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by earlmck
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:46 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Might I suggest a new mascot to fit the name...
Replies: 2
Views: 17

Re: Might I suggest a new mascot to fit the name...

Well, they could go with the District flower -- skunk cabbage.
or maybe the District bird -- turkey vulture.
But I'd vote for the District mammal -- we'd have the Washington Swamprats
by earlmck
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For the boolit casters here ...
Replies: 25
Views: 368

Re: For the boolit casters here ...

I've often used linotype in my lead mix to harden it up. But mentioned this to a guy recently and he went bananas! He said the antimony in linotype causes barrel leading? Anyone ever heard of this before? I've never had leading issues with mixing in liontype. I had the same reaction from one of the...
by earlmck
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: For the boolit casters here ...
Replies: 25
Views: 368

Re: For the boolit casters here ...

Bill, i bought 575lbs of boolits from a gentleman thats buys from estates. So been sorting them and melting diwn the bad ones into ingots. Got 13lbs of linotype letters. Them are some good looking ingots. Its addictive melting and pouring them huh! Todd/3leg Todd, a few years ago a fellow gave me a...
by earlmck
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What are the odds...
Replies: 3
Views: 99

Re: What are the odds...

Yeah, fake.

ANTIFA doesn't pay wages -- it issues gift cards.
by earlmck
Mon Jul 13, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Henry Big Boy issues
Replies: 10
Views: 186

Re: Henry Big Boy issues

Sounds ammo related to me. I agree it sounds ammo to me. Look at that 357 brass, I bet it is swelled towards the base. The 38 special being lower pressure won't stick like hot stuff. As for the action feeling gritty it's possible that your trying to make if work could have raised a burr but I doubt...
by earlmck
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Free digital copies of Survival Reloading
Replies: 5
Views: 142

Re: Free digital copies of Survival Reloading

Thanks Jim! I sure hope I never have to use your survival techniques for serious but that is mighty interesting. The things a kid will try :D
by earlmck
Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need some Marlin 1893 takedown advice
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Need some Marlin 1893 takedown advice

I know many levergunners are enamored by rifles with 20 inch or shorter barrels. I prefer 24 inch octagon barrels as they hang and point better for me . But for this takedown 1893 in .38-55 chambering , I am going to build it as a 30 inch barrel with a full length Tube magazine. Can always cut it d...
by earlmck
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Overloading a Sixgun
Replies: 27
Views: 748

Re: Overloading a Sixgun

So what is the story behind that particular one, Blaine?
by earlmck
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: "Just let your house burn..."
Replies: 11
Views: 254

Re: "Just let your house burn..."

Around these parts there would be a lot of us who would go "hang out" with the McCloskys in the hopes that some of the mob would come and try to break in. I don't understand why these folks seem to be so alone: I hope that is just incomplete reporting.
by earlmck
Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A 38-55 I missed....
Replies: 7
Views: 344

Re: A 38-55 I missed....

Nice! If I didn't already have my Marlin c'boy that Henry would be a prime candidate.
by earlmck
Wed Jul 01, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cast Bullet Load in 30-30
Replies: 3
Views: 170

Re: Cast Bullet Load in 30-30

Bridger, that would be a nice load pressure-wise but must churn up around 2000 fps velocity. Go ahead and give it a try: plenty of people get good accuracy with their 30 cals at that velocity but I am not one of them. I seem to get my acceptable accuracy more in the 1700 fps range which I would reac...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Could sure use some prayers tonight
Replies: 16
Views: 307

Re: Could sure use some prayers tonight

You've got it!
by earlmck
Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bailing wire, twine, duct tape and now we have.....
Replies: 9
Views: 299

Bailing wire, twine, duct tape and now we have.....

JB Weld! .... That's how I attached the receiver sight to the little Henry 22. Was going to drill/tap to attach as usual. As most of you know what looks like the receiver on the Henry is really an aluminum shell covering the mechanism. I figured I'd just go through the aluminum and get some "bite" i...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .177 junior air rifle.
Replies: 12
Views: 219

Re: .177 junior air rifle.

