Reload'n And Levergun'n

My love of handloading my own cartridges, casting my own bullets, and shooting fine pistols and leverguns. Range reports, Ballistics, Reviews, Pictures, and everything related.

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Friday, April 28, 2006

Maggie Mae

I've been playing around with different powder charges of WC820(n) and the Lee 358-158-RF air cooled cast bullet. These are the first two groups out of my new EMF Rossi 92. One at 25 yards and the other at 50 yards. I have been tossing around the idea of even naming this levergun and one name keeps coming back in my mind. Maggie Mae, or Maggie for short. The wife thinks im silly but thats o.k. So Maggie Mae it is!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

EMF Hartford 92

Its no secret I like the Rossi 92's as they are fine strong leveractions. The only Rossi's I have had are the ones imported through Legacy Sports International (LSI) which does not have as nice metal to wood fit and have that black finish on the stock and forend LSI puts on them. It was obvious immediately that the ones imported through EMF are different.

The wood to metal fit was great as it has a nice color case hardened finish. Also the 92 has some nice touches that the ones from LSI do not have like the checkered or knurled hammer and nicer front and rear sights. This 92 is chambered in 357 Magnum and features a 20" round blued barrel and color case hardened receiver, lever, hammer, and trigger.I will let the picts speak for themselves. I cant wait to shoot it!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I ordered my new Rossi 92 from EMF yesterday and cant wait till it arrives. I have been wanting a 357 Mag carbine of my own for a while and could wait no longer, and I'm glad I didn't. I ordered the last one chambered in 357Mag that EMF had similar to the one pictured above. I have heard rumors about EMF having the safeties on top of the bolt like LSI puts on them and sure enough that was confirmed with my order. I was told the next shipment in will have the bolt safeties on them, Im glad I ordered when I did! It has the 20" round barrel with the case hardened reciever. Cant wait to get my hands on it!

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Links Added

I have added two links to the links section. One is the Cast Bullets Notes Page from the LASC site.If you want to know info on cast bullets from common cast bullet alloys, common bullet metal melting temps, to approximate "Maximum" chamber pressure for lead alloys this is THE site to get the info!!! Also another link that is being added is the Cast Bullet Articles Of Glen E. Fryxell Glen is published extensively in Varmit Hunter, The Cast Bullet, The Sixgunner, among others. Check it out!.....Thanks Rick!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Nice Day to Break Out The Hoppes # 9

Got around to trying a starting charge of HP38 with a well lubed Lee 429-200-RF with some Lee Liquid Alox to see if I could control the leading from the smaller diameter Lee-429-200-RF. There was no lube failure but still some leading right past the chamber. It was a very nice day here in Southern Indiana, a pleasant 70.o degrees so I took the 92 outside to fieldstrip it and get a good look at the chamber and give it a good cleaning with some bore cleaner I have left over from another project. I thought I would break out some good old Hoppes # 9 for cleaning the rest of the gun.

Ahhh that smell, I love it. Really looking forward to getting that custom Ranch Dog TLC432-285-RF mould to fit this .432 diameter bore but in the meantime I will continue experimenting with lighter loads and a softer bullet with this Lee 429-200-RF, and see how the leading problem works out.

Heres a link to a good article by Jim Taylor The Rossi Model 92 that includes step by step instructions for fieldstripping the 92 and how to go about slicking these fine guns up.