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by earlmck
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Only in California
Replies: 8
Views: 254

Re: Only in California

In certainly hope the insanity remains "Only in California" but I fear Oregon and Washington are not far behind....
by earlmck
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Browning 71 Carbine
Replies: 6
Views: 195

Re: Browning 71 Carbine

Fine looking rifle. And very nice pictures David. Good job all around!
by earlmck
Sat Sep 14, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .30WCF -- 150 or 170 grain bullet?
Replies: 30
Views: 480

Re: .30WCF -- 150 or 170 grain bullet?

I'm not sure 30wcf functions with anything other than 170 grainers. 36 grains of LVR, 170 grain Speer, heavy crimp. That's the sum-total of my 30wcf/jacketed bullet knowledge.
by earlmck
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1873 help
Replies: 8
Views: 353

Re: Winchester 1873 help

I have thought of using these on mine.... haven't done it yet but this is a possibility. http://stores.leeshavergunsmithing.com/ ... inchester/
by earlmck
Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shoot your eye out
Replies: 14
Views: 252

Re: Shoot your eye out

Well it seems to be inverted for me also and it stays inverted when I click on it but what the heck, I can handle it. Nice lookin' airgun. My Crossman is some kinda' AR15 look-alike but the dang thing really shoots and is by far my most-used rifle. A really rasty trigger, but after shooting that bab...
by earlmck
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: not-so-shiny brass
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: not-so-shiny brass

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:06 am
That stuff has its own attraction, doesn't it Earl?
Yeah, my dad had a box of Remingtons like that one (the same box -- he used maybe two a year) until I came along and got big enough to shoot 'em up.
by earlmck
Tue Sep 03, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: not-so-shiny brass
Replies: 4
Views: 287

Re: not-so-shiny brass

claybob86 wrote:
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:44 pm
I like messing with old stuff like that too. What did you clean them with?
I just spun them with my drill and used fine steel wool until the green was gone.
by earlmck
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: not-so-shiny brass
Replies: 4
Views: 287

not-so-shiny brass

Friend Larry thought I should have a couple more old boxes of ammo, so he slid a couple boxes of 30-30 ammo in the box when last I visited. He tells me these came from a farm on the wet side of the mountain -- I believe him, 'cause we don't see this kind of corrosion in these parts. corrodedbrass.jp...
by earlmck
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NRA Lever Action Silhouette shooting.
Replies: 7
Views: 280

Re: NRA Lever Action Silhouette shooting.

I'm with doc AJ -- the whole attraction of silhouette shooting is for fun, so shoot what you think your would most enjoy shooting on that particular day. I shot with my Rossi 357 last year and switched to my m92 38wcf this year just for grins. Will probably go with something different next year just...
by earlmck
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: OAC Collector Gun SHow
Replies: 4
Views: 241

Re: OAC Collector Gun SHow

Dang, I'd like to see that marlinman. But that's the weekend of our buffalo shoot at the COSSA range east of Bend and I can't miss that.
by earlmck
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Full Power .357mag Loads, Battered Brass, and Broken Cases
Replies: 19
Views: 588

Re: Full Power .357mag Loads, Battered Brass, and Broken Cases

Steve, I initiated a little discussion here last year about 38/357 case head separations https://www.levergunscommunity.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=72269 because I had never before seen a 357 case head separation. At that time we were suspicious of nickled cases in rifles but didn't get firmed up on the...
by earlmck
Mon Aug 19, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bought some 357 dia. cast bullets...
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Bought some 357 dia. cast bullets...

Hey, just put a little turpentine to those babies and they'll likely do you OK in your revolver as well as the rifle. I've shot a lot of .357 sized casties that were originally made up for a Colt revolver. Put 'em through my Ruger and thought they did just fine. But I don't use light loads with hard...
by earlmck
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bought some 357 dia. cast bullets...
Replies: 8
Views: 285

Re: Bought some 357 dia. cast bullets...

I'm guessing you have a real hard bullet alloy there which often doesn't do a good job with light loads in a revolver. And from the soot I'm guessing you have a really light load. You probably have a bullet which has been alloyed for magnum loads in a revolver, so you might want to try that. But you...
by earlmck
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Selling on GunBroker - any advice...?
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Selling on GunBroker - any advice...?

