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by Ray
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Biggest black-powder load you're comfortable with...?
Replies: 18
Views: 260

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

According to the expert on this subject, Ned H. Roberts, Jacob and Samuel Hawken preferred the half-ounce rifle....what we might call a .54 caliber today. The target or working load for up to 150 yds. that they recommend was half of the weight of the ball or 108 grs...... 164, 180, 200, and 210 gr. ...
by Ray
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rover lands on Mars!
Replies: 17
Views: 233

Re: Rover lands on Mars!

There is something like over a half a billion folks from all over the world and all walks of life who have signed-up for a clearly understood one way trip to mars with less than a year expected life span there. Dedicated volunteers in the interest of science or suicidal flakes ? i don't see much ch...
by Ray
Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Unlikely, Initquitous Cohabitation.....
Replies: 3
Views: 220

An Unlikely, Initquitous Cohabitation.....

A much celebrated beauty pageant queen of days gone by who went on to be a popular film and telly actress graciously came to our little town to give speeches and preside as mistress of ceremonies at our homecoming parade, football game, and half-time pageant. A bunch of us were mobbed together, serv...
by Ray
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rover lands on Mars!
Replies: 17
Views: 233

Re: Rover lands on Mars!

There is something like over a half a billion folks from all over the world and all walks of life who have signed-up for a clearly understood one way trip to mars with less than a year expected life span there. Dedicated volunteers in the interest of science or suicidal flakes ?
by Ray
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Biggest black-powder load you're comfortable with...?
Replies: 18
Views: 260

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

Here's a bizarre fact. Look to your old Lyman loading data books that shows beginning and maximum loads with ten grain increments between and both muzzle and 100 yard velocities. No matter how fast you drive the round ball of any caliber (some 2000 fps.) they show a 100 yard velocity of only 100 to ...
by Ray
Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mohamet and the mountain......
Replies: 4
Views: 156

Mohamet and the mountain......

Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled: Mahomet called the hill to come to him again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, "If the hill...
by Ray
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Smiley.....
Replies: 1
Views: 115

Smiley.....

They called her "smiley". I don't think I ever heard her given name. When I knew of her she was on the wrong side of 40 but well preserved. You could easily see how she would have been so popular back in her day. Imagine actresses stella stevens and barbara eden were sisters. Now imagine that they h...
by Ray
Sun Feb 21, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Riparian Tryst.....
Replies: 3
Views: 156

A Riparian Tryst.....

They called him Pill. I'm quite sure I've introduced Mister Pill here before, most recently : https://www.levergunscommunity.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=79585 Pill was what you might charitably describe as ugly without causing yourself any qualms of conscious. Pill was of slight build but he had a propo...
by Ray
Sat Feb 20, 2021 3:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crossroads.....
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Crossroads.....

The right honorable reverend taylor shared the tale on another board where there was some confusion re. nomenclature..... gouty-----suffering from gout. trotter(s).....foot, feet. tiffin......early tea, elevenses, te los onces , lunch..... sparking.....clothed amorous physical contact as innocent as...
by Ray
Sat Feb 20, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Yet more animal training.....
Replies: 3
Views: 159

Yet more animal training.....

They called him Pill. No one living is left to tell how he got that sobriquet. His given name was Euell but he preferred Pill. Pill was what they call a character and Pill was something of a raconteur. If there was ever a lull in the conversation when men were mobbed together shooting the bull and c...
by Ray
Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Animal training.....
Replies: 1
Views: 92

Animal training.....

A carny show of irish travellers came through the community with a comedic jack-a** basketball game. Picking pockets and shoplifting were their major source of income but the circus game at the local national guard armory was thought necessary to keep the majority of rubes distracted and all in one ...
by Ray
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crossroads.....
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Crossroads.....

Blaine wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:36 pm
Bravo...
Please, Sir...might we have more?
Bunches more in the fertile, somewhat schizophrenic mind of ray in whose world the sky is green and the grass is blue.....
by Ray
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crossroads.....
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Re: Crossroads.....

piller wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:58 am
Well written. Family history can be interesting.
Er....this is fiction a.k.a. bald-faced lies !
by Ray
Fri Feb 19, 2021 5:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crossroads.....
Replies: 14
Views: 311

Crossroads.....

Nobody but Tio Carlos knew just when and where he met Tia Cosmina. The facts died with him and she refused to answer any queries on that subject. Grammer Maze, on that side, thought that they had met in east berlin when Carlos was in the army circa 1960. Abuela Consuela, on the other side, just reme...
by Ray
Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: William Cotton Oswell.....
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: William Cotton Oswell.....

