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    Today, 07:12 PM
    Many sellers allow you a 3 day inspection period after receipt by thr FFL. Your moronic dealer is wasting your inspection period. If there are any problems with the new gun you are stuck. BTW he is holding property that legally belongs to you....
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 6mm Donaldson Wasp in Our Town
    That cartridge works in single shots and the .30-30 rims can be turned to work as a single shot in a Mauser or similar bolt gun. The shoulder permits head spacing without contacting the rim. It should produce balistics similar to a 6mmPPC.
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    Yesterday, 05:58 PM
    Turning case necks is not for the casual reloader. I would recommend you go to the reloading forum at ACCURATESHOOTER.COM. Those guys are benchresters and most of them turn necks. Apparently the center hole in most shell holders is too small to...
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    Yesterday, 04:01 PM
    The first deer I saw butchered was by my grandfather using a Schrade carbon steel pocket knife blade in 1962. I learned to sharpen a knife from him. Most of the dozens to maybe 100 deer butchered by me ans my brothers were done with cheap 1095...
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    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Using clean once fired range brass is exactly what is needed for the Herretts. Until you learn the forming and head spacing requirements of this round you will be killing expensive new brass. Due to the low pressure of the parent 30-30 round once...
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    11-18-2018, 11:40 AM
    I have decapped correctly installed primers, upside down primers, primers crushed in sideways and military crimped in primers. The crimped in military primers distorted almost to a cone but none went off. On the other hand they all went off when I...
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    11-18-2018, 10:28 AM
    The LEE seater only has a short ring to guide the bullet. The seating punch can float around allowing short RN bullets to tilt. The 45-70 seater does the same thing with 300 RN and FN bullets. Lee is not a very good designer or design tester. Other...
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    11-17-2018, 06:19 PM
    RCBS operation are shut down right now due to fires in the area.
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    11-17-2018, 05:42 PM
    While the operating pressure of the .375 is higher than the .30-30 using new .375 brass is a poor idea. 1. I have used once fired RP and WW to make cases for about 20 years. I pick out only like new once fired brass from indoor ranges that has...
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    11-16-2018, 02:04 PM
    EDG replied to a thread WTB: Lee Loader 45-70 in Swappin & Sellin
    I think I have a black and red box 45-70. The box is a bit shop worn. I might trade for one in the plastic box if you want to make me an offer. I have another set in the transparent red box. I was going to modify both to make a bench rest quality...
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    11-15-2018, 07:31 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45/70 Success in Reloading Equipment
    I have multiple 45-70 die sets. Some were bought used at bargain prices just because I was curious. Others I got when buying out 45-70 shooters who gave up reloading. I have 3 RCBS FL dies, 1 Redding FL die set, 1 Redding neck die set and 1 Lee FL...
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    11-15-2018, 07:11 PM
    Sierra had to leave due to the hostile political climate. Too much bad old lead...
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    11-15-2018, 06:17 PM
    However we have a first. The wild fires in California have shut down the entire operation. I called them today for some warranty parts and they have NO eta for reopening either. I would really hate to see fire hit RCBS.
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    11-14-2018, 02:10 PM
    This is the SAAMI document defining SAAMI standard cases. Go check out the .223 Remington for example. The max case length is listed as 1.760"-.008. The case max is 1.760. The min is 1.752. The chamber drawing shows the chamber length to be...
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    11-14-2018, 01:52 PM
    You might want to go to the SAAMI web site and look at the actual SAAMI drawing for your cartridge. The SAAMI specification list all dimensions of the cartridge and chamber. All dimensions except reference dimensions are toleranced. By US...
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    11-14-2018, 10:30 AM
    Blaser is one of those German companies that caters to the prestige seeking customer who is not price sensitive. I think you will find everything that those companies market is listed for about 4 times the cost of production where most companies are...
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    11-13-2018, 01:41 PM
    I think Starline avoids the last anneal because of lack of annealing capacity or they a cutting cost. In any event they must not shoot their own brass much. As it is I much prefer other brands of 45-70 brass.
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    11-13-2018, 01:35 PM
    I measure the exact length of the chamber. I trim my cases .002 shorter the first time they are fired. After the first firing they are resized and the cases are usually about .004 shorter. I trim all to a uniform length of about .004 to .005...
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    11-13-2018, 01:10 PM
    The Starrett 221 is a premium cost mike intended for a higher resolution to 50 millionths (half a tenth) The spring loaded thimble is supposed to provide a more consistent pressure than just your sense of touch. I began working with precision...
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    11-13-2018, 12:57 PM
    The Starrett 221 is a premium cost mike intended for a higher resolution to 50 millionths (half a tenth) The spring loaded thimble is supposed to provide a more consistent pressure than just your sense of touch. I began working with precision...
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    11-12-2018, 04:03 AM
    EDG replied to a thread deer skinning made easy in Our Town
    I used to watch the guys at Caddo Corner in Caddo, Stephens County , Texas skin deer in about 7 or 8 minutes. Cut around the neck and the front legs. They rolled a baseball size rock in the hide pulled down the back of the neck. They tied a rope...
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    11-10-2018, 05:43 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Primer pockets in Military Rifles
    Any chance you got large pistol primers loaded into your rifle ammo.
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    11-10-2018, 05:13 AM
    You might tighten the case on the wrong step but you would not be paying attention. Most of the steps are far enough apart that you can't get the collet to grab the case head with the wrong step. The benefit of the Forster collets is that you can...
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    11-09-2018, 03:40 AM
    Pull collet trimmers will cause cases to vary with variations in the rim diameter. Shell holder type trimmers cause cases to vary with differences in rim thickness. The Forster trimmer has push collets that will give repeatable results. I own...
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    11-09-2018, 03:31 AM
    Has anyone got any information on this die? I think the need for the large thread and the high cost will make it a collectors item. https://leeprecision.com/45-70-collet-die.html
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    11-07-2018, 08:13 PM
    Those bullets are too large in diameter when they are that hard for your lube sizer. Size to .460 or .461. Better yet size to .460 and use a 20-1 alloy. If all you have is wheel weights DO NOT QUENCH. Both quenching and a gas check is like a belt...
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    11-07-2018, 08:03 PM
    I recently formed some new Starline brass. After several of the cases cracked on forming I annealed them about 1/3 of the length and they worked fine.
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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