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by Shasta
Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Biggest black-powder load you're comfortable with...?
Replies: 18
Views: 306

Re: Biggest black-powder load you're comfortable with...?

Biggest black powder load I'm comfortable with? In a shoulder-fired gun, my standard load for my custom made .62 caliber Hawken flintlock is 120 gr. FFg under a 342 gr. round ball. It's the top gun in this photo: https://i.imgur.com/pdSx3Ve.jpg As for uncomfortable, that would have been the 300 gr. ...
by Shasta
Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What Make Holster Is This
Replies: 7
Views: 182

Re: What Make Holster Is This

That looks like a Smith & Wesson logo to me, but I don't know if they ever made holsters.

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by Shasta
Sun Feb 14, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1894-1994 Commemorative Rifle Modifications
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Re: Winchester 1894-1994 Commemorative Rifle Modifications

Well, after only 14 years my 30-30 cartridge case head that was super-glued to the end of the cross-bolt filler bolt went AWOL. Silver solder would be a much better bond here, but I really suck at soldering. I made up a new cut-off cartridge case head, cleaned the two attaching points, and went with...
by Shasta
Fri Feb 12, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What is the current view of US made Winchester AE 94's
Replies: 12
Views: 465

Re: What is the current view of US made Winchester AE 94's

In the early 2000's I was wanting a 94 Winchester in 38-55 caliber, but the originals were out of my price range. Winchester came out with the angle eject Legacy model with a 26 inch octagon barrel in 38-55, complete with a factory installed Marbles tang sight, so in 2005 I had one on order at my fa...
by Shasta
Fri Feb 12, 2021 5:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for 44-40 hunting articles
Replies: 2
Views: 126

Re: Looking for 44-40 hunting articles

Here is a link to a good read on this forum:

https://www.levergunscommunity.org/view ... CF#p790500

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just for fun lets kick around this question ..... What was the best 22 rifle you have ever owned and why?
Replies: 60
Views: 2649

Re: Just for fun lets kick around this question ..... What was the best 22 rifle you have ever owned and why?

My favorite (and most accurate) .22 is a late production Winchester Low Wall that has been re-barreled with a 27" heavy target barrel topped by a Montana Vintage Arms 6x 30" scope. https://i.imgur.com/RQaNwBc.jpg?1 It shoots very well with CCI Standard Velocity ammunition. I use it for Smallbore Lon...
by Shasta
Thu Feb 11, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1894-1994 Commemorative Rifle Modifications
Replies: 10
Views: 288

Winchester 1894-1994 Commemorative Rifle Modifications

This is a very long rehash of one of my posts from the old Leverguns forum, but I thought it was worth updating and re-posting the story of this very fine rifle. Back in 2006 I bought an unfired Winchester 1894-1994 commemorative rifle. This version is a 30-30 with a half-round barrel, checkered pis...
by Shasta
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tang sights: Lyman vs. Marble's
Replies: 30
Views: 434

Re: Tang sights: Lyman vs. Marble's

I have had both and I much prefer the Marbles as it has windage adjustment while the Lyman does not. I fit most of my leverguns with the Marbles. If you want a real Cadillac tang sight get the Montana Vintage Arms vernier.

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by Shasta
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester Model 64 Teardown
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Re: Winchester Model 64 Teardown

Welcome to the Leverguns forum. Here is an article that may help you:

https://gunsmagazine.com/featured/winchesters-model-64/

Shasta
by Shasta
Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: NRA Filing Bankruptcy, Ditching New York
Replies: 29
Views: 900

NRA Filing Bankruptcy, Ditching New York

Looks like things are changing at the National Rifle Association:

https://www.foxbusiness.com/lifestyle/n ... york-texas
by Shasta
Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 6.5 creedmore
Replies: 35
Views: 1329

Re: 6.5 creedmore

Several years back I was in the market for a mild recoiling left hand bolt rifle to shoot NRA High Power Silhouette. I settled on a Savage Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor and mounted a Vortex Viper scope on it. It is easily the most accurate rifle I have ever owned and is not picky about what bullet is us...
by Shasta
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hazards of wintertime projects
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Hazards of wintertime projects

