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    Today, 10:24 AM
    On most of our ingots a shear cutter could be built to cut off what was needed. Get the leverage right between the pivots blade and handle it would cut easily.
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    Yesterday, 09:31 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Ballbarrow in Our Town
    Both of my 1/3 yard barrows are old enough to have the 2" wide steel wheels on them. These roll the easiest with heavy loads. Rubber tires flatten out on the bottom from the weight making them harder to push
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    If you take a look at the element in the iron to see how thick it is 3 layers may allow for the center one to be cut out and justy the element used.
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    For 35 years I was a tool and die maker. The trade did very well for me also My Dad and Grandfather. Our local Vocational school has done away twith the machine trades, welding and machinanry repair classes several years ago.Yet almosrt every...
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    04-27-2017, 09:49 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New law? in Our Town
    A few years ago we had to show ID for pistol ammo but not rifle ammo. But that law expired many years ago. I hate buying shooting gear at wallmarts. Bought a red ryder for the grandkids for Christmas this past year and I got carded on it even.
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    04-27-2017, 09:36 PM
    On my Brooks adjustable I don't de note the bullets by weight but by length In this way the settings are backed up in my load notes and also my sight settings books. I measure from top of blocks to center of base stem.
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    04-27-2017, 06:29 PM
    They are a very good mould to work with. Ussually once the "length" was found the rifle wanted they were never changed again. 2 wraps of seth cole or other drafting paper gives good results. Play with the angled ends angles and keep the close,...
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    04-27-2017, 02:49 PM
    I would clamp a piece of flat steel on the tallest part of the receiver. and then use shim stock to get the dimension. Or apiece of flat stock clamped to the lower ring and just inside the higher then mike down to the ring with depth mikes. Subtract...
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    04-27-2017, 01:39 PM
    Sounds like one of Bernie Rowels Nasa desighns. I shoot them in 38-55 and 40-65 with good results. One plus is they seat shallower in the case leaving more room for powder.
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    04-27-2017, 01:37 PM
    The casting dies for die cast machines are sealed and closed under much more pressure than our bullet moulds are. When the shot tube on these machines cycle the mish metal goes in right now and is a much stronger casting due to the pressures. WIth...
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    04-27-2017, 01:21 PM
    Annealing is a process of time at a certain temperature. If you wanted to anneal the whole case 2 hours at 300* would achieve the same as the few seconds at 700 we do. But the few seconds makes it easier to not anneal the base. The lead pot method...
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    04-27-2017, 01:06 PM
    I agree with this being a Tom Ballard mould. Measure the bullets at several spots the length of the bullets a lot of his bullets were tapered a couple thousandths getting bigger to the base.
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    04-27-2017, 09:47 AM
    Sperm Whale oil used to be the lubricant of choice for precisson insturments and firearms years ago. 3&1 oil other than getting gummy isn't to bad. WD 40 is one of the worst as it wicks into places then gets gummy. Marvels mystery oil, Kroil oil are...
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    04-27-2017, 09:35 AM
    THe Sharps also has a oddly shaped firing pin set up that's almost a z Shape. If you don't half cock the hammer the tip may chip or excess wear occur. You can see the drag force on the case head by the score line it leaves on the case head from pin...
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    04-26-2017, 09:49 PM
    The actual power files we used only used jewelers files. I have always used a fine ^" smooth cut for most of the trim dies. ANother issue is listening to the air tool or electric power file for any length of time.
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    04-26-2017, 08:59 PM
    I prefer a dot to fit the target size with a little around it. On an appeture the front should encircle the bull with a 1/2 -1 min extra. With these set ups you just simply keep the line even all around the dot or inside the appeture.
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    04-26-2017, 08:33 PM
    What I would want to see in a custom pot.1) a larger capacity maybe 50-60 lbs. 2) an adjustable pour spout so flow could be easily regulated.. 3) a good friction free adjustable mould guide. 4) a pid controller
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    04-26-2017, 04:10 PM
    Its not always from ingnorence. I was finding 308s with no neck for awhile at our club. A member had bought one of the chamber insert to convert his garand to 308 that the navy used for awhile. He lock tited it in place and cjhecked headspace. and...
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    04-26-2017, 04:03 PM
    the 1 1/2F olde ensforde performs better in my 45-70 and 45-90 than Swiss does also. I find that the olde ensforde does like some compression More than Swiss and less than goex.
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    04-26-2017, 11:36 AM
    We used a 44 mag with a small charge of powder and card board wad then shot and another wad. Do a little experimenting with pine boards as the target and work up to where the shot just penetrates into it flush. This didn't penetrate the sheet metal...
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    04-26-2017, 11:27 AM
    On the older bolt actions and others it wasn't just the weight of the parts but also the distance they traveled. Some of the newer benchrest actions firing pins are only traveling .060 or less now.
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    04-25-2017, 05:59 PM
    If you boil it out it will remove all the lube. Some tips on boiling have a pot big enough to hold the sizer body and pieces parts. Make sure they are covered in water 3-4". Let cool completely and lift lube off of the water before removing parts.
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    04-25-2017, 05:01 PM
    I found a small plastic funnel the fit in the base and a piece of hose on it then drilled a hole and ran the hose to a jug under the bench. Works good and lasts well
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    04-25-2017, 12:58 PM
    A lot of the neck lube kits with the brushes use Mica for lube. I have used the mica, molyebdium, and even the Imperial sizing die wax I use for sizing.I have also found a good polished surface on the expander helps a lot. I polish expander balls...
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    04-23-2017, 08:28 PM
    I normally get pretty good numbers from the ballistic programs but I chronograph at 10' and another at 100 yds or farther. With the lab radar this is easy to do. I then start by using a program to calculate the actual ballistics coeffient of the...
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    04-23-2017, 10:50 AM
    I would clean the mould good. first with acetone brake cleaner or thinner and a tooth brush. scrub it really good. Then hot water and dish soap with the tooth brush and really work up a lather. rinse under running hot water. If there are vent lines...
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    04-23-2017, 10:43 AM
    35 grns in the 45-70 case leaves a lot of air space. Tipping the rifle up to settle powder against case head may help.A charge with enough air space may not be directly in the primers blast and not ignite.
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    04-22-2017, 11:35 PM
    Not only is it a cool mould but it has no parting lines, and in the day was thought to cast the roundest bullets. If its like the few Ive seen its adjustable for weight / length also. Its going for pretty decent money though.
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    04-22-2017, 11:21 PM
    A light chamfer along the top edges of the blocks may help with venting and fill out. I use a flat piece of brass with 600 grit sand paper to lightly bevel the top edge. ( a line 45* and .005-.008 wide on each side makes an extra vent line right...
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    04-22-2017, 10:32 PM
    Could you remove the sight from the base leaving the base in the rifle. I would opt for a taller set of rings if possible though. Or a slightly thicker base on the rifle.
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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