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by earlmck
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: smallest powder charge for this result
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: smallest powder charge for this result

btw no sign of bullseye as an option, too fast burning for this heavy bullet maybe? Oops -- my bad. I missed bullseye somehow on my QuickLoad query but it is a very viable alternative. With the same inputs as I used for all the others QL says 3.3 grains of bullseye would get the 1000 fps velocity a...
by earlmck
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Adventures with 38/40
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Adventures with 38/40

I want to use my recently-acquired 1873 for a Levergun silhouette shoot this coming week-end so I went out a couple of days ago to practice with the old babe and develop sight settings out to 200 yards. 210 grain gas-check with the "semi-combustible filler" I have posted on here previously. First sh...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: smallest powder charge for this result
Replies: 22
Views: 473

Re: smallest powder charge for this result

And the winner is..... Red Dot gets there with 3.2 grains and just under 50% load density. 4.5 grains of TrailBoss would do the same with the case almost plumb full. 3.3 grains of Hodgden Clays or 3.5 grains of Norma R1 at 50% load density look good also. And if you want an easy metering ball powder...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need data for obsolete powder please.
Replies: 7
Views: 263

Re: Need data for obsolete powder please.

I thought I could help you because I have several old Winchester load books. The first edition (1973) doesn't have any powders slower than 760. And my next book which doesn't mention edition number is dated 1976 and it shows loads for 785. That 780BR must have come and gone real quick!
by earlmck
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Alaskan girls and bears: part 4
Replies: 16
Views: 731

Re: Alaskan girls and bears: part 4

Whoa now! That's some serious girl power!
by earlmck
Mon May 28, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1859 Sharps Barrel Reline Project
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: 1859 Sharps Barrel Reline Project

I'm glad that old beauty fell into the right hands. Great write-up and pics Roy B. Thanks!
by earlmck
Mon May 28, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: EARL!! Need some ......45 Colt data please.
Replies: 11
Views: 427

Re: EARL!! Need some ......45 Colt data please.

Even with that short barrel there are many powders that do the job for getting that velocity range. You are going to be in the "Ruger and other strong action only" load category with any of the powders, though the slower powders like H110 or Lil' Gun get you there with pressures below 20k psi (and l...
by earlmck
Wed May 23, 2018 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Met another Levergunner Today
Replies: 8
Views: 420

Re: Met another Levergunner Today

Good job, Griff. I always suspected that Shasta would be an interesting fellow to meet. We know he has very nice toys!
by earlmck
Sat May 19, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Savage 99 250-3000
Replies: 13
Views: 504

Re: Savage 99 250-3000

A very happy birthday indeed, JRD! And with that great Lyman sight -- my very favorite for the 99's. It is slightly sacrilegious but I helped my seeing with the iron sights by replacing the front sight with a fiber-optic (green is my preference). And you can add the Sierra 90 grain hollow point to t...
by earlmck
Fri May 18, 2018 12:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report
Replies: 12
Views: 366

Re: Father and Son Turkey Hunt Report

Great story, fine pictures, nice vintage shotguns. Thanks for posting that!
by earlmck
Mon May 14, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR

Ah, but my Low Wall does indeed have an exposed hammer. It even cocks itself on opening and closing the action, and it has an ejector too! Shasta Of course -- what was I thinking! (no excuses here; I have owned both low and high walls for decades). Senility? But dang, maybe I could get one of those...
by earlmck
Mon May 14, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Semi-combustible filler
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: Semi-combustible filler

OK Bill, I put the strain-gauge test to the load via shooting in the 1873. Or at least, the 2grains Universal/26 grains "fill" load. Shot a variety of 10 shot strings using the old '73, the newer '92, and the fairly young (100-year old) Remington model 14 1/2. Out of the '73 this load with 200 grain...
by earlmck
Mon May 14, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR

Guys, if you haven't heard of .22 BPCR, here is the home Web site, and there is a very active Facebook page for it as well. Earl, they may be shooting this at the COSSA range south of you. http://www.22bpcra.com/ Out at the COSSA range they shoot a match at those ranges with 22's but are not so pic...
by earlmck
Sat May 12, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR

