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Tall Tales / Re: December coffee and grub
« Last post by DeaconKC on Today at 09:18:59 AM »
G'morning folks! 56 here right now, pouring rain AND foggy [huh?] anyway supposed to hit 65 today and be mild and wet the rest of the week. Going to the eye doc today for check up and new glasses. Lady C is finally over her cold, so that is good news. Y'all have a good day!
Hello, on reproduction Blakeslee boxes: 

The "old days, U.S. leather craftsmanship" usually costs big bucks, and is difficult to find.  There are several fine leather workers that can do the leather portion, but they struggle to find the box inserts that are another category of specialized skill.  Making the wooden Blakeslee insert without serious flaws is not simple! Some originals clearly present layer edge seams that indicate they were milled and glued instead of being drilled, probably to avoid tube holes running together. 

A truly high quality U. S. Blakeslee box by a recognized craftsman will be at least $400, if it can be found.  At that price, it will be a labor of love.  Think about a realistic shop hour rate of $75/hr, plus materials.  Ouch.

From reports here, the quality of Coon Creek's varies, perhaps due to who they had make it.  Mine was a museum grade work of art, but when I tried a couple years later to buy another, I was told that artisan was out of the picture.  The brass hinge shown on Coon's latest one is not the work of the fellow that did mine, unless he's slipped a lot. 

Another, maker (deceased) of superb Civil War era reproduction cartridge boxes, including Blakeslee's was Bob Stanley of Buffalo, NY. He had a source for flawless wooden inserts and thin, well finished aluminum tubes.   Bob's are unmarked, but some N-SSA skirmishers can spot it because of quality.  I suggest placing a Want To Purchase THREAD on the N-SSA Forum.

John Holland, Chairman of The Small Arms Committe ("SAC"), told me he can ID Bob's stuff.  Another testament to Bob's quality is Larry Romano's use of Bob's work.  I have several pieces from Larry with distinctly high-grade leather and stitching.  They are Smithsonian grade.

Very respectfully,
El Supremo/Kevin Tinny

The Longbranch / Re: Kirstie Alley has passed
« Last post by Baltimore Ed on Today at 08:24:33 AM »
Always thought she was a cutie. Enjoyed her in Cheers.
Tall Tales / Re: December coffee and grub
« Last post by Silver Creek Slim on Today at 07:32:14 AM »
Morning y'all.
Coffee and tea are hot.

'Tis 18 and overcast. High of 36.

I just received mine from S and S yesterday.  $160
  ok for the price.  If want to use it at the range and it will be fine for that.
  six tubes, a little rusty but cleaned up fine.
   the stitching is white and I intend to darken it some. 
    the top of the tubes just 'ends' and I plan to put a round edge on it like the originals. 
   I did this once before (sold it bummer) and will post picts when I get it done.
   all in all, worth the $160 rather than another hundred and not perfect  at that price.
  NO lettering by the way.  just plain black leather.   
The Longbranch / Re: Kirstie Alley has passed
« Last post by RRio on Today at 02:09:16 AM »
How sad. :'(
The Longbranch / Kirstie Alley has passed
« Last post by Major 2 on Today at 12:06:03 AM »
I had worked all of the North & South Trilogy, and remember her as sweet, personable and a stunning beauty.
May she rest in peace.
The Longbranch / Re: gunoholic
« Last post by Silver Creek Slim on Yesterday at 09:08:12 PM »
Very nice, Deacon.

The Longbranch / Re: gunoholic
« Last post by Major 2 on Yesterday at 09:06:22 PM »
OH! My, that is just WOW!

I have been surfing eBay for Milsurp holsters to fill the gaps in Gun's I have without.
I scored a WW2 Husqvarna M07 holster.

I need to find a WW2 Enfield Web holster for my Tankers revolver 
The Powder Room - CAS reloading / Re: Winchester 244 powder
« Last post by The original bad bob on Yesterday at 08:52:25 PM »
I just started using 244

For the reason you describe... Unique is not available anywhere that I am aware of... I have been using 244 in 45 Colt and 44-40... There is not much reloading data on 244 probably because it’s a relatively new power, so I have been proceeding with caution and have been satisfied with its performance... it’s not as dirty as unique and has similar performance characteristics.

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