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    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    Every rifle builder was an amateur once. A lathe might be very useful for getting the sights to the top, and the chamber the correct length.
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    Yesterday, 03:50 PM
    Butchman, Thanks, but I will not follow your suggestion. Doing stuff my self is so much more fun. That bullet looks like it was a piece of copper rod, with a hole drilled in it, Then some triangular cuts. Probably formed when hot.
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    11-21-2017, 09:32 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Winchester big bore in AirGuns
    This video just came out yeasreday. Thanks for waking me up.
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    11-18-2017, 10:59 AM
    Well a couple sentences on a forum can give people the wrong impression. My split die idea is two halves hinged at one end. with a shelholder adaptor on the hinge end. The die would be upside down with the pellet skirt up then shoved into a 50...
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    11-17-2017, 07:27 PM
    Oh yeah BT, just reread the original post and see what Minuteshaver probably meant.
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    11-17-2017, 03:09 PM
    The die lock ring is a great idea, I will copy it soon, and a few times. I bought a lee 3 jaw chuck and never could get it to work, haven't mess with it for years, maybe it has grit in it.
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    11-17-2017, 02:57 PM
    I keep looking at .357 cal air guns. The fascination is difficult to fathom, I have several molds that cast bullets that look identical to the dollar apiece bullets shown on air gun web sites. But I have a .357 magnum rifle, it is possible to...
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    11-17-2017, 02:37 PM
    Minuteshaver, I think a hand press could swage .22 cal jacketed bullets, but doing so would not be for the faint at heart. Getting the bullet into the die is a process that the hand press probably can do OK. Getting the bullet back out of the die...
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    11-15-2017, 11:16 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    Expanding on Multigunner's comments and ideas, what if the compression chamber was .500, and the piston was the back half of an AR-15 bolt? Had a small spark plug mounted in the firing pin hole. Then a linear magneto that stroked as the piston...
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    11-15-2017, 10:27 AM
    The rim can be sheared off in a die, or sized down, or cut off in a lathe operation. Any method you choose is added steps and expense for tools. But .38spl cases are far fewer in number laying on the ground at my range, than .223 rem. For this...
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    11-15-2017, 10:10 AM
    Brian, thanks for some new hunting stories on the swaging forum, great reading, and fun looking at the pictures. Matt, if you send pics to BT, please forward to me too.
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    11-15-2017, 10:05 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread sea girt press in Swaging
    I think it takes a bushing to go from 7/8-14 thread on RCE ram to the 5/8-24 thread on Corbin's die. Then an internal punch spacer, or longer internal punch to make up for the increased length of the bushing.
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    11-15-2017, 09:56 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread .357 advice in Swaging
    I really like the semi wadcutter bullets. But being the proud owner of a ruger 77 357 rifle, wad cutters do not feed well. The cartridge has to feed out of the rotary magazine and up into the chamber the square edges hang up. These feed well but...
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    11-14-2017, 12:46 AM
    If you are planning to size .223 brass down to swage .366 diameter bullets you might want to go a few thousandths smaller than .366, like maybe .360 so when you seat the core in the jacket the brass spring back will grip the core. Or, you might...
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    11-10-2017, 01:01 PM
    I picked up an 8 pounder during the height of the shortage, about 3 years ago. Guessing I have 5+ pounds left. If it makes you feel any better, I will not be competing with you in the purchase for at least a couple more pounds of use here.
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    11-10-2017, 12:49 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    A proper answer to you question requires a number, sorry I don't have one. But getting lead hot enough to melt also takes time, and barrel time is pretty short. Accuracy should fall off due to the skirt getting hot and soft before the pellet...
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    11-08-2017, 09:25 PM
    Sold! Thank You georgerkahn.
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    11-08-2017, 05:12 PM
    1700 pieces, range pickup, washed, no nickel plated. Shipped anywhere a medium flat rate box goes cheap. $200, no pay pal.
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    11-06-2017, 12:53 AM
    :Bright idea: That's pretty creative.
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    11-05-2017, 05:04 PM
    Thanks for the picture Hickory, but what am I seeing? Is it a .223 case chucked in the drill, then your jacket partially exposed in the mouth, Then you never touch the flame to the jacket but just hold it close? If so, do you have a stop...
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    11-03-2017, 09:10 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread My new rifle in AirGuns
    Nice rifle, and scope combo. Those dang starlings, Did you see one with a screwdriver?
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    11-03-2017, 09:04 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    Ballistics in Scotland, Maybe a chimney flue liner is what you need for heat treating...
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    10-29-2017, 11:48 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Table Top Kilns in Swaging
    Dragging this thread back from the dead. I finally got smart enough to program my table top furnace PID controller. I have a die body cut, and ready to harden, a pipe nipple and two caps to heat the die in an oxygen free container. This pipe...
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    10-29-2017, 11:27 PM
    I live in a state that has hunting seasons for antelope, whitetail and mule deer, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, moose, plus predators. Yet I want to go squirrel hunting, The thought of creeping though the woods with a rifle, shooting a...
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    10-28-2017, 09:42 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Uses for 5.7mm brass in Swaging
    I pay local brass scroungers 5 cents per case, and there is no shipping. Some of it that has been laying on the ground for a while is not worth a nickel each to me.
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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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