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Black Mike

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  1. Thank you all for your thoughtful comments. I will let you know how I have loaded these casings for the last ten years or so. After ten or more reloads on this batch they have been starting to split at the case mouth more often. I shoot black powder and APP substitute in the 44-40 exclusively. I never rinse or clean my brass after a match. I first resize and deprime the dirty casings on a rock chucker with RCBS cowboy die. Next, I wet tumble in a Frankford Arsenal tumbler. Then I reload on a Dillon RL 500. First station I bell about half way and seat the primer. Second statiion completes the bell and powder put in case. Next The bullet is seated, finally at last station crimped. I did clean the rock chucker seat and Die. Seems aligned. The crushed cased are definately 44-40. They crush at the point where the case necks down. I may try cleaning and lubing next go around before I size and depriime and see if I can squeek out a few more loads. Have plenty of Bag Balm for my hands. I have broken out 500 new casings and have put an order into Starline for 500 more..
  2. I have been loading 44-40's a long time. This particular batch of brass has at least ten reloads on them. This time around when resizing I had about a dozen or so out of about 400 crush right at the bottleneck line. My die is clean. My dog Buck and I just can't figure this one out. Anyone have any experience like this?
  3. A friend of mine (really) called and asked me if I know any good gunsmiths locally that could solve his double feed problem. From my experience this usually happens when the OAL is too short. Any other reasons or things to check before we send it away?
  4. Those Blackhawk hammers.  Do you have to have the  firing pin/wedge welded onto hammer or do you buy the like that?

  5. I can be a pretty loyal customer and have a good amount of latitude with "humanity" as it is. For a number of years I have been buying my bullets for CAS at a company that I will not name here where I understood I was paying an almost $30 premium per 1,000 bullets, but given all was good I did not change until recently. My last order from this company had a very high percentage of badly misshapen bullets and the lube had pretty much cracked and had fallen off most of them. I sent an e mail just to let them know, very nice and not asking for anything. After a week or two I had no response so I called. I asked if they saw my e mail and they said they did. I simply said I wanted them to be aware of the issue I had. The response. "We're human, you want more bullets." Nope, thank you. So I order two thousand bullets from Rim Rock and I screw up and order 1,000 of the wrong bullets. I call them to see if I could return them and not only do they immediately send out the bullets I should have ordered but also send me a prepaid USPS mailer to send them back. Saving me not only $30 per thousand, but also the return postage. Also a very pleasant phone conversation with them. How can you beat that! It doesn't take much to keep me happy, but these guys went above and beyond. I'll be ordering many more bullets from theses guys.
  6. A while back I called Taylor's & Co. to see if I could pick up a pair of Smoke Wagons in 44-40 at Winter Range hoping to take advantage of discounts they provide there. Since I am from Connecticut they could not let me take possession at Winter Range but we're more than happy to ship them to me immediately with the match discount. After testing out the pair one of the pistols shot consistently 4 to 5 inches low at 21 feet. Both grouped very tight, it was just the elevation on one of them. I called to discuss and they took the pistol in and turned it around in a week. Shot the pistol today. Problem solved. From sale to after sale service these folks are great. Easy to communicate with, quick return e mails and phone calls. I can't say enough about my great experience. Refreshing.
  7. My experience with Universal was that with loads at the high end of the range were fine, but when lowered I was getting a lot of un burnt powder all over me and some funny sounding shots. It was explained that in large volume cases like the 45 Colt light charges will level out below the primer giving inconsistent ignition. I have since switched to Trail Boss when I shoot smokeless. Love that Universal for my 28 ga.
  8. Since you wet tumble, make it easy on yourself by not using too much Dawn or Lemishine. When I first started wet tumbling I thought more was better. I also experienced tarnish after. If I use a half teaspoon of Lemishine and Dawn that is a lot. After separating pins I just pat them dry with a towel and let them sit out for a few days to dry inside. I have had no problems with tarnish since reducing the amount of cleaner to a very small amount. I shoot black powder and APP and have no trouble with like new looking brass.
  9. Black Mike

    Spotting scope

    Try this out. On sale at less than $150. I have one and with a few different power eye pieces you can cover even small calibers out to 600 yards. The tripod is not sturdy enough, especially at high magnification but the scope is great and also great for looking at the moon and other planets and stars with the kids. Celestron 90mm Maksutov Spotting Scope Telescope Package 52268-OP - Celestron 90 Spotting Scope w/Tripod 93606
  10. Raging, Let me know what you come up with. I could use some help😜
  11. I have used the classifieds for pistols, rifles, leather, reloading equipment, long range rifles, Gunsmithing and hard to find parts. My approach is always to ask for what I need knowing that many of us have guns and gear hanging around we have long moved on from. Have almost always had more than fair pricing. Hey, sometimes when you want something of quality that is hard to find, you pay the price. Worth every Penney. Only once did I have an issue with something that was not even functioning and not as represented. I just accepted that it can happen, paid for repairs and moved on. For the most part everyone has been great.
  12. www.thehighroad.org Just opened it up. I am on it all the time.
  13. It's a free sight. Lots of good info. Just sign up with e mail and password.
  14. Pit Bull I would suggest you also post on The High Road forum. Under black powder section there is a Ruger Old Army club. Check it out. You should find some interest there.
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