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    Today, 02:28 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hungarian M95 in Military Rifles
    I could go through 25 rounds just as quick and easy as he did, myself. I'd sure as heck feel it the next day though. I never said I couldn't shoot it. I'm just old enough to not pretend I'm any tougher than I am, and honest enough to admit when...
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    Yesterday, 02:41 PM
    The worst I ever saw was someone with a .50 BMG rifle at the range. It was a single shot with a huge brake. I wasn’t shooting; myself and several others were just watching. The back-blast from that was severe. It would have been difficult to do any...
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    02-20-2019, 06:39 PM
    Well said. Putting up with various inconveniences and irritations is just part of going to a range. If someone is breaking the rules then that’s another story, and common courtesy goes a long ways, but sometimes you just have to grin and bear it. ...
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    02-11-2019, 09:21 PM
    7.62x39 brass comes in large and small primer pockets too.
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    02-11-2019, 03:16 PM
    That is true, but as Iíve found out, they donít go down straight. To shoot accurately, timing is still critical. Iíve become convinced that the tumbling is a timing issue.
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    02-11-2019, 02:14 PM
    Just for the sake of argument, it can be done. :)
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    02-10-2019, 02:28 PM
    Interesting; this explains why .380 will fire in a 9x18 Makarov. I once accidentally fired a magazine full of .380 through my CZ82 and only realized my mistake when picking up the bulged brass (though the complete lack of accuracy was a clue). I...
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    02-10-2019, 03:24 AM
    I started out tumble-lubing, over 30 years ago. I eventually got a lube sizer and did that for a long time. I got back into tumble-lubing for a couple calibers, using some of the better TL recipes. A couple years ago I started powder coating. Now I...
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    02-10-2019, 03:14 AM
    The more I read about single-action timing, the more I realize that mine is clearly out of time, although slightly. I haven't decided if it bothers me enough to try to figure out how to fix it, or if it really even needs fixing.
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    02-09-2019, 10:19 PM
    Texas, I had a thought while shooting at the range today. I have a silly question for you about your Rough Rider. Any chance the cylinder wasn't quite locking up completely when you were shooting it? I was out again today, and took the little...
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    02-08-2019, 01:18 PM
    Thank you for clarifying. Yes, the load I use in these stepped cases is worked up, tested, and chronographed in the stepped cases. It's basically a warm .380 load. I have no doubt that the gun could take a lot more but I see no reason to push it. ...
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    02-08-2019, 02:19 AM
    Very interesting thread; I've enjoyed the read. I worked for a gunsmith many years ago, as a part time beginning machinist. I found a good job in industry and never looked back. I don't say that to disparage you self employed gunsmiths. Quite the...
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    02-07-2019, 07:58 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hungarian M95 in Military Rifles
    I’m glad we can amuse you. I hope she got a real kick out of it! :) No offense, but I’d like to be there to see you pull the trigger on an M95 carbine, with full power surplus ammo, and try to tell me with a straight face that it wasn’t bad....
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    02-07-2019, 04:33 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Thoughts on my retirement in Our Town
    That’s one thing that worries me. Sooner or later health forces us all to slow down.
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    02-07-2019, 11:42 AM
    I’ll have to go with those here that think it’s probably some kind of construction or industrial component. I suspect that you’ll eventually find that it’s not a projectile of any kind, and has nothing to do with firearms.
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    02-07-2019, 02:18 AM
    On a similar note, I was sorting some range brass recently and found a .380 that looked really ugly. The fired primer was seriously and dramatically flattened. I couldn't understand what could have happened to it. On closer look it seemed clear that...
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    02-06-2019, 11:39 PM
    Personally I wouldn't do it, but I've heard and seen enough people doing it without problem to admit that clearly it is feasible. This might be another of those things where you have people like myself on one side saying don't do it, sounds like...
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    02-06-2019, 11:29 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hungarian M95 in Military Rifles
    I'll readily admit, you're more macho manly than I am. I've shot a lot of different guns over the years: .300 magnums, 45-70 loaded up, 12 gauge 3 1/2", etc. I've never shot any of the really big magnums, but I am used to fairly heavy recoil. I...
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    02-06-2019, 11:17 PM
    I load for an EG Mak and a CZ82. The Lee bullet, powder coated and sized to .366", works great in both. I love the idea of using nickel brass, but I got in the habit of trimming the "stepped" 9mm brass. I sorted it out from regular 9mm as scrap,...
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    02-06-2019, 04:54 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Someday projects in Our Town
    Very nice! An Argentine Mauser was one of the projects that I sold a few years ago. One of these years I want to pick up a barrel vice and tools, eventually a lathe. My projects at this point have to include little or no metal work. Of of my...
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    02-06-2019, 02:07 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Thoughts on my retirement in Our Town
    I wish I could talk my dad into retiring. For an old-school farmer from a time when a man’s work is a man’s worth, retirement is a bad word. Old farmers never retire; they just slow down until they can’t go anymore. To me it’s sad. They’ve gotten...
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    02-06-2019, 12:51 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Someday projects in Our Town
    Good points. That reminds me I need to update my inventory for my wife. I’m three decades your younger so presumably she won’t need it anytime soon, but there’s no guarantees in life. We made a big move six years ago and the got rid of a bunch of...
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    02-06-2019, 11:38 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Someday projects in Our Town
    Unfinished projects used to really bug me. Now they don’t bother me at all unless for some reason they need to be completed. I had an old Winchester 670 years ago, with a sewer pipe barrel. I had pulled the barrel off back when I had access to...
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    02-06-2019, 02:05 AM
    fatelk started a thread Someday projects in Our Town
    I was looking for something today, and in the process of looking I realized that I have a lot of old non-functional guns that I don't have the time, resources, or interest in fixing up, and they probably wouldn't be worth it anyhow. I've accumulated...
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    02-05-2019, 10:18 PM
    In my limited experience it seems that girls/women are more likely in general to listen and follow directions about firearm use. Maybe it's a guy thing to be macho about guns and have the "I know what I'm doing" attitude. I have an acquaintance...
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    02-04-2019, 11:16 PM
    An 1899 Krag on the used rack at the LGS caught my eye the other day. I've never owned one and always thought I'd keep an eye out for a reasonable price on a decent one. I honestly don't know what they go for, but it caught my eye at $300 until I...
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    02-03-2019, 01:59 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Linotype price in Cast Boolits
    It's funny how often cast bullet manuals will list the bullets in their recipes as "linotype". How many people cast using pure linotype anymore? I nearly quit casting when I was first starting 30 years ago. I had a cheap Lee mold and the only...
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    02-03-2019, 02:02 AM
    Funny thing is, there's been a couple times where it has slung shotgun patterns of tumbling bullets like yours. I was kind of hoping I could duplicate the problem today so I could try to figure it out.
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    02-03-2019, 01:23 AM
    My sons and I spent some time at the range this afternoon. I shot the little Rough Rider quite a bit, 12 six-shot groups at 10 yards. I shot some CCI SV, Aguila lead SV, Winchester T22, and some Federal Black Pack. Most of the groups were around one...
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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