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    11-14-2018, 09:24 PM
    Best chance then is to watch Gunbroker for broken boxes of old stuff, then. Less-than-full with torn flaps etc. doesn't bring the high collector prices.
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    11-14-2018, 05:00 PM
    I make custom M die expanders in my lathe, starting with 9/16 - 18 threaded rod from McMaster-Carr. About $5.00 a foot in 1 foot in 3 foot lengths Part # 92580A125. Cuts and polishes beautifully. You get about 4 expanders per foot. More if...
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    11-14-2018, 04:45 PM
    There were small entries in The American Rifleman in the 1950s about trials of Kirksite bullets. In the Dope Bag column, I think. Would take me a long time to find 'em now. Kirksite is a zinc alloy primarily used for making tryout dies for sheet...
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    11-14-2018, 02:53 AM
    You may well have circumvented one problem with making adapters from existing brass. The web of a .32 S&W case isn't deep enough to provide support to the .22 case, so the .22 case expands forward of the web, making it very hard to press it out of...
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    11-14-2018, 02:41 AM
    Mat also be some unburned powder residue there, as well. Fire hazard.
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    11-14-2018, 02:39 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Land line out in Our Town
    Question, as long as we're talking about Magic Jack. I have AT&T landline. Living where I do there is no cell signal at all, and no possibility of Internet except satellite. The landline has gone out three times in the last 3-4 years, once for...
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    11-13-2018, 09:17 AM
    #4 Rollers in .32 RF have genuine collector value. There just weren't that many. I could not bring myself to modify mine, although I have converted Hopkins & Allen 932 and Stevens 1915 Favorite rifles to centerfire. There's a guy on Gunbroker...
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    11-08-2018, 07:06 AM
    If it were a Pope or a Stevens-Pope barrel, it would be plainly marked. They weren't shy about it. Pope and Stevens-Pope rifling was always gain twist. Here is a diagram of the Pope land/groove form. ...
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    11-07-2018, 11:42 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 336 38-55 in Leverguns
    A throating reamer would have done nothing to alleviate a problem caused by brass being too thick at the mouth for a large bullet. Throating begins beyond the mouth of the case. I reiterate: Do a chamber cast to see what is the diameter of that...
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    11-07-2018, 12:02 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 336 38-55 in Leverguns
    Well, Westerner is a little crusty that way. He thinks it's humor. Maybe living too close to the nuclear lab has affected him. I know I'd be a little nuts if I had to live in Arco. I've been there. You might do a Cerrosafe cast to see just...
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    11-06-2018, 11:46 PM
    Your primer is driving the cases forward in the chamber, setting the shoulders back, before the powder lights. The light load of Red Dot isn't sufficient to drive the case backward again, reseating the primer and pushing the shoulder back where it...
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    11-02-2018, 06:47 AM
    I despise that Lee dies feature. I tack-weld 'em once I have 'em set.
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    11-01-2018, 12:11 AM
    Use copper Chore Boy scouring pads from the grocery store. Won't harm the rifling at all. Just make sure they're all copper. Some are copper plated steel. Cut 'em down with kitchen scissors to get pieces that will fit down the bore. SOP...
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    10-31-2018, 11:57 PM
    Clever idea! I'm gonna add that to my "kitchen-door" Stevens Favorite.
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    10-31-2018, 11:41 PM
    I think that epithet originated with the late Jeff Cooper, did it not?
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    10-28-2018, 05:52 PM
    YOU try hitting a wasp or bee in the air with a squirt gun ! I get about one in ten. ('course I cheat and nail 'em when they land.)
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    10-28-2018, 02:44 AM
    Ordinary 90% rubbing alcohol works just as well. I've kept a spray bottle handy for this purpose for many years now. Lots cheaper than Bra-Kleen.
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    10-22-2018, 08:14 PM
    Oh, and light loads in pistol cases cannot "detonate". Nor in rifle cases, either. Smokeless powder isn't shock-sensitive. What DOES cause trouble is that light loads are prime candidates for double-charging, since they almost never fill the...
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    10-22-2018, 07:57 PM
    Loading long will improve accuracy, but the crud ring will still form. If the rifle is chambered .357, stick to .357 brass and load down to whatever you're comfortable with. Wish I HAD a .357 lever, but I long ago lost count of the...
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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