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Tom C
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Enough politics, I need a break for a bit. How 'bout a generic gun thread?

I finally got out for an hour last Sunday and shot my .43 Spanish Rolling Block. I couldn't even find the paper, I think I need bigger bullets - the .439s shaved when I loaded them into the brass and were and rattling down the bore like coal down a coal chute then keyholing, and the thing kicked like a mule. Life is good.

I would like a shootable trapdoor if anyone has one for $400-600, must be all original and hopefully with the cleaning rod. Bore should have rifling and the stock in decent shape, but it should have some charachter.

A Krag would be nice, too.

Or a [url=http://www.ima-usa.com/index.php/cPath/29_115] Snider conversion from IMA:[/url]

Or maybe I should hold off buying for a while and save up my pennies for a nice transferrable MAC-9:

and hope the Strimling crowd doesn't take it away from me after I plunk the bucks down and pay my transfer tax. With the 100-round white box of Winchester FMJ still going for about $13 at Wal-mart, the Mac-9 is an economical choice for the casual shooter, I think.

On the national front - [url=http://mensnewsdaily.com/2007/01/28/concealed-carry-of-weapons-superior-... reciprocal concealed carry:[/url]

"U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) has introduced S. 388 "“ the equivalent of H.R. 226 "“ which is a national Right-To-Carry bill for reciprocity for state carry licensees for concealed weapons. In short, any person with a valid concealed carry permit issued by a state would be recognized to legally carry in any other state. The bill would require states to officially recognize each other's carry permits just like nationwide recognition of your driver's license."

Cabin fever. I might just load up my BB gun and take a few pops outside this weekend to stay loose.

Roger Ek
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Nice sporterized Krag.

JIMV
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My adored spouse is buying me an American Derringer deringer this weekend at the Kittery trading Post, unless someting else catches my eye (Birthday gift)

[img]http://www.amderringer.com/pix/m1.jpg[/img]

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I am having a .17 Ackley Bee mde up on a New England Firearm. It will be a sweetheart and should give me many hours of shooting and reloading. Don't really know which I like the best, the shooting or the reloading.
Bud

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Tom C:
What model Krag is that anyway? I don't recall their having an exposed hammer.

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Nice thread Tom C. Not to be too picky but the SMG in the picture you posted is a MAC10/45. There is a MAC10/9 but the more common is the M11/9. It has a little smaller frame than the MAC10 series. All fun guns BTW. Good choices.

I picked up a Springfield XD40 Sub-Compact yesterday. I'll be test driving it this afternoon while "working" at the range on a few articles I need to wrap up. I only handled one of these a few weeks ago and it immediately became a "must have" due to its size and features. One hell of a handgun for the money IMHO.

For work projects today I need to finish up some testing on the M16D by KNS Precision:

[img]http://www.mggraphics.net/pics/M16DFire.jpg[/img]

This will be the centerfold in the May issue of Small Arms Review magazine BTW.

I need to finish a piece on the MGI Modular Weapon System:

[img]http://www.mggraphics.net/pics/mgi1.jpg[/img]

And I have another piece on SBR's new LaserMatch Tracer Ammo.

[img]http://www.sbrammunition.com/submachgun.jpg[/img]

Actually all these pieces are due for the May issue of Small Arms Review Magazine which closed out yesterday so I guess I really better get to work. Work, work, work. :D

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Tom C

Back to the .43, is it the bore, meaning it's rough or the bullet/bore size?

I know I've had some bores that would do nothing but keyhole.
They were so rough from corrosive primers and not being cleaned properly
that the bores could only be replaced.

If your Remington is a good piece, maybe you could have a barrel liner installed?

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My latest project is to put a 22 pound firing pin spring in my Yugo 98 Mauser. I'm currently working my way through a batch of Yugo 196 gr. surplus ammo, which is apparently known for for having hard primers, hence the heavier spring (original is 18 lb.). Also biting my nails over how an SMLE No.4mk1/2 I just acquired is going to behave at the range. It has an almost unworn muzzle and no visible throat erosion, but there is a really nasty area about halfway down the bore.

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Mike, I had 2 problems. One the bullets shaved when I seated them, so I am going to load a batch with a bigger neck flare so I get the entire bullet. But I also noticed when I press a bullet into the barrel I can pretty much see daylight all around it, so I slugged the barrel and got about .45 or so, so I am also going to try a a batch with slightly larger bullet. The barrel isn't marked with the "R" for the reformo round, so I am just guessing here.

