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Originally Posted by KY Jon
2” roll crimped paper shells are the most fun looking shells. I used cutdown Federal paper hulls and think paper just is right for a classic double whenever you can find or make them.

Indeed, I have some paper hulls to try once I have a load worked out. I've been building gear to make reloading easier with case cutters, priming tools, depriming tool, etc. Some of it is a bit crude but effective. Right now, I'm searching for a go-to load in plastic that I load a lot of using a locally available once-fired hull. That turns out to be Federal Top Gun which the highschool and grade school kids shoot by the boxcar. I got some data back from Precision Reloading today that is absolutely mind blowing to me. So, tonight it is back to the basement to brew up some better ones.


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Brent: the Kimbal date code looks to be 'R' for 1936-1937

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I don't see an R anywhere. But I've never had great luck parsing proofs.


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Recoil Rob sent me the below photo of his BLE Hellis and it appears to share similarities to the action of my “unbadged” gun on page 10 of this thread that I’ve felt was made by S&W (action maybe) with a four digit serial number beginning with 4, the same as his Hellis and my BLNE Hellis both of which were made by S&W (IMO with a high degree of certainty). One apparent structural difference is the treatment behind the breech balls. Despite the similarities of the serial number on the trigger guard extension and tang with other S&W made guns, I'm less certain about its maker due to the barrel style and breech ball treatment. Gil
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Originally Posted by GLS
Recoil Rob sent me the below photo of [[img]https://hosting.photobucket.com/ima...?width=320&height=320&fit=bounds[/img]img]https://photobucket.com/u/Altamash/p/8ad9e63d-6882-4ce0-b9c1-d49f10f4ef55?action=focus[/img][img]https://photobucket.com/u/Altamash/p/8ad9e63d-6882-4ce0-b9c1-d49f10f4ef55?action=focus[/img]his BLE Hellis and it appears to share similarities to the action of my “unbadged” gun on page 10 of this thread that I’ve felt was made by S&W (action maybe) with a four digit serial number beginning with 4, the same as his Hellis and my BLNE Hellis both of which were made by S&W (IMO with a high degree of certainty). One apparent structural difference is the treatment behind the breech balls. Despite the similarities of the serial number on the trigger guard extension and tang with other S&W made guns, I'm less certain about its maker due to the barrel style and breech ball treatment. Gil
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Some photos of my ultra plain Jane Skimin and Wood 2’ BLE. It might help you compare the styles between yours and my original S&W.
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I hope these show.

My gun number is 88617

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PS: the pictures haven’t shown. I hope some kind soul can make them show up. Thanks.

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Thanks, Skeeterbd. The initials of the action and barrel maker, J.A., Joseph Asbury, are duly noted. My BLE must be an orphan. Gil

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Drew,
I dont doubt that's a R, but if you said it was a D or just about any other letter, I'd believe that too. Even with magnification, I can't tell what many of these proofs are.


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Doctor Drew, I haven't posted further because I do no have the Powell gun in hand yet. The only pics I have are the ones I posted to begin with. When I get the gun, I'll be happy to provide pics of the action and barrel flats to someone who can post them...Geo

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Skeeterbd: Upside down date code is 'S' 1937-1938

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