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Powder Horns & Flasks / Re: powder flask's
« on: October 21, 2020, 04:43:55 PM »
I use a flask most of the time.  If I'm not using a flask it's because I have a few paper cartridges made up and ready to go.

I didn't see this until after Fingers had answered correctly.   I do recognize the tool but would have identified as a mortise chisel.   They are called a framers slick but I had forgotten about that reference.   

Knives, Swords, 'hawks, etc / Re: Boys Hatchet
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:45:50 PM »
Well I cleaned out the bottom of my box and didn't find it. It may still be around here somewhere but it's less likely. I did find this combination hatchet/claw hammer but the claws are broken off. I don't see a makers mark but I'll try to get the paint brushed off of it for a better look.

This is a "rigging axe".    It's for rough framing carpentry work.   Hammer for pounding, claws for removing nails etc.  (the claw were short originally)  and the axe end is for cutting birdsmouths and notches in rafters and floor joists.

BPCR Reloading / Re: Doin' "The Squeeze"...
« on: October 19, 2020, 07:36:21 PM »
You don't need a drop tube if you use a compression die. A drop tube will help with compression in larger rifle cases but not much in pistol cases if you are using compression die.   I have done it both ways and can get a little more powder in the case with the compression die alone versus a drop tube.   I can easily get 35 grains of 3F Goex in a case when using my compression die and not deform the bullet at when seating.   I like the compression die because I  also use it for loading 45-70.

I have loaded T7 cartridges both with and without compression.   Hodgedon says compressing T7 gives inconsistent results.   I could tell that some rounds were noticeably different from others loaded the same way with heavily compressed T7.   Uncompressed T7  seemed more consistent.    I don't have a chronograph so this is purely opinion as I have no documentation for these claims.  I don't use T7 anymore.

Forum Donations / Re: Don't forget to donate
« on: October 16, 2020, 08:01:54 PM »
Where's the donate button?
On the HOME page under the "Forum Issues heading.

Leather / Re: Show Us Your Maker Stamps
« on: October 13, 2020, 07:07:55 PM »
I don't remember where my stamp came from,   I have had it for a long time.    It is made from Delrin and was one of the earliest ones made with a CNC machine that I know of.    It still leaves a perfect impression when squarely whacked with a 2 pound maul.   I have dropped it, hit it off center and even hit it upside down and it has survived with no damage.   Before this one I had a brass one that got ruined when I dropped it on the concrete floor.   It must have been a pretty soft alloy.

Nowadays so called leatherworkers buy a maker's stamp before they have made anything worth putting their name on.  It is supposed to stand for quality and craftsmanship but now it is just another form of advertising for many leathercrafters.   Used to be that a guy had to earn a makers mark after working for a shop or maker for period of time or serving an apprenticeship and becoming a competent leatherworker.
For what it's worth,  most all the work included on this site is worthy of carrying the name of the maker.

Leather / 32 Auto shoulder rig
« on: October 13, 2020, 06:42:05 PM »
Jaxenro asked how hard it would be to build a vintage shoulder holster like one he saw for a Colt 1903 32 Auto 
(see this thread..... https://blackpowdersmoke.com/colt/index.php/topic,3704.0.html

Here's my answer...

General Discussion / Re: Colt 2nd gen photos
« on: October 13, 2020, 05:07:16 AM »
I think Fingers has reached the Point of Equilibrium.   A rare occurrence in the collecting world.   

Scatterguns / Re: Damascus 12 gauge
« on: October 09, 2020, 05:17:14 PM »
The chambers on my 12 ga. hardware store shotgun are 2 1/2 inch.   

NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Re: Hello from a new member
« on: October 07, 2020, 05:02:31 AM »

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member
« on: October 07, 2020, 05:01:10 AM »
Welcome from Colorado

Air Power / Re: Kessler pump-up 22
« on: October 02, 2020, 01:44:44 PM »
They sure don't make them like that no more. That should be great for small game and pests such as mice, rats, and liberals.  ;D

You are right Pustic,   I think it may be effective on liberals AND moderates.

BPCR Reloading / Re: Reduced power .45 Colt BP load
« on: October 01, 2020, 05:17:11 PM »
I'm still tryin to stuff more BP in my cartridges,  I haven't gotten around to reduced loads yet.    I have heard of this method before and wondered if any residue is left in the barrel by the plastic rod.    Has anyone fired 50 or more of these rounds in a short period and then examined the barrel? I have seen this method used for long range smokeless cartridges and in BPCR cartridges but the rate of fire is very slow and not many shots are fired in a session and they are cleaning their barrels after just a few shots.  Just wondering.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Son of a...
« on: September 26, 2020, 06:08:38 PM »
The half dozen or so times my cars have been ransacked they were locked up tight.    Bastards either broke the window or twice they pried the sliding rear wimdow open.    Locks only keep out the honest people.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Son of a...
« on: September 24, 2020, 10:30:52 AM »
This has happened to me several times over the years.   Opportunists looking for an easy score..... cell phones, laptops, wallets,  checkbooks.   They even steal car registrations and insurance cards to aid in identity theft.   Only once did they steal my tools.   

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