I solved my wintertime brass drying problems with one of these:

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1016298842?pid=304424

It works great but does take up a fair amount of shelf space when not in use.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bi-annual Leverguns Community Hosting Drive - 2020 - Final Update
Replies: 24
Views: 1340

Re: Bi-annual Leverguns Community Hosting Drive - 2020

I just love using anti-gun Paypal for a pro-gun cause, and Leverguns.com is one of my favorite websites. I appreciate all that you do! :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Nov 22, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Odd Bullet Behavior
Replies: 11
Views: 686

Re: Odd Bullet Behavior

Back in the early '80's I read about using aluminum foil between the nose halves of a cast lead bullet mould to enhance expansion of a cast lead bullet. I used the method on some pure lead Lyman 457125 cast bullets intended for hunting with my Italian made Palmetto Gemmer 1874 Sharps in .45-70 that ...
by Shasta
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How much do I offer for ff?
Replies: 5
Views: 506

Re: How much do I offer for ff?

For me, it would depend heavily on the powder brand. Swiss or Olde Eynsford command more money. Goex is pretty much the standard, but there are several other brands out there. Three years ago I bought a 25 lb. keg of G.O.I. (Gearhart-Owens Industries) for $8 per lb. . They went out of business in 19...
by Shasta
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: a big day
Replies: 14
Views: 651

Re: a big day

Here's wishing you a very happy birthday, Jerry. Eighty is most certainly a milestone in a man's life. I will be turning seventy in December and have decided to stop looking for the fountain of youth. I'm lowering my sights and would be content just to find the fountain of middle age! :D Shasta
by Shasta
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Just like in cartoons....
Replies: 3
Views: 434

Re: Just like in cartoons....

I am astounded! I never would have thought a .45ACP bullet would take travel directions from wimpy PVC piping! That was some great video that I really enjoyed watching. Thanks for posting! :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Kudos to Montana Vintage Arms
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Kudos to Montana Vintage Arms

I have several rifles equipped with Montana Vintage Arms sights and scopes, which are to me the best to be had. I recently somehow managed to snap off the windage adjustment knob on my Browning BPCR rifle's Creedmoore rear scope mount while removing the rifle from an over-crowded gun safe. I sent th...
by Shasta
Tue Aug 25, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Hit the "Wood Lottery" (Browning Citori CXS 20 ga)
Replies: 10
Views: 800

Re: Hit the "Wood Lottery" (Browning Citori CXS 20 ga)

Love it. I too am a sucker for a well-figured gun stock. :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Tue Aug 18, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: need some help
Replies: 13
Views: 866

Re: need some help

Go to the Accurate Molds website and they can make custom oversize molds. I have their 433205C for my original 1873 Winchester and it shoots them very well.

http://www.accuratemolds.com/catalog.php?page=all

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by Shasta
Fri Aug 14, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's your favourite muzzleloader
Replies: 24
Views: 1595

Re: What's your favourite muzzleloader

My favorite is a .62 caliber left hand full stock Hawken flintlock custom made for me in 1983 by my late friend Art Knolty. It's the top rifle in this picture:

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by Shasta
Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Done
Replies: 12
Views: 796

Re: I Can't Believe It's Been 47 Years!!

Congratulations to you both! :D We just celebrated 46 years here.

Shasta
by Shasta
Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need help with Winchester 1895 Providence Tool and Co
Replies: 11
Views: 957

Re: Need help with Winchester 1895 Providence Tool and Co

I have an 1895 Browning in 30-40 Krag with the Providence Tool rear sight. The front sight is pinned into a groove in the base, and yes you need a taller front sight. I don't recall where I got my replacement front sight blade, but I do recall it was too tall and I had to grind a little off the bott...
by Shasta
Wed Jul 29, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My .32-40 Winchester
Replies: 7
Views: 675

My .32-40 Winchester

I have a 1906 vintage Model 1894 Winchester rifle, caliber .32-40, in well-worn condition and not as accurate as I would like. I could keep my shots on a paper plate at 100 yards, but it would not shoot a tight group. The rifle was also difficult to clean after a shooting session because it tended t...
by Shasta
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Overloading a Sixgun
Replies: 27
Views: 2061