I've sold several guns through gunbroker. I've never run into a problem shipping to the ffl dealer supplied by the buyer. The gun along with a copy of my driver's license goes to that buyers ffl dealer and the dealer completes the transaction at that end. I've heard rumors of ffl's who won't accept ...
by earlmck
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Epstein's "suicide" - - - Don't Ever Threaten the Clintons....
Replies: 17
Views: 477

Re: Epstein's "suicide" - - - Don't Ever Threaten the Clintons....

Clintons are getting a bum rap here. This "suicide" was much more likely arranged by people who are still in power -- present day "swamp rats" vs. "has been" swam rats.
by earlmck
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speaking of things that sting
Replies: 24
Views: 566

Re: Speaking of things that sting

Rather a beautiful critter there Bill. I used to see them occasionally when I was a kid growing up in Arizona. I didn't know anything about their sting but just the looks of that wasp caused us to treat it with considerable respect. I never heard of anyone getting stung by one but I didn't hang arou...
by earlmck
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .30 cal bullets for 30-30
Replies: 7
Views: 295

Re: .30 cal bullets for 30-30

Bill, I do load the 120 grain Lee "soup can" bullet, using 10 grains of Green Dot for around 1700 fps. It is a "kid favorite" tin can shootin' load. The load with the jacketed 30 carbine bullet I was referring to in my answer to JNG would be going more on the order of 2300 fps and I don't try for th...
by earlmck
Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .30 cal bullets for 30-30
Replies: 7
Views: 295

Re: .30 cal bullets for 30-30

I shoot nothing but casties in my 30/30's but for friends who aren't into cast bullets I load a 110 grain 30 carbine bullet that makes a great plinker load with very little recoil. I use Blue Dot in my loads but I'm sure 2400 would work just fine. You want a good tight neck to make sure this bullet ...
by earlmck
Thu Jul 25, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anybody have access to a computer reloading program
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: Anybody have access to a computer reloading program

Ooops, sorry about leaving out velocity. And I've been gone to the wet side of the mountain a couple of days and didn't watch the thread. Anyway, QL thinks 2050 fps for that load in a 20" bbl.
by earlmck
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: College must make people STUPID....
Replies: 12
Views: 398

Re: College must make people STUPID....

As I look at voting maps I have come to the conclusion that it isn't college that makes people stupid. It is living in cities that causes the brain to become mushy.
by earlmck
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anybody have access to a computer reloading program
Replies: 14
Views: 351

Re: Anybody have access to a computer reloading program

QuickLoad thinks that'll go 41.3k psi with 39.9k psi being SAAMI max. And it would be a firmly compressed load. That's with normal seating depth for a COAL of 2.525" -- if you are throated to seat the bullet out further it would drop the pressure some of course.
by earlmck
Sat Jul 20, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY earlmck.
Replies: 6
Views: 166

Re: HAPPY BIRTHDAY earlmck.

Thanks guys -- I went over to see friend Butch and we sat in his front pasture with pellet rifles in pursuit of the wily sage rat. And sipped the occasional beer and munched a few peanuts and came up with solutions to several of the world's problems. Cool enough day that we enjoyed sitting in the su...
by earlmck
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38-40 Loading
Replies: 11
Views: 543

Re: 38-40 Loading

Shasta's load 205bullet/25gr RL7 is the same as I load for a full-power load in my m92. It has the nice property of being a compressed load and so my 205 grain bullet with a kinda' skimpy crimp groove can't slip the crimp and push deeper in the case. I don't shoot this in my old '73, however. It is ...
by earlmck
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin Ballard loading tool
Replies: 8
Views: 317

Re: Marlin Ballard loading tool

Now that is really something! Congratulations on the nifty acquisition.

