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by earlmck
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lee Carbide dies 357
Replies: 23
Views: 550

Re: Lee Carbide dies 357

My quality of life was greatly improved over 50 years ago with the addition of a Herter's carbide die. I wore that one out (did you know you could even do that?) and have used a Hornady for the last 20 years or so. Can't imagine life without my carbide (or titanium nitride in Hornady's case) size di...
by earlmck
Sun Jan 27, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: JB-Weld fans will like this
Replies: 16
Views: 562

Re: JB-Weld fans will like this

Yeah, JB Weld is my go-to product. One Marlin 336 had the "Marlin jam#1" JB weld fix done over 20 years ago and is going strong.
by earlmck
Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2.5 grains of clays in 357
Replies: 12
Views: 433

Re: 2.5 grains of clays in 357

For what it's worth mickbr-- QuickLoad thinks your 2.5 grains of Clays would give you 880 fps at 12.5k psi. So doesn't appear to be at risk of sticking in the barrel. And QL thinks your 3 grains would give 970 fps at 16.5k psi, if you want to compare your actual velocity against QL's predictions.
by earlmck
Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Handy Item for Hunting Trips
Replies: 23
Views: 801

Re: Handy Item for Hunting Trips

Oh how primitive! Try Viva select-a-size paper towels: you'll never bother with one of those funny little rolls again. You folks who do your duty in real woods won't notice quite as much difference but us folks who do most of ours out in the high desert (or low desert for that matter) are usually de...
by earlmck
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Remember "Grampa's Rule"
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Remember "Grampa's Rule"

It's not my job...

to say "No" to grandkids.
by earlmck
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Did you here the one about the 59 year old college student?
Replies: 21
Views: 642

Re: Did you here the one about the 59 year old college student?

And I thought I was one of the "old guys" when I returned to college after the military detour. But I remember that my attitude was much better at age 27 than it had been at 17. I'll bet you have a really fantastic attitude by age 59 Ji!

And a lot better work ethic than your competition :D .
by earlmck
Wed Jan 16, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: belling 357 case mouth
Replies: 11
Views: 386

Re: belling 357 case mouth

I prefer the universal expander over the M die. TomF Hah! Different strokes.... I am a fan of the Lyman "M" expander dies and feel "underdressed" if I'm loading cast bullets without my "M" die. But TomF is right: the Lee Universal Expander will put any amount of flare you need, and one die will cov...
by earlmck
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UPDATE Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt
Replies: 24
Views: 1165

Re: Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt

Griff wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:41 pm
"Frontier Six Shooter" is only used on .44-40s.
Ah ha! You fellers have at least doubled my knowledge of these funny old things. I love revolvers but all my shootin' ones have flip-out cylinders and you don't really have to cock them if you are in a hurry...
by earlmck
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UPDATE Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt
Replies: 24
Views: 1165

Re: Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt

It is the correct barrel marking. If it wasn't Jack The Dog would know, and let the buyer know. Nobody is as honest or knowledgeable as he is with online auctions. I've known him for years, and he's sold numerous guns for me. Sometimes he's brutally honest, which might affect my end, but always fai...
by earlmck
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yesterday I loaded 3/4 of a box of 30-30's
Replies: 23
Views: 665

Re: Yesterday I loaded 3/4 of a box of 30-30's

I do all my loading on an old Rock Chucker RCBS ... have used it for 40 years or so and am getting used to it. I size, deprime, and then prime all the brass. I keep bins full of various calibers ... ready to load. I actually do about the same with the rifle calibers. For those calibers I have enoug...
by earlmck
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1894C Siblings
Replies: 32
Views: 736

Re: 1894C Siblings

Cute kids you got there mos. And that Redfield receiver sight is some real class.
by earlmck
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: UPDATE Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt
Replies: 24
Views: 1165

Re: Somebody want to explain the attraction to this Colt

You fellers that know these things -- I was surprised by the marking "COLT FRONTIER SIX SHOOTER" on a first generation gun. Grandpa's old babe that I thought was fairly late in the first generation isn't marked that way. Around when did that start?
by earlmck
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yesterday I loaded 3/4 of a box of 30-30's
Replies: 23
Views: 665

