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  1. Be aware that any vender has to pay a substantial amount to SASS to be in the Chronical. Far more than dues cover. The folks on this forum are only a fraction of those in SASS and attending matches that are clamoring for guns from venders like those here. The venders offer their wares to folks that don't frequent other venues like this board. From what I have seen, they don't make that much profit when scaled against the risk of investment. I know of one vender that lost $700 on a gun that was never shipped and he has no recourse.


    I see the same folks with sour grapes over and over and I see folks that stand up for the venders because of the service they provide. Not once have I seen the venders try to beat someone down on a price. I have seen some of the sour grapes folks try to get something even cheaper.

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  2. I did Lyman media for a few years. I tried wet tumbling a few months ago. I will never, ever, go back to dry media, ever. And, please, if you shoot BP, clean your shells. I pick brass at the matches and the guys that shoot BP and don't clean... I want to cuss them because their shells blend in very well with the dirt and gravel. Make them things glisten from 30 yards away!

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  3. 37 minutes ago, El CupAJoe said:

    Need is a funny word... I'm like the chef who looks at the pantry and wonders what I'm going to make up today.  One of my favorite parts of my shooting hobby are working up new loads for weird and niche applications.  I'm getting the Lee 375-130-1R mold for my 1861 Navy.  If I ever get a conversion cylinder for it, I would want a period correct outside lubed 38 Short Colt load using the same bullet, just like they did when they first started making cartridge conversions out of colt revolvers.  


    Also, I like to play around in all things 38 special/.357 magnum, so I figured this might be a good bullet to just slap some powder coat on and drop in a 38 special case and see what happens if I can figure out the crimping thing.  I'm going to need a good bullet for Frontiersman in my rifle.  If I'm not using APP, then the lube grooves that are intended for BP lubes might work better for me than my usual 38 special/.357 magnum cast bullets.

    I am not seeing where the Lee is a heeled base bullet. The diameter is .017" larger that a .38/.357 so I don't know it would fit in a .38 case. The .38 Long Colt has a heeled base of .358 to fit inside the case and a .375 diameter top to match the bore.



  4. Someone needs to buy this before my will power breaks down. I believe this will letter as a real Colt. If that is correct, at $600, it is a bargain.




    "1971 to 1982 were the years of the '2nd generation' Colt percussion blackpowder revolvers. Zeke has provided good information on where these revolvers may have been manufactured. No matter where the parts came from, or where it was assembled, the revolver went through the distribution channels of Colt and therefore are considered Colts and can be verified and Lettered by Colt. Both the 'C' series (1971-1976) and the 'F' series (1978-1982) are equally collectable. Each series has a 'standard' production model and a variety of limited editions. The 'F' series may seem more popular because there are 10 different models to choose from (1851 Navy, 1860 Army, 1861 Navy, 1862 Pocket Police, 1862 Pocket of Navy Caliber, Walker, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Dragoons, and the Baby Walker). The 'C' series only has two models; 1851 Navy and 3rd Dragoon."

  5. They changed the design of the .32, .38, and .41 colt to a non-heeled inside lubricated bullet later on, but the bullets they went to were hollow based so that the skirt would flare and engage the rifling, much like a Minnie ball. They do make a special factory crimp die for the .38 and .41 Colt heel bullets to crimp just the case in the heel portion.



    I have ordered a mold from Accurate Molds for the two styles of .41 heeled bullet so that I can get the Cimarron Firearms Thunderer.


    My question to the OP, do you need a heeled bullet? Is the cylinder straight threw or stepped for a case and inside lubricated bullet as shown by Dave? If the cylinder is made for a heeled bullet you could use hollow-base .38s and skip the heeled bullet ordeal. I think RCBS made or makes .38 HBWC bullets that would be great for our game.

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  6. What someone else uses to play has no bearing on my enjoyment. I can't imagine the .22 being any more quiet than some of the center-fire loads some use. When the "ping" of the bullet hitting is louder than the report, that's quiet.

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  7. If they are hard to find molds they could be very valuable right now. It would be easy to search eBay by the mold numbers to see what comes up and what they are selling for. I currently have four eBay searches going right now for 41 colt molds, plus on the advice of Sedalia Dave, I also ordered one from Accurate Molds. Myself and about a millon other folks are dying for .224 molds that they can use in AR-15s. Molds for .308 are hot as well. Molds for 9mm, 45 acp, and just about any common pistol caliber is like gold. 

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