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    Yesterday, 09:29 PM
    My only 9mm is a Berretta 92, accuracy was always lackluster to say the least. jacketed and cast both. I tuned on the pistols fitting and trigger it got a little better but nothing near what my 1911s in 38 spl, 48 super,10mm and 45 were capable of....
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    Yesterday, 06:42 PM
    With the .452 sizer die that looks like a nose punch for one of the various 185 or 200 grain SWC nose punches.
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    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    A couple 3 bags of ice in the body cavity is cheap insurance. While 60* isn't as big a problem a Sunny day with the carcass in the bed of a pick up may warm the carcass more than the air temp. A few bags of ice with the carcass wrapped in a sheet...
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    Yesterday, 03:02 PM
    I would also consider the old Bonanza Coax press. While still made it dates back many years and was considered one of the best or premier press for many many years. For pistol rounds one of the lyman truline jrs would be fun to use.
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    I modified a rolling cutter cutting board for cutting patches. added a rail stop and made a plexiglass angle plate. I cut 5 sheets at a time. First cut the strips to width by running paper up to stop. I may cut a few groups of 5 sheets in one...
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    10-14-2018, 11:26 PM
    Its always interesting when working with a new person in any hobby or chore. Heres something to think about, even todays state of the art computer controlled machines still have tolerences on the parts they run. Even their parts arnt dead nuts on...
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    10-14-2018, 10:17 PM
    I have done them with a reamer when the right size is available better is a true boring head in the mill a sharp short bit and a few thou at a time makes a truly round base and very nice finish. If you have digital read out then indicate each cavity...
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    10-14-2018, 10:02 PM
    You could add career politicians to that list also.
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    10-14-2018, 10:00 PM
    I cut off my tank after it was well purged by several soap water flushings with a hand hacksaw working around it. I wouldn't recommend a torch or grinder, I didn't even like the idea of electric motor close while doing it. I started with a cast Iron...
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    10-14-2018, 05:02 PM
    I cut the ring and used a square and dividers to lay out the holes around the edge. I used the square set to 1/4" to give distance back from edge then a set of dividers to layout the 8 evenly spaced holes. I used a wrap of masking tape to lay out...
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    10-14-2018, 02:01 PM
    You would need to size the grease grooved bullet down a lot to paper patch it. Even to groove dia you looking at .008 addition with the paper. Bullet would need sized down to .450 or so to start with for a groove dia wrapped bullet. For a bore rider...
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    10-14-2018, 01:49 PM
    Any cast iron steel or stainless steel pot will work for this. If its a cook stove with covered heat areas a pot that fits in one will do good. If a wood tove for heating a small stand to hang the pot on in the stove will help a lot. A small stand...
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    10-14-2018, 01:40 PM
    While burn rates may be the same or very close that's only part of the equation here. Smokless powders are chemical in nature make up , coatings and retardants. How these different chemicals will interact with each other in the new blended powder...
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    10-13-2018, 09:35 PM
    On the helium tank if you wanted to Stiffen it up some bend a snug fitting ring of 1/8" X 1" and weld it in place around the cut edge. this will stiffen the top quite a bit and the sides some. Another thing is to cut a ring from the tank used and...
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    10-13-2018, 12:31 PM
    The q-tip will show rough surfaces and edges quickly. A good look at the edges under magnification at the edges and surfaces may reveal something also. Another quick check to do is set a dowel pin in 2 of the cavities and measure down to the face...
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    10-13-2018, 10:22 AM
    The harrels is very good I have 2 a shutzen and standard. Both are very accurate. The lymann 55 can be good, there used to be a conversion done to them called the culiver conversion that made them much easier and consistant to set. The Belding and...
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    10-13-2018, 09:39 AM
    Mine is a 56-50 center fire. Use it for Cowboy action. Not a gun to be shooting for fast stage times, but it is a hoot to shoot and the style points are there. I'm not a real speed demon any way, so I TRY to at least look cool.
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    10-12-2018, 05:05 PM
    When I built my propane tank pot I made a second ring from the tank for a new full dia base. I cut 8 half holes on the top edge around it and welded it together. this allows the heat to flow up and around the pot better. my ring is down to the...
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    10-12-2018, 04:44 PM
    I have a "Spencer" from Armi Sport. Fit and finish is excellent. Haven't shot it enough to have stuff falling off......yet. So far, really like the gun. Have a Pedersoli "Sharps". Have had it for years. Shoots well, have had no problems with it...
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    10-12-2018, 01:06 PM
    Henry claims that the brass they use is the same tensile strength as the steel is on their web site. I would think there is a coating on it to retard dulling and corrosion also but would be leary of BP loads in it do to the risk
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    10-12-2018, 12:21 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Help retreving iPad in Our Town
    I would be leary of the magnet since it may affect the screen and or drive adversely.
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    10-11-2018, 04:12 PM
    My guess would be that the original "45-70" was not a straight walled case. (Tapered) The chamber for the Winchester "45-70 Govt." would be.
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    10-11-2018, 04:03 PM
    I have done it and the way a lot do it is to mount barrel between centers and offset the tailstock for the taper then it can be turned in passes the full length. At one time factory contours were given in either taper per foot or taper per inch so...
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    10-11-2018, 03:55 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Sheep shears in Our Town
    That close fit between the top blade and bottom blade make the shearing action for the blades to cut cleanly. any clearance there and the wool binds them up and dosnt cut. The side spring maintains the zero clearance cutting. Run them a few days...
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    10-11-2018, 12:38 PM
    Something to consider with the Wilson style If your sizing smaller than standard the 45-70 std case holder may not hold the case from spinning when trimming. I have seen this with some straighter cases. If its only the neck your sizing down you may...
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    10-10-2018, 11:36 PM
    I believe so rfd, You may need to get a .457 pilot it comes with some a couple spacers and n extension to set up for shorter cases a set of primer pocket cleaners . I made an adapter to mount lyman vld chamfer and deburr in it so I could control...
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    10-10-2018, 10:41 PM
    I believe the first one to be an expanding mandrel for use I a lathe. It allows a part to be set up on the bore between centers. It is placed in the bore and tapped to expand tight into bore then the part is machined. To remove its tapped in the...
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    10-10-2018, 10:36 PM
    Chrome is hard on carbide also.
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    10-10-2018, 10:33 PM
    I used a version of the leather sling on my service rifle in NRA CMP matches it was thicker and didn't have the stretch other do. I did use the canvas sling occasionally in heavy rains to save the leather. I didn't care for the canvas since with the...
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    10-10-2018, 10:28 PM
    Maybe 32-40 or 38-55. depending on what you want to do with the rifle. 40-65 is also an option. I have heard the longer cartridges may require mods to the hammer spur to make loading easier
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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