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  1. 41 minutes ago, Crazy Gun Barney, SASS #2428 said:


    A steak knife is designed to cut meat. 




    I would submit that the original knife was designed to cut to kill and therefore, extrapolating from your theory, all knives are weapons.

    A baseball bat is a club.  The original club was designed to kill, therefore, all clubs are weapons.

    etc., etc.


    I respectfully disagree with your logic.  



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  2. I've got a pair of plain jane slim jim holsters on a plain black belt with a US buckle.  There is minimalist enhancement along the edges of the holsters.  I've been thinking about getting a new(ish) belt with cartridge loops in case I need a reload for the rifle.


    FWIW I use either a pair of '51 Navies with 7.5" barrels or '60 Armies with 8" barrels.


    Tangent:  Is the plural of "Colt's 1860 Army"  "Armys" or "Armies"?  "Armys" just looks wrong and "Armies" would be more than one, but doesn't look right when talking about pistols.  Certainly not "Army's" as that would be possessive, or a contraction of "Army is".

    Easier:  "I've got a pair of Sam Colt's 1860s".



  3. 37 minutes ago, Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 said:


    The "kero-treatment" for new rods was one of the first things I recall reading in the Dixie catalog, possibly late 60's.


    By the way - in some circles, those "rod-holder-thingies" are referred to as "thimbles."   ^_^


    Of course, I already knew that.  I just didn't want to sound too uppity and intimidate any newer shooters with my superior knowledge of such firearms trivia. :lol:  That's why I stuck with the common man's terminology.  :D


    21 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    BTW, learn to shoot round ball when you start.  I found a properly sized, patched, and lubed ball to be more accurate.



    28 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Rod holder things are called ferrules or thimbles. 


    Horizontal so nothing will sink down to the bottom foot or so and start to "set up" and get gooey or discolor the lower end.  


    Warm because it helps the pores to open up and absorb the oil.  




    I've  only ever used round balls for my vast collection (3) of muzzle loaders.  Well, except for my .58 Springfield which eats Minie's.

    Other than a few squirrels, I haven't taken any game with them.  I'm more of a shooter than a hunter.


    Horizontal makes sense when explained like that.





  4. 1 hour ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Dowels usually aren't sturdy enough.  You need a good hickory or fiberglass rod for shooting, and you'll need to cap both ends with a screw base on one end for tools like, bore brushes, screws,  jags, and a whole array of stuff that will one day become necessary (and you usually won't have what you need anyway) and a ball pusher.


    Best way to toughen them up has been discussed recently in one of these sites.  Get a PVC pipe about an inch or more in diameter and long enough to hold your rod plus a couple of inched.  Cap one end permanently.   I always used kerosene, but linseed oil will likely work.  Put the rod (or rods) in and fill it almost all the way up with the oil.  Cap it securely and put it someplace warm too hot and put it horizontal.   Forget it for a few weeks and then take it out and wipe it down.  Good to go.


    Enjoy.  I have for a lot of years even though I seldom shoot any more.


    I had heard this somewhere a few years ago, but I wasn't sure if I was being fed BS.  Kerosene to season a muzzle loading rod seems strange.


    A couple questions:  Why someplace warm and why horizontal?   How long do you need to let it sit in the open air before trying to use it?  Any type brace or clamp needed to keep it straight while it's air-drying after the kerosene bath?


    I have a couple hickory replacement rods I bought from Dixie Gun Works a couple years ago but they're both just a little too big to fit in the, um, rod-holder-thingies (I hope that's not too technical for you guys) on the rifles.  One is .45 one is .36.  I'm guessing the only way to make them fit is to sand them down for the full length.  Then I don't know if the above seasoning method is going to make them swell up again.


    I thought I'd try to burn a tiger-stripe design on the rods before seasoning them.  Any suggestions on the easiest way to do that?



  5. I don't recall the brand name of the shooting glasses I use for Skeet and Trap, but they were about $30 when I bought them ~15 years ago.  They have 3 different lenses.  Yellow, Rose and Brown.  I almost always use the Rose color as they really make the orange on clay pigeons "pop".  For clay target shooting you should really check out the rose type lenses made for clay pigeon shooting.  The contrast is amazing.   Yellow can make things too bright on a sunny day, but I like them for night shoots.  I've never felt the need to use the dark lenses.


    For CAS and other target shooting I prefer clear lenses.


    Don't go cheap on shooting glasses just to save money.  You only get one pair of eyes.



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  6. I started watching it from the beginning a little while ago.  I'm getting real tired of Walt's obsessive compulsion against Jacob Nighthorse.  Seriously, the man needs to be committed.  He started out with a "let's get all the facts" attitude and it's turned into "Nighthorse is involved so I need to get him regardless of the method or consequences.  Don't bother me with the facts."


    I am currently taking a break from the series.


    At least that's my .02 cents.



  7. How did they make a bullet with a void in the middle?  I'm not talking about the open base of the bullet, but the void in the front of the bullet that they call a "hollow point" that does not have any opening to the point, or rear, of the bullet.




    I want to see the bullet mold.



