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  • fatelk's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 PM
    A friend recently asked me to sell him some cast bullets. He was shocked when I told him that I'd give him a few, but wouldn't sell him any. He wouldn't believe me when I told him it was technically illegal for me to make bullets to sell. I know...
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    Today, 08:59 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Wife had a flat in Our Town
    I remember reading a story some years back after Joe Foss passed away. It was written by a woman who had had a flat tire decades earlier out on a lonely road in the middle of South Dakota somewhere. This was long, long before cell phones, and she...
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    Today, 08:44 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Wife had a flat in Our Town
    Reminds me that I need to show my daughter how to change a flat, or rather walk her through doing it herself in the driveway. She just got her learnerís permit, but started reading at the age of 3, and had read the car instruction manual in the...
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    Today, 07:28 PM
    Thank you for that. That makes sense. I’ll occasionally load for friends also, as well as help them with minor gunsmithing work. I always explicitly explain that I’m not licensed or insured, will not do either for profit of any kind, and do it as...
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    11-17-2019, 10:55 PM
    I have 6 magazines, and it seems to do it occasionally with all of them. I'll have one magazine that works fine for a couple mags full and I get thinking maybe that's it, then it does it. The only new part I've bought is an extractor. Frequency...
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    11-17-2019, 05:35 PM
    Yep, I've tried all those things. I'll check them over again though. I don't know about a rubber rod though, not familiar with anything like that on this model. Logically, it has to be something. I keep hoping it turns out to be something simple...
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    11-16-2019, 07:38 PM
    My understanding is the same. I don't see any problem with using Super brass and just loading it light.
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    11-16-2019, 06:43 PM
    Well, I've been trying to figure this one out again. I ordered a new extractor, even though I was pretty sure that wasn't it. It doesn't hurt to have a spare extractor, especially since we have multiple pistols and rifles that all use the same part....
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    11-15-2019, 09:07 PM
    I have some old .38 Auto brass around somewhere, and a bunch of 38 Super. I've been planning on putting it up for sale but just haven't gotten around to it yet.
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    11-11-2019, 02:01 PM
    It was worth a try, but I can't see or feel even the tiniest imperfection in or around the chamber.
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    11-10-2019, 01:16 PM
    I'll give that a try. Any ideas are worth checking out. Thank you! What really confuses me, though, is that when I swap bolt bodies between the guns, both guns then work flawlessly. That just seems really odd.
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    11-10-2019, 12:57 PM
    I had one of these many years ago, one gun I wish I hadn't let get away from me. 25+ years ago, I bought it from an old-timer in town. I was young and dumb. It came with a box of the correct ammo, but after just a few rounds it broke. A leg broke...
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    11-10-2019, 01:22 AM
    Before doing that I think I'll talk to Ruger and see if they have any suggestions. I doubt they'll have any magic ideas, and I don't expect them to do any warranty work on a 45 year old gun, but it still won't hurt to see what they say. The bolt...
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    11-10-2019, 12:17 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Marvelux? in Cast Boolits
    It's been decades since I used, hated, and threw away a can of Marvelux. My poor results were likely the result of me using it wrong, seeing as how some people actually seem to get good results and actually like it. I have heard from more people...
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    11-09-2019, 05:17 PM
    This is a weird one. I may just give Ruger a call to get their opinion. I made it out to the range this morning, took 3 Ruger pistols with me: the new-to-me '70s Standard in question, my old faithful '70s Standard that I've owned forever, and an...
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    11-08-2019, 10:09 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Marvelux? in Cast Boolits
    I know some people like it, but my experience was the same as yours. I bought a can back in the '90s, hated it, and ended up throwing it away. I remember it seemed to attract moisture, and anything it touched spattered and rusted. My first lead...
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    11-08-2019, 02:10 AM
    I've spent a lot of time recently slowly cycling rounds through it, and watching closely to understand exactly what the problem might be. The extractor should never slide over the rim, when working correctly. The design is such that the rim should...
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    11-07-2019, 08:18 PM
    Thank you, that’s good to know. I’ve swapped ejectors, will try to hit the range sometime this weekend if I can. That’s a good idea to replace the spring too. I see I can get a Volquartsen extractor complete with a spring for $13 shipped. I’ll...
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    11-07-2019, 02:14 AM
    I absolutely, positively guarantee that it is clean, clean, clean. Cleaning small components very precisely and thoroughly (and documenting it) is occasionally part of my job at work, and I’m pretty good at it.
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    11-06-2019, 11:21 PM
    I just spent some time taking everything apart and going over it again carefully. Every last piece is just as clean as it was before. There's just not that many parts to it. I took apart the bolt of Old Reliable too (my other one- I've fired untold...
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    11-06-2019, 04:49 PM
    I’ll take the bolt apart again tonight after work, go over it with a magnifying glass and see if I missed anything. I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out, since I have another just like it of the same vintage. I can take them both...
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    11-06-2019, 11:26 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Berry's 7.62x39 heads in Our Town
    I think it’s regional vernacular for “bullet”.
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    11-06-2019, 03:27 AM
    I should have mentioned that I completely disassembled and thoroughly cleaned and inspected the entire bolt in detail. I couldn’t find anything wrong. It all looked like new, no burrs or varnish. I tinkered with it side by side with my other one,...
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    11-06-2019, 01:16 AM
    I have an older Ruger Standard .2 auto pistol that I bought recently. It's from the early '70s, but looks to be practically unfired. It was really gummed up bad, like someone had used some WD40 on it decades ago, and it turned to varnish. I cleaned...
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    11-04-2019, 05:23 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Cracked brass in Cast Boolits
    The cracks look exactly like a couple different batches of ammo I've seen before, both old reloads I had loaded long ago, that sat for decades. One batch was some 30-06 I loaded in the late '80s. A decade or so ago I dug them out to find that a...
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    11-04-2019, 04:24 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Cracked brass in Cast Boolits
    Yeah, this is frustrating. I checked a batch of a couple hundred rounds loaded with soft point bullets and Remington brass- all bad. Most of them I can pull with my fingers. At this point the only difference I can think of compared to thousands of...
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    11-04-2019, 02:14 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Cracked brass in Cast Boolits
    I pulled down 100 rounds. Over half were cracked clean through the neck into the shoulders. I could pull the bullets out of many by hand. The cracks were clean and bright, no sign of any corrosion or tarnish on brass or bullets. The powder still...
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    11-04-2019, 01:39 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Cracked brass in Cast Boolits
    I'm pretty sure there's something else going on here. I started pulling down some more from that same batch, and found several that are cracked before firing. I'm going to go ahead and pull down the whole can, and scrap the whole lot of brass. ...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check