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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 AM
    I believe that the pin (Part #7) passes thru the notch in the firing pin to hold it. From pics it appears to be a roll pin. make sure yours is still there and also not broken or worn. Check legs on firing pin to make sure they arnt broken or worn....
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    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    For most true polishing valve grinding compound is pretty abrasive and not graded as well as lapping compounds or other polishes. I use a true silicon carbide lapping compound the grit depends on the die and what I need to remove. Light rust flitz...
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    I would recommend Layout blue a sharp fine scribe fine files and working slow and checking often. Its easier to remove than put back on so fine files and work slow. on an inked part a sharp crisp scribe line can allow you to get very close before...
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    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    I did some looking today at linear ball bushing on line they seem to run in cost from $65.00 - $150.00 each depending on accuracy level required seals and alignment needs. There are at least 3 if not 5 of these on this press. The 3 running the shell...
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    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    You might look for a set of bicycle grips or motorcycle grips that fit snug on the handles and press them on. also don't forget others like golf club grips. There is simple rubber tubing that can be just pushed on to cover and cushion handles. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    I think with the consistency of JB Weld you might be better with a mould or form. mix buckshot and JB weld together and then pour in the mould. My reasoning being the JB weld may not flow or may air lock leaving voids and air pockets. By mixing...
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    We had a material that was used to rebuild slides and ways called turcite that had several things in a strip or sheet. You machined the ways down .050 and glued this to them with a special epoxy glue called sham bam waylock. it had a .010 grit in it...
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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    Several things can cause these tails to form. Over sizing of the bullet may push lead down. A worn or to small diameter pusher allows for the same. A rough surface in the sizing die may grip and pull metal, unfortunately you cant really polish it...
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    02-21-2019, 11:45 PM
    A box that's rocking on you is probably more prone to tipping than one that's sitting stable. When we wanted a solid foot print for tools and gages it was a 3 feet support. the sliding legs supported with a boss on each side will be very solid and...
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    02-21-2019, 10:44 PM
    One thing that came to mind after watching the video and thinking a little about it. With the shafts and ball bushings for alignment this would be a very easy press to rebuild if you wore it out. If it uses ball bushing on the ram then its...
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    02-21-2019, 10:37 PM
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    Praying for you and your family.
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    02-21-2019, 10:33 PM
    I have a cabellas Pedersoli 74 sharps long range rifle. 34" barrel half round 1-18 twist rate. Very accurate rifle. The SPG manual is good and has some load data in it also. Randolph S Wrights book Loading and Shooting the Paper Patched Bullet A ...
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    02-21-2019, 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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    02-21-2019, 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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    02-21-2019, 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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    02-21-2019, 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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    02-21-2019, 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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    02-20-2019, 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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    02-20-2019, 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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    02-20-2019, 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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    02-20-2019, 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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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