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    Today, 12:51 PM
    A riser on the flat top for the scope might be a better option. I made them for mine. raise the scope 3/4" from the original flat top. I also incorporated the mount for my warner rear sight on it and 10 mins elevation in it. Depending on what you...
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    A billed ball cap will not only protect the forehead but it will help keeps splatters from dropping in just over the glasses into the eyes. Unlike hot liquids molten metals when they come in contact with skin they stick right there and the mass...
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    I would recommend fluxing before skimming the dross off. This way any separated alloys should be worked back into the melt before skimming and it wont remove as much. It shouldn't take a lot more heat for dust or deformed bullets to melt and work...
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    Yesterday, 12:03 PM
    I would opt for 38-55 or 38-50 with a 1-12 or 1-14 twist barrel. this would allow for bullets up to 360 grns to be used and the 38-XXs are mild mannered with lighter recoil. Brass is available though with 38-50 it is formed from 303 britsh or 30-40...
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    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    country gent replied to a thread 40-65 win in Leverguns
    One thing I have done is assemble a dummy round with the desired bullet and send that along with the firearm. It gives the smith a idea of whats going to be used and whars expected when done.
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    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    Try the cake cutter. For a test cutter use a fired case with the primer hole drilled out for a 3/16" - 1/4" length of dowel. Just :sharpen" the inside of the mouth with a deburring tool to a sharp edge
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    Yesterday, 12:20 AM
    Going from .285/.286 to .301 is going to be lot of sanding and polishing. Your going to remove roughly .015-.016 to get where you need to be. A small carbide boring bar and t could be bored out much quicker and easier. Your going to loose the lead...
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    03-19-2019, 08:41 PM
    I think the bullets initial mean weight matters in the actual weight variations and effects of it. a .5 grn on a 50 grn bullet is more than a .5 variation on a 500 grn bullet. Casting 22 cal 50 grn bullets a .2 or .3 grn variation may be more in...
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    03-19-2019, 07:23 PM
    If this is CUP measuring equipment it may be where the copper crusher sits when the case is fired. or the port for it.
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    03-19-2019, 07:18 PM
    I don't think it would take a lot to turn up a set of pins to fit it a hollow point, Flat Point, and a round nose in the original bullets style. These can be made to work with out modifying the blocks. I believe lyman hollow point blocks use a...
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    03-19-2019, 07:04 PM
    Check graingers MSC McMaster Carr and shops that supply sandblasting shop equipment. Corn Cob and walnut come in various grit sizes for use in sand blasters. I also wonder at one time how glass beads would work in a vibratory. I believe the Corn...
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    03-19-2019, 06:55 PM
    I made them for my AR match rifles for use in the slow fire stages where single loading was mandatory. I had a dedicated mag for this. I machined mine from Black derlin. On the garand there was a modified clip for single loading ( S.L.E.D. ).This...
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    03-19-2019, 04:38 PM
    The lymann 55 measure is a rotary measure. Most have a brass bushing around the rotor in the housing and 2-3 slides to adjust powder amount. If rusted up to bad the issues might be that the slides are sloppy allowing fine powders in the added...
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    03-19-2019, 04:13 PM
    I pan lube with both spg and emmerts improved ( only 5% canola oil and 5% Lanolin added) but like stated I use a cake cutter to remove mine. I think the softer lubes like spg and emmerts / improved are more susceptible to pulling out of the grooves...
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    03-19-2019, 12:58 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Soy Wax in Boolit Lube !
    Being a natural wax it might make a good Black Powder lube ingredient also. Maybe replace the beeswax in Emmerts improved with it?
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    03-19-2019, 12:55 PM
    Bet you get a lot of those bullets from a 10 lb pot LOL. Im sure it can be done and would be a great plinking small game load. One reason to do this would be to lower throat erosion / wear the light cast loads would...
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    03-19-2019, 12:40 PM
    Another thing that can be helpful when testing loads or a new rifle is to buy a few boxes of good ammo for it. In .308 federal gold medal match comes to mind. Starting the day off fire a 5 shot group with it as a control. ( after a few sessions you...
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    03-19-2019, 12:29 PM
    Try "cooking" them a little longer. Set the pan in the water bath and not only melt the lube but give it a 15 min-20 min "soak" time in the hot water. This will get the lube and bullets up to temp and give some time for them to fill. Last is don't...
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    03-19-2019, 11:54 AM
    I believe I would test a random sampling of them for hardness to see what they are and then tumble lube and shoot them according to how hard they were. Cast boolits can be in a wide hardness range the test would give an Idea of loads.
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    03-19-2019, 11:47 AM
    Another Thanks for the pics. Very nice rifle
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    03-18-2019, 11:57 PM
    Shot number 1 may be a clean cold barrel giving the results it did. I would say to test a 10 shot group at load 7 and a 10 shot group at load 12. these are the points where 3 shot clustered close.
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    03-18-2019, 12:42 PM
    It looks nice and I see it used alit to help make engravings and stamped art show up better or accent it. On these rifles I prefer the case hardened finish for tradition and looks if its done right. On fine hand engraved surfaces bluing may hide...
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    03-18-2019, 12:34 PM
    The club I belong to had issues and they decide to "quality" shooters We have a plinking range with eye brow and covered firing line 25 yds. Pistol range is 25 and 50 yds. High performance range is 7 yds to 60 yds. Rifle range is 200 yds with back...
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    03-18-2019, 11:40 AM
    Glad you weren't hurt or injured by this. while the pieces may have started straight u the varying thickness of the parts, pressure points, guide forces and odd shapes they probably didt stay straight line long. The whistle you heard may have been...
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    03-17-2019, 11:43 PM
    I believe that finish is referred to as French gray and its a plating done on the carbon steel.
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    03-17-2019, 11:39 PM
    I have used the ends from shipping tubes in bind. I have made them from wood metal and epoxy. A copper end cap might be found that would fit and work. I have made simple moulds from clay and then poured with epoxy. Metallic tape can be taped to...
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    03-17-2019, 11:07 PM
    Lapping to change weight can be done. I've done it to change size of a bullet a few thousandths, to smooth out a mould, or to help with release of bullets. Its a slow proves for size since the base band can be measured until you get very close....
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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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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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