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by earlmck
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 32-20 jacketed load data
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: 32-20 jacketed load data

My standard load for your desired velocity range (1400 fps) is 10 grains of 5744 with my 117 grain Ranch Dog cast bullet but my notes show that I have also used 5.5 grains of Unique for nearly the same velocity (1360 fps). This is in a Savage m23 with 24" bbl. QuickLoad suggests that the Unique load...
by earlmck
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Only Good Thing About "The Next 3 Weeks..." - UPDATED
Replies: 19
Views: 645

Re: The Only Good Thing About "The Next 3 Weeks..."

piller wrote:
Mon Mar 16, 2020 10:30 am
So far, the only medicine I have seen with an unusual backorder is Zolpidem for sleep. It is made in China.
Oh no! My one vital prescription drug. I'll comply with whatever they demand!
by earlmck
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range report 44-40 with photos
Replies: 43
Views: 894

Re: Range report 44-40 with photos

Very nice Kirk. If we were still doing the monthly off-hand competition deal you'd be real tough to beat with that baby!
by earlmck
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Classifieds
Topic: WTB NH .25-20 Neck Sizer Die
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: WTB NH .25-20 Neck Sizer Die

For my 25/20 neck size die (no you can't have it!) I bought the RCBS die built for neck size inserts in 7mm BR (a nice short die) then I cut off a chunk from the bottom so it would be short enough for the 25/20 neck to go nearly all the way into the neck insert (a good half inch or a bit more to cut...
by earlmck
Thu Feb 20, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Oregon Rebellion....
Replies: 16
Views: 689

Re: Oregon Rebellion....

That's a nicely drawn map -- I'd like being in this "Greater Idaho". It also includes my favorite part of California; 20 years ago the wife and I considered retiring to Cedarville, CA but rejected the idea because I couldn't bear the thought of having CA license plates (and all that goes with it).
by earlmck
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 338-348 Ackley Improve
Replies: 6
Views: 206

Re: 338-348 Ackley Improve

I would probably use 348 Win data for the given bullet weights to get a starting point. The slightly smaller bullet diameter would just about be compensated by the slightly extra case capacity from the Improved chamber. Close enough for the kid here, who has on occasion popped a primer. I looked in ...
by earlmck
Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners
Replies: 16
Views: 368

Re: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners

When I bought my Harbor Freight special I first tried soap 'n water and was very unimpressed. Picked up a quart of the Lyman cleaner stuff and haven't used it up yet and it seems to work well. I know there are a variety of formulas out there but haven't tried any since I still have the Lyman's. I ha...
by earlmck
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lighter loads for .41 magnum in the Marlin 1894S?
Replies: 7
Views: 336

Re: Lighter loads for .41 magnum in the Marlin 1894S?

So did you end up with a real fun shooting load?
by earlmck
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Reboring Original 1886 Winchester to .45-90
Replies: 10
Views: 431

Re: Reboring Original 1886 Winchester to .45-90

I've not done what you are proposing but it sounds like a natural to me. JES did a rebore for me a couple years ago and I was shooting the new cartridge within about 10 days of first getting the idea. He doesn't waste any time holding your rifle in his shop! Send her off and start gathering 45/90 lo...
by earlmck
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Punxsutawney Phil says...
Replies: 12
Views: 251

Re: Punxsutawney Phil says...

Could be... here in sunny Central Oregon we hit 60 on the last day of January. First Spring runoff started on the 29th which is about 3 weeks earlier than "long-term average". But no hurry: Spring around here comes in only two flavors -- dusty/windy or muddy/windy. It's been the muddy/windy version ...
by earlmck
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 17
Views: 882

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?
by earlmck
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone here shoot a military irons-only rifle match?
Replies: 17
Views: 619

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

Bill, you remember those characters you met who shoot the buffaloes out to 1200 yards at the COSSA range east of Bend? Well, they do that "buffalo gun" stuff on Saturday of their match weekend. But on Friday they shoot "military bolt" with iron sights. The young guys (mid 60's and younger) mostly sh...
by earlmck
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New pump/slide rifle in .458 Win Mag
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: New pump/slide rifle in .458 Win Mag

AJMD429 wrote:
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:42 pm
The forward instead of reverse (like a pump shotgun) might take getting used to, but what a THUMPER.... :shock:
Really neat. But this old Remington shooter would have a hard time pushing when the "learned response" is to pull.