Great pictures! Now that is class. Pure class. :mrgreen:
by earlmck
Sat May 12, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: Got A Winchester Low Wall .22LR

Well dang! I surely wanted to have a look at that low wall but my computer just gets a message that "the image you have requested does not exist or is no longer available". :(
by earlmck
Mon May 07, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Semi-combustible filler
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: Combustible filler

No Earl, you misread my reply..... Using the booster under the 20mm stuff as you did is correct and essential ! It is without the primer/booster that you can get the incomplete combustion and squibs- - - those tiny logs are hard to ignite..... J.D. Jones wrote of this about 30 years ago re. he and ...
by earlmck
Sun May 06, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Semi-combustible filler
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Re: Combustible filler

worked when it worked but failed terribly when it did not, not igniting but fusing together in a plastic mess that smelled just like curing epoxy....I used to have a 45-70 case with a sticky mess of 4831 or 7828 or h 1000 inside for an example.... I'll be danged. I've done this duplexing sort of th...
by earlmck
Sun May 06, 2018 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Semi-combustible filler
Replies: 16
Views: 669

Semi-combustible filler

I've been playing around with 38/40's the past few weeks, have posted a thing or two about my adventures now I seem to have a Win 73, Win 92, Rem 14 1/2, and a Colt. The 73 and the Colt seem to like the same loads and the 92 and the 14 1/2 like the same loads, so I'm in fairly good shape. The 73 wil...
by earlmck
Sun May 06, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: TOUGHEST 36 Hours -- Lost my BIL and my Dog...........
Replies: 23
Views: 641

Re: TOUGHEST 36 Hours -- Lost my BIL and my Dog...........

Old No. 7 -- That's just plumb awful. You've got all my sympathy and thoughts.
by earlmck
Tue May 01, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Act Of Stupidity
Replies: 26
Views: 691

Re: An Act Of Stupidity

Six, you can quit blaming your Italian heritage. The performing of dumb stunts of "Sheesh! I knew better than that!" category is not an Italian thing; it's a Y chromosome thing. You have a lot of company right here in the forum. Maybe the Italian thing shows up with being willing to talk about it: u...
by earlmck
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rough year for chronographs
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Re: Rough year for chronographs

My first chronograph was an Oehler model 11. It used screens that you shot through and the bullet making contact across two conductors started and stopped the count, so that I was able to make my screens by sandwiching a piece of cardboard between two sheets of aluminum foil. And this was all held i...
by earlmck
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rough year for chronographs
Replies: 11
Views: 404

Rough year for chronographs

Back in January we had a number of days with weather good enough a feller could get a little shootin' in. One of those days I was set up testing some loads and a snow squall came my direction so I packed up toys and headed back to town. Got home and discovered that I'd left behind the chronograph sc...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to repeat cycle a lever rifle?
Replies: 10
Views: 591

Re: How to repeat cycle a lever rifle?

Well I'll be danged -- I never even thought of trying to move the trigger finger outside the lever while working it. I had never heard anybody say you should do that (maybe I don't hang around forums much, and after a couple visits to real "shooting ranges" I avoid those places unless I am going alo...
by earlmck
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Noise of 45 colt vs 44 rem mag vs 357 in carbine
Replies: 13
Views: 662

Re: Noise of 45 colt vs 44 rem mag vs 357 in carbine

Interesting question mick -- I looked at ballistics in "QuickLoad" and it says you'd use 4 grains TB with the 140 grain bullet for just under 1000 fps and a bit over 9k psi, and a 200 grain 44 mag bullet would get the same velocity with 6 grains TB and just over 8k psi, and 45 Colt would use the sam...
by earlmck
Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Please recommend a mold for my Rossi 92 .357
Replies: 4
Views: 272

Re: Please recommend a mold for my Rossi 92 .357

Of your two Accurate bullets I would be biased strongly toward the 158C, purely because I want my bullets to come to full diameter at least for a little ways in front of the crimp groove. And both those suggested by 765x53 look like good 'uns, and would have the advantage of being available in the L...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just Because
Replies: 12
Views: 625

Re: Just Because

Rossi 'n Mossy -- very nice birthday present. Happy Birthday Jim!
by earlmck
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Savage 99A in .250-3000 - Stock Upgrade
Replies: 13
Views: 531

Re: Savage 99A in .250-3000 - Stock Upgrade

Nice! Very nice! Thanks for the pictures of your upgrade.
by earlmck
Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1873 here on the left coast...
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: 1873 here on the left coast...

