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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Finished up the measure tube today. gave it 10 clicks per revolution ( .0041 thousandth per click with the 38 24 thread) Works very nice and clicks are solid. Looks good and is a good "feel" in the hand. Concave end on the rod ( 7/32 radius). Rod...
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    Yesterday, 09:46 PM
    Thundermaker, There are programs online that will figure bc of a given bullet, all you need are the velocity at 2 distances for the bullet. Given good numbers they can be very accurate. Then a ballistics program with the BC and velocity will give...
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    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    You might also consider a tapered octagon or even half round barrel contour. I have a couple 34" barrels one on a sharps and one on a Hepburn. One is half round and the other is tapered octagon. Both are good stiff barrels ( 45 cal so a .30 cal...
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    48 tpi aren't very deep. Takes a sharp point on the threading tool. Nice looking job on them.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    I have seen this with a lot of manufacturers. The 402 grns to 406 grns does fall into the 1% variance that's some what accepted as okay though. ( Ill bet if you called the maker you would be told that's in tolerance for that weight bullet). In the...
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    01-19-2019, 10:22 PM
    Not only the vibration of rotating the turret but the vibrations of the press stroke will settle the powder into the cavity. I have done some testing with progressives and press operated measures ( never the Lees though). I have found the press...
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    01-19-2019, 10:09 PM
    For hunting to 150 yds and under I would consider one of the fixed 1.5X or 2X scopes. These give a bigger field of view at closer ranges making finding the target and the actual placement easier. I have an old weaver 1.5X on my squirrel rifle that...
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    01-19-2019, 12:08 PM
    Those Paper Patched bullets get a lot of stares and questions. I shoot them in 45-90, 45-70 and 40-65, haven't tried them yet in 38-55 do to lack of mould. Sotting on the bench they get long looks from newer shooters and some older ones also. ...
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    01-18-2019, 08:49 PM
    I have made them from 25lb propane tanks. cut length to hold the weight you want. If working with a tank or drum by all means be safe about it. remove valves or bungs, wash with dish soap water a couple times. then...
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    01-18-2019, 08:00 PM
    Taper isn't just for box magazines. The body tapers also aids in ease of extraction. as the case is pulled out the chamber is getting bigger. A true straight wall case fire formed tight to chamber will drag the full length
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    01-18-2019, 07:56 PM
    I pour 2 cavity big bullets ( 360-550 grn) with the ladle. I get very good consistency. I keep the ladle in the pot except when pouring. My moulds have had the sprue plates vented and my rcbs ladle has the spout opened to .210 dia. I start with a...
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    01-18-2019, 01:24 PM
    The one calibers have data in them from a lot of sources all in between one set of covers.
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    01-18-2019, 01:22 PM
    Measure the base band and subtract .002 buy a decimal reamer and use it. this will leave .001 on a side of the groove showing and then can be lapped to size later if needed. This will give a better finish than the drill will. ...
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    01-18-2019, 01:16 PM
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    Congradulations, Shaper.
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    01-18-2019, 01:12 PM
    Start out by drawing up what you want. scale it up 5 or 6 to 1 ( 6" on paper = 1" actual size). This shows you idea much better and also body tapers and such stand out more. This drawing will firm up the design and give you something to work from....
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    01-17-2019, 03:45 PM
    Barrels are done threaded rods cavities are done. Made one flat one concave. thimbles are turned and fitted up need graduations engraved on them inked in and polished up. Getting close now. Movement is smooth and consistent. Still need to drill and...
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    01-17-2019, 02:30 PM
    The problem may be more the jacket will spring back but the lead core wont leaving it loose in the jacket. We tried sizing down some jacket bullets for an odd bore size once and the jacket sprung back away from the core ruining accuracy. You can...
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    01-16-2019, 10:34 PM
    The problem with the plunger in a case is the cases walls taper getting smaller towards the bottom. I had a adjustable dipper with a shout gun loader for shot charges. They can be made and would be handy. Several pieces of...
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    01-14-2019, 10:47 PM
    I have a short solid rod in the bench and clean with nylon brushes and patches with a twisting motion. I use a good bore solvent then alcohol. After this a very light coat of imperial sizing die wax to prep the die for use. Your method will work...
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    01-14-2019, 10:06 PM
    You might check the recoil lugs bedding to the stock a loose fit here can also affect harmonic and screws loosening.
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    01-14-2019, 05:20 PM
    Your 420 grn bullet at 1150-1200 fps is ahead of a 44 mag energy wise. Should also be more penetration. The original 400 grn 45-70 at 1150 - 1200fps was a stellar performer at extended ranges even. Millions of buffalo couldn't be wrong. ...
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    01-14-2019, 03:34 PM
    This isn't all that unusual with the AR series rifle, the double recoil bump back and then the forward creates a different harmonics pattern to deal with. The rifle recoils when fired the rifle bumps again when the bolt carrier hits the stop then...
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    01-14-2019, 03:15 PM
    The self centering 4 jaws are used more on wood lathes. You will more than likely need a mount plate for the new chuck Look at bison, Buck. Also if the are any used equipment vendors near you check with them. As to drill chucks, Jacobs and Albright...
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    01-13-2019, 07:27 PM
    What ever cleaner you try test it on a hidden area first, some cleaners will remove bluing along with the stain.
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    01-13-2019, 01:31 PM
    The heat required to color them would also be enough to anneal them some also, probably not enough to hurt but on case hardened it might get thru. Hot bluing or rust bluing can affect the surface finish on metals also. Cold bluing would work but...
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    01-13-2019, 01:20 PM
    The standard style tubes are easy to make and work well but are harder to set to the .1 grns when repeating for a load. Here how I make them for my use unless the above work out. I recommend making a few so they can be labeled...
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    01-12-2019, 09:17 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lighting in a shop in Our Town
    Dad routinely poured floors at 6". If it was a barn floor and heavy loads 8" with heavy rebar and wire mesh.( 300 bushels of shelled corn in a wagon gets pretty heavy). Look at the foot print of most machines sitting on leveling feet the Pounds per...
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    01-12-2019, 09:04 PM
    I do a 1 shot clean break in on most of my barrels. The last 3 or so I had my Hawkeye bore scope with me and checked between strings. I break in with the bullets the rifle s to be used with. My break in is as follows 1 round clean for 10 rounds...
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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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