Re: Overloading a Sixgun

It ain't just sixguns. For the first time in my life I was present when a firearm let go from a suspected double charge just last month: https://i.imgur.com/0U8OrH9.jpg?1 It was a Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 firing a cast lead bullet load. Thankfully my friend was not seriously injured. He got a really bl...
by Shasta
Thu Jul 02, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No cashiers at Lowes, Home Depot
Replies: 14
Views: 1462

Re: No cashiers at Lowes, Home Depot

I'm with you on this self checkout BS. They are literally forcing you to be an employee without pay. Our Home Depot and Lowe's stores really push this, but I play the ignorant old man card and force their "guard dog" to check me out.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jun 28, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question / POLL
Replies: 115
Views: 9711

Re: Question / POLL

Coming up on 70, been married to the same gal for 46 years. Been shooting since about 7 or 8 years old, casting and reloading since I turned 18 in 1968. Have owned my 55 Chevy Nomad for 51 years. I tend to hold onto things.

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Big day today
Replies: 27
Views: 2221

Re: Big day today

Great looking '39, Marlinman, and done up right too! Looking forward to seeing the final paint job.

Shasta
by Shasta
Wed May 13, 2020 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stainless steel tumblers
Replies: 12
Views: 942

Re: Stainless steel tumblers

The Thumler's Tumbler Model B is a good unit, but the shafts are mounted in nylon bushings that clip into the platform and in my opinion are not very sturdy. I have two Extreme Rebel 17 tumblers that have the shafts mounted on pillow block ball bearings. They are very strong and reliable. https://ww...
by Shasta
Sat May 09, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Right Handed Kid with Dominant Left Eye
Replies: 24
Views: 1308

Re: Right Handed Kid with Dominant Left Eye

My youngest daughter is left handed like her dad, but was born with such poor vision in her left eye that the doctor said she was legally blind in that eye. I started her off shooting a BB gun right handed at age four, and since she has never shot any other way, she is naturally a right handed shoot...
by Shasta
Tue Apr 28, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Done
Replies: 23
Views: 1485

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

OK, just the reloading equipment and bullet casting equipment would cost me about $28,400 to replace. It took me 50 years to accumulate all that stuff and there ain't no way I could ever replace it all. I have replaced the presses, powder scales and measures, some moulds and a couple lead furnaces a...
by Shasta
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Done
Replies: 23
Views: 1485

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

Having been burned out in the 2018 Carr Fire, . . . what I was able to recall came to just shy of $105,000. Shasta Is that a typo? One Hundred and Five Thousand Dollars!!!!!!!!! That's the price of a small house in some parts of the country! I'm not saying that is how much I had invested. I am sayi...
by Shasta
Mon Apr 27, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Done
Replies: 23
Views: 1485

Re: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?

Having been burned out in the 2018 Carr Fire, I had to make an inventory of my reloading equipment, ammunition, and reloading components for the insurance company. I had an estimated 100,000 rounds of loaded ammo and nearly that much more in components. The worst of it was losing all my hard-to-find...
by Shasta
Sat Apr 25, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest 1895 Winchester And A Few Test Shots
Replies: 13
Views: 1198

Re: Latest 1895 Winchester And A Few Test Shots

Very nice rifle! Good luck finding any brass. I have an octagon barreled '95 in .38-72 for which I purchased several hundred Jamison made brass cases back when they were making them. Unfortunately I lost it all along with my reloading equipment when the Carr Fire destroyed my entire property. I did ...
by Shasta
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My stay at home project.
Replies: 24
Views: 1625

Re: My stay at home project.

Looking very good! Please keep us posted as the build progresses.

Shasta
by Shasta
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What About That Stimulus Check?
Replies: 16
Views: 1362

Re: What About That Stimulus Check?

I just sent an 1894 Winchester octagon barreled rifle in .32-40 to John Taylor up in Puyallup, WA for a barrel reline in the same caliber. If that stimulus check does come through it will cover the $500 cost. :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help - Bullets shaving.
Replies: 9
Views: 998

Re: Help - Bullets shaving.

