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Brownells Steel Pilots Fits 375 Muzzle
"Hardened steel pilot keeps Facing and Chamfering cutters properly centered in the bore. Resists wear for years of service. Mfg: Brownells SPECS: Hardened steel. 1¼"" (3.2cm) long. .45 ACP Pilots - .45 ACP-1 fits S&W model 25 & 625. .45 ACP-2 fits Colt 1917."
Bob: We have had this Musso 4080 for a couple of months now and it has been fantastic, Great ice cream every time, easy to clean, relatively quiet and so easy to use. Everybody has been thrilled with the ice cream we've made with it.Not cheap but worth it
Bruce Jones "xtrmtrk": I love my Musso. When I'm in a hurry, I buy bottles of Odwalla (my favorite is Mango Tango), pour them into the Musso, and 45 minutes later I have a great sorbet. Homemade ice creams and gelatos from this machine are wonderful.But the machine is difficult to clean. It would be a nearly perfect machine if the freezing bowl came out and you could pop it in the dishwasher along with the paddle. Also, storing the machine can be a problem, it takes up a lot of counter space.
David A. Lessnau: Darn, this thing makes good ice cream. The problem with owning this machine is figuring out how to NOT use it. :)Anyway, I almost had a heart attack when I got the box via UPS: it's huge. Thankfully, most of that volume is from the packing material. The ice cream maker is still big, but it's reasonable. Initially, my wife thought that the bowl where the ice cream is made was too small (she thought it was only enough for a single serving for her (don't let her know I said that :) ): She was wrong. The quart and a half capacity is more than enough to keep the three of us in ice cream for several days. That's especially true since we make one quart batches (Note: the ice cream maker's mixing bowl might HOLD one and a half quarts, but that's too much liquid to actually mix (it makes a mess)).One thing that is slightly confusing is the timer dial. The implication is that by putting the arrow onto the number, that's how long the timer runs: not quite. The number is actually saying that this segment (marked by a bar on each side) is the 10s, or 20s, or 30s, etc. So, if you want a 30 minute run (which is what we normally do), put the timer to the dividing line following the 30. Also, there doesn't seem to be any way to stop the timer if you decide to stop the machine. Even though the machine's stopped, that timer will just keep ticking away until it runs down.So far, our favorite, base, vanilla recipe is as follows:2 cups half-and-half1 cup whipping cream1 cup minus 2 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon vanillaCombine all ingredients in a large saucepan and place over medium heat. Attach a frying or candy thermometer to inside of pan. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to 170 degrees F. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Pour mixture into lidded container and refrigerate mixture overnight to mellow flavors and texture. Personally, I think it's fine without the heating/refrigeration. That recipe is modified from Alton Brown's "Good Eats" vanilla ice cream recipe on the FoodTV website. If you want a really good chocolate ice cream, break up and melt a 4 oz baking bar of Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate and pour that into the hot base.
Eric J. Fridman "ejf302": This is the greatest ice cream maker for home use. It makes 1.5 quarts in 30 minutes and the ice cream always turns out delicious.
foiegras "foiegras": Amazon had a sale on this item at considerably less than list price, and I decided to take a flyer and ordered one. I paid a little extra, with Prime, for 1 day delivery, which is probably worth it when dealing with a product like this, because air shipping is probably going to subject an item like this to less potential "in-transit trauma" than going through the truck distribution system. It arrived in fine condition.The item itself looks very presentable and will fit in with a high end kitchen containing stainless steel appliances. From what you can see from the exterior, it appears to be well-built. The "instruction manual" that ships with the product is really not a manual at all; it has a page or two of instructions and the rest of it is a small recipe book. One comment on the recipes given for standard ice cream is that there is no reference to food safety, such as the need to cook the basic custard to a certain temperature to kill potential salmonella that might accompany the raw egg yolks called for in the recipe, so beware; you don't want your purchase of this thing to make you sick. Maybe they don't raise chickens in Italy the way they raise them in the US, so perhaps that was not a concern for whoever made the recipes.I have now made 4 different frozen desserts in the few days I've owned this product; 2 standard flavored ice creams, using the custard base recipe in the enclosed recipe book, plus 2 frozen yogurts from another ice cream book ("The Perfect Scoop"). All have come out very well, and have better textures and more intense flavors than even high end product you can buy in your grocery store. Frozen yogurt is especially easy to make as no cooking of the base is necessary before you put it into the machine.One note on recipes is that when you start using consumer recipes in books aimed at the general public, these recipes generally assume that you are using a much lesser device, often one without a self-contained refrigerated chiller, and as a result they can call for taking the base and chilling it in the fridge for an hour before putting the contents into the ice cream maker. With this Lello machine, you don't really have to do that, you can just plunk the base right into the maker and turn it on; the machine will do the rest and it can deal with ingredients that are room temperature rather than pre-chilled. I would not, however, put a hot 170F degree base into the machine without letting it cool down to room temperature, even if the machine could overcome that.The purchaser needs to consider that there is no way he or she will ever amortize the cost of this appliance, because the ingredients needed to make a high end frozen dessert are expensive, and likely will add up to what you would pay for a premium frozen dessert in the grocery store. If the goal is to make a cheap dessert, I can assure you that a little searching at your local market will lead you to much cheaper product than you can make for yourself. Therefore, the only reason to go to the effort to make your own frozen desserts is that you value freshness and control over the ingredients used that can only come with something you made for yourself. Even if you have a large family to feed, this machine is not going to save you any money, no matter how many batches you make per day or per week. There is no economy of scale here, unless maybe you have your own dairy cow out in the back yard.My only reservation about this machine is that I do not think that they are really designed to be repaired, and I do not know how long you can expect them to operate before they end up in the dump. If I had paid $700 for this machine, then I would be very upset if I only got a couple of years of use out of it, however having gotten the product at a reduced price, I'm willing to take that risk. Everything I have read about machines in this class leads me to believe that unless you don't use it often, a lifespan of 5 years would be unduly optimistic. I have friends who have owned several similar machines in this price range and who stopped buying them after they came to the conclusion that none of them will last more than a few years and that none of them can be economically repaired. The manufacturer of this machine has only a very token presence in the USA, through a distributor, and I have read "uncharitable" comments about them when it comes to repairs, albeit of different models than this one. So my advice would be not to buy this thing if you are expecting it to last for 10 or even 5 years, no matter how durable it might appear on cursory inspection. I would strongly suggest buying it with a credit card that will double the manufacturer's warranty such as a Visa Signature card, and then to register the purchase immediately with the respective "warranty manager-type" service, to be sure that you will get at least 2 years use out of it for your several hundred dollars.With this caveat, I do recommend this item for purchase, and if it continues to work for me in the way it has worked so far, I will be very happy that I bought it.