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  • MostlyLeverGuns's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    I have a bunch of very old 8x57, 1929, 1930's, 1940's stuff. All are cupro-nickel, 150 gr +/- and have flake powder of green grey appearance similar to what is shown.
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    10-22-2020, 03:05 PM
    I have 2 Lee Classic Turret presses. One is the 4 place turret and another I converted to use my older 3 position turrets. I really don't use the 'turret' feature. The die holders are used to mount my dies similar to the 'breech lock' die...
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    10-21-2020, 03:28 PM
    Like the Lee Trimmer, I think they came out in the 80's. The Lee is very accurate and gives more accurate case length than all but the L E Wilson. The Lee doesn't adjust but does work very well. I used the Lee Trimmer as power trimmer chucked up...
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    10-17-2020, 11:56 AM
    Long ago I used 221 Fireball to form 256 magnum rimless. There is/was a wildcat 25 Copperhead (25/222) that was popular before the .223. Bob Milek wrote about it I believe.
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    10-17-2020, 11:46 AM
    I've had one since 1967. You really can't do much with them. Lacks power, manual feed, there was a threading attachment as an add-on. Most of the newer mini-lathes from China have greater capabilities.
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    10-17-2020, 11:30 AM
    I use a chunk of parafin to lube my brass cutting tools, trimmers, pilots, primer pocket uniformers, flash hole reamers. The hard parafin does not migrate but does smooth cutting and prevents grab. I just wipe the chunk against the cutting edge or...
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    10-14-2020, 10:04 PM
    I have a couple Marlin's that show reamer marks after the Micro Groove rifling button passed thru. It is just a rough reaming job before rifling. Fire polishing helps smooth it. Accuracy can be excellent with jacketed and cast. Jacketed will...
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    10-12-2020, 11:17 AM
    I started in 1964 - 7/8x14 blue Pacific C-press. Lyman 5/8-30 for Tru-line Jr(?) and 310 tool were available. Herter's dies were 7/8-14 back then. There were a few early preses (belding&Mull) that had proprietary dies. Lee started with the...
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    10-10-2020, 01:03 PM
    Hornady Unique - touch finger to lube, wipe on case as processing, get a couple-four cases each touch. I size and decap in one step, neck expand in another.
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    10-10-2020, 09:17 AM
    The biggest complaint I have about many quality air guns is the weight. I have an RWS48 .17, a Benjamin .22 springer and an inexpensive Hatsan 95 .25, all are very accurate but fairly heavy. I still enjoy the Sheridan .20 for carrying. The...
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    10-10-2020, 09:06 AM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Cupro-Niccol in Our Town
    Cupro-nickel is mostly copper any of the good modern copper solvents will get rid of it. I have a bunch of very old 8x57 with cupro-nickel. Copper solvents like Sweet's, Hoppe's BenchRest, others work fine.
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    10-10-2020, 09:02 AM
    The Marlin lever guns triggers are not difficult to improve WITHOUT lightening springs OR buying aftermarket parts. Careful work with small three-square and four square fine ceramic stones can take the factory Marlin trigger to a very crisp 3lb or...
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    10-07-2020, 02:54 PM
    Yes, the Savage 99 came in 22 Hi Power, forgot that one, it shot 70 grain .228 bullets out of a necked down 25-35 case. It was born in 1912. It is still used in Europe, mostly single shots and drillings, called 5.6x52R factory loads are available. ...
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    10-06-2020, 03:12 PM
    The 218 Bee and 219 Zipper in Winchester's and Marlin's, 223 in Browning BLR and Henry Long Ranger, 22-250 in the Savage 99(very Rare) and Browning BLR. I think that's all the center-fire 22's in Lever Guns that were factory made/cataloged in the...
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    10-06-2020, 11:40 AM
    Lever actions are not very accurate and not very useful past 100 yards. Scopes ruin Lever Actions and serve no purpose on them. Lever actions require full-length sized cartridges to function. Scopes serve no purose when hunting ranges are...
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    10-04-2020, 11:00 AM
    I use the RCBS Hand Primer for most of my priming. I have the one that uses standard shellholders. Using it 15 plus years. I've got some older LEE Hand Primers, round and square trays; the more recent Frankford Arsenal, which I find heavy, very...
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    10-02-2020, 09:10 PM
    Loading the 300 Savage is not particularly tricky, but as I and many others have said, having the rifle available for initial load developmwnt is important. Cutting off LC or other .308 brass is a simple way to get good brass for the 300 Savage. I...
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    10-02-2020, 08:48 PM
    Savage 99's, I've got a bunch (30+) but to be picky, for hunting a Featherweight with serial number above 900,000 and really a tang safety with a serial number before the A, B, C, D prefixes, depending on the game, we use .243, .300 Savage, .308, or...
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    09-26-2020, 12:10 PM
    I don't believe Lee makes a 6.5 / .264 mold. RCBS makes one,Lyman maybe, NOE lists a few, Accurate will make one for you. Depending on your twist rate, velocity may be limited. The Rem 700 .260 had a 1-9 twist but it has been changed to 1-8... so...
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    09-25-2020, 10:28 AM
    There are a couple variables with the Savage 99 and the 300 Savage cartridge. Rifles produced after about 1954 have a .308 Win magazine that allows a longer OAL and simplifies concerns over length. The savage 99 .300's that shoot a lot, both short...
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Reloading 50 years, started at 13
Hunted CO, WY mostly elk, antelope, some deer, a moose, mostly hunt, shoot Savage 99, Marlin
Eastern WY
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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