Old dog. New trick. Not happening.
by earlmck
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 30 WCF full length vs neck size
Replies: 15
Views: 517

Re: 30 WCF full length vs neck size

As a fan of the Lee collet neck die and lower pressure casty loads I hadn't done a full-length resize of my brass (after the initial size of my thousand-round batch of once-fired stuff we used to be able to buy...) until I made the mistake of acquiring additional 30 WCF rifles. Now I have to FL size...
by earlmck
Sat Jan 11, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I always did like Nurses....!
Replies: 8
Views: 543

Re: I always did like Nurses....!

They are certainly cute! But the shoes give them away: they are not nurses -- they are of a different profession.
by earlmck
Wed Dec 25, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .348 Wildcats
Replies: 19
Views: 644

Re: .348 Wildcats

Seems like a nifty idea to me. I checked JES and he doesn't offer .348 as an option, so there goes that quick and easy strategy. Some other re-borer may very well offer .348 but I don't know. At present state of knowledge it seems like the 35-30/30 (or 38/55) would be the way to go if you have a cru...
by earlmck
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: santa is bringing me lever gun goodness:
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: santa is bringing me lever gun goodness:

Wow! Now that's a bunch of 22 levers. I'd say you've about run the table.
by earlmck
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Far Side is back!
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: The Far Side is back!

Oh yes. We needed that!
by earlmck
Fri Dec 13, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yet another sign of old age -- lit up with pain
Replies: 27
Views: 775

Re: Yet another sign of old age -- lit up with pain

Dang I hate to hear about that Bill. That pain sounds an awful lot like when I ruptured a disc. Discectomy fixed me for that particular session, but I remember being ready to eat my gun before the surgery finally happened. Backs: when they decide to punish us they really go after it with a vengeance.
by earlmck
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 336 cb
Replies: 9
Views: 419

Re: 336 cb

I really like my 38-55 CB, so I can appreciate somebody wanting one in 30-30. 20 years ago I passed on a CB in 30-30 thinking "naw, I already have two of the 336A's (the old 336A with 24" bbl and 3/4 magazine) ". And I do consider the 336A as "absolute perfection". But that is my just my taste.
by earlmck
Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 828

Re: 1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel

Nice! That 336A is my favorite levergun configuration and that old side mount probably let you get it at a better price than if it had been pristine.

I don't know about that butt plate. Both of my 1950 Marlins have a checkered butt plate with "Marlin" centered in the plate.
by earlmck
Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rebarreling a rossi 92 to 38 special.
Replies: 14
Views: 854

Re: Rebarreling a rossi 92 to 38 special.

My particular Rossi 357 doesn't feed regular length 38's real well. It does fine with regular length 357's and 38's when I seat the bullet a little long. So you might want to check how yours feeds 38's to make sure you'll like it when done. And I am with you on getting a faster twist -- one of the s...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LOP?
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: LOP?

ANOTHER perennial issue Is the 'youth' stock for the 22LR's....the 'Cricket' rifle I had my kids try was AWFUL.... Crickets come in a jillion models, some for adults. You must have got one of those Doc. The one I got for grandkid use almost 20 years ago has a cheap but fully functional rear peep an...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should be casting bullets...
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Should be casting bullets...

