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    06-16-2018, 03:50 AM
    I paid $100 for that gun in 1973 it sat in my safe for many years until I finally got back to it. I bought the wood from Fajen in 1976 but never finished fitting it. A friend finished it and checkered it and it came out nice. Ithaca completely...
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    06-16-2018, 03:43 AM
    I am waiting for the .40 s&W version which will only require a different Barrel and Bolt Face which is changeable. The .40 S&W mags are essentially the same as the 9MM mags and fit in the existing Glock mag well with no other mods. If they do...
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    06-15-2018, 07:55 PM
    It should be noted that these grips fit the L frame and N frame guns as well. Any of them that have the Birds head style Grip frame like the X frame guns. I have a set on my S&W 696 and it makes all the difference in the world to have a gun that...
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    06-12-2018, 05:36 PM
    Brewer: My .45-70 is a 1895 CB It weighed less than my 1894 CB in .44 Mag. I installed a gray coil Recoil Reducer and the main benefit of that thing was increasing the weight of the gun to 8 lbs. It also have a Pachmayer Recoil Pad installed. ...
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    06-12-2018, 05:03 PM
    Be careful not to tighten the barrel nut too tight, it bends the barrel. Mine just got back from Ithaca after a complete redo only to find it shot 2 feet high at 25 yds. I was told after they fixed it that bending the barrel was a common problem...
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    06-12-2018, 04:30 PM
    All of these other "Methods" are fine but the good way is to go buy a can of Devcon with Steel or SS filings in it. Prep the surface with grit blasting if possible, if not then acetone until it is clean. Mix the Devcon thin and add acetone to...
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    06-12-2018, 03:13 PM
    W.R.Buchanan replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    I see the benefit of the higher quality as being able to use them more, and as such paying a little more for a first class Springer is warranted. being able to have the thing sitting near the back door uncocked and being able to get it into action...
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    06-12-2018, 01:40 PM
    Using a Lee Classic Loader is not about speed, it is about reloading ammo in a Minimalist Manner. These tools have been around since ammo has been able to be reloaded. As I stated above they were formerly called "Hand Dies." I have a story about...
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    06-12-2018, 01:09 PM
    Try contacting Hogue? Maybe they sell direct. If not they will tell you who is a distributor. Randy
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    06-08-2018, 03:45 PM
    W.R.Buchanan replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    I Paid or I should say Traded for my recent acquisition a HW35E. I have $60 in the gun. New ones are @495.00 Both of mine are 40 years old next year so they will last a lifetime and as such should be considered an investment. As long as you can...
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    06-05-2018, 03:05 PM
    W.R.Buchanan replied to a thread PCP vs BRAKE BARREL in AirGuns
    Kind of depends on what brand of guns you are talking about. The nicer they are the more you are likely to shoot them. I have 4 Weihrauchs 2 HW35's, an HW77 and a R1/HW80. I shoot all of them because each one does something different that I...
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    06-05-2018, 02:55 PM
    Hornady 55 gr FMJBT's with 25 gr of W748/BL-C2 < .12 per round! Randy
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    06-05-2018, 02:47 PM
    An Arbor press is how this type of reloading tool was originally designed to be used. They were originally called Hand Dies and Wilson makes the best ones which are effectively just really nice Lee Loaders. My first Lee Loader was bought in 1971...
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    06-05-2018, 02:35 PM
    The problem you run into here is the strength of the press. In order to have a sliding top plate the frame of the press must have a slot in it which is open. Thus the frame must be a U shaped affair. When used, the forces would want to spread...
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    06-05-2018, 01:49 PM
    I was going to suggest using a the same basic method as AJ 's but using a PVC cutter instead as it is quicker to use a "pliers type" of tool if you have a lot to do. The key is supporting the hull so it doesn't collapse. Randy.
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    06-05-2018, 01:42 PM
    OK guys some practical experience with the gun. I shot a 3 gun match last Sunday and did pretty good with the shotgun. It was a Shotgun/Pistol stage and there was 6 clays to break then a 50 yard Slug Shot on a Steel target then 6 more clays, and...
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    05-29-2018, 05:43 PM
    We want a picture of the hole! Randy
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    05-27-2018, 08:46 PM
    I might add that lots of Carlson's Choke Tubes are turned on machines I personally built for them back in the mid 90's. They were Omniturn Slant 75 machines which I invented. They looked like this one except they were Cobalt Blue. This one was...
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    05-27-2018, 08:34 PM
    I just moved all my Portable Reloading Kit to one of the Jumbo Bail Out Bags and everything fit great with plenty of room for expansion. The Cabela's bag I was using just got stuffed too full and weighed too much for how it was constructed. The...
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    05-27-2018, 08:18 PM
    I just moved all my Portable Reloading Kit to one of the Jumbo Bail Out Bags and everything fit great with plenty of room for expansion. The Cabela's bag I was using just got stuffed too full and weighed too much for how it was constructed. The...
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    05-26-2018, 04:44 PM
    Typically Choke tubes are made from 17-4 SS at H1000. D2 is kind of over kill to the max. If you heat treated them, they would last forever shooting steel shot on a daily basis for the rest of your life, and then some. Any High Carbon tool steel...
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    05-26-2018, 04:37 PM
    Blue2; Yes the Lyman for the M39 has a shorter cross slide, and they are not cheap on Ebay anymore. Your spacer behind the sight base was a good fix. The drawings and pics gave me some ideas, but I'm getting busy right now with Navy stuff so...
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    05-26-2018, 03:51 PM
    I knew it would do it.. 5 shots 10 yards.<.125 The Crosshairs on this scope are kind of coarse but they are working just fine and the group might tighten a bit more with finer hairs. Since I don't have anything like that I'll settle for this...
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    05-26-2018, 03:49 PM
    So to figure out exactly what the gun would do I decided I needed to mount a scope on it. I had a UTG Bug Buster 3-9x with illuminated reticles that was sitting on the shelf waiting for a good use so I mounted it. I wanted to use a UTG one piece...
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    05-26-2018, 03:04 PM
    This is exactly what you should be doing! You can't develop a load and actually accomplish anything useful without shooting off a rest first. Once you've got a load that shoots well of a rest, then go shoot it offhand and have fun. That way you...
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    05-26-2018, 01:47 PM
    I thought I'd alert everyone that LAPG has their very popular "Bail Out Bags" in many different colors on sale this weekend for $21.99 !!! You simply can't beat that price for a product of this quality and utility,,, anywhere!!! Period! 5 stars...
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    05-26-2018, 01:39 PM
    I thought I'd alert everyone on this thread that LAPG has their very popular "Bail Out Bags" in many different colors on sale this weekend for $21.99 !!! You simply can't beat that price for a product of this quality and utility,,, anywhere!!!...
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    05-24-2018, 05:35 PM
    I like it! the round balls look really nice, and I bet they shoot better too. Randy
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    05-23-2018, 06:35 PM
    Yeah,,, I think it was $12.95 and included a tool pouch which I think is in one of the garages never used. The majority of my Range Bags are Lowes, Home Depot or HF Tool bags. I can't justify paying $100 for something I can make work, and will...
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    05-22-2018, 02:14 PM
    Centershot: There are several ways to carry the ammo. My Shotgun Belt which is a Lowes tool belt with two Competition Shell carriers (sold by Dillon) and a Dump bag is my current setup. I can hang a third one if needed but you can only have so...
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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