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    Today, 07:08 PM
    I rebuilt this drill press when I bought it roughly 30 years ago from a junk yard. spindle got new bearings and upgraded to bearings with better thrust handling. Head is on a dovetail up and down the table is on a dovetail up and down. When rebuilt...
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    Today, 06:08 PM
    Spent the day working on the table of my of my old leland gifford drill press. Its roughly 14 x 14 square with a coolant trough around it. Table is on dovetails for up and down about 20" movement and by hand. The table alone weights around 70 lbs. I...
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    Yesterday, 04:02 PM
    There are some sleepers out there that can be had reasonable. Winchester 75. mine is accurate and reliable. A good rifle and use able Mossberg target (cmp / dcm) these are very good Ive heard, I had a civilian model that was good. A lot of the...
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    Yesterday, 10:57 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Mri in Our Town
    I am in the same as lightman for my MS only I get spine neck head orbs both with and with out dye. Some of mine have went 3 hours. The tube dosnt bother me and they pipe music in thru headphones to deaden the noise. My last few have been open...
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    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Casting flaws in Cast Boolits
    If you have a ladle give it a try, It ills the mould much faster, You want to fill the mould before it starts to solidify. Run in the 725*-750* range temp wise. Measure with a thermometer. Pour and cast at a brisk pace, this keeps mould up to temp....
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    05-22-2020, 08:30 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Plastic lumber in Our Town
    Ive used some and it works good. Not sure how it will hold up to bumps and bouncing. Dad had one for years. ( before the plastic "lumber"). He went to a local saw mill and bought oak 2 X 6 rough sawn. this was the full 2" thick. He then sprayed it...
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    05-22-2020, 05:48 PM
    Knarley replied to a thread Compression in Black Powder Cartridge
    Mr. Martini, Mr. Wills, Thank you for clearing that up.......:D
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    05-21-2020, 11:12 AM
    Wondering here if the retort could be put in an oven at 500* to make the charcoal? an old electric oven with a PID on it would give a very controlled temp and then it would become a time to "cook" and wood type equation. Just curious here. another...
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    05-21-2020, 10:57 AM
    I sectioned several m1A barrels at the chamber throat and gas port when shot out. It was amazing how far forward in the throat the erosion went. But even more was the radius burned on the gas port hole from erosion. Between the bullet passing and...
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    05-21-2020, 09:58 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Three44s, Whats really amazing is how fast the shop area filled up. 17x30x10. The old garage was 24 x 30 x 7 the new building is 40 x 50 x 10. and still filling fast
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    05-21-2020, 09:49 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Wayne, Im hoping for next month or so. Need some dry weather here to trench in the power line. I really dont want to see the electrician knee deep in water in the trench. It was early June last year when we started the new building. So not to bad in...
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    05-20-2020, 09:42 PM
    Keep in mind owls attract crows. You may be woke up with a bunch of crows attacking the decoy. A vee from light 1" square mesh wire can be bent up around a 2 x 6 x 6' board with 2" edges and pushed into the ground on each side. I dont think they...
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    05-20-2020, 09:30 PM
    several tricks to patching. I make a patch board to wrap with. This helps a lot with alignment and tension.using .002 thick paper adds .008 to bullet dia. ( I wrap .4451 dia pistol bullets and with 2 wraps of .002 paper for a .459 light bullet in...
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    05-20-2020, 08:42 PM
    With my loads I do a slow pour thru the funnel ( it takes about 20 -30 seconds for the 45 90s charge.) This gives a reasonable powder height in the cases. I then insert the .060 napa rubber fiber wad in the mouth and seat lightly onto the powder...
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    05-20-2020, 04:43 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    The only issue with galvanized pipe is if it flakes off it can damage air tools. Electrician was here today, all the 110 outlets are in the 220 outlets are in machine drops in and wired. rotary converter is wired and the bad capacitor...
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    05-20-2020, 09:41 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Metal Work in Our Town
    thats roughly a .025 wall thickness. You might try only taking .040 to start and test it.
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    05-20-2020, 09:36 AM
    Several reasons for the calipers reputation Back in the day dial calipers were very suseptabled to chips dust dirt rough handling and coolant. Most didnt like the 1-100-0 dials 200 to revolution. A lot of them were also susceptible to imagination....
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    05-19-2020, 11:38 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Electrician will be here tomorrow to finish the wiring. Have corner molding finish nails and wood for ceiling and floor molding on the way. Had a break with the pandemic and help.
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    05-19-2020, 11:26 PM
    You might try the tool grip rubber in a can. seal any openings with tape or other material wrap tape up so its 1/2-3/4" above stock make a few marks around with a pencil 1/16-1/8" up, clamp so stock is level in both directions. pour in the rubber...
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    05-19-2020, 10:59 AM
    And as a side note my casting pot is gas fired and and holds 120 lbs when full. That much mass maintains a very even temp level and runs well for me. The ladle remains in the pot other than when pouring. When I fill the ladle I push it to the bottom...
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    05-19-2020, 10:44 AM
    I cast a lot of the lyman 457125. 20-1 tin makes a great bullet ( Thats my standard alloy for BPCR rounds). I cast with 2 moulds and cast at a brisk pace. Im usually in the 725*-750* range. I cast long heavy for caliber bullets 38 cal 360 grn 40...
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    05-18-2020, 04:18 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    I use sawdust an wax mix. It works well and a little goes a long ways. I have found how you "stir" is as important as whats used fluxing. It also matter weather Im casting or smelting. casting is done with the saw dust wax. Smelting the first 2...
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    05-18-2020, 04:07 PM
    Maybe line it to 38 cal rifle and shoot it with black powder as a 38-55. save you powder and lead. At the factory price of $269 a barrel blank or liner and work is going to be hard to beat that price. The tooling will be time consuming to...
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    05-17-2020, 08:03 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Metal Work in Our Town
    Depending on material and amount to be removed shouldnt be to bad a job. Wall thickness may become an issue. One thing to check for in the existing tube is if it as any magnetism in it. With steel shot that may be a problem also. Im still a few...
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    05-17-2020, 07:46 PM
    Here is the formula I use it usually gets you very close. Error in inches X Sight Radius in inches / distance in inches. So 5" x 7" ( estimate of sight radius) = 35 / 600" ( 50' in inches) = .0583 to be removed. ...
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    05-16-2020, 02:03 PM
    I have one of the lab radars and use it a lot. Aiming It is critical, I made a 4" long tube sight to clip on in place of the aiming groove on top. This works much better for me. I normally can get readings from 22 cal center fires out to 200 yds....
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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