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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 08:43 PM
    I like shooting my mouth. Talking with other club members and offering help information when asked. LOL
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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    06-24-2017, 12:19 PM
    BzCraig, I have seen both muzzle breaks and flash hiders have this small issue with moving poi around. SOme is dueto barrel harmonics being affected by the weight on the muzzle. The pther is the hole not properly alighned with the bore true and...
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    06-23-2017, 10:56 PM
    We used to extend and make new knobs up for NRA High Power match rifles to help in the 2 rapid fire stages. The shape Clark shows was popular as was a tear drop style and a round one. we used steel or aluminum for them, the round ones were off the...
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    06-23-2017, 09:56 PM
    I went to the Local Trade School in the Machine Trades program, Took my first job in a local job shop at around 15 1/2 years old. worked there thru high school then 18 years in a food plants can plant making cans and repairs parts. Went from there...
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    06-23-2017, 09:37 PM
    I have drilled out fire formed case to match the rods dia and used them.
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    06-23-2017, 09:35 PM
    I would continue with the threaded rod as you are but try this little trick tap the wood 7/16 20 so the insert threads into it it will be a little sloppy fit but that's good here. Ten use a good epoxy glue JB weld plastic steel accura glass micro...
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    06-23-2017, 04:31 PM
    Yes with the set of calibration weights you know what the scales are doing. Any measuring insterments with out the calibration sets are in question until they are calibrated or zeroed. Michrometers over 1" have a standard with them, indicators are...
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    06-23-2017, 03:29 PM
    The thinner necks will not affect pressures that much but where it does matter is the heads thickness and wall thickness at the head and thru the body of the cases. Case walls ant straight walls but are tapered from base to mouth getting thinner to...
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    06-23-2017, 02:00 PM
    Maybe a bolt on with spring tension so that in a bind it can push back and come forward to a set of stops.
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    06-23-2017, 01:56 PM
    Talked to the Ohio distributor yesterday and the proposed ship date for my chair is 7-10 now. So its getting close. I had hoped to have it for the 4th of July to use it for the fireworks, who dosnt want to take a recliner to them LOL. I rough...
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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