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The Leather Shop / Re: Vegan Leather
« Last post by Capt Quirk on Today at 05:44:22 PM »
Wouldn't leather from vegetarian cows be from a vegan source? They don't eat meat.
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The Leather Shop / Re: Vegan Leather
« Last post by Russ T Chambers on Today at 04:33:39 PM »
I just want to make sure any cactus material has been totally checked for any leftover spines.  :o ::)
But I do think they should call it cactus skin, rather than leather.  ;D 
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PM Silver Creek Slim,  He can probably help set you up.
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The Powder Room - CAS reloading / BLOWUP!
« Last post by LongWalker on Today at 04:15:40 PM »
Well, not exactly. 

Yesterday morning I went to test-shoot a rifle a friend is trying to trade off.  This one is a military rolling block carbine in 44-40, built on the No. 1 action, with markings from Mexico.  (These were also used as guard guns in some prisons here in the US, but guard guns aren't as cool as veteranos of the Mexican Revolution.)

The rifle checked out OK.  Chamber and bore looked good, some wear from cleaning from the muzzle.  Action locked up.  Ammo was an Ideal 42798 on top of a caseful of FFg.  Brass was many-times fired, and full-length sized to chamber in the various 44-40s my friend shoots.

On the 4th shot, I got treated to a faceful of burning powder residue and smoke, coming out of the now-open action.  The case ruptured and separated at the neck (we found the case neck in the chamber, didn't find the case head).  After some research, we think the back-half of the case slammed back on the firing pin, knocking the hammer back and allowing the action to open.  This failure mode has been discussed some over the years, but I've only seen something similar once before (that time, a case head separation in a roller in 43 Reformado). 

No injuries, thanks to eye protection and a covid facemask.  I suspect the case separation wouldn't have been as much of a problem in a Colt or copy, or a lever-action rifle: both do a better job of managing escaping gas. 

I suppose there are two lessons here, in addition to the reminder to always wear eye protection. 

First, particularly when full-length sizing brass, keep a close eye out for incipient cracks/case head separations.  The repeated use of this batch of brass, full-length sizing each time, had weakened it to the point it was ready to let go. 

Second, if you're going to shoot an old rolling block, it might be a good idea to check the amount of play on the pins, and possibly replacing them with oversized pins if needed.  When I disassembled the action and put the pins in their respective hammer and block, I was able to feel some "wobble". 
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Observation:  Been loading dragoon cartridges.  Have now found that if I'm loading round ball cartridges I don't even get the knife out anymore.  I just roll them close on the bottom, glue on the end, then drop powder and ball and twist.  For the Dragoons I roll the ball on the glue stick as the paper is not long enough to twist, but works great that way too.  The only time I cut now is when I'm loading conicals.  Also,  I have found that a 5/8" circle is neater and leaves fewer rings than using the 3/4" circle.    This is a great kit!

Still waiting on that Nobel prize for the inventor of the glue stick.
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Post some photographs please....

I was running the Muster and did not have any opportunity to take but one picture. Thanks to Drydock though I do have two videos. I don't know how to attach them on here. I tried using the "Attachments and other options" thing but it will not let me choose the file. Also do not know how to post the two videos I have either. HELP!
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I'll see you at the Jerry Barnes 2-Gun Shoot too, then, along with Yuma Kid.

I have a craft paper cutter that punches 3/4" circles. That should be enough to cover the open span in that collar of the former. 

Somehow ended up with an industrial size bag of large paper coffee filters. Next stop is hardware store to get stump remover for a potassium nitrate source.
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KVC has a small shoot this weekend, then the Jerry Barnes shoot May 1.   I am 100% shooting them this weekend and not sure about next weekend.    I am still up in the air on what to shoot at Nationals.   I am definitely thinking that I will be shooting them at the Grand Muster.
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1860 Henry / Re: Henry and the 66's Firing Pins
« Last post by Bryan Austin on Today at 02:57:15 PM »
Am I missing something?
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