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    Yesterday, 09:34 PM
    What caused the gun to fire?
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    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    Easy enough to test with a primed case. Chamber the primed case and pull the charging handle back until the bolt rotates slightly and pull the trigger.
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    Yesterday, 05:06 PM
    The 2700 lbs of range lead in my shed didn't come a hand full at a time, but it represents lots of sweat and sore muscles. When you spend the effort and there is little reward, you learned not to do it like that again, at least not in the same...
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    Yesterday, 04:45 PM
    My brass is stored for years in moisture-proof containers and looks like new when I'm ready to load it. Not just the outside, but the primer pocket and inside as well. It may not matter to most and that's OK. I don't load for anybody but family,...
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    Yesterday, 10:15 AM
    For the folks that believe you can fire an ar out of battery take a primed case and try it. The bolt has to be fully rotated before the firing pin can reach the primer. The video clearly shows and the OP stated he manual cycled the next round...
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    Yesterday, 09:27 AM
    Don't forget to change the oil and service the power source ever time it gets used for more than an hr. You never know when the next time will be or for how long. Starting with fresh oil will all but guarentee dependability, while neglect will...
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    Yesterday, 09:24 AM
    No with the Dillon swager if you adjust the swager too deep you push material into the bottom of the primer pocket. This seems to only be an issue with 223 due to the small size of the internal support rod.
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    Yesterday, 09:06 AM
    As the safe size shrank over the years, so did the amount of loaded ammo for each. I no longer store much loaded, but rather have components for each ready to load. I try to keep lots of prepared brass and cast boolits. Since the shortages, I...
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    Yesterday, 06:53 AM
    Wooden stick, paint stick or whatever wooden sticks you can find. Using wood you will clean the bottom and sides much better, you'll have cleaner alloy and will also help stop any dripping or clogging of a bottom pour pot. Dip it in slowly at...
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    Yesterday, 01:58 AM
    Great score. I am green with envy.
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    Yesterday, 12:49 AM
    Uncalled for and baseless.
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    Yesterday, 12:41 AM
    On a side note I was out at the range and a shooter was having lots of failure to cycle/issue. I normally don't stick my nose into other people's business unless asked. I was testing a couple of match ar's This shooter came over and asked...
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    09-17-2017, 11:45 PM
    In the video the you can't tell if you ejected brass when you manually cycled it but I would bet you did. I am far from an expert on blown AR's but I have inspected and or repaired 9 or 10 that had blown. In addition to building ar service and...
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    09-17-2017, 02:10 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread M 1 Garands in Military Rifles
    I miss the days of the DCM and $89.00 Garand's. Had my dad qualify but the price went up to $125.00
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    09-17-2017, 01:31 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Dillon 650 Mods in Reloading Equipment
    I have polished mine. With ball powder I can't tell a difference but with stick powder it does improve consistency. Roller bearings and tapering and polishing powder tube are also very beneficial. ...
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    09-17-2017, 01:12 PM
    All primers back out and are reseated by case pressure. Even with zero headspace the primer that was below flush become flush after firing.
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    09-17-2017, 01:09 PM
    If you had made the trip for caribou, there is a good chance you'd be dog tired, with no kill, and still have wood to stack. This way you proved the effectiveness of your shotshells, got chores done, didn't need the keys, and got free groceries. ...
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    09-17-2017, 12:57 PM
    I never pass up an opportunity for the free lead. I even feel it's my civic duty to rid the environment of it, at least temporarily. Seriously, having more than you feel is necessary, means you won't run out when it really gets hard to find, at...
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    09-17-2017, 12:45 PM
    I started collecting spent primers at about the same time I started using a Lee universal de-prim die. I have almost 3 two liter bottles of primers and still use the third pin. I did find that an angle carefully ground to the pin shaft allowed...
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    09-17-2017, 12:11 PM
    mold maker replied to a thread Missing mail in Our Town
    Since I don't follow sports I wouldn't notice that as a cause. The shooting sport does interfere with my mail reading, but who wants to read bills.
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    09-17-2017, 10:33 AM
    Try firing primed cases in a revolver. Most lock up solid due to primer movement.
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    09-17-2017, 12:35 AM
    For a grease Rig is great. For a non grease Eezox's is outstanding. Some use microcrystalline wax but I have never used it for that. http://www.6mmbr.com/corrosiontest.html ...
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    09-16-2017, 10:59 AM
    I've had only one problem using RCBS X dies on military brass, and that was my fault. I had to replace the deprime stem and didn't check the neck expander size. Wound up with over 700 pieces with a neck size of .218, that couldn't be trimed. They...
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    09-16-2017, 02:12 AM
    The lack of QC on a lot of the current production items is troubling. Some issue are not fixable but most are. As a toolmaker/gunsmith I do 100% of my own work. I do expect all newly purchased firearms to at minimum be fully functional. Some...
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    09-15-2017, 05:55 PM
    Not blackpowder. The Armstrong mix was the most common. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_gun https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armstrong%27s_mixture Potassium nitrate is not impact sensitive nor is sulfur or charcoal.
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    09-15-2017, 02:43 PM
    Lapua generally is the brass of choice for high accuracy needs. Federal seems to be softer and the primer pockets loosen the quickest.
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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