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Spencer Shooting Society / Re: Spencer Buffalo Rifle
« Last post by Cap'n Redneck on Today at 04:17:51 AM »
Cool to see another Spencer Buffalo Rifle....they certainly look the part...!   8)

I have an ArmiSport Spencer military rifle in .56-50 centerfire that I've played around with some. 
And while I've been able to ring a steel gong at 300 yards occasionally,  I've never really had great faith in the cartridge as a big game round...
But by removing the two-pronged "steel-finger" that rests on top of the breech-block I've been able to partially insert a .50-70 Gov't round in the .56-50 chamber.  So I have been toying with the idea of having the barrel re-chambered for .50-70, in order to turn the "pop-gun" into a full-grown single-shot rifle.
And if I had a Stabler Cut-Off installed I would still have seven rounds of .56-50 "on tap" in the buttstock in case the "injuns" jumped me while I was "running bufflers"....!

(Come to think of it I DO have a .50-cal. barrel blank lying around....and a fore-end sized piece of hardwood....and my local gunsmith does have a .50-70 reamer....Hmm...; winter project...?)  ::)
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1860 Henry / Re: Bullet Disposal... The fun way!
« Last post by mtmarfield on Today at 12:30:54 AM »
      Greetings, TL!

    Do You use store bought, or homemade? What hardness?

                             M.T.M.
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The Darksider's Den / Re: 51 Navy gunsmiths
« Last post by Kent Shootwell on Yesterday at 10:13:17 PM »
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The Powder Room - CAS reloading / Re: Annealeez
« Last post by Pee Wee on Yesterday at 10:00:38 PM »
I have one and bought the different size wheels.  The thin wheel is close if not a hear to thick for .38.   I do .44-40, .45 Colt, and .44 mag on it.  I am thinking about having a friend chuck up a round bar and turn two thiner wheels and mill the notch.  If you have to pay a machine shop it would cost more than it is worth.  I was having Star Line .45-70 brass only last 3-5 times before it would develope splits.  Using the Annealeez I am up to 15 times per case and counting and not lost one. 
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STORM / Re: What to look for
« Last post by Coffinmaker on Yesterday at 09:47:25 PM »
 :)  Hi Deacon   ;)

Echo . . Echo . .  Echo . .

PLUS ONE for 45 Dragoon.  "If it's Mattel it's Swell".  OK.  Pietta does NOT make any cartridge conversions.  PERIOD.  Ergo:  It's a Uberti.  If it's a Uberti, it has an abysmal Barrel to Arbor fit.  You Need/Must/Should fix that FIRST.  Abilene (Bless Him) is incorrect.  You may well get away with something, but that doesn't make the gun "right".

Normally, you cannot do the "turn it 90 degrees" test out of the box.  Uberti hides the Abysmal fit problem by poor fitment of the Arbor to the Lug bore.  The barrel just "grinds" to a stop.  The Lug bore need de-burring and the Arbor end needs de-burring and polishing.  THEN you can put it on the arbor 90 degrees out and turn it down.

There are several ways to "fix" the fit.  Some require some machine work.  I worked out a method about 20 years ago that uses a simple #10 stainless split washer down the lug bore, then stuff the arbor in on top it.  Just don't forget it's there when cleaning the gun.  A single split washer normally corrects 99% of Arbors.  It's also some cheap.  About .06

Play Safe out There

PS:  Forgot to mention, once you get the Barrel to Arbor fit fix'd, you will probably need to re-fit the Wedge.  And then replace the OEM springs.

PSS:  You didn't mention if your "other" open top pattern gun was a conversion or percussion.  If it's percussion and Pietta your Barrel to Arbor fit is so close you don't ant to mess with it.  If it's a Uberti . . . . Trust Us . . . . The Abysmal barrel to arbor fit just hasn't reared it's ugly head          (yet)

People are Still Hazardous to yer Health 
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The American Plainsmen Society / Mules in the American West
« Last post by Tsalagidave on Yesterday at 09:45:37 PM »
The American Mule deserves more credit than it's given as the trailblazer's companion. In fact, it is more versatile and valuable than the horse in its ability to cope with rough terrain and the unexpected dangers on and off the trails of the American Frontier.

The Author's Thoughts on the Mule

The least glamorous but most useful creature of genus Equus is what may be considered, the illegitimate offspring of the horse and donkey. This term fits not because of any distain that I have for the venerable old mule. No, I like them despite what many seasoned muleteers may say when spinning yarns of savage kicks, thrown 'cargas' and hapless riders, hurtled headlong into a cholla patch, soon to gain Solomon's knowledge through Job's suffering. No sir! The mule is truly a child of two families ascended to the lofty title of prince and princess of the plains.

While donkeys, and horses,  care naught for matrimony beyond their casual association; their tryst in cupids grove begat a sterile hybrid with the best traits of both animals combined. So, such regal perfection comes at a dear cost as each mule is condemned to its glorious reign over its own realm without hope of an heir to their dynasty. With their final breath, the sun sets on another glorious bloodline; one whose mold was broken upon the first casting with an exact copy of its likeness ne're to be seen again.


 Mules have faithfully served humanity since ancient times. They have carried kings and borne the burdens of countless civilizations long before their hooves ever crushed the sod of North America’s deserts and plains.

Read the Full Article
https://www.frontieramericanillustratednews.com/post/mules-in-the-american-west

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Tall Tales / Re: August nights Coffee and good company
« Last post by Delmonico on Yesterday at 08:14:02 PM »
Lady was nice, tablet has internal problems, new on on the way.   And I thanked her and told her in nice terms she was so much nicer that the afternoon asshole at the other store.
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Shooter's Meeting / Re: Okay, back up gun and reliabilty question
« Last post by Major 2 on Yesterday at 07:52:47 PM »
I have posted these photo befores, perhaps this thread warrants its reresection..
 
My revolver started life as a Pietta 1861 London model , Heritage edition.
As new in box it was cut to 3" and reprofiled into an avenging angel.
Then fitted with a Kirst gated conversion , tuned & nitrate blued .   
A 1851 barrel was shaved of all Italian marks , relined to .357 and  nitrate blued.

That allows a conversion from  3" ( also shaved of Italian marks ) to 7 1/2 " at the tap of the wedge.

Truth be told, the journey was more costly than an over the counter factory conversion, but it is unique  :)
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That's a great rig, Bob. Very fine work. Glad to hear you had it along when you ran into that hombre.

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Spencer Shooting Society / Re: Spencer Buffalo Rifle
« Last post by Coal Creek Griff on Yesterday at 07:12:41 PM »
Welcome, and looking forward to the photos!
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