Kevin Bartlett

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About Kevin Bartlett

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  • City and State Wilmington, NC
  1. Future of NFA items

    Don't spend a dime on NFA or anything else unless you are willing to lose that money. I just went under contract yesterday on another piece of overpriced acreage just to have it. I may never see a dime of profit from it. Or maybe my land will be seized and redistributed to those who presumably deserve it more than I. Or maybe that Chinese rocket booster will fall on my head and kill me. Has that thing crashed yet anyway? Think about it but not so much that your head explodes. As said above, it's all speculation. Good luck, Kevin in NC
  2. I used to stop at the local Sportsman's Warehouse for ammo but it got to be a waste of time so I stopped going months ago. Due to recent issues with bobcats and democrats in my area I decided I needed to mount a gun rack on my tractor. I always have a gun in the truck but when I'm bush hogging, chainsawing, etc, the truck is not close by. I stopped by SW today to get some ATV gun mounts for the Kubota and the ammo situation has improved but nothing that I couldn't live without. I was pleasantly surprised when the young man behind the counter asked if I needed any large pistol primers. Well hell yes I'll take some primers. Kevin in NC Rabid bobcat a few miles to my west. I have furry critters in my woods from squirrels to bears and everything in between. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/04/27/north-carolina-couple-bobcat-attack-received-rabies-shots/7392224002/ A few miles to my east. They took the guns and money so I assume they were democrats. https://www.wect.com/2021/02/01/arrested-sought-after-allegedly-robbing-group-duck-hunters-pender-county/
  3. WTB. Reising M50

    Ryanjj, Take a look at the upcoming auctions with Rock Island and Morphy. I saw several listed for sale. I won't be bidding on them because I already have one and no, it's not for sale. Good luck, Kevin in NC
  4. MG34 questions.. (becoming a 8mm ammo list)

    Ryo, I've still got plenty of 8mm that still goes bang so I've not reloaded any yet using salvaged powder. Of the Ecuadoran stuff I pulled, I found the charges were on average 44.7 grains and the bullets were on average 197.6 grains. Like Gftiv said above, small square flakes. I plan to load a few soon and if they work, then start dismantling the duds when I accumulate a bucket full. I've got a bunch of dead 7.62 Tokarev and will do the same with them. It's a good excuse to drink beer and listen to classic rock while I'm doing it. Maybe I'm cheap or maybe just stupid but I can't see myself dumping good powder if it works. Kevin in NC
  5. MG34 questions.. (becoming a 8mm ammo list)

    I tried some more of the Ecuadoran stuff today in the M48A Mauser with the heavier striker spring installed. 11 of 30 fired, which is a 63% failure rate. The ones that fired were normal, no hang fires. None of the duds fired when I tried them a second time, though a previous batch of duds had 2 of 29 fire with a second strike. I'll cycle every one of these through the Mauser and salvage the bullets and powder from the duds. Kevin in NC
  6. Need Help ID Large Artillery Cases

    Looks like it was made by Polte-Werk, Magdeburg. http://proofhouse.com/cm/codes_markings.htm
  7. Need Help ID Large Artillery Cases

    Bwana, This may be the gun that fired the larger one... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17_cm_Kanone_18 Kevin in NC
  8. MG34 questions.. (becoming a 8mm ammo list)