Does give a fellow renewed appreciation of the loading tools we have now.
by earlmck
Wed May 29, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone have an oversize .45 cal
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Anyone have an oversize .45 cal

Shooting a lead bullet that is oversized for the bore, yet still chambers adds only a few hundred pounds of pressure. That's usually far less than the shot-to-shot variation with any ammo. Richard Lee talks about this in his reloading manual, it's simple mechanical engineering. But you do have to c...
by earlmck
Sun May 26, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The mysterious .35 Krag
Replies: 6
Views: 344

Re: The mysterious .35 Krag

Right you are Bill, that should be a very useful cartridge. And with 35 Rem dies for neck sizing and bullet seating and a cut-off 30/40 die to use as a body die for the occasional times you need to use it, you wouldn't need any custom die sets. I use that strategy for a 25-222magnum wildcat I had bu...
by earlmck
Wed May 22, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone have an oversize .45 cal
Replies: 7
Views: 422

Re: Anyone have an oversize .45 cal

Todd, that's a very nice offer you made there but I'm guessing that anybody who loads for their 45/70 would suspect, like I do, that those bullets are so badly oversize that you couldn't chamber the cartridge in your gun if stuffed with that large a bullet. And If you did get it chambered it might s...
by earlmck
Tue May 21, 2019 1:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Let's talk levergun rifle throats
Replies: 12
Views: 375

Re: Let's talk levergun rifle throats

Looking at your picture Bill, it looks like a little throat work and you'd be able to use that nice 230 grain bullet just fine. There's gotta' be some folks on here who have done the hand ream job on 35 Remington to get a decent throat on one. I'm sure I have read about it being a not uncommon pract...
by earlmck
Mon May 20, 2019 1:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cast bullet load in 35 Remington
Replies: 13
Views: 2721

Re: Cast bullet load in 35 Remington

I had forgot all about working with all my 35 Rems at one time and making this report nearly 7 years ago. And that must have been about the last time I experimented with loads: that load with the "Varmint" powder plus a little filler is what I use. But several years ago I got one of those nifty 6-ca...
by earlmck
Fri May 17, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Browning Model 71
Replies: 9
Views: 526

Re: Browning Model 71

Being the proud owner of a slowly diminishing stock of 20k CCI primers with the slightly irritating characteristic of having 2 to 3% "dead primers" I would assume you have assured yourself it is the gun and not the primers? If it still fails with a new batch Federal (easiest to ignite) primers it is...
by earlmck
Thu May 16, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Managed to cast a few
Replies: 18
Views: 391

Re: Managed to cast a few

Oh yeah-- lookin' good there Bill. I'd think that bullet should do the job for you.
by earlmck
Thu May 16, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A little more bullet porn
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: A little more bullet porn

Earl: I started out in 1984 shooting Black Powder cartridges in a Browning B-78 .45-70-- a handful on both ends! Probably 95% of my shooting is with my Black Powder cartridge rifles. Back in 2009, I started to paper patch and have not looked back. Tedious, requires attention to detail, but I find i...
by earlmck
Thu May 16, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: does quickload show case capacities?
Replies: 6
Views: 232

Re: does quickload show case capacities?

QuickLoad has a generic "max case capacity, overflow" which is one of the data items you can modify to fit your brand of cases.
by earlmck
Sat May 11, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Handgun rests for load workups
Replies: 19
Views: 510

Re: Handgun rests for load workups

Like you I tried different things over the years, but long ago came to a strategy where I arrange the bags so they stabilize my arms and hands and then hold the revolver with my normal two-handed grip to shoot. The bags don't touch the revolver, and I try to get the arms positioned as best I can to ...
by earlmck
Sat May 11, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A little more bullet porn
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: A little more bullet porn

Earl, is that Brownie from the COSSA range BPCR gang? I have not had good luck with pan lubing, but realized in the after-action analysis that I should have warmed the bullets first so the melted lube would properly adhere in the lube grooves. That's right Bill, I refer to the "Brownie" you would h...
by earlmck
Thu May 09, 2019 10:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Newbie bullet casting help please! RForte61
Replies: 13
Views: 319

Re: Newbie bullet casting help please! RForte61

Good advice above on what to read. But there is no substitute for melting up some lead and pouring it in a mould and seeing what happens. And while true experts can clean up a brand new mould and be casting good bullets with it withing five casts, the rest of us have to cast a hundred or two bullets...
by earlmck
Thu May 09, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A little more bullet porn
Replies: 13
Views: 630

