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    02-17-2019, 12:27 PM
    I strongly prefer seating gas checks using my push-through (Star) sizer, to the extent that I have now purchased Star dies that duplicate sizes in my old Lyman sizer. The Star doesn't care wheather the bollit base is a bit small or a bit large -- it...
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    02-08-2019, 12:37 PM
    More likely your issue is from the old black-powder firing pin -- large firing pin hole, large firing pin, enough pressure to push some primer material back into the pin hole. All this makes a rasty-looking primer. Remington primers are also made of...
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    02-03-2019, 01:00 PM
    Oh fer heck's sake guys -- the large pistol primer is only a scosh less tall than the rifle: you are going to have to break out the micrometer to detect the difference -- it would be a rare old wore-out rifle that had a firing pin with so little...
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    02-01-2019, 12:09 PM
    I'll take the .265 for $40. PM on the way.
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    01-31-2019, 12:27 PM
    Murphy's law will tell you that there is no chance at all those two like the same load (none of my rifle/pistol combos ever have). But you gotta' start somewhere, so it looks like you have a good first guess there. One of those guns should kinda'...
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    01-29-2019, 01:11 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Linotype price in Cast Boolits
    A couple of years ago I was given a bucket of type-faced metal looking just like Old Colt's stuff. I assumed it was linotype and cast up a bunch of my favorite 22 cal for my hornet. Ooops! bullet didn't shoot for poop. In fact not all bullets got to...
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    01-23-2019, 12:01 PM
    I've replaced all my 4' fluorescent lights with leds -- mixture of dedicated led, the bulbs you have to rewire the fixture for, and the bulbs you just make the straight replacement. So far (couple of years) everything is going strong except for one...
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I prefer levers, pumps, and single shots, but don't feel too abused when stuck with a bolt or auto..
Prineville, Oregon
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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