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    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Remington 788 in Factory Rifles
    I have owned (3) 788s in .44, .30-30 and .243. The .243 would produce sticky extraction when pressure levels got up to the maximums in the manual. The loads were not that hot either. I used the same loads in a M700 Varmit rifle without any...
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    04-02-2020, 11:39 PM
    Sooner or later everything turns up on E-bay. Example - I just bought 2 new in the white original 1909 Argentine Mauser barrels.
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    04-02-2020, 11:18 PM
    Chuck E. Cheese pizza and game parlors had "whack a mole" games about 35 years ago.
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    04-02-2020, 08:34 PM
    Speaking of lost stuff how many generations of Lee priming tools have come and gone? I am not sure some of the later generations were very good since I am still using the real original Lee priming tool with the screw in shell holders.
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    04-02-2020, 08:25 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Best Shellholders? in Reloading Equipment
    SAAMI only standardizes chambers and ammunition. There are NO formal national standards for reloading equipment.
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    04-02-2020, 08:22 PM
    I suspect the inside of the seater is larger for the largest possible case bullets. I have RCBS Cowboy seaters and they are larger in the neck and bullet guide diameters to accommodate larger bullets.
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    04-01-2020, 07:18 PM
    Handgun for a bear? Not me. Any handgun that might come close to working on a bear is such a clunker to carry I would rather carry rifle. I like carrying a rifle and I think carrying a handgun is a nuisance.
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    04-01-2020, 03:28 PM
    You need to be more specific. People are often only pistol shooters or only rifle shooters. For rifle caliber RCBS Cowboy dies in .40-65, 38-55 and a few others the expander is about .001 to .002 larger. The seater die is also larger on the...
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    04-01-2020, 03:21 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Best Shellholders? in Reloading Equipment
    There are a few shell holders that really can make a difference. 1. The Lee shell holder for the .35 Rem is just a #1 which is the same as the .308 and is too large. So use the RCBS shell holder which is the #9. The RCBS shell holder is a much...
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    03-30-2020, 07:10 PM
    The cost of a solid carbide die that size is so great you could make 5 or 6 through hardened dies out of A2 tool steel for the same price. A worn steel die can always be honed to the next largest size and then reused.
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    03-30-2020, 07:03 PM
    Rotorclip and other C clip manufacturers may make a C clip that can be used as a rim. Check out the radially installed C clip item C-50 https://www.rotorclip.com/prod_radial_tapered_section_retaining_rings.php
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    03-29-2020, 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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    03-28-2020, 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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    03-28-2020, 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
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?397532-45-70-case-stretching-problem
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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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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