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    Today, 07:57 PM
    A coworker had an original Remington Hepburn in .40-70 Sharps Straight with a 2.5" case. The chamber was made for paper patched ammo. When used with grease groove bullets his case necks had to be .003 thick like foil. With the thin necks you could...
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    Today, 02:19 AM
    Glad you got it to work. The tapered neck and counterbored base is how Lee was able to size and seat with the same die body on both the Classic and Target Model Loaders. You can see a longer neck is a little more flexible with Lee's little tapered...
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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    My boss brought his brother's muzzle loader barrel to work and asked me to get it drilled and tapped for a scope by one of the tool makers. After that was done on the opposite side from the bases I super glued 4 #6 hex nuts with 4 #6 set screws so...
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    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    I never considered a mini mill a real mill and still don't. It sounds like you never used a T handle enough to understand they are easier to guide and keep aligned. Of all the bad methods to drive a tap the flat handles are close to using a...
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    Yesterday, 04:35 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Pacific DL-105 ??? in Reloading Equipment
    You can save a lot of potential hassel and uncertainty by buying an MEC. The 600 and the Sizemaster are still in production and parts are easy to come by. Thirty or 40 years from now they will still be going strong.
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    Yesterday, 04:23 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Lee Bench Primer! in Reloading Equipment
    The performance standard for my 50 year old original Lee priming tools with the screw in shell holders is 100%. Why can't Lee get all new designs right the first time or at least by the 3rd or 4th generation?
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    06-22-2018, 02:33 AM
    The neck of the sizer die is tapered. When the case neck is bored you get a constant diameter hole cut by the reamer even though the neck is now tapered on the outside. When you knock the case out of the die you back the neck out of the tapered die...
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    06-22-2018, 01:59 AM
    Wayne, Thanks for the excellent article. Looks like I need to start planning for a new pot.
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    06-21-2018, 10:52 PM
    Other than Sharps 74 what is the model name or designation of your rifle?
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    06-21-2018, 12:09 PM
    To treat your wood put in a container and pull a vacuum. Then dump your wood into the mixed epoxy. Then release the vacuum to permit atmospheric pressure to drive in the epoxy. Finally if you have the capability to do so safely pressurize your...
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    06-17-2018, 04:46 PM
    You can put a dead center in a drill chuck to engage the center drilled hole in a T type tapping handle. Then use the dead center to maintain on axis alignment of your tap while hand tapping.
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    06-16-2018, 09:07 PM
    There are possibly a couple of ways to nibble around the edges of your problem to gain a bit of knowledge. 1. Use WW brass since it is thinner than most other brands. You might be able to use a bullet that is .001 or .002 larger. 2. Turn the...
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    06-16-2018, 08:52 PM
    Who knows the most about accuracy and consistent performance? It sure isn't anyone shooting a 9mm or any other pistol.
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    06-15-2018, 10:09 PM
    Correct technique presses the anvil into the priming pellet .002" to .006". Setting the primer to some artificial depth does not guarantee the anvil is seated. No rifle bench rest shooters that I know of set primers to some predetermined depth....
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    06-15-2018, 12:12 AM
    I have ran Cincinnati and Kearny & Trecker mills a lot in addition to a variety of Bridgeport and Excello mills. In general horizontals are not that useful for gun work or tool making. Horizontals are great heavy duty production machines for...
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    06-13-2018, 07:39 PM
    Not unless you use a machine rest. Often the best results come from a composite die set using individual dies of different brands selected to perform each operation the best. Sometimes an advanced handloader will modify one or more dies to give...
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    06-13-2018, 07:12 PM
    How did you get to $3000 exactly? I have 5 nice BPCR rifles and no 2 of them cost $3000 combined nor did I have to wait for years for any of them. All of them are heavy rifles that slow down recoil. The lightest weights 10.5 lbs. The rest weigh 12...
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    06-13-2018, 03:18 AM
    Rather than all the hassle just swap for a heavier rifle.
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    06-13-2018, 03:15 AM
    EDG replied to a thread How much tractor? in Our Town
    If you are a farmer or rancher way off in the boondocks the last thing you want is some gadget loaded undependable tractor.
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    06-13-2018, 02:58 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Marvel Mystery Oil in Our Town
    Read the MSDS for MMO. It is nothing special. It is mostly naptha with a little mineral spirits. But you don't have to take my word. Just ask any chemist or chemistry teacher. It is only fit to clean greasy engine parts as far as I am concerned.
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    06-12-2018, 06:27 PM
    Do you have any close up photos to show condition of this loader?
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    06-10-2018, 09:50 AM
    EDG replied to a thread How much tractor? in Our Town
    My Grandfather and I farmed 178 acres with a 1948 Farmall H. This was a 2 wheel drive 25 hp gasoline tractor. He later bought a Massey Ferguson 165 with a Perkins diesel. Both of these tractors had more power and weight than what you need. Pulling...
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    06-06-2018, 09:04 AM
    Yes animals can run about 10 seconds or about 100 yards when shot through the heart. But many do not run at all. I have shot deer with 11 different calibers and some of those more than 10 deer each. I find the .223 class of rifles very lacking in...
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    06-06-2018, 08:48 AM
    What twist is your liner?
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    06-06-2018, 08:46 AM
    EDG replied to a thread wads in 45-70 in Black Powder Cartridge
    My wads were made from old Thomas Register book covers. The covers were punched on a Strippet punch press at work.
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    06-04-2018, 09:57 PM
    A fixed setting priming tool will never give the best results seating primers. By definition rim thicknesses vary causing variation in primer seating when using a fixed depth seating tool. If you use the seating instructions for percussion...
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    06-04-2018, 10:00 AM
    I have been using the Lee priming tool with the screw in shell holders for about 50 years. I have 6 or 7 of them. I have only seated 1 or 2 primers testing the hammer in process but I decided that was a dumb method for a percussion sensitive primer.
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    06-04-2018, 09:33 AM
    If you have an older set of Lee dies they will have a long cylindrical section on the expander that is more difficult to use. Later Lee die sets have an easy out expander (called EZ X) that has a short full diameter section that produces less drag....
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    06-03-2018, 05:55 PM
    Check your digital with boiling water for another data point. If that is off you have a terrible instrument.
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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