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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    01-06-2019, 11:50 AM
    The answer may be as simple as finding another doctor. There is little chance of exposure if you wear nitrile rubber gloves like the Hardy gloves from Harbor Freight.
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    01-05-2019, 02:43 AM
    The Type 38 is designed for a tapered cartridge with a rim. The .250 Savage is one that should work. The .308 will bind on the shoulders and will bee loose at the rear. The best solution would be to straighten out the feed rails with a milling...
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    01-04-2019, 06:39 PM
    EDG replied to a thread 7.35 carcano in Case Forming / Re-forming
    Just forget forming 7.35 Carcano. You can buy new 7.35 brass from Grafs and others made by Prvi Partisan (PPU). You may have issues with dies depending on which brand you buy. I have both RCBS and Pacific. The Pacific are smaller on the base. The...
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    01-04-2019, 01:55 AM
    I rinse in clean hot water and then drain the water off. Then rinse in isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol absorbs the water and evaporates in about 15 mins when placed in front of a fan. You can reuse the alcohol.
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    01-04-2019, 12:55 AM
    The lack of mechanical advantage is the reason you have to use so much arm strength just to seat a primer. The high force required by your arm really kills your ability to regulate the force required. The original Lee hand primer with screw in...
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    01-04-2019, 12:33 AM
    Examine the inner surface of the carbide ring with a strong light and an eye loupe if you have one. You probably have sized some dusty dry cases that galled to the carbide. Copper solvent may remove the galled on case metal. In any case 400 grit...
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    01-02-2019, 02:09 PM
    Like a CEO once told me. The technical stuff is interesting and is often even fun and easy. Your real problems always wear pants. I used to post at Accurate Reloading. You can check out the gunsmithing and custom rifle forums there for lots of...
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    01-02-2019, 01:52 PM
    Like a CEO once told me. The technical stuff is interesting and is often even fun and easy. Your real problems always wear pants.
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    01-02-2019, 01:15 PM
    You might post over at Accurate Reloading in the custom rifle and big bore forums. Shoemaker has posted there in the past. You might ask the high post regulars what his handle is. Then you could PM or email him.
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    01-02-2019, 02:42 AM
    I can vouch for the tall boy Glacier bay toilets sold by Home Depot. I live in an area with exceptionally hard water. One of my toilets got very slow flushing due to mineral deposits. Since it was a contractor supplied toilet only suitable for...
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    01-02-2019, 01:41 AM
    I was agreeing with your previous statement. I have had many case head separations and incipient separation shooting .303 Lee Enfields. Carefully examined the failed metal has a color and tone contrast with the surrounding metal but they appear a...
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    01-01-2019, 03:01 AM
    I bought a set of RCBS .44 Mag dies in about 1970. The top of the steel sizer was threaded but had no decapper. The decapper was on the expander plug in die #2. I remember this well because I prefer the Lyman M die for expanding. I installed a...
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    01-01-2019, 02:34 AM
    This is correct. A case head separation is really a frosted area of stretched metal. Shiny rings are something else.
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    01-01-2019, 02:30 AM
    I remember a little. That was one really ugly rifle.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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