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 on: Yesterday at 04:25:37 pm 
Started by Wiley Desperado - Last post by Wiley Desperado
In the cowboy spirite of trying to be helpful I'll pass a little technique along to anyone who is maybe thinking about holster design but doesn't know how to get started.  This technique was passed on to me by a fellow leathercrafter so I hope it will be helpful to someone else.  Using a legal size manila folder draw out your holster design by laying the unloaded gun along the inside fold of the folder.  It will take some practice but manila folders are much cheaper than leather.  You can tape folders toegther for large patterns you'll get it.  After you cut out your pattern you can test it by taping it together and putting the unloaded gun inside.  Unfold it lay it out on the leather and trace it...there ya go!

 22 
 on: Yesterday at 04:17:31 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by Delmonico
This is how a chisel is supposed to work.  Inletting for a paring knife with a short tang. Note the thin curl and the smooth edge behind on the nice but not fancy black walnut. 

Hard to get a picture of the edge, but a 35 year old Craftsman, was a bit rough from hard use, carbrundum stone, medium diamond, then a washita stone, razor stone and then a strop.  Yes it will shave hair.

 23 
 on: Yesterday at 04:08:37 pm 
Started by Rafe Covington - Last post by greyhawk
That doesn't 'splain why you often find perfectly mushroomed .38 bullets on the ground beneath steel targets whereas more warmly loaded bullets have splattered. I have also witnessed low powered bullets bouncing off wooden props or barely sticking in the wood, easy to pick off with your fingers.


PJ
The splatterability (just made that one up) of a boolit has more to do with alloy composition than the speed its travelling - you can really stoke a soft lead projectile and it remains coheshive on impact at the same time as it deforms nicely (perfectly mushroomed ?) - the harder alloys dont do this near as well
From my reading of these forums it seems to me there is a fascination in your country for hard cast  lead boolits which I do not understand at all - maybe has something to do with a lot of semi commercial casting ? - soft lead boolits are more difficult to produce quickly in quantity (by casting) .. The old timers shot soft lead and they made targets we still struggle to duplicate today with the same equipment.

 24 
 on: Yesterday at 03:32:50 pm 
Started by PJ Hardtack - Last post by Yeso Bill
Well, I'm certainly no moose man but if I recall my Feeds 'n Feeding class correctly, a cow needs 25lbs of dry fodder daily.  Since that isn't usually available on western winter ranges, cow cake was invented.  So, those Willow twigs must be made of pretty good stuff.

Seems like I read somewhere that the mountain men fed their horses willow bark?

It is trying to blow us away today.    

Billy

Later....  So I got to wondering and Moose are ruminants like cattle, sheep, goats, elk, buffalo and deer.

 25 
 on: Yesterday at 02:09:58 pm 
Started by PJ Hardtack - Last post by dusty texian
Sounds truly beautiful. I wonder how much willow twigs  a cow moose consumes a day ?  ,,,DT

 26 
 on: Yesterday at 02:03:45 pm 
Started by DJ - Last post by PJ Hardtack
I envy your machining and engineering skills! Fascinating to watch your work in progress.

 27 
 on: Yesterday at 01:59:24 pm 
Started by Rafe Covington - Last post by PJ Hardtack
That doesn't 'splain why you often find perfectly mushroomed .38 bullets on the ground beneath steel targets whereas more warmly loaded bullets have splattered. I have also witnessed low powered bullets bouncing off wooden props or barely sticking in the wood, easy to pick off with your fingers.

I built a wooden "bobber" out of 2x4s, holding the arm up with a "pepper popper" that put it in motion. Over the course of the two day event, the 2x4 was well splattered with lead fragments and there were several mushroomed bullets at the base of the "pepper popper".
Some of the low powered rds took two and even three rds to activate the "bobber", usually because of low hits or hits on the edge.

We disallowed protests as we had calibrated the "bobber" to activate using a 4-3/4" revolver and factory .38 Spl. ammo.

OK, Let us dispel this recurrent OLD WIVES TALE.  Bounce Back, Back Splatter, what ever you wish to call it, is not caused by the velocity of the projectile.  It matters not if the velocity is fast or slow.  It matters not if the lead is cast hard or soft.  Doesn't matter. 

 28 
 on: Yesterday at 01:46:30 pm 
Started by PJ Hardtack - Last post by PJ Hardtack
We can't change it, so we have to learn how to enjoy it.

Scenically, it's like living in a Xmas card. And we see things most people will never see, like moose beds in the snow. For some reason, our resident cow moose and her current calf like to forage on this side of the lake this time of year. So far on my snowshoeing treks I've found three places where they have bedded for the night, one location not 50 yds from where I'm now sitting. I could have seen them from my office window had there been enough daylight.

They simply flop down where they are, sometimes in the open, other times near a tree well. The calf is always close by, but in it's own bed. It's usually the last place where they were feeding on willow twigs, the mainstay of their diet this time of year.

It's also interesting watching the dogs dig for field mice and voles they can hear moving under the snow. They don't catch many but it keeps them amused when they aren't chasing the squirrels that raid the bird feeders.

 29 
 on: Yesterday at 01:42:51 pm 
Started by Rafe Covington - Last post by Tascosa Joe
Major: In Addition to what Major 2 posted, we allow a new comer 1 year to get his kit to level 1.

 30 
 on: Yesterday at 11:39:31 am 
Started by tc432 - Last post by Coal Creek Griff
I found that my RCBS bullet puller works for 56-50 if I remove the collet.

CC Griff

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