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    Today, 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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    Today, 08:45 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 04:20 PM
    What headstamp is this brass?
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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    03-16-2019, 06:12 PM
    You mean it is not legal for you purchase it without it going through a dealer?
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    03-16-2019, 05:31 PM
    Grafs has it on sale @ $50.39 per 100. https://www.grafs.com/retail/catalog/category/categoryId/769?
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    03-16-2019, 04:45 PM
    Just measure your parts and cut out paper profiles. Tape the paper breech block profile over the paper receiver and barrel stub cut out. Then see if a paper cartridge will turn the corner. Alternatively you could accurately draw the breech...
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    03-16-2019, 02:23 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Tarnished Cases in Reloading Equipment
    This is a link from the copper industry that describes the corrosion inhibiting chemical used in Birchwood Casey Case Cleaner. You can review the BW Casey MSDS to verify the use of the Benzotriazole Be sure to read this article down to the...
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    03-16-2019, 11:22 AM
    When 6 Sigma is properly used it is far superior to mere QC. 6 Sigma is statistical process control and at worst produces only 3.4 defective parts per million. Quote the widely accepted definition of a six sigma process is a process that...
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    03-15-2019, 12:27 PM
    I have read of the Thumbler's O ring issues in several forums for years. I bought a Model A in about 1969 with a couple of spare belts. I still have that tumbler and it still runs on the original belt. I lost the spares long ago. I wonder why...
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    03-14-2019, 06:06 PM
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    03-14-2019, 04:23 PM
    I agree with your comments about people quitting reloading. 1. Many people are only interested in it for the cost savings. They have little or no interest in reloading for enjoyment. 2. Many people will not commit the money to something they...
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    03-14-2019, 03:29 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    Sure thing but, how to I tell the mules from the shooters?
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    03-14-2019, 03:25 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    Ok but you have to wear buckskins, leave your false teeth and eye glasses at home and show up riding a mule. After all you want to be the perfect BPCR kind of throw back right? But which side of the argument are you on? Is a 16.5" twist better...
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    03-14-2019, 03:08 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    I have experience with a dozen 45-70s plus a few other calibers since 1972. I do not remember a single one that had an inadequate twist rate. As I see it you are using a circular argument in which you shifted the barrel twist to the length of the...
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    03-14-2019, 02:33 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    Unless you have a dial a twist barrel with the patented adjustable twist mechanism you are stuck with what you current barrel has. If you do not research and find the right twist to begin with it is not the fault of the twist calculator. Useful...
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    03-14-2019, 02:06 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    It is not really a problem other than people who only see black and white - perfect or not perfect. Even a mediocre tool is better than no tool for purposes of learning. It does not have to be perfect. It is more like horseshoes, hand grenades and...
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    03-14-2019, 01:37 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 45-70 twist in Black Powder Cartridge
    The answer is yes sort of. The answer is more of a rule than of a law since the proper bullets or twist for your bullets can vary some and work fine. It is a little like driving a car. Any highway speed between 45 and 70 mph is ok as long as you...
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    03-14-2019, 01:14 PM
    From project the management triangle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_management_triangle https://rapidbi.com/time-quality-cost-you-can-have-any-two/ You can have something FAST & CHEAP but it won’t be good quality You can have...
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    03-13-2019, 11:52 PM
    For all sort of solutions to problems in mechanics take a look at "Machinery's Handbook".
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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