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    Today, 03:18 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Weather stations in Our Town
    The grandsons found my out side unit. It became a phaser or something ( little boys imagination is wonderfull ) and now it cant be found to replace its baterries. LOL
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    Today, 12:29 PM
    I have a couple Kowas that are very good. bit have the angled eye piece and long eye relief eye pieces on them. Used them all around use and NRA High Power. One is 80 mm and the other is 88 mm objectives. Both are giving great service. The 45* eye...
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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    Not a hard fix but it needs to be done correctly. Several fixes will work. 1) loctite form a thread may work as mentioned above. 2) a helicoil should work but can be tricky to install and a kit has several inserts in it. 3) is to make a insert....
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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lead-1 Passed in In Remembrance
    Sir, I have tools made by my Father and Grandfather ( not reloading but machining). Some were theirs some they made for me when I got in the trade, But every time I use one it brings back memories of them and warm feelings. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    You might consider doing a couple little projects in hard wood just to get the "feel" for cutting with the machine. A [portable band saw might be as handy as the vertical saws and blades may be cheaper.
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    01-15-2020, 05:02 PM
    Okay the 40 S&W and 10 mm are very close other than length. cutting down 10 mm to 40 S&W was the how the original testing was probably done. Things I would look at are internal case tapers the 10 mm may have a heavier taper in it and need reamed...
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    01-15-2020, 01:00 PM
    I have swapped between scopes and irons on my long range rifles with little change. a food 1 piece base and well mated rings that are cross bolt design will repeat very closely.
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    01-14-2020, 11:14 PM
    Get some good tweezers too
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    01-14-2020, 11:48 AM
    While not a 308 Attend a couple BPCR silhouette matches and watch the shooters. AT each range they adjust up to the next "zero" on the tang sight reading the vernier scale. Most get first shot hits on the animal with Loads in the 1150-1200fps range...
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    01-14-2020, 11:28 AM
    Let me know how it works out.
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    01-14-2020, 11:16 AM
    Depends on how tight you want to work. >002 run out means at best a .500 end mill will cut .504 ( maybe a little more due to length). Another thing to look at is end play on the spindle. Most spindles have a means of setting end play and this also...
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    01-13-2020, 09:24 PM
    Savage used a small insert on theirs I believe. Would take some work to do but boring the bolt out to around .700 dia. turn the barrel stub to match. shorten firing pin and fit a longer ejector. This will extend barrel back to where it can be...
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    01-13-2020, 07:46 PM
    If its inside covering the probe will only slow the heat absorption eventually the probe will get up to the inside temp. You might want to go the way of the lee lead pots where the thermostat is backed off the actual pot. Maybe remount the probe to...
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    01-13-2020, 02:17 PM
    I would recommend letting it melt on top of the pot, the flux core becomes liquid and may cause a visit from the tinsel fairy if below the surface. The core is a flux so use it stir well scrap sides and bottom and stir bringing metal up thru the...
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    01-13-2020, 01:22 PM
    The threaded ones arnt bad to replace with a new one. The press in ones I suspect were pushed in with the body heated forming a size for size fit and binding from the heat. This was a manufacturers way of installing plastic parts into metal or metal...
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    01-12-2020, 10:37 PM
    Use a shotgun primer ( 209) and a modified extractor could possibly be made to work. The ejector will be the issue with it. With a shotgun primer a simple slot to get under the cut would allow a small tool to remove it. Another easy route would be...
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    01-12-2020, 09:16 PM
    I load for a 45-90. with new brass I size to make sure its round and right expand to a slip fit load and hand seat the bullet. I then set the neck tension with a bushing die. In fired brass I clean prime charge compress with wad stack and hand seat...
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    01-12-2020, 09:10 PM
    I believe Old west Moulds makes one also
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    01-12-2020, 09:05 PM
    A machine dosnt always determine accuracy of the part. Its the skill and craftsmanship of the operator also. While that lathe doesn't have any dials a mag base and indicator can be set to make adjustments. It wont single point threads. It doesn't...
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    01-12-2020, 06:58 PM
    Several things might help. Make sure the bottom of the sprue plate is flat and in contact lightly with the blocks.Adjust it so it sits dead flat on the blocks. Any rock or lift affects the base Clean the blocks...
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    01-12-2020, 04:07 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New shop update in Our Town
    Air compressor came last week. Wood came also. Haven't got a lot done A medication change put me down with Diarrhea for 10 days. Thank-fully thats finally over.
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    01-12-2020, 03:59 PM
    I use emmerts improved in my BPCR rifles. 50% beeswax 40% crisco 5% canola oil and 5% lanolin. Works very well for me. Your minnies should carry a lot more lube in the grooves. A simple lard or crisco lanolin mix might allow bullets to be lubed...
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    01-12-2020, 03:53 PM
    Dry balling is like cross firing in a match. There are those that have and those about to LOL. The big thing is when it happens is to know what to do and how to do it. At a match or in the field hunting the grease gun isnt really a viable option....
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    01-12-2020, 03:41 PM
    Look at the otis web site they may have a video of it there. A few years ago we had 3-4 guys at the club that would stick bullets every time they went out. I made a slide hammer type pusher from brass for this with a 12" rod .300 dia and a 1lb...
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    01-12-2020, 12:33 PM
    The otis cable cleaning kits used to do a demonstration of pushing a stuck bullet out of a barrel with their cable cleaning kits. Was a neat technique with a special tip on the cable. You just start "tapping" lightly and the special tip loosens...
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    01-11-2020, 07:23 PM
    A piece of ground drill rod will show it. A piece of brass rod to lap
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    01-11-2020, 04:34 PM
    Back in the day if a shop needed a new lathe they were made in house, a lot of machines were. The casting were made and seasoned then roughed in and hand scrapped true. ALot of manufacturers machines were made in house to what they required. The...
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    01-11-2020, 04:24 PM
    The drill chuck run out can sometimes be adjusted out. First you need to know what spindle it has. threaded or Jacobs taper on the chuck. The threaded is what it is just not a good way to make changes there. The Jacobs Taper can sometimes be...
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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