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by earlmck
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: FWD from Russell Frederick Jr
Replies: 11
Views: 301

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: 412

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: 412

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: 298

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

Heckuva story that. Perfect tale for the day.
by earlmck
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?
Replies: 28
Views: 412

Re: Winchester 43 218 Bee Mag?

Factory ammo for a Bee is hard to find and ridiculously expensive for something that is such a sweetheart to load for. Starline 32/20 brass is readily available and forms into 218 Bee with some care. I drop it to 25/20 first and then down to 218 Bee. And I think I made a post on here some time back ...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Some photos from Blighty.
Replies: 25
Views: 402

Re: Some photos from Blighty.

Pete44ru wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:00 am
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Those pics are some kind of wonderful, Nath - Thanks again for posting them, as they're really enjoyable to me. :)


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by earlmck
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps
Replies: 17
Views: 388

Re: Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps

Oh my! Nice!
by earlmck
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What a picture! Lever deer hunters circa 1945
Replies: 22
Views: 701

Re: What a picture! Lever deer hunters circa 1945

Now that's a fine picture!
by earlmck
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads

Isn't that 110 half jacket the bullet they sold for the 30 carbine, think they called it the Plinker? That's the one -- back when I was just starting reloading and didn't have a powder measure I shot a bunch of those Speer plinkers. I could pour the case almost full of 3031 and seat my plinker on t...
by earlmck
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads

Whoa! I didn't realize Speer made a Lead Round Nose bullet but have since been educated. So belay my "a little more RL-7" advice. I am most impressed that bullet even stayed on the paper at your velocity somewhere in the vicinity of 2400 fps. That soft lead bullet is built for about half that veloci...
by earlmck
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cell coverage
Replies: 13
Views: 275

Re: Cell coverage

I've been using Tracfone for several years at about $10/ mo. The Tracfone company may use any major carrier but each individual "fone" only uses whichever one had the Tracfone contract for the area where you bought the Tracfone. When I bought my present Tracfone it is using Verizon which is the best...
by earlmck
Thu Nov 01, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads
Replies: 9
Views: 393

Re: Winchester 94 .30-30 with light loads

I'm assuming a Speer LRN is not a lead bullet but a jacketed bullet? Because a lead bullet might not even stay on the paper at that velocity level. I load a 30 carbine 110 grain roundnose jacketed bullet occasionally. From my notes, accuracy improved dramatically as I went up from 30 grains to 32 gr...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chiappa Alaskan
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: Chiappa Alaskan

Now that's a slick looking set-up. And what is this "munjac" you're hoping to shoot with it?

I also put a scope on a m92 type (Browning) a couple weeks ago. I looked at that Leupold scope as being almost perfect for my needs but the eye-relief thing tipped me over to the Burris 2.75x.
by earlmck
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got a box from Dillon yesterday.
Replies: 20
Views: 442

Re: Got a box from Dillon yesterday.

Sounds like Blue is a really good outfit. I enjoy their catalog, but got sucked into a Hornady LNL back when they offered 1000 free bullets along with the press. "Gee that makes the press practically free!" was my thought. But I shoot so few jacketed bullets I bet I still have 900 left after at leas...
by earlmck
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Home away.....
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: Home away.....

my first cousin, charles clayton, was a fireman ? on the Bon Homme Richard in the late 60s prob 67-69? was in the far east’ , i think, road out a typhoon, which he thought would sink her etc.... might have been there when you were Yep -- we'd have overlapped: I was on '66 - '68. I remember the typh...
by earlmck
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday

That's some fine shooting Earl with a 30-30 and cast bullets. If you double the 16/20 you get 32/40 if your shooting 40 shots. At the Ridgway Levergun Jubilee I got 21 x40 and past years got only 16/40 and an 18/40 but I was using the 1881 Marlin in 40-60. Naw, that's apples to oranges 6. We're sho...
by earlmck
Sun Oct 28, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An old Winchester in the family
Replies: 10
Views: 444

Re: An old Winchester in the family

Now that is a rifle of character. Heck, there wasn't any finish left on the receiver by the time of the 1936 photo: it had lots of use by then. And with a tang sight too. Mighty fine! Thanks for the story and pics David.
by earlmck
Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Re: Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday

Earl, was this at the COSSA range out there near Millican? Some fine folks shoot out there. That's it Bill. I don't know why I hadn't got with those folks years ago: guess I had just heard about them shooting the BPCR thing and I don't have one of those. But dang, they also do the pistol cal levers...
by earlmck
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 366

Shot silhouette with 30/30 yesterday

Our local shootin' group is having the last shoot of the year this week-end. I went out yesterday and shot with the boys (and a girl) in their "big lever" category. This is the first time I have shot in this match; until now I have been just shooting pistol-caliber lever which they do on the Sunday....
by earlmck
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 44 Remington Magnum load data
Replies: 4
Views: 231

Re: 44 Remington Magnum load data

I have loaded some for a friend, used WW296 and they really smoked right along. I just looked and Hodgdon has quite a good batch of 180 grain info http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/pistol. Their velocities are for a long barreled pistol, so you are going to see a fair amount more out of the rifle...
by earlmck
Sat Oct 27, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Home away.....
Replies: 16
Views: 516

Re: Home away.....