Re: Yesterday I loaded 3/4 of a box of 30-30's

Fine lookin' partial box of shells Jim. Just exactly that sort of loading (4 to 5 hundred thutty thuttys at a time) tipped me over into getting the Hornady progressive a few years ago. Have not regretted that purchase, though I'll only go through the pain of the set-up when I am going to do multiple...
by earlmck
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Weaver vs. Vortex opinions?
Replies: 10
Views: 340

Re: Weaver vs. Vortex opinions?

Congrats on the fine new acquisition -- the absolutely perfect rifle for a reloader. I have no experience on those brands of scope but that is just the type scope I prefer for my hunting/plinking guns. I like to mount the scope as low as possible on these rifles that were built as iron-sighters. Aro...
by earlmck
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First year Marlin 336
Replies: 16
Views: 595

Re: First year Marlin 336

Love the old Marlins -- very good snag. I also have one of those old waffle-top Marlins -- mine's a 1950 model. Probably my favorite rifle (a 38/40 pump is also a serious contender). They do have a fine feel to them. But mine did have the Marlin jam #1 problem which enabled me to get it cheap and ga...
by earlmck
Tue Jan 01, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas price update
Replies: 26
Views: 735

Re: Gas price update

In my little town in the middle of the californicated state of Orygone we dropped down under $3 last week. $2.999.
by earlmck
Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: how would you like walking up on this
Replies: 32
Views: 968

Re: how would you like walking up on this

Oh I like to see rattle snakes, especially when I spot them before stepping on them. I never kill one: I figure maybe he'll bite a jogger.
by earlmck
Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I think I'm on the hill...
Replies: 65
Views: 1706

Re: I think I'm on the hill...

Yeah, old injuries you thought had healed pop back up and bite you -- a "healed" shoulder jerked out of whack 30 years ago in a dirt bike crash finally led to a full-on shoulder replacement and plumb wore-out knees led to two knee replacements (thank goodness they now have a spare parts bin for old ...
by earlmck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70
Replies: 22
Views: 819

Re: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70

Very interesting, Lever1886. That load data showing over 44 grains of RL7 really got my attention, so I ran those loads through QuickLoad. QL agreed reasonably closely for most of the powders shown but QL thinks that load of RL7 would go over 70k psi and the IMR 4198 load go almost 70k psi. And QL t...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70
Replies: 22
Views: 819

Re: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70

That is excellent info, thank you. May start at 30 grains and work up to 33 grains. Does Quickload have an estimate of velocity at 33 grains of RL7 ? Did you plug the 550 grain bullet in quickloads and the 510 grain bullet as well ? Really appreciate the help. Using your dimensional info QL thinks ...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70
Replies: 22
Views: 819

Re: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70

Mattsbullets 510 grain 45 cal bullet measures .828 from the crimp groove to the base of the bullet. Overall length looks like 2.509 seated in a 45 70 case. From another forum an established member is using a 550 grain NEI bullet seated .895 into the case, using 35.5 grains of reloader 7 in their ma...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 30-30 rebore to 375
Replies: 10
Views: 455

Re: 30-30 rebore to 375

Does this mean I could load my 30-30 Marlins to much higher pressures and still be safe? Marlins are plenty strong for their intended purpose (30/30 level loads) but are not truly super-strong actions -- I always wondered if they weren't pushing the design envelope a bit when chambering for the .37...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 23, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Merry Christmas-Plus
Replies: 16
Views: 361

Re: Merry Christmas-Plus

Grandkids are indeed the best kind of presents. And it looks like that Aaron Paul is getting old enough to enjoy going on expeditions with grandpa.
by earlmck
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buffalo Newton High Powered .256 Newton
Replies: 4
Views: 270

Re: Buffalo Newton High Powered .256 Newton

If I were going to acquire another of those "soulless side-handle" thingys, well that would be a likely candidate. Neat!
by earlmck
Thu Dec 20, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70
Replies: 22
Views: 819

