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    10-15-2018, 11:48 AM
    You can also cut the crimp portion off plastic shells and use white glue to secure an over-shot wad. These work fine in break-open guns but might not feed well in pump or auto-loaders. Roll crimpers have never worked well for me with plastic hulls,...
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    10-11-2018, 03:51 PM
    What was the distance between shooter and target?
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    10-09-2018, 04:37 PM
    3 to 5 grains of SR4759 and 60 grains of "lightly compressed" Goex FFg black powder and either the 405 or 500 grain lead bullet is the duplex load that was offered on the old Lyman loading books from the 50s. I have used this quite successfully in...
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    10-08-2018, 01:44 PM
    Keep in mind that Arisakas were rifled with "Metford" rifling. Do not expect sharp lands and grooves, but shallow valleys and rounded hills. Many an Arisaka rifle has been trashed because someone thought it was "shot out" when they looked at the...
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    10-07-2018, 01:08 PM
    Some German 8mm Mauser rifles made before about 1935 were also chambered for the 8X60 Mauser cartridge to comply with the terms of the Versailles Treaty after WW1. A chamber cast might be prudent.
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    10-06-2018, 08:45 AM
    Loading the button over Unique, it should be lightly crimped in the case mouth. If the button will actually slide down into a fired but unsized case, reduce the load as this will affect pressure/velocity. Trail Boss might be better as it will leave...
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    10-03-2018, 02:33 PM
    curator replied to a thread Cheap India guns in Muzzleloading.
    I am always suspicious of "operator error" when I see a firearm blown up with blank charges by a reenactor. After 30+ years of working with, supervising, and training reenactors as safety officer, events coordinator and muzzle loading instructor, I...
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    10-03-2018, 08:03 AM
    curator replied to a thread Cheap India guns in Muzzleloading.
    Waksupi, An interesting thread with comments by "mostly" knowledgeable people. Not to condemn an entire class of black powder shooters, but my experience with "reenactors" makes me suspicious of a serious unintentional (probably but not...
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    09-29-2018, 06:14 AM
    Since I do not resize my cases, only reprime and load them, I have not annealed the necks. I have not lost any cases to neck cracks, only careless handling. I load for a few other straight-case single shot rifles as well for which brass is difficult...
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    09-28-2018, 06:44 AM
    .310 Martinis being single shot are very easy to reload for. The 310 tool .32-20 die set will do a proper job of de-capping and priming fired brass. No need to resize cases and the proper size heeled bullet can be thumb started with no need to...
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Pre-baby-boomer who left the people's republic of Western N.Y. in search of freedom and sunshine.
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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