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    Today, 03:36 PM
    Yes, that's true, but you have to get the CHEAP blades. For decades now we've had "bimetal" blades that have a flexible low-carbon back, and only the teeth are high-carbon and hardened. Ditto hacksaw blades. Anneal them if you need a very sharp...
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    Today, 08:40 AM
    Granted that you're into swaging, but a ramble thru the NOE online catalog will find you a mould for the right bullet.
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    Today, 06:35 AM
    Might be time to look for information on how to make flat and vee springs. The muzzleloader people are the place to go. Maybe Dixie or Track of the Wolf. It's not terribly hard, once you have the right steel, which can be purchased from...
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    Today, 06:17 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Anybody remember the Bill Mauldin cartoon of Willie sticking his head out of the bunker, calling the the 105 gun crew: "Fire two more for effect, Joe. I'm making a stovepipe".
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    Today, 05:59 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Safety flashback!!! in Cast Boolits
    My pot stand is a stack of solid concrete blocks with a board fastened to the top. It would take a lot to tip it over. Seat is an old office chair on casters. I could back it up in a hurry if something happened. Leather welding gloves and...
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    01-13-2019, 04:14 PM
    Plastic, you say? Not in the one I have.
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    01-12-2019, 11:11 AM
    I will. I don't consider 9mm a cast bullet cartridge, so I've never slugged it. Will be interesting to find out, in the interest of science. An oversize barrel would certainly account for the poor accuracy. I'll do it today - it's snowing.
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    01-12-2019, 05:50 AM
    I got suckered years ago by a gun show dealer who sold me a P-1 as a P-38. make a spring for it, nobody had them. Then the extractors started flying off. Bought a complete new slide to fix that. Over the years I have finally gotten it shoot with...
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    01-11-2019, 07:45 PM
    I too had trouble casting such tiny bullets. Success finally came when I took a tip from Charlie Dell, which was to flood hot lead over the cutoff plate after filling the cavity, to keep IT hot.
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    01-09-2019, 06:00 PM
    I'm seated .336 deep, which was arbitrarily chosen. Next lot I load I'll go only to .325. There's plenty of room at the front of the cylinder. Then maybe I can up the charge. Just running that difference in Quickload I see a pressure drop of...
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    01-09-2019, 05:22 PM
    Thanks, Outpost! My mould is a hollowpointed 363-200-RN, which was catalogued as specific to the Webley/Enfield. Using the deeper of the two pins makes a bullet that actually does weigh 200 grains +/- 1 after lubing, in an alloy that's about 1:40....
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    01-08-2019, 12:40 PM
    It wasn't THAT long ago that there were no milling machines. You forged a part to as near net shape as you could, and then used files. In the last couple of years I've made Stevens and Ballards extractors with nothing but a hacksaw and files....
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    01-08-2019, 12:25 AM
    That's a milder version of the famous Harry Pope story.
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    01-06-2019, 02:10 AM
    I have no problem at all. What DOES bother me is the arrogance of individuals who insult sporterized milsurps.
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    01-04-2019, 05:03 AM
    Nobody killed, or even hurt. The safety protocols worked.
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    01-04-2019, 02:52 AM
    I was about to offer up that a gunsmith ought to be able to make, harden and temper a spring, and then I see this about "gunsmiths" that can't (or won't) even install and chamber a new barrel! I've done both in my hobby shop, but I certainly...
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    12-31-2018, 06:35 PM
    Lotta good use left in those old steel K-Weavers! My 03-A3 has one, so does the 1917 Enfield sporter, both my 336 Marlins, a 340 Savage, maybe more. Bought 'em all for ~ $75 each at gun shows, they'll last another generation at least.
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    12-31-2018, 01:32 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Fun old singleshots? in Rimfire Area
    @tbx-4 Nice job! What I like see, instead of some black gunk slathered all over the wood to cover up the battle scars.
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    12-30-2018, 09:31 PM
    Text, please. Some of us can't play video.
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    12-30-2018, 09:24 PM
    I loaded 35 grains of Varget with a 140 grain Gameking. That's kept moderate because the rifle is a Norwegian Krag. Varget is a virtual twin to 4320. Be a good starting load for a Ruger #1.
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    12-30-2018, 08:57 PM
    'Nother little tidbit about the Krag. In the early 'teens the Army banned them from military marksmanship competitions, because well-tuned Krags were outshooting the Springfields. This a my .22 Lovell Krag. Magazine cut away, .22 Armory barrel...
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    12-30-2018, 08:29 PM
    DITTO. I'd rather have one of those than a cookie-cutter original any day. Thankfully the collectors (so far) have left them alone, although something marked Niedner or Griffin & Howe will bring premium $$. ---------------------- The origin...
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    12-29-2018, 08:54 PM
    Yes, please move on. This is a .35 Rem thread.
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    12-29-2018, 06:41 PM
    There is the crux of the issue from a commercial standpoint. The .35 Rem has an almost unique base diameter, so the ammo makers have to have a whole set of tooling to produce just that one result. As opposed to the .470 base diameter which is the...
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    12-28-2018, 11:45 PM
    Rather than build something, I just filled a 55 gallon drum with rubber mulch. About 18" in I have a sheet of heavy rubber conveyor belting. Cut out a hole in the lid. Attach targets with magnets. Lies on its' side on a mound of dirt in front of...
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    12-28-2018, 10:06 AM
    LOL! You certainly got that right !
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    12-28-2018, 02:29 AM
    BTW Charlie Dell and Wayne Schwartz proved conclusively that chamber ringing in our rifles is caused by wads pressed down on the powder, and nothing else. Unfortunately the book, "The Modern Schuetzen Rifle" is out of print and unobtainium today. ...
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    12-28-2018, 02:10 AM
    ?????? MP-5744 was a double-base military powder, made by Hercules. The Army didn't like it. When it hit the surplus market, it turned out that it worked well for cast bullet loads in large volume cases such as .30-06 and .45-70, without needing...
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    12-27-2018, 11:58 AM
    WW1 made the .30-06 and the Springfield '03 the paradigm for bolt actions in America for fifty years. If you recognize the .308 as just a .30-06 with the unnecessary airspace removed, it still is the paradigm. Millions of hunters over the decades...
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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