Re: Anyone Use A Cast 510 Grain In A Marlin 45 70

Nice looking bullet there. Not cheap are they? You'll have no problem getting the velocity you are looking for (think RL-7, 3031, 5744 -- any of the usual suspects). As for the recoil? Well M1V1=M2V2 still as far as I know. It is going to set you back a bit.
by earlmck
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ammo and 2 world's meeting
Replies: 9
Views: 334

Re: Ammo and 2 world's meeting

Well I'll be danged!
by earlmck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 357 coated hard cast loads
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: 357 coated hard cast loads

I didn't have much time this morning when I first answered mickbr's post so didn't give proper study to QuickLoad's findings. So yes, to make 1800 fps you need compressed loads of those usual suspects WW296, H110, Lil'gun. But you can have a load well into the 1700's from a number of other powders w...
by earlmck
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 357 coated hard cast loads
Replies: 13
Views: 511

Re: 357 coated hard cast loads

That's not a hard one micbr. You're looking at max loads of H110, Lil' gun, or ww296 to get your velocity levels. And a case full of powder -- between 14 and 14.5 grains.
by earlmck
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: IMR 4064 for my .243 and 30-30
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: IMR 4064 for my .243 and 30-30

Yes, 4064 should be a real handy powder for you for 30/30 and light bullets in 243. And if you want a really fun load for plinking when out camping try 10 grains of your Trailboss behind either of your bullets in 243. My 243 gets more of these 10 grain TB loads than anything else because the grandki...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 23 Redtailed Hawks Sighted Yesterday!
Replies: 14
Views: 458

Re: 23 Redtailed Hawks Sighted Yesterday!

Besides the DDT thing, back when I was considerably younger it was considered our duty to shoot "chicken hawks".
by earlmck
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Eye loupe?
Replies: 11
Views: 397

Re: Eye loupe?

Oh yeah! My wife has a nifty visor she uses for sewing which has two different powers of lenses you can flip down. I borrow this when I need to deal with little dinky things. Try your friendly local quilt store -- normally stocked item there. The girl tells me that Harbor Freight carries one but "it...
by earlmck
Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 8
Views: 347

Re: After Fire Progress Report

Much thanks for the update Shasta: I've been thinking about you and yours. Until this last couple of years I had no idea a wildfire could jump out of the puckerbrush and go on to take out whole subdivisions full of houses. Frightening to think how many millions of us there are out in the western thi...
by earlmck
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Flyover footage of the Camp Fire aftermath, Chico, CA
Replies: 4
Views: 266

Re: Flyover footage of the Camp Fire aftermath, Chico, CA

Wow! It's hard to see how loss of life wasn't 10 or 100 times greater. Amazing that so many people managed to escape that thing with the few access roads winding through the fire zone the entire way out and the wind driving the fire so rapidly. I am having trouble thinking of a more risky place to l...
by earlmck
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .45 Colt Winchester 94 AE Trapper
Replies: 15
Views: 732

Re: .45 Colt Winchester 94 AE Trapper

I asked QuickLoad the question about changing seating depth from 1.575 to 1.54 with a 6.5 grain load of Red Dot (these kind of questions are one of my main reasons for owning the ballistic software). QL figures a pressure increase of about 1000 psi, so going from about a 17k psi load to an 18k psi l...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Any advice or warnings as to reloading manuals?
Replies: 13
Views: 594

Re: Any advice or warnings as to reloading manuals?

Don’t take this wrong, but if you like regular performance then why buy new manuals ? The original load for the 6.5x55 has been killing moose since the 1890’s. :) Yeah, I'm with harry. But then this is coming from a guy who has only bought one manual in this century, and that was a Lyman manual wit...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A new respect for Navy vets
Replies: 11
Views: 647

Re: A new respect for Navy vets

Yeah, it could get rough. Most of my sea time was on a carrier -- I think I felt it sway a time or two in the midst of typhoon somebody-or-other. Of course we electronics technicians maintained the stabilizers, so they always worked fine.
by earlmck
Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Life's Too Short To Hunt with an Ugly Gun...
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Life's Too Short To Hunt with an Ugly Gun...