Re: A little more bullet porn

What are they sized to, and what lube do you use? Todd/3leg I have a .459 sizer in the Lyman lubrisizer for the ones I size but mostly they get treated thusly: BatchOBulletsInLube9664.jpg This pic was with the melted lube just poured before it had even started to cool. Mix started as equal parts be...
by earlmck
Thu May 09, 2019 10:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A little more bullet porn
Replies: 13
Views: 630

A little more bullet porn

I always appreciate seeing good lookin' bullets produced by my fellow levergunners. Here are some pics of my own casting session from yesterday. Here they are fresh from the mould TubOBulletsCast9658.jpg And then after lubing TubOBulletsLubed9654.jpg And the levergun they will feed SharpsOnBullets.j...
by earlmck
Sat May 04, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?
Replies: 12
Views: 412

Re: Thoughts on this bullet, for .45 Colt?

I have a very similar bullet from Lee that casts up 315 grains for me. My 454 Casull in the Rossi lever doesn't like it much which I have been blaming on the stoopid slow pitch rifling our gunmakers insist on putting on the rifle models. I don't have a revolver that would use the bullet so can't say...
by earlmck
Thu May 02, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moose Molds
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Moose Molds

Jeff Tanner, the molds are now being made by his son. http://www.ballmoulds.com/ earlmck you might try contacting the following: Tennessee Bullet Molds Because I cut them on the latest CNC machinery, I can make them any diameter you desire. http://oldfoxtraders.com/TnMolds/index.htm Hey, much thank...
by earlmck
Thu May 02, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moose Molds
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Moose Molds

Jeff Tanner, the molds are now being made by his son. http://www.ballmoulds.com/ earlmck you might try contacting the following: Tennessee Bullet Molds Because I cut them on the latest CNC machinery, I can make them any diameter you desire. http://oldfoxtraders.com/TnMolds/index.htm Hey, much thank...
by earlmck
Sun Apr 28, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moose Molds
Replies: 10
Views: 388

Re: Moose Molds

I also have heard good things about Moose moulds. I wanted to order a .616 round ball mould from the Moose folks but got an email from moosette saying they had quit making round balls. Where would a feller get a somewhat non-standard sized round ball mould these days?
by earlmck
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1892 Winchester tang bolts
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: 1892 Winchester tang bolts

Sounds to me like they sent you the wrong screw. My local NAPA store has been real good about telling me what I have when I bring in a mystery screw. You might give yours a try with both the old screw and the replacement to see what you are working with. Ford, why not pull a tang screw out of one of...
by earlmck
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1892 Winchester tang bolts
Replies: 13
Views: 393

Re: 1892 Winchester tang bolts

Should use the same screw. 12-28 by about 1.8 or so.
by earlmck
Thu Apr 11, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.
Replies: 14
Views: 447

Re: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.

earlmck,I read the report on the 44 mag and the rifle was a Rossi '92.The author stated that he was injured by the blast of the tube and it was due to three things 1. He was using Federal primers(very sensitive ) 2. He was using a fast pistol powder.Although this had nothing directly responsible fo...
by earlmck
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.
Replies: 14
Views: 447

Re: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.

" ....and most likely a large rifle primer used so that there was some slight protrusion. " So that would be a vote against using rifle primers...! Yes, but only in the LARGE size where the primers are slightly different in the height dimension. For small primers, pistol and rifle are identical in ...
by earlmck
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chiappa / Taylor's front sights
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Chiappa / Taylor's front sights

Just a regular dovetail? If so, should be no problem. My SOP is to replace my fronts of any newly acquired rifle with green fiber optic so I can see the danged things with these old eyes. Pound them out left to right, figure on needing to file down the replacement because they always build them slig...
by earlmck
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Purty brass
Replies: 4
Views: 237

Purty brass

I spent some time yesterday decapping and trimming any of my 38/40 brass that wasn't loaded. This is stuff from back in the bad old days when you didn't find "38/40" headstamped brass so is made from R-P 44/40. And might be considered grungy. I considered marking the bases with a green sharpie to de...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.
Replies: 14
Views: 447

Re: Rossi '92 Magazine Tube.

I've been interested in this question since I read Mr. Ballou's first article a number of years ago, mostly as it applies to using pointy bullets. From R.W. Ballou's research we see that even if you could get a cartridge to go off in the tubular magazine it might scare the peewaddin out of you but w...