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    Today, 05:02 AM
    Have you tried annealing some of it? If that stops the cracking, then it has to be a function of the necks having become work-hardened.
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    Today, 02:53 AM
    It's probably poor quality brass, or it has been resized/reloaded too many times without annealing. Neither powder nor cleaning method would have anything to do with it, unless a strong acid like muriatic were used in cleaning. (stronger than...
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    Today, 02:44 AM
    Yup. "Enders Royal" and "Royal" were just a couple of about a hundred trade names under which Hopkins and Allen guns were sold. I've got a 722 somewhere, but it's actually marked Hopkins and Allen. A weak action, only safe with AT MOST subsonic...
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    Today, 02:34 AM
    The Spanish had lead mines in southeastern Missouri in the 1700s. https://pages.wustl.edu/files/pages/imce/mnh/seeger2008_history_of_lead_mining_in_mo.pdf Says the largest concentration of galena in the world is there. In the Wood River...
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    Today, 02:18 AM
    Neck cracking with age was a common topic in the '20s and '30s. Something to do with the temper of the brass, they thought. Related to the cupro-nickel jackets that were common at one time. I have the idea that there's something in Hatcher's...
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    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    BTW the .35 Rem. shares a base diameter with the .30-40 Krag, so a rimmed .35 Remington would be super-easy. Conversely, you could make .35 Rem by machining the rim off the Krag case and cutting an extraction groove, then reforming the neck and...
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    I can see why they kept it smaller than the .470" of the .30-06 family. That size would have made for a heavier gun, (bigger barrel shank, bigger receiver, etc.). The .25, .30, and .32 were just rimless versions of the rimmed Winchester...
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    12-08-2019, 03:28 PM
    Thanks for that. I didn't even know that tool existed.
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    12-08-2019, 12:37 PM
    BTW changing from rimfire to centerfire can be just a matter of making a new link to reposition the breechblock as the action is closed. However, I'd do it by converting it to a Mann-Niedner firing pin, which gains you the more desirable small...
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    12-08-2019, 11:44 AM
    Oldred wrote what I would have if he hadn't.
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    12-08-2019, 11:17 AM
    Just remember that, for any given velocity, peak pressure using Red Dot will be significantly higher than slower powders will produce. In a hot .357 load the difference is 40,000 vs. 29,000 for Bullseye, and 24,000 using Blue Dot. All will chrono...
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    12-07-2019, 06:28 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Rebarrel K98? in Military Rifles
    .35 Whelen A.I. Someday I'll finish mine.
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    12-03-2019, 11:00 PM
    Interesting. I never noticed. Maybe because I stocked in a lifetime supply when Bubba was Prexy. I probably coulda made a killing selling online, at famine prices. Oh, well.
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    12-03-2019, 08:18 PM
    Duh. (Applies dope slap to self.)
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    12-03-2019, 01:59 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 357 mag in Single Shot Guns
    Certainly agree that the Max should not be loaded as hot as the Internet cowboys claim to be doing in the Encore, which is by no means a strong action. But believe it or not, on paper you can load a .357 Magnum case with a 200 grain cast bullet,...
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    12-03-2019, 01:09 AM
    Weird. My sources know nothing of a 7mm rimfiire, and I too have never read of or seen a Flobert that wasn't rimfire. Although I admit that I have zero love for Floberts of any kind, so maybe I'm ignorant. Oh, wait - there was once upon a time...
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    12-03-2019, 01:00 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread 357 mag in Single Shot Guns
    Make sure the chamber is throated correctly. Worthy plan to stay with .357 Magnum. I reamed a 14" Contender barrel to .357 Max, and wish I hadn't. The Magnum case, with a barrel that's throated for a 200 grain bullet, has all the powder space...
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    12-03-2019, 12:47 AM
    Why on Earth was he making .35 Rem out of .308? It's not like .35 Rem brass (or loaded ammo) has ever been out of print. Not since I inherited Dad's old Marlin in 1996, anyway. It was never even expensive, and still isn't. Problem is wall...
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    12-01-2019, 10:48 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread .52 rimfire cases in Rimfire Area
    Agreed. Especially that one. Can't be more than a handful that have survived.
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    12-01-2019, 11:31 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread .52 rimfire cases in Rimfire Area
    https://guns.fandom.com/wiki/Triplett_%26_Scott_Carbine Weird design. Innertube sources mostly say it was made for the .56-50 Spencer cartridge.
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    12-01-2019, 06:29 AM
    That's my concern, too. And it isn't just a bit of carbon or a loose anvil. The residue from a fired primer contains ground glass, which is nothing if not abrasive. At the same time that I invented that "case kicker" I also squeezed a bit of...
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    11-30-2019, 01:11 PM
    But don't lose that little v-shaped ejector spring! (Says the man who now carries a spare under the buttplate.)
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    11-28-2019, 10:31 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread .52 rimfire cases in Rimfire Area
    I use adapters to shoot my family of .32 Long rimfires. They work just fine. Only tip I have to offer - I use 6mm "acorn blanks" in the adaptors to light the fire, instead of .22 blanks or Ramset-tool charges. Much, much easier to decap after...
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    11-28-2019, 10:22 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Cabela's Kansas City in Rimfire Area
    Yupper - that's me! Pre-ww1 Stevenses, with two #4 rolling blocks and a few Hopkins & Allen examples mixed in. Some are as-found, a few .22s I have put liners in or rebarrelled, and one 1915 Favorite is now a .32 Long Colt centerfire. All...
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    11-28-2019, 09:52 PM
    Like Outpost, I've done a couple of .30-30 throat reaming jobs using a modified case as a guide. One a Marlin 336, the other a Savage 219. Works just fine. Certainly does help the accuracy when using cast bullets. n.b. After waiting six...
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    11-28-2019, 10:20 AM
    I really should buy a new brick of T-bolt and run the same evaluation on it. What I was testing was bought when Bubba was Prexy. Thing is, I've still got so much ammo left over from that test that another brick of anything would be an excessive...
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    11-28-2019, 01:27 AM
    Quite a while ago I foolishly decided to start reloading 9mm by collecting a half a 5-gal bucket of once-fired brass from our club range. (Secret was to get there right after our city PD finished a range day. They never pick up their brass.) ...
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    11-28-2019, 01:03 AM
    FWIW there's an Ideal tong tool set for sale on Gunbroker. Steel handles, with an almost complete set of .30-06 dies. Install a universal decapping stem in the sizer die and you'd be in business. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/846285394
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    11-26-2019, 11:01 PM
    The Jones tool "shellholder" is just a shallow counterbore that centers up the shell base. Why he does this I can't imagine, since a simple fork like the Harvey tool would do just as well, and if I were to buy one I'd mill the necessary slot in a...
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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