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    Today, 03:39 PM
    I think lefty o has a pretty good analogy of the switch barrel Savage from my personal experience. Get yourself a long action 110 from a pawn shop or LGS, put a new 6.5x55 barrel on, scope it up and never look back. edit: I did end up with 5 or 6...
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    Today, 02:06 PM
    Some of the Enduron "new technology powders" have been recalled. I don't know if 4166 is one of them though.
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    Today, 01:52 PM
    I would look at a Savage short action for the build, I think Savage actually made a 308 Scout rifle. IIRC you can buy a bolt on stripper clip adapter uses the rear base screw holes. (maybe Sinclair International)
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    Today, 12:37 PM
    That almost looks like a "staked" in primer in the base of the bullet!
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    Today, 12:33 PM
    LGibon This is what I was referring to
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    Today, 11:04 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread midway did it again in Our Town
    Midway site still down today!
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    Today, 10:35 AM
    franklin_m I think your loads are probably fine and what others have said about the bolt head being wallered out is probably the culprit. I still "read" primers but think in reality it is akin to reading tea leaves;-). I was wondering what the...
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    Today, 10:06 AM
    What I would do is take one of your fired brass, measure the inside of the neck and size some cast bullets to that diameter. Give that a try and see how it works, those brass you just fired should have expanded to chamber dia in the necks.
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    Yesterday, 10:29 PM
    “The worst day fishing beats the best day at work!” The poorest press beats no press at all. But Lee does not build poor presses! They build less expensive presses. Moreover, the Classic Cast series are very good. As single stage presses...
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    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Not bad open sights at 100 yds, but I like more rounds per group 10 round preferred even 5 is better than 3 rounds. I'll wager you can shoot ten round groups smaller than that with cast bullets once you get fit and a load figured out.
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    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    "A chamber cast will give you the chamber neck diameter." quote by LG I agree with this. " That plus twice the case neck thickness will tell you what the max diameter of the loaded case neck can be for chambering".quote by LG. No it won't, max...
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    Yesterday, 02:17 PM
    Fat fingers M44, maybe ?
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    Yesterday, 11:39 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread midway did it again in Our Town
    Midway has become my favorite online vendor, used to be Graf and Sons. They have their website running smoothly, prices seem to have gotten better and have no problems with their shipping, 3-5 days and I have it at my door. They collect a lot of...
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    Yesterday, 10:30 AM
    try here..........
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    01-23-2020, 10:51 PM
    For a newbie to rifle loading I recommend the Hornady manual. If there is one thing all newbies seem to have trouble understanding, it is headspace. The Hornady manual has a colorized line drawings and written explanation of the issue. This...
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    01-23-2020, 12:18 AM
    :violin:The high capacity “clip” I am rooting for involves a bunch of sadists gun grabbers getting clipped at the pols in 2020. Three44s
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    01-22-2020, 09:24 PM
    A big 10+ for Shooters Pro Shop! I find getting shooters into handloading is like trying to push a rope! If a person wants to they will “pull” themselves in. Pushing leads to frustration. I began with no mentor what so ever in 1975 at the...
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    01-22-2020, 08:10 PM
    "357 Mag worship" yes sir at the altar!
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    01-22-2020, 07:59 PM
    That does sound like a weak spring, try stretching it. I would think about any 98 mag spring would work, your FR8 was developed from the M43. You might check to see that the cartridge is starting up under the extractor, it should not come out from...
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    01-21-2020, 02:43 PM
    You'd make a great tester , let us know!:kidding::kidding:
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    01-21-2020, 11:41 AM
    I think I'll pass too! The only safety worse is the older Rem M11 inside the front of trigger guard, even the Stevens/savage 320 pump had the safety in front of the trigger guard not rear, I want mine under my thumb.
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    01-19-2020, 02:35 PM
    That’s my MO as well. It is way easier to turn a crimp die in small additional increments than to reverse to heavy of a crimp. After I have reset a crimper about so many times I get a fresh uncrimped cartridge and finish my adjustments with...
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    01-19-2020, 01:17 PM
    I'll bet you find a bunch! Your bullets look good, sharp lines no rounded edges mold temp looks right on the money. When you get the crud out of your pot you will be making some nice bullets, good job! edit: could it be in your "range scrap"...
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    01-19-2020, 01:10 PM
    Quite impressed with one guy owning both SN#1 and #2 from 1936 and in that original shape. They probably should go to Cody!
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    01-19-2020, 01:06 PM
    I bought a set of the Pachmayr gunsmith screw drivers years ago, they are better than hardware screw drivers, but not much. I would say the hardening was inconsistent with bit tips breaking off while others bent. I replaced them with the small set...
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    01-19-2020, 12:55 PM
    I think you are on to something there. Sometimes emptying the pot and giving it a good scrubbing does wonders, I use a ss cup brush in a drill, do it outside and wear a mask and nitrile gloves. What looks like a clean pot can yield a tablespoon full...
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    01-19-2020, 12:31 PM
    What I see on the ball and nose of bullets are inclusions/ dirt/debris/dross, you need to flux really well. The flashing around the base usually can be prevented by keeping the base of the that pin lubed so the cavity halves close around it...
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    01-16-2020, 11:11 AM
    I load the 8mm Maximum to about 1800 fps, 252 grs checked and lubed, one shot at 50 yds on 1100 pound cow bison DRT. Shoot a deer in the left front shoulder and it will exit right rear ham, looks like they been harpooned with half inch rebar.
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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
GC Gas Check