I was having the same problem with my .44-40 reloads. I cured it by using a deburring tool on the case after it had been run through the expander die.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners
Replies: 16
Views: 1128

Re: What do you guys that have Ultrasonic cleaners

I use a product called Awesome that I get at the Dollar Store. Diluted 50-50 with hot water, it works well.


Shasta
by Shasta
Mon Feb 03, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Lever
Replies: 6
Views: 785

Re: Old Lever

Check out how this guy does it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0Wb4HXa-sk


Shasta
by Shasta
Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

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? Most of my lead is still inside the metal ammo cans, melted into a 120 pound brick that is extremely difficult to get out of the can, so I just haven't messed with it much. ...
by Shasta
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: After Fire Progress Report
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: After Fire Progress Report

Hello All, I thought I should dredge up this old post and update you again on our rebuild progress. We unfortunately hired an architect who turned out to be a crook, and the house plans he promised in two weeks took him a full year to finally produce. I was fortunate to get them at all as he wound u...
by Shasta
Fri Jan 24, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Original rear sight for Win94 1923 vintage
Replies: 3
Views: 389

Re: Original rear sight for Win94 1923 vintage

The original rear barrel sight for that rifle was quite different from those of other calibers. Here is a picture of it: https://i.imgur.com/hSyzIlh.jpg?2 As you can see, it is very large and not conducive to use with a receiver or tang sight. The best solution would be to install a dovetail blank f...
by Shasta
Fri Jan 24, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone here shoot a military irons-only rifle match?
Replies: 17
Views: 1373

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

We have monthly Vintage Military Silhouette matches at Hat Creek Rifle & Pistol Club in Burney, CA from April to September. Rifles are M-14 or older, with an Iron Site discipline and a Scope Sight discipline, but we do allow newer types that shoot in what we call "Open" discipline. Slings are not al...
by Shasta
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday Shasta.
Replies: 6
Views: 856

Re: Happy Birthday Shasta.

Thank you for the good wishes fellas. Turning 69 today. I suppose I should give an update on my life after losing everything in the 2018 Carr wildfire on July 26, 2018. A month after the fire we hired an architect that was recommended to us to draw up a set of plans for our new house. The cost was a...
by Shasta
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: advice about buying cast bullets
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: advice about buying cast bullets

https://www.bearcreeksupplybullets.com/bulletselection


Bear Creek Supply makes inexpensive plain base moly coated bullets that are very popular with the silhouette shooters around here.


Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: nd in need of help... Win 1895
Replies: 19
Views: 1072

Re: nd in need of help... Win 1895

Proper slave pins are the key. Go to Harbor Freight and for $10 buy a set of their drill bits. They don't drill holes worth a darn, but can be ground into dandy slave pins! :D

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer Request
Replies: 23
Views: 978

Re: Prayer Request

I'm very sorry for your loss, Griff. I hope your mom left a specific will. It makes it easier for the executor to deal with family members. Meanwhile you are in my prayers, friend.

Shasta
by Shasta
Thu Oct 24, 2019 10:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A dilemma
Replies: 29
Views: 1766

Re: A dilemma

Get a real Colt in .44-40. Find a good used one so you don't have to worry about keeping it new looking. Your rifle ammo will probably work OK, but if not it's just a matter of proper bullet diameter.

Shasta
by Shasta
Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: Help needed with 1894 re-assembly......

With the action open, can you push the lifter down, and if so does it snap down and stay down? The lifter should snap positively down and stay if pushed, and pushing the lever downward should snap the lifter positively back up. The lifter should not be floppy loose. If that checks out, then I think ...
by Shasta
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mystery metals for bullet casting
Replies: 16
Views: 1459

Re: Mystery metals for bullet casting

I have been casting bullets for over 50 years, primarily with mystery metal obtained from wherever I could get it. I always keep known metals such as pure soft lead, wheel weights, tin, linotype, etc. separated. Any unknown mystery metal I melted in a pot with a thermometer controlled temperature of...