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    02-23-2020, 12:30 AM
    My process for smoothing out Ruger DA revolvers has been very simply and effective: 1. Strip it down per factory instructions. 2. Hose it with crud cutter to flush off any leftover factory machining residue 3. EXCESSIVELY oil anything...
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    02-20-2020, 10:51 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Marlin Ballard in Single Shot Guns
    I've narrowly missed needing to come up with the answer to this same question twice: First on a Martini Cadet that had been converted from the heel-based .310 Cadet to .32-20, and second on my Pop's version of the same gun you've acquired, that...
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    02-10-2020, 11:23 PM
    NICE! Browning's pocket autos - still gettin' it done!:mrgreen: Given the current trend toward the FBI's priortization - placement, then penetration, then, maybe, diameter - I think the negative perception of the .32 and the .380 only really...
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    02-09-2020, 01:05 PM
    Well. . .here's the conundrum: That it will have a full-length magazine tube is a given. Do you shorten the barrel for convenience with a suppressor, or leave it long and let the chips fall? Now heres a question for the more knowlegeable...
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    02-09-2020, 12:56 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Hk mp5 in Military Rifles
    Good to see it getting "modernized" with standard attachment points. Also good to see it at a little more reasonable price point - despite the fact that it really is a great gun, a Hollywood action hero, and perhaps THE flagship pitcher from which...
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    02-09-2020, 12:33 PM
    Now that my thinking has evolved to where I kinda like the idea of the ROUND, I'm kinda wishing someone would make a GUN I'd like it in. I can water down loads in .38 or .357 brass and not quibble over the extra couple grains of powder. The lead...
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    02-08-2020, 11:44 PM
    Taz, this is a 230 grain bullet with a .32" meplat at hardball speed, but it kinda illustrates what megasupermagnum is talking about: The fired one on the right was recovered from the ninth gallon milk jug in the stack. If I had a bizarre...
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    02-08-2020, 10:54 PM
    I don't think you need that kind of mass. A couple of examples: 230 grain LBT .45ACP cast of HARD stuff driven at standard GI hardball speed of 830 fps. Bullet on the left is unfired. Bullet on the right stopped in the 9th milk jug of the...
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    02-08-2020, 01:06 PM
    It's their Gen 5 spec "Marksman barrel"
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    02-02-2020, 12:27 AM
    Craiger, I tend to think you've got a .32-20 conversion that somebody failed to re-stamp the barrel on. I say this, because it looks an awful lot like mine: Bore on mine is .3185" and Veral Smith of LBT cut the shown 130 grain mold at...
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    02-01-2020, 08:12 PM
    My thought if you're using wood: look to blacksmith forge designs for inspiration. Maybe old locomotive fireboxes.
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    02-01-2020, 12:57 PM
    Hee! In a somewhat related note, the shotgun used by Wyatt Earp to blow Curly Bill Brocious nearly in half is going up for auction: ...
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    02-01-2020, 12:33 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Boolit Size 303 Br. in Cast Boolits
    If nothing else, proof that little with Enfields can be assumed, given that just the production history covers the black/smokeless transition, and all the experimentation with that and jacket materials. Then all of the development, upgrading,...
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    02-01-2020, 11:24 AM
    There's some "As Seen On TV" infomercial potential here: "Buy the Number 1 Winchester Model 70 for only one and three-quarters million dollars, and we'll throw in the Number 2 Model 70 for FREE! (Just pay separate shipping charges)" The Cody...
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    02-01-2020, 10:51 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Boolit Size 303 Br. in Cast Boolits
    And it continues to be a puzzle. . .:( Tried to run a mad minute yesterday with my No. 1 MkIII with my .316's and had the noses jam up in the lands. Did some measuring and found some noses north of .307", so it seems the .314" version of the...
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    01-29-2020, 10:25 PM
    The main purpose for moon clips TODAY is to provide fast reloads for the guys that still compete with revolvers - OR to give a revolver option to a guy who predominantly runs autoloaders. For that, they're great. As a historical answer to the...
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    01-29-2020, 10:18 PM
    Being in the biz of teaching them and maintaining them, I'd call the Glock the winning combo of cost to buy, easiest to teach, and simplest to keep running. They have their odd manufacturing hiccup just like anyone else, but overall, they are...
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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