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    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    KenH replied to a thread On an Ice Road in the Arctic in Our Town
    Best comment yet!!
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    04-16-2018, 12:14 PM
    Hey, thanks for the addition info on why not to use lead wrapping. I'm using leather now, cause that's what I had. I'd been reading about lead wrap and it seemed to be "highly recommended" by a couple of folks, but not near all. Now I know the...
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    04-15-2018, 04:45 PM
    Spring steel would work just fine. ALso, taking a thin section of high carbon steel and working in annealed state will be easy, then simply heat treat it to around 61 Rc or so with a nice smooth surface would be just fine. Heat treating is nothing...
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    04-10-2018, 10:14 PM
    I turned the flint over and now it strikes much higher on the frizzen. I suspect those bad frizzens are why somebody did the half-sole. I suspect they did harden the half-sole, but they silver soldered it to the frizzen. Even though they...
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    04-10-2018, 04:40 PM
    I'm sure steel banding would work good. I don't have any at this time. I should have kept a bit of it on the last pallet that was delivered. I removed the existing half sole, it cleaned up being about .045". I heated to cherry red, dunked in...
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    04-10-2018, 12:34 PM
    I just turned the flint over and it's got a bit better angle now - hits higher on the frizzen face. Flint tip still doesn't really reach middle of pan. I'm thinking this is just a bad lock design and even with a high carbon half sole it might not...
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    04-10-2018, 11:48 AM
    Thanks for the comment - I didn't think SS would work. Oh well, now to start grinding to get a thin slice of the high carbon.... 1/32" thick? 1/16" too thick? Now, I have a question here wondering if all this work on half soling the frizzen is...
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    04-09-2018, 08:51 PM
    I think I've been convinced to half sole the frizzen - shouldn't be too hard. Would AEB-L stainless steel spark? It's around .80% carbon I normally HT, then temper back to around 60/61 Rc. I can easy leave it around 62 Rc if need be that hard. ...
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    04-09-2018, 06:26 PM
    From looking at the frizzen (and the photo) I think it's for sure it's been half soled, but I think it was soldered on. A good valid way to do it from what I read, but problem is the half sole is easy to file. PM on the way. Kenh>
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    04-09-2018, 03:27 PM
    That's sorta what I thought also - buy why put new high carbon steel on frizzen? Would it not work to use Cherry Red and put a good case hardening on the surface of existing frizzen? How smooth (or rough) should the frizzen face be for the flint...
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    04-09-2018, 12:25 PM
    Hello all - not sure if this should be in "gunsmithing" forum or the "muzzleloading" forum, but since this is gunsmithing question, I put it here. I acquired a flintlock pistol and the darn thing just won't spark. I've purchased the "good" flints...
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    04-02-2018, 01:45 PM
    KenH replied to a thread 80 percent lower in Factory Rifles
    Hatch is correct, as far as the ATF is concerned you can sell a rifle or pistol made from an 80% lower. The Form 1 is NOT required as long as it's NOT a NFA item (SBR, etc). You can NOT made one to sell, nor as a gift to anybody else, not even a...
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    04-01-2018, 09:54 AM
    KenH replied to a thread 80 percent lower in Factory Rifles
    Mr Hatch has covered the NFA side nicely. For non-NFA items (not a SBR, suppressor, etc) you are allowed to buy your own rifle, pistol, shotgun, etc as long as the finished product does NOT fit the description of SBR, etc. To do this you are...
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    03-31-2018, 09:27 AM
    I sure wish they did at a reasonable price.
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    03-28-2018, 07:22 PM
    OK, let's go for this. sailingtoo @ gmail dot com .460 HP flat base, with all pins AND HANDLES I've never used a brass mold and looking forward to playing with it.
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    03-28-2018, 01:10 PM
    Not quite resistance. A RTD works with resistance, the TC works from voltage. The TC wire (depending on type, K, etc) creates a small mV range depending on temperature. You actually read the temperature by measuring the voltage created across the...
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    03-28-2018, 01:05 PM
    NoZombies - Let's just say I'm IMPRESSED!!! Something I always wanted was a centerfire .22LR. Yes, I know I can buy .22LR for around same price as reloading these days, I just enjoy the reloading and casting my own bullets. I'm VERY impressed...
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    03-27-2018, 11:25 PM
    I just found this thread with group buy - I'm interested, but what is the expected time frame for delivery of mold? I know it's impossible to predict the exact time, just general time frame - weeks, months? For a 2 cavity HP mold, .460 diameter...
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    03-24-2018, 01:15 PM
    Jonb - I missed that in the original post with photos. You're saying the brass from the cylinder that blew apart still looks good? That is interesting. I don't know anything about the Judge - but do the cylinder walls look any thinner than a...
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Did LOTS of casting in '70s and burn LOTS of powder. Not so much lately, but still enjoy reading.
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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