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    Today, 04:44 AM
    I suppose it's a way of using up a large supply of nailgun rounds, but gee whiz, a normal case, primer, and a few grains of Red Dot or Bullseye will do the same thing. Don't mistake me - I've done the Ramset trick in adapter cases for old .32...
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    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    By and large I'm a falling-block guy, but some years ago I bought a used Marlin 15Y "boys' rifle" and mounted an old Weaver J-4 scope to teach the grandsons with. They've long since outgrown it (both in college now), but it's still here. ...
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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    Starting a new thread, the old one is kinda musty. (i.e. I couldn't find it!) Here's a YouTube video of a guy who's got it down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G4hs8XEOzQ&t=143s He's using #2 Ramset loads, and I prefer to use acorn caps...
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    04-20-2019, 11:35 PM
    This. ^^^ If I cared enough to cast 'em right, I want 'em protected. Dumping 'em in bulk somewhere damages the bases so they won't shoot well. 'Course that doesn't matter to handgun shooters, I guess.
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    04-20-2019, 09:32 AM
    ^^^^ Ralf should never ever have to buy another beer when you're within hollerin' distance!
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    04-20-2019, 09:20 AM
    Megadittos ! If the O.P. cannot live without a scope, mount another 3/8 dovetail as necessary and fit an old Weaver J-2.5 or J-4, but for the luvva Mike don't use a pickaninny rail and a garish modern scope!
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    04-18-2019, 01:03 PM
    One thing that improved mine was to "uniform" promo grade ammo (Thunderduds, Federal AutoMatch, Blazer) by swaging the bullets to a uniform .2250'. Most people think of the Paco Kelly tool for this, but I built one that works in a reloading press...
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    04-14-2019, 10:03 PM
    I had one. Trigger was terrible so I upgraded that. Stock barrel shot patterns at 50 yards no matter what I did. Sold it to my county sheriff. He only uses it to knock down treed coons. I guess he's happy. If not I'd know it.
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    04-14-2019, 09:28 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    If you have a lathe you can easily make your own custom M-die mandrels from 9/16 - 18 Grade B7 threaded rod. https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/125/3268 Good steel, very clean machining. Buy more than you think you'll need, because there...
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    04-14-2019, 09:05 PM
    OVER the door would make it inaccessible in the case of a "barge-in", as somebody already noted. It's also an open invitation to drop it from 6 feet up if fumbled. I have a .22 rifle standing in the corner behind the door to deal with furry...
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    04-14-2019, 04:13 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Krag stock in Special Projects
    Dittos. You'd have to soak it in solvent for an awfully long time to get the glue deep inside to weaken. I too am easily infatuated by old Krag sporters. I think I have six. They all have some sort of beauty-mark or other, which doesn't...
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    04-13-2019, 12:20 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    I thought I'd already posted this, but I don't see it. My bolt-thrust calculator tells me that the .32 Long Colt load which approximates the bolt thrust of .22 High Velocity ammo has to be pretty light. Won't quote the exact charge of Bullseye...
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    04-12-2019, 10:55 PM
    For his 9mm you're right - it'll be OK. I'm biased against antimony because I mostly now cast for old guns that prefer softer alloys. And I honestly thought that shot had more antimony in it than it does. :oops:
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    04-12-2019, 10:27 PM
    My lead alloy calculator says that, assuming that the ingot with the 8% linotype is 92% pure lead, the hardness would be 9.6 brinell. Pure lead is 5.
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    04-12-2019, 12:28 PM
    The F is a typo, no? Paraphrasing Barnes, the .32 Short/Long Colt was introduced in 1875 for the Colt New Line revolvers. It duplicated the dimensions of the very popular .32 Rimfire cartridge that Remington had introduced in 1861. Only Colt...
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    04-12-2019, 06:59 AM
    I have. I load .32 Long Colt for a couple of my old single-shot rifles. Dave makes a good point - there was .32 Long Colt, and the .32 Long Rifle, which had the inside-lubed bullet. Case lengths were significantly different. I trim my cases...
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    04-11-2019, 03:02 PM
    Anybody need the 310 expander mandrel for .270 Winchester? (Stamped 280, mikes .2785/.2820.) Gratis pro Deo. I repurposed the die body, but can't bring myself to just throw the mandrel out. Post here or P/M. Spoken for.
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    04-11-2019, 02:50 PM
    UM, Bullseye is not quicker than Red Dot. The "speed sequence" in Alliant goes, fastest to slowest: Red Dot Green Dot Bullseye Unique Herco Power Pistol Blue Dot 2400 Then you're into the rifle powders
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    04-10-2019, 08:14 PM
    Lil-Gun has a bad reputation in revolvers because it has a "fat tail" to the pressure/time curve. This means that it more active chemically after the base of the bullet has passed the cylinder gap than, say, 2400. That fat tail is, however, how...
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    04-09-2019, 04:39 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 25 Stevens in Rimfire Area
    Little more to it than that. The 5.7x28 base diameter is nominally .315, so it has to be swaged down to .277 or so, then machined to leave a rim. Better to start with .22 Hornet, which needs less swaging and leaves a better rim. The only...
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    04-09-2019, 12:56 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    Quickload didn't have anything at all for the .22LR case in its' database. As stated, I had to construct a model of it myself. The volume I determined by the tedious water-weight method. I know of one other instance where we found the database...
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    04-08-2019, 12:13 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    Of course. I've tried the dodge of making .25 Stevens rimfire by reforming .17 WMR, and found that the .17 WMR brass is made so thick and hard, so as to contain the pressure, that most of the lightweight boys' rifles that I wanted .25 ammo cannot...
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    04-07-2019, 11:29 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    There's been some wild claims about .22 LR pressures. I kinda "backed into" a pressure by letting QL calculate the pressure necessary to get the observed velocity. You can do this for any cartridge; it turns out that the size of the case matters...
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    04-06-2019, 07:50 PM
    That's neat. I see that the case of the 360 Rook is longer than our .38 S&W, too. Pics would be nice.
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    04-06-2019, 11:04 AM
    Tung oil or linseed, the finish is hard to screw up, and easy to rectify if you do. Once done, handling scratches hardly show, and can be completely obliterated with a little more oil. And there's something sensuous about rubbing down an oiled...
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    04-06-2019, 10:37 AM
    @M-Tecs: Glad to know someone else has a collection of presses they don't use! At least I haven't succumbed to the lure of Dillon, though. And I had one Lee that was so bad I tossed it in the dumpster. I use a Lyman Tru-Line Junior for...
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    04-06-2019, 10:26 AM
    Maine Powder House has been OOB for a while now. I went through quite a struggle finding a new source of Swiss that I could drive to.
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    04-06-2019, 03:45 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    ??? Get a grip, there! I didn't consider the visual appearance of the powder into account at all. Only the weight and volume, and pressure as inferred from the resultant velocity. I then used Quickload to build a model of the .22 LR...
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    04-06-2019, 12:04 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    One of my first projects with my then-new interior ballistic software was to try to figure out what powder .22LR High Speed ammo is loaded with. My conclusion, such as it was, was that it's close to Herco, based on pressure required and volume of...
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    04-05-2019, 02:26 PM
    The selling point of the takedown was that it made it possible to pack the gun into a trunk or even a large suitcase. This was important, because back then any long-distance travel at all was done on trains. Stevens and some others also sold...
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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
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