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    12-10-2017, 12:34 AM
    Reduce the size of the pics in your computer before you try to upload them. Maybe you know this, maybe there's a better way, but I right click on the pic and open it with Microsoft Office Picture Manager, then edit, and resize it to "predefined...
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    12-02-2017, 09:11 AM
    I had thought of using JB Weld or another epoxy to hold the vent in place - now that I know there's only 1-2 lbs of pressure, I'll definitely try that. The fact that the vent is being held in place with only Teflon tape puzzled me - now I know...
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    12-02-2017, 12:31 AM
    It's a steam system. Right now the vent is held in place with Teflon tape wrapped around the vent's threads. It's not in there tightly but it's holding. I was all set to drill the hole earlier today, but decided to turn off the radiator at the...
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    12-01-2017, 12:38 PM
    Someone mentioned a helicoil today (he works with pipes at nuclear power plants) but all I could do was stare at him with a dumb look. When it comes to plumbing, I'm like a housewife in the 50s. June Cleaver... I just bought the drill bit, tap...
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    12-01-2017, 11:41 AM
    I have the vent that was there - new vents have the same size threads. The local hardware store told me the size drill and tap that I need for that vent or a new one. One of the questions is whether or not there's enough "meat" left for the new,...
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    12-01-2017, 11:00 AM
    Good info. Thanks. At least the hole is already there - I just have to enlarge it.
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    12-01-2017, 10:27 AM
    I have close to ZERO experience with drilling and tapping. I have an old steam radiator - the threads that the side vent screws into are gone. I want to drill a larger hole and tap threads. Any hints or warnings about drilling and tapping cast...
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    12-01-2017, 08:07 AM
    Battis replied to a thread Navy 1851 Project in Cast Boolits
    There's many opinions on the causes of chainfires, and some are correct some of the time, part of the time, most of the time, all of the time...but I've found that the #1 cause is poorly cast roundballs. It happened to me twice, in two different...
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    11-30-2017, 02:18 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Navy 1851 Project in Cast Boolits
    From an old Colt Industries pamphlet: "Percussion caps are now made in sizes from nine to thirteen. Ten and eleven are the best numbers for the small and medium-sized arms, and twelve for the larger sizes, although, as different-sized nipples are...
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    11-30-2017, 12:04 PM
    Battis replied to a thread Navy 1851 Project in Cast Boolits
    Brass frame, round barrel, .36 caliber = Griswold & Gunnison replica. High Standard made a quality copy, and I think Pietta made a copy, too. .375 - .380 roundballs, 18 grs FFFG. Caps that fit when the gun is unfired might not fit when the...
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    11-29-2017, 09:39 PM
    I cleaned the wood and found a matching serial number on the stock directly under the serial number on the receiver. The star is stamped on many parts, including the screws. The wood is still dinged and dented, but clean. I've put on five coats...
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    11-29-2017, 09:28 PM
    Where did you find a magazine for $40? That's a good deal. Check the receiver for cracks. I just paid $200 for an older .351 that didn't look great but it cleaned up well, and it's a great shooter. I replaced the buffer and recoil spring. It's...
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    11-22-2017, 08:41 PM
    Here's a few pics (I haven't cleaned the rifle at all). I'm not sure what to do with the wood. The rifle above the Mauser in the last pic is a 1907 Winchester Self Loader .351 that I got a few weeks ago for cheap money. I already had one but what...
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    11-22-2017, 06:45 PM
    Yep, both countries are represented in the Mauser book. I picked up the Spanish Mauser today. The receiver, mag floor plate, stock and bolt are matching, though you have to look really hard to see the number on the bolt. I don't see any numbers...
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    11-22-2017, 10:33 AM
    I recently got a copy of Mauser Military Rifles of the World by Robert Ball. Tons of info on Mausers from everywhere - I'll be looking for an Ethopian and a Latvian Mauser to add to my collection. Just kidding. Every country had a Mauser version....
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    11-19-2017, 12:10 PM
    I agree. That's why I questioned what the store was telling me. They saw the Star of David and associated it with Israel, not the manufacturer.
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    11-18-2017, 11:49 PM
    In reading posts on other sites, apparently some Chilean and Brazilian Mausers have the same star. It would be a great addition to a collection, even if it's not perfect. I have the Swedish Mauser, Argentine Mauser, and two Krags.
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    11-18-2017, 02:08 PM
    I have to reduce the size of the pics before I can upload them. As far as being an "Israeli re-issue", from what I've read, the Israelis were desperate for guns, but they had access to more modern guns than the 1893 7mm Mausers, and mostly went...
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    11-18-2017, 01:50 AM
    I was looking at an 1893 7x57 Spanish Mauser tonight. The store says it's an "Israeli re-issue" based on the apparent Star of David stamp. I've been searching online for some time now, and I'm still not sure if they're right or not. There's a lot...
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    11-16-2017, 11:31 PM
    Battis replied to a thread 351 wsl in Case Forming / Re-forming
    I tried the 357 Max brass but for some reason, the case mouths kept getting dented and folded over. It doesn't happen with the shorter 357 Mag brass. I bought an AR brass catcher and it's not bad, though I might modify it a little. I found the...
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    11-16-2017, 02:25 PM
    Battis replied to a thread 351 wsl in Case Forming / Re-forming
    I recently bought a second WSL .351. I changed the recoil spring and buffer and fired off some .351 rounds made from .357 brass. Works as well as my first rifle. To reduce the diameter of the rim, I put the case into a drill press, run the press...
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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