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    10-15-2019, 11:12 AM
    I sprinkle the sawdust on the top of my pot in a even layer then let sit for a few minutes to heat and start to char. this removes any moisture from it and gets it in the form to flux with it. A few minutes at 700-750* removes the moisture
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    10-14-2019, 10:20 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Cabelas' BS in Our Town
    I bought a Red Ryder bb gun for the grandsons Christmas present one year at wallmarts, not only had to show ID but a 4473 form on it as well.
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    10-13-2019, 06:51 PM
    Its interesting to see the difference from the old guys to new. Im not so sure the CNC haven't hurt the trades some as far as skill level and pride. To the old guys I wirked under a hacksaw files and other hand tools were pression tools. They new...
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    10-13-2019, 06:33 PM
    Both of my c sharps are good performers1) Hepburn in 45-90 and a high wall in 38-55, this one is a 14 twist and really shoots the 360 grn nasa great. Both have the leade right of the case mouth, no real throat to deal with. ...
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    10-13-2019, 12:57 PM
    One of the specifics of the walking around rifle is light weight and handiness. Look for a thin short barreled model something in the 5-7 lb range. I have a martini cadet wth 20: shilen barrel in 218 bee that goes 6lbs with scope mounted. This rifle...
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    10-13-2019, 12:21 PM
    Gunlaker, I have 4 45 cal bpcr rifles now 4 45 - 70s 1 45-90 all are 1-18 twist. Barrels range from green mountain badger pedersoli. I normally shoot a 547 grn silhouette bullet by Old west moulds. Bernie Rowels cut this double cavity mould for me...
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    10-12-2019, 11:04 PM
    I have an rcbs bench tool and like it a lot its quick and simple. I also made a bench tool with rack and pinon gear drive. It has a great feel but no primer feed. Both do a great job and run problem free. They have great feel and plenty of power....
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    10-12-2019, 10:54 PM
    If possible block the inside of the mag. this stiffens the body and makes holding it a lot easier with out crushing deforming it. a form with the correct angle and radius helps to reform the lips if needed. Work slow and easy bending to fast or...
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    10-12-2019, 10:46 PM
    Got up this morning and did some odds and ends, headed out to garage to tinker. Getting in the track chair I seen a skunk had been hit at the end of driveway. Thought dang will have to find a shovel later. I was working on the grinder stand and seen...
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    10-12-2019, 10:28 PM
    I used the Wilson hand seater dies in various calibers and an arbor press to load long range/ palma ammo. They load very accurate ammo. A small arbor press or old bittle capper work very well for these dies.
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    10-12-2019, 10:21 PM
    I just went thru this from the other side with the shop equipment. The gentleman's daughters and son in in laws really needed to clean out the garage and move the property. Several guys made low ( bottom end or close on the appraisal) offers. He...
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    10-12-2019, 04:56 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Started working on a stand or pedestal grinder and today got the top glued up and mounted. Top is 17" wide and 21" long. 35" tall tight now. May add some feet to up it a couple more inches. The main post is an I beam type upright, a 2 x 56...
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    10-12-2019, 09:11 AM
    There are some tricks to tuning the extractor ejector springs and ejection on the garand. One of the Army manuals on accurizing tuning the garand gives these. trimming a coil or 2 from ejector sometimes helps a radius stoned on the bottom corner of...
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    10-12-2019, 08:52 AM
    Im betting that exterior pattern matches the détente on their press also that holds locates the bushing and or bayonet lock in place. O like it and think it is an improvement. I seldom use a wrench to tighten but have need one after a long session...
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    10-11-2019, 10:12 PM
    I have worked in the trade for 35 years. I have the central foundry 7X12 mini lathe and it would do okay for what you want. It is accurate and is easy to learn to run. It has a nice speed range to work with also. Mine is high low and variable speed...
