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  1. If I read the info correctly the cartridge is simply a .223 case that is formed as a straight wall design without a shoulder or reduced diameter neck. Think about a .30 Carbine that was fed Gro-Pup. This concept has been making the rounds of the AR builders for a while now. Some call it the 357 AR-MAX and there are other similar names but they all head in the same direction. It will be interesting to see Winchester's ballistic data on the round - bullet weight, velocity, etc. I would love to have an AR upper in this caliber. Starline offers .223 basic brass without the formed neck for the experimenters, but their cases in this offering are not annealed. Length of the brass would have to match, then finding that "just right" bullet to complete the loading cycle, this all sounds like real fun coming our way. Can't wait to see where this goes.
  2. Every year there are many different designs of "last ditch" hide-out firearms at the SHOT show. They differ in size, shape, caliber, number of shots available, etc. The design in this thread is just another example of a designer's concept for being able to carry without advertising that fact. Some of these designs have been successful while others faded away. I always enjoy visiting and chatting with these inventors. They put a lot of energy into their work and hope the public will accept their concept. Sadly, a lot of these are so over priced I would not buy them just on that fact.
  3. For an all steel pistol with several features added and a reasonable price, look at the Rock Island line. They offer several different frame sizes and are readily available. Even Bob Marvel considers them to be the bargain of the 1911 platform market. He allowed they use marginal materials but do a fine job of assembly and fitting. Since Bob made this recommendation I have been watching the Rock Island line and am impressed with their offerings, even considering adding in a Super .38 variant. And just who is Bob Marvel? Look up his signature line of 1911 offerings to get the tip of the iceberg about a highly skilled and respected pistolsmith.
  4. A few years ago I bought a Remington Model 11 (16 gauge) from an older fellow who claimed he didn't hunt anymore. Since he didn't need the shotgun he decided to sell it. Th shotgun looked very nice, like it had been carried and used only very little. When I removed the forend to start the clean and lube process I got a very nice surprise. The factory paper bearing the instructions on how to position the steel and bronze friction rings for various loads was still attached to the forend. That paper was crisp and the printing was sharp and legible. This was the only time I have ever found that document inside a Remington #11.
  5. I started handloading in 1970 and quickly got tired of paying for bullets, jacketed and/or cast. Three years into handloading I started casting. Didn't have a mentor so I stumbled along for many years but was satisfied with the cast bullets I was making for their purpose. That would have been 1973 so I have been at this for around 45 years. Only 12 years ago I joined CastBoolits and THAT was when I really advanced my knowledge casting. You can read most of the posts without becoming a member but must join to create posts and see all of their information. Membership is free. The only cost is that members must remain civil or they will be invited to exit the site. I like this rule as there are already enough hostile websites one can visit, if the want that type of interaction. Now I can hunt with cast boolits (their language for a lead cast bullet) and feel as confident on shot placement and game-dropping performance as with any jacketed bullet. Take a look. You can thank me later. Stumpy
  6. You might also try Carlson's choke tubes.
  7. I don't have one of these but would love to test drive one for a while. Have always had fun with any 22 Hornet that came my way. It still has a lot to offer but unfortunately all the media seem to ignore it.
  8. stumpy

    S&W .380 EZ

    As others have commented, this pistol was designed to satisfy the needs of a specific group, those being the people with physical limitations of strength, arthritis, lingering effects from injuries, etc. While several of us would prefer a stronger cartridge in this size frame we have to be considerate to those who cannot control the higher recoil level of 9mm or greater calibers. Then again there is the muzzle blast issue that can intimidate new and occasional shooters. I believe S&W has done everything well to accommodate their buying population with "the right tool to get the job done." Anything built is a compromise, and the 380EZ seems to fill a void that many buyers have felt for a long time.
  9. On loading snake shot rounds, the wealth of experience from people who live in states where they encounter snakes on a daily basis is to use #12 shot for your loads. The smaller size of the shot (users claim better penetration), along with the higher pellet count, makes this size much more effective at killing the varmint rather than just getting it angry. You will limit your weight of the shot charge by not using shot capsules. Some handloaders will put their powder in a primed case, then install a gas check (cup open side UP and pressed down to the powder charge), insert shot to just below the top of the case, top off the load with either a gas check (cup open side DOWN) or cardboard cap which can be sealed with Elmer's glue and crimp the case. It's been too long for me to recall the type and weight of powder used for these loads. To add to this process, some shooters will trim .357 Magnum brass shorter until they can fit into your revolver's chambers and do the above loading process to add case length for more shot in the load. Sounds like a lot of work for little gain. I have only one personal experience with having to fire snake shot loads at a snake. On that day I was carrying a 3" S&W Chief Special, stainless steel with 3 inch barrel. The snake was passing in front of me but turned and advanced straight at me. When it got too close I fired. Have you ever seen a revolver fired full auto? Mine did that day. I got the first 4 shots off so quickly they sounded like one shot only. I looked to the left, then the right, saw no more threats, knew I had to reload, so I put that last round also into the attacker. Game was already over, but so what? The #12 shot stopped the threat with the first shot (#1 of 4), but there was fun to be had.
  10. After reading a few comments from different users about the Freedom Munitions bullets telescoping back into the case - makes me convinced I would never use any of their steel cased ammunition. The lucky shooters are the few who found these rounds before they tried to fire them. The unlucky ones are those who loaded this ammo in their firearms and the bullets deep-seated into the cases during it's movement up the ramp and into the chamber. The resulting pressure spikes would be scary at least and potentially harmful to the firearm and people near it when it fired. No thanks, I'll continue to load my own ammo. For that matter, if Freedom's quality control people have not tested this product enough to discover and remedy the situation, how well do their QC their other offerings. Food for thought.
  11. stumpy

