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    Today, 11:25 PM
    Valve grinding compound is a mix of grits that is meant to cut fast and break down in use to finer grits in fire lapping the grit dosnt get a chance to break down as each bullet is fresh compound. a valve is coated and used until the finish and...
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    Today, 11:15 PM
    First off is to find what the thread is redfield used some odd ball threads in the sights. dia, pitch and length. Then you can search for it. You might try Champions shooters supply, Champions choice, and other older target supply shops. ...
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    Today, 11:00 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    The easiest way to explain this shop is this. First it is a hobby shop not a business. I am a tool and die maker by trade 35 years experience. For those years I did what everyone else wanted, and odds and ends I needed went in my pocket to work LOL....
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    Today, 10:33 PM
    Compression is affected by powder type and wad bullet and case. You need to experiment with it some. Compress with a die not the bullet. Wads again can be many materials from card board to LDPE. I use alot of Napa rubber fiber gasket material in...
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    Today, 04:13 PM
    Look in an older Machinists Handbook, you will find the methods of grading grit, the carriers to use and the procedures used. The fire lapping process Uses 2 steel plates to "impregnate" the compound into the bullet surface by rolling it between...
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    Today, 02:50 PM
    For my match ammo I uniform primer pockets and deburr the flash holes on all brass. I do this when its new. I find better numbers on extreme spread and Standard Deviation on the loads. I do cut a uniform bevel in the cases also. ...
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    Today, 09:46 AM
    First off is to look for "wear/rub" patterns on the pins and holes. This gives you an idea where the problem is at. Next with a good magnifying glass look for burrs and or dings in the hole and on the pins. Here lightly remove any burrs or raised...
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    The letter number stamps when driven hard enough to be seen easily will deform and stretch the metal possibly warping and or bending the part. When we had to stamp gages or parts it was before final grind and finish. This way the distortion was...
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    Yesterday, 04:03 PM
    While I dont cast for 380 acp I do load for it both cast and copper plated. I use the Oregon trial 100 grn round nose cast and Rainer 100 grn RN copper plated. These I load to duplicate the zero of the rem golden saber 102 grn load ( my carry load...
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    04-07-2020, 11:46 PM
    If you use them use kerosene or a light soap water to lube them and keep them from loading when a stone loads it also quits cutting. Another is to make a brass rod and use diamond lap or very fine lapping compounds with it. Even a wood form...
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    04-07-2020, 03:05 PM
    There are "modern apertures that use both weaver / picatinny rails and unertal sized. For "modern" calibers they have plenty of elevation. one that comes to mind is the centra sold by sinclairs years ago. The rear aperture is normally...
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    04-07-2020, 02:50 PM
    With the brass in there getting the right start on the tap will be hard if the tap cant get into the existing threads to start it may cut over them wiping them out. Your at a rough point. Drill start stepping up a lot more between sizes here ( By...
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    04-07-2020, 12:02 PM
    country gent replied to a thread First Try in Cast Boolits
    Some simple to do tips. As above pre heat mould on hot plate or even on the lead pot for a few minutes. I set moulds on the warming plate when starting the pit and let them come up slow with the pot. I find it easier to cast slow to temp down than...
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    04-06-2020, 09:39 PM
    I load 44-40 for a Henry original reproduction. Its a great round as mentioned sizing and bell in are critical But not a big deal when done right. ALso watvh crimpig as it will buckle necks quick with to much crimp. Watch bullet dia some are...
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    04-06-2020, 10:16 AM
    You might try the Michigan rifle and Pistol association. Other wise maybe NRA
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    04-06-2020, 10:08 AM
    AS stated elevation is 1 Min per click on both the Battle and National match sight. Windage is 1 moa on the battle 1/2 on the National match. Another way to accomplish what you want is to buy a second front sight and cut it down to a 1-2 click zero...
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    04-05-2020, 10:40 PM
    If I had to guess as to the 41 mags old time designation it would be around 41 - 40
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    04-05-2020, 09:42 PM
    I really like the 38-55.O have a high wall and received a DZ Hepburn about a year ago in it both with 1-14 twist for 360 grn bullets. I dont find the 38-55 hard to load for, and with that bullet around 1200 fps rams are no problem at 500 yds. I also...
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    04-05-2020, 07:21 PM
    One trick that works for measuring the bore dia ( small) is to use a small set of thread wires in the grooves from the measurement. and subtract the dia x 2.
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    04-05-2020, 07:14 PM
    I believe the garand and its clip was genius at a time when it was truly needed. A rifle chambered in a solid caliber that was proven in battle to be effective. Heavy enough in weight to help control recoil and also for those times when a butt slap...
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    04-04-2020, 11:48 PM
    Back in the day the govt used a cardboard tube to reduce 45-70 case capacity. It did work. In Bazoos post here I think I would first open the flash hole to small primer size in the 223 and trim so about .100 longer than body shoulder junction,...
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    04-04-2020, 10:29 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    My luck is still holding as usual for me. Heating and cooling were here Thursday and Friday. Thursday they had 3 emergency calls and Friday had 4 so they didnt get here until late in the day. They do have the power line trenched in and lines ran...
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    04-04-2020, 10:05 PM
    Make a dedicated collet for the case. put a .030 shim in the cuts and tighten up on them. bore body taper in collet loosen and remove shims. You case will fit and square naturally and run true. You might look into a straight shank er collet holder....
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    04-04-2020, 12:01 PM
    Never had any good results with the birch wood caseys product. When we want aluminum dark at work we sent it out for anodizing, the first thing asked was what alloy the aluminum was. different alloys take slightly different processes. A plus to...
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    04-03-2020, 08:56 PM
    The aluminum radiator should work but be careful the cores in them arnt as strong and a few 10 lb ingots might crush them. The other thing will be getting the inlet and out let down to sizes needed
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    04-03-2020, 11:37 AM
    I would also recommend the treadmill dc motor for the variable speed control use a 1-1 1/2 hp one for plenty of power. but I would not reject a 2 HP one either. One thing those drill presses lack are slower speeds for drilling metals and larger...
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    04-03-2020, 11:24 AM
    For true production A piece of aluminum I beam and weld some fins in side. Like on an engine cylinder. A fan blowing over the sides will pull a lot of heat off. The more surface area the better the draw. Another way would be to line the underside...
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    04-03-2020, 10:28 AM
    No other implications here. First off check to see if there is a dust build up in the motor, this can cause it to overheat. Make sure the air passages are open and the fan is turning and not slipping. Last check the brushes and commentator. A gan...
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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