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    Today, 08:24 PM
    The RCBS cowboy seater is .380 in the bullet guide section.
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    Today, 04:10 PM
    Start out with a certified alloy if you can. If you can't buy a certified alloy do the best you can with pure lead and tin added to wheel weights. Verify the hardness. You diameter has to be large enough to work and the proper hardness. The weight...
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    06-23-2017, 03:23 PM
    Not only is the expander larger but the inside bullet seating guide diameter is also larger so that you can seat a larger bullet.
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    06-23-2017, 01:47 AM
    Your cast bullet loads will be fine if your pressure does not exceed the limits for jacketed .30-30 ammo. If you use the thinner brass use a .38-55 FL sizing die. The .38-55 die is .005 smaller inside than the .375 die to compensate for the thinner...
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    06-22-2017, 03:53 AM
    The 1:20 twist is very good but I do not like the 2.225" long case in the Marlin. The .444 case is too long for the Marlin lever gun with heavy long round nosed bullets. Those bullets just hang out of the case too far and will not work through the...
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    06-22-2017, 03:29 AM
    You need to find a twist calculator and use the cut and try method to find the optimum twist for a given length of bullet. I think you will find that a 20 inch twist is too fast except for really long bullets.
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    06-22-2017, 03:17 AM
    You are well on your way to accurate ammo. That load should be a blast to shoot since you get about 500 loads per pound. The recoil about like shooting a .410 shotgun. Pay attention to the wind and your groups will shrink because those bullets...
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    06-22-2017, 03:01 AM
    That is sort of a trick question. It depends on the quantity and quality of light on a given day and contrast of the bullet hole with the target. A clean cut hole is easier to see than one made by a slow moving round nose bullet. Mirage can make...
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    06-22-2017, 01:18 AM
    If you get a .257 R with a minimum chamber diameter and a FL sizer that only sizes the cases the smallest amount you will not have much need to trim it. If the case cannot expand much then it cannot elongate. Careful set up of the FL die to near...
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    06-21-2017, 10:14 AM
    I am a pretty tough shopper so I never buy a new rifle if I can help it. I will always buy a used but like new or maybe used but never fired safe queen. Those rifles will usually be purchased for about 75% of retail for a normal rifle. A cheap...
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    06-20-2017, 05:29 AM
    I have had a number of sets of Herters dies. Most I was able to use after polishing the tool marks out of the FL die. I eventually got rid of all of them except a 7x57 FL die that is undersize and requires so much force that you cannot pull the...
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    06-19-2017, 07:34 PM
    EDG replied to a thread How to bulge a barrel in Rimfire Area
    When I was a teen ager a guy brought me a 22 to work on that he could not hit anything with. It was a Remington 510 single shot that had 3 bulges in the last 4 inches. After cutting off the barrel it shot fine.
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    06-19-2017, 03:28 PM
    this is the solution
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    06-19-2017, 03:21 PM
    You can't make one rule fit all barrels. It depends on the quality of the surface finish of the individual barrel. A barrel that metal fouls may need some break in. I have a 40X BR Remington. The bore is much smoother than any other factory...
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    06-18-2017, 10:37 PM
    The investment castings I worked with always warped and they always needed straightening. That included A356 aluminum, 6AL4V Titanium and ASTM F 75 which is a cobalt chrome alloy similar to Stellite 21.
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    06-18-2017, 07:27 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Broken Die in Reloading Equipment
    If you have brass galled to the inside of the die it can be polished out with with a fine grit 400 or higher silicon carbide paper which will not touch the carbide ring. Or you can submerge the ring in Hoppe's #9 over night and it will dissolve the...
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    06-18-2017, 03:01 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Broken Die in Reloading Equipment
    I have 2 Lyman carbide dies. Both are still intact. It appears they were made by pressing the ring into the die and then the lip of the die was crimped over the carbide ring. If brazed you should see brazing alloy on the back of the carbide ring....
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    06-18-2017, 02:37 PM
    I have a 1952 REm 760 pump that has a decent trigger. You might try to find an older sear and hammer. The springs should cost no more than about a dime a piece if you can figure out what the replacements should be.
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    06-17-2017, 10:36 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Singleshot 400-444 in Single Shot Guns
    I am sure there is some reamer that can be made to work as you describe. All you need to do is determine if the 7X57 is the right size at the shoulder so it will clean up. I would recommend that you test your reamer on several pieces of scrap steel...
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    06-16-2017, 09:25 PM
    I know a guy six years younger than me. By the time he was about to finish high school I had been working as a machinist almost 6 years. I had messed with my own guns a lot and he was interested in being a gunsmith. I told him he would never be...
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    06-16-2017, 09:11 PM
    Don't mess with it unless you have a lathe. Using a lathe to spin the barrel will permit polishing with 400 grit wet or dry silicon carbide paper. It should be used wet with a light oil and polishing the chamber should not take more than 2...
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    06-16-2017, 05:53 PM
    Manufacturers are not desperate to avoid complex shapes if it is truly necessary. But if it is not necessary it just represents added cost for nothing. Investment casting issues 1. The wax has to be injected into a mold. Upon cooling after being...
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    06-16-2017, 12:04 AM
    This guy has a couple of calculators that you can back into the length with. http://www.geoffrey-kolbe.com/barrel_twist.htm http://www.geoffrey-kolbe.com/drag.htm Berger uses the same calculators but they look a little different ...
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    06-15-2017, 10:14 PM
    Don't take anyone's word for the dimensions of any caliber that is this old. You can potentially wind up with dies and a chamber reamer that are not compatible for best accuracy. Many modern 50-70s are .512 groove diameter while originals are...
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    06-15-2017, 08:11 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Singleshot 400-444 in Single Shot Guns
    Since you are in Oz why not use local brass such as .303 Brit or .303 Basic. For use in the US I would look for a version of the .40-50 Sharps Straight or the 40-70 2.5 SS using Hornady .405 Win brass. On second thought it might be better to use...
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    06-15-2017, 05:44 PM
    I need the clear top cover
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    06-15-2017, 01:25 AM
    Where is the carbide?
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    06-15-2017, 01:17 AM
    Yeah it sounds like an old joke or urban legend or just BS. I can assure you that anything that was made in the old days can be made now. The only question is can you sell enough of them to make a profit. Apparently the Fat Boy was not a money maker...
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    06-15-2017, 01:03 AM
    There is a problem with making Springfields or any other contemporary receiver. The machine tools and man power, including the engineers that plan manufacturing operations are expensive. The gun business is chump change compared to what can be made...
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    06-14-2017, 12:38 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Whinchester 94 in 7x57r in Leverguns
    Skip 7mm all together. There are very few flat tipped bullets that will work in the magazine. Even so more than half of the bullet has to be flat tipped (larger than .210) to prevent magazine issues.
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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