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Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

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  1. My wife (she who must be obeyed) thinks anything that she buys, on sale at the grocery store, always tastes better. Having just got over a fight with covid, I can't taste or smell anything, anyway. She knows this, and I have to keep my eye on her. She might try to slip me something she knows I don't like. I know one thing. Not being able to smell, or taste sure has saved me a lot of money on bathroom deodorant sprays.
  2. My son used to date a girl from Queensland, who was up here doing some work for the girl scouts, or some such thing. We loved her, and her accent. For some reason, she thought we had an accent. Go figure.
  3. Supposed to get down to 71 F. tomorrow. I imagine the school busses will be dragging out the tire chains, pretty soon. Time to dig around in the "chester-drawers", and find the red long-handles, with the button drop seat in the back. Still waitin' on the cow-patties to turn color. Miss Sue has been gone from these parts for so long, she may have forgotten what I am talking about.
  4. It is different, but I liked mine from the get-go. Yep..it does take some getting used to. But, you don't follow the crowd, hence you wanted one, and liked it enough to buy one. In the world of 1873 style single actions, the Bisley can be overlooked, or passed by. So, embrace the difference, and wade out to meet the challenge of getting the hang of this. It is not for everyone. It is for the select few. It is fun to figure out new techniques, for handling/shooting the Bisley, and for changing your techniques from using/shooting the 1873 Colt single action, type revolver/clones, and retraining your muscle memory. Hey...I found getting used to the Bisley was a lot easier, and more fun, than getting used to shooting my Pietta single action Starr, or my Euroarms Rogers & Spencer, cap & ball revolvers. Thumbing back the hammer on a Bisley is heaven, compared to the Starr, or the Rogers & Spencer. It would be a super boring world if we did not have the challenge of experiencing something different. The Colt Bisley IS history...our history. Us Bisley owners are rootin' for you.
  5. You said "brass shells", so I am presuming you are talking about rifle, and handgun shells, and not shotgun shells. Although one can buy brass shotgun shells, but at about 8 bucks a piece, unless you have deep pockets, like as not, one would not have very many of them. So...presuming we are talking about rifle/handgun brass shells...the answer is...it depends. It depends on: The caliber. The .38 and .44 w.c.f. brass has thin wall mouths, that may not last but a few reloading sessions, before being dented, or splitting. The powder charge. Heavy/maximum powder charges may cause the bass to fail, split, or dent, faster. The reloading equipment. What are the condition of your dies? Do you use carbide dies for straight-walled brass, or just standard dies? Do you correctly lube your brass? Are you careful, when reloading, or are you like a bull in a china shop? Do you use your main reloading set up to de-prime and re-prime your brass, or do you have a hand de-primer/primer? Are you crimping the bullet correctly? Lots to think about, and consider. But, I have found out, from reloading since the 1960's, that you can try and do everything as right as you can, and the brass case may only be loaded, or reloaded once before it splits, or dents, or becomes useless for reloading. Some believe the brand of brass has a lot to do with it. Some believe certain brands of brass last longer, than others. Could be. The short answer is: There is no telling how long a brass shell will last. There are too many factors that come into play to make any reliable predictions. It could be the brass quality, or lack thereof; the re-loading technique; the experience level of the reloader; the reloading equipment; the powder charge; the brand/type of powder; the crimping of the brass to the bullet; the lube you use....or just plain dumb chance. You buy your brass, and re-loading equipment, do the best you can, and you take your chance.
  6. High here today was 84. I looked up in the sky, but did not see any snow. I did remember to keep my mouth shut, in case of a bird flying over.
  7. Chicken fried steak here. We were on vacation, once, way up north of the Red River, past the Indian Territory, many years ago, and there was "Country Fried Steak" on the menu. Back then I had not heard it called that, and wasn't sure if it was the same thing as a chicken fried steak. It kinda was, but it was obvious it came out of a package. If my spouse (she-who-must-be-obeyed) had served that to me, at home, I would have used it as a target for my ..50-90 Sharps. I would have wanted to see if the 500 grain bullet would have bounced off of it, or made a dent. Also, down this way, we call "stuffing"..."dressing", or more precisely "dressin". It is made out of cornbread, plus different spices, and not made out of those tube-sleeve store bought "biscuits" Just different traditions, in different parts of the country. Depends on what you grew up eating, and pronouncing. I reckon most think what they grew up eating is the best tasting, and the correct pronunciation.
  8. Life causes cancer. Some things may hasten the cancer, in an individual, but sprinkles???? In that quantity??? It's like the song by Hank Williams Sr. says: "no matter how I struggle and strive...I'll never get out of this world alive."