    M1 Carbine

    IIRC in the 60's and 70's the Garands were harder to find and higher priced than carbines. Time changed this such that now Garands are easier to find and carbines frequently bring higher prices if both are in equal condition. Of course this can vary from one location to another. For that matter I would hate to spend today's prices for the Garands and carbines I now hold and have had for 30-40 years. That price would hurt!
  12. Luck was on your side with this purchase. The Dan Wesson revolvers have a reputation for better than average accuracy. Competition shooters who know these systems routinely use them in silhouette and similar long distance games. The larger bore Wessons are rarely found for sale. The people who have them never want to turn them loose. If you should need a barrel wrench or feeler gauge set, these are available at ewkarms.com as new merchandise. They are reasonably priced. Congratulations on your find.
  13. I am also a huge fan of the 44 Special. My first was a Charter Arms Bulldog. Wife bought it for me in 1973 after we had been allowed a tour of the Charter Arms factory where we met the Bulldog line. The tour was in September, and I received the gift that Christmas. Whatta gal! I still have the same wife and the Bulldog. Next came a S&W model 28 that I had caliber converted. I had bought (2) original S&W M-24 barrels, both 6" and new in the wrap, at a Knoxville gun show. The seller asked $35 for one or $60 for the pair. I almost tore the pocket off my jeans getting the wallet out. By the time the next show came around that same dealer offered me much more for either of them back. One had already been installed, and the other is still patiently waiting and is not for sale. The converted M-28 is scary accurate. I used to belong to a local club that held handgun matches - 3 gun competition of rimfire, centerfire and big bore (44-45) matches. I fired the M-28 in the big bore match (slow fire, timed fire and rapid fire) and won all 3 matches. That revolver has been a reliable friend and a frequent carry option for me for many years. Then came a Taurus 431 (3 inch blue fixed sights) that is a compact 5 shot revolver that is handy as a travel companion. It groups best with a 180 grain wadcutter over a healthy dose of Unique and hits where the sights are looking. Recently I found a 624 in an estate and added it to the herd. It is very similar to the converted M-28 and groups almost as well, but not quite equal. With handloads this caliber can do anything one could ask. You might think I'm a bit partial to it.
  14. stumpy

    Favorite Gun Oil

    Shooters Choice FP-10. Nothing else give me the results I require. I had been using the Shooters Choice solvent for several years and was (and still am) in love with the way it works. Ran out of oil to keep on the bench and decided to give their oil a try. Wow, was that stuff great. I had been using this oil about 2 years when Kimber introduced the Solo. For those of you who don't remember this introduction, the Solo is a compact 9mm that came factory equipped with reasons to malfunction. They were very tightly fitted and rarely reliable out of the box. We were sending them back to Kimber for correction in large numbers. Kimber released a notice how they required owners of their Solo to fire a minimum of 200 rounds of 9mm ammo with a minimum bullet weight of 124 grains before returning the pistol for correction. Kimber also required these owners to keep the pistol clean and lubricated. The printed brochure that came with the Solo stated that if the owner desired to keep a warranty on the pistol they would lube the pistol ONLY with Shooters Choice FP-10. When I read this I felt validated in my views of this oil. About a year later the list of approved lubes that came with the Solo documents had increased. Guess some of the other lube manufacturers got sore that they were not recognized for the quality of their products and griped to Kimber. These additions do nothing to decrease the worth and utility of FP-10. As we used to say back in the 60's, "try it, you'll like it."
  15. Hi boys and girls. It's nice to be back in town. Been silent a while due to computer issues and other distractions. Will do a lot of reading the members posts and a few posts of my own. Thanks for still being here. Stumpy

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