powder on the pedestal ignited, blowing the boxes open. Why? because there was no graphite coating on the powder grains in those days, and the current surging through the powder grains encountered enough resistance to heat the grains to their ignition temperature. Probably if the powder had a graphite coating in those days it would not have ignited, but this proves that an electrical charge will absolutely ignite Black Powder if not coated with graphite.
  5. Howdy I have probably been using my pair of Hornady Lock & Load AP machines for close to 20 years now. I have three loading tubes each for large pistol primers and small pistol primers. I have a short attention span and seldom load more than 200 rounds in a sitting. That means just filling two tubes up. I do it the old fashioned way, picking the primers up one at a time after getting them all facing the same way in a shaker tray. Takes me about 2 minutes to fill up 2 tubes. Never been concerned enough about it to consider doing it any other way.
  6. The first time I shot at Candia I wondered who the guy was wearing the Mexican outfit. It was Captain Morgan Rum. Many fond memories of shooting with him. I think the last time I saw him was at the Black Powder Match in Candia last year. Vaya Con Dios Cap.
  7. No. I will not shoot a match wearing a mask. But my reasons will probably rile some here. Fact: Someone may have the virus but be asymptomatic. Fact: Someone my have the virus but not have a high temperature yet. I do not wear a mask to protect myself, I wear it to protect others in case I have the virus and am asymptomatic. Wearing a mask prevents me from spreading droplets in my breath that may carry the virus. I am well over 60 years old, so I hope that others do the same for me. If I have the virus but am asymptomatic I may not have a fever yet, so taking my temperature may not indicate whether or not I have the virus. I do not have the Constitutional right to yell Fire in a crowded theater. I do not have the Constitutional right to not have to wear a mask if it is dictated by the governor of the state I live in. I will not shoot at a match that requires a mask to be worn simply because it is too darn hot in the summer to be outdoors wearing a mask all day. It is not necessary for me to attend a Cowboy Shooting Match this summer. I will wait until there is a vaccine. I will also wait until there is a vaccine to go into a restaurant to eat, go to a bar, or attend events where social distancing is not possible or practical.
  8. One of these days, after there is a vaccine, I would like to show up at a match with my Blackhawk and New Frontier, and shoot Smokeless with them.
  9. As I said, that is the only place I came up with numbers on the different calibers produced. I have not found any verification of his numbers. Did not look all that hard either.
  10. Howdy HK, how are you doing? I picked up this 2nd Gen New Frontier last year. It left the factory in 1965. The grips are pretty worn, and they do not fit all that great, so I suspect they are not original. Not a whole lot of colors left on the Case Hardening. As you can see, this one is chambered for 45 Colt. I went to Kuhnhuasen to find out what were the most popular cartridges it was chambered for, although he lists that information for the SAA he does not list it for the New Frontier. I found this information regarding the cartridges it was chambered for on a website, but I do not know if it is accurate: "From 1961 through 1974 approximately 4,000 New Frontier revolvers were produced, the majority chambered in .357 Magnum, followed closely by .45 Colt. Less than 300 were chambered for .44 Special, and 49 were in .38 Special." https://www.americanhunter.org/articles/2012/2/21/colt-new-frontier-review/ Here is an interesting photo. The New Frontier is at the top, my 1975 vintage Ruger Blackhawk is at the bottom. Notice how the front sight of the Colt is set about 1/4" back from the muzzle. Notice too how the rear sight of the Colt is completely above the frame, without the protective 'ears' of the Ruger sight. Pretty much a 'flat top' configuration. Here is the rear sight of the Colt. Here is the rear sight of the Ruger. Sorry, I have had this revolver for 45 years and it is a little bit the worse for wear. To tell you the truth I have not shot the New Frontier a whole lot, I don't keep much smokeless 45 Colt ammo around anymore, and I didn't feel like shooting it with Black Powder. But it shoots very similarly to the Ruger. Yup, New Frontiers are not in as much demand as a regular SAA. I paid $900 for this one. A 2nd Gen SAA in similar condition would probably have cost considerably more.
  11. Howdy The most complete list of cartridges for the Single Action Army I know of is what Jerry Kuhnhausen lists in his book The Colt Single Action Revolvers A Shop Manual, Volumes 1 & 2. The only 41 caliber cartridge he lists is the 41 Colt. Left to right the cartridges in this photo are 45 Colt, 41 Colt, and 44 Colt. No mention of the 41 Rimfire, which was a very short cartridge meant for small derringers such as this Remington Model 95 double derringer. Kuhnhausen states that over 1800 Single Action Army revolvers were chambered for 44 Rimfire, which I take to mean 44 Henry. The rounds in this photo, left to right are 22 Long Rifle, 32 Short Rimfire, 32 Long Rimfire, 38 Rimfire, 41 Rimfire, and 44 Henry.
  12. Howdy I have been using this custom Duke rig for close to 20 years now. There are 25 cartridge loops on it. Notice that they are mostly empty with just a few 44-40s on my strong side in case I need a rifle reload. Haven't done a pistol reload in years. Yup, I stopped carrying extra cartridges on the belt a bazillion years ago. 25 250 grain 45 Colts get pretty heavy after a few hours. Two four shell shotgun slides do me for most stages. If I was going to get a new rig, it would only have a few loops for a few 44-40 cartridges. I'm thinking I could probably get rid of the knife too.
  13. Howdy Just so you know, sequential serial numbers with Ruger revolvers really doesn't mean anything. The frames were stamped sequentially, and it ends there. Nothing was done to tweak the revolvers to make them perform similarly.
  14. Howdy Thanks for the photos of the parts inside. Clearly different than the machined parts of my Uberti Henry. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those guys who screams about the MIM (Metal Injection Molded) parts in new S&W revolvers, although I do prefer traditional machined parts. I have never cared for the polish that Henry puts on their Original Henry Rifle. To my eye, they are over polished. Particularly the barrel. The corners of the barrel flats are too highly polished and softened for my taste. I prefer the more well defined barrel flats on my Uberi Henry. Plus I'm really not a fan of that engraving on the Henry product. Clearly done by a machine. If I can't have hand executed engraving I prefer no engraving at all. Thanks for the photos.
  15. Yup, you can use any brand of 209 primer.
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