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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 PM
    Any mould can warp. Its not so much the material but how hard it was machined and worked. Certain ways of making the stock also contribute to this stress. extruded materials like brass and aluminum have a lot of stress in them heating cooling cycles...
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    Today, 04:24 PM
    Several thoughts come to mind here with your bullet. 1) Some moulds were cut like this to enable them to be fit into the bore rifling extending overall length of the cartridge. It was thought...
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    Today, 04:02 PM
    I would prefer more x travel in the unit. y travel isn't a big issue but with longer x travel hole spacing for both blocks can be done in 1 set up. The big thing with the x y tables is getting them mounted square and true so moving in one direction...
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    Today, 03:42 PM
    Doug Turnbull is doing some very nice conversions on these rifles. A up grade in the case hardening better wood and barrel in new caliber maybe even convert it to a full rifle with 24" barrel and half tube. His top line bluing, fit and finish....
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Perhaps instead of asking for the "best" loads, we should be asking for the best starting point. chambers, leades, throats all factor into this bore and groove dimensions, number of grooves, width and barrel length again have a effect. Brass also...
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Electronic Earmuff in Our Town
    I have used various electronic muffs for a few years now with good results. I like several aspects of them over standards or plugs.1) I can hear range commands and whats going on on the range. 2) I can hear myself and coach spotter much better 3) in...
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    Yesterday, 05:03 PM
    Ive used cream of wheat as filler in my bigger BP cartridges to lighten them. Had several tell me it smelled like cereal when I shot. I mixed emertsup with bacon grease and guys were running to McDonalds. It may take more than the essential oils to...
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    Yesterday, 04:37 PM
    Twist rate in the barrel is going to determine what bullets you can shoot also. A friends 38-55 pedersoli did really well with the rcbs 312 grn bullet I believe his barrel was a 14 twist. This bullet did fine on rams out to 500 yds. The lyman 335...
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    Yesterday, 04:26 PM
    I cut of the smaller stand ring off my propane tank pot when I made and installed the full dia stand ring. This allow heat and flame to lap up the sides easier. I also in the to edge cut 8 half holes 12" dia around it. these allow the heat to flow...
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    06-22-2018, 05:56 PM
    I clean my moulds the night before Im casting, Ussually a simple hot water dish soap scrubbing is all. I then lube with 2 cycle motor oil. I do wipe the blocks down lightly with the oil very light coat with a q-tip then remove excess with another...
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    06-22-2018, 02:01 PM
    A friend has one and it does good . Our club range is south facing so seeing holes in paper can be hard. With this you not only see them it marks the last shot and shows the group both. There is a creek that runs in front of the targets that limits...
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    06-22-2018, 12:52 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Fast food tipping?? in Our Town
    Ive notice that the age of the workers in fast food resturants around here is rising. The people behind the counters and drive thrus are getting older. A lot of the "career" jobs, the better paying factory jobs are gone. Some of the factories now...
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    06-22-2018, 12:25 PM
    A "bump" die can be made for a reloading press. 7/8 14 body is okay better is one of the newer press with a 1 1/4 12 bushing this allows for a much bigger die body and more working room in the die body. The die and ejector along with a means of...
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    06-21-2018, 03:49 PM
    Pedersolis are very nice rifles and well worth the costs. For a long time now their barrels have had a very good reputation for fine accuracy. I have the long range model cabellas offered 15 years ago or so and it is a fine performer. 34" taper half...
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    06-21-2018, 03:42 PM
    Ive noticed that also possibly because of the slightly more stretch to the paper. Ive also notice wet wrapped patches when dried seem "harder than the dry wrapped. Could be from the clays and other things used to coat paper maybe. ...
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    06-21-2018, 01:12 PM
    First find out if its a sharp edge or poor fit causing the ring. blacken a bullet with a marker and insert into some and turn under pressure. Look at the markers rub marks if it a sharp ring around the bullet that looks like a knife cut breaking the...
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    06-21-2018, 12:48 PM
    As said width depth and radius needed to determine the cutter. a lot of oil and correct speed. Also Look at OSG, as they make endmills and cutters may have some more options.
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    06-21-2018, 12:44 PM
    A lot have a water bottle beside them and take drink every few shots to help keep moisture up. Another thing this may help with is one of the first things affected by dehydration is eye sight a swig every few shots may keep vision sharper also
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    06-20-2018, 03:01 PM
    The plant I worked at bought our mish metal alloy from a foundry. It was shipped and came in the plant molten. ( 40,000 lbs of molten aluminum in a insulated pot stays hot a long time LOL). The one problem with foundries or mills and the individual...
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    06-20-2018, 02:44 PM
    I have always called the process of melting to remove impurities trash and other materials, smelting. When making a batch of alloy Im blending and when making bullets sinkers or jigs Im casting. ...
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    06-19-2018, 10:59 PM
    When I tried the test rounds and felt the increased resistance I dropped a round in the chamber with the action open and it was up the length of the neck. no engravings on the bullets. Since the bullet is a hollow based bullet I pulled the de...
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    06-19-2018, 06:33 PM
    My new steel frame Henry original is a beautiful rifle and the case hardening is very nice. With Starline brass a .430 bullet is "tight" the rifle will chamber it but drag is felt in the lever. I believe they are set up as the old 44-40s for .427...
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    06-19-2018, 06:24 PM
    Saw a cooper add today and they have a fly weight model available at 5 3/4 pounds in calibers to 338 mag. Now that would be a tooth rattler.
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    06-19-2018, 12:21 PM
    I use one of the lemishine pods in my jug for brass at the range. works good while now agitation other than the occasional shaking it gets. when I pour it out the water is black and cases while not shinny have very little fouling on them. I then...
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    06-18-2018, 10:50 PM
    My rule of thumb for a Marlin/Remlin is to use a .460 boolit.
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    06-18-2018, 10:49 PM
    Today that wood tray would probably cost more to make than the primers in it do. A lot of things the packaging cost more than the product in it. Canned food products are one.
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    06-18-2018, 10:44 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Dog opened dove season! in Our Town
    Good girl! Dove shouldn't tease a dog like her!
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    06-18-2018, 10:42 PM
    On the moulds I made I didn't cut the grooves truly "Square" but gave them a 5* draft angle. on the short section of the groove it didn't show but did aid release and kept mould from breaking driving bands when bullet released. While not visible to...
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    06-18-2018, 10:36 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread Opioid/heroin crisis? in Our Town
    Several years ago I was (over)prescribed Hydrocodone for several weeks after a back injury. Insurance company refused to authorize surgery. I had no idea what I was doing; took one so I could get moving in the morning and another to sleep at night....
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    06-18-2018, 10:33 PM
    Measure the neck on a fired case outside dimension and compare to the loaded rounds neck dia. The throat isn't where the problem will be but in the neck portion of the chamber itself, if the case cant open to release the bullet then pressures rise...
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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