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Dusty Devil Dale

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  1. A loooong spray of carburetor cleaner, while moving the firing pin back and forth will normally clean out any residual crud. There are also extended firing pins and lighter firing pin return springs available from many vendors. Either will give harder primer hits, as will a heavier Main (hammer) Spring. I would try a firmer hammer spring as my second option, if cleaning the fp boring doesn't fix it.
  2. Badman Bullets in Oregon has cast lead and poly coated bullets in all the common CAS calibers and a big array of weights and bullet contours. Their pricing can be a shade higher at times, but their products are precisely uniform and very clean, plus they ship free across the contiguous US and AK, which is substantial.
  3. Does it remove barrel fouling? Just asking. In jewelry, it will crack some stones, remove tarnish, and contaminating CRUD and buffing compounds, but it has little effect on metals, like silver solder. I have a jeweler's Steam Dragon that steam cleans down to bare metal. I've used it on SS Vaqueros and it works very well for blowing CRUD and old lubricant deposits. Most jewelers have them. Most are not gun averse (for obvious reasons), so asking them to clean a revolver might be worth trying, and not cost very much-- for an occasional deep cleaning.
  4. I don't remember seeing it covered in the DHB (Decorators' Handbook). I checked the House and Stage Conventions, Materials Use, Safety Rules, Operation Rules, and Penalties Sections. I even looked at the Penalty Flow Chart and Reference Card, plus the Decoration Operators (DO) I and II Training Manuals. Not a single word in any of that, so I guess we would give benefit to the decorator and allow discretion. I'd have to say "No Call".
  5. So did you deprime live primers? seems intuitively scary, but I guess as long as the cap isn't dented in the process to compress the anvil, depriming would be reasonably safe. (I guess -- ONLY). Does anyone here know for sure?
  6. I have a Mantis. It does a great job of tilling the garden (even in hard clay soil) and edging the lawn. Amazing little machine for just $145. (Oh, I guess you were talking about something else.)
  7. I've read that a printer has a scanned internal record of everything it has printed, scanned or photocopied, so you need to be careful about disposal. I don't know if it's true or not. But there must be some kind of memory for the scanner to work. Does anybody know?
  8. Be careful about pickups in snow. I have a 2021 F250 Super Duty that is so light in the rear end that it slides, loses traction, and stops on my 5% slope driveway with 2" of hard packed snow. That is with M&S tires and cleat chains on the rear. I have to put chains on all 4 wheels and run in Low 4wd to get up the driveway, unless I have 600#or so of added weight in the rear of the bed, which then affects steering. If you don't need the open truck bed, an SUV might be a more reliable choice.
  9. It's a medium size packaged breast. Just the two of us this year.
  10. My wife forgot to leave me a note to remind me to remind her to take the turkey out of the freezer to thaw. Luckily, the cat sleeping atop the chest freezer tweaked her memory this morning, saving Christmas dinner. LOL!
  11. Truly Exceptional !!!!!! (Again! - I always enjoy your writings) Very Merry Christmas to you.
  12. Every thermostat has a factory set hysteresis, which is a particular number of degrees above or below the setting at which the burner or element turns on or turns off. I suppose it would be possible to set the hysteresis very tightly around the nominal setting, but the heating element or burner would be turning on and off so rapidly that a very large fraction of the energy would be wasted. Usually hysteresis is about 3 deg F plus for shut off and about 1 degree F minus for turn on. So set at 68 deg, it turns on at 67 and off at about 71 for a four deg range of variation.
  13. For me, it was either a Browning side-by-side, an old Lefevre side-by-side, or my Browning BLR lever action rifle (revolving bolt). All three made me wish I hadn't started.
  14. In this case, nobody heard the primer pop, so another possibility exists--and a dangerous one. There is a chance that a loose, uncrimped bullet is part-way inside the forcing cone, but still sitting over a fully live cartridge that got a light primer hit. Pushing the cartridge back hard against a then-extended firing pin could be catastrophic, if the cartridge did have a still active primer and powder. (How many times have we seen a primer pop on the second or third try?) I've had that situation once before. I used a wooden squib rod/dowel to push the extended bullet back into the case. I did not push it by hand, and certainly did not tap or hammer on it. Instead, I very gently pressed the end of the squib rod into a post. The bullet easily slipped back into the case, to free the chamber. The hammer obviously could not be cocked to withdraw the firing pin, with the cylinder locked up. The bottom line is to think thoroughly through the possibilities before taking action. Accident scenarios are not always obvious or even visible. Just thoughts.
  15. I surely do use a caliper for barrel slugging work. Also for chamber length measurement.
  16. Good info here about personal preferences and reasoning. But don't try to decide just by reading. Go to matches and carefully observe the different guns in actual use. Talk to the experienced shooter/owners and ask to handle the actual guns. If you can, find someone who will let you shoot their guns. But be aware that very few 66s or 73s are comparable in terms of aftermarket smithing to other guns of the same model. A 73 isn't necessarily like every (or any) other 73. In most cases, the differences afforded by internal fitting and surfacing, and things like modified springs or short stroke kits certainly do change the feel, reliability, and performance of these guns.
  17. Bird feeders here tend to be bear feeders, every time the critters wake up. They know where the feeders are and bee-line straight to them. A bear can eat a whole 25# bag of sunflower seeds injust a few minutes!
  18. Being the rebellious type, when Ca passed the plastic bag law, I went on the Internet and bought a couple thousand plastic grocery bags for an incredibly cheap price. I keep a bunch in all my vehicles and use them with pride. It was the grocery lobby that pushed hardest for the bag restrictions. Apparently the 10 cents a bag was a big deal to them. But other retail stores were not included. Hardware stores still hand out free plastic bags (which somehow are judged miraculously not to hurt dolphins or other wildlife). The truth is that the plastic grocery bags, if left out in the sun, disintegrate and flake apart in a couple months. And realize that these laws all happened because one (1) dolphin was seen by Greenpeace with a bag stuck on its head. Typical woke hysteria.
  19. Like Marshal Mo Hare said-- he needs to get his Congressional Reps and Senators involved.
  20. I suspect if this Polar front lasts very long, a lot of livestock will be lost. Be sure to shelter your pets and keep them well fed.
  21. It's so cold here in Central California that people are pouring ice cubes in their socks to keep their feet warm!
  22. I have one shop light that does the same thing. If I lightly tap the end of the case in summer, it lights up. I'm thinking the cooler temp in winter might contract the case lengthwise just enough to make a better connection. (just a conjecture).
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