The adventures these British hunters had in Africa in the first half of the 19th century shall never be repeated. The experience they gained with firearms, loads and the field performance of same will never be equaled. Even those who brought up the "end of the age" -- men like Bell and Taylor -- ha...
by Ray
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: William Cotton Oswell.....
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: William Cotton Oswell.....

on the honesty and trustworthiness of the natives..... I gave the dead beasts to the Ba Lala who had brought the information, telling them to send me the tusks, and returned to my waggon. The dozen were duly delivered in four or five days' time, though the waggons had gone fifty miles farther down t...
by Ray
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: William Cotton Oswell.....
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: William Cotton Oswell.....

on feeding camp followers..... Shall I be believed if I say that Kafirs will eat, if you give it them, from 12 lbs. to 15 lbs. of solid meat in the day? It appears, I know, an impossible feat, but I can vouch for it and partly explain it, too; for in a short journey with Livingstone, between the Cho...
by Ray
Thu Feb 18, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: William Cotton Oswell.....
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: William Cotton Oswell.....

oswell continued..... On elephants, of course, you take the head shot if you can get it; but you ought to be within fifteen yards, on a line parallel with your quarry, just a trifle in advance, and then a ball in the lower depression, or temple, will, nineteen times out of twenty, be instantly fatal...
by Ray
Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: William Cotton Oswell.....
Replies: 7
Views: 206

William Cotton Oswell.....

Wrote in 1893 of his 1840 excursion to south africa..... I still have the highest opinion of a Purdey of 10-bore, which burnt five or six drachms of fine powder, and at short distances drove its ball home. This gun did nearly all my work. The Purdey gun has a second history which gives it more value...
by Ray
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: S&W 64-5
Replies: 17
Views: 300

Re: S&W 64-5

This was the issued carry gun for both wells fargo and brinks armoured truck drivers and guards for over three decades. Carried much but shot little. The only problem I've ever heard of is the possibility, even tendency perhaps of the ejector rod loosening enough to prevent cylinder opening.
by Ray
Mon Feb 15, 2021 1:39 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lee F.C.D......
Replies: 17
Views: 768

Re: Lee F.C.D......

In this age of much improvised guerilla hand loading, I formed some quite respectable 32-20 brass out of serbian imported 7.62 mm nagant.....yes, much trimming required..... https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/product/productId/77289 Thought that perhaps the thinner european rim might be a problem ...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... end of chapter 1..... I could produce numerous instances where failures have occurred, and I know sportsmen of long experience who have given up the use of hollow bullets except against such small game as black-buck and other antelopes or deer. So much for the Express hollow bullet, a...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... While writing the above, I have received the Pioneer, 24th June 1888, which gives the following account of an escape from a tiger a few weeks ago by Mr. Cuthbert Fraser, and no better example could be offered to prove the danger of a hollow bullet. It will be seen that a solid bullet ...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... I have frequently heard persons of great experience dilate with satisfaction upon the good shots made with their little '450 hollow Express exactly behind the shoulder of a tiger or some other animal. I have also heard of their failures, which were to themselves sometimes incomprehens...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:22 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... There can be little doubt that a man should not be overweighted, but that every person should be armed in proportion to his physical strength. If he is too light for a very heavy rifle he must select a smaller bore; if he is afraid of a No. 8 with 14 drams, he must be content with a N...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... For sporting purposes the small-bore has been universally adopted, but I cannot help thinking that like many other fashions, it has been carried beyond the rules of common sense. When upon entering a gunmaker's shop the inexperienced purchaser is perplexed by the array of rifles and g...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... The modern breechloader in the hands of a well-trained soldier should be a most deadly weapon, nevertheless we do not find a greater percentage of destruction among the numbers engaged than resulted from the old Brown Bess. The reason is obvious: battles are now fought at long ranges,...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Re: Sir Samuel White Baker.....

continued..... When I first visited Ceylon in 1845, there were several renowned sportsmen who counted their slain elephants by many hundreds, but there were no rifles. Ordinary smooth-bore shot-guns were the favourite weapons, loaded invariably with a double charge of powder and a hardened ball. In ...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 3:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sir Samuel White Baker.....
Replies: 12
Views: 186

Sir Samuel White Baker.....

Excerpted from "wild beasts and their ways" CHAPTER I THE RIFLE OF A PAST HALF CENTURY Forty years ago our troops were armed with a smooth-bore musket, and a small force known as the "Rifle Brigade" was the exception to this rule. The military rifle carried a spherical bullet, and, like all others o...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

selous and "w" (thought to be william finaughty) shoot but unfortunately do not bag any ivory..... "Seizing my second gun from the hands of Balamoya—for the first time since it had snapped the cap at the commencement of the hunt—I threaded my way through the jungle so as to intercept him; and as he ...
by Ray
Sat Feb 13, 2021 1:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Good, The Bad and... -- The Mandalorian ? ? ?
Replies: 27
Views: 1016

Re: The Good, The Bad and... -- The Mandalorian ? ? ?

Seems to me that gina has put on the pork.....er, I mean, has stoutened somewhat.....
by Ray
Fri Feb 12, 2021 8:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How Long To Order A New Ruger GP100?
Replies: 23
Views: 368

Re: How Long To Order A New Ruger GP100?

In stock right now......subject to change in the next five minutes or so.....

https://www.sportsmansoutdoorsuperstore ... /ID/164331
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

FWiedner wrote:
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:20 pm
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I enjoyed reading this.

