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    05-24-2018, 09:51 PM
    Speaking about old Lee molds reminded me that about 4-5 months ago I bought two old Lee single cavity molds, both for the 41 Magnum caliber. These molds are so old the blocks are held to the handles by large sheet metal screws. Both are plain...
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    05-22-2018, 11:00 AM
    Our local Krogers pulled everything NRA out of their stores after the Las Vegas shooting. As far as I am concerned it will be a cold day in San Francisco before I buy anything from them ever again, even if they do bring back the NRA materials. Our...
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    05-22-2018, 10:53 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread lawn rolling in Our Town
    To all of you who have used toilet paper to roll a yard, there is another way to get the job done. Wait until a heavy rain has passed and the ground is soaked, then wait until the wee hours of the morning. Quietly back your car, truck, 4WD, etc...
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    05-21-2018, 08:15 AM
    Many years ago I bought a new M-19 (blue 6") and tried to duplicate Super Vel ammo by handloading. I built loads with 125 JHP bullets and SR4756 powder loaded as recommended by a Speer handbook. You know what's coming... The frame cracked under...
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    05-17-2018, 08:25 AM
    Threw some assorted pistol brass in the tumbler. Got those out, sorted and stored. Now I have a batch of rifle and handgun brass getting clean. With the slow Spring activities I may take out various calibers of rifle brass to clean up from the...
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    05-17-2018, 08:07 AM
    The original boolit for the 45 Colt cartridge is Lyman's 454190 (also 452190), a plain base design. The one shortcoming of this design is that it does not provide a crimp groove and boolits may telescope down into the cases when loaded in a...
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    05-17-2018, 06:32 AM
    375 Winchester, but not the thinner 30/3- that has been reformed. The original thicker brass will hold the pressure of the original round.
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    05-10-2018, 08:31 AM
    This entire discussion brigs me back to a line of thoughts I had been trying to resolve for a while. GCA '34 declared the firearms described in this thread as NFA regulated properties. Yet today we have revolver, derringers and single shot pistols...
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    05-10-2018, 05:53 AM
    The S&W 317 is an improvement over the Model 43 (airweight kit gun) I bought around 1973. It has an aluminum cylinder with steel inserts to contain the pressure of the cartridge. From the first time I fired this revolver I have had consistent...
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    05-10-2018, 05:17 AM
    PM sent.
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    05-06-2018, 05:50 AM
    I go the opposite by using 444 Marlin brass to create shotshells for the .410 at 2 1/2" length. They work nicely.
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    05-05-2018, 08:35 AM
    I spent over 25 years as a LEO armorer and have been a boolit caster for 45 years (before, during and after LEO employment). My armorer duties began when revolvers and lead boolits were the normal carry combination and all my work of de-leading the...
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    05-03-2018, 06:59 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread FFL required?? in Our Town
    I have a long-time appreciation for 32 caliber revolvers. From all my years of dealing with firearms I had never heard that RG offered a 32 caliber revolver, much less seen one. That must be a really neat package. I have several 32s by different...
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    05-02-2018, 07:58 AM
    The mold I use for these boolits is very similar to yours, only in RN configuration. Mine is an Ohaus 32-085 R that is a 3 cavity pattern. It casts heavy with WW alloy so I use Linotype to make 87 grain boolits. These will clean up at .311" and I...
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    04-30-2018, 08:42 AM
    Earlier today I read that Brownell's no longer has the Menck 22 Chamber Ironing tool. I checked their website and ALL of the Menck tools are out of stock, discontinued, simply gone. I can't find any of these tools anywhere on a generic web search....
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    04-30-2018, 06:43 AM
    I was surprised to see that Brownell's no longer has this tool available. Not sure if they were made up specifically for Brownell's or if they were routinely available from another vendor, then adopted into the Brownell's catalog. In any event...
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    04-30-2018, 05:50 AM
    I attended every show in driving distance for many years. Over time the quality and quantity of the firearms being offered faded away, prices went insane, so these became more of an opportunity to re-connect with old friends. Now many of those old...
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    04-30-2018, 05:46 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread Abe's First Forty in Our Town
    I have 2 potential students ready to learn handloading and casting. One is a new member here who lives a half hour away from me - we will probably meet this week. The second is a high school aged young man who I met when I installed an mcarbo kit...
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    04-30-2018, 05:34 AM
    Thin Man replied to a thread Ticks :-( in Our Town
    Three years ago I hit the woods in the spring for early squirrel season and deer hunting area exploring. The ticks were out in force. They were so small I could not see the body of the creature but could feel them and see their shadow (odd, isn't...
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    04-30-2018, 05:25 AM
    I started casting in 1973 when I bought out the supplies of a caster who wanted to move over to swaging. Got his furnace, sizer, a few H&I dies and top punches and his MOLDS for a full payment of $115. These included a Lyman 4X in 358101 which I...
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    04-29-2018, 01:54 PM
    We used to see pistols that showed malfunctions that could not be explained such as failure to feed up into the chamber, failure to go into lock-up, failure to fire, extraction and ejection problems - all that were in one way or another related to a...
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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