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by Shasta
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Overloading a Sixgun
Replies: 27
Views: 757

Re: Overloading a Sixgun

It ain't just sixguns. For the first time in my life I was present when a firearm let go from a suspected double charge just last month: https://i.imgur.com/0U8OrH9.jpg?1 It was a Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 firing a cast lead bullet load. Thankfully my friend was not seriously injured. He got a really bl...
by Shasta
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No cashiers at Lowes, Home Depot
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: No cashiers at Lowes, Home Depot

I'm with you on this self checkout BS. They are literally forcing you to be an employee without pay. Our Home Depot and Lowe's stores really push this, but I play the ignorant old man card and force their "guard dog" to check me out.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question / POLL
Replies: 106
Views: 1475

Re: Question / POLL

Coming up on 70, been married to the same gal for 46 years. Been shooting since about 7 or 8 years old, casting and reloading since I turned 18 in 1968. Have owned my 55 Chevy Nomad for 51 years. I tend to hold onto things.

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big day today
Replies: 27
Views: 1127

Re: Big day today

Great looking '39, Marlinman, and done up right too! Looking forward to seeing the final paint job.

Shasta
by Shasta
Wed May 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stainless steel tumblers
Replies: 12
Views: 448

Re: Stainless steel tumblers

The Thumler's Tumbler Model B is a good unit, but the shafts are mounted in nylon bushings that clip into the platform and in my opinion are not very sturdy. I have two Extreme Rebel 17 tumblers that have the shafts mounted on pillow block ball bearings. They are very strong and reliable. https://ww...
by Shasta
Sat May 09, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Right Handed Kid with Dominant Left Eye
Replies: 24
Views: 579

Re: Right Handed Kid with Dominant Left Eye

My youngest daughter is left handed like her dad, but was born with such poor vision in her left eye that the doctor said she was legally blind in that eye. I started her off shooting a BB gun right handed at age four, and since she has never shot any other way, she is naturally a right handed shoot...
by Shasta
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

OK, just the reloading equipment and bullet casting equipment would cost me about $28,400 to replace. It took me 50 years to accumulate all that stuff and there ain't no way I could ever replace it all. I have replaced the presses, powder scales and measures, some moulds and a couple lead furnaces a...
by Shasta
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

Having been burned out in the 2018 Carr Fire, . . . what I was able to recall came to just shy of $105,000. Shasta Is that a typo? One Hundred and Five Thousand Dollars!!!!!!!!! That's the price of a small house in some parts of the country! I'm not saying that is how much I had invested. I am sayi...
by Shasta
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?
Replies: 23
Views: 751

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

Having been burned out in the 2018 Carr Fire, I had to make an inventory of my reloading equipment, ammunition, and reloading components for the insurance company. I had an estimated 100,000 rounds of loaded ammo and nearly that much more in components. The worst of it was losing all my hard-to-find...
by Shasta
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest 1895 Winchester And A Few Test Shots
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: Latest 1895 Winchester And A Few Test Shots

Very nice rifle! Good luck finding any brass. I have an octagon barreled '95 in .38-72 for which I purchased several hundred Jamison made brass cases back when they were making them. Unfortunately I lost it all along with my reloading equipment when the Carr Fire destroyed my entire property. I did ...
by Shasta
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My stay at home project.
Replies: 24
Views: 1202

Re: My stay at home project.

Looking very good! Please keep us posted as the build progresses.

Shasta
by Shasta
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What About That Stimulus Check?
Replies: 16
Views: 817

Re: What About That Stimulus Check?

I just sent an 1894 Winchester octagon barreled rifle in .32-40 to John Taylor up in Puyallup, WA for a barrel reline in the same caliber. If that stimulus check does come through it will cover the $500 cost. :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help - Bullets shaving.
Replies: 9
Views: 527

Re: Help - Bullets shaving.

I was having the same problem with my .44-40 reloads. I cured it by using a deburring tool on the case after it had been run through the expander die.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners
Replies: 16
Views: 589

Re: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners

I use a product called Awesome that I get at the Dollar Store. Diluted 50-50 with hot water, it works well.


Shasta
by Shasta
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Lever
Replies: 6
Views: 476

Re: Old Lever

Check out how this guy does it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Wb4HXa-sk


Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 17
Views: 993

Re: After Fire Progress Report

Glad to hear you are getting back towards returning home. How did you do with getting your lead supply back into usable form? Most of my lead is still inside the metal ammo cans, melted into a 120 pound brick that is extremely difficult to get out of the can, so I just haven't messed with it much. ...
by Shasta
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 17
Views: 993

Re: After Fire Progress Report

Hello All, I thought I should dredge up this old post and update you again on our rebuild progress. We unfortunately hired an architect who turned out to be a crook, and the house plans he promised in two weeks took him a full year to finally produce. I was fortunate to get them at all as he wound u...
by Shasta
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Original rear sight for Win94 1923 vintage
Replies: 3
Views: 250

Re: Original rear sight for Win94 1923 vintage

The original rear barrel sight for that rifle was quite different from those of other calibers. Here is a picture of it: https://i.imgur.com/hSyzIlh.jpg?2 As you can see, it is very large and not conducive to use with a receiver or tang sight. The best solution would be to install a dovetail blank f...
by Shasta
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone here shoot a military irons-only rifle match?
Replies: 17
Views: 770

Re: Anyone here shoot a military irons-only rifle match?