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    10-10-2019, 09:23 PM
    O have used cotton flannel patches cut to get a good fit from a flannel bedsheet. These had a lot of knap on them and really held the fouling. The newer patches for smokeless ammo don't have this heavy knap on them that holds and collects the heavy...
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    10-10-2019, 09:11 PM
    My issue with hard wood and 400* would be at that heat for the length of time the wood may dry out and crack break or fail. Another is the natural oils in wood s going to affect the coating. Plastics may give of fumes and or get soft at the temps....
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    10-10-2019, 11:51 AM
    If your bullet is small by a couple thousandths there is the process of lapping to enlarge it. You could take it up .002-.003 pretty easily. Just remark / ID it so you know. I would re stamp size under mould number. this way if you have 2 of the...
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    10-09-2019, 08:03 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Ordered 2 set of shelving last light 12 X 48" X 86" I plan to assemble in "half" units with 3 shelves each for tooling. This way you arnt reaching in for heavy items for chucks vises or other Items. smaller lighter can go lower in the shelves...
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    10-09-2019, 07:43 PM
    My BP loads are running in the 1150-1200 fps range with a 550 grn bullet. This carries well and really takes rams down. at 500yds. These big bullets carry velocity very good. One other reason for the sub sonic start...
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    10-09-2019, 11:45 AM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    It will be a while. sort thru all the tooling and small stuff to get organized. Have to get rooms walls up inside the building and then wired. 2 machines are 220 3 phase and I got the slave motor converter for them. others 2 are sso volt 1 phase. ...
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    10-08-2019, 07:19 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Got to shop at 9:00 and started loading things rigger showed up slightly after. Loaded machines and a lot of stock some full bars and a lot of cut ends ( these are even better). Got a 14X40 nardinni lathe with readout, steady and follower rests, 3...
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    10-07-2019, 09:28 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Today I cleaned up floor space getting ready for the movers tomorrow. Also something looked out of place on the bench to me. I cut 2 facer boards for the ends angled from bottom of outside 2 X 4 up to edge corner of 2X 8 leg mount rib and full...
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    10-07-2019, 09:20 PM
    I have seen those and used similar They work should work. A simple set can be made and if your using 4 x 4 legs then it wouldn't be hard. A piece of 3/4" ready rod s plate or pipe flange ( I believe a 1/2" wall flange could be drilled to 3/4 10) ...
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    10-07-2019, 12:14 PM
    Several make neck turners for the bench rest / varming / long range shooters that are hand powered with a mandrel to support. Look to simclairs K &M ( these 2 come to mind) I made some a few years ago that used a forester style drill press base...
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    10-07-2019, 12:00 PM
    if you cant check internally then pack the receiver threads with clay and remove carefully. or use cerosafe and make a casting of them to get pitch. Be sure to coat the threads with release agent before attempting these. It will make a mirror image...
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    10-06-2019, 11:16 PM
    On my reloading bench I made quick mounts up that work nice, Base is a piece of 1/3" X 6" cut 8" long. 4 1/4 20 holes tapped 3/4" in from each side. 2 pieces of 1/4 x 1 flat stock with matching clearance holes 3/4" from outside edge. 2 pieces of...
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    10-06-2019, 11:01 PM
    My new work bench is almost done. I gave the bottom side legs and feet the last coat of boiled linseed oil today. It is 35" wide, 99" long and 35" tall. its wider than some benches but along the back will be my gerstner journey man base and top...
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    10-06-2019, 10:45 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Today sanded down the legs cross braces front and back side and ends with 120 grit on the finishing sander and gave it a light coat of boiled linseed oil. last ight my son gave the ribs and bottom of top a heavy coat of oil for me and got all the...
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    10-06-2019, 06:51 PM
    I would start with the lyman 457125 round nose goverment it should be short enough to stabilize. At 10 lbs with the big bullets' recoil is going to b on the stiffer side. It should do good and be a learner for you. Loading BP is slightly different...
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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