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    Today, 12:37 AM
    The only person that can protect you from mishaps is you. Assuming all brass is good brass or all brass is fired brass is with fired primers is just a bad habit due to bad assumptions. It is common to hear volume pistol shooters griping about...
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    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    Lubricant on brass is not critical. Most hand lotion is mineral oil and lanolin. You can use it and keep your hands moisturized at the same time.
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    Yesterday, 01:28 AM
    The RCBS dies definitely do - at lease the set I used did. There are closed top RCBS dies that will not permit forming extremely long cases. I am pretty sure that all of CH dies are open top. Open top means the top of the die is drilled and...
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    03-25-2020, 07:22 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Bench rest dies in Reloading Equipment
    There are not many parts. 1. Seater dies A. Body B. Seater punch C. Depth control knob on top D. May or may not have a matching base to support the case head when seating bullets. Wilson bases are steel washers with a cup style...
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    03-25-2020, 01:10 PM
    If this is changing the bolt face drilling is not the way to go. You want to bore the bolt face out with a small carbide boring bar. You can even grind a piece of brazed carbide to bore the shallow recess needed for a bolt face bushing. I have...
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    03-25-2020, 02:50 AM
    You might contact the member treekiller. I formed some cases for him. He can tell you if the rims needed any work but I don't think so. I did a bit of thinking and experimenting to form those cases from Starline .45-90. I first tried forming...
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    03-23-2020, 06:59 PM
    What are you drilling and how large a drill do you need to use? You may need to spot anneal or use a carbide drill. If you spot anneal you might be able to get by with a cobalt drill. The big problem is if you have to ask this question you...
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    03-23-2020, 06:40 PM
    Normal stretch occurs when the case is fired however the brass gets larger in diameter. When you measure fired brass it will be shorter. When you FL size it the diametrally stretched brass will get longer. This stretching is affected by the...
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    03-23-2020, 06:25 PM
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    03-23-2020, 11:11 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Oven issues in Our Town
    Just look up your oven brand/type on youtube There are service techs and parts peddlers that show you how to isolate the faults and troubleshoot the malfunctions down to the individual components. I have used them to find a defective gas...
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    03-22-2020, 12:10 AM
    At the beginning of the press stroke it does not have a lot of mechanical advantage and the large blunt angle on the expander does not slip into the case neck very easily. Take your old expander and turn off or file off some of the material so it...
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    03-21-2020, 10:40 PM
    I have 6 or 8 different neck turning tools including an original Marquart, one made by Ferris Pindell, shop made Marquart copies, Forster and K&M. For my accuracy rifles I have a rougher and a finisher set up for each rifle that is never...
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    03-18-2020, 07:32 PM
    The Brno and the Ruger both need a long tube scope with long eye relief. What I like for an action that needs a long tube on a heavy recoiling rifle is the Leupold M8 fixed 3X scope. This scope is fairly compact. It has a wide field of view and...
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    03-16-2020, 09:40 PM
    Please be aware that many do not care what your faith tells you to do and you are not welcome.
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    03-16-2020, 01:05 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Blow back in Case Forming / Re-forming
    One important factor for getting a good case seal is the proper anneal of the case mouth and shoulder. When you shoot a work hardened case it takes more pressure to expand the case to make it seal off the chamber. Annealing makes the yield point of...
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    03-15-2020, 09:38 PM
    Buy a Wilson case trimmer case holder for the .338. Tap the .338 cases into the case holder until the case locks in place. It is better to chuck it in a 1" collet in your lathe. If you do not have a collet set you can chuck it in a 3 jaw...
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    03-15-2020, 06:57 AM
    Lee shell holders are really hard. Some are not well engineered such as the .43 Spanish which has a very thick case rim. With the usual 1/8" deep shell holder and thick case rim the rim of the shell holder is really thin. FL sizing a case may pull...
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    03-13-2020, 07:15 PM
    Any old Swedish M96 Mauser front blade is a good one to start with since they are flat topped. Add material to the top and duplicate the flat top which aids holding elevation more reliably.
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    03-13-2020, 06:59 PM
    I have a Smith & Wesson Model 3000 IC barrel that I use for skeet that has had a similar porting process. I have shot many, many rounds of skeet with it. I can tell no difference in the recoil. I can tell a little difference in the sound when...
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    03-13-2020, 05:59 PM
    The old style screw in type priming tool has taken on a cult status among some of those fortunate to have used them way back when. Several years ago I had a dead one (threads stripped) with a good lever that I swapped to a member of Boolits for a...
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    03-13-2020, 05:52 PM
    Maybe not a kit with a metal scoop. But the scoops are numbered and are not specific to a particular caliber. If you have a spare metal scoop of the right volume it could be added to a kit with a plastic scoop. Check the list of calibers on one of...
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    03-13-2020, 04:12 PM
    What are you defining as gas cutting? If you are concerned about blow by around the case mouth you can leave it belled. Even better is to anneal the cases about 1/2" back from the case mouths. Rather than crimping my unsized cases I FL size. My...
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    03-13-2020, 03:12 PM
    If your case volume approximates a .257 Roberts you might use the starting cast bullet loads in a Lyman cast bullet hand book. No one here knows exactly what the volume of your case is so we can only guess. If it has a short neck and a sharp...
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    03-10-2020, 09:47 AM
    I tested a lot of once fired cases and killed practically all of them by collapsing the case like an accordion at the shoulder. A few Federal cases appeared to be softer in the neck and shoulder and they formed with only the 6.5X53R trim die. All...
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    03-10-2020, 01:21 AM
    Will you sell these for $17 shipped? Will you take paypal? 1 pair 1” alloy .22 scope rings and 1 pair 1” steel detachable scope rings. Don’t know what brand they are - WAS $25 shipped for both pairs together. NOW $20.00 SHIPPED!
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    03-09-2020, 04:17 PM
    I have the RCBS die set to form the .17 Ackley Bee. There are only 2 dies 1. #1 Form die 2. Trim die Then you need to FL size and load Some where along the line the cases will need to be annealed. PS
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    03-08-2020, 05:22 PM
    I had one like that I found in my great aunt's house when she died. I took it apart and put it on a surface grinder at work. I precision ground .001" off of each side of the frame and each side of the slide. When I got thru the serial number was...
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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