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    01-18-2018, 07:10 PM
    If you want to use plastic shot cups in 12 gage MecTech brass shells, you'll need 10 gage shot cups. The all brass shells are much thinner then the modern plastic or even paper hulls. !0 gage wad columns work fine in 12 gage MecTech all brass...
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    01-17-2018, 11:45 PM
    The L&R lock is a good one. If you are planning on using the original T?C stock, don't expect a "drop-in" fit. You will need to do some wood removal and spend some time inletting the lock properly. My only complaint with L&R is sometimes you get one...
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    01-14-2018, 12:55 PM
    .43 Spanish brass is more expensive than .45-70 cases. Ballistically it is very similar to the .45-70 with 400 grain bullets. Some .43 Spanish rolling blocks have bores larger then the specified .439 groove diameter. I have two rollers in .43 Span....
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    01-11-2018, 10:47 PM
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    01-09-2018, 10:50 PM
    Justashooter: Yes--"Brass cut to 1.90" to match chamber length (1.95) determined by chamber cast with cerosafe alloy." Once cut to length, I annealed the case mouths and sized them in a Lee .577 Snider full length size die. Once fire-formed, I left...
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    01-06-2018, 05:35 PM
    I use Lee .44 RemMag carbide dies to load .445 SuperMag brass. No problems!
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    01-06-2018, 05:33 PM
    My 1942 Husqvarna M38 has blued action/barrel/trigger guard, and bright bolt. Perhaps the brits borrowed it and thought they'd dress it up with a nice coating of Suncorite.
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    01-04-2018, 08:32 PM
    Performed? NOT! Maybe if one puts 10 grains of FFg down the barrel prior to loading Jim Shockey's American Pioneer Powder, then it MIGHT actually shoot your projectile. APP is not compatible with flint lock firearms unless primed and prior-loaded...
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    01-03-2018, 12:45 PM
    The Winchester 1892 in .44-40 was ubiquitous in rural Brazil until the 1960s when stiff gun control laws were enacted. It was so popular that domestic manufacturing sprung up in Brazil with the .44-40 lever-action "Puma" a direct copy of the...
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    12-28-2017, 07:31 PM
    John Taylor is a good guy and a great gunsmith. Others on castboolits have dealt with him and like me have found him to be a man of his word and a skilled craftsman.
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    12-26-2017, 09:23 AM
    I have used Ace Hardware 7/16 X 3/32 "O" rings quite successfully. They do require a bit of effort to close the bolt. I remove the rings after the case is fire formed, segregating the brass so that it will only be used in that specific rifle. Used...
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    12-25-2017, 08:12 PM
    Outpost75: Thanks for the useful data on Webley revolvers. As the recipient of my grandfather's MkIV .455 Webley, I have been reluctant to stoke the pressure up to .45ACP range. Unfortunately, he had the cylinder "shaved" by a machinist friend...
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    12-25-2017, 08:02 PM
    Lube, "O" ring or bullet jammed into the rifling leade--all work. Some a bit better than others. I am a big fan of the "O" ring as it keeps the cartridge centered in the chamber. Modern .303 british cartridges have much smaller case heads then WWII...
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    12-25-2017, 12:22 PM
    Rumor has it that SOKO Wanted too much $$$ for the M-1 rifles and the CMP told them "no thanks." These particular rifles were purchased by the Koreans, and who knows if they might actually need them again! Another batch is arriving from Turkey....
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    12-24-2017, 11:23 PM
    Try looking on the Military Surplus Collectors forum: http://www.milsurps.com/ They have a buy/sell listing and lots of info about Lee Enfields. Some of the members there live in the U.K. and can find odd bits and pieces at yard sales and antique...
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    12-24-2017, 10:46 AM
    Arisakas can be rugged and reliable hunting rifles. I own two that "Bubba" sporterized in the 50s. While not "match grade" they are fairly accurate with both cast boolits and store-bought jacketed ones. Their safeties take some getting used to but...
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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
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