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#192379 - 05/07/18 08:26 PM MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475
45MAN
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HERE SHE IS, THE STAINLESS STEEL BOWEN NIMROD 475 MAGNUM (LINEBAUGH), RUGER BISLEY I TRADED STRAIGHT UP FOR THE 6 INCH NAVY LUGER. THIS BEAUTY & BEAST CAME WITH CUSTOM IVORY GRIPS BY WELL KNOW IVORY SMITH DENNIS HOLLAND OF LUBBOCK, TEXAS, FACTORY GRIPS, THE GUN RUG, RCBS DIES, 100 NEW BBA 475L CASES, 310 HEAVY LBT TYPE CAST BULLETS, 17 ROUNDS OF HORNADY 400gr XTP 475L AMMO AND SOME BRASS AND LOADED AMMO USING 45-70 BRASS. PER THE SERIAL # THE BASE GUN WAS BORN IN 1980. THE NIMROD CONVERSION WAS DONE IN 1991.

I HAVE HANDLED SOME REALLY GREAT REVOLVERS INCLUDING FACTORY FA AND TLA REVOLVERS AND REVOLVERS CUSTOMIZED BY MAG-NA-PORT, JRH AND BOWEN, BUT THIS NIMROD JUST STANDS OUT ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE. I THOUGHT I COULD CHECK THE LARGE BORE NIMROD OFF MY BUCKET LIST BUT AFTER I SHOT IT A FEW TIMES (WITH HORNADY 400gr 480 RUGER AMMO) I BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND WHY BADUBET HAS SO MANY OF THEM. WILL I EVER GET ANOTHER ONE? DON'T KNOW, BUT I AM OPEN TO THE IDEA. I AM DOWNSIZING MY GUN ACCUMULATION SO I WILL HAVE MONEY TO REINVEST IN A FEW CHOSEN REVOLVERS.

SINCE I HAD DIES I ORDERED A DILLON CONVERSION KIT, BUT OOOPS, THE 475 POWDER THRU/EXPANDER WOULD NOT FIT IN A CONVENTIONAL DILLON POWDER DIE SO I HAD TO ORDER AN OVERSIZED/MODIFIED 450 DIE (SAME OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS, JUST A BIGGER HOLE IN IT). ALSO ORDERED A SHELL HOLDER (JUST IN CASE) AND, ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF A COUPLE OF FRIENDS, I ALSO GOT A REDDING 475L/480R PROFILE CRIMP DIE. INITIALLY I MAY ONLY HANDLOAD FOR THE 480R. I HAVE ALSO ORDERED SOME LOADED 480R AMMO FROM RON REED IN OKLAHOMA, SOME 275 SPEERS @ OVER 1,600fps AND SOME HEAVY WFN's @ 1,100fps.

I HAVE SOME IVORIES, BUT NONE ON BIG BORES, SO I NEED SOME ADVICE HERE: SHOULD I USE THE IVORIES OR SAVE THEM FOR SHOW? AND ANY TIPS FOR CARE OF THE IVORY GRIPS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.
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#192380 - 05/07/18 08:47 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: 45MAN]
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Nice grab!

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#192383 - 05/07/18 09:48 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: racksmasher1]
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A real beauty Rey........................
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#192384 - 05/07/18 10:13 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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I'v been told that a little mineral oil or baby oil rubbed in well once in a while helps to keep ivory from drying out.Its what I do to what I have. Renaissance Wax should work well also, rubbed in well by your hand during recoil as you shoot hell out of that fine looking pistol. If the grips feel good to your hand shoot them. They only get better with age and honest use!


Edited by junebug (05/07/18 10:15 PM)
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#192388 - 05/08/18 12:33 AM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: junebug]
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Great looking gun!
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#192389 - 05/08/18 05:41 AM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: Sawfish]
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Looks great. Best way to care for ivory is to shoot it and let the oils from your hands condition the ivory. Congrats.
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#192390 - 05/08/18 05:45 AM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: Badubet]
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Outstanding firearm. Congrats.
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#192401 - 05/08/18 09:30 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: Randy M]
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Beautiful! That's a keeper!
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#192407 - 05/09/18 06:16 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: KRal]
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Rey to quote you: ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF A COUPLE OF FRIENDS, I ALSO GOT A REDDING 475L/480R PROFILE CRIMP DIE.

Rey have you used a profile crimp before?

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#192409 - 05/09/18 07:30 PM Re: MY NEW ACQUISITION - BOWEN NIMROD 475 [Re: cherokeetracker]
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DO NOT RECALL IF I HAVE OR HAVE NOT USED A REDDING P/C DIE BEFORE, IF I HAVE IT MUST HAVE BEEN MORE THAN A FEW MINUTESC AGO (AN OLD GUY JOKE)
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"ADAPT OR DIE". I USE ALL CAPS, NOT BECAUSE I AM YELLING, BUT BECAUSE IT IS AN OLD HABIT FROM MY ARMY DAYS, PLUS IT IS EASIER TO TYPE AND READ.

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