It's all new stuff to me, I am learning as I am going and I am having a blast.

The Krag was on www.collectiblefirearms.com, and yes that was a .45 cal MAC, but the picture was nicer and I used that instead figuring no one would notice the difference. Good eye, Bigshooter!

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I finishing a restoration on an 1873 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine in .32-20. The action is perfect now that I put in new toggle links. The bore has a few pits, and muzzle wear, but it's still "chest accurate on a man at 50 yards" as the Cowboys would say.

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JIMV,

The derringer is ok but in the same size package you can get a KELTEC P-32 or P-3T
in 32 acp and 380 acp respectively, both hold 7+1, are light, fitin your pocket, and give you several chances rather than a derringer which only gives you one chance to get it right.
I have a couple and they are great., the P-11 9mm is a good backup piece as well.

www.kel-tec.com

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Tom C

Well at .45 that would do it, you should get a good measurement on the slugged barrel and order a neck expanding plug for that approximate dimension. Had an 06 conversion barrel that wouldn't shoot worth a damn, it was a conversion of a 7.65 argentine, got the right .312 expansion plug and loaded .312 bullets and it shot well.

Don't know anything about the variations in 43 spanish barrels, if the rifling is good, getting the right bullet will work. Good Luck

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JimV - an acquaintance of mine had a derringer like that that fit into a recess in his belt buckle (no, not the Have Gun Will Travel kind). It looked like just a regular buckle but a push of the button would release the piece into his hand. It seemed like a great way around those pesky concealed carry laws, since this wasn't concealed. This was about 20 years ago. I haven't seen another. I also hear that he's now a legislator in Vermont. That's something I'd like to see.

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Well, I finilly finished some of my work today. It looks like the SBR LaserMatch® Tracer Ammo gets 2 Thumbs Up! Nice stuff.

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Oh, gosh tracers are a lot of fun. I think I have a box of them somewhere, but I'm afraid to shoot them. I guy a know loads them, and it's fun watching him send them a few hundred yards downrange.

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I have a few inherited guns being cleaned to shoot when I am in next in Maine. They seem like a rather interesting selection of rifles.

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[quote="...---..."]JIMV,

The derringer is ok but in the same size package you can get a KELTEC P-32 or P-3T
in 32 acp and 380 acp respectively, both hold 7+1, are light, fitin your pocket, and give you several chances rather than a derringer which only gives you one chance to get it right.
I have a couple and they are great., the P-11 9mm is a good backup piece as well.

www.kel-tec.com[/quote]

Two .38's or 1 .45 long colt and 1 .410 shell are pretty effective. I simply have no faith in pistols. Too many jams and stovepipes. The smaller the pistol, the more jams...

Actually, my carry piece is a S&W 431 in .32 H&R magnum...6 shots and it shoots every time. My spouse has a similiar Taurus (heavier but a better trigger)

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Tom C

Is that a black powder 43 Spanish remington or smokeless powder?

Because if you want to shoot black powder in it or have to, the way to go about matching the bullet to the bore may be as easy as finding a good hollow base bullet for the cartridge. With the Black Powder Cowboy action shooting that has taken off in America, a lot of what was known before has been rediscovered. It seems that a lot of old Black powder guns were overbored and relied on a hollow base bullet which with the explosion of black powder would conform to the bore size.

I guess this doesn't happen with smokeless, because smokeless gives more of a push.

These bP bullets are similar to the minieballs of civil war era, soft lead with a hollow base that expands and sets into the rifling, thus stabilizing the bullet.

You should access some of the black powder forums out there on the net, someone may be able to suggest a bullet mold for you.

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Good point, Mike, for that I use black powder subsitute - "American Pride" or something like that, which is supposed to be non-corrosive. And you are correct - the hollow base bullets are called "Minie Balls" after their inventor Capt Minie of the nineteeth century French Army, I think. They revolutioized infantry warfare becuase they allowed fast muzzleloading of a rifled musket. I have some of those for my .58 cal Zouave rifle. I don't know if you can get those in 43 cal.

I'll try different things and see if I get something that works.

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If I had a black powder rifle that would not shoot, I would slug the barrel and try to find a mold 1 or 2 thousands oversize. I would then find the twist of the rifeling and find a bullet weight to match the twist. Sometimes even a very rough barrel can be made to shoot acceptable groups. If your .43 slugs .44 or .45 I would try a light .45 calibur bullet with a light load. If there was an improvement I would work up from there. Sometimes tedious but could be fun also.
Bud

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