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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    I recently inhereted a Ranger 20 Gauge pump action shot gun. I pretty sure its a Sears House brand made by Stevens (520A) with the double hump receiver. The action will not open with the release. This was my grandfathers shotgun he hunted with Its...
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    we had a paint sealant we used when trimming trees to protect the fresh edges from exposure and bleeding. Stop in at a nursery and talk to them about it.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    The last tool room I worked in was a fully equipped shop. With the cnc cutter grinders mills lathes surface ID and OD grinders along with the jig grinders and jig bores making a mould wouldn't be an issue nor would making a cherry To cut the...
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    Yesterday, 02:50 PM
    With normal pistol bullets you can compress powder while seating. a Card wad helps protect the base of the bullet also. A playing card wad works well. As to loads Start at no airspace no compression and work up...
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    That very well may be a one off mould from a tool room in a shop some place.
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    09-21-2017, 09:47 PM
    Art, rebarreling can be as involved as you want it to be. Contoured barrels span a range of prices and quality. Adams and Bennet, Shilen, Douglas, Lilja, Pac nor, Hart, McGowen, Brux, Criterion, and Krieger are all barrel makers available. For a...
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    09-21-2017, 02:12 PM
    Some is going to be determined by the rifles action. The lever actions are pretty much length sensitize as to what feeds and will function thru the action. Even through they will chaber and fire in the lever actions they need to feed also. Ideally...
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    09-21-2017, 11:00 AM
    You might consider one of the Spray sealents for tents and gear. Take band off and hang it up spray and let cure. You might be able to spray some in the cap and brush it in even. I would be leary of beeswax while a everyday watch ( not a dress...
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    09-21-2017, 10:47 AM
    My load with the 335 lyman bullet in 38-55 with olde ensforde 3f is right around 47grns in starline brass. It should be around .100 compression. I'm using rubber fibber napa wad and 2 tracing paper wads. Load gives around 1230 fps is accurate in...
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    09-20-2017, 09:57 PM
    You might try a bigger ram but the .003 clearance shouldn't be the problem I would check the ram for a flat square surface, not a dome shape face as this will allow for the edge to have an opening to push into. Another cause may be a bevel on the...
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    09-20-2017, 09:40 PM
    I use a lot of range brass in handguns. Most was picked up from the Local club I belong to or A friends indoor range. I normally swept the floor when I started to have a solid stable place for my feet. I then swept the floor and pile up when done to...
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    09-20-2017, 09:22 PM
    Keep in mind tooling costs are one of the manufacturers biggest concerns. A material that's wears cutters faster, destroys ways wipers and seals faster, produces more cutting force and some other issues simply ups the costs. Throw in the special...
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    09-20-2017, 08:58 PM
    Heres a tip that is more mind related. Don't think about the tremors when shooting or worry about them. The minds thoughts can bring them on as fast ( maybe faster) than the muscle stress. I can remember a junior who was having an issue with cross...
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    09-20-2017, 08:51 PM
    While I don't have my old machinists handbook handy right now, It gives the "standard for defining the grit" of lapping compounds. The grinding waste is put in a certain weight type oil and stirred to suspend the grindings. After a certain time it...
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    09-20-2017, 12:21 AM
    I used palm up or in the U between thumb and forefinger at the mag area. forend ring on the ARs. On my bolt guns I'm back a little farther and on the BPCRs ( Sharps, highwall, CPA and hepburns, along with my number 1s) I'm pretty much under the...
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    09-20-2017, 12:08 AM
    A lot of the old farm house here had a simple cistern in them that help water, It normally could be pumped in and some used the large roof areas and gutters to fill them. This wasn't potable water but was used for washing, flushing toilets and...
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    09-19-2017, 10:33 PM
    I cut mine from starret shim stock I have a selection of it here from my "misspent" youth as a tool and die maker. I have thought about a flat spring bent iin a shallow v but onmy moulds would have to open the slots up for the to have one heavy...
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    09-19-2017, 10:13 PM
    Stainless has several issues for moulds, heat transfer, machine ability, finishing, and warping. Stainless depending on grade is much more expensive than aluminum, heavier and harder to machine. Stainless can be hard to get chips to break for good...
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    09-19-2017, 10:02 PM
    country gent replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    I use corncobs with iosso brass polish and nufinish added. When I bring the BPCR brass home its in a jug of dish soap water. I start the polisher add 1 cap of the iosso and about the same of nufinish and let run. I rinse the brass several times with...
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    09-19-2017, 09:55 PM
    I have leg tremors and Ive found that sometimes a slight adjustment in leg position stops them. Maybe a slight adjustment in your shooting position will help. More towards a bone supported position instead of muscle supported. Something along the...
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    09-19-2017, 02:28 PM
    Welcome to the addictions here, there are many. You can cast very good bullets in many different ways as to equipment. A bottom pour pot and moulds along with clean lead gets you started. Pan lubig and a lee push thru sizer. A simple stand and...
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    09-19-2017, 02:09 PM
    I have shimmed my early brass moulds to the handles to remove slop. These blocks were made before the put the steel bushings in for the alighnment pins like they do now. Its easy enough to do and several ways to do it. The easiest is to mount the...
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    09-18-2017, 10:35 PM
    Wonder if you used a long cure clear epoxy instead of the shellac / varnish if it would soak in and strengthen them some. maybe same on the inside to seal better. A couple coats would seal from the gourd and maybe make a better barrier. But then...
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    09-18-2017, 10:28 PM
    The rule of thumb for the older powder in 308 ( these powders were temp sensitive in like sole of the newer powders) was for every 10* increase above or below your base temp was good for 1 min at 600 yds. I set my ammo in the shade under my stool...
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    09-18-2017, 10:11 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    First shop I worked in we had an gear head air drill that had a number 3 morase taper instead of a chuck. This drill spun be a couple times we normally shortened the air hose up so when it grabbed it popped the quick connect. It was a monster hand...
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    09-18-2017, 10:04 PM
    On enlarging the die holes 1 1/2" die from 7/8" you need .3125 min wall thickness from the 7/8" die to the edge and from each hole to the next. This is bare minimum and dies will touch with no room for lock rings. Moving the holes in towards center...
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    09-18-2017, 08:37 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    Yep two different reamers. I'm used to finish reamers used in the machine shops for preccision finishing of holes. I believe your talking about what I know as a bridge reamer to completely different animals. Different cutting angles and flute...
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    09-18-2017, 07:46 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    A true reamer can be sharpened but its unique. The end is cut off and the beveled cutting edge is reqround and relieved removing the side wear and when relieved a new cutting edge. We would hone the scrapping sides to make .0005 under sized reamer...
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    09-18-2017, 07:33 PM
    I have a block made to use lead for barrel inserts they are poured around the barrel itself makes a perfect fit split block for your vise. Mine is simply a rectangle metal box 3 1/2" wide 6" long and 1 1/5" deepwith a hole bore thru on center...
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    09-18-2017, 07:20 PM
    I have a selection of 45 cal rifle moulds 405 grn ( both flat base and hollow based) 450 grn 480 grn 510 grn 535 grn 550 grn and a adjustable PP mould. I haven't tried the 405s yet. As I just ordered them last summer both are lees. I have used the...
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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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