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    Yesterday, 05:45 PM
    The first rifle I ever fired was a rusty battered Model 12C Rem. In about 1985 I bumped into a 141 in 35 Rem . Since it looked unfired and was cheap I bought it. Since it is not drilled and tapped it was the first open sighted rifle I shot a deer...
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    Yesterday, 12:11 AM
    The original el cheapo conversion of thousands of those rifles used the original banded front sight transplanted from the original muzzle. The new muzzles were turned in a lathe to accept the old front sight band. I have two set up that way. Yours...
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    03-24-2019, 11:05 PM
    a junky sewer pipe Model 12C Remington pump. My uncle helped me hold it out at about 45 degrees pointing down while I pulled the trigger to shoot a .22 short into the dirt in the back yard of my grandparents farm house. I was about 4 and I knew I...
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    03-24-2019, 10:53 PM
    You might check a few of the older Speer manuals. They had data using SR4759 for many or most rounds. SR4759 is no longer manufactured but 4227 and 5744 are both extruded powders with a similar burning rate. I can tell you the SR4759 data works...
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    03-24-2019, 10:28 PM
    Those companies do not reshoot all data for ever cartridge every time they update a manual. The data in 47th handbook might have dated back 20 years. Granted the .30-06 is one of the most popular rounds an may get updated periodically but many...
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    03-23-2019, 02:16 AM
    I have a lot of brass stored under one of my loading tables. One of the neatly taped up medium flat rate mail boxes had never been opened but i assumed it was just a large batch of brass. I assumed brass until I tried to move it. It was located...
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    03-22-2019, 08:37 PM
    EDG replied to a thread CCI Rebate in Rimfire Area
    In my .22WMR CCI is just as mediocre as the rest. None of the seem as good as they were 50 years ago.
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    03-22-2019, 08:23 PM
    Have him try 8X57 dies. They are nearly identical.
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    03-22-2019, 05:31 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Slow twist 7mm in Single Shot Guns
    Find someone shooting an older Schultz & Larsen or a Weatherby with a 12" twist barrel.
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    03-22-2019, 05:11 PM
    It is also possible that blaming a twist calculator is just an excuse for the lack of real testing on the shooter's part. How many decades are they going to beat around the bush so to speak? The so called hot shots are only a few test barrels from...
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    03-22-2019, 03:25 PM
    Store bought ammo is not really any kind of savings other than getting you to the range faster. You have no idea if that ammo is going to be any good in your rifle. It might keyhole and be a total loss for all you know. You are comparing an...
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    03-22-2019, 11:59 AM
    You really can't do much shooting or learn to shoot well buying factory ammo.
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    03-20-2019, 04:29 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 40-65 win in Leverguns
    If you want a .40 cal with a heavier bullet you might consider the .40-60 Win. This is a shorter case permitting you a longer bullet to be used in a faster twist. The powder capacity is less than a .40-65 but should be ok with smokeless. It also...
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    03-20-2019, 03:41 PM
    I tend to only want to build something that I cannot buy. Since the Ruger is a single shot that works best with rimmed cartridges I would stick with rimmed rounds. I might resort to old and obsolete rounds but I would avoid wildcats. 1. Light...
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    03-20-2019, 02:59 PM
    The report does indicate that the rifling twist used was sufficient to keep the bullets hitting points first. In spite of this information though, some shooters still claim that they do not have the proper twist to stabilize their bullets for...
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    03-19-2019, 10:04 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Custom dies in Reloading Equipment
    It will not cost anything to try one. Since all you need to size is the case mouth not much force is needed.
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    03-19-2019, 09:02 PM
    You can also find the European CIP standards for both US and foreign cartridges on line too. The Europeans use a different dimensioning and tolerancing format so figuring out what the SAAMI dimensions for them requires a bit of trigonometry. I can...
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    03-19-2019, 08:38 PM
    The Lee Factory Crimp Die for bottle neck rounds is a superior die for my use. I only crimp for autoloaders, tube magazine pumps and tube magazine lever guns. Box magazine guns and single shots do not get crimped
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    03-19-2019, 05:28 PM
    EDG replied to a thread CCI Rebate in Rimfire Area
    You can get Fiocchi .22 WMR ammo for $8.99 a box and shipping is free when you get $25 worth from Academy. No rebate required.
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    03-19-2019, 04:20 PM
    What headstamp is this brass?
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    03-19-2019, 04:05 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 40-65 win in Leverguns
    The .40-65 has evolved into a different round than originally designed. Modern .40-65 rifles are all single shots set up for .408 bullets that are long and heavy. This kind of ammo is not suitable for use in a lever gun repeater. The original...
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    03-19-2019, 03:37 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Custom dies in Reloading Equipment
    Have you ever looked at a MEC SUPER SIZER IN 12 GA? The Supersizer sizes with a collet that is adjustable. Just stand your case in one mouth first and see if you can squeeze it down. The collet sizer is also included in MEC Size master loaders...
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    03-19-2019, 03:16 PM
    Just pull up the SAAMI drawing for the .30-06. The internal diameter is .3750 and that is basic meaning it has NO tolerance so get your hole exactly right by boring or reaming. A drilled hole will always be oversize. See page 95 of the document...
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    03-18-2019, 01:38 PM
    it is not unusual to dial in a barrel and be shocked when you look through it while the spindle is turning. The bore will flop around like a jump rope.
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    03-18-2019, 01:16 PM
    I guess I was spoiled by the lathe I learned to thread with. It was an ancient 1923 model Pratt & Whitney tool room lathe. That old lathe had a smaller threading cross slide within the normal cross slide. To use the threading cross slide you...
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    03-18-2019, 10:56 AM
    Long ago the RCBS A2 was designed for heavy duty use. The ram is much larger than most current presses plus the top of the ram is removable if you need to substitute a solid ram. Close inspection of the bottom end of the ram and the toggle block...
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    03-18-2019, 09:43 AM
    The RCBS A4 Big Max has a hollow ram with a bottle to catch the primers. The RCBS A2 is even older than the Rockchucker and has a drilled ram with a primer port hole angled out the back. When I got my Rockchucker in 1971 or so I was...
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    03-17-2019, 02:25 PM
    A pin will not fit in an exact same size hole except as a press fitted pin. Usually a set of minus pins is used to gage a hole diameter with the -.0002 giving you room to get the pin in the exact size hole. The current Chinese pins sets offered...
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    03-17-2019, 12:26 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    So you have a BPCR shooter who touts his skill yet has never been able to figure out what he thinks is the best twist? Blaming the twist calculators for having errors is strange. It is so easy to prove your point by merely rebarreling your rifle...
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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