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 on: August 15, 2017, 09:27:08 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
I got a 50-70 Springfield Trapdoor a few years back - it was the first gun I reloaded for.  I've been looking for an inexpensive 45-70 since then.  I found one last week in a local gun shop (not Maine), an 1873 model.  It's been heavily refinished - reblued, probably restocked, but everything's in great shape, the bore is really good.  And it was low priced - my kind of gun.  I got some brass, some dies, cast some hollow based bullets, loaded up 20 rounds with 50 grs FFFG, followed by a card, then grits as a filler, and headed to the range.
It still kicks but it's accurate.  There were two younger shooters there and I let them try it - they've never shot BP before.  They seemed impressed.
One more piece to my firearms time-line.

 on: June 22, 2017, 06:37:01 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
I have a Ruger Speed Six 38/357 with a 2 3/4" barrel, which is a great carry gun but a little heavy.  It kicks less with 357 rounds than the Airweight does with 38.  The Ruger LC9S is making me a fan of 9mm.

 on: June 20, 2017, 01:11:36 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by hiker53
Taurus tracker..44 this has a kick !  Even with the ported barrel..take it when I hike and climb...nice little gun..light weight..I carry 240 grain corbons..hard cast...had a few close calls out on the trails..but never had to bring it into play.! Hope I never do...! It's just nice being able to be relaxed while out in the wild..Huh??

 on: June 19, 2017, 10:37:18 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by CGN1771
I just got rid of a S&W 38 with aluminum frame, it was stout on recoil for sure, nothing too bad but it would take that extra second or so to get back on target. been looking at the new Glock 380 and Ruger LCR. Who knows, still carrying my Taurus Gaucho 357 everyday for now.

 on: June 19, 2017, 11:53:21 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
I have a S&W Airweight .38 for a carry gun.  Five shot, nasty to shoot.  It weighs less than a pound so the recoil is impressive.  But it's not a target gun or an everyday shooter - it has its place and purpose.
I figured it'd be a good carry gun for my wife but she does not like practicing with it.  Actually, I don't either but I do.
Anyways, she liked the feel of the Ruger LC9S.  9mm, 7 round striker fire.  Small and compact.  So she bought one.  We've been shooting 2 days in a row.  What a great shooter, accurate, comfortable.  Semi-autos have a learning curve but at least she likes shooting it.

 on: June 17, 2017, 06:28:39 PM 
Started by Thumper - Last post by CGN1771
That's really something neat. looks like he knew what he was doing.  Smiley

 on: June 14, 2017, 03:20:55 PM 
Started by Thumper - Last post by Thumper
I'm guessing it's real old. Pretty well done too. Whoever did the work was thinking along the lines I would have chosen. When he made the bridge he also recessed the chamber tops so that the bullets could be inserted a bit further (the depth of the shell rim), so there's no interference with the plate. The firing pin is an insert that's pinned so I'm sure he made an elongated one to properly set off the primers.

 on: June 14, 2017, 11:16:41 AM 
Started by Thumper - Last post by Dave
I know that you know metal, so how is the old repair?

 on: June 13, 2017, 06:50:17 PM 
Started by Thumper - Last post by CGN1771
That's a good looking peacemaker, I love that caliber. I know you'll enjoy that one. shootin

 on: June 12, 2017, 05:05:12 PM 
Started by Thumper - Last post by Thumper
1st of all, snaggletooth, (AKA Decrepit), glad you're recuperating!!!!   

In a local internet site like craigslist that allows guns, in the parts department I found my dream parts. It's an 1873 Army in 32-20. The parts range from 1872 - 1907, it had a major well-brazed frame repair done years ago, that's only visible due to oxidation, it was the previous owners woods gun. Came with a set of dies, 100, shot once shells and a box of Nosler 100g hollow points. Don loaded with 4g of Unique which is the load I used for my old 73' Winchester I was forced to sell. I took it out back and put a few slugs down range, shoots great, obviously the timing and lockup are great. Guess I was wrong when I said my collecting days were over.

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