Category Archives: Guns

Cleaning Blackpowder Muzzleloading Rifles

Backpowder fouling is different from smokeless powder fouling or metallic bullet fouling. One of the major differences is that smokeless powder almost completely combusts within the barrel leaving just a very light varnish (not water soluble) residue and possibly lead … Continue reading

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Case Strength Differences

It usually surprises me how fundamentally ignorant the shooting public is. Most people never really understand why or how guns go bang. They don’t understand what a case does, how it works, or really anything else beyond the operation of … Continue reading

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Bad ideas, laborious solutions

Some people just cannot leave well enough alone. Despite the T/C Contender/G2 having one of the most secure rear sight attachments of any handgun, some folks think it ISN’T STRONG ENOUGH. So they do things like silver solder on the … Continue reading

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Slugging a barrel

Slugging a barrel is the process of pushing a soft, lead round ball through rifled barrel to determine the precise internal dimensions. Usually modern firearms hold very tight barrel tolerances. I suspect that even the least expensive barrels made today … Continue reading

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Cartridge conversion: from 30-30 to 357 Herrett

A more detailed account of my brief description earlier… Cartridge conversion is viewed by some as difficult and hardly worth the time. I think it is worthwhile, especially for someone fairly experienced with reloading, because it is really just an … Continue reading

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357 Herrett Compared

357 Herrett is a “wildcat” cartridge developed in the early 1970s by Steve Herrett and Bob Mileck and eventually standardized by Thompson/Center for their Contender pistol. In this platform it is an ideal medium to large game cartridge and it … Continue reading

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The Contender

There is a certain elegance to single shot firearms. They do not involve complicated and noisy actions to cycle cartridges in and out; in fact they do not really have an “action” at all, and this allows for fewer design … Continue reading

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