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Cholla Hill Tirador

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    CAS, High Power Competition, Reloading, Bullet Casting, Elk & Deer Hunting and most of all, Fiddle Playing.

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  1. Thanks for the info so far guys. I know he'll want a Colt style rather than a Ruger.
  2. My 85 year old dad has decided he MUST have a 3 1/2" Sheriff's Model 45 Colt with a birdshead grip for his nightstand. He doesn't care if it's new or used. He really wants one without an ejector rod, but I think I can get around that with him. So what options are out there? Seems all the manufacturers have different clever names for their sheriff's models, making it a little difficult to search them. Thanks in advance, Cholla
  3. I picked this up awhile back with another revolver and need to sell it....before I weaken and shoot it!! I'm not sure of the brand, but it's stamped that it was made in Italy, the underside of the barrel is stamped C.O.M., and the date code indicates it was made in 1990. I disassembled it and am quite certain it has never been fired. It has a few small handling nicks here and there. The grips are walnut and actually have some nice figure to them. $225 $200 shipped to your door, no FFL required. CHT
  4. That was my first thought, but then posting items for sale for others is not permitted in the Classifieds.
  5. ^^^^^This, exactly. IMR Cheerios Trail Boss is quite expensive, but lots of folks like it. Unique is a fantastic, versatile handgun powder and I keep lots of it on hand. But its forte in cartridges such as the .44 Special and 45 Colt is for medium to medium-high range loads. When you start reducing charges to below 7.0 grs or so in the 45 Colt, thereby lowering chamber pressures, you get really sooty brass. Red Dot and 700-X are my go-to powders for mid to lower range loads in the 45 Colt. Loading 6.5 grs. of either powder and a 250-255 gr. yields 830-850 fps and get you almost 1100 rounds from a pound of powder. I've only a modicum of experience with 200 gr bullets in the 45 Colt. I tried a few of them but they shot way too low compared to 250 gr bullets at the same velocity. CHT
  6. If this is not permitted, please delete or move this post. This is an incredible deal I've been watching for over a week now. Pair of Cimarron El Malo's These are NOT my revolvers and I have absolutely no connection to the seller. Just figured this would be a great deal for someone getting into the sport.
  7. I'm looking to get set up to load .38 Specials on my Dillon 550B and am needing all the goodies to get started. Thanks, Cholla
  8. I cast this bullet which weighs around 220 grs. for my 1866 Sporting Rifle in 44-40- It has plenty of lube capacity for loading BP, and I've used it with both BP and smokeless. Plenty accurate for deer to at least 200 yds, IF you're good at range estimation. I load 9.5 grs. of Unique, Power Pistol or Herco and get right around 1300 fps with any of the three, same velocity, and accuracy with a case full of Swiss 3Fg. . A couple of years ago I whacked a buck with this load and he died right away with no complaints. The bullet sailed on through for parts unknown, so I don't think another couple hundred fps would've made a bit of difference. Cholla
  9. Howdy Cholla


    I saw your post on the SASS Wire wanting dillon 550 tool head and .38/.357 dies. I have a new in the box Lee 3 die carbide set in .38, used dillion tool head and maybe a cartridge conversion kit, but I will have to check to see if I have an extra conversion kit. I have to go out of town tomorrow and will not be able to check what all I have until I get back in town on Sun. If you are interested, send me a message.




  10. I NOE 432421 in a 4-cavity and it casts great bullets, but they weigh almost 260 grs., if that matters to you. Also, they're currently out of stock and I've found that sometimes it takes quite awhile for them to get moulds back in stock. As others have said, Tom at Accurate moulds is a great person with whom to deal. He cuts moulds when they're ordered, you have your choice of iron, brass or aluminum, and the number of designs in his catalog is mind boggling. Accurate-.44-moulds He's a little higher than NOE but his moulds are works of art and for no additional charge you he will modify the design of any mould to meet your requirements, if you wish. Cholla
  11. Thanks for the kind words, guys. The finish is BLO cut 3-1 with pure gun turpentine, no stain is used at all. The process takes weeks, sometimes months if the oil is slow drying and is definitely a labor of love. I strip the stock with the stuff from the hardware that would exfoliate an elephant. After whiskering the stock, using 1" squares of wet/dry sandpaper dipped in the oil mix, I sand the stock beginning with 220 grit, then 320, then finally 400 three to four times with each grit, allowing it to dry for 30 minutes before sloppily wiping it off with paper towels . The sand paper removes almost no wood, but makes a sort of mud that fills the grain. After each round of sandpaper, I let the stock dry. After the final round with 400 grit, I apply a tiny amount of the oil to the stock and rub it in with the heel of my hand and let each coat completely dry. I have no idea how many coats I apply, but it is a bunch. I stop when I like the looks of the stock. This one actually didn't turn out as good as the others I have done as the oil didn't seem to want to dry, and I can't figure out why. Maybe BLO get old or something. I've been using the same can for years. Several years ago I did a stock on a '70 vintage Ruger 77. That stock had all the beauty of a mud fence, but refinishing it as described above, it took on a pretty, deep look and exposed grain that I had no idea was there. Ditto for an old Ruger 10-22 that my Dad bought me when I was a kid: Before: After: Redleg, coming over there and shooting is never far from my mind. I have a full set of ancient 38-40's I want to come shoot with BP, but I have to get some more brass and some more BP! Cholla
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