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Frontier Iron / Re: Smith & Wesson Schoofield Model of 2000
« Last post by Professor Marvel on Yesterday at 01:57:13 PM »

What's left of a can of Black-MZ has been the only way I can get off 5 rounds through this thing and still produce some smoke.  It isn't nearly as satisfying as the real thing however.  Maybe I should sell it to one of these people who think shooting smokeless through an 1875 designed piece is fine.  (grumble grouse)


Ah My Good Dave!
Under any normal circumstances I would be all over that, offering to buy it from you in a shot, except that I am now in negotiations for a complete HVAC overhaul/replacement to include whole house refridgersted air due to our numerous allergies! All disposable funds are locked up whilst we await the bad news….

If you are serious about seling .it off and can wait until agter the first of the year I would seriously be interested…

 Damn this ipad, now it is misspelling stuff on its own!

Prof marbles
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Tang sight
« Last post by King Medallion on Yesterday at 01:55:40 PM »
Thanks, Cliff
The Longbranch / Re: This was my youth, maybe it was yours too
« Last post by Abilene on Yesterday at 01:52:27 PM »
Me, too.  Do you think that in 50 years there will be reunion tours of the old rappers?   :D
Tall Tales / Re: October Cawfee,Tea, Soup and chili
« Last post by Major E A Sterner on Yesterday at 01:08:53 PM »
I'm still not getting notified of new posts here, And I started this months thread?????
The Longbranch / This was my youth, maybe it was yours too
« Last post by Major 2 on Yesterday at 12:52:09 PM »
And I lived and loved it ...

The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Swiss?
« Last post by Cliff Fendley on Yesterday at 10:57:29 AM »
Powder Valley has 2F Goex in stock at this moment, and Olde Ensford. Just ordered 5 lbs of the Goex. Better than no powder.

Olde Eynsford nearly rivals Swiss from my experience.

I just looked and those prices are crazy, plain Goex higher than I bought Swiss and Olde E for just a few months ago shipping included from Powder Inc.

I'm scared what this Goex shutting down is going to do to prices in the future.
The Barracks / Re: Graf's .30-40 Brass
« Last post by Niederlander on Yesterday at 10:56:46 AM »
Good to know.  Thanks!
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Tang sight
« Last post by Cliff Fendley on Yesterday at 10:55:22 AM »
I just laid a 94 on top of an original 76. Tang angle is the same but it does appear it's going to need more staff height just to accomplish the same so you might take that in consideration when ordering staff length.
The Powder Room - CAS reloading / Re: Cleaning BP guns
« Last post by Cliff Fendley on Yesterday at 10:42:50 AM »
Water at room temperature cleans black powder fouling better than anything, including hot water.  Allowing the heat from the very hot water to dry your steel will induce flash rusting, particularly in the bore which has no protection from finish or case hardening.  Flash rust is iron cancer.  It gets worse and worse until the bore is ruined.  There are going to be subscribers who will say I'm full of hooey - they've been doing it that way since.....And if that way suits you, go ahead - it's your rifle/pistol/shotgun.  But I've seen some fine guns destroyed by their owners flushing with very hot water.
Use water that is comfortable to your skin.  Dry the metal after cleaning with towels and patches - the bore with a tight fitting jag and patches.  Oil with a water displacing fluid like WD 40 for short term - for long term storage, use a rust preventative oil.
Remove the oil prior to shooting.
This comes from a geezer who has been shooting black powder for over fifty years.

I agree with everything except the wd-40. I'm a firm believer in Ballistol, displaces water and is very good rust preventive oil on its own.
The Leather Shop / Re: Copper Rivets
« Last post by Cliff Fendley on Yesterday at 10:32:42 AM »
Marshal my photos are too large and I don't know how to resize.

Basically my tools are close to what you showed. I made them from A2 tool steel and make the end the same size as the anvil. One has a hole to set the anvil and I use a ball endmill to make the round indentation to round the stem.

Another little trick, I took a piece of oak stair railing and set a stem in it proud enough to use it as an anvil and on anything such as inside of a holster where you want to make sure the rivet is below the surface I carefully put the rivet over the anvil when setting and staking the rivet and it will leave it below the surface on the back side so it won't rub a gun or knife, etc.

Also helps to remove a small amount of material around the hole and dampen it to help the back side set below the surface.
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