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  1. So the rifle portion of this year's deer season came to end end without my tag filled, which means I get to extend over to muzzleloader season for a couple weeks. About a year ago, I got a Thompson/Center White Mountain Carbine in .50 caliber (attached pic is not of my rifle, but mine is very similar.) It shoots well; offhand I can keep 3 shots in about 4-5" at 75 yards with the stock buckhorn-type sights. I installed a Hot Shot nipple and am running 90 grains of FFFg under a 275-grain T/C Maxi-Hunter HP projectile. I have pre-lubed patches and .490" lead balls to try someday, but I like the Maxi-Hunters better; it seems to me terminal performance would be better. Do you guys shoot any muzzleloaders with any frequency? What's your pet load?
  2. I'm not on too much these days as my work and family commitments have been high lately, but glad to see you back!
  3. Haven't been online much, but I've been busy cranking out ammo - almost all my 9mm cases are loaded, and I got a great deal on a bunch of Xtreme Bullets plated 200-grn SWC .45 ACP bullets, so I'm doing some load developement to see what my Sig P220s like. .222 and .223 is next... Found a ton of still-in-the-package pink R19 insulation at the dump (!) so I've been insulating crawl spaces and other less well insulated areas in my 100-year-old house. WAAAAY too much fun. Oh yeah, deer season is on! Trying to plug bambi so I can try out my dehydrator and canner that I got over the summer...
  4. When I was running a 1911 in IDPA, I ran Wilson Combat parts almost exclusively, save the King's Match Trigger. It's been a while, but I think I used a 16# (?) round recoil spring on a standard-length guide rod with a handload of 4.6 grains of Bullseye under a H&G 68 200 grain LSWC. Ragged one-hole groups at 15 yards. It was impossible to miss with that gun. Hm....I kinda want to dig it out of the safe now...Oh, wait! Here's a Sig P220. Never mind.
  5. Though I like the Lee factory crimp dies, everything else by Lee (save their bullet moulds) that I've tried, I've thrown in the big box of forgotten reloading gear. Their powder measures especially suck. I can see the merit of having the Loader dies (and the knowledge how to use them!) with the little yellow scoop and all to reload for a certain caliber - but let's face it: the only reason I would have one of those is to reload ammo on the run - but if I'm on the run, I'm not carrying around heavy projectiles, gunpowder, and easily-compromised primers with me. I keep all that shit at my reloading station. Aaaaaaaaand if I have a reloading station, I'm not gonna use a damn Lee Loader setup. I'm going all out. I'm 100% BIG GREEN - RCBS, baby! Their customer service is unparalleled (though Dillon is also excellent). The Rock Chucker press, their powder measures, and their balance scales are all awesome and will last forever if maintained. I use a smaller RCBS Partner single-stage press to to 99% of my single-stage loading - and that includes one-at-a-time priming the way Snake mentions in the OP. I do have a Forster Co-Axial - a super high end single stage press, but I just like the RCBS setup better - it's what I've always known and it works well for what I need. I also run a Dillon Square Deal B - actually two of them - one on 9mm, one in .45 ACP. I had issues with the primer feed mechanisms, so now I use the Dillon to deprime and size the cases, then prime by hand (I like that method better anyway - 100% of the primers go in the correct orientation), then use the Dillon to dump powder, seat, and crimp. It's still very fast - I can bang out 2-300 9mms an hour if I have cases primed ahead of time. So, anyway, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'd rather not invest money in stuff like the Lee Loader die/scoop sets to load on the run - I'd much rather buy the good stuff, have it set up, spend the time cranking out ammo and storing it, then carrying loaded ammo with me instead of the Lee Loader.
  6. Welcome aboard!
  7. I like the looks of that MTM Dry Box, and that they come in different sizes. I'm gonna order one up next payday! Thanks Snake.
  8. Not THAT KIND of vice? You are just no fun, man. No fun.
  9. I bet your local army surplus store can hook you up with a good high-quality bag. I had a Marine issue surplus Arc'tyryx (sp?) bag that was tough as nails, bought it for cheap.
  10. Some other treasures from the Elmer Kieth Collection. The finish-worn 4" N-frame with the ivory grips was Elmer's personal carry piece that he usually wore. The double rifle is the famous .450-400 W.J. Jeffrey & Co. boxlock that Col. Jim Corbett used to great effect hunting man-eating tigers in India. A snippet from the auction house about the rifle: http://jamesdjulia.com/item/1038-373/ https://frontierpartisans.com/3666/jim-corbetts-rifle/ There were also many Rigby bolt guns, and Elmer's famous original .333 OKH. One particular .404 Rigby bolt gun had be almost in tears, it was so finely made. I would have bought it on the spot, but nobody in the area needed a kidney. Some very cool stuff, and I was blessed to be able to head up there and don the white gloves to handle a lot of staggeringly beautiful history.
  11. Snake, You like ol' Elmer, eh? Well, I grew up reading him as well, and so when I found out that his firearms estate was being auctioned off at Julia Auctions in Fairfield, ME, I made the two and a half hour trek north to check it out. It was the most unreal experience of my life as a fellow who appreciates artistry in firearms and history - some of the most influential guns in the world were there along with other really neat ephemera. Including....well, here's just a picture of me holding Elmer Kieth's beloved "The Last Word - Old No. 5" revolver. The epitome of "gun porn". Thought you guys might like that.
  12. I'll have to check this out. Seems odd to dictate country of origin on the barcode.
  13. For this rainy afternoon's revolver-induced drooling, I submit this 1979-manufactured 4" S&W Model 25-5 in .45 Colt. Super sweet shooter with the slickest action of any of my Smiths.
  14. Did someone say a 5" Model 27? I don't have one of those, but I DO have a 1953-manufactured 5" PRE-27 with Rosewood "Coke Bottle" grips. Probably my favorite N frame ever. How bow dah?
  15. Yeah, I love T-grips! They're on almost all my Smiths. I actually don't mind the Mag-Na-Porting on that .44 Magnum. It does help with muzzle flip. Though it's definitely louder!