Earl, is it a case of "which groove diameter" that we so often encounter with .38-55s? His Winny seems to be a .379 while my Marlin Cowboy is .380. He should be just fine with the .380" bullets the come through the old Star. I'm thinking we just need to try some ladders with a couple or three diffe...
by earlmck
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should be casting bullets...
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Should be casting bullets...

Earl, I have wonderful memories of slaying those water-sucking junipers with you. Did you and Butch get another contract? Is that Kayce on the loppers? She loves her Grandpa. :lol: Yes indeedy Bill, another contract with the usual suspects -- Butch when he can escape from the home place and Kacie o...
by earlmck
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should be casting bullets...
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Re: Should be casting bullets...

GunnyMack wrote:
Mon Nov 25, 2019 1:11 pm
Junipers? For making gin or are you using for decoration?
No, nothing so useful. In this part of the world they pay people with chainsaws to clearcut juniper trees as a watershed improvement practice. Good clean fun if you're the fellow with the chainsaw!
by earlmck
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Took my 73 winchester out hunting
Replies: 4
Views: 398

Re: Took my 73 winchester out hunting

Ooooh -- that is purty! Perfect tool for the job barbarossa.
by earlmck
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should be casting bullets...
Replies: 6
Views: 360

Should be casting bullets...

To paraphrase JimT, "Cold and snowy day on the banks of Lucky Creek". But instead of casting bullets, for which a day like this is designed, I am driving out to Lucky Creek to cut some junipers. Some of us are addicted to things in addition to powder smoke. In my case it is 2-cycle smoke from a chai...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 24, 2019 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LOP?
Replies: 21
Views: 739

Re: LOP?

I think you're on to something FLINT. I hadn't thought about it before but after reading your post I took the tape measure to some of my stuff. The Win 1873 from the 1880's has a 12 1/2" LOP, dad's old m92 from the late 1920's measures 12 3/4", and the m94 new mfg one I bought a couple years ago mea...
by earlmck
Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cold & Rainy on the banks of the San Gabriel River today
Replies: 15
Views: 603

Re: Cold & Rainy on the banks of the San Gabriel River today

Fine lookin' bullets there Jim. How many of those have you made in those 65 years of bullet casting? Closing in on a million?
by earlmck
Wed Nov 20, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I've come across a Rem. Model 81 in .300 Savage...good price, or no?
Replies: 22
Views: 557

Re: I've come across a Rem. Model 81 in .300 Savage...good price, or no?

This topic confused me. Can someone clear something up for me. Over the years I've ready about how 35 rem ammo is loaded at low pressure because the remington auto loading rifles that were chambered for it. So, 35 rem ammo is loaded to lower pressure than 30-30 ammo. However, 300 savage is loaded t...
by earlmck
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1875 C Sharps
Replies: 9
Views: 502

Re: 1875 C Sharps

Quite elegant. Congrats!
by earlmck
Thu Nov 14, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38-55 with Universal/Unique?
Replies: 18
Views: 1520

Re: 38-55 with Universal/Unique?

I like Universal because it throws closer than Unique from my trusty old Herter's measure. 9.5 grains of the stuff seemed to shoot rather well from my Marlin 38/55 (maybe I was mistaken?) but with the 1300 fps velocity I didn't have enough elevation adjustment in my Williams FP sight to get on the 5...
by earlmck
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Loading for a 375 winchester
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Loading for a 375 winchester

No, the 38/55 die will probably squeeze your brass down even farther since it is made for the thinner 38/55 brass. If the little bulge bothers you, you could use 38/55 brass for your cast bullet loads. My Lee 375 sizer (that I am using for loading my 38/55) wouldn't quite size my Starline 38/55 bras...
by earlmck
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice time in the bullet shop
Replies: 8
Views: 361

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: 361

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 7:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice time in the bullet shop
Replies: 8
Views: 361

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: 254

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: 733

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: 485

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: 254

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: 526

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: 578

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: 28
Views: 955

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: 28
Views: 955

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: 746

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: 409

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: 416

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: 998

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: 998

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...