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  • uscra112's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 AM
    Rubbish. Ed Harris used to recommend 13 grains of Red Dot, which is even faster than Bullseye, for gas checked bullets up to 200 grains. It was known as "The Load", and was recommended for the .30-06, .308, .303 British, and even the Mosin...
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    If the AI reamer is so configured, but you can easily rethroat a .30-30 without going to the full-monty AI. Ed Harris did an excellent article on this for the Rifleman back about 1980. It has occurred to me time and again that, if you wanted...
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    08-12-2018, 08:29 PM
    I'm using Quickload, Ver, 3.6. Over nine years that I've been using it, I have yet to find a significant error in its' database, but there's always the possibility. QL defaults to a 400 grain bullet. That might be wrong. I have never played...
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    08-12-2018, 03:35 PM
    The only thing that REALLY removes lead is mercury, which is impossible get now because it's potentially so toxic. Hoppe's makes a "Lead Remover" which helps a little when using the steel-wool-on-a-brush trick. Unfortunately lead is one metal...
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    08-11-2018, 10:52 PM
    You can buy excellent pre-mixed lubes for just a few $$. I use White Label 2500 a lot, but for your application the old NRA 50-50 formula will do nicely. http://www.lsstuff.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1 A couple of solid...
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    08-11-2018, 10:22 PM
    With that load you should not be using any fillers at all! Stop it!
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    08-11-2018, 05:46 PM
    You didn't lube them??? Your barrel is now so badly leaded that it will take a week to clean. Liquid Alox is for low pressure pistol rounds to be shot through short barrels. Bore Butter is for cloth patched muzzleloaders, although it does...
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    08-10-2018, 08:48 PM
    ulavr8r has it right. Decimal inch measurement wasn't universal in machine shops, even as late as 1914. You'll find this on 19th century patent drawings, sometimes with numbers like xxx/128th inch. Army procurement standards killed off...
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    08-10-2018, 01:49 PM
    Exactly, but the price would go way up. Jack makes his from .32 S&W Longs, which is easy but leaves you with that thin web. Tempting to make a few from solid. Would be much easier with CNC, which I ain't got. Just had a thought.....if I can...
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    08-09-2018, 06:32 PM
    I made a tool that works in my reloading press to punch them out. The nose of the punch was tricky - my original hemisphere shape would sometimes tear right through the head rather than punch the spent blank out. A squared-off end was even worse. ...
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    08-08-2018, 06:34 PM
    I did a more difficult swaging job by using a hydraulic press. Thus requires a die with a large hole thru - RCBS dies don't work. Lee dies do. Lock two nuts in the middle of the die. Find a bolster that has a hole thru which is just a...
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    08-07-2018, 08:55 PM
    Making .32 Long Colt case from .32 S&W Long is child's play. Do you have a die set? Or you can buy it here: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/781816997 Jack has a very useful writeup on how to feed .32 Long Colt guns in his listing. My...
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    08-04-2018, 06:40 PM
    Just speaking as a superannuated automotive make-a-nickel penguineer, everything that <<oldred>> has posted agrees with my training and experience.
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    08-04-2018, 06:24 PM
    All Bellm did was add a cylindrical bullet seat, in place of the crude forcing cone of the original SAAMI chamber design. The biggest problem with SAAMI reamers was that the pilot was way undersize, (.346" as I recall) so it wouldn't cut true in a...
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    08-03-2018, 08:52 PM
    Old guns should not be gauded up with fresh color case hardening and highly polished blue. Brown is best.
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    08-03-2018, 08:46 PM
    .30 Herrett or .30-30, assuming you have a Gen 2 or an Encore. In Gen 1, I would not go past .32-20. I know.
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    07-29-2018, 03:30 PM
    As any oldtime Brit biker knows, zinc can corrode like crazy. Open up an Amal carb that has been standing for a while, and you're likely to be greeted by what we called "The White Death".
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    07-28-2018, 12:25 PM
    H&R was never a powerhouse company anyway. From WW2 and thru Vietnam they got by on D.o.D. contracting. Having been in such a company myself, I can attest that it's a lousy way to stay competitive in the free market. That kind of thing killed...
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    07-28-2018, 05:43 AM
    Unfortunately, therein lies a problem. Die makers, even Lyman for their M dies, do not offer anything like an adequate range of expander sizes. Which is why I had to take to making my own, as I posted earlier. Needs a lathe, (even a very small...
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    07-26-2018, 11:15 PM
    Have long wished for a Model 8, mostly for the fact that it is the rifle that the .35 Remington was designed for. And one was allegedly used in the famous ambush of Bonnie & Clyde Barrow. Fate has been unkind to me in this regard - I still don't...
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    07-26-2018, 01:53 PM
    The Great Escape, where the German BMW suddenly becomes a 650 Triumph for the famous jump scene.
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    07-26-2018, 01:05 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    One .17WSM sample, cut back to .750 OAL, measures .015" side wall. Sectioning the head with a file, I get about .023 using a caliper. I could do that better with a 3/4" long pin and a micrometer, but I'll have to make the pin. Nothing handy in...
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    07-25-2018, 10:13 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Changing the shape of the tip occurred to me, too. Last night I pulled the pin out and stoned off the sides to make it a "chisel" shape. Viola! Only get one misfire in ten, now, (using up cases spoiled in the neck-expanding, of which I have far...
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    07-24-2018, 10:42 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Mine locks up nice and tight, too, but now I'm thinking to check how well fitted my extractor is. It was not one of Stevens' better ideas to have the rimfires' firing pin hit on top of it. The old models where the extractor was at 7 o'clock are...
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    07-24-2018, 03:23 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Well, you certainly could have picked an easier project for your first reloading venture! Kudos! Picture files have to be below a certain size to upload successfully. If you are using your camera on a high resolution setting your files may be...
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    07-22-2018, 09:48 PM
    I also don't shoot long range anymore, mostly because I have mobility problems that make walking 100 yards out and back to change targets all but impossible. Backyard range is only 30 yards, but with small cartridges I can pretend it's more. ...
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    07-19-2018, 09:29 AM
    I once saw a video of a guy shooting a rolling block pistol. His motion was so fast on reloading that you might have been forgiven for thinking it was a SAA.
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    07-19-2018, 08:45 AM
    And with modern brass and primers, how often will that happen at black-powder pressures, unless the firing pin is very badly fitted? Which the O.P. won't have if he buys a reproduction. (It is worth checking carefully when selecting a used...
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    07-19-2018, 08:23 AM
    The sidehammer Sharps doesn't push the hammer to full cock by itself. Nor does the hammer have to go to full cock to load the chamber. You close the action with the hammer on half cock. If these repro 1885s go to HALF cock, that's fine....
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    07-18-2018, 04:37 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Long story short: I'm modifying the .17WSM brass to duplicate the full length of the .25 Stevens cartridge. This is very involved, since the brass is not annealed, nor can it be, so expanding the neck is a royal PITA. It can be done, but yields...
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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