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    Today, 12:08 AM
    PC cast bullets are jacketed, just plastic instead of gilding metal. Ditto paper patched. No lead touches the bore, so it doesn't matter of there's copper there or not. Never thought about it, but do PC bullets leave plastic in the bore, the way...
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    Lead will bond to copper fouling. I remember seeing a photo in The Rifleman of a pretty crusty bore that wasn't fully de-coppered before shooting cast. I created one myself by not cleaning out the first milsurp I ever bought, back in the mid-90s....
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    Yesterday, 12:48 AM
    Closer by is Zip Metals, near Cleveland. Being about 90 miles from them, I just drove up there to pick it up. https://zipmetals.com/
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    01-16-2021, 09:02 PM
    Makes an excellent Schuetzen load in my .25-20 Stevens and .25-21 rifles. Typically 6.2 grains for the 96 grain bullet I use. No filler. MV about 1400 fps. Lower SD than 4227, both guns shoot better than I can hold. Checking notes I see...
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    01-14-2021, 05:55 PM
    In the Stevens panoply the 1915 Favorite is a much better gun than the Crackshot. A good 1915 should go for $300 - $400. Crackshots are cheaper because they were a cheap rifle to begin with. A Favorite with a new barrel, or a liner, chambered...
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    01-14-2021, 05:47 PM
    0 Lil'Gun is really not a handgun powder at all. It was originally designed for the .410 shotgun (hence the name) It has a "fat tail" to the pressure/time curve, which is why it heats up revolver barrels. The "fat tail" gives you good MV at...
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    01-13-2021, 02:14 PM
    If you run some of their loads through Quickload, your eyes will bug out. Some guys were filling the case level full with 4198 and compacting it by seating a 55 grain bullet. Quickload calculates 58,000+ psi for the R2 case! Ironically, the...
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    01-12-2021, 01:52 PM
    In fact two of mine did come with dies made by the gunsmith. I used the seaters, but not the sizers. F.C.Ness' Practical Dope on the .22 is another good source. Ness was a big advocate for the Lovell in his Rifleman column.
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    01-12-2021, 01:18 PM
    Ha! I'd forgotten all about the "15 degree" chamber that Lovell started to use. Cannot be many of them, compared to the hundreds of R2s that firms like Griffin & Howe and Sedgley put out, (not to mention all the small fry). Never seen one, nor...
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    01-12-2021, 12:15 AM
    It's spoken for. Glad to see it go.
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    01-09-2021, 11:36 PM
    As the poster said, the pack rifle will keep him out of jail, while a pistol will not. Canadian rules. My Dad never carried a handgun when hunting, nor did I, but those I knew who did carried a small .32, for administering the coup de grace to...
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    01-09-2021, 08:07 PM
    BTW there's a guy offering G&H R2 brass on Gunbroker as of this posting. I'd buy that before buying turned brass. Finally, it is possible, but arduous, to form very strong Lovell brass from .223. I've supplied the instructions to a number of...
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    01-09-2021, 08:02 PM
    In the heyday of the .22-3000 there was no bigger .22 caliber case until you came to the .219 Zipper. So guys did indeed load the Lovell hot, until Remington introduced the .222, which was what they wanted all along. The .218 and the R2 Lovell...
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    01-09-2021, 07:24 PM
    If you were closer I'd give you mine. Never was able to get it to work at all. $600 wasted. Back to my Chrony.
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    01-07-2021, 03:01 PM
    Actually it's worse than I first thought. Laying it out properly in CAD, the offset from .32 rimfire to centerfire is .173", not .140". Measure twice, cut once :oops: Glad I never tried to do one from that first sketch. New drawing, with...
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    01-07-2021, 05:31 AM
    One of the handicaps we are all working under is the ammo famine. Trying lots of different kinds of ammo ceases to be an option. Hence all the fussing about with sorting.
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    01-07-2021, 04:28 AM
    Um..., the firing pin of a #4 isn't anywhere near big enough to do it that way! It's virtually identical the the Stevens 1915 Favorites which I have converted. Only practical way is to modify the breechblock by boring the firing pin channel...
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    01-06-2021, 02:10 PM
    Grew up near Boston. Minors weren't as common as fleas, but there were a few around Cambridge. Always assumed that college types had brought them back after their year at Oxford. Wish cars were still as simple as they were. Anybody ever see...
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    01-05-2021, 07:07 PM
    I seem to recall that in the first decade or so after the war it was common for Bubba to run a .257 Roberts reamer into his bring-back Arisaka, since there wasn't any proper 6.5 Jap in the market. The .257 base diameter is larger than the Arisaka...
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    01-05-2021, 02:48 AM
    FWIW I've got a Stevens Model 47, 30" barrel chambered .32-20, which did very well thank you very much with the old traditional 3118 bullet, cast about BHN 14, lubed with NRA beeswax/alox, seated to just cover the second grease groove but not...
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    01-04-2021, 12:55 PM
    When did FN switch from corrosive primers? Memory is that 1952 was the first year of non-corrosive, but ???
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    01-03-2021, 07:25 PM
    Easily done. Our ordinary machines typically specified "uncertainty" of about 2.5 microns per meter. (Uncertainty is the European way of expressing both precision and accuracy in one number.) Over the space of a rifle chamber it could be better...
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    01-03-2021, 06:19 PM
    The only tool that I know which will satisfy the O.P.'s desire for .001 precision is a Zeiss scanning CMM. There are contract inspection firms that might do it for him for a few hundred $$. If it weren't that I've been retired for 11 years I'd...
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    01-03-2021, 10:02 AM
    You can bring home groceries in a Minor. And at my age a Minor would be lots easier to get in and out of.
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    01-02-2021, 10:27 AM
    More than once I've read that college coaches teaching international smallbore prefer women to men. For one thing they take direction better, having nothing to unlearn, but for another they have better fine motor control than men.
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    01-01-2021, 06:56 AM
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6Fh3F6hufhDMWZiNjBkMWItZDhkNS00MTlhLWE4YzMtOTdmN2YwNmY4NzM2/view?pref=2&pli=1 Jim March's treatise on checking out revolvers. All makes, including S&W. Posted ten years ago, but nothing's any different today.
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    01-01-2021, 12:15 AM
    Amen, amen, AMEN. I've begun to think that many dealers put the poorer specimens in their inventory right onto Gunbroker, since buyers can't hold the gun in their hands and inspect. And collectors are unloading their less choice pieces to fund...
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    12-31-2020, 11:26 PM
    For a big mould like that the toggle-clamp handles that Buffalo Arms sell would help a lot. I bought a set a few years ago, because of my arthritis. The uniformity with which the mould blocks are held closed improved all of my casting, even little...
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    12-29-2020, 03:26 PM
    Reminds me of the Hamilton and Quackenbush toy rifles from the bad old days, no matter how well made.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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