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    02-16-2020, 03:36 PM
    Lead shot is a PITA to smelt down, could likely sell and buy known metals to alloy with what you have on hand for the alloy you want. Sub sonic loads do not need a fancy alloy, but tin gives it toughness so the bullet doesn't break up. Antimony...
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    02-15-2020, 11:38 AM
    The finer you sand the more likely it is to be glossy unless you use a finish that is listed as "satin" or similar. Have had good luck with Watco Danish Oil satin, it penetrates the wood, and can be further protected with brush-on or wipe-on satin...
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    02-15-2020, 10:36 AM
    I attach my Lyman 55 on the edge of the bench where I can reach all the holes in any loading block. A bench mounted RCBS on its stand is a tight fit with narrow loading blocks, doesn't reach with wider ones. The Lee stand only works for one row,...
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    02-12-2020, 10:35 AM
    Had a CMP 513T that was accurate as all get out, but let it get away from me. Picked up another civilian model that Bubba had been at that needed a little love. This one had been D&T'd for Weaver bases and the barrel shortened. Reshaped the stock...
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    02-12-2020, 09:28 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Have you tried posting on the Krag Forum, there is wealth of knowledge there. They can tell you exactly what you have and the options available for restoration.
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    02-11-2020, 01:36 PM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Krag carbine 1896 in Military Rifles
    Just checked and there is a Redfield 102 K on e-bay, stating at $99 and no bids, search "krag sight". Have had several Redfield sights, a 102K and two 70K's, all were well made but only one came with the screw that replaced the sideplate screw. ...
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    02-11-2020, 12:39 PM
    What are you using it for? Shoot only 45 ACP now and RS works fine, have even used it in 357,40 and 44 for moderate loads. FWIW have checked my RS and Bhn runs 10-12 which is in the optimal range for most handgun loads. My rifle alloy are...
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    02-11-2020, 11:52 AM
    Got a Lee Auto Prime II many years ago, liked it so much picked up several more off E-bay for relatives and have a spare one still in the box in case of breakage. Picked up spare parts from Lee at the time also before their stocks ran out. Mine is...
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    02-11-2020, 09:32 AM
    Will have to check with him on the twist. He's not getting leading but do know he is shooting at low velocity.
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    02-10-2020, 01:28 PM
    One of the members at my club shoots a 45/70 repro (not sure if Sharps or Hi-wall) and wants to try cast and casting. He is currently shooting commercial cast .458 350 gr bullets and accuracy is only so-so. Wondering if any of the Lee bullets...
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    02-10-2020, 01:04 PM
    I shoot the a Lee 452-200 SWC that I milled the bevel off to make it a flat base, weighs @ 190 grs out of range lead (my favorite alloy). I use 3.1 grs of Bullseye but this is in a SA Range Officer set up with a 10# recoil spring and 19# hammer...
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    02-10-2020, 10:54 AM
    Looks like-someone fitted Lyman handles to the mold, in the one pic from the side the handle portion looks awfully uneven, like it was ground down to thin it.
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    02-10-2020, 10:08 AM
    My LEE 4-20 will hold about 16# comfortably.
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    02-09-2020, 09:46 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread WTS 1893 Mauser in Swappin & Sellin
    That is a scant stock is for a US M1903/1903A3 and the ring on the receiver that secures the rear of the upper handguard, stamped swivels and upper band also. The front stock bolt hole has been hogged out to get clearance for the screw. Does the...
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    02-09-2020, 12:12 AM
    What are you crimping into, I don't see a crimp groove in the bullet? Trying to roll crimp without a crimp groove can bulge a case, especially if the bullet is hard cast. IIRC the Lyman AA uses standard dies, don't be cheap, a decent set of dies is...
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    02-08-2020, 11:42 PM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    Had the carbine version in 243. Shotit with cast as well as J words btu can't say it was a MOA rifle. Triggers can be a bit heavy but at one time there was a guy called "erniethegunsmith" on E bay selling replacement trigger springs that really...
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    02-08-2020, 11:33 PM
    Was at the local gunshow today and one vendor had a huge selection of powders for $20 a pound and a few for $25. Was shocked as the LGS here has most priced at 30$ plus. Oddly, no primers, unless they were not on display. Almost no bullet...
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    02-08-2020, 12:48 AM
    The 358495 should work with the bullet seated so the sides are flush with the case mouth. The profile is essentially the same as the H&G 50 which is commonly loaded seated with the sides flush with the case mouth. If well cast and properly sized...
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    02-07-2020, 09:06 AM
    I have the Lee and while a bit putzy to use does work okay. Took a bit of practice to get my technique down but after that it did what I wanted it to do. Was handy when working up a mix to get the Bhn range I wanted but since that was done several...
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    02-06-2020, 01:16 PM
    SOLD Have four for sale as one lot. Shipped and insured USPS Priority. Payment by Paypal, USPS MO, or personal check. All molds are double cavity and have been well cared for and not abused. LEE - both have staining from mold release and...
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    02-06-2020, 09:39 AM
    Shoot cast in a newer controlled feed Win M70 and at one time in a Rem 788. Tried the Lyman 245498, RCBS 243-095, and the NOE 246-105. All shot reasonably well (+/- 2MOA) with minimal load development but kept the NOE mostly because it was a 5...
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    02-06-2020, 09:18 AM
    The range I mined had sand backstops so didn't have mud/dirt issues and sifting in 1/4 inch hardware cloth while mining removed most of the sand. Rattling around in the buckets meant most of the remaining sand filtered to the bottom of the bucket. ...
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    02-06-2020, 08:52 AM
    Previous home did similar using a range hood, hung on chains with side curtains, and ducted to a window.. Once done removed the side curtains and hooked the chains higher to keep it out of the way. Fan speed was adjustable and it already had a...
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    02-05-2020, 04:14 PM
    Don't trim either, but a while back on another forum there was a lot of discussion on making accurate 9mm pistols and ammo. One poster ran tests of run of the mine versus trimmed 9mm and repored a significant increase in accuracy with the trimmed...
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    02-05-2020, 10:55 AM
    Something to consider, but from the pics it looks like the safety is checkered, have seen maybe a dozen M93's but don't recall ever seeing a checkered safety. Do seem to remember them on the Swede's. Is it possible the safety is mismatched,...
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    02-05-2020, 10:45 AM
    Unless someone is making ammo for it again (US production stopped before WWII) headspace is not an issue. You are going to have to form the cases and can form them to conform to the rifle as opposed to the rifle conforming to the case. Staret with...
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    02-05-2020, 10:14 AM
    Ditto on the RCBS 165 SIL, IIRC used 35 or 36 grs IMR 4064. Not sure of velocity but accurate and reliable function. Start at 34 grs and work up to reliable function. Only issue was lead deposits on the piston face and tiny lead fragments in...
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    02-05-2020, 09:47 AM
    Bought mine in 1971 and used it for 30+ years. Replaced it with a T-mag for pistol and a RCBS RC for rifle. Sits in its original factory box on the shelf in my reloading room. If I were to ever put it back into service would make the ball handle...
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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