  9. It's racist, it seems, unless it apples to "white" folks. Besides...this cyberspace "page", I am typing on, is white, so that label is a gross error. Any human being, that is the color of this cyberspace "page", has to be dead. Give me a break!!! Besides, there is only one race...the human race. Because of genetics, and location, dominate traits took over, and recessive traits mostly disappeared, so we have folks that have different physical characteristics, and skin tones. So what? If the staff had been all black-Americans, that had been fired, there would be mass protests, and maybe another Portland. Where are the mass demonstrations over this??? This totally shows the people who fired them as shallow, and easily manipulated by what is in vouge at this instant in time. Too bad there is no vaccine, or shot, for stupid. If there was, this person that did the firing, and all those that were there that agreed with that decision, must have neglected to take that shot. Total hypocrisy. If everyone is equal, and that is what all sane people want, then how can this be allowed to happen?
  10. If that had happened in 1773, in the American colonies, we might have had the Boston Sprinkles Party, instead of the Boston Tea Party,. They would have turned Boston harbor into really nice mixture of colors, for sure. I think I will go get a doughnut, with sprinkles on it, just for spite. Been eating them all my life...but then again, I am only 72. I would not want to shorten my life!!!
  11. On the plus side, Arkansas is a "red" State, has great scenery, and country folk. On the negative side, Arkansas has a State income tax. It is 6.60%...not the highest, not the lowest. Only seven states have no state income tax....Texas, Florida, Nevada, Wyoming, Alaska, Washington, and South Dakota.
  12. I think they were brave.... They ran back to ascertain the situation. I did not see anything leaking down their pants, either. I figure a lot of folks would have just keeled over in a faint. Besides, the Bible says the dead are dead, and know nothing...so, in that case, we know it is a living human making that noise. Besides, they were out there in a graveyard because someone called in with an issue out there. That means they were set up for this.
  13. My best friend, while in the Navy, was from Huntington, West Virginia. Met his family when they came to the base for a visit. If they were any indication of the typical West Virginians, then there are some great folks there. A really beautiful State, for sure. Were it not for my grandson being here, I'd make the move for the two years, in a heartbeat. If I was existing in a marxist State, I'd dang sure make the move. I noted that the majority of the applicants were from Kalifornia. Duh...no brainer. You'd have to be crazier than I was that dry year, not to make the move. Great Post S.D.. Thanks. W.K.
  14. $79.95 for a Replica Arms (Uberti) 1860 Army .44. AND....I still have and still shoot the Replica Arms 1860 Army. I still have the 1968 Dixie catalog, that I used to order it. Get this....are you sitting down??? Dixie sold Colt single actions, back then, from their catalog. They offered them in: .357 magnum, .44 special, and .45 Colt, in both blue and nickel. Ready??? Colt, in .45 caliber...Blue, 4 3/4 inch barrel = $160.00....With a 5 1/2 barrel = $160.00....with a 7 1/2 inch barrel = $160.00 Colt in .45 caliber...Nickel, 4 3/4 inch barrel = $184.00...with a 5 1/2 inch barrel = $184.00...with a 7 1/2 inch barrel = $184.00. Colt Buntline...Blue....45 caliber = $184.00. Colt Flat Top...Blue.....357 magnum = $190.00......44 Special = $190.00....45 Colt = $190.00. Nowadays, used 2nd generation Colt's can easily go for $2,500 and up. When we shot in the cow pasture, this was long before SASS was a gleam in anyone's eye. A few of us would dress up in our cowboy clothes, arm ourselves with our cowboy "weepons", and head out to the cow pasture, to shoot cans, targets, boxes, rats, or whatever presented itself. The only "rules" we had were: don't shoot yourself, or anyone else. One Saturday, we purchased a case of 5000 rounds of .22's, and between all of us, we shot up the whole case before we went home late that afternoon. No cow-patty was safe!!! W.K.
  15. Computers run things like this, and not humans. But it was a bone-head manager that thought this one up. I got a bill the other day, that I had already paid. I looked it up, and it had cleared my bank a good while ago. I so very much enjoyed calling them to point out their error. Computer-glitch, they said. It's miller time, when I can catch them in an accounting error. Perhaps it's even margarita time!!!
  16. Never Again Volunteer Yourself Navy vet...1970-1976. Gettin' shot at, just made me madder. Shootin' at them, just made me gladder. Just like now, we were not allowed to win. GOD bless our veterans, both active, and retired. I'd do it all again...even knowing what I know now, and knowing how it turned out. You bet-cha!!! W.K.
  17. Looks interesting. For me...I gotta use either a no crimp shell, or a rolled-crimp shell, in my Parker double, with damascus barrels. I have one of those old timey iron, roll-crimp devices, that were popular way back in the day. It's old, but works great. Thanks for your post. W.K.
