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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    I have used my mini lathe to trim deburr and chamfer cases. Modify rims, turn dummy rounds I want to see from wood and make parts tooling. I used a couple machine screws and dowels to bolt a piece of 1/2 X 3/4 as wide as the top of the tailstock...
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    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    country gent replied to a thread ladder test in Cast Boolits
    I believe Criehton Audette came up with this ( He recommended it for long range rifle loads) It was part of a process designed to find the best load for your barrels harmonics. The process was to load and shoot 1 round at .2 grn...
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    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    Brass tubing can be purchased online by ID OD wall thickness at online metals .com.. In 12" lengths.
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    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    If your going to add range scrap or materials your not sure of to a molten pot, make a ladle big enough to hold several pounds and still fit in your smelting pot. Sift in to it watching for live rounds zinc tocks and other debis. set the bottom of...
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    You can find center of a dowel with n adjustable square. Set it to half the dia of the dowel and draw 4-6 lines from points around the outside edge where all the lines intersect is center. Holding the dowel in a vise or clamped to something solid...
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    Yesterday, 11:55 AM
    Look at wood crafters, and wood working supply stores for the ferrules. Mist of the ram rods and cleaning rods were hickory and soaked in linseed oils for several days up to a week to finish. The wood cleaning rods I have here are shotgun rods ( no...
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    03-24-2019, 11:31 PM
    Yep its the 2 cycl oil mix. In stores. Use a very light coat. Give it a few short sessions before doing a lot it may need to season or break in.
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    03-24-2019, 11:26 PM
    When I started in shooting NRA High Power a CMP / DCM garand in pretty decent shape was $169.00 to your door. Shooting the spring beginners match at Perry and belonging to a recognized club you could buy one. For a few years you could buy the one...
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    03-24-2019, 09:11 PM
    I use a small copper disc under the set screw to help hold it if the screw is loosening up still go to 2 Set screws and lock sprue plate and run second in to jam set screw. I had this on a lyman and I used a long set screw and jam nut against the...
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    03-24-2019, 08:57 PM
    I use the Seth Cole 55W 8 lb. and a Bullet from a Brooks adjustable mould that's 442 dia. Wrapped dry with my tension and patch board I end up at .448-.449. This fits my 45 bores very close. Wrapping damp or wet and...
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    03-24-2019, 02:10 PM
    I use a couple bullets in 45 colt. A 250 grn round nose for tradition. A 200 grn semi wadcutter when I want clean holes in paper and the 355 lee round nose flat point for heavy work. The 250 grn gets use plinking and...
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    03-24-2019, 02:01 PM
    With just one stick if lube you'll need a small pan to get tall the lube grooves on most bullets filled. better might be to dip lube with it. A small tomato paste can (6 oz 8oz) is a small dia and taller. Clean it out good and smooth any sharp...
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    03-24-2019, 11:05 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Help Needed in Cast Boolits
    The smaller bullets can be harder to cast for several reasons. 1) the smaller weight and mass don't put as much heat back into the mould letting it cool to fast A 50 grn bullet and sprue may weigh 80 grns not a lot of...
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    03-23-2019, 11:47 PM
    There was a thread on shipping here awhile ago. What I have done is buy an air glide case and 2 locks. Wrap gun in a section of old flannel bed sheet Set in case and tie down with Velcro straps. Then with bubble wrap or other packing materials pack...
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    03-23-2019, 10:29 PM
    One thing to try your various inserts. at 100-200 yds with a target silhouette or bull and try each one in the for sight picture seeing what your eye and mind likes. Takes a little time to do. but shows you what to test and try. I think Distant...
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    03-23-2019, 10:23 PM
    The commercial and custom controlled round feeds had the extractors adjusted to allow single loading of rounds usually. With the single followers the round is centered and higher than 1 clipped in the magazine is so it snaps over the rim. If this...
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    03-23-2019, 09:51 PM
    Check with Lee Shaver and MVA, Look for a mid range soule rear and spirit level globe front, I believe both have the base for this rifle. The mid range should get you close to 800 yds with BP loads and 500+ grn bullets. I would also recommend the...
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    03-23-2019, 09:45 PM
    Since using the walker and now the wheelchair I have seen a lot more helpful people every where. Wether its opening and holding door or helping me pick things up or any madrid of other things. Today at krogers I was leaving and seen a banana peel in...
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    03-23-2019, 04:45 PM
    If it has a rebound spring on the firing pin check replace it a to heavy spring here can slow lighten the blow also. As said above check firing pin channel for built up debris also. Also check fir of firing pin in hole as excess clearance can allow...
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    03-23-2019, 01:45 PM
    One insert I have that gets a lot of use is a wise blade for the front its probably .100 wide. at sil ranges and animals to my eyes it covers the horizontal centerline of there body making windage easier to see. The other odd one I like is one with...
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    03-22-2019, 11:34 PM
    A short flat ramp polished very smooth. the correct coolant and lead temp to get the drips and not a stream. coat the ramp with dry lube to keep lead from sticking to it. A medium dia deep container for catching the shot. I...
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    03-22-2019, 11:22 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Rifle Value in Single Shot Guns
    I recently purchased a roller in 45-70 at a local show. 32" octagon badger barrel. very good walnut on it tuned trigger ( about 2 1/2 Lbs with short release) MVA wind gage front and MVA long range soule on the rear with a Hadley eyecup. Also had a...
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    03-22-2019, 11:14 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Not Happy Today in Cast Boolits
    Appears to be some frosting on the noses. This could be to hot on the alloy or mould. The bases almost look like they hadn't cooled completely when opened and dropped. If you have a thermometer melt pot and set to around 675* pre heat mould and...
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    03-22-2019, 10:56 PM
    Several ways to determine what you have and what you need. 1) a cerosafe chamber cast tells a lot as to throat length and dia. It will also show the lead angle and length. giving dimensions to work from. ...
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    03-22-2019, 10:44 PM
    Those look very useable. From sound of reviews they may be POD controlled even. I like a shallower larger dia pot for ladle casting to easier to ladle out of. My home made gas fred pot is a propane tank cut down only around 4" deep but 12-13" in...
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    03-22-2019, 04:32 PM
    I would recommend a 20 lb pot capacity at the minimum bigger is better here. Those 535s will empty a pot quick, in reality with the sprue your around 600 grns every pour. The larger mass is easier to control temperature swings on also. My pot is gas...
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    03-22-2019, 03:17 PM
    I use the double boiler method 1) to avoid scorching the beeswax and lanolin when heating, 2) I think I get a more even heat and transfer) 3) this was how I was taught to melt waxes to avoid flash fires and other issues. An oven should work if kept...
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    03-22-2019, 03:10 PM
    First off check your local fire codes for amount you can store where and how. An old refrigerator can work good with some different shelving in it. Another little trick in the refrigerator is to mount a 5-10 watt light bulb in it either at the top...
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    03-22-2019, 02:58 PM
    I believe one of the advantages of the shorter handle and lessened leverage would be a better feel of what your doing. One of the things the short handle for the coax is recommended for. The shorter travel is also a benefit. The faster movement may...
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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