Nice rifle Earl. Are you sayin' that most of the '73s never did/don't make it past somewhere suspiciously near to where Sixgun lives? I bet you're right, I hardly ever saw 'em in Seattle when I lived there. Perzactly! And I suspect that any that made it past Pennsylvania got closely checked over in...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1873 here on the left coast...
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: 1873 here on the left coast...

I must have slugged several hundred barrels in my time and lately, I've been doing an old trick....stick a dead soft bullet that you know is oversized....if necessary, bump up in your sizer die........load that bullet with a grain or grain and a half of Bullseye.....and shoot it in a pile of towels...
by earlmck
Mon Apr 09, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1873 here on the left coast...
Replies: 10
Views: 638

Re: 1873 here on the left coast...

Purty nice. I saw a 14 1/2 on GB today but was in 44wcf. Do you have enough brass for it? Todd/3leg Can't ever have too much brass Todd, but I am in fairly good shape for both 38/40 and 44/40, though most of my 38/40 is headstamped 44/40 so I have to be a little careful now that I own both. And I j...
by earlmck
Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1873 here on the left coast...
Replies: 10
Views: 638

1873 here on the left coast...

No, we're not going back in time unfortunately, but -- a m1873 doesn't find its way this far west very often. I know they were supposed to have "won the west" but I think maybe that referred to western Pennsylvania or thereabouts. Here in these parts the model 1873 is just slightly more common to se...
by earlmck
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Airguns, power isn't everything.
Replies: 18
Views: 866

Re: Airgun power isn't everything.

gamekeeper wrote:
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:32 am

Noricausa.com I believe they import all their Spanish air rifles.... :wink:
Thanks for that link gamekeeper -- I believe I have found them. Google and Yahoo must have them blacklisted, or maybe I was just having a bad search-engine day.
by earlmck
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good front sight to pair with Lyman tang rear, Winchester 94
Replies: 15
Views: 496

Re: Good front sight to pair with Lyman tang rear, Winchester 94

If it has a replaceable front sight, every iron sighted rifle I have gets a green fiber optic. The only one I haven't replaced has a small ivory bead which used to be my preference, but now I go green. The old eyes still do well with anything that presents itself as a flat-topped post, but my prefer...
by earlmck
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Airguns, power isn't everything.
Replies: 18
Views: 866

Re: Airgun power isn't everything.

Sounds like a nifty acquisition gamekeeper.

And I am in the market for just such a beast. But near as I can tell, this is the wrong side of the pond to find a Norica airgun product.
by earlmck
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Back just gets worse
Replies: 18
Views: 595

Re: Back just gets worse

You've got all my sympathy Bill. I always thought I had high "pain tolerance" until I had a ruptured disc press against the sciatic nerve and I found that real pain comes from a bad back and I have very low tolerance for real pain. A good surgeon did get that part of my cricky back fixed, at least f...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Has it come down to THIS (in England)...???
Replies: 18
Views: 786

Re: Has it come down to THIS (in England)...???

Ah, that was just an April Fool's joke. Wasn't it?
by earlmck
Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 5.56 ar cases
Replies: 11
Views: 508

Re: .556 cases

Since that's so popular you can get 55 grain fmj bullets for $80/thousand which makes reloading for the thing quite cheap. And those AR's can go through a lot of ammo in a hurry so you end up buying a progressive press so you can stand to save all that money. And then you can shoot more 'cause you'r...
by earlmck
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lee "Quick Trim" update
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Lee "Quick Trim" update

I've posted before that I dislike trimming, but don't dislike it nearly as much since discovering Lee's "Quick Trim" (with the drill adapter) which performs the inside/outside champfer at the same time as trimming to length. Needed to trim back some 38-40 cases. Lee doesn't make their trim die in an...
by earlmck
Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Savage 1899 .38-55 Takedown
Replies: 56
Views: 1514

