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    Today, 01:05 PM
    The case walls thickness is tapered and gets thicker as it moves towards the head. Shoulders and necks + a little past the shoulder are annealed when the case are made to soften this area of the brass, it takes the most forming and work hardens ...
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    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Lighter bullets will reduce recoil ( also range at times). Velocity lowered also reduces felt recoil. Rifle weight makes a big difference in felt recoil, a 7 LB rifle recoils more than a 9lb rifle and a 9lb rifle is more than the 12 lb rifles....
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    I load 45-70 and 45-90 with 1F Olde Ensforfe the coarser granulation fills the case faster and then can be adjusted to velocity with compression and added charge. My load with 1F and a 550 grn bullet is giving 1190 fps and 12 fps extreme Spread over...
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    Yesterday, 10:41 PM
    A brief description of the new cutter pilots geometry. they are the .186 stem for the Redding trimmer 3/8" long with a small flat for orientation. The body is turned to cases inside neck dia. the outside end away from stem is chamfered at 8* and...
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 38-55 bullet sizing in Leverguns
    .381 - .379 is doable (.002) but if these are commercial hard cast they may take some force to size. A push thru die used in a reloading press would be best for this, more leverage, pushes on bottom of bullet instead of nose. And allows bullet to...
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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    I use Molebnium Disulfide for powder measures. If the cast iron body looks "coarse" or grainy then I give it a coat of wax with moly mixed in it to help fill the voids or grains. Any dry lube will work. Moly, Gtaphite, silicone, micas and wax have...
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    Yesterday, 01:34 AM
    I turn up a wood dowel to match the sprues angle then use lapping compound to polish it up. It works great for me. I've bought several lyman moulds and gotten good ones. I have had to lapp some moulds for size with older rifles and bores that were...
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    Yesterday, 01:26 AM
    I shot NRA High power rifle ( both service rifle and match rifle) Long Range and 3 position small bore. In High power it was a M1a or garand with rear aperture and blade front, Match rifle was set up with warner rear gehmen aperture and globe...
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    Yesterday, 12:59 AM
    The army finished some M14 national match stocks with an epoxy. It was a very involved process designed to push as much epoxy as far as possible into the wood stock. It involved a "soak time" in a vacuum pot at elevated temps of 180* or so. This...
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    02-17-2019, 07:50 PM
    I normally use Bisonite steel bed for rifles. its fairly thick and easy to work with. Mixing is different as its 10-1 ratio. There is a thickening powder for it if desired. Champions Choice in Laverge Tennessee sold it when I bought my last tub....
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    02-17-2019, 07:23 PM
    There was a set up to use a torque wrench on place of the press handle to crimp to a set ft lbs or inch lbs instead of the cam over or stop.
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    02-17-2019, 03:09 PM
    I would find a piece of cold roll steel flat stock. Glue the old one back together and scribe around it. drill the hole and cut out the shape drilling and tapping the needed holes cut proud and then file or grind with a Dremel tool to size and...
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    02-17-2019, 02:49 PM
    Heres a example of shooters and their good nature and honesty. Just before the Nationals one year I left my shooting mat at a range in mich after a match. Bought a new one when I got to Perry on commercial row. The first day of the cmp/dcm matches...
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    02-17-2019, 12:12 PM
    If you maintain the same loaded overall length then short brass really isn't an issue except for crimp if you apply one. Maintaining the same overall length on the loaded rounds puts the bullets base in the same place in the case whether brass is to...
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    02-17-2019, 12:49 AM
    In my 45-90 I shoot several grease groove bullets. My rifle is a C Sharps Hepburn green mountain 1-18 twist 34" barrel. The 3 bullets I shoot are 1) the lyman 457125 510 grn govt round nose ...
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    02-16-2019, 03:35 PM
    The piece for the lyman trimmer isn't going to be to hard to do. The .300" dia and .250 recess isn't going to have mush thickness to the rim though .300-.250 / 2 = .025 lip but should be okay with a solid fill of jb weld to support it. Im assuming...
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    02-16-2019, 01:08 AM
    The Lymann 55 was the measure used to convert to one of the most accurate repeatable measures made. The culiver conversion measure. Bench and accuracy specialists swear by this measure. I believe the Harrels is a modern copy of the Culiver also. ...
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    02-16-2019, 12:56 AM
    This weeks projects were 4 flash hole deburring tools and a few need case trimmer pilots I modified a little' The flash hole deburring tools will do 20 cal up to 45 cal ( maybe 50 cal) and a case...
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    02-16-2019, 12:18 AM
    I make baffles from old plastic pop bottles or aluminum flashing. Its not hard to do and requires few tools. a vee type is simple to make. Cut a pop bottles center section out square and clamp between 2 pieces of flat wood...
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    02-15-2019, 03:59 PM
    There are brazes for diecast metals the problem is the chrome plating on this part will keep it from getting a good bond. The other is aluminum and these metals are hard to braze weld since thes no real color change, Steels turn red when ready to...
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    02-15-2019, 03:54 PM
    Put an add in Swapping and selling for some test bullets to try and see what the rifle likes and shoots best. 20 bullets can give a very good idea. This will give you test data to choose by and when thru you have the lube and mould number maker to...
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    02-15-2019, 03:37 PM
    Do you want to use iron sights or a scope? A C Sharps Low wall or high wall on 32-40 or 38-55 should be useable
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    02-15-2019, 03:23 PM
    I use the Harrels also for smokeless powders, I have the standard size measure and the smaller Schutzan sized measure, they are very good and accurate the click adjustments make them very repeatable as to setting also. I also use the RCBS little...
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    02-15-2019, 01:36 AM
    The chamber brush on Gi tools did and excellent job pulling separated cases from m 1as and garands. I have used bore brushes in the past to pull them also. Another way s to wrap a patch around the brush and push thru from muzzle the brush patch...
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    02-15-2019, 01:25 AM
    Glue it together and carefully drill a pin hole in the boss and epoxy a pin in. on the out side face cut a piece of brass steel or aluminum sheet metal .080-.095 thick to match outside dimensions. With a coarse file rough up handle and one side of...
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    02-14-2019, 03:53 PM
    It was and is common practice to ID cavities of multi cavity moulds for several reasons. Mostly its done with rifle bullets. I used a O on the nose of one cavity and the other bare. But a dimple, X, 8, Z or other mark ( I preferred marks that were...
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    02-14-2019, 03:35 PM
    We had several 1X2 with a slot milled in it and a cover . I believe it held 10 or 15 of the neco wafers in it the bottom wafer was visible. When you broke it the next dropped down into view. Worked good and saved trips down range. Aspirins we set in...
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    02-14-2019, 03:23 PM
    A lot of times when the head comes off the actual thread is loose and can be walked out with a pick and small hammer. I was spoiled at work getting stuck screws and bolts out. I ran the edm sinker. a allen wrench socket just under screw size and...
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    02-14-2019, 01:41 PM
    Check the muzzle very carefully if you suspect Korean return. A lot of these were carried cleaned a lot and shot little bore looks good thriat is acceptable but they have a lot of rod damage in the muzzle. OP rod spring should measure at least 18"...
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    02-14-2019, 01:22 PM
    I have used the drill press as a driver for tight screws. Grind a bit to fit the screw head snug. put in chuck and part in vise that's clamped down. Bear down on spindle handle and use a snug pin in chuck to turn screw out. Works real well and...
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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