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  2. It is really good to see some different perspectives that I had not considered. Cliff Hanger is pointing out that the “yield points” of lead and brass are different. That makes the “rebound” of brass greater than that of lead, leading to a bullet that is looser in the case than if I didn’t crimp as much. I’ll try some with less crimp. Tyrel Cody’s solution of using a smaller diameter bullet would address the same issue. Took me a few minutes to understand, but he’s saying squeeze the brass, not the lead for better results. I use 115 gr bullets sized to .313 now. To explain the problem a little more: The round in the magazine tube, usually second or third shot, backs straight back into the case. In a “73 this lets the next round come out of the magazine too far to the point that it prevents the carrier from lifting. The only way to clear it is to remove the offending round. My previous thinking was that a heavier crimp would solve the problem. But maybe not! HKU pointed out the different chamber sizes. I’ve seen the same problems with tight chambers on my 3rd gen Colts. That is the main reason I had to trim the base of my sizing die for use in the Dillon 550. (Had to do the same with 44-40 dies.) I’ve Used Abaline’s method of pushing the round, bullet first into the loading table. It works but is a PITA for monthly matches. I realize I’m doing something wrong, just don’t know what. I ‘preciate the advice so far and have a couple of new hints to try.
  3. https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/2015/08/25/modern-armament/
  4. There are so many more interesting cartridges than just .45 and .38/.357. While the straight-walled cartridges, (don't forget .44!), are easiest to load, there is so much more available. Explore before buying. I saw one fellow post on another forum that he was into "historically correct", and was kicking himself for buying a rifle in .45
  5. Yep!!!! Let me know if anyone has one they would pass on!
  6. Y'all are missing the point... "Old Ironsides" is a symbol of American permanence. Still a commissioned warship at 222 years of age. Still well-maintained and seaworthy, still has a crew, still has her armament, but her purpose in life is now ceremonial: "Constitution's stated mission today is to promote understanding of the Navy's role in war and peace through educational outreach, historical demonstration, and active participation in public events...." A "BUFF" could could also fill such a role.
  7. Sounds like what you're looking for is one of these; a Uberti Richard-Mason Conversion Uberti Richard-Mason Conversion Ha! Too Tall beat me to the draw!
  8. Easiest solution - look for an 1851 Richards-Mason cartridge conversion revolver. Gives you exactly what you are looking for.
  9. Doesn't matter to me as long as it was done right
  10. I'm surprised that the State of Illinois doesn't kick them out! But then again, Illinois needs to have some companions for their ex-governors serving time in Joliet (or wherever).
  11. I use R-P brass for my smokeless .32-20's and either .312 or .313 115gr bullets. Lee dies with FCD. No turtling problem. Take a loaded round and push the round, bullet first, into a hard object. If it has a proper crimp the bullet should not push into the case. If it passes that test it should not collapse in the mag tube.
  12. Yes I do. I ship 65 pounds for$110. Or $35 a jug(25#) FTF.
  13. Naw! In the first place it would count against the number allowed according to the current Arms Limitation Treaties. Anyway, they have already reclaimed two (2) from the "bone yard" at Davis-Monthan. If those two are "reserectons", are the remaining ones down there "zombies"?
  14. Do you mean a factory conversion from Uberti or one that started as a Cap & Ball that has had a Conversion cylinder added?
  15. How would it become airborne and how would it be armed first?
  16. And we think the Gooney Bird's immortal. Wonder what the late Oscar Brand could come up with for new words for the song about the DC-3 as applied to the BUFF and maybe the Hawg? "They patch her up with masking tape, with paper clips and string, And still she flies, she never dies, Mathusilah with wings!"
  17. There should oughtta be a '52 maintained in flying condition parked next to the USS Constitution.
  18. Ah good point Dave! I don't care what the caliber is but I do want a one with a loading gate and ejector rod.
  19. We had a Junior shooter join us with his dad in the early 2000s. He got very ill and it affected his memory. He quit shooting CAS, as remembering the scenarios was problematic. His dad still shot so the son would come out and shoot at the range, trap mostly. I was always so glad to see him, as he was such a good kid Today, his dad posted, on FB, that his son just graduated from California State University, Fresno as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. Bravo Matt! I know this was a really special achievement.
  20. Hey Stopsign, a few more details might make it easier to find one. .36 or .44 caliber? Are you looking for a 1851 black powder pistol, that's been converted with a drop in cylinder? Or one that has been modified with a loading gate and ejector? Knowing these details will narrow your search down quite a bit. Hope you find what you're looking for.
  21. Which will be retired later, BUFF or Warthog?
  22. My opinion is you have increased the crimp pressure to the point the brass is too small and then rebounds back out to near uncrimped diameter. Try processing some clean, sized brass but no powder or bullet. After sizing the brass, run the brass up in to the crimp die (no bullet) and look at the crimp roll after removing from the die. Too much crimp will fatigue the brass and the brass will not hold pressure. The case crimp should roll over enough to catch the upper edge of the bullet crimp groove and barely dig in to the lead.
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