Re: Savage 1899 .38-55 Takedown

MrMich87 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:18 pm
I'm not really sure how to post pictures on here. It doesn't seem to want to post them.
You'll need to size your pics down to no more than 1000 pixels in width or the site won't let you post them. At least that's my first guess as to why you couldn't get a picture to post.
by earlmck
Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Savage 1899 .38-55 Takedown
Replies: 56
Views: 1514

Re: Savage 1899 .38-55 Takedown

38/55 takedown? OMG -- that is kinda' like the holy grail of 1899s :mrgreen: . Too bad about the scope: those were some very costly holes as far as collector value in that nifty rifle. But how wonderful for a shooter with "old eyeball" syndrome like so many of us on the forum. Yes, we've gotta' have...
by earlmck
Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...

Bill, we only get about 5% of the precip the forecasters call for so not much worry there. What keeps us shooters inside in March is cold, dry wind and this has been the least windy March I have seen in these parts (stiff winds only about 2 days out of 3). And that's interesting about those old Winn...
by earlmck
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Venison, or worm meat?
Replies: 14
Views: 561

Re: Venison, or worm meat?

If it tastes good it is good. At least that's my philosophy -- the wife would disagree with me I'm sure; she believes she has saved me from food poisoning many times over the years. So I vote with JerryB.
by earlmck
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Met a Levergunner — “The Ysabel Kid”
Replies: 12
Views: 421

Re: Met a Levergunner — “The Ysabel Kid”

Aaah! Fine photography fellers. And good job on the report 7. :D :D
by earlmck
Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Re: Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...

That's good info about your Rem 14 1/2 Marvin. That .427 would have been my guess but I didn't know for sure. I have one in 38/40 and it is a .399 bore, so Remington was keeping things tight back in those days. Friend Larry was using 7 grains of Unique with the 215 gr. RNFP, and he also tried a 5744...
by earlmck
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...
Replies: 15
Views: 640

Tough to be a new 44/40 shooter...

Friend of mine was looking through the "Henry" catalog and fell in love with the Henry Henry, which arrived a few days ago. He had already acquired dies and brass, I had given him some of my 215 grain casties that fall like rain from a 6-cavity Lee. Pushing my .431 sized bullet through showed he had...
by earlmck
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lost a couple of cases fire-forming new brass
Replies: 19
Views: 566

Re: Lost a couple of cases fire-forming new brass

Ouch! That doesn't look real good for Hornady brass. Or at least that batch of the Hornady brass. Really good brass certainly should have been able to conform to the Tomcat chamber without splitting. I had been happy with my Hornady 25/35 brass so far but I didn't give it that kind of test -- it nec...
by earlmck
Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: John Kort aka W30wcf
Replies: 55
Views: 1387

Re: John Kort aka W30wcf

Dang it anyway. Fellers like w30wcf are not replaceable. Thanks for letting us know Alfaromeos; I am very sorry for your loss. For our loss.
by earlmck
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: model 94 williams sight
Replies: 8
Views: 341

Re: model 94 williams sight

First thing you want to do is see if you can adjust the receiver sight so that it and the rear sight (you haven't removed that yet, have you?) are aiming at the same spot. That'll tell you real quick and without burning up any ammunition if you might need another front sight.
by earlmck
Tue Mar 06, 2018 12:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 45 Collt Blackhawk Convertible Max PSI
Replies: 29
Views: 950

Re: 45 Collt Blackhawk Convertible Max PSI

My grandson has the New model blackhawk with both .45 cylinders. I have loaded up a box of 260 grain Keith bullets with 8 grains of Unique. We have shot a lot of them, now after reading this where is that load at pressure wise? I might not shoot that one in grandad's old Colt but you are good to go...
by earlmck
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Keeping your cool on the motorcycle
Replies: 59
Views: 3181

Re: Keeping your cool on the motorcycle

Biker was lane-splitting and this does irritate a lot of car drivers. My interpretation of events is that the video as edited by the TV News shows the second, or possibly third time the car driver tries to kill the biker. I guarantee you the little kick you can give a car from a bike did not knock t...