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by earlmck
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice time in the bullet shop
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Nice time in the bullet shop

How do the sizes compare on those multi gang bullet molds Earl? Especially the 5 gang? I've found some variances between bullets closer to the handles and those at the opposite end. Not enough to be an issue for my pistols, but for my accurate rifles I abandoned multi gang molds. The more cricky my...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice time in the bullet shop
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Re: Nice time in the bullet shop

Nice looking bullets Earl!! How ya liking the 38-55 in that cowboy ? ollogger I'm liking it real well Brad. I don't know why I didn't have one of these back when they first came out with 'em. I put a Williams FP on the back and a Lyman 17A on the front and am figuring on whumping some silhouettes w...
by earlmck
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: British gun law in a nutshell.
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: British gun law in a nutshell.

Yes, and on this side of the pond we have a large bunch with the same mentality.
by earlmck
Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice time in the bullet shop
Replies: 8
Views: 204

Nice time in the bullet shop

Went shooting with some friends on Thursday. From the session a couple of bullets are looking promising so I thought I'd produce a batch of them today. The SAECO pot was full of Lyman #2 and I had one left-over ingot, so I got going with two moulds and poured bullets until she ran dry. Once the moul...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New O-rings for old bullet size dies
Replies: 7
Views: 158

Re: New O-rings for old bullet size dies

Earl have you tried O-rings from NAPA meant fir hydraulic fittings? Todd/3leg No Todd, I didn't try anything other than the 1/16th (just barely too small) and the 3/32 (definitely too big) that were available at the local "Ace". Then I did the lazy thing and googled "O-rings". I now have two lifeti...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40
Replies: 30
Views: 425

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

Dang, that makes me smile to see that fine old rifle put back to its intended use. Good job Shrapnel!
by earlmck
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .30 WCF at 85 ksi
Replies: 11
Views: 375

Re: .30 WCF at 85 ksi

I wonder if you have to JB-weld the primers in those pockets to get a second loading? I always thought that 65k psi area was about where brass started giving you loosening primer pockets. But I gotta' say I never would have suspected the 30/30 case would be a basis for such a shooter. I know my 219 ...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New O-rings for old bullet size dies
Replies: 7
Views: 158

New O-rings for old bullet size dies

You'd think a rubber O-ring covered by grease would last forever, but mine have not. A long time for sure but apparently not "forever", because I have been having the occasional O-ring failure for several years in the dies I use with the Lyman 45 lube-sizer. My dies are kinda' old -- some of them ar...
by earlmck
Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Headed South
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Headed South

Oh man, you're going to be down there where you don't have to wear the insulated coveralls to enjoy a little shooting. I'm headed out tomorrow to try some loads in the 38-55, and those old carharts will be my friend. My next-door neighbors are leaving tomorrow for Yuma also. If you run into Max and ...
by earlmck
Thu Oct 17, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Vietnam Wall" -- An Amazing Image...
Replies: 15
Views: 441

Re: "Vietnam Wall" -- An Amazing Image...

Wow! Now that's a helluva picture. As an occasional photographer I am :mrgreen: I was a Navy guy -- first the ship Navy and then the boat Navy. No buddies ended up on the wall. I suppose the kid who, first day on the ship, walked too close behind one of the jets and got blown off the flight deck wea...
by earlmck
Thu Oct 17, 2019 11:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First ever 38-55
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: First ever 38-55

So we played with friend Butch's Oliver Winchester 38-55 yesterday. I attempted to slug the barrel but was using his micrometer which is kinda' a cheapo so I wasn't real sure of readings. Seems to be .379 to .380 near as I can tell. Next challenge was with Lee's 38-55 dies. The dang things appear to...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 16, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First ever 38-55
Replies: 22
Views: 493

Re: First ever 38-55

Just so happens I am also in your shoes redgum. A couple weeks ago I found one of those Oliver Winchesters online. My best friend's wife had asked me to keep an eye out for a good present for him and I easily convinced her that this would do the job. While waiting for the gun to arrive I chased down...
by earlmck
Sat Oct 12, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cimmarron MP415 Model P .45 Colt SAA Failure
Replies: 15
Views: 567

Re: Cimmarron MP415 Model P .45 Colt SAA Failure

I have made several "ooops's" in my reloading career. Fortunately never damaged the gun. But in every one of mine the primer pocket was enlarged dramatically and the primer long gone. So I am very interested that the primer is merely protruding out the back of the primer pocket of the subject cartri...
by earlmck
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keystone rifles have sort of snuck up on me ......
Replies: 8
Views: 334

Re: Keystone rifles have sort of snuck up on me ......

