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    Today, 12:21 AM
    I used palm up or in the U between thumb and forefinger at the mag area. forend ring on the ARs. On my bolt guns I'm back a little farther and on the BPCRs ( Sharps, highwall, CPA and hepburns, along with my number 1s) I'm pretty much under the...
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    A lot of the old farm house here had a simple cistern in them that help water, It normally could be pumped in and some used the large roof areas and gutters to fill them. This wasn't potable water but was used for washing, flushing toilets and...
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    I cut mine from starret shim stock I have a selection of it here from my "misspent" youth as a tool and die maker. I have thought about a flat spring bent iin a shallow v but onmy moulds would have to open the slots up for the to have one heavy...
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Stainless has several issues for moulds, heat transfer, machine ability, finishing, and warping. Stainless depending on grade is much more expensive than aluminum, heavier and harder to machine. Stainless can be hard to get chips to break for good...
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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    country gent replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    I use corncobs with iosso brass polish and nufinish added. When I bring the BPCR brass home its in a jug of dish soap water. I start the polisher add 1 cap of the iosso and about the same of nufinish and let run. I rinse the brass several times with...
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    I have leg tremors and Ive found that sometimes a slight adjustment in leg position stops them. Maybe a slight adjustment in your shooting position will help. More towards a bone supported position instead of muscle supported. Something along the...
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    Yesterday, 02:28 PM
    Welcome to the addictions here, there are many. You can cast very good bullets in many different ways as to equipment. A bottom pour pot and moulds along with clean lead gets you started. Pan lubig and a lee push thru sizer. A simple stand and...
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    Yesterday, 02:09 PM
    I have shimmed my early brass moulds to the handles to remove slop. These blocks were made before the put the steel bushings in for the alighnment pins like they do now. Its easy enough to do and several ways to do it. The easiest is to mount the...
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    09-18-2017, 10:35 PM
    Wonder if you used a long cure clear epoxy instead of the shellac / varnish if it would soak in and strengthen them some. maybe same on the inside to seal better. A couple coats would seal from the gourd and maybe make a better barrier. But then...
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    09-18-2017, 10:28 PM
    The rule of thumb for the older powder in 308 ( these powders were temp sensitive in like sole of the newer powders) was for every 10* increase above or below your base temp was good for 1 min at 600 yds. I set my ammo in the shade under my stool...
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    09-18-2017, 10:11 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    First shop I worked in we had an gear head air drill that had a number 3 morase taper instead of a chuck. This drill spun be a couple times we normally shortened the air hose up so when it grabbed it popped the quick connect. It was a monster hand...
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    09-18-2017, 10:04 PM
    On enlarging the die holes 1 1/2" die from 7/8" you need .3125 min wall thickness from the 7/8" die to the edge and from each hole to the next. This is bare minimum and dies will touch with no room for lock rings. Moving the holes in towards center...
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    09-18-2017, 08:37 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    Yep two different reamers. I'm used to finish reamers used in the machine shops for preccision finishing of holes. I believe your talking about what I know as a bridge reamer to completely different animals. Different cutting angles and flute...
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    09-18-2017, 07:46 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    A true reamer can be sharpened but its unique. The end is cut off and the beveled cutting edge is reqround and relieved removing the side wear and when relieved a new cutting edge. We would hone the scrapping sides to make .0005 under sized reamer...
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    09-18-2017, 07:33 PM
    I have a block made to use lead for barrel inserts they are poured around the barrel itself makes a perfect fit split block for your vise. Mine is simply a rectangle metal box 3 1/2" wide 6" long and 1 1/5" deepwith a hole bore thru on center...
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    09-18-2017, 07:20 PM
    I have a selection of 45 cal rifle moulds 405 grn ( both flat base and hollow based) 450 grn 480 grn 510 grn 535 grn 550 grn and a adjustable PP mould. I haven't tried the 405s yet. As I just ordered them last summer both are lees. I have used the...
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    09-18-2017, 04:35 PM
    country gent replied to a thread reamer questions? in Our Town
    a 3/8" pilot hole is over loading a true reamer. Reamers are meant to remove small amounts of metal .015 or less. The 1/8" your trying to remove is way more than a true reamer is meant to. At work we drilled a pilot hole the size of the point web or...
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    09-18-2017, 04:22 PM
    For some cases a simple fixture could be made and the caliber stamp Xed out with a appropriate sized metal stamp. In the case of 9X18 a number 8 stamp might blend well enough to turn a 9 into an 8 even. My reformed cases are enough different from...
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    09-18-2017, 12:33 PM
    I purchased a summit several years ago and while I like it, it ounts up easily and is very useable with a short learning period. Priming on the press is a little trickier I'm currently using a lee ram prime when I don't prime with a hand tool. It...
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    09-18-2017, 11:05 AM
    I have used paste waxs for metal protection on hunts in foul weather. Just wipe it on in a couple light coats letting dry between coats. I don't rub it out until after the hunt or season is over. Rig grease applied with the lambs wool pad is an old...
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    09-18-2017, 10:51 AM
    My issue with range brass is the oversized cases that can be mixed in from firing in sloppy or larger chambers. Bulges at the case head can be hard to size out with out a special die. I bought a lot of 308 military once fired and the "Machine gun"...
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    09-18-2017, 10:42 AM
    Ideally would be to try one before purchasing it. Some Gun shops will allow this even. Another way is to use one of the bullet swaging presses as they have much more advantage power wise do to the intended uses. a longer handle may help with...
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    09-17-2017, 05:59 PM
    I also tumble after trimming to insure there are no chips remaining in the case. I have a Gracey trimmer and its cutters do put some fine chips in the case. For handling cases I modified a lee priming tool ( the single primer model) by making a...
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    09-17-2017, 05:40 PM
    I would do a chamber cast to see how much throat is there and the leade in the chamber also. Another way is to seat one of the 535 in a case to just touch the rifling and see how much is there. Some do a pound cast with a cases filled with lead and...
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    09-16-2017, 09:06 PM
    Try running them thru base first as the fold over may allow them to enter easier.
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    09-16-2017, 05:35 PM
    What sizer are you using?
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    09-16-2017, 05:29 PM
    Now that its turning remove the thimble sleeve and see if there is a collet thread nut on top of the thimble. If so a little flitz or other very fine abrasive and wok stop to stop for several minutes then clean and assemble with a very light oil....
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    09-16-2017, 02:40 PM
    I would check the radious on the sizing die to be sure its smooth and has the proper lead into the die. A slight tapered lead into the die may help it dosnt take a lot here a 2*-5* angle to .510 or so and polished bright and smooth will allow the...
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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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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