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    03-18-2018, 12:11 PM
    I am more interested in accuracy as I don't hunt with that rifle. If you're not planning on hunting with your 25-20, don't forget about the Lyman Lovern 257463 if you can find one, or even a plain based RCBS .25-85 CM offering. Shooting single...
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    03-13-2018, 12:29 PM
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    03-13-2018, 09:30 AM
    No one mentioned your boolit size. Most M-1's I've shot with lead, have done better with .309. The faster you push a lead boolit the smaller you should size it to get the best performance from your gun. If all you wanted to do is have the boolit...
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    03-11-2018, 02:58 PM
    Serial number, (No. de Sirie), (in Spanish) is just the assigned die number for specific calibers, 30-30 WCf was 13, 45 Colt was 86, 50-70 Govt. was 114, and so on. Most but not all later Ideal/Lyman tong tool dies used those same numbers. The...
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    03-08-2018, 06:06 PM
    I don't read Spanish well but the English Ideal HB shows the same missing shell holders in their Quick Reference Table. 32 short and long Colt have thicker nonstandard rim and they might not have made those shell holders. Ideal had #1, 4, 8,...
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    03-04-2018, 03:32 PM
    If all you're trying to do by a filler is to hold the powder against the primer, sheets of quarter inch poly foam cut into 1 inch squares pushed into the case with a dowel will hold that powder in place even in the magazine while firing. I've used...
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    03-03-2018, 01:29 PM
    These are a few pages from a Spanish edition of a late 1920's Ideal Handbook. They are copies of copies so they may not show up very well. There were only 41 pages in the files I received, so I don't know if this is the complete handbook. Just...
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    03-02-2018, 02:21 PM
    georgewxxx replied to a thread 8x56R brass in Cast Boolits
    Sorry I think I inverted the bullet sizes. The other 8X56R Military cartridge was called the Kropatchek, that used the .323. A black powder cartridge developed in 1880's. My guess is you've ordered the right brass unless you're trying to shoot...
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    03-02-2018, 02:02 PM
    I shot my first two deer with a 351 back in 1962, 30 miles north of Klamath Falls Oregon while stationed at Kingsley Field. Compared to the whiz-bang ammo people think they need to down a critter now days, the 351 was and still is a very viable...
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    03-02-2018, 01:29 PM
    The first 31133 was cataloged in about 1911, so your not having a screw to hold a pin would be about the right date. Yours look like devastators that Lyman never fielded.
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    03-02-2018, 01:06 PM
    Do a Google on mounted Cowboy shooting. They shoot balloons up to 22 feet from a horse running full speed. https://www.sassnet.com/forums/index.php?/topic/210333-how-to-make-blanks-for-mounted-shooting/
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    03-02-2018, 12:43 PM
    georgewxxx replied to a thread 8x56R brass in Cast Boolits
    There are two different 8X56R cartridges. They aren't interchangeable. The S probably stands for "sporting". It's the MS (Mannlicher-Schoenauer) you are thinking about. It uses a .323" bullet. The other was a strictly military 8X56R using a .329"...
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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