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  • Rug480's Avatar
    Today, 08:56 AM
    Rug480 replied to a thread Power coat flaking in Boolit Lube !
    Thanks for all the tips gents I always wash my hands and dry them with clean paper towels before handling my reloading equipment but these were water quenched from casting, then again after powder coating. Contamination can certainly be the...
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 AM
    XS sights and 44 mag snap caps/sling parts sold
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 01:18 AM
    Yep mine mostly collects dust for this reason.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 12:51 AM
    Not very much bluing wear so not that many rounds. More detail here http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?69332-Mauser-Modelo-Chileno-1895-7-62x51-Nato-conversions ...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 AM
    I started casting in 1968 with Lyman 4 cavity for 45 Colt and 45/70. My most used molds are H&G 10, 8 or 6 cavity with a close second to my brass 4 cavity. The older Lyman's that I own cast on size or larger. The newer ones are on size or under. ...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:56 PM
    My bet is its caused by your crimp. Easy to test. Try some before and after your crimp.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    When you send payment you specify you want insurance and how much and yes if it's not part of the deal you have to pay extra. I have ordered around a 100 firearms mostly through GB. Two have had shipping damage.
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    Thanks Jim I’ll keep in mind I could also use 45-70 molds, brass, gc and Marlin 1895 gear if interested in trading
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:55 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Magazine chain fire test in Leverguns
    Good read and actual examples here: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?263616-lever-action-magazine-explosions Got this from Beartooth: "Buffalo Bore went to a small rifle primer, seated deeper than normal, when some customers...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    This was an unopened pound from early on Obama's reign(2010), slightly swelled and when I pulled the foam seal a VERY - VERY strong odor of BLEACH. I can smell it from 20 feet away so should be easy enough for anyone to tell. I had forgotten this...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:12 PM
    DD- thanks for posting this on here. Just got off the phone with Rob, very pleasant to deal with, just take a picture of the lot number and email to him, refund on the way.
    10 replies | 290 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:02 AM
    That time was a catch-22 situation for me. During the start of the panic I maybe had 20 rounds of 35 Rem brass as a range pickup but I had nothing chambered in 35 Rem. Because of the ammo and brass shortage I picked up a couple of 35 Rems cheap...
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 11:46 PM
    Hey guys, Been a minute since Iíve hit the reloading bench. Casting for my newly acquired 1895 and 1911 but hit a wall with powder coating. HF red - 400F for 20 min and water cooled right after. Worked before without issue, some look ok...
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 11:15 PM
    1895abl, first 45-70, 2019 production and not bad at all in QC
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 07:56 AM
    RCBS 2x 255gr swc Lee 2x 200gr swc Both for $80. RCBS is hardly used, like new. The Lee is used but still casts very well. XS front and rear sights for a Marlin 336, front sight missing one screw but priced accordingly. SOLD Hardly used Lee...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    12-03-2019, 04:26 AM
    During the last panic .35 Rem brass was not available period and loaded ammo wasn't much better.
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    12-03-2019, 01:18 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Magazine chain fire test in Leverguns
    My dad's hunting buddy had a couple go off in the magazine on a Winchester Model 71. That was in the 60's and I was only 7 or 8 years old at the time but remember looking are the results with my dad.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    12-02-2019, 11:18 PM
    Per conversation with DAG ammo.com a. Company that makes the primers for Tula is caught up on the sanctions by Obama on Russia. Tula ammo is not effected, that company is not making weapons in Russia and is not banned / effected by...
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  • Rug480's Avatar
    12-01-2019, 11:42 AM
    Rug480 replied to a thread WTS: 45 cal molds in Swappin & Sellin
    Selling as a group
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    12-01-2019, 01:30 AM
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 07:38 PM
    Just food for thought. Checkering a backstrap on a SA may not be the greatest idea. In the 70's I had a set of SA grips that was checkered on the backstrap. It was a 45 Colt but in a Blackhawk. With heavier loads the checkering would take the...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 02:25 PM
    While I do have extensive heat treating experience I have never personally done Nitre bluing. Per the manufacture they recommend water. https://www.brownells.com/userdocs/learn/Inst-362%20Nitre%20Bluing%20Bluing.pdf Quenching is just rapid...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    11-30-2019, 01:48 PM
    I would be surprised if the backstrap material is heat treated. My guess is it's a low carbon steel so Nitre bluing temps will not adversely affect it.
    10 replies | 500 view(s)
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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