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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 PM
    I would start with smoking a lubed unsized fired cases neck and shoulder and running into the sizing die to see where its sizing. this tells you how far down the die is sizing the neck. No try to hand seat a bullet in these necks if it goes the...
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    Today, 03:01 PM
    I use mine with BPCR loads It reliably picks up those slow cast lead bullets out to 200 yds when aimed correctly. The "pick up zone" is actually a cone getting bigger the farther out it goes. Mine has picked 6mms up out to 200yds also. These were in...
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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    I do quench but not for the annealing but to slow the heat transferring into the case head.
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    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    Most dies are vented but not all. Lube isn't compressable and the thicker lubes flow slowly thru the small vent holes. A small amount on the shoulder neck will make sizing easier and better. But it has to be done in a controlled manner to heavy and...
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    12-10-2018, 11:07 PM
    The old wildcatters sometimes a fixture made up that used a short length of barrel chambered with the same reamer as the rifle. Usually pointed straight up, with a firing mechanism. this was used to fire form some of the more intense wildcats. not...
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    12-10-2018, 10:46 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Nef .223 in Single Shot Guns
    I think ( if memory serves) my NEF .223 is 1-12 twist 50 - 55 grn shot very good. Anything much heavier or VLD accuracy stated falling off. I believe the muzzle is .750 dia on mine. Almost as heavy as the muzzles on my NRA match rifles.
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    12-10-2018, 09:09 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Anvils? in Our Town
    Anvils can be refaced to like new. Ive seen it done with a heavy medium cut file and draw filing the flat surfaces. Machine cutting one can be a bear after all the years if pounding and resulting work hardening. Dads anvil ( 150 lb) brought $800.00...
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    12-10-2018, 05:21 PM
    Maybe a rough surface or grooves with slight back angle creating a mechanical lock. With out some real magnification and good light this can be hard to see. I checked this on a optical comparator at 100X . That .030 deep edge then became 3" long on...
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    12-10-2018, 02:40 PM
    For my BPCR bullets lubed with emmerts or SPG I store in 100 rd pistol ammo boxes. Keeps bullets separated and in good shape and I can inventory at a glance.
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    12-10-2018, 02:36 PM
    All my BPCR loads with the heavy end bullets 510 lyman round nose 535 postell and a 550 grn by old west moulds run in the 1150-1200 fps range ( muzzle velocity) shoot very accurately hand have no trouble with rams at 500 yds. ...
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    12-10-2018, 02:27 PM
    I think that was the 9X23 sort of duplicated the heavy loads being used in 38 super by the ISPC shooters.
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    12-09-2018, 11:59 PM
    Check with Bernie Rowles at Old West Moulds ( Sorry I don't have phone number handy) I believe he catalogs a heeled bullet for the 38 colt. The cost of a mould would be easier than modifying or making make do ammo.
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    12-09-2018, 09:47 PM
    Also keeping mind with the "quick" fix of the screw threads, if it dosnt work then chances are it becomes a major repair. Drilling out a broken screw or worse drilling out larger and plugging then redrilling and tapping holes.
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    12-09-2018, 09:30 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    HandLoader, Im planning on waiting 2 months on the shop floor before I start moving equipment in. Give it plenty of time to cure and stop releasing moisture. Just to be on the safe side. ( I have read where some engineers claim the Hoover dams...
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    12-09-2018, 09:19 PM
    If your brass is splitting its time for new brass Scrap what you have in the batches doing it and start over. The loose screw is part of the issue along with the loose ejector rod housing shifting around and affecting harmonics. If the firearm has...
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    12-09-2018, 09:11 PM
    Also chuck the drill as short as possible to do the job. This makes it stiffer and less wobble
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    12-09-2018, 04:01 PM
    It may be soldered in what does it look like here inside the action? Soldered in a complete new one can be made and soldered in. if its machined on then cut off flat justbelow bottom of the hole make a new end and tig weld it on. Leave end proud...
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    12-08-2018, 09:02 PM
    The other thing to consider is the back end of the rifle, How much recoil do want to have, or can take. AS bullet weight goes up so does recoil. I shoot three different bullets in my 45 cal BPPCR rifles with good results (...
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    12-08-2018, 06:27 PM
    +1 to rfd
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    12-08-2018, 06:19 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    Woodbutcher, Im still thinking on the floor its a bigger thing My favorite "chair" is my Trac Chair so its got to be a durable solid surface. Im considering epoxy coatings, the hard surface finish they do on concrete. And also a traditional ( for...
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    12-08-2018, 05:08 PM
    Ran across an Armi Sport "Sharps" .54 cal. Paper cartridge today. Am curious what it would be worth, and am curious about paper cartridge. Never done the paper gig.....yet anyway. I am not a newcomer to Black tho. What can ya tell me? Thanks KB
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    12-08-2018, 04:58 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    Mould maker, Im planning on a vent to outside the building to exchange the air in the room every hour or so to help with smoke when welding and machining.
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    12-07-2018, 07:08 PM
    Regular APP works just fine. Why pay extra for Shockey's mug on the container? Same stuff!
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    12-07-2018, 07:04 PM
    One can get fiber wads, over powder wads, and over shot cards from ballistic products. I shoot Cowboy action, and the black will singe the shot shell, making it harder to reload again. Usually, once I shoot them with black, I toss them, and get a...
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    12-07-2018, 06:20 PM
    Lock it in vise so its help solid or clamp it to a bench. You need it to be held good and solid no shake slipping rocking. Lay out and center punch the hole. With your drill motor and correct size bit drill the hole be as steady as possible. By...
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    12-06-2018, 05:04 PM
    Using a seating die with a round nosed stem you might be able to close that star crimp back down close to original making it look original also.
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    12-06-2018, 04:53 PM
    If its getting worse as the number of rounds that are fired goes up it sounds more like a fouling issue than any thing. If you can try a nipple wire or pipe cleaner thru the "nipple into the barrel between shots. Primers can be dirty and then...
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    12-06-2018, 04:38 PM
    For conistancy I trim to the shortest length, you need the same length and square case mouths to produce good crimps and the most accurate ammo.
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    12-06-2018, 01:54 PM
    If the factory ammo functions and feeds measure a few rounds loaded neck dia ( loaded rounds not the fired cases) and compare to your handloads loaded neck dia. if the handloads are much bigger then the issue may be there.
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I was a NRA High Power rifle competitor for 20+ years with the service rifle also Long Range. I am widowed and Have Multiple Schlrocis. Im just getting into Black Powder Cartridges and cast rifle bullets now. Also have shot alot of handguns Ipsic and Bowling pins with cast bullets.
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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