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Everything posted by Arkie_Lefty

  1. My first guess would be a Midway employee shooting the original stuff, then bringing the boxes back to work with his own junk in them. Bob
  2. Guys, really not trying to be a smart-arse here. Would really like someone to 'splain why die sets have all carbide dies? Lube has nothing to do with other steps after resize. Actually, it's far preferable to remove lube before proceding to other steps. Bob
  3. Advice, worth what it costs. As I say I've been welding in a automotive/muffler shop for over 40 years. A mig is the finest machine imaginable when you are going to be doing basically the same procedure repeatedly. It must be set up for 1 basic function. In my case, .035 wire, CO2 gas, to weld 16ga. thru 3/8 mild steel. To rebuild dozer tracks, you need heavier wire, to patch a automotive fender you need much smaller. In a home shop an old-fashion stick machine (though reverse polarity and D.C. functions are nice!) is much more versatile, just by changing rod types/sizes. Bob
  4. Well, I'm 56,5'11", overweight,arrogant,third time married, and been dobbing ferrous metals together for the past 42 years. The current MACHINE I'm using is a 215amp Lincoln mig. By far the best I've ever had the good fortune to own. Bob
  5. This was my first thought also. Bob
  6. Saw that! In a internet pic of someone's office. Maybe Bill Wilson? Caspian Arms? Have to have one heck of a home security program before I'd ever feel comfortable going away for even a couple hours. Bob
  7. No lube needed without carbide, other than re-size die. Bob
  8. Yes, but nothing I wouldn't prefer the way they produce it,,,other than the hammer lock thingy built into mainspring housing. Gun comes with a key to turn this 90deg, thus locking hammer in un-cocked position. Bet I got a cure laying around somewhere. Bob
  9. Cobbled this together a couple months back to take photos of 1911 handguns without laying them flat on their sides. Seen others made of wood with a carved upright basically the size of a mag that look real nice, but having a few old unreliable mags laying around and an assortment of scrap metal at work this seemed to be a quick and easy fix. Next project will be to build one with a hinge/pivot where mag attaches to base to allow angled shots. Bob
  10. There is a gunshow in Mountain Home AR this weekend and I went planning to swap the 9mm Series 80 Colt I had listed here for sale. Made pretty much the swap I had planned. While the Colt had been fired very little, it had been stored poorly before I got it and had some pitting on the slide and dust shield. I had installed a 38 Super kit, but lost interest in taking that any farther. Anyhow, I traded Colt and $50 for a NIB Springfield Armory 1911-A1 Mil. Spec. 45. Bout as plain as you can get, very close to Army specifications in the ,40s. Came with a very pretty set of crossed cannons S. A. grips, but also had the plastic ones that I installed last night. starboard port front site- press NOT a good place to view Will post more later. Bob
  11. Hey guys, what's changed? When I bought my die sets, have Dillon, Lee, and RCBS, only the re-size die was carbide. Case belling and bullet seating have always been accomplished just fine with standard dies. Why is Lee now making all with carbide inserts? Price ain't bad though. Bob
  12. That's because you've never used a Dillon! I don't own either one, but there'd not be 30 seconds used to make the choice. Bob
  13. Somebody (RCBS?) makes a trim die that mounts in a standard loader. You adjust amount of case sticking through, then file it off with a regular file. die is hard enough that file won't cut it, when proper amount is removed, you can feel that it's time to go to next case. I have a Lyman power trimmer. Never been overly impressed with it. Bob
  14. Yes. Accuracy and group size will be better if sorted and shot by headstamp though. Also, as a rule 5.56 is usually slightly thicker/heavier. Thus slightly less internal capacity. When loading to MAX, you should work up loads separately as pressure may climb beyond acceptable levels as much as a grain sooner in mil spec brass. Then again, this holds true to a lesser extent with different commercial brass also. I. E. Win vs. Rem vs. Fed. etc. Bob
  15. The 8lb keg of Red Dot I'm loading out of was marked a$95, then $85., then $70, and I distinctly remember jewing the guy down on that (just don't remember how much) at a gun show! Bob
  16. Brushing the cobwebs from alcohol soaked brain cells,,, the boattail is supposed to retain stability when bullet comes back below speed of sound. Supposidly, there is turbulence created when breaking the speed of sound both speeding up and slowing down. Bullets break SOS speeding up before they ever leave the bbl, but as they slow back down it's supposed to cause yaw and weave, keyholing, etc. Now, who's gonna shoot em far enough that they're going to be back that slow? Bob
  17. Actually, Joe polished and reblued the slide where he works, at Bob Marvel Custom Guns! In person it's the equivalent of Colt's finest. I fully realize that's saying a lot!! Bob
  18. No glare. By the way, Joe'd be more than happy to turn your Kimber into a "real gun" Bob
  19. Starboard side "U. S. Property". Portside "Remington Rand" the typewriter company! They only made 1911A1's under contract to Springfield Armory (the one owned by U. S. military, NOT the current corporation). Guns at least 70 years old!!! If he's still alive brown-nose ol' Uncle out of his pistola. If he's done passed on, STEAL IT!! Bob
  20. Daaayyynnng! just lookin' at them pics makes me want to go open the safe and stroke it! Bob
  21. This is a Colt Combat Elite I've owned for several years. Has always been an attractive gun. Joe turned it into a work of art, and my pride and joy! Racking the slide feels like a bank vault door shutting! Trigger is better than 95 out of 100 quality deer rifles. Behold; Notice stippling of rear of slide and extractor in last pic (and powder residue & gunk). Whole gun shows just that level of attention to detail! I'll probably will him this one, to h$ll with my two sons! Bob
  22. Put the Lazer Grips on to use as a night-time armadillo gun! Bob
  23. Mentioned in another thread that I'd gotten re-interested in shooting. Main reason was the few days spent New Years weekend with my Nephew in Nebraska. Last week at the Las Vegas Shot show he gained full membership in the American Pistolsmith's Guild. He'd been an inductee for the past year, serving a 1 year probation. After seeing his work, and his enthusiasm, I just had to get the two pistols he's worked on for me out and start banging away! This is the uglier of the two. It's a really early "race gun", possibly built by Bill Wilson of Berryville AR, but no way to know for certain. Last year Joe (my Nephew) gave it a "tune up" and trigger touch up. It's finished in hard chrome, and I've replaced the thumb safety and slide release since owning it. Shame it can't be documented. Also a shame such a fine old military collectible has been totally ruined as a collectible. Oh Well, makes one helluva shooter!
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