Sounds like you have some good memories of your time with the white hats Ray. I also spent a couple years on a gray floaty thing (USS Bon Homme Richard), left mine a bit over 50 years ago. In that era we saw the port of Subic Bay and the world of Olongapo. And 45 to 60 days later we got to see it ag...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Made it to Yuma again
Replies: 11
Views: 441

Re: Made it to Yuma again

You've got the right place to spend the winter there Jerry. And I know what you mean about SLC. I went through there about 5 years ago and this old country boy had white knuckles the whole way. And it is no doubt quite a lot worse now. I did get out shooting today, and was fairly comfortable in our ...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .38 Special in a Rossi Model 92?
Replies: 23
Views: 676

Re: .38 Special in a Rossi Model 92?

Couple of other questions: Hodgdon's site lists 1.610-1.620" as the COL for all its propellants for .357mag with a 158gr. lead bullet, but no minimum OAL . At 1.50", are there any pressure concerns with that bullet seated at that depth? Is one powder "better" (safer) than another in this rifle at 1...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New gun.
Replies: 13
Views: 416

Re: New gun.

Congrats piller. I've been shooting one of those for something over 25 years. My very favorite revolver: nothing but full-throttle + a bit more for the first 10 years but I have since dialed that back to moderate 357 loads. Those babies are tough and good.
by earlmck
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: cast bullets -- plain base vs. gas check
Replies: 14
Views: 426

cast bullets -- plain base vs. gas check

Larry Gibson who makes useful posts over on "castboolits.com" did an interesting pressure/velocity comparison of plain base vs gas check bullets of the same configuration. Of interest only to us old casty shooters, but that includes a bunch of us here. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?...
by earlmck
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .38 Special in a Rossi Model 92?
Replies: 23
Views: 676

Re: .38 Special in a Rossi Model 92?

My main bullet in my Rossi is a long-nosed 185 grainer which doesn't feed if I load it in a 357 case. So I have been happily loading it in 38 cases (at moderate 357-level pressures) for the past several years. Then within the last couple of months I have experienced two case separations in my rifle ...
by earlmck
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lever Action Rifle Match
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: Lever Action Rifle Match

That does look like fun: kinda' puts the "action" back into the "lever action" game. And looks like quite a lot younger average age of shooter than we have in our group here.

And I didn't see a single tang sight in the bunch.
by earlmck
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: reloads for my 94
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Re: reloads for my 94

For my plinking I use a 117 grain 32/20 bullet sized down to .310 (I'm mostly a cast bullet shooter) and loaded with 10 grains of Unique for about 1750 fps to turn the mighty 30/30 into a 32/20. This is much easier on the shoulder and the spinning targets. I shoot 999 of these for every 1 full-power...
by earlmck
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Train Your Wife in 5 Easy Lessons..."
Replies: 23
Views: 812

Re: "Train Your Wife in 5 Easy Lessons..."

Hmmm.... No zipcode in the address. Got a feelin' that booklet has been out of print for a while.
by earlmck
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: So, Lookin' at 357mag Levergun Plinkin' Loads With Lil'Gun
Replies: 20
Views: 742

Re: So, Lookin' at 357mag Levergun Plinkin' Loads With Lil'Gun

I haven't tried a plinking level load of Lil' Gun in the 357 but I would bet it would be useful for such. My 32/20 load I have been shooting for a while is 8.5 grains of the Lil'Gun behind a 117 grain bullet for very mild pressures and nice (1450 fps with low spread) cast velocity. I'm thinking I go...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Long day in the sun
Replies: 13
Views: 361

Re: Long day in the sun

Wow! The danged old back must be treating you better if you were able to do that kind of work.

The wife and I (back in the days when I could get her out of Oregon) loved the Chaco Canyon where a few billion hours of that type "dig" work has exposed a nice batch of those Anasazi structures.
by earlmck
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting case head separations in 38/357
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Getting case head separations in 38/357

Well.... I am properly baffled. I thought we were at least circling in on "wisdom" but I wouldn't put big money on it. Did ya' notice that milton's separation was a brass case in a revolver? So I am headed forth with confidence since I am in possession of a skillfully bent and artfully sliced 30/30 ...
by earlmck
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting case head separations in 38/357
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Re: Getting case head separations in 38/357

You fellers' good observations got me motivated to do a little more investigation. Headspace -- which in my mind is the amount of lateral "slop" your case has in the chamber when the action is closed. So I took a nicely sized (I also only size far enough so they work in all guns, but I size far enou...
by earlmck
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Getting case head separations in 38/357
Replies: 20
Views: 551

Getting case head separations in 38/357

I've been shooting 357 revolvers for something like 5 decades now, keep two bins of cases and when one bin is empty I start loading from the other and will process the first bin when I get around to it. When I start getting neck splits I toss that whole bin and buy another batch of brass. Until a co...
by earlmck
Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Backstory on N.M. Bear Attack This Summer
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: The Backstory on N.M. Bear Attack This Summer

That is an excellent article of what a man can do when he has to. My mistake was reading the replies. It is hard to believe there is that many armchair Idiots still alive and breathing our good air. Mostly stupid stuff in comments, but the one about "dogs knew they didn't have to outrun the bear, j...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 890

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

Gotta' see that! Thanks for the "heads up" Shrapnel.
by earlmck
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Truckers and Toll Roads
Replies: 19
Views: 614

Re: Truckers and Toll Roads

marlinman93 wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:09 am
What's a toll road? ;)
We don't have them here …..yet.
I had heard rumors of such things: even got bit by one many years ago on a bikin' trip to baja.