We have monthly Vintage Military Silhouette matches at Hat Creek Rifle & Pistol Club in Burney, CA from April to September. Rifles are M-14 or older, with an Iron Site discipline and a Scope Sight discipline, but we do allow newer types that shoot in what we call "Open" discipline. Slings are not al...
by Shasta
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Shasta.
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Happy Birthday Shasta.

Thank you for the good wishes fellas. Turning 69 today. I suppose I should give an update on my life after losing everything in the 2018 Carr wildfire on July 26, 2018. A month after the fire we hired an architect that was recommended to us to draw up a set of plans for our new house. The cost was a...
by Shasta
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: advice about buying cast bullets
Replies: 12
Views: 468

Re: advice about buying cast bullets

https://www.bearcreeksupplybullets.com/bulletselection


Bear Creek Supply makes inexpensive plain base moly coated bullets that are very popular with the silhouette shooters around here.


Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: nd in need of help... Win 1895
Replies: 19
Views: 806

Re: nd in need of help... Win 1895

Proper slave pins are the key. Go to Harbor Freight and for $10 buy a set of their drill bits. They don't drill holes worth a darn, but can be ground into dandy slave pins! :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 23
Views: 678

Re: Prayer Request

I'm very sorry for your loss, Griff. I hope your mom left a specific will. It makes it easier for the executor to deal with family members. Meanwhile you are in my prayers, friend.

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A dilemma
Replies: 29
Views: 1307

Re: A dilemma

Get a real Colt in .44-40. Find a good used one so you don't have to worry about keeping it new looking. Your rifle ammo will probably work OK, but if not it's just a matter of proper bullet diameter.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......

With the action open, can you push the lifter down, and if so does it snap down and stay down? The lifter should snap positively down and stay if pushed, and pushing the lever downward should snap the lifter positively back up. The lifter should not be floppy loose. If that checks out, then I think ...
by Shasta
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery metals for bullet casting
Replies: 16
Views: 1247

Re: Mystery metals for bullet casting

I have been casting bullets for over 50 years, primarily with mystery metal obtained from wherever I could get it. I always keep known metals such as pure soft lead, wheel weights, tin, linotype, etc. separated. Any unknown mystery metal I melted in a pot with a thermometer controlled temperature of...
by Shasta
Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......
Replies: 7
Views: 654

Re: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......

I have had the same thing happen, and it was the lever pivot pin that was the problem. I had pushed it too far in from the left side of the receiver. Once you have the pin in place, install and tighten the screw that retains it into the side of the receiver. Then take an appropriate size pin punch t...
by Shasta
Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NRA Lever Action Silhouette shooting.
Replies: 7
Views: 373

Re: NRA Lever Action Silhouette shooting.

I am the Match Director at Hat Creek Rifle & Pistol Club in Burney, CA and we shoot lever action silhouette every month all year. Your Marlin Texan with it's octagon barrel is a perfect choice for Smallbore Cowboy Rifle Silhouette. Most of our shooters use standard velocity ammo with good success. F...
by Shasta
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Auction finds
Replies: 7
Views: 430

Re: Auction finds

For 25-20, you might try Load X. I got some brass from him last fall and it was even properly head-stamped.

https://www.loadxammo.com/

Shasta
by Shasta
Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prince Rupert’s Drop
Replies: 8
Views: 450

Re: Prince Rupert’s Drop

I had never heard of a Prince Rupert's Drop, nor would I have believed such a small amount of glass could be so tough. I certainly learned something today! Thanks for the links, Tycer. :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cast boolit hunting alloy?
Replies: 19
Views: 1050

Re: Cast boolit hunting alloy?

I had good luck using gas checked wheel weight bullets in my leverguns, or pure lead in my muzzleloaders or Sharps. Unfortunately, as of July 1, 2019, we here in the state if Kommifornia will not be allowed to hunt any animal with any bullet containing lead. This presents a special problem for me in...
by Shasta
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38-40 Loading
Replies: 11
Views: 818

Re: 38-40 Loading

First of all, welcome to the Leverguns campfire. Lots of good info hereabouts.

Dunno if it helps, but I use 25.0 gr. Re7 in my .44-40 with a 205 gr. bullet with excellent results.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another reason I'm glad I escaped...
Replies: 23
Views: 1602

Re: Another reason I'm glad I escaped...

Lifelong Shasta County Californian here, the reddest county in the state. Here in the far north folks tend to be conservative gun owners, but still we are forced to live by laws passed by the whims of arrogant liberals.

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Shasta
by Shasta
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Texas outlaws Red Light Cameras.
Replies: 20
Views: 715

Re: Texas outlaws Red Light Cameras.

We have several of them here in Redding, CA. My wife ran one in a moment of inattention and got a ticket that cost nearly $500, plus our car insurance rates went up for a couple years after.