  18. Never, ever, ever, use your thumb, or finger, to seat a cap. Use a piece of dowel rod, or antler. If that cap goes off, while you are pushing it on the cone with your thumb or finger, it will ruin your year, or maybe the rest of your life!!! Murphey's law says what can go wrong will go wrong. Do not take the chance. Replace the stock cones (nipples) with slick-shot cones (nipples). At some point, in your dealings with cap & ball revolvers, you need to study and start making paper cartridges, instead of using loose powder and ball. It speeds up the loading/reloading process, and I have seen some talented folks reload a cap & ball revolver faster than a person can eject their empties, and reload a cartridge revolver. You can use plain old blue windshield washer fluid to swab the bore...followed up with a NON-petroleum based lube, or oil. Use ONLY a NON-petroleum based lube, or oil, with any black-powder firearm. Blackpowder, and petroleum based lubes and oils, do NOT do well together. Back in the 1960's we were not aware of this...but we learned our lesson, big time!!! Non-petroleum based lubes and oils, such as Rand CLP, or, Ballistol. NEVER use a petroleum based oil on a black-powder firearm!!! A combination of lamb's tallow and bees wax, is a good non-petroleum based lube, as is SPG lube, and Wonder Lube. Study some videos/youtube segments, on how to use the cap & ball revolvers,. and what you will need to carry. Duelist1954 is an excellent person to walk you through this. He is on youtube. Mike has the experience. My Two Bits from doing this since 1964. W.K.
  19. It is different. It is unique. You have to learn it. You can't compare it to a traditional single action. Variety is the spice of life. The Bisley is very spicy. A Bisley can be interesting, challenging, different, unique, and yes, fun! (Yes...I said challenging!!!) Like anything different, it is an acquired skill, and that comes with practice, and time. Not everyone has the patience. You forked over inflated yankee paper-cloth federal reserve notes, to purchase this. Federal reserve notes that took some precious moments of your limited life to work for, and earn, over time. It cost you money, and time. You wanted it, and now you have it. So...make the most of it, and learn to like it. -I like mine, and liked it from the get-go.- Heck, just looking at it, you automatically can see it is different. Don't complain...go conquer it, and master it, and enjoy it. It is part of our history. Nothing worthwhile was ever easy.
  20. Unlike Clark Kent, this new proposed "public safety agency", like as not, won't be Superman in disguise.
  21. It will depend on what part of Texas one lives in. There is a lot of climate variations in a place this size. You have the flat plains, the mountains, the piney woods, the hill country, the gulf coast, the bayous, the big thicket. Some places are at, or near, sea level, others much higher. It may snow every year in the panhandle, but other places won't see snow for years. East Texas is very humid, in the piney woods, but west Texas is dry, and the humidity is low. Some places get a fair amount of rain, others, not much. One summer we had rain on June 30th, and it did not rain again until the last week in September. We have a tornado alley, we have hail. Some areas have four seasons, but the fall may be a week long, the spring may be 4 weeks long, and the winter may be January. As a preschooler, I built a snowman in 1954. I did not build another one until last winter, when there was enough snow, that lasted more than a day, to actually build one. Last winter's snowman lasted three or four days, because it was in the shade of the house. If one doesn't like the weather around here, they can either move to another part of the State, or wait five minutes. I know one of the more bizarre things I ever saw was, I was standing in a doorway, of our office building, in downtown Ft. Worth. The tornado sirens sounded, but I just kept standing there, leaning against the doorway. A few minutes later, a pickup truck came down the street, in front of our building. However, the pickup was floating about ten feet off the ground, and was more or less sideways. I turned to our secretary and said, now there's something you don't see every day. Tornadoes, and skyscrapers...well, I say skyscrapers...our office building was only 16 stories high, do make some interesting things happen, it seems. It is really just how, and where, one is raised, and what one is used to. But in 72 years of living here, I have only seen three tornadoes, and one of them did not drop down. I am glad it did not. It was directly over my house, and I was standing out in the front yard watching it.
  22. To those of us that were raised in the muscle-car era, this is just a feeble attempt to look cool, and maybe make it sound like it really had some power. We know better. But...having said that, I am glad most of us are still free to do what we want to, to try and make our vehicles look cool, and unique.
  23. First time I saw Colorado was in 1963. My aunt lived in Colorado Springs, and we went to visit her. I have been to a few barn burnings, and hay bailing's, but I had never seen anything like that. Cool in the day (next to what we were used to), and very chilly at night (down here, in the summer, it is often 98 degrees at midnight). It is truly a beautiful State, and many locations are simply mind boggling. My two best friends used to live there, but could not afford it, economically, or politically, they told me. One moved to Wyoming, and the other one moved back to Texas.
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