So we've got 'em here in this country?
by earlmck
Sun Sep 09, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New air rifle settling down
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: New air rifle settling down

Along in the spring and early summer I like to visit friend Butch who has a little pasture for grazing his roping steers. Most years he produces a nice crop of sage rats who are a perfect air-rifle distance from the shade of a big old juniper tree. Lawn chairs, beer cooler, bag of peanuts -- mighty ...
by earlmck
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New air rifle settling down
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: New air rifle settling down

is that a .177 or .22? I'm seriously interested in a .38 if I can ever find the right mix of features and performance... This is a .177. Primary target will be (besides the paper with blue bullseye) the wily "sage rat" (Belding ground squirrel) at mostly 5 to 20 yards with the occasional one out to...
by earlmck
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Some Old Winchester 88 and Savage 99 Advertizements
Replies: 5
Views: 306

Re: Some Old Winchester 88 and Savage 99 Advertizements

Ah yes. Some fine looking rifles there!

Brings back some memories: thanks for posting those Steve.
by earlmck
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New air rifle settling down
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: New air rifle settling down

Looks like a pretty good group and getting better, whats it do at 20 yards? I thought the 20 yard shoot was a good idea so I tried it with my Gamo pellets and a couple other nicer-appearing pellets by RWS. Here was the result: Norica20yds9602.jpg I couldn't tell much difference between pellets at 1...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 02, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1894 Front Sight
Replies: 6
Views: 317

Re: Winchester 1894 Front Sight

Heck with messing with the front sight -- get yourself a tang sight (like the previous owner probably used!) and you'll never look back. I've started using the Marble's tangs where you get the sight base and can then add the riser of your choice. If you get the regular Marble's all-in-one sight they...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New air rifle settling down
Replies: 20
Views: 685

Re: New air rifle settling down

Earl, that's promising for an inexpensive springer. I'd be real tempted to feed it some H&Ns and JSBs just to see if it likes them. I have a few other types pellets hanging around and get similar results: I think the rifle is objecting more to my "bench rest" technique than to the type of pellet I ...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads

mickbr wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:20 am
Nice load data. So anyone know what the safe maximum pressures are for the rossi 1892?
Rossi offers the rifle chambered for 454 Casull which is a 65k psi cartridge. So the rifle is a good platform for load testing.
by earlmck
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1873 toggle action
Replies: 14
Views: 740

Re: 1873 toggle action

Friend of mine got one of the new Henry rifles that Henry is making these days. We still don't know what did the dirty deed, but he got a waaay excess pressure load somehow in this 44-40. Probably double charge of Unique though Larry is such a careful reloader I don't see how. But it happened. Case ...
by earlmck
Sat Sep 01, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marbles tang sight. IMPRESSIVE.
Replies: 9
Views: 477

Re: Marbles tang sight. IMPRESSIVE.

I have several of these Marble's tang sights and like them. But a few days ago, right in the middle of a levergun shoot at our local range I pulled the post right off my rifle, dumping the tiny ball bearings into the gravel. So just for grins, every so often you might want to check that little dinky...
by earlmck
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads

Several years ago an early lot of Lil 'gun was recalled. You might check your lot # with Hodgdon. I hadn't heard that -- thanks for the info: I'll bet I've got a half-used jug of that recall stuff. So ignore anything I have said about Lil' gun. And 18 grains of my stuff in a Starline case would def...
by earlmck
Sat Sep 01, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New air rifle settling down
Replies: 20
Views: 685

New air rifle settling down

A few months ago gamekeeper reported on his good results with an inexpensive Norica air rifle. I looked for the same model here but at that time they didn't import that one. But there were some good looking ones for not a lot of money and I bought one with enough more poop than my present Crossman t...
by earlmck
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nickel plated cases question
Replies: 20
Views: 542

Re: Nickel plated cases question

We need a little more info Jerry if we're going to give educated help. Picture of the case and the headstamp maybe. I've not ever had such a trouble as described in many years of loading 357 of both brass and nickle-plated. And haven't used lube since I got my first carbide die (which was a Herter's...
by earlmck
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Finally Got Around to Chronoing My New Loads

Good day at the range indeed Steve. And we're starting to have some nice weather for range testing around these parts too, though at about 3000' less elevation. I bought a jug of Lil' gun several years ago and have used several pounds of it up, all in rifles of one sort or another. I get good result...