Here's my 99. Except it's a 1895 in .308. The only rifle I've taken to the blind with me this year. You meant .303 didn't you M. M.? Or else there is a really interesting story there.... And I have a real similar one but it has a pretty rough bore that won't handle my casties and I haven't shot any...
by earlmck
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Life's Too Short To Hunt with an Ugly Gun...
Replies: 14
Views: 732

Re: Life's Too Short To Hunt with an Ugly Gun...

You do have fine taste in firearms 7. My 99 has also accompanied me on quality time in the hills without drawing blood this year. Yet.
by earlmck
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Preliminary Forum Drive data - updated Jan 8, 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 671

Re: Preliminary Forum Drive data

Much thanks for your efforts in our behalf Paul. And safe travels!
by earlmck
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hop, Hop, Hop, Hop... WHAM! (silence...)
Replies: 11
Views: 768

Re: Hop, Hop, Hop, Hop... WHAM! (silence...)

Now that photo is worth a lot of words. Maybe not 1000 words but at least a fair number.
by earlmck
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lil levergun sugar for your viewing pleasure
Replies: 14
Views: 679

Re: Lil levergun sugar for your viewing pleasure

My what a pretty one! And a fine photo too, Bill.
by earlmck
Thu Nov 22, 2018 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good work from JES Reboring
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Re: Good work from JES Reboring

It was kinda' interesting... I had taken the tang sight off for shipping to JES. Put it back on for my little bit of shooting. And while a 500 grain .458 bullet shoots waaay higher than a 200 grain .429 bullet out of this rifle, the windage was still nearly spot on.
by earlmck
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good work from JES Reboring
Replies: 7
Views: 491

Good work from JES Reboring

I bought a nifty C. Sharps Highwall in 44/40 from fellow levergunner Mike Armstrong a few years ago. Fine shooter, but it hasn't been seeing much use because I have all these dang leverguns in 44/40 and 38/40 and 357 and and... And I would like to shoot at the 1000 yard buffalo with the Pine Mountai...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I am getting a new name
Replies: 32
Views: 1028

Re: I am getting a new name

Ah to be gpa again. Oldest great-grandkid graduated from high school this year and has a girl friend living with him. I am at some risk of going from ggpa to gggpa. Sheeesh! My observations (I have a good number of "observations" by now) is that the little ones love the Cricket to start out with and...
by earlmck
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 45 ACP cases made from Federal 270 Win?
Replies: 18
Views: 674

Re: 45 ACP cases made from Federal 270 Win?

Well.... maybe he had a great source of cheap large rifle primers. Hard to think of any other reason to go to that kind of work for such an easily acquired case. And he probably had to ream them to get the right brass thickness, too. Goodness!
by earlmck
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FWD from Russell Frederick Jr
Replies: 11
Views: 616

Re: FWD from Russell Frederick Jr

Great! And I wonder about the Navy guy -- if he went from the frying pan to the fire. Those deadly long-range Japanese torpedoes sent a lot of our ships and men to the bottom around Guadalcanal.
by earlmck
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?
Replies: 28
Views: 1010

Re: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?

I was more referring towards the 218 Bee on the vent holes if it was really needed but sounds like it's a must, that's fine. So how about cast loads? What's your take on it? I've been read it's either a hit or miss? If you never have to form brass from 32/20 the oversized vent hole on the Lee die w...
by earlmck
Mon Nov 12, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?
Replies: 28
Views: 1010

Re: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?

I've heard the same thing regarding issues with the vent holes in Lee dies. Have been using Lee dies for years and never had any problems but sounds like the vent hole is doing more harm than good. Are the vent holes really necessary for this cartridge? Don't know but I may want to try and find ano...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "The Lost Battalion" -- Argonne Forest, WWI
Replies: 7
Views: 503

Re: "The Lost Battalion" -- Argonne Forest, WWI

Heckuva story that. Perfect tale for the day.