    Warthog, I think the biggest problem with any surplus 8mm is dead or dying primers. In the 80's I bought a case of 1935 FN production for use in my 08/15 Maxim and a bolt gun. It was good stuff. I also bought a case of mixed German WWII steel cased stuff. Very dirty, some extraction problems but few or no misfires. Next up was Portuguese and Egyptian... both were good. Around 2000 I started buying the Yugoslavian stuff from Sportsman's Guide. It was reputed to have hard and/or deeply seated primers. I gave a handful of my Maxim misfires to a guy with a 1919 and they all fired in his gun. As recently as last month it was still mostly good in a bolt M48A Mauser, a few misfires. I also bought some Ecuadoran from SG. Worked at first but now seems all dead. I have a new, heavy striker spring coming for the M48. If that doesn't ignite the Ecuadoran then I will pull the projectiles and powder and scrap the brass. I found a few posts online where guys have pulled duds apart, measured the powder weights and used that powder minus 10-15% for reloads and it worked fine. To answer your question above, I don't think I've ever fired any Turkish. Even if the primers are still good, the brass might not survive pulling and re-seating the bullet. Split necks are another problem to face on old surplus 8mm. One more thing, assume that ALL foreign 8mm has corrosive primers. Let us know how it goes for you. Kevin in NC
  9. I've seen several articles online since the "insurrection" commenting on how many of the insurrectionists were current/former military/LEO. This guy being an "ex Navy technician" probably has absolutely no bearing on the incident and is probably yet another attempt by the media to portray military/LEO as being somehow more dangerous than the average Joe. Kevin in NC, Ex Navy technician PS. Not much snow to shovel here in coastal NC.
  10. Jap 99 advice needed

    One of the kids has already shot my Reising and is still grinning a year and a half later. The other kid will get his day soon. BTW, they are both excellent skeet shooters. Young eyes, young reflexes and they both have dads who can afford to buy them top of the line guns while still in high school. Kevin in NC
  11. Jap 99 advice needed

    The gun is fixed. It was a 1 minute fix that took me about an hour to figure out. The firing pin safety was installed backwards. It fits in the bolt fine either way and even looks almost the same either way. Duh. The day was not a total loss. We had a delicious lunch and shot skeet afterwards. The two teenage boys who were there will get their full auto grins and cell phone videos one weekend soon. Kevin in NC
  12. Jap 99 advice needed

    The firing pin safety is still there. I'm going to tear the gun down this afternoon and check a few more things in detail. Thanks, Kevin in NC
  13. Jap 99 advice needed

    Happy New Year everyone, I took my Jap 99 out today and it refused to fire. That's embarrassing when a crowd is watching. Sort of like my old flathead Harley that starts on the first kick when no one else is around but then won't start when others are watching. Anyway, I've had the gun since 2005, shot it a lot the first few years but it has been sitting in the back of the safe for the past 10 years or so. The gun is a 7.62 Nato conversion with the original barrel rechambered to 30.06 and the little spacer in the chamber to shoot 7.62. I don't know who did the conversion but the gun has always run fine. I'm using converted MG13 mags and converted M14 mags. It is a rewat and whoever did the reactivation did it right. Never any indication of headspace issues. Today it showed absolutely no evidence of primer strike. The gun is clean. No gunk in the gas tube or on the op rod. Locking block moves freely. Firing pin and bolt clean. The bolt goes forward with a solid thunk on an empty chamber. Round chambers and ejects with not even the slightest dimple on the primer. Of the two bolts I have, this one has greater firing pin protrusion and has always worked. Ammo is South African. It must be something simple and I can only think of 3 possibilities. 1) Weak op rod spring. 2) A little bit of gunk or dirt somewhere I missed that keeps the bolt from going fully into battery. 3) The chamber insert...either it has backed out a little preventing full chambering or it has fallen out completely allowing the round to chamber too deeply for a firing pin strike. Has anyone got any ideas? I've not contacted Bubba Naess yet. I'm hoping he see's this. Thanks, Kevin in NC
  14. Maxim 7.62 NATO / .308 conversions (any interest?)

    I think it looks interesting. I had considered it as a project for my own 08/15 and you showed it is feasible. I've also considered a conversion of my Jap 99, currently in .308 using MG13 mags, to eat some of the 7.92 surplus I have. With the way things may be going in the near future I'm not sure I want to tie up the time and money in either project. Keep posting here with updates if you continue with it. Kevin in NC
  15. What Gun Control Measures Might be Coming ?

    A cop friend of mine told me months ago that there is a general lack of enthusiasm amongst cops to kick in doors and confiscate guns. That would get a lot of cops and civilians killed. In my experience, a lot of cops are gun guys just like the rest of us. They don't want to lose their personal toys either. I've seen in the news that many county sheriffs and small town chiefs of police have publicly stated they will not enforce gun laws they consider unjust. Time will tell how that works out. Kevin in NC