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    Today, 09:34 AM
    Breakopen designs work much better with rimmed cartridges. Just sayin'
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    Today, 09:25 AM
    It's not hoarding until you have more than a lifetime supply. Perhaps we should extend "lifetime" to include those of our children and grandchildren?
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    Today, 03:12 AM
    Tongs are of course the most compact of all. Do you have enough handles to set one up for each die? And set the factory crimp die in the Lee hand press?
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    A glimmer of a memory is coming back to me. I once met an artist type who practiced an art of making small sheet metal objects by laying the raw sheet on a bed of wax, then, using small hammers and such, beating the form into the metal. He said it...
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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    3D printing might be a good way to make forms around which to bend the sheet metal to make the mag.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    The only reason Lyman stopped making the Jr. was that the market changed. When it was introduced it was an affordable step above the tong tools and things like the Belding & Mull. But reloaders got richer, and instead of loading .38 wadcutters for...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    Ex-Michigander here - A huge portion of deer hunting in Michigan is done from tree stands. Shots are never "across-the-beanfield" like down South or 400 yards like out West. A 100-yard gun is plenty. Heck, in most of the LP it's shotgun-only,...
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Thousands upon thousands of satisfied users disagree. Including me.
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    Yesterday, 08:05 PM
    That's how I got mine. Whatever record of the purchase I may have made at the time has been lost.
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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    Coming from an industry where we did such things, yes there are nondestructive ways to analyze each case to see what if any flaws it might have, and the cost is orders of magnitude beyond what could be justified. X-ray diffraction analysis for one...
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    Yesterday, 06:36 AM
    Hmmm..... Ask the hill tribesmen around the Khyber pass. They used to do it all the time with just sheet metal, hammers and anvils. Seriously - some of the more serious model railroaders do stuff like that. Usually using hard brass sheet. ...
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    Yesterday, 05:36 AM
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many primers.
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    09-22-2020, 06:03 PM
    Good point! All of us who cast will invariably add some tin to get decent fillout. Swaging of course doesn't need (or want) any alloying metals.
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    09-21-2020, 05:24 AM
    Tim is exactly correct. This is most noticeable on guns which lock up at the rear of the bolt. The entire receiver stretches and then snaps back, compressing what is essentially a brass spring in the chamber.
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    09-20-2020, 01:03 PM
    Just for the record, it's the explosion of the primer that drives the case forward, not the firing pin strike itself.
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    09-19-2020, 11:23 PM
    Along that line if thinking - what are the guys shooting BP buffalo rifles at long ranges using? Not a few of the buffalo hunters used paper-patch bullets in rifles designed for them. If you can find it, there was a real interesting article in...
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    09-19-2020, 09:26 PM
    As I posted earlier, I can't think of a reason why a greasy bullet wouldn't bump up just as well. But all the grease grooves must be full, or the obturation will all occur at the grooves and very little if any at the lands. Spitballin' here: ...
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    09-19-2020, 08:20 PM
    Nobody with any sense would try FL sizing with one, would they? My best Junior, which has the compound leverage, is now fitted with a six-hole plate. It does fine for common pistol rounds. I have also used it to seat bullets in bigger rounds. ...
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    09-19-2020, 07:26 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread I didn't know in Rimfire Area
    You wouldn't be thinking of a certain old liar from Idaho, wouldya? [smilie=1:
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    09-19-2020, 07:22 PM
    ^^^^ THIS ^^^^ Leave your brass the heck alone. Load it and shoot it.
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    09-19-2020, 07:14 PM
    Yupper! Very cheap and just the right size. I ordered a sheet of translucent plastic from McMaster. Cut into strips with scissors it made a couple dozen screens. Milk jugs will also work but not quite as elegantly. People malign the...
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    09-19-2020, 12:43 PM
    That's about where I am. One of everything up to the 98. Except a 71. All sporters except the 71/84.
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    09-19-2020, 12:00 PM
    Good question. Would an ungrooved PP bullet seal better than a greasy one, all things being equal? I can't think of any reason why. All I can add for history's sake is that the OEM paper-patched bullet is smooth-sided, rather than grooved, and the...
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    09-19-2020, 02:15 AM
    I bought one way back when. Guy was in Pennsylvania somewhere is all I can remember. Did a search through all my old computerized purchase/sale records, but didn't turn up anything. Best I can do. Maybe a business opportunity for someone.
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    09-19-2020, 02:02 AM
    The guns were designed to use a dead-soft swaged bullet, paper patched. The bullets were significantly undersized, by current-day standards. The soft lead was expected to obturate into fouled rifling on firing. This is why the chamber necks are...
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    09-17-2020, 08:10 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 22 Rimfire lube in Boolit Lube !
    I'm wondering how the patent office could justify even issuing that patent. It's 99% gibberish*, written by someone who doesn't even know firearms terminology all that well. I can't see anything novel in it at all, except maybe the exact...
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    09-17-2020, 03:24 AM
    Military brass is not always thicker, and if it's the wrong temper the thickness doesn't matter. Suspect brass, lots of different powders, corrosive primers. I'd pull it all down for the bullets, fertilize the tomatoes with the powder, and...
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    09-17-2020, 03:14 AM
    Power Pistol was designed for 9mm. I haven't bothered with anything else. In this age of famines, others mentioned above all will do fine. As for subsonic loads in 7.62x39.......why? But if you have to, my choice would have to be Red Dot. ...
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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