For the past couple of months the afternoon entertainment when I visit my friend Butch is to take our beer, peanuts, and lawn chairs out to his front pasture and pop sage rats (Belding ground squirrels). He uses his RWS and I have the Norica Dragon. We do pretty good out to 30 yards or so but past t...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Basic Gun Handling - more complex than I thought...
Replies: 7
Views: 300

Re: Basic Gun Handling - more complex than I thought...

Thanks for that link -- sending it to the daughter who lives in zombieland. And I'm watching it again, too!
by earlmck
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More on "Barrel-length-versus-velocity" - with 22 LR
Replies: 8
Views: 227

Re: More on "Barrel-length-versus-velocity" - with 22 LR

No wonder the grandkid's little "Cricket" is such a potent critter-getter: probably putting out more poop than my 24" barreled target rifle. And danged near as accurate, too I suspect. I figured there'd be some length past which velocity dropped off but I would have guessed it out there somewhere mo...
by earlmck
Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: If you had just one .44 mold ...
Replies: 20
Views: 362

Re: If you had just one .44 mold ...

Bronco wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:47 am
One vote for LBT LFN 280 gr gc !
By the time it goes into the case it weighs 300grs ! Accuracy is good over a pile of 2400.
Yep. Though I use a pile and a quarter of something called H108 (a scosh faster than H110) that I got a lifetime supply of through some bargain deal about 25 years ago.
by earlmck
Sun Jun 28, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Question / POLL
Replies: 106
Views: 1435

Re: Question / POLL

75 and holding there for a few more weeks. Late to the Reloading game -- didn't discover loading until I was a sophomore in college at age 20. Bolted a C&H "C" press to the window sill of Waldo Hall at Oregon State University to load for the '17 Enfield that got shipped to me at the dormitory post o...
by earlmck
Wed Jun 10, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38/40 day -- Addendum
Replies: 15
Views: 789

Re: 38/40 day

Very nice shooting Earl! I take it this is pistol caliber cowboy silhouette---offhand, correct? My group does their "own thing" with this silhouette stuff and we only shoot the 50 yard offhand. The other distances are sitting with cross-sticks. Or you can use the prone position if you think you wou...
by earlmck
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38/40 day -- Addendum
Replies: 15
Views: 789

Re: 38/40 day

Excellent pictures! That Winchester is beautiful. What bullet mold is that? Mine is a plain base mold and was thinking about trying a gas check design. My bride insisted that rifle come home with us from a local gun show somewhere around 35 years ago. And I try not to argue with that girl when she ...
by earlmck
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38/40 day -- Addendum
Replies: 15
Views: 789

38/40 day -- Addendum

I finished loading a nice batch of the 38/40's and thought I should mention to anyone thinking the bullet pictured would be neat to have -- it has a design flaw. The top groove is just a narrow lube groove and not much use as a crimp groove. This would be a bad deal if loading for a revolver especia...
by earlmck
Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anyone else had trouble with Epson EcoTank printer?
Replies: 6
Views: 230

Re: Anyone else had trouble with Epson EcoTank printer?

We print quite a lot of "stuff" here. After cussing the ink-cartridge eating HP inkjet for years I went with a Lexmark color lazer. It has been wonderful. But -- there's no scanner with it.
by earlmck
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:10 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: won't be long NOW........
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: won't be long NOW........

No such luck. They are all of the age groups that are in almost no danger of getting very sick from corona virus.
by earlmck
Tue Jun 02, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: The 'study' saying hydrochloroquine no good....
Replies: 5
Views: 279

Re: The 'study' saying hydrochloroquine no good....

