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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 11:42 AM
    I loaded a 207 grn bullet in 357 or my wife to use for bowling pins, wasn't a full magnum load but a nice load that did really well taking pins off the table. Bullet was barely stable and when it hit it tumbled transferring much more energy. These...
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    Today, 12:01 AM
    There is a very good chance Lee will just send a replacement die or die set after talking to you. What does the inside finish look like? It may have missed the finish reamer.
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    Yesterday, 07:28 PM
    You can cut them out of aluminum cans, plastic soda bottles, flashing or shim stock. If want to experiment with different sizes or form a index card makes a nice temporary baffle, and when you find the perfect desighn a good template to make a...
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    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    The question I have, along with this, is do you judge the powder load by how much it compresses? To lessen compression, one has to lessen the amount of powder. My gun likes a certain amount of powder. I am then told "Oh no, that is too much...
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    Yesterday, 04:13 PM
    I have chronographed loads during work up starting at no airspace only very light compression and stepping up 2 grns and the increase in compression. As the loads increase with the extra powder and compression velocities become more consistant,...
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    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
    You might try setting the shoulder back first in a separate operation then neck down to 7mm. in a pinch a 308 win die could be set high and get it very close. pushing the shoulder back and vecking down at the same time is moving a lot of metal a...
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    Yesterday, 10:38 AM
    What form is the paper fouling in? shreads or tight little rings of roughly chamber dia. What paper are you using? with the .442 dia bullet 2 wraps of .002 paper should put you right at .450 dia. One of the benefits of the bore riding bullet is the...
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    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Time to go ? in Our Town
    Nagantguy. Heres a few things to see or look for with the occasion coming up. My wife was tired a few days before then on the day she went into labor she was full of energy. She just couldnt sit still and had to be doing something. Cravings are a...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    Throwing in another choice here just for thought. The uberti and Browning are Off the shelf firearms you get what they make and if needed modify/upgrade from there. There are different models but not a lot of specific choices. A C Sharps highwall...
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    09-20-2018, 11:59 PM
    Mine has the 3 holes 2 8x48 and 1 10x36. I bought a length of the brownells tall scope base blank and drilled it for the 3 existing holes. machined the base to fit the receivers radius cleaned up the ends and annodizd them. its held zero very well...
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    09-20-2018, 11:46 PM
    Depending on the uses you have planned for the rifle, sights need to be appropriate The buck horn rear and blade front can be improved by going to a wider front blade and opening the notch up some to match it. Another mod that might help is going...
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    09-20-2018, 06:07 PM
    Try wiping the face of the cylinder off when you reload. Use bore butter on the cylinder pin too. Really helped my cap guns when shooting matches for cowboy shooting.
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    09-20-2018, 03:54 PM
    The DZ scope will be a dedicated scope for this rifle since all my rifles currently are drilled and tapped for 17" centers instead of the 7.2 for the shorter DZ Scope. If I go with a set of Irons it will probably be MVA long range soule rear and...
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    09-20-2018, 03:50 PM
    I have a 40-65 in a CPA shilouette model that's a great shooter. Shooting from my wheel chair is part of the reason behind the 38-55 and the added recoil reducing. Havent heard back yet from DZ. I did hear back from C Sharps on their Hepburn set...
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    09-20-2018, 03:42 PM
    country gent replied to a thread I heard a thump..... in Our Town
    Not if he had her destroy the evidence like you described. Now there is nothing to back up or support his claim. If she was going to be charged the pills and weed would have been taken for evidence. She may get a ticket for some traffic violation...
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    09-20-2018, 02:34 PM
    Vertical is better for this reason the case can center up in the chamber better. When horizontal the smaller case is laying in the bottom of the chamber and may not center as well. As to coffee grounds I would be concerned with the moisture content...
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    09-20-2018, 02:21 PM
    Grade 8 bolts ae good material as are allen head bolts. I have used allen set screws or odd projects but most of these require carbide to cut. Hex stock is quick and easy to machine and gives a good surface to hold on to. The other big thing is to...
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    09-20-2018, 02:17 PM
    Another nice touch on a expander bell stem is a witness lone on the top. this allows you to see and count revolutions easily when adjusting. if 16 threads per inch the expander moves .060 per revolution. The mark makes seeing this easier
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    09-20-2018, 02:01 PM
    Working up is advised for each firearm for several reasons. there are slight differences in chambers and in autos the feed ramps location, differences in throats dia and length, and differences in the lead and oal. and last bore groove dia. These...
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    09-19-2018, 11:09 PM
    It might help also to polish before forming the cases into jackets. Corn cob and walnut media are available in different grit sizes, finding one that wont fit into the hollow points might help.
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    09-19-2018, 09:23 PM
    For the easiest turning a false center on each end, this allows for the pin to be turned between centers with a small lathe dog. The expander leads and flare section along with the threads and head can be turned in one setup start to finish. For...
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    09-19-2018, 07:41 PM
    shorten the drill up as much as possible. Split the point web and sharpen it with a gage keeping the angles equal and even and the web centered. A lot of lead drilling is done with spade drills ( d reamers here) also. the smaller center drills are...
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    09-19-2018, 03:47 PM
    My scope for any rifle any sights was a 6.5-20 lepould with side adj parallax. Good scope and seldom was I above 16-18 power due to mirage an other factors. If your shooting from position with sling heartbeat breathing and hold all show up much more...
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    09-19-2018, 03:41 PM
    I have thought about doing that Kokomokid. but adding the lead time of getting the Krieger blank to DZs lead time makes for very extended project. I would like to try one of Krieger's Alexander Henry rifled blanks but I think they are available in...
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    09-19-2018, 12:55 PM
    I have turned up expanders from 4140 pre hard, A6, o1, S7, Allen cap screws, and made one with a carbide pin soldered in. All worked well even cold roll left soft will last a long time here. I find finish is more important than hardness. A good...
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    09-19-2018, 12:45 PM
    Hello gentleman, I recently contacted DZ Arms for a quote on a Hepburn rifle. caliber 38-55, barrel half octagon contour 1-12 twist 32" long. Case hardened receiver. walnut wood mercury recoil reducer and pachmeyer butt pad. Drilled and tapped for...
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    09-19-2018, 11:29 AM
    Standard goex likes compression and may run there Swiss and Old Ensford run less in compression for me and my rifles. Olde ensforde im usually around .125-.180 on compression. Heavy compression can also swell cases some, though you states the...
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    09-18-2018, 09:25 PM
    just manufacturing tolerences on length or the hollow base plug could make that much difference. Sometimes preheating the mould to temp and casting hard and fast helps. The hollow based pin may be the issue being at max size for length and dia. A...
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    09-18-2018, 04:24 PM
    Steel wool will round corners and change angles. in this case the slug and polish is the best way it will maintain shape and edges. Steel wool even at the dremils lower speeds will cut and round corners. At upper end speeds balance and wobble...
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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