My first thought was that "I have never heard of Keystone rifles". Then I see they make the Cricket. I must have had my Cricket for 15 years or so... it's been the first gun for lotsa' g and gg kids around these parts. It's awfully nice to have a rifle sized right for a 7 - year old when you want to...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Found these girls today
Replies: 6
Views: 342

Re: Found these girls today

I'm going out Friday to have a look for just those critters. Nice to be reminded what I'm looking for. Thanks!
by earlmck
Sat Oct 05, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 357 Mag Levergun
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: 357 Mag Levergun

So Earl, would replacement with new parts solve that. I would be afraid that the old JM Marlins had got to where parts weren't interchangeable without a fair amount of hand fitting, so who knows how that would translate to interchangeability with Remington manufactured parts. I think you'd be bette...
by earlmck
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 357 Mag Levergun
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: 357 Mag Levergun

Being semi-senile I can't remember where I read it but on one of the forums I read a post from someone who had been a long-time Marlin employee. He said that the Marlin jam (I think he may have been addressing "Marlin jam #1" in the 336 but it probably applies generally) was the result of manufactur...
by earlmck
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone Tried Lil'Gun in .357mag With 125grn Bullets
Replies: 5
Views: 239

Re: Anyone Tried Lil'Gun in .357mag With 125grn Bullets

My .357's never see jacketed bullets so I have no experience at all in that department. But out of "Levergunner curiosity" I looked at your question in QuickLoad and for a 1.59" COAL it says 20 grains is max. But it would be whistling along at nearly 2300 fps, so no slouch. And Lil'Gun gets the nod ...
by earlmck
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: HawkCreek's Post "Saddle Gun Woes" brought back memories ...
Replies: 14
Views: 304

Re: HawkCreek's Post "Saddle Gun Woes" brought back memories ...

Heckuva story Jim. And heckuva rifle! Thanks for sharing the adventure.
by earlmck
Wed Oct 02, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 357 Mag Levergun
Replies: 31
Views: 767

Re: 357 Mag Levergun

Does it happen with all cartridges in Marlin leverguns? Yep. Can happen with either the 336 and its rifle style cartridges or the 1894 with the pistol calibers. I've never done the "fix" on the 1894 -- I'd have to look that one up because the fix is different. I once did a write-up about fixing "Ja...
by earlmck
Wed Sep 25, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery metals for bullet casting
Replies: 16
Views: 1003

Re: Mystery metals for bullet casting

Yeah, there are a bunch of Babbitt metals. My mystery metal wouldn't be too far off from Babbitt #7 as another possibility. Is a bit of arsenic in the blend a big deal? One of my old college buddies made a bunch of 45/70 bullets from Babbitt metal his dad had laying around his garage. The dad worked...
by earlmck
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery metals for bullet casting
Replies: 16
Views: 1003

Mystery metals for bullet casting

Its been 20 years since this country used lead wheelweight metal for wheelweight balancing so those days of going to the local tire shop and coming away with several hundred pounds of lead for 5c a lb (or free if you hit it lucky) are loooong gone. So us old bullet casters have been scrounging whate...
by earlmck
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Only in California
Replies: 8
Views: 380

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: 283

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: 932

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: 499

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: 315

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: 317

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: 317

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: 317

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: 296

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: 279

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: 633

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: 312

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: 312

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: 360

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
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Speaking of things that sting
Replies: 24
Views: 592

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: 312

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: 312

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: 368

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 10:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anybody have access to a computer reloading program
Replies: 14
Views: 368

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: 175

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: 581

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: 332

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: 449

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: 354

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: 449

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: 390

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: 2761

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...