:)
Alas, copying and pasting unjustifies the paragraph indentations and breaks and I am too lazy to re-edit.....
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

continued..... "As there was not time to chop out the teeth of all three elephants and get back to the skerm before nightfall, I resolved to chop out those of the largest, and send my boys back the next day for those of the remaining two. After about an hour and a half s hard work the tusks were lai...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

continued..... "Having heard some shots fired by my gun-carrier at the one first wounded, I now made all haste in the direction where the last shot fell; when suddenly, not far to my left, the silent forest rang again with short piercing trumpetings, repeated so quickly one after another, and contin...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 1:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

"Early next morning, as soon as it began to grow light, we were up and stirring, and after looking at the priming of the guns, filling the powder bags (when elephant-hunting on foot, we load with the hand from a leather powder bag hung at the side), and putting ten four-ounce bullets into each pouch...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

(I find that an ordinary handful of powder is over twenty drachms), 20 drams ciphers to approximately 546 grains..... (a smooth-bore elephant gun, carrying a four-ounce round bullet, backed by fifteen drachms of coarse powder) an approximately 1,750 grains ball and 410 grains of powder.....
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

and further..... "My battery consisted of two four-bore muzzle-loading elephant guns, and nothing else, weapons which, however suitable for killing elephants, are altogether unfitted for the destruction of smaller game. Thus, although I shot this season a goodly number of elephants, rhinoceros and b...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tips for unfired, rough-functioning Winchester model 94's
Replies: 11
Views: 313

Re: Tips for unfired, rough-functioning Winchester model 94's

Bienvenidos...... I bought the last 1894 winchester that the kmart in centre, alabama had circa 2007 and it was gummed-up with a varnishy brown substance like rev. taylor describes in this excellent article..... https://leverguns.com/articles/taylor/trapper.htm Mind you, my gun was new but i think t...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

Re: A recent post reply.......

Selous' first elephant kill..... "Well, we had been following on his spoor for about an hour, when, all at once I, who was walking behind Cigar, was the first to see him, standing in pretty thick bush, like an enormous ant-heap, fanning himself with his gigantic ears. The mighty beast was quite unco...
by Ray
Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A recent post reply.......
Replies: 21
Views: 593

A recent post reply.......

mentioned the how and why of the T.K.O. formula...... Why don't we go back a bit further in time and read of frederick selous ? "We were most kindly treated by Mr. William Williams, a trader, who had only the preceding year returned from a hunting and trading trip in the Matabele country. He gave me...
by Ray
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Found this funny
Replies: 8
Views: 304

Re: Found this funny

That is when you finally admit that the honeymoon is actually over !
by Ray
Tue Feb 09, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When you want to read a little .....
Replies: 9
Views: 264

Re: When you want to read a little .....

For just over five decades almost all of the autopsies of gunshot victims in my state took place in the forensics lab of our state law enforcement academy at our local small town university. At my church (at the time) there was a fellow congregant name of hines or hinds who was a civil servant emplo...
by Ray
Thu Feb 04, 2021 3:41 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Best Gun
Replies: 21
Views: 969

Re: The Best Gun

If "Best" is defined as smoothest and natural shooting, my Colt SAAs. https://hosting.photobucket.com/albums/d197/sass93/Single%20Actions/IMG_0105.jpg?width=450&height=278&fit=bounds&crop=fill If "Best" is defined as what I entrust my life to? Then when I get it back from being refinished... my Com...
by Ray
Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 300 Grain 44 Special loads
Replies: 12
Views: 305

Re: 300 Grain 44 Special loads

I have used the lee 310 gr. with nine point something grains of 2400 in .44 spl. brass in a variety of guns, both long and short. Guesstimating velocity 500 to 600 fps. Pay attention to usable powder space, seating out a bit if necessary for that purpose assuming your cyl. is long enough..... In the...
by Ray
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: what scopes for scout position?
Replies: 13
Views: 293

Re: what scopes for scout position?

I have an ancient 3/4" tube 2 3/4x redfield mounted on a .22 pump and a 2x weaver pistol scope on a 30-30 leveraction but when I recently tried to mount a current manufactured 4x pistol scope, the eye relief was way too long. So I bought this..... https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/vortex...
by Ray
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who knows about drones?
Replies: 22
Views: 431

Re: Who knows about drones?

Drones aren’t very hard to down. We had a neighbor that was a total nuisance with his. Reports to police and FAA fell on deaf ears. Requests to respect other privacy was met with hostility. Fortunately for the neighborhood he lost two in a short time span and decided to give up looking in peoples y...
by Ray
Sat Jan 30, 2021 12:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How 'bout this for a "if only one gun" scenario...?
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: How 'bout this for a "if only one gun" scenario...?

Old Savage wrote:
Fri Jan 29, 2021 7:05 pm
Alas, no interest in anything tactical beyond the 1911.
That is simply the most sensible response I've read here in many years !
by Ray
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who knows about drones?
Replies: 22
Views: 431

Re: Who knows about drones?

"I might have gotten that part wrong but I just don't understand how they regulate them." Any govt. agency or authorized commercial u.a.v. will emit a signal.....anything flying in that zone will be tracked by radar and high resolution imaging and if ain't emitting the correct signal it will be zap...