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    06-03-2020, 02:36 AM
    All pistol cases and the shorter rifle cases, like .223/5.56 family. The only secret, if there is one, is getting the curl at the tip just right, so that it rides over the joint between the ram and the shell-holder smoothly. You pull the ram all...
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    06-03-2020, 02:33 AM
    All pistol cases and the shorter rifle cases, like .223/5.56 family. The only secret, if there is one, is getting the curl at the tip just right, so that it rides over the joint between the ram and the shell-holder smoothly. You pull the ram all...
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    06-03-2020, 12:01 AM
    I've seen elaborate mechanisms designed to flip a sized case out of the shell-holder on the down-stroke, to speed up single stage press operations, but none can beat this one. And the cost was essentially zero - just one used-up hacksaw blade and a...
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    06-02-2020, 11:47 PM
    If all else fails, there's what Joe Bolger used to call "Canadian Loctite". Take a pair of pliers and bugger up the male thread so it has enough friction to hold. (When I was doing aerospace stuff back in the '60s, we had what were called...
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    06-01-2020, 11:34 PM
    ^^^ This ^^^ A dab on non-hardening Aviation Form-A-Gasket would be perfect. That product has been around since the 1920s, and it still has it's niche. It's a shellac; sticky as all get-out, you'll need paint thinner or acetone to get it off...
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    06-01-2020, 11:22 PM
    DeWine is proving to even more of a RINO than we thought. Maybe doesn't want people to get together and talk about his failings?
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    06-01-2020, 11:08 PM
    With Randy's press clamped to a table, I think I could size as many cases per hour as I could with the Rockchucker. And I wouldn't be banging my knee or other sensitive body parts with the press handle, either. For either one I have an...
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    06-01-2020, 11:01 PM
    A bullet not launched straight from the muzzle will indeed corkscrew in flight, as Dr. Mann showed us in detail over 100 years ago. An out-of-square base is a prime cause, and it would not surprise me if you found that the bases of your tracer...
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    06-01-2020, 05:26 PM
    The problem with the Lee design is the same as all the old "C" type presses - the force isn't resolved symmetrically, so the frame bends in response. Even if it doesn't take a permanent set, like mine did, it gets forced out of alignment with every...
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    05-26-2020, 12:22 PM
    Buy cheap, buy twice. The Lee hand press is easily bent out of line when used to the limit of its' leverage. Ask me how I know. OK for pistol cartridges and neck-sizing rifle cartridges, not OK for FL sizing anything bigger than .32-20. Adding...
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    05-25-2020, 09:03 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    .22 LR revolver cylinders do not have a "throat" since the O.D. of the heeled bullet is the same as the O.D. of the case.
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    05-25-2020, 08:00 PM
    That one looks pretty good. But as usual the bore is poor.
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    05-25-2020, 07:05 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin in 35 Rem in Leverguns
    I have my old Dad's 336 in .35 Rem. First rifle I ever cast for, and it taught me a lot. It will be the last hunting rifle I ever let go of, should penury strike me again before I die. Dad hunted Maine and New Hampsha, using 200 grain 358315...
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    05-24-2020, 11:46 PM
    Since there's high quality factory brass available for the Max, I can't see messing with the Herrett unless you're a masochist. (Says he who got into a .30 Herrett barrel some years ago. and quickly lost interest.)
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    05-24-2020, 11:15 AM
    Absolutely. It's about the easiest stockmaking job there is, except for boring that through-hole. That guns.com writer didn't bother doing any worthwhile research, did he? Maynard rifles were only made by Massachusetts Arms. Joshua Stevens...
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    05-24-2020, 10:29 AM
    FWIW gunpartscorp.com (i.e. Numrich) may send you a battered-up old piece of wood that's worse than what you've got. Ask me how I know.
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    05-24-2020, 10:25 AM
    FWIW - One very good way to achieve excessive shoulder setback is to fireform with a light load. OK with rimmed cases, but with rimless the explosion of the primer drives the case forward, and with a light load there isn't enough pressure to drive...
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    05-24-2020, 06:46 AM
    The 1905 Stevens catalog claims the stock to be "oiled walnut". Later today I'll try to post a photo of the catalog picture, which will at least give an idea of what the stock should look like. They were indeed just a flat board, rounded top and...
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    05-23-2020, 10:31 AM
    Well, now you know one, even if over the Innertubes. Statistical process control (automotive) was my career the last 15 years of my working life. I got bored after retirement. I also did a 1000+ round weight/dimensional study of bulk .22 rimfire....
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    05-23-2020, 05:42 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Ruger Bearcat 22 in Rimfire Area
    So glad to read some of these comments. I lusted after a BC for years and years. Then I was offered one by a fellow club member. I couldn't hit a barn from the inside with it, and declined. And now I know I wasn't the only one who couldn't hit...
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    05-23-2020, 05:23 AM
    Personal evaluation of several hundred .30-06 cases a couple of years ago put paid to this old wives tale. Did not find even one batch of American arsenal brass that averaged any heavier/thicker than commercial. That said, watch out for some...
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    05-20-2020, 06:19 AM
    Same situation as happens to Sharps-Borchardts. Could the solution be the same?
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    05-13-2020, 06:11 AM
    I stand by my statement. I was there, for 15 years of it. The in-process gaging component was my piece of the puzzle. I can't speak about anything but blocks, heads, and cranks though. Everything else came from subcontractors.
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    05-12-2020, 06:44 PM
    Process control is what makes ammo good, better or best, not post-manufacture sorting. The idea that the best ammo is selected out of the general run is hogwash. Speaking as a retired process engineer (automotive), you either have your process in...
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    05-12-2020, 06:12 PM
    It's a niche category, but we collectors of old time "boys' rifles" know that with one or two exceptions they can't tolerate HV ammo at all. So my larder has CCI Standard Velocity and CCI Quiet in abundance. SV also gets fed to the Stevens and...
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    05-12-2020, 05:43 PM
    Will to some extent depend on whether your throat is worn or not. Regardless the bullet form, I had very good results using up to 21 grains of Blue Dot when the bullets were cast very hard.
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    05-10-2020, 08:03 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens .22 in Single Shot Guns
    If it's a Favorite, you just listed the reasons they sold a zillion of 'em. Excellent triggers and accurate barrels.
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    05-10-2020, 07:51 PM
    What he said. That's how the pros do it. If you don't have any Cerrosafe, order it up and wait patiently until it arrives.
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    05-08-2020, 03:21 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Why lever guns in Leverguns
    Fuzzy sights easily solved by mounting a ghost ring tang sight.
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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
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