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    10-03-2018, 07:46 PM
    Once upon a time the Hornady Frontier brass appeared identical to WW cases.
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    10-03-2018, 07:43 PM
    I bought 5 boxes of Hansen 8X57 brass once. Most Hansen brass wS headstamped with the Cyrilic PPU. All the 8X57 in that batch wa headstamped IK for Igman. This was brown or rust colored Hansen boxes. Later I bought blue green Hansen 8X57 ammo and...
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    10-03-2018, 07:36 PM
    My guess is none of the companies smelt copper to make brass. At one time Olin had a brass mill and WW bought Olin metal. Today I suspect everyone buys coiled brass strip stock from a brass mill and draws it into cases. So no one really...
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    10-03-2018, 06:51 PM
    Excellent gadget
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    10-02-2018, 04:58 PM
    Make sure you don't let a nipple rust out too large. I am right handed and shoot righty too. I got blasted in the face by an original that had an over size flash hole in the nipple. I had black chunks of powder under the skin of my face for about...
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    10-02-2018, 03:16 PM
    I have only shot the 38-55. Given a choice I think the 38-55 or similar straight case is a better idea than the .38-56.
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    10-02-2018, 03:05 PM
    I think you are going to find there are few to no repair parts available for older calipers. I have an older Starrett set that are now only fit for a straight edge since no one will repair them. I live near a metro area of over a million people....
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    10-01-2018, 08:28 PM
    Those are in a RCBS box but they are not RCBS dies. They appear to be Hollywood Gun Shop brand.
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    10-01-2018, 05:23 PM
    I was able to get a set of 38-56 form and trim dies at a decent price off of eBay. I have formed a few cases with them and they are fall down easy. I also have form and trim dies for .33 Win, 40-60 Win and 40-65 Win. Of these it does not make sense...
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    10-01-2018, 04:58 PM
    EDG replied to a thread St. Louis Munitions Plant? in Our Town
    The old gunsmith who had the cases of SL-54 brass lived in an old house with about a 300 ft high hill behind it. He let locals shoot there a bit. I always noticed the dozens of 30 cal penetrator cores exposed by rain run off water carrying away soil...
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    09-29-2018, 12:49 PM
    RCBS printed a cast bullet manual but they have been discontinued. They used to be really cheap on ebay but the last few I noticed were expensive.
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    09-29-2018, 12:02 PM
    EDG replied to a thread fudd mentality in Our Town
    I find the worst fudds are the young guys without the experience to appreciate a variety of different gun types. Some of the most humorous are those who think reloaded ammo is third rate ammo and dangerous to boot. Many of the younger shooters...
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    09-28-2018, 04:15 PM
    EDG replied to a thread St. Louis Munitions Plant? in Our Town
    The core of USGI .30 cal AP is not tungsten carbide it is heat treated steel - probably just case hardened low carbon steel because that is the cheapest non strategic material. A tungsten carbide core would $2 or $3 each. During WWII the 76mm...
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    09-28-2018, 01:03 PM
    Salpal I have to disagree with the assertion that you will waste a lot of brass. A carefully developed process takes a little time but will yield 100% (or very close to it) good cases. So says my 50 years of hand loading experience and 40 years as...
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    09-28-2018, 11:22 AM
    Treekiller, I spent a lot of time and money gathering the forming dies that I own. One other large caliber short die body that might be useful is the .350 Rem Mag. If you need help with intermediate forming steps let me know. I would be glad to...
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    09-28-2018, 11:10 AM
    EDG replied to a thread St. Louis Munitions Plant? in Our Town
    In about 1969 I began reloading. I found a gunsmith whose son had gathered up many crates of machine gun fired SL-54 30-06 brass. I bought about 1000 of his cleanest cases. I have been reforming them for years and still have a lot of them all with...
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    09-27-2018, 08:21 PM
    For the 45-70 Vectan 3000 is a relatively slow powder. The only way to get it to all burn is higher pressures and higher velocity. If you want all the powder to burn at lower velocity you need a faster burn rate like 4227. I use the discontinued...
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    09-27-2018, 06:36 PM
    I have forming dies for several cases based on the .45-70 case. I have never formed your Krag brass but I have formed .33 Win, .38-56 Win., and 40-65 Win from 45-70 using RCBS forming dies. It is my estimate that your 8MM case could be formed...
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    09-27-2018, 02:58 PM
    Just use a grade 8 socket cap screw. It can be easily machined but is tough enough fo any job. If you prefer to buy out right Track of the Wolf and Buffalo arms sell custom expanders.
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    09-27-2018, 02:45 PM
    Just for reference. You can buy .001" increment gage pins for about $3.00 each. They are hardened and ground to exact diameters. All you have to do is cut them to length.
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    09-27-2018, 09:29 AM
    Using cast lead bullets in an autoloader is something of a gray area if you expect no lead on your cases. I shoot BPCR. Calibers and a few pistol calibers. Having a tight case mouth grip on a lead bullet often damages your bullet shanks. In...
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    09-26-2018, 05:06 PM
    EDG replied to a thread When did it stop being fun? in Our Town
    When I see people focused on how fast they can load and huge volumes of ammo loaded with progressives I interpret it as someone who is in a big hurry to do something else. I have been loading for 50 years and I still find it interesting. I...
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    09-26-2018, 01:43 PM
    Loading a .45-70 is pretty much the same as loading a large straight case pistol round. I would recommend that you not bother with just 2 boxes of unknown reloads. You have no experience and no plans to learn more it appears. Reading is a good way...
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    09-25-2018, 06:57 PM
    Yes but the fan is probably going to be expensive. My grandparents had one probably made in the 1950s by GE. It was all metal with heavy aluminum blades with extreme tear shaped blades on the trailing edges. It was whisper quiet. It was killed by a...
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    09-25-2018, 04:55 PM
    Yes but the fan is probably going to be expensive. My grandparents had one probably made in the 1950s by GE. It was all metal with heavy aluminum blades with extreme tear shaped blades on the trailing edges. It was whisper quiet. It was killed by a...
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    09-25-2018, 02:20 AM
    Much of the precision industry has left the US. There is little point in paying $150 for calipers used at home when $20 calipers work fine. The US machine tool and measuring instrument industries were in the highest cost region of the country....
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    09-25-2018, 12:56 AM
    If you don't have a set of pin gauges a small hole gauge will work.
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    09-24-2018, 03:20 AM
    I use an expander the same size of the bullets. The only neck tension I get is from spring back of the case mouth. I shoot only at a range so I can load about .050 too long. Then the bullet is fully seated by thumb pressure as the breech is closed....
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    09-23-2018, 09:52 AM
    I have a hard to find set of dies for the 6.5X53R Dutch Mannlicher. I have offered sample cases, offered to form cases for free and described how to use 3 different other die sets to load their ammo. Not a one of the guys made any effort to try...
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    09-23-2018, 08:12 AM
    It matters little what it is called in any handbook. The only thing that matters is what the manufacturers produced in the rifles. For new production only the SAAMI standard drawings are the US authority. The current SAAMI drawing is not a...
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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