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    Today, 09:21 AM
    IIhave the rcbs version and it works real good when I remember to set the follower. LOL
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    Today, 07:49 AM
    It does work and as Casting Fool did the mating shoulders is a big plus to help keep things straight and true. When possible I preferred to reverse it and put a smaller shank into and behind the drill. this allows for better coolant fow and chip...
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    Today, 07:38 AM
    country gent replied to a thread .308 round nose ream in Swaging
    I believe I would start with a round nosed 2 flute end mill ( 5/16" or 8MM) and indicate it in good then grind to form and sharpen this will save cutting flutes will be very close to start saving a lot of grind time. Once ground to form ink it up...
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    If its an oil finished stock you might use an oil based stain but it may not be an even color due to the oils in the stock. If its a varnish polyurethane or shellac type finish then not much may penetrate them. I doubt the water based stains will...
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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    Some of the industrial grade epoxies beingused in manufacturing rival aluminum in strength now. The thing is getting them in small quanities that we need. We had some that when mixed was still water thin on the one line and a very strong solid bond.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 AM
    If money is an issue or you cant make up your mind between the 2 Look to Pedersoli and their 1874 Sharps and Trapdoor models buy 1 of each. Shilohs are very good rifles and well respected. With a little patience they can be found used on the market....
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    06-26-2017, 11:24 PM
    I did modify a set of those vise grips to mould handles. Removed the pads milled out the handles ends and welded 5/16" pads to the ends for the moulds to mount and swivel on. Drilled a series of lightening holes thru the jaws to lighten and help...
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    06-26-2017, 11:00 PM
    I have Pedersoli, C Sharps, and CPAs all are great rifles and very good shooters. I heave not worked with a trap door yet to know what they are like. The Trapdoors are a lighter weight rifle and recoil will be higher with similar loads. The trap...
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    06-26-2017, 04:45 PM
    My Beretta does much better with the .358 cast bullets than the .355-.356. But mine slugs at around .357. I suspect that.359 would do even better but not sure they will chamber as well as the .358s do. I normally shoot a 125 grn truncuated cone or...
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    06-26-2017, 01:59 PM
    Sometimes the brass brush will pull them from a chamber but the die may have more tension on it than that. a close fitting punch could be turned from softer materials ( aluminum brass or copper) to use. what I would do is find a brass round head...
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    06-26-2017, 01:52 PM
    the 500 grn to 550 grn bullerts and lube makes for a heavy pan to pick up LOL. I have several lengths of cloths line rope tied in a figure 8 with the not on the cross over. Set it on the counter set pan with knotin middle of pan and lines around out...
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    06-26-2017, 12:48 PM
    I pan lube as cast for my BPCR rounds, my pans hold a couple hundred bullets at a time. Once gotten hot on the stove that mass takes awhile to cool down where it can be moved. I cut right out of the pan with the cake cutter. This leaves to holes to...
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    06-26-2017, 11:02 AM
    For several years I used a Knack storage box bolted in the bed of my truck to transport gear and equipment. was solid and secure I had a matched set of locks on it so 1 key opened it. The pain was I couldn't slide gear out but had to crawl up in the...
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    06-26-2017, 10:54 AM
    Another trick is make it longer by 1/2"-1" and turn round and true then use a cup point center around the outside end to help hold it together. You may have to use a parting tool to get a place to start turning also
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    06-26-2017, 10:51 AM
    On pen and pencil sets I have used super glue ( not the grocery store variety but a slightly longer cure version sold by wood crafters) as a finish. Helps stop the checking that can happen over time in fancy woods, strengthens the wood, and makes a...
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    06-25-2017, 09:03 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 22 Short Source ? in Swaging
    Buy 22 shorts for the grand kids, kids, and neighbor kids. If there are any "shooting galleries" at the local fairs or shutzenfests they sometimes use a lot of 22 shorts in a few days time. A rapid fire pistol shooter may use a lot of them up also....
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    06-25-2017, 08:43 PM
    I like shooting my mouth. Talking with other club members and offering help information when asked. LOL
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    06-25-2017, 08:41 PM
    In a bolt gun they may be a mid range 222 velocity wise but should be safe. In a AR, Mini 14 or other semi they probably wont function the rifle reliably. Pressures may be down to where accuracy may suffer a little also. Try a few and see what...
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    06-25-2017, 08:33 PM
    I only worry about the shot in the gun not whats ahead and especially whats already gone. I cant call them back and reshoot them so they are one and gone. If one is bothering me and I have the time I may dry fire 1-3 rounds to get my head back. But...
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    06-25-2017, 08:22 PM
    I buy direct from berries and or Plano. I don't use them as much for actual ammo, as I do the pistol boxes for my cast bullets. Drop one full of 500-550 grn bullets and it rarely survives the fall LOL. But its a quick easy way to see whats on the...
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    06-25-2017, 05:36 PM
    A satisfied match is the icing on the cake. Also I have seen so many upset over not placing its brought a new philosophy to me and also many others. Don't compete against the whole group ( watch and see the scores be amazed by the top shooters and...
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    06-25-2017, 10:52 AM
    The safe bolted into the floor and at least 1 wall possibly 2 walls is a good deterrent. In a block inclosure of 4 walls top sides (2) and back is better. Best is the base feet and some fabricated feet poured in to heavy concrete. This you have to...
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    06-25-2017, 10:41 AM
    The silicone glue may be part of the problem as its a rubbery bond that allows give or spring to start working on the bond area. A tougher harder epoxy may be a better bond for this. Even better would be an epoxy with a bonding grit in it, this grit...
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    06-24-2017, 10:50 PM
    Some benefits to Smelting and or alloying in a large batch before casting are. 1) in larger batches things go faster as to cleaning and fluxing. 2) its easier to get a consistant base from the smelted scrap in large batches to work from. 3) you can...
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    06-24-2017, 10:36 PM
    Some depends on what you want. Some shoot a "ball" load in the 850 fps-875 fps range and a slightly harder bullet or to make match requirements as to power factor or ft lbs needs ( bowling pins, plates, Ispc ). Other go to a light load around...
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    06-24-2017, 10:28 PM
    Anything can be defeated given enough time the trick is to make it take so long and so much work that its not worth it. A heavy metal door on the room better a safe door and door jam then a safe in the room gives double protection. I like the looks...
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    06-24-2017, 10:20 PM
    While I don't use muzzle breaks my brother does on his bigger rifles. I did have to maintain and use the M1A/M14's and AR15/M16s flash hiders to maintain service rifle status in NRA CMP DCM matches. These can and do cause some of the same issues as...
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    06-24-2017, 10:11 PM
    1) Use safety equipment Safety glasses, heavy pants, leather shoes, gloves, Apron if available and billed hat. 2) have you workspace open with a good avenue of escape if something happens or goes wrong so you can get away from it. 3) Work at a...
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    06-24-2017, 01:05 PM
    I have several kimbers that are good also. Clark has been building 1911 for many years for Bullseye, ipsic and other disiplines. Les Baers have a good reputation also. There are many upper end builders out there that do very good work. Another...
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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