  8. I'm a big fan of the Sig P938.  It's only slightly larger than your P238, but it's in 9mm.  Probably won't increase your capacity as it's a 8-shot with a full mag and one in the chamber.


    For larger capacity I carried a Browning High-Power for years and absolutely loved it.  I don't have any hands on experience with any of the newer 9's.



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  9. I've always been a fan of a short story for the stage and a start line.  It seems the story part has fallen by the wayside in recent years.  Luckily, the start lines are still here.  For me, CAS without some type of Cowboy line to start the action would lose a lot of it's flavor.  Kind of like eliminating the costume requirements and stage fronts.  Just plinking with guns.  There's nothing wrong with plinking.  It just doesn't feel Cowboy.


    That's my .02



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  10. 1 hour ago, Tom Bullweed said:

    Still haven't figured out why he loaded only three cartridges for three bad guys at the end of Stagecoach...


    I may be misremembering, but, I thought the sheriff only gave him one round for each brother when he released him and handed him his rifle.



  11. 9 minutes ago, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

    Something I need as much as I need mumps.  :rolleyes:


    It's not about NEED, it's all about WANT!


    I won't want one either.  ;)



  12. 5 hours ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    Another film that was groundbreaking in it’s time, mostly for special effects. Stoners seemed to like it. ;)

    I found it interesting until it got so far out weirdly philosophical. 

    You know the Bonk noise the computer makes when you try to do something wrong?  A friend of mine had a brother named Dave who reprogrammed his computer so instead of the Bonk, it said in HAL’s voice...

    ”I’m sorry, Dave. I can’t do that”


    A friend of mine rigged his computer to say, in Curly's voice from the Three Stooges:  "I'm tryin' ta think, but nothin' happens!"



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  13. OK, I think I got everybody PM'd with details.


    My wife has PayPal and I think I've worked out a 90/10 split with her (90% for her, 10% for me) for payments.


    Looks like I've still got 2000 9mm and 3000 .40 S&W available.


    Now I need to make  a trip to the PO to get some more boxes.





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  14. 9mm  Brass   1000 for $45 or 2000 for $65 shipped CONUS   Mostly brass, but a couple bags of a thousand have some nickle cases mixed in.  I didn't used to separate brass from nickle.   8000 available


    .40 S&W  Brass    1000 for $45 or 2000 for $65 shipped CONUS.   5000 brass and 1000 nickle cases available.





  15. 21 hours ago, The Original Lumpy Gritz said:

    I won't practice running :lol: :P



    I decided to take up running today.  Just a spur of the moment idea.


    Man, those cops came out of nowhere! :D



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  16. 3 hours ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    Well, you could run into these shoppers at Wally World.



    No law says you can't have fun with it.  (yet)  :D


    I kinda liked the guy wearing an engine's air filter on his head like a hat with hoses running to the mask on his face.



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  17. 26 minutes ago, Badger Mountain Charlie SASS #43172 said:

    Just down the pike from Pinckneyville. My Dad and Mom lived in the river town of Chester, Illinois where I grew up.

    Roughly 10 miles south of it, was Cora City.

    Grandpa and Grandmother's farm was on the hill above Cora City, population circa 35, not counting farms around it. 


    When in High School we played the Pinckneyville teams in the South West Egyptian Conference. They had an all star basketball team, taking State a lotta years in a row. IIRC Dustin Thomas was the BB coach. He could have coached pro I believe.  He was that good. 


    That's interesting.  The father of my buddy grew up in that area.  I remember him talking about both Pinckneyville and Chester.  I think he had family in both towns.  Always talked about the big family Thanksgiving meals:  'Coon, 'Possum and a bunch of other stuff I've never tried.  Oddly enough, I don't recall him ever mentioning Turkey.


    My grandmother also used to make a wilted salad.  Wonderful stuff.  I wish I'd learned to make it from her.



  18. 2 hours ago, Major Crimes said:


    There is a pretty good description on his website.


    In the main its about the base springs and set up. The expensive ones are more versitile and can be adjusted to suit your requirements (staff angle) and the staff will stay up right under recoil (better) on the expensive one. The cheaper ones are set up for the rifle you tell them and you dont have much (any?) adjustment for personal choice.


    Most people on other sites say the the cheaper ones are good enough for the majority of shooters but I prefer to buy once.


    Besides if I am going to mortgage my children I may as well get the best for them:D


    I'm not sure what you mean by that.  Unless you are referring to the staff angle again.  Since I'm thinking about getting one for a single shot (Sharps .45-70) I'm not real concerned about having to reset/lift the sight after each shot.  I'm more concerned about any difference in adjusting the sights and repeatability/consistency of adjustments.


    I tend to agree with the "Buy once, cry once" philosophy.  I'm just concerned if the extra money is worth the extra tears.  If the place wasn't about a 5 hour drive for me I'd be tempted to drive over and take a real hands on look at them.


    Also,  Why were you unhappy with the Mid-range sight?  What distances are you shooting and what calibers?  The longest range I've ever had access to was 600 yards.  Now I think I'd be lucky to find a 300 yard range.  I'm thinking the Mid-range sight would be plenty enough sight for me.



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