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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    Sinclairs or K&M work good. Simply neck turning for a factory chamber may not give a big improvement over standard necks selected for consentric neck wall thickness as it adds to the clearance between case and chamber. Better is to form brass from a...
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    Yesterday, 01:17 PM
    I use the paper cutter for it all. no templates per say. I have a rolling cutter board. I added a rail stop and flat surface out side of the cutter. Like is on a sheet metal shear this allows me to cut sheets from the roll of Seth Cole paper. these...
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    Yesterday, 10:11 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Chrono-madness! in Cast Boolits
    Weall it only takes a few minutes to fire the test rounds, and when done you know the set up is good and the chrono is reading correctly, with the test 22 or pellets. Just a way to save test rounds to know all is well before shooting them
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    10-20-2018, 11:09 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Chrono-madness! in Cast Boolits
    Another thing to consider is to use a .22 rimfire with a good ammo or a spring piston air rifle and the same pellets to confirm set up and accuracy each use. Either will give consistant results over time. A tin of pellets or brick of 22s set aside...
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    10-20-2018, 10:59 PM
    A lot no longer wrap with the tail wound under the bullet. leave 3/16" over hang on base and wrap bullet then fold base under it should leave a small bit of the bullets base showing in the center and a much flatter base to work with. I get better...
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    10-20-2018, 07:43 PM
    The turned stock is for your bullet to be formed from. You form the bullets ogive on it and then cut to needed length. The shim is like the shim in 38spl 357 dies sets all it does is raise the die setting by its thickness to not crimp with out...
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    10-20-2018, 07:33 PM
    The correct fit and correct stakeing would be acceptable also. the Stake should have been a complete ring around not the dimples and nowhere as deep as those were, we did cut a small bevel for the stake to overlay the part when done but wen don it...
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    10-20-2018, 07:20 PM
    I shoot PP with grease cookies in 45-70 45-90 and 40-65. Depending on powder, powder charge and barrel length, which all factor in to How thick a cookie you need. I use a heavy wad .060 rubber fiber over powder the grease cookie then a playing card...
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    10-19-2018, 09:06 PM
    I have them from BACO and have made my own. I usually make one modified for use in the seater die. Make a square ended p lug to fit the threads in your die of the appropriate length will work. Another way is to make a dummy...
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    10-19-2018, 05:21 PM
    A small die set could be made for this and used in a vise or small ahrbor press.a reloading press could be done also. Materials would be : 6" 3/4 X1 flat stock 6" of round stock close to desired caliber ( bigger not...
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    10-19-2018, 04:45 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Bullets in a fire in Our Town
    Had a pick up truck catch fire years ago behind the seat were 2 boxes of 12 ga bird shot shells. some the crimp unfolded others the sides split, these were the plastic shells not the older waxed paper hulls.
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    10-19-2018, 01:26 PM
    A press fit is a simple thing to do and only requires you have the stock to make it on the new part. The hard part is measuring to know you have the true .001-.002 interference needed. On replacement parts this may be a problem as they are made for...
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    10-19-2018, 12:15 PM
    Wilton is a major name in vises and very good. The assortment of soft jaws is also good advice. To save marring and gouging a vise produces a lot of force. Another is a supply of hard maple 1"X2"x the length of the jaws for making jaws. Clamping a...
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    10-19-2018, 12:02 PM
    I have a Meacham bushing die with out the decap head. It allows for the neck only to be sized and to adjust the neck tension with different bushings. I use it for 45-70,45-90 and 40-65 by changing bushings as needed. I also have bushings for both...
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    10-18-2018, 07:37 PM
    The worse part of this is there is no "coming back" from this fix. Those stakes are always going to be there.
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    10-18-2018, 03:56 PM
    The 44 can be loaded down to comfortable levels or even 44 spl loads used. Another recoil reducing technique is to go to a lighter bullet instead of the240-270 grn most favor work up a light load using 180-200 grn bullets that fill a lot of the...
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    10-18-2018, 03:44 PM
    Also now several others are producing them Savage comes to mind. The Savage is getting some great reviews and it has the easy barrel swap Savage is known for. Have a friend that just had a kelby action built up into a pistol. There is still a...
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    10-18-2018, 11:11 AM
    One way to look at this is How many parts are there in a given firearm? Every part has a tolerance on size hardness material composition of its own. every part is fitted into this machine to work with the other parts. While the same maunfaturer...
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    10-18-2018, 10:55 AM
    In my big ladle pot ( 100lbs+) I use a mixture of wood and paraffin to flux. I did try the flux in a tin for soldering pipe joints and such, worked but not any better or wrse than the wood paraffin mix. I add the wood and a small ball of paraffin...
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    10-17-2018, 11:11 PM
    As a side note a lot of AR barrels had the twist stamped on them somewhere usually ahead of the extension or at the muzzle end
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    10-17-2018, 11:10 PM
    I do it similar to above. I use a brush with patch cut to make a tight fit. insert rod thru muzzle and screw it on. Pull into rifling. put a masking tape tail pointing up right against the muzzle and pull out for 1 revolution. measure between...
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    10-17-2018, 08:37 PM
    Normally sizing is recommended for up to around .002-.003 reductions. Your wanting .008-.009. This could possibly be done in push thru sizing dies in 2 passes. This much in one pass may not size down but shave down removing metals. I would recommend...
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    10-17-2018, 07:49 PM
    Starting with the cold pot is good advice. Another trick is a steel pan big enough to sit on top of your pot to use to pre heat the bullets. Preheating the bullets to 250-300* in a separate container for 20 mins or so will also take care of any...
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    10-17-2018, 07:34 PM
    For just the bezel repair you might check with a local jeweler. He might handle it quickly and reasonably. In reality accuracy is much more today than it was years ago. For years a caliper or mike that measured to the...
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    10-17-2018, 04:31 PM
    Nun2kute Making your own is fun, satisfying and saves some money ( sort of like reloading goes LOL). When I did mine in the 80s parts were nearly as available, or as many selections. Most for a flat top match rifle just cut the top off a AR service...
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    10-17-2018, 12:03 PM
    Profile of the firing pin ( a small ring or rough surface), size smaller pins create a smaller tighter indent that is more apt to pierce, to long may literally push thru the cup, a oversized hole around the firing pin allows for cratering and or the...
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    10-17-2018, 12:01 AM
    Muzzle loaders are vented firearms, not a sealed breech like smokeless firearms are. This vent is right in front of your face. Pressures build differently between the 2 powders and may have different "spikes" or waves. ...
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    10-16-2018, 11:12 PM
    I prefer the clamp on as the above stated the better seal. Also I find they don't "walk" as much when tightened. I have seen set screws threads and tight fitted pins cause tight spots in bores from over tightening. I think the clamp on is easier...
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    10-16-2018, 11:00 PM
    Maybe reaction between the 2 oils.
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    10-16-2018, 03:01 PM
    While the powder coat will reduce or eliminate leading, it will do little to help with the fouling from BP. With Paper patched bullets and no grease cookies the bore is usually wiped between shots with a damp patch of some elixair to control...
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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