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    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    As Dragon813gt said buy a set of the lyman or rcbs check weights. Better buy 2. I used them not only to verify a scales but to check settings and right at the weight desired. These are the same as the master for a micrometer or set off pin gauges. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:49 PM
    That appears to be a reversal of the original Minnie design that had a plug in the tapered hollow base. It should work well as the Paper machete will expand on the tapered base sealing and gripping the rifling. And set up like in the picture was an...
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    06-02-2020, 09:50 PM
    once set the neck turner should cut to desired size one pass just fine. Your only cutting .001-.003 on a side at the most. My set up would hold a .0002 on loaded neck dia for my tight neck chambers ( I normally ran .0007 clearance ) When neck...
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    06-02-2020, 09:44 PM
    WHen I blended rendered smelted ( what ever you want to call it) it was in a wood or coal fired set up I made. Three truck rims with centers cut out and welded together. These sat on blocks about 8" off the ground with a piece off grate under it a...
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    06-01-2020, 09:39 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Big Day Today !!!!!!!!! electrician finished the wiring. Now have outlets and machines to work with. Finally got to run all the machines in the shop and the new saw out in the garage portion. Now to the air manifold and lighting. Marked out...
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    06-01-2020, 05:33 PM
    I believe the lee dies are a standard thread, National fine. Take your die body to the hardware store and by a steel bolt the same threads and 2" or so longer. Also a package of J-B weld some floor or paste wax. Below is step by step. 1) clean...
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    05-31-2020, 10:20 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Jumbo gill in Catch of the day
    A lot put the blue gills in ponds as a feeder fish for the others ( Bass crappies ect). It dosnt take long for "real" blue gills to over populate a pond and become stunted. reaching a certain size and no bigger. There is now a hybrid Blue gill that...
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    05-30-2020, 10:26 PM
    I took dimensions from a cartridge reforming book and turned a couple up from hard wood just to see what they actually looked like. Its a big round. I alsi did this with some others I was considering.
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    05-30-2020, 10:18 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Jumbo gill in Catch of the day
    We used light fly rods on the farm ponds here for them. a mess filleted and pan fried makes a real treat.A little white chenille fly ( wooly worm). with just a few hackles to slow decent drives them and crappies crazy. Cast it out close to cover...
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    05-30-2020, 07:50 PM
    A better way to measure soft materials, cloth rubber sponge cork ect ect is to obtain 2 .250 thk X 1 1/2 square blocks and measure with the material between the blocks, then subtract 1/2". Mine are .5 thk and I use my 1-2" set. AT one time Starret...
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    05-30-2020, 11:56 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Well my luck is holding. Rained last 2 days so put everything on hold here The contractor replacing the house roof and the electricians trenching in the feeder line from house to garage. Last year we got the old garage tore down and the building...
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    05-30-2020, 10:51 AM
    The last sheet lead I had I took into the shop and ran thru the sheet metal shear. Made 2" X 4' strips real quick.
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    05-30-2020, 10:27 AM
    I enjoyed running working on lathes. My favorite machine to run was the Shaper, It was simple accurate and most were a real beast when it came to metal removal. Also the stress and heat went into the chops not the part. But then every machine in the...
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    05-30-2020, 09:56 AM
    The brochardts are fine rifles and were ahead of their time in several ways. The $1500 asking price is not bad and in shape described should be fair. Unfortunately they arnt allowed in Most BPCR matches due to no hammer. But they are very accurate...
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    05-29-2020, 11:12 AM
    country gent replied to a thread Bondo in Our Town
    If its on the bottom of the door remove the bad wood and fit in new, dowel and fit glue in then Hide the repair and protect it with a brass kick plate over it. Gluing the kick plate to the door and screws will also strengthen the repair some.
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    05-28-2020, 10:50 PM
    I ave smoked them for 4-5 hours around 200-225* with mestique chips the last hour or so I coated them in barbecue sauce. They were really good.
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    05-28-2020, 01:36 PM
    I would have it bedded ( youll be surprised how tight it is after) The unitized gas system is also worth doing. Also have a good trigger job done, 4 1/2 lbs is abut the minimum but getting the clean crisp consistent release will make a big...
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    05-28-2020, 11:56 AM
    For those contemplating this modification, I cant give you the actual jack for your machine, But I can tell you how to find the right one for your machine. Heres what to do. 1) lower table to lowest position and measure the distance from base to...
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    05-28-2020, 11:33 AM
    I also dont recommend a drill press for milling for several reasons.1) the bearings normally arnt meant for side thrust issues 2) the morse tapers most drill presses use isnt really locked in ( like the r8s draw bar that tightens and hod the collet....
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    05-27-2020, 09:41 PM
    Thank-you for you help sir. It is appreciated. Between the actual table and the added x-y table its pushing 130-150 lbs. While old this machine is very square and true so I hate to replace it.
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    05-27-2020, 04:28 PM
    My BPCR brass ( 38-44 40- 65 45-70 45-90 44-40) all get annealed every 3rd firing. I use a lead pot filled with sand. maintains a fine temp and depth. Time is set by the totation around the ring removing and inserting cases. I find I get more...
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    05-26-2020, 05:55 PM
    The big radial arm drill press at work had power up down on ram, in out on head and rotate. It had 2 table heights floor and stand that bolted to the floor table This drill press had a 18"column and number 6 MT in the spindle. It was a monster. But...
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    05-26-2020, 05:37 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    I have 6 of them for in the shop They will be installed at an angle one wall angled to floor opposite wall. this has them crossing each other and the light gets into shelving better. Angled like that eliminates a lot of shadows
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    05-26-2020, 05:17 PM
    Chill Wills, My old leland gifords table is on a dovetail ( very similar to the knee on a bridgeport) so now rack and pinion on it like the round rams style. It was muscled up and down then the gib clamp was locked to hold it. This is a...
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    05-26-2020, 09:53 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    We had a dewalt hammer drill and Milwaukee 1/2 drill motor with the carbide concrete drills. The actual concrete drilled fine but the gravel was a pain. Drill would cut around 1/2" fine and quick then sit and spin for 1/2" or so then drop thru again...
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    05-26-2020, 09:42 AM
    I have one of the 10-22 stainless targets with the heavy ruger hammer forged barrel. Its a good shooter tuned the trigger up some ( not an easy job) it shot very good but not as good as the true target guns in the rack here We set the barrel back...
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    05-26-2020, 12:03 AM
    A tube made to length from front of rim to mouth + .020 would allow for a saw or file to be used. Slide the case in and lock in place. cut with a jewelers saw or fine file. A drill press and lee utter and shell holder will remove it pretty quick...
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    05-25-2020, 11:55 PM
    Drilling that hole from scratch requires some specialized tools and techniques. oil thru drills help a lot with chip management and heat. pec drilling also is a way of managing chips and helps a lot. coolant thru the blank is a plus when reaming and...
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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