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    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    PPU manufactures long blanks with a faux bullet in a number of calibers. Given some careful research and testing you might be able to use this brass for forming cases that need to be longer than factory brass. There was a shooter that said he...
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    PPU makes full length (faux bullet) blanks for the 7.62X39. When cut off and reformed they would make a 7.62X45 case. If you are lucky you might figure out a way to fire form them using the blank powder charge. See item A492 ...
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    08-15-2017, 10:21 AM
    You might consider giving up handloading and finding a activity that does not require paying attention or conscious thought. You don't usually get any do overs.
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    08-15-2017, 10:14 AM
    You can extrapolate data fairly easily if you have a large amount to extrapolate from. 1. You probably need 5 to 7 reliable manuals with data for your cartridge. 2. Visually inspect the data for uniformity. Make sure it makes enough sense to pass...
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    08-15-2017, 01:03 AM
    I have (2) 0-1 micrometers for sale Please see the photo of the twins. Both have steel faces, .001 graduations, ratchet thimble and spindle lock. I checked the calibration of both and they are both set right on the money. The spindle runs from...
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    08-14-2017, 06:33 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 303 british in Military Rifles
    I agree with you on slightly lubed cases. I just don't mention it here because some ".303 Brit know it all" will have a hissy fit claiming it over loads the locking lugs etc etc. The truth is if your rifle action has to depend on the friction of...
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    08-13-2017, 11:50 PM
    Ludwig Loewe became DWM in 1896. Since these rifles are designated 1904 models they would have all been manufactured by DWM. While the design is a Portuguese Heinz 57 mix of Mauser magazine and Mannlicher bolt the manufacturing was done in...
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    08-13-2017, 11:34 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 303 british in Military Rifles
    Lessons for shooting the .303 Lee Enfield 1. US made brass is much smaller than the Lee Enfield chambers at the head. The chambers run about .460 at the big end just ahead of the rim. US made FC, RP and WW brass all measure .450 to .452 so you...
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    08-12-2017, 11:42 PM
    The story that I heard was that is a cast iron Ballard and should not have been used for any centerfire especially not a 40-65 Win. That it blew up was not the fault of the powder so much as the fault of the owner for having it barreled to a large...
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    08-12-2017, 11:25 PM
    The current SAAMI chamber design for the .38-55 allows permits the groove diameter of the bore to be larger than the largest bullet that will fit in the case neck of a loaded round. In other words if your groove diameter is .380 to .381 you cannot...
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    08-12-2017, 12:18 AM
    Sold pending funds RCBS 9X56 Mannlicher Schoenauer trim die $35 delivered in the US. This die has never been used but it is old stock in the original beat up RCBS paper box. I prefer payment by Paypal.
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    08-11-2017, 11:43 PM
    Ditch the 32" barrel for a 30" barrel. Get rid of that awful military butt. You will enjoy shooting the shotgun butt pistol grip version. The military butt version will be just another used rifle on the market in a few years.
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    08-11-2017, 09:34 AM
    Do you still not reload anything yet? The length of a case means something. Size does matter. For a .308 the case length is 51 mm. You cannot stretch the .308 case and make it 57mm long for the 8X57 or 7X57 rounds. If you are unfamiliar with...
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    08-09-2017, 03:21 AM
    The .40-65 Browning chamber is not tapered. Browning designed in a free bore between the case mouth and the beginning of the rifling. In my rifle this results in .150 of full diameter bullet exposed ahead of the case mouth when the common Lyman...
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    08-08-2017, 08:19 PM
    When I was about 14 I pulled the bullet from two .22 LR rounds with my teeth. I dumped the powder from one case into the other and crammed one of the mangled bullets back into the case. I had the rim blow out on firing my very first reload.
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    08-08-2017, 01:57 AM
    For the most part ball powders are never specified for reduced pressure loads. The powder is very position sensitive in less than case full loads. It also produces very large bright muzzle blast fireballs and very heavy concussion with the muzzle...
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    08-06-2017, 11:08 PM
    I agree with you on this. All the guys need to do is round up some scrap and thread 25 to 50 pieces. By the time you go through that many repetitions your hand to eye coordination starts to be close to automatic like shooting skeet or hitting a...
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    08-06-2017, 11:14 AM
    Make sure the 44-40 case mouth is perfectly round. If not make it round and size it first with the 44-40 die. Once you get that paper thin brass perfectly round it should form easily. I use a 44-40 trim die sometimes to form 45-70 brass down as a...
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    08-05-2017, 03:37 PM
    Your illustration is correct except my chatter marks are much longer. They run from just below the case mouth to about 1/2" above the base. When a new case is fired I cannot see the marks but I can feel them. When I fire an old case that has...
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    08-05-2017, 12:47 AM
    It is reamer chatter that runs along the length of the chamber. Reamer chatter is not circular. You may be confusing the reamer cutting edge tool marks with chatter. Chatter is caused by using too high RPM for reaming while also having a poor or...
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    08-03-2017, 05:29 PM
    EDG replied to a thread M-die worth it? in Reloading Equipment
    Anneal your brass and you will not have much if any spring back. If your brass is not annealed you will eventually have newer brass that is soft and old brass that is hard. They will not have the same spring back. So be prepared to buy a variety...
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    08-02-2017, 11:01 PM
    He should learn to quote the work needed. Otherwise I don't care if he goes broke. My scope only needs the objective lens removed and cleaned on the inside. Probably would take less than 20 minutes.
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    08-02-2017, 05:33 PM
    I have a Cimarron Pedersoli. It is the Billy Dixon model which is a standard Pedersoli model with higher quality wood and the finish is some sort of oil finish. The only difference that I can tell is the name Cimarron stamped into the barrel after...
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    08-01-2017, 02:34 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 35 Herrett? in Case Forming / Re-forming
    First you have to buy the dies and they are not cheap these days. I have watched them on auction sites and they bring about twice the price of a standard die set. Don't forget to anneal the cases after forming or after the first fire forming.
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    07-29-2017, 03:23 PM
    I have an unused Redding .257 Weatherby neck die for sale $25 delivered in the USA. I prefer Paypal. This die is sold pending funds.
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    07-29-2017, 02:21 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Off press priming? in Reloading Equipment
    This is the hand primer that I still use too. I have 6 or 7 of them and people will nearly mug you to get one. For the 50-70 and some other odd balls that I don't have shell holders for I can use a ram prime or the RCBS bench prime tool that has...
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    07-29-2017, 10:28 AM
    PPU being a European (native metric user) uses all CIP and European standards for the brass that originated in that part of the world. You will find that 6.5X55, 7X57 and 7.65 Mauser brass all have different heads that the American versions and may...
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    07-28-2017, 03:46 PM
    If you have patience Hoppe's will take the copper out without doing much else. Just wipe a light film on the bore and let it sit about 2 days. Wipe clean with a few dry patches. Then apply a light film again. Wait 2 days again. Keep repeating this...
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    07-28-2017, 12:59 PM
    When you have the ability to buy a used gun with confidence you can get a significant price break. BPCR rifles take a bit of effort to shoot a significant amount so I would say more than half of the rifles have never been shot more than once or...
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    07-28-2017, 12:43 PM
    Pedersoli barrel making processes
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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