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 on: Today at 12:32:26 am 
Started by Tsalagidave - Last post by Tsalagidave
Bill, truly, thank you for the kind words.   Pony Express, thank you as well.  I don't know if it deserve them but I am inspired to live up to them. All your points are valid.  I grew up on DC Beard as well and although there is little you can do on a national park, the best place for this kind of outlet is typically on BLM for light structures and projects and private property for more permanent structures like cabins and  watch towers (the latter, I have never made but would like to).  Generally, I recommend people stick to learning fire lays, cooking setups, survival shelters and stockaded tents as they are relatively quick and easy to build with a light amount of resources.

To everyone out there, some of us really geek out on the small details but that is just one element of celebrating this Nation's heritage.  There was a time when I sneered at the 10-ft rule, then I grew up and came to appreciate the efforts of everyone interested in keeping this hobby alive.  Now, I would rather see someone with an "okay" kit  at 10-feet and a head full of knowledge than a pompous elitist who thinks his pocket trinkets and intricate small details make him the better man.

If you live in an area where there is not much for reenacting, then show people what you know on times gone by in a setting they can relate to.  Light a pipe with your steel once in a while, make a kitchen set and proper fire lay the next time you take the fam and friends camping; or take your muzzle loader to the range and don't be afraid to answer questions.  The last time I went shooting, I had a couple of off duty SWAT guys geek out on my long rifles and after hammering out a few shots each, they beamed ear to ear like the kid in them just woke up Christmas morning.

Gentlemen, it is my privilege to have such good company as the likes of you on this site to share ideas with, debate history and learn something new. I don't know if this hobby will ever be a mainstream thing but I am proud to stand with you in the ranks of a unique lineage where the past remains vibrant  so that our present lives may be fuller and more meaningful. We are the life blood of this Nations Living Heritage. You are all truly salt of the earth.


 on: Yesterday at 11:41:36 pm 
Started by LonesomePigeon - Last post by LonesomePigeon
I have a Centaure/Centennial 1860 Army that had 2 rusty cylinder chambers when I got it. I got a Pietta 1860 cylinder to replace the rusty one. It seems like it's almost a drop in fit.  The notches on the Pietta cylinder are a little bit forward but they do just barely line up with the bolt and when I cock the gun the chambers seem to line up with the bore correctly. The only problem seems to be that it is a bit too long and when I try to put the barrel assembly on the forcing cone hits the cylinder face and leaves a small gap down at the frame pins.

It appears the only thing I need to do is sand down the cylinder face. The problem is I don't have a lathe so I would have to do this by hand. Is it feasible to just tape some sandpaper to something flat, like a piece of glass, place the cylinder face down on the sandpaper and grind it down by rotating the cylinder by hand? Is this likely to result in a non-square cylinder face?

 on: Yesterday at 10:43:00 pm 
Started by Tsalagidave - Last post by pony express
I'm somewhat in the same boat as Oregon Bill, interested in way too many things to really focus on one. My GAF persona are somewhat well dressed, at least for a "10 foot" level. But, there's too many hobbies/interests and not ever enough time or money. About the only common theme in them is-it's all about "old". Like to tinker with old cars, trucks, tractors etc, but won't hardly lift the hood on a new one. My "new" motorcycle is 26 years old, and I don't want one any newer. Same with my guns, not really interested in anything new-unless it's a reproduction of something old.

I'd like to try out the Plainsman/muzzle loader scene too, if the budget will allow, but I'll probably never get into as much detail as Tsaligidave. I'll probably just do the basic thing, and admire the efforts of others that can really focus on just one thing.

 on: Yesterday at 10:30:29 pm 
Started by Major E A Sterner - Last post by Major 2,56492.msg679917.html#msg679917

 on: Yesterday at 10:28:49 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by Major 2
Minutes to Midnight , and on that note
stok'n' the coals and then I'm off to the rack.
Coffee timer is set for the early risers

 on: Yesterday at 10:20:29 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by Major 2
Yeah..... a little disappointed in my FFL though, we are good friends (the trio of us ) I would have though hoped he might have offered the cons  Undecided

Still wonder if the gun is approved ? 

Uses actual M3A1 Magazines

 on: Yesterday at 10:15:28 pm 
Started by Major E A Sterner - Last post by Major 2
I too, offer my condolences.... the thought of mine breaks my heart .

 on: Yesterday at 10:13:36 pm 
Started by Major E A Sterner - Last post by Delmonico
So sorry Buck, Rowdy turns 10 in May, he seems fine but Labs seem to go about 12-13.

 on: Yesterday at 10:00:55 pm 
Started by Major 2 - Last post by St. George
Damn those shiny objects, anyway...

Scouts Out!

 on: Yesterday at 09:47:06 pm 
Started by Chev. William - Last post by Chev. William
Interesting "News":
Pacific Tool & Gauge has Reworked their Web Page and now Chamber reamers are Listed By Categories such as ".25 - .257" an di found they now List  Both .25 Stevens and .25 Stevens Long Rifle reamers.

Looks like interest in these "obsolete' cartridges is increasing.

Chev. William

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