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    05-22-2020, 04:45 PM
    Have done chunks in a cut-off propane tanks on home made turkey fryer. Put the antimony on the bottom and covered with several layer of the range lead I was alloying. Melted faster than I had expected but the burner has a high output and the...
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    05-17-2020, 05:37 PM
    At one time Forster had some rotors left in stock (not cataloged, you need to contact them), but that was several years ago and IIRC they were not planning to make them again.. The rotors sometimes turn up on E-bay and I have added to the ones I...
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    05-16-2020, 08:18 AM
    Still have a can of bear oil, per Ned Roberts it was the thing to use for ML patches. Rendered it down years ago and have never tried it.
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    05-14-2020, 08:45 AM
    The kit is quite accurate, no issues with that. In fact was at Bud's in Lexington Ky and picked up a RIA Tactical model and fitted the kit to the frame as a dedicated lower and had gotten the bugs out when the issue with the firing pin stop cropped...
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    05-11-2020, 02:59 PM
    It is a given that Kimbers are not cheap guns, but to be fair the price probably reflects quality and reputation. On the other hand I wonder about some of their charges. Bought a used conversion kit for a 1911 and invested in a RIA 45 to get a...
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    05-10-2020, 08:26 AM
    Okay, got the barrel. Excellent or better, a few very tiny marks outside and looks new inside. Now have to find a smith, local shop doesn't do the Ruger single shot. Have found a few references to smiths but checking their web pages looks like...
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    05-09-2020, 09:06 AM
    Bought my RO seven or eight years ago and until Thursday was the only CF I still had. Was in Bud's in Lexington Ky and bought a RIA two tone tactical. The RO is about as good as it gets unless you really go high end (read $$$). Mine likes the Lee...
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    05-09-2020, 07:59 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread my military in Military Rifles
    Only MILSURP I kept is a CMP 1903A3 with a replacement CMP C stock. Shoot it a lot with NOE 311291, accurate and pleasant to shoot. Had several other A3's, A4 forgeries, an 03, Garand, and a Krag sporter, all were fun to shoot but were sold,...
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    05-08-2020, 09:33 AM
    For serious use a 1911 in a GI flap holster, secure and protected but when you dropped your web gear you also dropped your pistol. Went to a GI M9 shoulder holster and clipped the mag pouch to the chest strap, could drop web gear and still be...
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    05-08-2020, 07:33 AM
    Registered in 68 when I turned 18 and was deferred since I was going to college. About 73 got a letter from the local draft board informing me that since I had graduated in 72 I was now classified as 1A. Called them back and told them that the...
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    05-07-2020, 06:11 PM
    If it was galvanized steel would expect to see some signs of rust on anything that old. If really old possibly zinc, or maybe REAL TIN!!! There seems to be a slightly greenish tint on the extreme right hand one, possibly a copper alloy. Waiting...
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    05-07-2020, 09:47 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread Lyman#2 in Lead and Lead Alloys
    After nearly 50 years of casting for myself, friends and family and shooting cast myself in various calibers I have come to a few conclusions; 1. Tailor your alloy to your requirements. If you are aiming for max velocity in rifles (and a few...
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    05-05-2020, 03:16 PM
    Some time back got a Hornady powder scale from a member here as a back-up for my old Ohaus 505. Decided to try it out the other day and had an issue with the poise on the large beam staying in place. Seemed to want to move on its own if I...
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    05-05-2020, 08:06 AM
    Lyman made a mold guide for these (also fit the SAECO 10#) but finding one is like searching for the Holy Grail. They sometimes turn up on E-bay or post a WTB, someone may have one from a pot that finally died. If you find one, unless you get...
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    05-04-2020, 11:30 AM
    Have had saws by McCullock, Husky, Echo and Stihl. For light use any saw will work if you keep it sharp, but my experience was Stihl is the way to go. When I lived in WI cut firewood, first for a fireplace with insert and then for an outdoor...
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    05-03-2020, 09:45 AM
    Have two sets. Both sets have all the mounting screws. 1. Used but excellent shape, the Weaver two piece type, base numbers 85 and 86. 2. Ruger OEM from Brownells marked SC-25 #3 scope bases. These do not use the standard Ruger rings...
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    05-03-2020, 09:07 AM
    My prescription glasses are safety glasses and if there are other shooters near me have found a GI style boonie hat works well to keep the brass from hitting my face. Like the electronic muffs, forget now what brand mine are, think maybe Caldwell.
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    05-03-2020, 08:58 AM
    Had the same situation as Norske with ball powders, needed mag primers for reliable ignition with BLC2 and Win 748.
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    05-03-2020, 08:33 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread S&W 22 mag ID in Our Town
    Not M-41 mags, have a 2206 and they look nothing like that. Other than that can't help.
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    05-02-2020, 04:24 PM
    I reload for the 30/40 AI now using brass fire-formed from regular 30/30 brass. Unfortunately the reamer used has the shoulder a good bit forward from the original position and the neck is shortened to about 30/06 length. Case capacity is midway...
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    05-02-2020, 08:44 AM
    Didn't want to hijack the thread on customizing Ruger No 1 so posted new. I have a Ruger No 3 that was re-chambered from 30/40 Krag to 30/40 AI and while I really like the rifle would prefer the original Krag for its longer neck reduced capacity...
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    05-02-2020, 08:37 AM
    Is it possible that a previous owner ringed the neck using some sort of wad over the powder charge that was not seated tight to the base of the bullet? Don't think fire forming with CoW would do it, but given the age of the gun and the softer steels...
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    04-30-2020, 10:14 PM
    If you're trying to crimp a bullet without a crimp groove, or a round where the crimp groove in the bullet does not align with the case mouth you are going to have issues. Seat to the crimp groove and then crimp. Make sure your cases are trimmed, ...
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    04-30-2020, 07:27 AM
    Rich/WIS replied to a thread New Furnace in Casting Equipment
    Bought one about 5-6 years ago and despite a lot of the complaining one hears about Lee have been more than satisfied.
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    04-28-2020, 10:30 AM
    Win with flash hole enlarged with a #29 drill, 52 count. Prepared these a while ago for use with 80gr PB in my 788 Rem, but sold the rifle. My current Win 70 243 didn't like that bullet and mold is now sold as well so don't need the brass. Thought...
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    04-27-2020, 12:00 PM
    Stick a lead thermometer in the pot and check temp, the pot thermostat may or not be accurate. Nail and torch are good ideas, although I have had good luck with a BBQ grill lighter instead of a torch on my Lee 4-20.
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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