Shasta
by Shasta
Mon Jun 03, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bullet mold
Replies: 11
Views: 481

Re: Bullet mold

I like the RCBS 37-250-FN; it is a gas checked bullet that shoots very well in my Winchester Legacy rifle.

Shasta
by Shasta
Mon May 20, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Let's talk levergun rifle throats
Replies: 12
Views: 514

Re: Let's talk levergun rifle throats

Several years ago I bought a used Winchester 94 Canadian Centennial 30-30 with 26" octagon barrel (mfg 1971) with the specific intent to shoot metallic silhouette using a Lyman 311041 cast lead bullet. I loaded five test rounds and they fed through the magazine fine but would not quite chamber all t...
by Shasta
Thu May 16, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lead hardness testers
Replies: 10
Views: 495

Re: Lead hardness testers

When it comes to precision measuring instruments, don't cheap out. You get what you pay for. I really like my Saeco. It's a very old one made of steel. The one drawback to it is that it will only test bullets, not scrap lead pieces or ingots. For those I have a Cabine Tree hardness tester. For me, t...
by Shasta
Tue May 14, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: magnums
Replies: 13
Views: 751

Re: magnums

That is exactly why I got rid of my .300 Win. Mag. It was way too hard on the several Blacktail deer and one Pronghorn I shot with it. I now use a 6.5 Creedmoor, which is much better suited to the task.

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old black powder.
Replies: 12
Views: 581

Re: Old black powder.

Until I lost it in last summer's fire, I had a metal 25 lb. keg of FFg black powder made by Gearhart-Owen Industries, which went out of business in the early 1980's. I had used two or three pounds of it in my black powder cartridge rifles with no determinable difference.

Shasta
by Shasta
Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You guys with Winchester 76s ...
Replies: 14
Views: 794

Re: You guys with Winchester 76s ...

I have a Uberti 1876 rifle from Taylors & Co. with 28" barrel in .45-60 that I have owned for several years. Quality is excellent and it has an exceptionally beautiful buttstock. It is a very good shooter, although it weighs 11 lbs. and can be difficult to hold up during extended shooting sessions. ...
by Shasta
Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The trouble with IWB carry ...
Replies: 16
Views: 496

Re: The trouble with IWB carry ...

I know how you feel. I am a fat guy that carries a Springfield XD Compact .45 ACP inside the waistband using an Alien Gear hybrid holster. I decided it was worth it to me to buy oversize pants to accommodate my weight gains. I buy them two sizes big at Walmart for under $20, then I put suspender but...
by Shasta
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Model 1886 in 40-65
Replies: 22
Views: 1098

Re: Model 1886 in 40-65

Some really nice rifles you boys have. If I was lucky enough to own an original 1886 Winchester, the .40-65 would be my caliber of choice. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Vortex Scopes?....
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Vortex Scopes?....

I have two Vortex Vipers, one on a Savage Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor and one on a Remington 700 SPS in 22-250. Both are excellent and I can clearly see ground squirrels at 500+ yards. I think for the money Vortex is the best buy out there.

Shasta
by Shasta
Wed Jan 30, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 73
Views: 3007

Re: Prayer Request

Griff,

I am deeply saddened to hear that your wife has passed. Please accept my condolences and I pray that you can find peace.

Tim
by Shasta
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 94 switch out question
Replies: 7
Views: 823

Re: Winchester 94 switch out question

.30-30 family is:

.25-35
.30-30
.32 Special
.32-40
.38-55
I believe the 7-30 Waters is in there too.

.44-40 alternate caliber is .38-40

Shasta


Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Help With Loading 38 55
Replies: 31
Views: 1890

Re: Need Help With Loading 38 55

I would like to add a bit of advice based on my own experience. If you have not already done so, make sure your loaded round will feed properly from the rifle's magazine. I purchased the long Starline brass for my Winchester 94 Legacy .38-55 rifle, and loaded with a Bear Creek Supply cast lead bulle...
by Shasta
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Now this is NICE 'Second Amendment' Art...!
Replies: 4
Views: 570

Re: Now this is NICE 'Second Amendment' Art...!

Absolutely astounding! I will never cease to be amazed by the talent and genius of a true artist. Thank you for posting and I hope all the folks here on the Leverguns forum take the time to watch that short video.

Shasta
by Shasta
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hunting photo time again.
Replies: 20
Views: 1105

Re: Hunting photo time again.

Great photos as always, Nath. I especially enjoyed the snipe photo as it has been a good many years since I have bagged one of those here in California. As of January 2019, the liberals in charge are requiring non-toxic shot and projectiles for all hunting in California. Since I cannot shoot steel s...
by Shasta
Mon Dec 24, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayers please-pregnant family member
Replies: 37
Views: 1528

Re: Prayers please-pregnant family member

I can only imagine how stressful this must be for her. I pray she will have a healthy and happy little one.

Shasta
by Shasta
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 73
Views: 3007

Re: Prayer Request

Griff, I'm very sorry to hear that your missus is so ill. Being at her side is not "hovering". It is fulfilling that part of the age old marriage vow where a man pledges himself to his wife "in sickness and in health". Hopefully better times are coming, meanwhile best wishes and prayers for a full r...