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    03-17-2019, 12:51 PM
    Thanks guys. I think I'll go ahead and order a roll crimper, see how it works!
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    03-17-2019, 01:20 AM
    SOLD I have some nice brass that I've decided I'm never going to use. This is unfired brass that was pulled down from live rounds. The primers were unfired but inert when I got it. I deprimed it all through a sizer, and tumbled it. It still has...
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    03-16-2019, 02:06 PM
    I thought about asking this on the current 410 round ball thread, but didn't want to hijack. I've been tinkering with a .410 load for a while. I have .375" cast round balls for my .36 Navy revolver, a can of Lil'Gun, a bag of WAA41 wads, and a...
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    03-16-2019, 02:59 AM
    I can't help with any books that show disassembly, but I've always thought it was pretty interesting how taking the slide off a CZ52 is so similar to pulling the slide off of a Glock. Removing the barrel from the slide is quite different though....
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    03-14-2019, 11:32 AM
    Mine was actually very accurate, before the barrel came loose. I could consistently shoot 2”-3” groups at 25 yards, from a rest. It really surprised me for such a cheap gun.
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    03-13-2019, 01:34 PM
    Well I got around to fixing mine. I degreased the barrel threads and frame, and used permanent thread locker. Considering that's all they would do if I sent it in, I didn't see the point in spending $50 shipping. I was surprised at how loose the...
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    03-12-2019, 03:05 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Distractions... in Our Town
    Thatís a good idea. I picked up an old Herters .222 die at a show for almost nothing; Iíll fiddle with it when I have time, see what I can do. I assume the die will be pretty hard to cut, probably have to use a cutting wheel. Thanks for the idea!...
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    03-10-2019, 02:09 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Gun show free admission in Our Town
    Sorry about that; that was my fault. It was an acquaintance who took an interest in old guns and was asking me about ammo and reloading. I turned him onto this forum but I don't think he joined or ever got into casting. I lived in that area for a...
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    03-09-2019, 05:30 PM
    I went to a gun show this morning and ended up buying a replacement of sorts. I found an old H&R 922 for $150. I didn't go with the intention of buying anything but it caught my eye and I figured it might be worth trying out. I'll still fix the...
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    03-09-2019, 01:03 AM
    Sounds like a very good thing! I was very interested a while back in a large quantity of scrap lead that a "friend of a friend" supposedly wanted to sell. The story I got was that this guy (who I never met) had a big pile that he'd had forever,...
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    03-07-2019, 08:48 PM
    OK, a little update for me. I have to eat a little crow, or at least revise my review of the Rough Rider revolver. I bought it with low expectations. I bought it because it was a cheap gun to tinker with. I did not buy it instead of a quality...
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    03-07-2019, 01:57 PM
    FYI, I have excellent hearing, better than most. I have it checked regularly for work. I have also been around shooters with muzzle brakes a fair amount over the years, both behind the trigger and nearby. I haven't always used double hearing...
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    03-06-2019, 01:06 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Distractions... in Our Town
    Yeah, I know I can buy a custom sizer. I'm just cheap, and not in a hurry. I've had this Lee Makarov mold for a number of years, used it a lot, thousands of bullets. I tumble lubed, then pan lubed them before I bought a custom .366" sizer for my...
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    03-05-2019, 10:14 PM
    fatelk started a thread Distractions... in Our Town
    So stupid... We all know not to reload while distracted, how dangerous that can be. The same holds for tinkering and anything else. I feel stupid. At least what I did wasn't dangerous; I just turned a useful tool into scrap metal. I've gone to...
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    02-25-2019, 06:39 PM
    fatelk replied to a thread Gas check sizes in Gas Checks
    Thanks for the tip! I annealed a few and it worked just as you say. I still think I'll buy a new stock of checks, since I need a couple other calibers also. I'll anneal and open these up with my punch as I get time, but I'd still like to find...
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    02-24-2019, 03:11 AM
    fatelk started a thread Gas check sizes in Gas Checks
    I'm sure this kind of thing has been asked before, but I couldn't find anything specific to my problem. I'm having trouble with some powder coated Lee 312-160 bullets. I have a bunch of old Ideal 30 cal gas checks that I've picked up for next to...
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    02-23-2019, 04:15 PM
    I'm glad we don't shoot on the same continent, and I ain't your sweet heart.
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    02-23-2019, 02:46 PM
    I really had no idea that brakes were so controversial, or that I was such a despicable person for owning one. This has been a good thread; it's really opened my eyes to how some people feel. I didn't realize that some people get so scary angry over...
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    02-23-2019, 12:19 AM
    I have to at least partially disagree, at least with the "groups larger" part. That has not been my experience at all. There are plenty of exceptionally accurate rifles out there with very effective brakes on them. As to loud, I always were double...
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    02-23-2019, 12:10 AM
    fatelk replied to a thread Hungarian M95 in Military Rifles
    I can feel their pain! You just don't expect that little rifle to beat you up that bad. (Unless you're a girl, then it ain't nuthin') :) It is interesting how recoil affects people differently. A decade or so ago I took along a couple rifles when...
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    02-22-2019, 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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    02-21-2019, 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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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
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