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    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    Ive never heard of a shop that rents machines out for outsiders to operate. Machine cost, Power, tooling both long term and expendable, Shop space, electric, insurances, bonding if needed adds up quick. Expandable tooling ( drills, cutters,...
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    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Texas By God, I have key fob I made its a 50 bmg necked down to 22 cal. I did this on a whim. Had a roller made out of a pope cutter for a job set the case up in the lathe at low rpm and started rolling adding pressure to get to 22 cal.
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    01-21-2019, 08:01 PM
    On line metals sells it by 1 foot increments. The 1/2" X .032 will be 7/16 Id and the 7/16 Od x .032 will be 3/8 Id. These would work together with a piece of 3/8" threaded rod. You may have to...
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    01-21-2019, 07:45 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Pan lubing in Boolit Lube !
    Would be a lot of lube in the hollow based bullet if filled. A lube sizer to lube should work ( It does for hollow based wadcutters). Depending on the quantities You could simply finger lube them with a softer lube like spg or emmerts improved. Like...
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    01-20-2019, 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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    01-20-2019, 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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    01-20-2019, 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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    01-20-2019, 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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    01-20-2019, 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
    country gent replied to a thread Anniversary in Our Town
    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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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