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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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    06-03-2018, 02:34 AM
    All aluminum worth machining is going to be a wrought alloy. Castings are mediocre even when produced by commercial foundries ran by PHD metallurgists. For everyday machined components find a source for drop offs of 6061-T6 , T651 and T6511. These...
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    06-03-2018, 01:04 AM
    You can look at mold photos to determine condition but that does not tell you the size cast, roundness, ease of getting bullets out of the old. I bought one custom mold that was a bargain price. A new mold is about $200. The bullets are very...
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    06-01-2018, 06:50 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Unusual cartridges in Our Town
    I have a .35 Rem headstamp.the Savage head stamp. The font is identical to R-P brass so I am guessing it was really made by Remington.
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    06-01-2018, 06:36 AM
    You could have a lot of carbon stuck to the combustion chamber in the head. Letting the mower idle down an cool off lets the carbon quit glowing. If you never run your mower at full throttle you might try it. If you have a lot of carbon it will...
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    05-28-2018, 10:36 AM
    50-110 brass was the parent case for the .348 Win.
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    05-28-2018, 07:38 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Blow back in Case Forming / Re-forming
    Review your load data to see if it can be boosted a grain or 2 to raise the pressure. Slightly higher pressure might make the case necks seal better. Tilt your muzzle upward to make the powder settle back against the primer.
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    05-27-2018, 08:19 AM
    QC departments are totally worthless and add NO value to the product. Six sigma process control will guarantee almost 100% perfect parts. When you have that level of process control any quality operation is a waste since they add nothing but cost....
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    05-27-2018, 07:57 AM
    You are correct. The drum rotation governs the location of the drum weight. The scale is just a convenient reference for your eyeballs. If you look at the end of the brass screw you will find a screw slot that permits zeroing of the drum.
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    05-26-2018, 02:54 PM
    Thanks Mac That is exactly what I needed.
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    05-26-2018, 12:36 PM
    If your bullet fit is correct either clip on WW or 20 to 1 will work. I much prefer 20 to 1 since I can consistently mix it from solder and pure lead. Wheel weight alloys vary and some time you might get considerable variation or even a bogus...
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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