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    Yesterday, 07:54 PM
    I have cleaned them in solvent and soaking scrubbing. Skating or dressing them on a piece of sand paper will sharpen dull stones and make them cut cleaner. A good soap water cleaning and or solvents will remove old oils and some loading.
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    05-18-2019, 09:51 PM
    One thing is to fit the jag and batches to the bore so they are tight when cleaning. A lose patch jag combination dosnt clean or scrub as well. Use fresh brushes and don't reverse in the bore. On the solvents giving them time to work and loosen...
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    05-18-2019, 09:44 PM
    Look for cutter grind shops in your area they willhave the machine and diamond wheels to sharpen them. But on a lot of reloading tools and even smaller cutters in the shop cost to sharpen may be more than a new tools. ...
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    05-18-2019, 03:13 PM
    Dressing the stones, rawhides felt bobs and even the nylon brushes (lightly) does several things to improve the tools. It trues them making them run true to the spindle. It helps to balance them removing shake and vibration for a smoother more...
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    05-17-2019, 08:38 PM
    One of the issues with primer pocket uniformers is they have no real flute just the cutter reliefs and when actually cutting they fill with chips and then cant cut ( chip bind). I started using rcs rushes for cleaning since the primer residue is...
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    05-17-2019, 10:09 AM
    A lot of swage dies are bigger dia so that extra plate may be for swaging bullets.
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    05-16-2019, 06:07 PM
    I believe Bernie Rowels at Old West Moulds makes them along with shell holders and dies.
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    05-16-2019, 06:04 PM
    Start low and work up with them. I usually shoot .002 -.03 over with 20-1. You may be surprised to how they perform. If your rifle as a throat between chamber and leade ypu ay want to check its ize with a chamber cast, a bullet bigger than the trot...
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    05-16-2019, 12:22 PM
    In trained hands and with proper back up tools ( straight edge surface plate measuring tools ect) the dremil tool dies grinders can be very accurate. Mounted in a machine ( lathe shaper) they can do work that's really surprising. I used a 1/4" die...
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    05-16-2019, 11:56 AM
    I have had good results fitting a wood dowel to the inside of the case then gluing it in to the case then you push on it ( tapping set up vibrations and the shock may break the glues bond). I fit the dowel with a file and sand paper so that it has...
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    05-15-2019, 09:19 PM
    I have used a bigger cleaning brush, wood dowel glued into the case, the old 375 case sized down to fit night work but how much engagement may be questionable. If you have a syringe and kroil put a drop at the case chamber junction and let work...
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    05-15-2019, 09:06 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 45/70 mold in Cast Boolits
    The 1-20 barrel may do the shorter 500 grns well also. For the 1-20 twist I would look for bullets in the 45-450 grn range. Depending on load and velocity the Lyman 457125 500 grn rdn govt bullet may perform well since its a shorter bullet
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    05-15-2019, 03:20 PM
    While the same basic tool I have used a pencil grinder for years in the shop. My arrow and dotco pencil grinders are 80,000 rpm the high speed dotco is 100,000. the added rpms really make a difference in how it cuts and finishes. I have a flex...
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    05-15-2019, 03:09 PM
    Take care and don't push it. You will get there
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    05-15-2019, 03:06 PM
    Prone can be a tricky position to get right. Its good to get a straight bone supported position but hard to do. I can get down into prone and make it work well but it takes 2 to help me up again LOL. ...
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    05-15-2019, 01:04 PM
    Another are the fun hard targets. Snuffing out a candle, splitting a bullet on a knife blade to hit 2 balloons. And such throw something like this in the mix at some point thru the session. You'll be surprised how the young ones rise to the...
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    05-14-2019, 06:19 PM
    Mine also had very little throat. You can measure it easy enough to be sure. Carefully insert a cleaning rod from the muzzle and install a brush and wrap a patch around it. pull into barrel so its well engaged in the rifling. At this...
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    05-14-2019, 02:37 PM
    The one I had was a very heavy octagon contour and was 1-18 twist.
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    05-14-2019, 10:59 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Well I now have a yard full of building. Talking to them and the driver I found it interesting that there were 2 buildings on the truck this delivery. From here He went to Indiana ( Portage?) for 5 coils of tin to take back with him. This will be...
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    05-14-2019, 10:40 AM
    Im not familiar with the tool you mention in original post. I have made several decappers from hardware store materials with good results though. If all you want to do is decap berdan cases then there are several available. The pope style with 2...
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    05-13-2019, 11:01 PM
    Lyman makes a globe in several different heights. Most high power fronts are not going to work a the dovetail in parallel to the barrel not 90*. Depending on How much more height you need a small plate could be made with male dovetail on one side...
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    05-13-2019, 09:33 AM
    Reactionary style targets up close. A target that gives visual feedback holds their attention since hits are seen when it jumps pops of splashes. Targets need to be sized so that they are easy to hit and also still a challenge. Ballons are good and...
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    05-13-2019, 07:52 AM
    Dish soap should work fine It wont take a heavy coat or layer to do. Another would be pumice free waterless hand cleaner a little thicker but should wash off with a simple water rinse. If really needed the lee water soluble die wax should do well...
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    05-12-2019, 07:48 PM
    Crimping below the mouth may take more force to accomplish as its a complete ring or vee bend compared to the forming the mouth in. Another concern is work hardening of the mouth with the added bend and force. The collet crimp die with the end...
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    05-12-2019, 07:21 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Contractor just called and tomorrow morning between 7:30 and 8:00 the new building is being delivered. Wonder if they can get the complete 40X50 X 10 building on one semi? Its moving along now.
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    05-12-2019, 02:16 PM
    Look at MVA (Montana Vintage Arms) they may have one. Another may be BACO ( Buffalo Arm company), for an original Gun Parts corp
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    05-12-2019, 11:25 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Plinking ?? in Our Town
    Plinking is simply having fun with little or no feed back or information gathering. What I call fun targets or reactionary targets and simply shooting to see them turn to dust ( neco wafers). Or blocks of wood, bowling pins, golf balls, tin cans, ...
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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
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