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 91 
 on: October 21, 2018, 06:12:09 pm 
Started by Sir Charles deMouton-Black - Last post by Dave T
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makes me feel a young and spry 69 yr old

LOL - I'm 70, son. (smilin' again)

Dave

 92 
 on: October 21, 2018, 05:41:54 pm 
Started by Crow Choker - Last post by Bunk
and I might add some folks are smart enough to go way south for the winter.
Here we call them "winter Texans".
Bunk

 93 
 on: October 21, 2018, 05:39:57 pm 
Started by Crow Choker - Last post by Bunk
most likely being he lives just south of the arctic circle he is covered in a heavy blanket of the stuff seldom seen here in central Texas, SNOW and lots of it.
Warm and toasty at 72 degrees here
Bunkl

 94 
 on: October 21, 2018, 04:45:26 pm 
Started by MikeM. - Last post by Professor Marvel
Ah yes, the "living history" part...


Before you get in front of and audience, I would suggest an amount of practice with your tools.  Say, around 500 or so rounds.  If you can't do it in your sleep in a dark room with someone screaming in your ear, your not really ready for "Prime Time."

Give some serious thought to planning for your plan.  The best plan only survives to the first shot.  Having a half loaded round ignite in front of a discerning audience will NOT enhance your image.

Coffin makes an excellent point.

Loading cartridges is not an activity in which anyone can afford to be distracted.

I cannot count the number of times that we read about a member "getting distracted" whilst reloading...
by a spouse, a pet, the phone, or just "going mechanical" whilst watching TV ....
then realizing they made a mistake....

many folks catch it at the moment or  close after... and have to dissassemble many rounds.
some folks don't catch it until a round goes ffffffuut ...   or "pip" instead of bang. at least those are not KABOOM moments!.

I have done living history blacksmithing, and have made many many mistakes whilst talking to visitors... just getting distracted.

I have made the mistake of talking to people when loading my Hawken On The Line at a rondesvous.... and dryballed it.
(dryball: to load a muzzleloading rifle without powder, leading to having to stop and get tools to pull the ball and patch)
it is soooooo easy to get distracted ....

then there is the further issue of having open containers of powder and primers "too close" to the public,
who may be  smoking,  or drinking or doing other stupid things (kids playing with fire, trying to deliberately mess things up "as a prank" ....       )

trust me on this one, as a demo blacksmith, I have had wierd crap done to me and my anvil, my tongs, my hammer and the fire in my forge . And I have had stupid people try to pick up "black hot" steel even after being told "it's hot" and not to touch anything.
I even had finished knife blade stolen off the bench. Turn your back and people do wierd sheisse .

Thus, if demonstrating loading, I might suggest that you consider

faking it.

just in front of people, just for demonstration.
old crappy demo brass ( I like to stain them black with cold blue for easy ID )
dead (or previously fired) primers
fake powder - fake BP would be great, just use a scoop to fill a case with "black powder" ....
slightly undersized bullets that can be easily pulled, and not crimped in.

one can have a box of "real" previously loaded rounds and at the same time (somewhere out of reach)
one could safely "reload" the same 15 demo rounds over and over and over ...
whilst lecturing the Great Unwashed on the topic without having to worrying about it.

one can then use a "bullet pulling hammer" to dissassemble everything afterward as needed.

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/685703/rcbs-powr-pull-impact-bullet-puller-kit

yhs
prof marvel

 95 
 on: October 21, 2018, 04:38:32 pm 
Started by Tuolumne Lawman - Last post by Coffinmaker

As a dedicated Henryista >>>>>

THAT is an outstanding find.  Twer it mine, the only way you could pry it out of my hands would be with a CROWBAR!!!  I am OFFICIALLY JELOUS!!

 96 
 on: October 21, 2018, 04:12:59 pm 
Started by Blackpowder Burn - Last post by Coffinmaker

Blackpowder Burn .....

How ungentilmanly of you.  Really and truly inconsiderate.   Shocked   While I am not necessarily a Colt fan .. I could have made an exception.  Had you only had the consideration to refer me to this one while you were still struggling to retrieve your wallet.  After all, it is known I am a practitioner of Frankenpistols   Shocked  I have often been known to build something Colt or the Makers of Replicants should have built   Cool

The Colt you have just acquired is just OUTSTANDING.  I am thinking, your example is a total custom build.  The gunsmith who built it began with an unknown caliber original, or even just a bare frame and went from there.  Re-Barrel with the added Rib, added rear sight, probably a replacement or re-chambered cylinder.

Just flat out EXCEPTIONAL!!!  Collector value simply doesn't figure in.  Go fourth and ENJOY!!

 97 
 on: October 21, 2018, 03:58:52 pm 
Started by Pitspitr - Last post by RattlesnakeJack
That's great!  This should be pinned at the top of the Barracks board, with frequent reminders to the members!

 98 
 on: October 21, 2018, 03:56:59 pm 
Started by MikeM. - Last post by Coffinmaker

MikeM,

Remembering ... I Believe ... your comment about doing "living History" demonstrations, you should be aware, those "old" hand loading tools were intended for loading Black Powder.  Black Powder is very forgiving of errors.  For all practical purposes, you can't get enough 2 or 3f BP in a cartridge to blow up a SA revolver.  Smokeless on the other hand .... is very UNFORGIVING.  IF you screw up with Smokeless, I refer you to the photographs provided by the good Professor Marvel.

We often see You Boob "heroes" whom try to make a U-Boob featurette and it's obvious our "Hero" is clueless.  Before you get in front of and audience, I would suggest an amount of practice with your tools.  Say, around 500 or so rounds.  If you can't do it in your sleep in a dark room with someone screaming in your ear, your not really ready for "Prime Time."

Give some serious thought to planning for your plan.  The best plan only survives to the first shot.  Having a half loaded round ignite in front of a discerning audience will NOT enhance your image.

 99 
 on: October 21, 2018, 03:49:48 pm 
Started by Major E A Sterner - Last post by The Trinity Kid
TK have you planned a Christmas shopping trip in Montana?


I'm an aviation student.  All my money goes into a Piper Archer.  Roll Eyes

Afternoon all.

55 and sunny today in Billings Montana. Great day for flying, but I'm not flying today.

So far today I've finished a paper that's due Tuesday, drank too much coffee and listened to Jonny Cash.  Later on I'm going out with a friend to do a little star gazing out in the town of Molt, then maybe watching a movie.  We'll see.

--TK

 100 
 on: October 21, 2018, 02:52:55 pm 
Started by Sir Charles deMouton-Black - Last post by Crow Choker
Get on my soapbox once in a while  Grin Thanks fer calling me son, makes me feel a young and spry 69 yr old!  Grin

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