Wow! Seems there is no limit to the depravity of the left. Who would ever have guessed that a potential treatment for Covid-19 would be a political issue, with the subsequent manufacturing of fake news? I'm badly behind the curve these days -- I still haven't wrapped my mind around toilet paper bein...
by earlmck
Sun May 31, 2020 11:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Quick load
Replies: 2
Views: 177

Re: Quick load

I seem to have had a failure in the PM department a couple days ago. QL does indeed have the Roberts Improved. See if you have a PM from me now with some info.
by earlmck
Fri May 29, 2020 12:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sure hard to get away from China
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Re: Sure hard to get away from China

Sixgun wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 10:00 pm
what do you all think when chinas quality goes up...along with their prices?---6
"quality" isn't the issue I have with China that leads me to try to avoid buying stuff made there.
by earlmck
Tue May 26, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Grandson and my latest project
Replies: 9
Views: 446

Re: Grandson and my latest project

They grow up quick: won't be long now.
by earlmck
Tue May 26, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sure hard to get away from China
Replies: 18
Views: 680

Sure hard to get away from China

My old rule (pre-covid) was when buying some item made in U.S. and also made in China -- I'd pay up to 3X for "made in US" but after 3X I figured they were gouging me. New rule -- we don't buy "made in China" period. So I needed a new battery for my little pocket camera. Bunch of "made in China" one...
by earlmck
Thu May 14, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: quickload pressure estimates
Replies: 4
Views: 233

Re: quickload pressure estimates

Would if I could but my version of QL doesn't have CFE pistol powder in its data base.
by earlmck
Sat May 09, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Our club range is open
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: Our club range is open

Our range never closed although all the March and April matches were cancelled. Some (the ones that draw large numbers of participants) will still remain cancelled here in May. But our bunch will once again clang the iron buffalo the last weekend of the month with the lever guns and single shots. In...
by earlmck
Mon Apr 27, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What's Your Reloading Setup Worth Today if You Had to Replace it?
Replies: 23
Views: 727

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

Scary to think about Steve, but an interesting exercise. I'm with marlinman in figuring it'd take me several hours to get a close estimate. At least nearly everything I have is readily replaceable (just takes money). There are a few old items that would take some searching to replace. I'd just have ...
by earlmck
Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Like a Normal Day....
Replies: 7
Views: 399

Re: Like a Normal Day....

Here in the Soviet-Socialist state of Orygone our democrat governess still has us under strict lockdown orders, even though our hospitalizations peaked on the same day she gave the initial order and have dropped dramatically in the month since. One of the local restaurants is flipping her the bird a...
by earlmck
Tue Apr 21, 2020 11:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Earlmck, a favor?
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Earlmck, a favor?

QL thinks 7.5 grains of that Blue Dot would get you 1177 fps and 34k psi. If you wanted a scosh more velocity QL thinks 10.2 grains of Lil' Gun (a moderately compressed load) would make 1250 fps at a bit under 31k psi. I don't have a feel for how close QL's predictions are for 38 spcl/357 mag with t...
by earlmck
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Primer pocket thingy?
Replies: 14
Views: 506

Re: Primer pocket thingy?

If I were processing a bunch of crimped cases I'd spring for the swaging tool but for my occasional use I just chuck a regular drill bit (something a bit larger than the diameter of the primer pocket) in my rechargeable drill/driver and go after them. This seems go considerably quicker and with less...
by earlmck
Sat Apr 18, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rattling around the farm in the old jalopy
Replies: 13
Views: 578

Re: Rattling around the farm in the old jalopy

Oh boy! Nice "farm"; nice "jalopy". But those fellers should have had some ear protection before heading out on that jaunt.
by earlmck
Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gas Mileage during this crisis...
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: Gas Mileage during this crisis...

With a juniper cutting contract on-going I have been putting normal miles on the old Chevy (nothing like wielding a chain saw to keep up "social isolation"). Diesel at under $2.50/gal seemed cheap to me until I heard how much cheaper it is everywhere but the left coast. Have a shoot scheduled this F...
by earlmck
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 32-20 jacketed load data
Replies: 6
Views: 357

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: 794

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: 1124

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
Tue Feb 18, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 338-348 Ackley Improve
Replies: 6
Views: 284

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: 586

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: 402

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: 533

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: 314

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: 992

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: 767

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: 898

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: 614

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: 587

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: 816

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...