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    Today, 10:26 AM
    EDG replied to a thread Die Clean up in Reloading Equipment
    Honing a badly pitted straight brake or cylinder bore with a purpose built hone is the correct thing to do. But I can polish out a FL die with 400 silicon carbide paper in about 2 to 3 minutes - much faster than trying to find an buy a store bought...
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    Today, 10:17 AM
    Those types of cases show up at the range now and then. A typical one is a .308 blown out in a .30-06 chamber. Another that I saw was a .270 fired in a 7mm Rem Mag. That one split the case and ruined the rifle. It spreadout the receiver walls and...
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    Today, 10:12 AM
    You might try annealing your cases or using new or fresh once fired brass. I have made hundreds of 6.5X53R cases from new or once fired and annealed .303 cases and never lost one to fireforming.
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    Today, 04:33 AM
    If you have any junk cases or .30-06 berdans use them for process development so you do not scrap good brass. Try expanding with a long tapered expander. You may have to make or modify an existing expander. Redding makes those tapered buttons or...
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    Today, 03:39 AM
    During the Clinton and the current primer shortage Federal primers were the first to disappear and the last to become available again. In the mean time I have used a lot of Rem and WW primers with excellent results. Regardless of Federal's...
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    Yesterday, 01:13 AM
    No .379 should be ok with thin .38-55 brass but only in a single shot. I think it might require more grip in a tubular magazine rifle.
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    07-21-2018, 09:21 PM
    I have 3 sets of .38-55 dies. LEE, RCBS Cowboy and an older set of RCBS standard dies. Only the RCBS Cowboy seating die will be large enough internally for your bullet. The Lee die can be opened up without too much work. None of the expanders...
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    07-21-2018, 08:03 PM
    That rifle has the banded front sight and sling base. I had a Ruger #1 with tight spots at the front sight and sling band. You might check your rifle for the same though the .458 has a much thicker barrel than does the .45-70.
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    07-21-2018, 07:42 PM
    One of the biggest pains with the .38-55 is the chamber vs the groove diameter. In many rifles the chamber is too small to chamber a cartridge loaded with a bullet of proper size for a .380 bore. I have a .38-55 that will not work with the .0095...
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    07-21-2018, 02:09 PM
    The .38-55 is one of the worst offenders due to the wide variety of possible bullet diameters. I have 3 sets of dies - Lee, RCBS, and RCBS Cowboy dies. Only the Cowboy die seater was large enough to work with .381 dia bullets. None of the die sets...
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    07-21-2018, 02:58 AM
    The viscosity numbers for multiweight oil give the equivalent viscosity when cold as the lower number. The high number is the viscosity when hot. So just pick a cheap 10W-20 or 10W-30.
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    07-20-2018, 09:22 PM
    I think the NEFs were mostly popular in the southeastern US. If you hang out at Greybeards you would notice a high percentage of owners in Miss and Ala. From my own experience they may decent utility shotguns but were not fit for heavy use with...
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    07-20-2018, 11:20 AM
    It is better to stop against the shoulder in the chamber. Using Krag brass in a .303 Brit sometimes separates the case with the first fire forming shot.
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    07-19-2018, 07:14 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Which one of you did it? in Our Town
    Its Texas. What do you expect this time of year? Pour ice water on a towel and hang it over your neck and stay out of the sun if you can. An alligator would be proud of the skin on the back of my neck.
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    07-19-2018, 07:02 PM
    I have seen a pierced primer blow the hammer back in a 7X57 roller. The breech block flipped open and the case was partly ejected. It can happen..... They can be a Darwin hole for a newbie.
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    07-19-2018, 06:57 PM
    Just like it impossible for you to fumble a Sharps hammer? Who are you kidding? People have been fumbling hammers since they were first invented. If you decide to lower the hammer what do you do with a set trigger?0
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    07-19-2018, 05:55 PM
    EDG replied to a thread Die Clean up in Reloading Equipment
    All you need is to spin polish the die using 400 grit or finer silicon carbide wet or dry paper used wet with a light oil. I have used that method to clean up maybe 50 used sizer dies. It was common practice to polish parts with that technique in...
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    07-19-2018, 05:48 PM
    EDG replied to a thread RCBS rock chucker in Reloading Equipment
    My Rockchucker was my second press. My first press spit primers onto the floor and was not very good for priming. I switched to hand depriming and hand priming. Since I got the RC in 1971 I have never had one primer in the floor or had a poorly...
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    07-19-2018, 04:20 AM
    The roller has one issue and that is the potential of the action unlocking right in your face. No matter hoe much you love a roller everything is right there in your face if you have a blown case.
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    07-19-2018, 03:59 AM
    I have a safe full of Brownings and I have never had to take one apart. I have no idea why you would not mention that the Sharps is put on half cock from full cock in the same manner. The Uberti Highwall goes directly to half cock when the action...
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    07-18-2018, 04:56 AM
    For all the preceding remember that you can vote for your favorite marxist thug with NO ID most places. It seems government does not need to know everything about the non-citizens among us.
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    07-17-2018, 11:32 PM
    Of the falling blocks I much prefer shooting the Browning Highwall. Simply open Load Close Fire Compared to the rigamarole of the Sharps Pull hammer to half cock Open Load
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    07-12-2018, 05:06 PM
    I have 3 or 4 that came from goodwill. A couple appeared unused and they are only about $5.00 each. If you just have to use it use a pressure washer or take it to a car wash. Remove the fuel tank assy first.
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    07-12-2018, 03:07 PM
    It would be about as easy to get another piece of steel and put 2 holes in it with a mill.
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    07-10-2018, 09:35 PM
    My brothers and I bought a 30 year old dual axle camper trailer for $900. It had 2 60 lb propane tanks and was designed to sleep 6. Since we are all well over 6 ft tall it actually slept 3 comfortably. It had both propane and electric lighting. It...
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    07-10-2018, 09:06 PM
    Go to several target matches and see if the competitors will let you look through their spotters. I have a late 1960s Swift Telemaster and a 22X Bausch & Lomb Elite. They are pretty much a tie and work ok at 100 yards but not 200 yards. The KOWA...
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    07-10-2018, 08:59 PM
    China can build good stuff for about 30% less than we can in the US if they have enough engineering support. I did that for several years. Most of your computers are made in China using American designed equipment also manufactured in China. Even...
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    07-10-2018, 08:44 PM
    Y is probably the production date code since it appears to stand alone. So you are looking for a .22 RUB or rub. PS it is 2 kinds not "to kinds"..
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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