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    09-20-2019, 12:44 AM
    I worked on a large number of those military M1200s back in the day, and rather hated them at the time. IMHO, the Mossberg (or 870) is easier to work on. Maybe not as durable, but then the trigger mech of the 1200 always gave us fits.
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    09-19-2019, 11:41 PM
    Heck yeah! 8-) Which makes the entire exercise, on the part of the administrators, totally pointless - when the hackers and scammers can simply do the same thing. Yup, absolutely.
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    09-19-2019, 07:15 PM
    A guy on the FAL Files built one several years ago. He seems to like it. I've seen rifles advertised in .35 Whelen and .338 Win Mag, too. I think that a Garand in either .35 Whelen or 9.3X62mm would be a neat one.
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    09-19-2019, 07:03 PM
    The free solution to that is to install the lock ring on the bottom of the toolhead, rather than the top. Newer Lee dies are made slightly longer, to eliminate this problem.
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    09-19-2019, 06:52 PM
    Joined in 2007 (sure seems like it was longer ago than that), been here in South Korea since 2016, working for the U.S. Army. Went to log on yesterday and my IP address has been banned. After three years. And four years here from 2008-2012 -...
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    09-15-2019, 10:25 PM
    Triggers advertised for the TC Hawken will drop right in, also. I have a Davis double set that was advertised for a TC, that I installed in a Lyman/Investarms rifle, and it works perfectly.
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    09-10-2019, 09:04 AM
    Do what the Army does. Buy VCI Barrier Paper and make storage bags. Wipe the guns down, then vacuum seal them in the VCI bags. They should be good for several years that way. I deal with these nearly every day, and they DO work. Alternately,...
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    09-09-2019, 08:43 PM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread What drill sizes? in Our Town
    I remember reading an article about modifying .45-70 brass to accept 209 shotshell primers many, many years ago in HANDLOADER magazine - back before it became just more grocery store pap. The intent was to get a better propellant burn, IIRC. The...
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    09-06-2019, 12:51 AM
    I bought several Czech made M98/22 Mausers that were built for the Turks for $50-60 from the distributor about that time. They ranged from pretty decent condition to downright ratty. One that I bought had an absolutely new barrel, another had a...
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    09-03-2019, 09:10 PM
    I worked for MATCO Tools for a few years, and generally liked the quality of their tools (at that time, anyway). The problem with Snap-On/MATCO/MAC, etc. screwdriver bits is that their selection is pretty limited. No thin slot bits, for example. ...
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    09-01-2019, 07:28 PM
    If you're working with a heavy recoiling (big-bore) Bisley-gripped revolver, JRH Advanced Gunsmithing does a very nice grip modification that increases the clearance between the trigger guard and grip frame. It necessitates custom grips afterwards,...
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    08-31-2019, 11:54 PM
    Has anyone recovered slugs fired through a lengthened forcing cone? Just wondering if they show less distortion of the nose?
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    08-23-2019, 09:24 PM
    Your rifle has an aftermarket cast receiver and was assembled with milsurp parts by a firm in California. Quality varies from acceptable to downright scary. The serial number range associated with 'low number' receivers is irrelevant to your...
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Retired Army Ordnance, former defense contractor
Daegu, Korea
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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
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