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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 11:05 PM
    I make mine very similar to those also. Min are made to shoot from a stool and am working on a set to shoot from my track chair. My rifle rest in a loop that's adjustable by hooks on the outside edge of the legs uprights. This allows fine...
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    Today, 12:06 PM
    One thing that lowered prices at the auctions here on guns is for liability reasons the auction houses and auctioneers now require the instant check and 4473 be filled out before sale is final. Most have a person set up just for this to call in and...
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    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    Another factor is the mindset of the buyers in todays auction market. It used to be the people at an auction had an idea of what an item sold for or was worth, and what it should bring. Todays the auction becomes a contest and the people wont get...
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    To tangsight: I may try it but would want some really fine vibrations too, I could see cases rattling and powder granuales bouncing out as they settle. Also could see taller cases tipping out of the shallower loading blocks. ...
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    08-19-2018, 11:15 PM
    I don't vibrate cases to settle charges. I do use a 3'drop tube or a slow pour above the funnel from about 3". I then compress the charge using the first wad with a die.
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    08-19-2018, 11:08 PM
    If all else fails a private investigator often has access to data not easily found on the web. In my experience their resources can be better than normal LE/government sources. Phone number search may be a dead end due to the growing number of folks...
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    08-19-2018, 10:50 PM
    Very interesting and quite helpful BUT as others have noted the samples for some categories are likely too small to give accurate data. Shot placement will always be key but when using real shootings that's hard to take into consideration. Funny how...
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    08-19-2018, 06:35 PM
    I too have seen this in an industrial setting. Our main metal came into the plant molten and was pumped into 50,000 lb furnaces from the pot on the semi truck this always went smoothly and little problems. Also old or bad castings were added back...
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    08-19-2018, 06:16 PM
    Spent today chronographing a 45-70 load in 2 different rifles. Boy the Lab Radar made this easy. Load is Starline brass primer pockets uniformed and flashholes deburred. Trimmed and annealed. Rem 9 1/2 large rifle primers. 62 grns 2F olde ensfode...
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    08-19-2018, 11:15 AM
    You should be able to do this with charcoal or coal even hard wood may do it. Tempering is time and temp then slow cool. Using charcoal coal or wood you may increase the surface carbon levels. Oxidation in the fire is going to happen do to oxygen...
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    08-18-2018, 02:03 PM
    I wear does skin leather gloves when casting they fit a little better and give a better feel than the welders gauntlets. Another often over looked piece of saftety gear is a hat. getting lead spatter in your hair can be really annoying. A base ball...
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    08-18-2018, 01:57 PM
    They are the original cabine tree locking handles. I have 2 sets of these I use regularly. Very good handles and the big plus is they close the moulds with the same pressure each time. The opening handle is bare originally, I made 1" dia wood...
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    08-18-2018, 01:51 PM
    That explains the raised ring in the primer around the firing pin indent.
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    08-18-2018, 01:32 PM
    22 long rifle is a 40 grn bullet. 38 spl 158 grn, 357 I believe was a standard 125 grn, 44 spl and 44 magnum was 240 grn, 45 colt 255 grn, 45 ACP is a 230 grn. Bullet weight isn't the only factor on point of impact point of aim, grip wrist strength...
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    08-18-2018, 01:25 PM
    I made my own years ago. Common materials. 1/4" X 6" X8" base plate 2 pieces 1/4" X 1" X 8" flat stock 2 pieces 1/4" X 1 1/2" X 8" 8 1/4 20 flat head allen screws. Lay out 4 holes down each edge 1/2" in from edges. base plates holes are tapped....
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    08-17-2018, 11:43 PM
    No, we can't kill cowards who do cruel things to helpless animals or even children. Just because someone deserves killing doesn't mean we should do it. Restraint is a price we pay for living in a civilized society even though it sometimes makes no...
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    08-17-2018, 10:34 PM
    We lost a good man. Like others here I found his insight helpful and at times, entertaining. Mike
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    08-17-2018, 09:25 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Castor Oil in Cast Boolits
    I had a small steam plant engine when young. It was fired with estes solid fuel tabs. The boiler held about a cup or so of water. Dad always added a 1/4 teaspoon of caster oil to the water when we filled it and fired it up. This helped lubricate...
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    08-17-2018, 10:56 AM
    How is the trigger in this rifle? weight, grit, creep, travel
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    08-17-2018, 10:50 AM
    First there is a difference between fillers and wads. Fillers like cream of wheat, grex, dacron, kapok and other granulated materials are used and take all the airspace in the case to the base of the bullet, usually making a lightly compressed load....
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    08-16-2018, 03:30 PM
    One trick is to make an assembly pin up. a pin made long and .005-.008 smaller with a taper on one end. this allows part to be assembled and the taper to alighn then as its inserted then pushed thru the rest of the way with the stock pin. Some jobs...
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    08-16-2018, 03:22 PM
    We had a tradesman lose 3 1/2 fingers in a fan on the roof of the plant. Adjusting the thermostats "on point and had his other hand supporting him inside the fans housing. When the fan kicked on it took part of hand index finger and next along with...
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    08-16-2018, 02:59 PM
    Roto metals, Buffalo Arms, offer lead ingot of a known alloy. That's a decent pot and should do fine. 10Lb capacity? Unless casting the big bullets 365 grn to 550grn then it empties pretty quick. Now a good RCBS or lyman ladle and some moulds. A...
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    08-16-2018, 02:50 PM
    Ballistol and water mixed 10-1. Remove nipple and vent screw if it has one. let soak for awhile and then work thru barrel with patched jag pumping it in and out. You want pressure in both directions so don't allow rod to come out of barrel here. A...
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    08-16-2018, 02:32 PM
    Hope for a speedy recovery. Painful injury there. Fans can be dangerous. I have seen fingers lost to fans, probably bigger than the one you dealt with but those blades spinning arnt forgiving at all
    17 replies | 508 view(s)
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    08-16-2018, 12:22 AM
    The pellet in a 22 caliber rifle case works well and can be accurate. Drilled out flash holes do help but you may want to load them skirt hollow base out so skirt dosnt pull off or they stick in the barrel. I have done it in 22 hornet case 218 bee...
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    08-14-2018, 10:08 PM
    I have a piece of hard maple tree trunk I cut years ago at the height to be comfortable sitting and use. I use it with the kenetic pullers and other impact type tools. Its great to lay a sheet of wad material on and punch out wads also. Probably...
    37 replies | 885 view(s)
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    08-14-2018, 09:37 PM
    An even better cut jig would be a modified case trimmer. mounted on a board and the hinge arm motor and blade from a mini saw mounted cases could be turned during the cut making a squarer cleaner cut the arm would need to be mounted on a slide to...
    42 replies | 971 view(s)
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    08-14-2018, 09:30 PM
    On the mini chop saws a simple fixture from a block of wood and destaco clamp you can make a very quick accurate case holder fixture. The big thing is to desighn it so once clamped in the saws vise it can be opened, closed and cases changed. ...
    42 replies | 971 view(s)
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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