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Warden Callaway

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  1. Two on left are second generation 45 Colt. The nickel one in the center is Frontier Six Shooter 44WCF first generation black powder frame - 1881, I'm thinking. Next is a third generation 1996 in 38WCF. The one on far right is a first generation made in 1906 in 38WCF. I used the 45s as my rifles, 38WCF as my pistols and the FSS as my shotgun. I left two at home. I've always watched for Colt large caliber in the "shooter" price range that was affordable and not junk. Some reason, I kept running into them. Couple I bought outright and couple I was able to
  2. I'm late in the game but ramped up last year to a bunch of Colts. First, second and third generation. I love them all. Somehow now all my Uberti and Pietta feel like the ugly sister you got stuck with. The two Pietta Cimerron Eliminater 8s were a mess. I have several Stoeger imported Cattleman that were built right. I just replaced the springs and ran a hone around. Had to do a lot of work on the Taylor's Smoke Wagon Deluxe 44WCF to get them reliable and shooting well. One thing I've noticed while working on Colts is the parts are much harder. Pietta parts are rea
  3. $10 for 6 seems a bit high. But they came in this cute brass box. Sawmill Mary and I went on an adventure today. We went to a small gun shop in a sleepy little village on the Mississippi. The dusty shop in an old building is crammed full of "stuff" of all kinds. Some of it is not for sale. I spotted the Ted Cash capper but it didn't have a price on it. But I thought I'd ask. The proprietor and brother came up with $10. Ok. I just compared it to the Ted Cash capper I have and it's a bit different as the spring is on the outside of the box.
  4. More details on my homemade priming tool. I took a scrap of wood. Happened to be an oak survey stake. Installed a hinge. Closed it over and drilled a hole of the appropriate size with a Forstner or spade bit through one side letting the pilot point of the bit locate where the anvil post needs to be. I just used a small flat head screw for the anvil. Filed off the slot. Works well even if homely. I've looked at paint brush handles and thought they would make a classier looking end product.
  5. What did you get? How did it work? They need a stocking distributor in the USA.
  6. Check out what "Forest Camping", a Russian company has to offer. They have NEW versions of OLD tools to reload shotgun shells. Notice there is a second decaping "do-hicky" that looks like it's obviously made to decap brass hulls with pistolprimers. They have a website. www.ft-camp.com but also an eBay store. Forest-camping2016 their prices are good but shipping is high. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Reloading-Press-12-gauge-FC-/253904844613?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
  7. Or... you could just make one for less than a $1.
  8. This is the best way. RCBS 12 gauge shell holder and Lee priming post. But I'm betting you won't be able to find an RCBS 12 gauge shell holder. MidwayUSA use to sale them separate from the dies.
  9. BTY, Grafs has Magtech 12 guage brass hulls in stock. And at a better price than MidwayUSA. Limit 2 boxes. https://www.grafs.com/catalog/product/productId/11076
  10. Here is the yeald from the pipe. I zeroed out the scales with the 2x4s but not the bucket. There is a few scrap pieces to pick up but won't amount to much.
  11. No. There are U-Haul places almost as common as McDonald's. Just drop in and buy some. I got mine at a Mennonite county store that is also a U-Haul station.
  12. I got it all into ingots. But I had more trouble than usual. I neglected the fire to start with and lost a lot of time getting it built back up. Once the first pot load got up to melting temperature, and I kepted up with the heat, the project moved along. I went ahead today because the wind was predicted to be light. But it was changing constantly - always towards me. I need to pick up about 50 more ingots before I can weigh the total.
  13. If you watched my video, I stuff a packing peanut from U-haul on top. They are biodegradable and more like foam paper made from corn and bean oil. $5/bag last a long time. https://www.uhaul.com/MovingSupplies/Packing-Supplies/Biodegradable-Packing-Peanuts/?id=730
  14. Sister and her husband got their first shots weeks ago. The staid in a line of cars ALL day to get one. She just texted me. They got their second shot about 11:00am today. In two weeks, they'll be immunized.
  15. I'm working at melting the lead pipe that I scored yesterday. Looks REALLY good. Thick walls and clean inside. I'm cutting it up with limb loppers. I could probably go right into the Lee 20lb pot but there is always a chance water is trapped in a coil. I'm set up and going now anyway.
  16. I always fill scrap lead into my big Dutch oven when it's cold and empty, set it on the fire and walk away. When I see it's stopped smoking and has black junk floating on top, I come and check, clean, flux and start making ingots. I don't add scrap lead into a pot of molten lead.
  17. Modesty Blaze from the movie Modesty Blaise.
  18. I'll let you know. I hope to get to it sometime soon. I hope it's not full of lime.
  19. Sawmill Mary primes all our brass by hand. We bought a the Lee Auto Prime. It was a train wreck keeping it working. We didn't have it long when the parts inside the feed system broke. We took it back to Grafs to see if the upgrade kit would fix it. We looked at the RCBS standard hand primer and decided it looked far more substantial than the Lee. Rick, bless his hart, gave us full refund on our busted Lee and we came home with the RCBS priming tool. We have been happy with it. The only problem is changing out the shell holers requires taking it apart and reassembling it. Also, although it
  20. Scored even more lead! I took the mystery coil back to scrap yard to see what they had to say. They kept repeatedly saying "it's lead". I'd ask, not zink? And they reply no, it's lead. If it's lead it has a lot of tin and antimony in it. I kept it. I asked if they had gotten in any more soft lead. The old guy went hunting around the piles of junk on the muddy lot. He pulled out a tangled wad of lead pipe. Turned out to weigh 90 pounds. I can cut this up with an ax.
  21. Most places I've staid have a "guest office" with a computer. But I always travel with my smart phone and tablet.
  22. If you're using the Dillon powder measure, try using the TALL charge bar. I was having the same problem with BlackMZ. Dillon with short bar. Dillon with TALL bar. I also cleaned up the funnel.
  23. That changed when they went from cane suger to corn suger. Then they really screwed up with the New Coke.
  24. For many years, Coke was the real thing. But A&W Rootbeer on tap in a frosted mug was pure ambrosia! There are still restaurant that specialize in making their own rootbeer. But age and high carb diet caught up to me and soft drinks had to go. Now if I even take a drink of a soft drink, it tastes sicking sweet. I drink a lot of green tea here at home. On the road, I'll get unsweetened tea.
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