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    Today, 12:02 PM
    Measure the neck wall thickness of the cases to see if they are thinner than other brass. .0015 -.002 on a side thinner can cause this problem also. When you sized these cases did the expander ball drag over the neck coming out? Did you use the...
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    Today, 01:11 AM
    For several years I helped out the night before the Bob Wright memorial put on by ORPA at Camp Perry. My job or help consisted of working with the new shooters. I had my laptop plugged in and the sierra infinity program up and running. If they came...
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    Been playing around figuring this out and got it down to a very nice little dipper. With all household items Materials list 3x5 index cards ...
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    Also finding the right compression for the powder used helps reduce fouling
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    With true black powder fouling management takes several forms. 1) a good BP rated lube that's meant for BP. These are normally vegetable and or animal by products. SPG is good and meant for BP. Emmerts...
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    Yesterday, 10:56 PM
    Glass bead blast will leave a matte looking finish normally and while not removing much metal it does "rearrange" it some. Sands are very abrasive some more so than others. Black Beauty cuts very fast and clean but on a tin roof may cut holes also....
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    Yesterday, 12:04 AM
    Another way to pick up hands on knowledge is check the night schools and vocational schools in your area. A few machine trades courses or the apprenticeship courses will give a lot of information but you may also have to sit thru the times when...
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    02-22-2018, 05:42 PM
    I use the above mentioned technique for a lot of rifles. I put a soft towel over the front rest bag and rest the back of my hand into the bag and shoulder the rifle with elbows on the bench. This has several benefits for me. 1) it makes a...
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    02-22-2018, 02:15 PM
    As above posts have noted use a non marring drift and a heavy hammer 2 lbs is good 3 may be better. Have the barrel clamped very solidly on a heavy bench. I have also clamped the muzzle in a bushing in my barrel vise. I prefer the sight on the die...
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    02-22-2018, 01:05 PM
    First for safety make sure the powder measure you buy is rated for Black powder. A dipper can be made to drop light and the charges trickled also. I used a Bleding and Mull measure for BP and am rebuilding a lymann 55 to BP use. ...
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    02-22-2018, 12:45 PM
    You can try adjusting alloy to get the bigger bullet, but then its always that alloy to get the results and you still have the out of round to deal with. Lapping the mould to cast to size with your alloy is doable and gives the benefit of a rounder...
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    02-21-2018, 09:49 PM
    If you want to zero at 50 yds for distance quick and easy the army had a "thermometer" target for this. 50 was zero then 100 yds and 100 yds increments after to 1000 yds. Rhese were set up for 30 calibers. Get...
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    02-21-2018, 09:38 PM
    A chart wouldn't take light, eye sight, barrel length, temp, mirage and other things in to effect. A larger ring of white is better than to narrow. I find when the ring gets to narrow I try to hard to center it up. Also a ring 1 1/2 width of bull ...
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    02-21-2018, 03:48 PM
    Old Racer. on the external adjustment Unertals the click movement is also dependant on the ring spacing. MVAs scope manual has a sheet showing the adjustment with ring spacing in inches.
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    02-21-2018, 02:56 PM
    That would make home investment casting much easier and precise. Small brass, pewter, aluminum or silver parts ( Nose caps, grip caps, Knobs or handles ) could be printed .015 oversized and filed polish to finish much easier. I have done some...
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    02-21-2018, 02:23 PM
    After roughly 15 years of high power rifle loading varmint loading and some handgun I needed to rebuild my coax. It was one with out the hardened shim under the shell holder and the block had bellied out. I set it up milled .060 off and put the...
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    02-21-2018, 02:44 AM
    Thanks, I suck at gambling. I share your love for old Winchesters but quite honestly haven't wandered down the 38-72 path. If your bore is good I may have some resources for you.
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    02-20-2018, 11:24 PM
    I do several little things to help my mailman when large or heavy packages are ordered. I have a heavy garden wagon ( like the kids wagons only heavier), I put this out for him to use he rolls it to the truck unloads onto it and rolls it up the...
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    02-20-2018, 11:11 PM
    It acts like a barrel clamp locking the front sight in place instead of a timed shoulder. M14 also includes a flash hider and smaller dia ring with alighnment splines in it. There were some made during the ban with out the flash hider. What your...
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    02-20-2018, 10:52 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Buffalo in Our Town
    goats and sheep graze vegetation so close that it kills it. Not sure about buffalo.
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    02-20-2018, 04:44 PM
    I agree with Don here. I use 1 1/2 OE in the 45-90 and either 1 1/2 or 2 in 45-70. Depending on your order maybe a mixed case of 1 1 1/2 and 2 f granulation. This way you can experiment with what the rifle likes.
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    02-20-2018, 04:38 PM
    A way to recut the chamfer true and even is use a ball marble or other round surface and valve grinding compound. If you want the big radious the maker cut then rough it in close with a dremil tool and the finish with the ball and compound. some...
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    02-20-2018, 12:45 PM
    One thing to lubing the paper patch bullets is not to saturate the paper completely, if it starts looking translucent you have to much lube. Same when wet patching if the patch is saturated then it stretches and is even. You just want a light sheen...
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    02-20-2018, 12:30 AM
    My Armaite uses modified m 14 mags.
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    02-20-2018, 12:29 AM
    I built my AR-10 with 2 uppers one is 243 win 1-7 twist for the 107-115 vlds 26" long. and a 22-250 rem upper 1-7 twist for the 80 grn vlds. These both feed and function fine and use adjustable gas blocks. Barrels are kriegers. This rifle shoots...
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    02-19-2018, 11:51 PM
    There isn't as much actual lead in a car battery as people think the plates are thin and spacers between along with everything else in there. I did some work in a shop for valenite ( a battery company in Toledo) and when ask for new lead to test the...
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    02-19-2018, 11:47 PM
    I'm pretty fussy about my optics, lots of failed or questionable scopes on my "take-off" shelf and almost exclusively VX-3's on my serious hunting rifles these days. When I was looking for a spotting scope awhile back a Bushnell came out on top for...
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    02-19-2018, 11:36 PM
    Battery plates are very dangerous to cast and work with. And there may be some undesired materials in the lead now. If a scrap yard is buying them sell them and buy known lead to cast with. Battery terminals and posts washed down can be used if...
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    02-19-2018, 11:25 PM
    Yes, for the most part. I've collected Winchesters long enough to give myself a little room. They used both receivers between 5000 and 6000 and a very few second variation rifles have serial numbers under 5000. Can't rule out the possibility that...
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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