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    02-19-2020, 08:01 PM
    ??? The venerable .22 rimfire is as straight as straight can be, although chambers usually have a thou taper to them. Ditto most rimmed pistol cartridges. Now that I think of it, my old Stevens .25-21 is a very long straight cartridge. No...
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    02-17-2020, 11:21 PM
    Interesting idea. Would certainly be an easy job, just neck it down and trim. Personally I'd try to make it longer, since the BO is so notoriously short of powder space. Otherwise it won't be a medium game cartridge in a lever gun, because to...
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    02-14-2020, 08:00 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 219 in Single Shot Guns
    It's not losing the brass that's so bad, it's the sonic boom as they go past your head.
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    02-14-2020, 01:45 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 219 in Single Shot Guns
    The ejector is very probably the same in the rifle barrels as in the shotguns. I suppose that one could replace the spring with a softer one. (Might have been done with mine. It only tosses .30-30 brass a foot or two.)
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    02-13-2020, 01:27 AM
    The 44 1/2 is a pretty strong smokeless-era action. Ned Roberts used one to develop his eponymous .257 cartridge, although today we'd prefer to keep the base diameter down to something less than .470", since the barrel tenon is smaller than the...
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    02-12-2020, 09:27 AM
    ^^^ AMEN ^^^ I ran into this when making .22 Lovell out of .223. Lovell chamber reamers were never standardized, and many gunsmiths of that era cut their wildcat chambers benchrest tight. A tubing micrometer would be a mighty good...
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    02-10-2020, 11:23 AM
    And I'll wager that you did not anneal first. :wink:
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    02-08-2020, 09:55 PM
    I've never annealed .223 when sizing it down. Even when squeezing it all the way down to .315" base diameter to make .22 Lovell.** IMHO you've softened the brass too much, so it buckles too easily. Those are not lube dents. ** BTW Federal...
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    02-07-2020, 10:43 PM
    Isn't that stuff just glycerine? KY Jelly?
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    02-07-2020, 10:15 AM
    I'd go Remington. Easy to find one that won't break the bank, and the stock Walker trigger is perfectly fine for anything but serious benchrest. (I have never done the recall on mine, and won't.) Second choice a good grade of Mauser. Winchesters...
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    02-06-2020, 06:18 PM
    Here's the MSDS for the RCBS lube. Says it's 98% by weight of "oxyrane". Searching that, I seem to find a lot of entries for ethylene oxide. That might make the lube a form of ethylene glycol, but my chemistry-fu is 60 years old and so thin you...
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    02-06-2020, 05:50 PM
    Who's gonna buy some and give us a report? :coffeecom
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    02-05-2020, 09:08 AM
    Stoddard Solvent is what's used in the cleaning tanks found in auto repair shops. As good a solvent as kerosene, but far less flammable. Basically a straight run naptha, with stuff added to inhibit ignition. I haven't needed to buy any for many...
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    02-05-2020, 06:33 AM
    Not being a 10/22 fan, I wasn't aware that you can get fast twist barrels for the 10/22. That sure looks like his solution.
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    02-05-2020, 06:20 AM
    I have not had good results firing that 60 grain ammo beyond 50 feet or so from any of my .22 single shots, even those which I have rebarrelled with match chambers. I keep threatening to cut down and rechamber a takeoff from some centerfire rifle...
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    02-05-2020, 05:47 AM
    THIS^^^ correctly and precisely describes the safety problem with Gen 1 Contenders. Warren Center got sued almost to extinction by the family of a hunter whose gun fell out of his shoulder holster after he had "decocked" it by pulling the trigger...
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    02-04-2020, 10:34 AM
    WD-40 is basically just Stoddard Solvent. Lube properties on metal are fair to poor. I think pertnear lucked out.
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    02-04-2020, 10:28 AM
    A water-soluble lanolin derivative does exist. No idea whether this is what's in RCBS lube. http://imperialoel.com/products/lanolins-and-lanolin-derivatives/ Lanolin is virtually insoluble in water. By reacting with ethylene oxide, it can be...
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    02-03-2020, 09:18 PM
    RCBS lube. A little bit into a large Ziploc bag. Dump in your clean brass, (wet tumbled/washed/dried). Close and knead for a few minutes. Dump into a clean bowl and set to sizing. Wash off in hot water. Close the bag up to keep the lube...
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    02-01-2020, 05:01 PM
    I once counted six different thread standards on one brand new 1967 BSA. Or maybe it was seven.
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    01-30-2020, 10:21 AM
    I pull a bore snake wet with Ed's Red through when I remember to do it. Don't have any semi-autos, so I don't have the buildup of crud in the action. My collection of safe queens get a patch wet with RIG run through them once a year or so. ...
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    01-30-2020, 09:54 AM
    Col. Harrison did an article about this about 50 years ago. Turns out that there's no discernable effect unless there's a void under the sprue.
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    01-30-2020, 08:04 AM
    I've half-finished a .35 Krag project. On a Krag action. Using a .35 Winchester reamer and dies. Been stalled for a quite a while because JES badly screwed up the rebore of my best spare barrel. Haven't had the gumption to send another barrel to...
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    01-29-2020, 06:20 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 219 in Single Shot Guns
    Yeah, about the trigger. (Remembering that it's really a shotgun that they fitted with rifle barrels.) Tolerable for hunting deer with the .30-30 barrel, and varmints at fairly close ranges, but intolerable for trying to drop a woodchuck at 200...
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    01-29-2020, 12:44 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens Maynard jr in Rimfire Area
    I feel yer pain. Got near 2 dozen boys' rifles now, but no Maynard Junior, (yet). Do you have the stub of the old one? It's possible to drill into it and install a bit of a drill shank or music wire to repair it.
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    01-29-2020, 12:26 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Savage 219 in Single Shot Guns
    I wish I could just find a .22 Hornet barrel for mine. They are pretty rare. Personally I'd prefer the Hornet over the Fireball in the 219. The Fireball's advantage is greater MV, to enable longer shots, but the 219 isn't noted for the accuracy...
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    01-29-2020, 12:09 AM
    I had one recently, too. First ever. Saving it as a museum piece. Now I see others reporting CCI duds and wonder whether CCI needs to review their priming process.
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    01-28-2020, 11:46 PM
    There's been kits to convert cock-on-closing actions to cock-on-opening for Mausers. I bought one for a '93 Mauser, but never installed it. I got used to the cock-on-closing manipulation instead. I think one incentive for changing in sporting...
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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"
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