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    Today, 07:53 AM
    Yes everything you want can be done. You just don't understand what you are asking. Basically factories need drawings and proven processes for what they are going to build. That means a designer has to design the gun and test it for a simulated life...
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    01-18-2019, 11:53 AM
    There is nothing wrong with most older manuals and data. The manual and powder companies do not reshoot all of their data. Most of the time they add new powders, cartridges and bullets to a few new pages. All the other data remains the same. You...
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    01-18-2019, 11:21 AM
    Come to think of it I own a Harrell's magnum size benchrest press complete with compound linkage. Like the die cast aluminum presses that are shown when you google "broken press" I do not consider it suitable for heavy duty use. The Harrell's press...
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    01-18-2019, 10:24 AM
    Check with the guys at the ASSRA site. There are a lot of .38-50 shooters there. Also check BPCR sites. Making that brass should be easy. You just need a long tapered expander. You might be able to buy a few tapered expanders and open the neck in...
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    01-18-2019, 10:05 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Imminent Domain, what to do in Our Town
    There is a good chance that someone influencing this new lagoon is going to make a lot of money. For one thing a new paved road will increase the value of hard to reach property. Some land owner may be angling to make a killing once a new road is...
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    01-18-2019, 03:59 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Lost money order in Our Town
    I once bought an impact wrench on ebay. I sent the money order and it never arrived. I emailed the seller. He had no idea what happened. After a few more days I sent another USPS momey order. I got the impact wrench promptly. Three weeks later my...
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    01-17-2019, 07:16 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Encore Rifle strenth in Single Shot Guns
    Your Encore can be fitted with belted magnum barrels and the factory sells them that way. There should not be ANY .45-70 or .35 Whelen loads published by reputable companies that would damage your Encore.
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    01-16-2019, 02:29 PM
    Try flat based bullets.
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    01-16-2019, 12:21 PM
    There are many old products that have a good reputation and have become standard products. You are allowed to change if you want but having a wide choice may not be that important to many users. Campbell's Pork and Beans have been around sincle...
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    01-16-2019, 11:06 AM
    People are in such a hurry that they never learn one of the secrets to removing copper. That is time. Even the very old mild Hoppe's solvent will remove copper if you give it time. Once treated let your barrel sit for 2 or 3 days then clean again....
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    01-16-2019, 10:42 AM
    A firearms factory nor any factory is designed to baby sit a single individuals whims. Want custom? There are plenty of custom gunsmiths. I was a manufacturing engineer for more than 40 years. We turned out products by the thousands. Just one...
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    01-16-2019, 05:29 AM
    Use of cases modified in this manner will probably result in leaking primers with SAAMI standard loads.
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    01-16-2019, 05:25 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 7.35 carcano in Case Forming / Re-forming
    6.5 Italian military brass has a step inside the neck that prevents a lose bullet fom being driven down into the case. Unless you have a reamer to remove it you will have a step on the outside of your 7.35 neck from this step. Just one more reason...
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    01-15-2019, 05:09 AM
    Look at the serial number on the left side of the receiver. If it is a school training rifle it will have 000 added in front of the serial number. I have a type 38 so marked with 000 added in a different font ahead of the SN.
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    01-15-2019, 05:03 AM
    EDG replied to a thread How do you manage? in Military Rifles
    Really it is no big deal. The pristine rifles are not affordable by most of us any longer. The bubbafied rifles bring a lot less money thanks to changing times. I can still find a bubba special with a good bore cheap now and then. I can't afford...
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    01-15-2019, 04:43 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Encore Rifle strenth in Single Shot Guns
    Based on what the factory does you should expect it to stronger than the 1886. Who knows how strong the Ruger single shots are since they are chambered for belted magnums? The Encore is probably ok with facotory belted magnums since they are sold...
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    01-15-2019, 04:37 AM
    EDG replied to a thread 22lr. To 22 wrm in Single Shot Guns
    Just because there is a specification does not mean the barrel will be exactly .223. I would bet it will be a little ovesize like most other factory barrels. For example every one knows a .375 Win is designed for .375 bullets. My .375 Marlin checks...
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    01-15-2019, 04:31 AM
    I shoot a Browning 1885 BPCR model with a 312 grain gas checked bullet. My groove dia is .408 and the bullets are .409 to .410. The mold was designed for a .405 Win but was undersize so it worked well in the Browning. I use 25 grains of SR4759 for...
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    01-15-2019, 04:17 AM
    Keep both your dies and your brass spotless and clean. I clean my dies out after each use an give them a shot of rust proofing. The rust proofing dries and the dies may not be used for a while. The next time they are used I give them another...
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    01-15-2019, 03:49 AM
    It seems you are no longer an active loader but you want to question what a serious loader is. If you just reload ordinary ammo, especially pistol ammo you may never notice your press springing. I tested my Bair C press against a1st generation Rock...
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    01-13-2019, 12:39 PM
    No A Vise Grip IS an improvement of conventional pliers.
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    01-11-2019, 11:56 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Building a Strong Foundation? in Our Town
    A good foundation? Stay away from new run of the mill rifles. Look for rifles that are sure to appreciate. Check out FN Mausers with Sears and Montgomery Wards type brands. Others include nice BRNO/CZ commercial Mauser bolt guns and waffle top...
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    01-11-2019, 06:41 AM
    For those who might consider the Spartan and other similar C presses suitable for heavy duty use I have a challenge for you. Take a steel .44 Rem mag size die and size .444 Marlin cases to swage the .464 case head down to .452 at the rim. You...
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    01-10-2019, 10:37 AM
    You are working the brass quite a bit but it is not all the fault of the dies. From .357 up to .364 is caused by your chamber every time you fire a case. You can lap die necks out to reduce the sizing but you can't do much about your chamber.
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    01-10-2019, 10:23 AM
    The Lyman Spartan frame is not strong enough for heavy duty use. C presses in general are mostly obsolete because they are only satisfactory for light duty app.ication. I began loading with a Bair C press about 50 years ago. I checked it one time...
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    01-10-2019, 10:13 AM
    I have used almost every brand of die during the last 50 years. I began reloading before Lee made anything but the whack a mole loaders. There are 3 considerations for buying dies. 1. Affordability Most dies are affordable. If your feelings are...
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    01-10-2019, 09:08 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Drilling big hole in metal in Our Town
    I have drilled maybe a million holes in 1" plate using radial arm drill press. I would take your work to a machine shop. You should center punch where you want the holes and let a machinist drill them. Both pieces of metal you are drilling are...
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    01-07-2019, 04:31 AM
    4320 is fine if that is what he wants to try. I had a can I never tried so I burned it up in a 7mm Rem Mag with 140 grain bullets. It worked just as well as 4350 and 4831 for shooting holes in paper. The old IMR booklet had data for all powders...
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    01-06-2019, 12:12 PM
    1. Don't deprime on your best press. I use a hand punch to knock out all primers. With no primer crud lubrication is not much of an issue. 2. Clean all the crud off your press and use any light oil. Your ram has very little side load on it. Most of...
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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