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  2. Slice it and give it to the dog...Then buy another one and cook slowly... Texas Lizard Only in the Air Force did I have tuff meat loaf....
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  4. 6.2 grains of WST powder and a 200 grain bullet makes for a .45 Colt load that easily makes power factor and burns cleaner than most other powders. Extremely accurate, too. Although I like Red Dot as well for .45 Colt loads. I never think of clean and TrailBoss in the same universe. . Good luck, GJ
  5. And here's a caution from the Lyman die set instructions about overly-hard crimping that seems relevant:
  6. I could not find the thread regarding favorite loads for the 38 special. I noticed some shooters really liked 125 grain bullets with 2.4 grains of clays vs 105 grain bullets with 2.9 grains of clays. I am giving approximate loads since I could not find the thread. Was wondering if it was personal preference or it had to do with how long the sight was off the target. At close targets I have never noticed the difference. When shooting at further away targets I have noticed the sights leaving the target on multiple shots with heavier loads. Just wondering if the power factor was the same with a 125 vs 105 would you see the same lift or rise of the sights from one shot to the other. I hope this better explains my point in the thread. Any further ideas?
  7. Seems like RCBS has learned at least a few things since the 1970s. I'd like to see the instructions that came with that set. I'd imagine the instructions say to back the crimp off when using the dies for .45 auto to just straighten out the belling. And if loading .45 auto rim, then run the crimp down to apply it to that type of round. Further research on The High Road does indicate that it wasn't until about 1980 that RCBS provided a taper crimp rather than a roll crimp die in the .45 auto sets. Perhaps Lyman (my first .45 auto set) had a taper crimp offering earlier than RCBS. Good luck, GJ
  8. Made me wonder how many people practice finding their bedside firearm in total darkness. Also if they practice clearing a jam or reload in total darkness.
  9. I kind of did that years ago. I didn’t reenact the period clothing nor did I use flintlock guns but I camped using primitive methods. Starting a fire on a damp drizzly morning is quite a test of character. So is cooking a rabbit using a wood spit over a fire and cooking wild onions and potatoes (not really wild) just leftovers in our garden two months after harvesting. My spit fell over knocking my skillet into the fire...I had crunchy rabbit with dirty potatoes and onions...I think people pay a lot of money for those minerals and vitamins. It took me a few days but I was getting the hang of it.
  10. My RCBS 3 die .45 acp die set has a sizer, beller/deprimer, and a seater/crimp die. The "crimp ledge" is .740" from the die mouth. The dies are stamped '78, and I bought the taper crimp die (not pictured) a few years later. (edit) I found a die lock ring, and loaded five rounds with the pictured seater/crimper die, and it does NOT apply any sort of sufficient taper crimp before hitting the roll crimp ledge to allow the finished round to drop into my EGW chamber checker block.
  11. I use salt and a low and slow cooking temperature. I like to salt steaks at least 4 hours before cooking and a whole day when possible. For all cuts of beef I cook between 215 and 225 degrees F. I also cook pork ribs at this temperature. Low and slow allows the colligens in the meat to breakdown. For the most tender and juiciest beef cook until the internal temperature is 125 to 130 degrees F. Then remove from low heat and sear the outside over a very hot flame or iron skillet . After searing the internal temp will be 135 to 145 degrees F. Let rest 5 minutes on a warm covered plate before slicing.
  12. Next time have it cut with an EDM machine. Done properly the cut will have a mirror finish.
  13. Are you gonna skin that Smoke Wagon or are you gonna stand there and bleed? *oops, wrong movie* But top ten best line ever.
  14. My order of .45-70 brass arrived today. 200 Starline. Sat in the family room with SWMBO, a case length trimmer and the de-burring tool to start cleaning them up and did about a quarter. Trying to figure out a good load for a lot of 405 and 500 Grain LRNFP bullets I obtained to try out. Weeds coming up in the lawn, so stay off it.
  15. I've loaded .45 auto since 1972. Never seen a .45 auto seat/crimp die that was not a taper crimp style. With .45 auto loads, you are not really crimping, you are returning the case wall to just about a straight line. If half the case wall thickness is visible looking straight down on the nose of the round, you have a perfect "taper crimp", because the other half of the case wall has bit into the bullet.
  16. I get my main match rifle shooting on at about 20 yards. Write down the rear sight elevator notch for that. I sight main match rifle at 100 yards next. Get it on by adding elevator notches to the 20 yards sight setting. Write down that notch number. Put sight back on the 20 yard zero. Shoot matches for ever. When I have a seventy to hundred yard shot to make,. I add back those notches needed for 100 yard zero. Same ammo, same gun. Same cowboy hat. On my Uberti .45 Colt rifles, that would usually work out to the first notch (lowest) for match, and 3rd notch for my velocity of match ammo, which may be slightly more than most folks use, as mine makes WB power factor. Why make it hard? GJ
  17. As you can see I shoot black powder... A lot. I have no desire to make it, because of all the reasons given above. A good source on the legality would be the Illinois State Rifle Association.
  18. Thanks for the time everyone spent on this. For me the issue was close at “explosive”. We’ve all done stupid stuff. I’m just trying to prevent the burnt hair and trips to the ER. To a teenager dads are the dumbest people on earth so I was coming here for some other opinions about the issue. HOWEVER, Wikipedia is not a source for information. Mass opinion doesn’t make it true or right. Even public schools can’t use Wikipedia as a source for information.
  19. My buddy in Spain had a Green parrot. When he got married the household gained a cat. Usually when they left they would lock the parrot in its cage. One day they forgot and when they got home and opened the door there were a few feathers on the floor along with a couple of tufts of cat fur. When they got into the room where the cage was the cat was inside the birdcage and the parrot was on top. That cat was very glad to be inside the cage. Took two of us two get the cat out of the cage. AFAIK the cat never attempted to eat the parrot ever again.
  20. I remember being shocked to find out that dad had seen Geronimo when they were moving him cross country by train. MY DAD SAW GERONIMO. My mother's grandfather was at Promintory Point the day before the golden spike was driven, but left because he didn't want his family to be in the presence of all the drunks and rowdies.
  21. Net to the ones I make at home, Jamie's Waffle Express in Prescott Valley and the sister store, Waffles and more in Prescott, make about the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had. The only exception was a place NE of Balboa Park in San Diego. B & G is my go to breakfast. here are lots of places that almost get it right, but almost none that get it great.
  22. Testing Yourself - Practicing History in Their Shoes
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