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    Today, 05:45 PM
    Looking at it in the pictures it would be an easier press to make by a home machinist. Bolt the base plate slide and top plate together on short shafts and the die opening ram hole bushing and center plate can be bored on location and size. The...
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    Today, 05:04 PM
    You might consider 3 legs instead of 4. 3 will sit on uneven ground with no rock 4 will rock if lot a flat level surface. Something to consider. The legs should be fine you might consider a stake pocket type mount for the legs to help hold them in...
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    Today, 02:17 PM
    Bullets stored in cardboard or Styrofoam containers may lose some of the oils and dry out more. Loaded in a case or in plastic boxes it should last a long time. I use the plastic [istol ammo boxes to store bullets 100 in a box. These don't absorb...
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    Today, 01:22 PM
    Perceived pull weight is also affected by length of travel and release. A short quick release feels much lighter than a long slow one. My service rifle triggers had to hold 4 1/2 lbs to be "legal" in the matches. the 2 stage triggers were set up so...
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    Today, 01:05 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Henry 45-70 in Single Shot Guns
    Several little things in general. They are a lighter 45-70 so recoil with a given load will be heavier. For a hunting gun or plinker it should be a lot of fun for the money. Being a single shot OAL isn't as important nor is crimp. bore riding paper...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    At one time Lapua made their 167 secenar in .308 and .309 dia. I found that on a high round count barrel in 308 win the 309s would sometimes shoot better. I had a sleeve of Hornady 55 grn soft points that measured a true .2245 that did well in the...
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    Yesterday, 06:08 PM
    I have a selection of vises I use depending on the job and requirements. 1) is a 6" bench vise with swivel base and brass jaws this covers a lot of the All around work a support for it to support a long...
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    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    It can be fixed. If a new one isn't available. A piece of 1/8" flat cold rolled steel the width of the boss. Glue the handle back together as best you can. Bend form the flat stock into a snug fitting u Go about 6" past the break and glue this in...
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    Yesterday, 12:28 AM
    C Sharps, CPA are normally 2-4 months for a complete rifle to be built. I'm having a rifle built and the lead is 4 months. Last order from Kriegers was 6 weeks. The exceptionally long lead times of some cause me worry.
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    02-19-2019, 05:45 PM
    We had one at work for some specialty jobs. I suspect the ones used for making moulds were more than likely made in house by the companies for a couple reasons. One when used as they did the play in the jaws and threads would be a critical issue....
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    02-19-2019, 05:29 PM
    country gent replied to a thread What are they in Our Town
    I'm not sure on the rubber pieces being vise jaws since the bolt heads would still mar. I'm thinking a machine wiper or mount feet of some sort. On the levers I'm guessing window or sliding door latches
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    02-19-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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    02-18-2019, 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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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