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 on: Yesterday at 09:20:41 am 
Started by Tuolumne Lawman - Last post by Tuolumne Lawman
Being a real life retired California Lawman (Tuolumne County Sheriff, in the Motherlode), and a retired US History Teacher, I am fond of California's early Old west...  By the time the 1873 Winchester and 1873 Colt Peacemaker were "Taming the West" in Arizona, Montana, and places in between, California had been the Wild West for 25 years!  Initially it was 1847 Walkers, Dragoons, and 1851 Navy revolvers, along with front stuffer rifles and Shotguns that armed pioneer Californians.

In 1860, during the advent of the War Between the States, the 1860 Henry was a desired, high tech arm in the gold fields.  By 1868, conversions of the Remington and Colt percussions were showing up in .44 Henry, .46 French, other assorted rimfires and .44 Martin. (Colt/Remington 44/100) all over the Motherlode.

To me, nothing like a couple Cartridge Conversions and a Henry say "the real Early Wild West..."

Tuolumne (California) Lawman

 on: Yesterday at 09:12:25 am 
Started by Tsalagidave - Last post by Tascosa Joe
Dave as deep as you go to get your outfit right, I think you would fit in with those folks.

 on: Yesterday at 08:57:58 am 
Started by Coal Creek Griff - Last post by larryo1
Can't set still for this chatter.  I have a '76 in 45-75 with the deeper chamber and it shoots just fine.  I was able to get data off an original box of 45-75 ammo and on that box was the instructions for casting bullets. The factory said to use lead that was/is cast from 16:1 alloy.  I make my own alloy and that is what I use and have no complaints.  I have shot Hornady jacketed 300 grain soft points and again no complaints.  Maybe I got a good rifle--who knows!  I have shot BACO bullets and again no complaints except as is with the case with the Hornady slugs--PRICE!  About all I can say is to keep trying and somewhere you will find that rifle of yours will like a particular load.  Just don't give up in frustration as  these rifles are like women --very fussy!  I think that I went through 20-30 different powders and loads before my rifle found a couple that it likes.  So hang in there and don't give up.  I got a M-92 in 32-20 that the bore looks worse than the inside of a sewer pipe and it dont shoot lead for sour owl crap but jacketed bullets I can drive tacks with it so each (rifle) to its own.

 on: Yesterday at 08:41:16 am 
Started by Bunk Stagnerg - Last post by Cliff Fendley
Grin  I sure wouldnt want to meet the guy that installs the nips at the factory in a dark alley..... he has gotta be a

It's a gorilla, same one that tightens all of Uberti screws. I believe someone else starts them and the gorilla just stands there and tightens everything as it's handed to him.

 on: Yesterday at 07:52:30 am 
Started by Bunk Stagnerg - Last post by Bunk Stagnerg
Since I am in a high humidity area close to the Gulf coast, and I have time the system is shoot Saturday clean Sunday back to work on various projects Monday. Just to see what happens I left one piece of brass on inside on the bench and in a week it was starting to build up corrosion. Some .44-40 cases left outdoors accidentally in two weeks were ruined.
I suppose in low humidity areas time is not of the essence, but here in the 70% area it is.
I am not a neat freak, any one who has seen my bench top will vouch for that, it is just a matter of taking care of my stuff.
Yr' Obt' Svt'

 on: Yesterday at 07:46:29 am 
Started by mrappe - Last post by Cliff Fendley
Generally in my experience a 44-40 is not difficult to acquire. You might have to order and wait on a 38-40.

 on: Yesterday at 07:42:58 am 
Started by Coal Creek Griff - Last post by Cliff Fendley
dusty, no I have not tried jacketed bullets but I have tried some hard cast and some smokeless loads. Problem is there is just no load data for jacketed bullets or smokeless in general so I'm trusting what someone else has said. Smokeless scares the heck out of me if I don't have pressure tested load data.

I have been told by some others to try burnishing the bore with jacketed bullets so I will have to look into some load data some more.

Thing is I bet my original 76 has never had a jacketed bullet through it and possibly never anything but black powder.

I can't get my Uberti to shoot any better than 5-6 inch groups at 50yards and that's even after installing MVA mid range sights and a front globe. I don't claim to be an expert marksman but I can do better than that with other guns with just the regular open sights so I know it's the gun.

IMO the Uberti is not even accurate enough to deer hunt with in the woods.

 on: Yesterday at 07:07:44 am 
Started by Silver Creek Slim - Last post by Silver Creek Slim
Morning y'all.
Coffee is hot.

'Tis 38 and cloudy. High of 49.


 on: Yesterday at 06:35:59 am 
Started by 54Dodge - Last post by El Supremo
Welcome, 54Dodge:

Quick tips:
Marcot's book won't help solve your issues.  It is nice history with lots of photos, but very little answers to your questions.  Still, at some point it will be a help in providing historical awareness.

It includes reloading information.

The reamer is not taprered. AND ONE IS NOT USED ON 56-56 CASES. 
Sit tight here and await more responses on bullets, molds and cases.

The 56-56 bullet looks like a giant 22LR bullet with outside lube grooves ahead of a reduced diameter tail, which tail or "heel" fits into an UNREAMED case.

I don't recall these heeled bullets being crimped in the usual way involving a constricted case mouth edge.

Please try to send photo's of your rifle.  If difficulty, email them to our Administrator.
Fred, "Two Flints", will post them for you.

El Supremo/Kevin Tinny

 on: Yesterday at 06:31:14 am 
Started by Coal Creek Griff - Last post by dusty texian
Cliff this has me scratching my head.  I'm with you a new 45/75 wcf barrel should drive tacks no matter if its on a 76 Winchester or a Sharps . Have you shot jacketed bullets through it? And if so , does it shoot them accurate? My only guess would be the bullet is the problem , and i'm sure you have tested more than one type and size.  Have an old 76 in 45/60 that would not do better than 4" at 50yd. Loaded some jacketed remington bullets in the same load that gave the 4" groups . One ragged hole at 50yd.  Shot almost 100 of these loads through it. Ran out of the jacketed bullets , so went back to the lead bullet mould and ran some with WW material on the (Hot) side got a bit frosted and loaded them up. Bingo it started shooting as good as I could hold. Was it the jacketed bullets burnishing the bore? Or the WW bullets being a bit frosted and hard? Go figure ! Good luck finding the secret to your rifle,,DT

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