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    01-13-2019, 01:15 PM
    The one piece Weaver mount base (63b) and a set of Weaver or other decent rings work well. A 2-7x32 scope by Leupold, Vortex, Nikon, Bushnell will work fine. I like the one piece 63B Weaver base as a slot can be added near the existing slot to...
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    01-11-2019, 10:40 PM
    I have found that factory brass for lever action calibers does not seem to be made as carefully as that for cartridges like the 243 and 308. I have started weighing my brass and eliminating outliers, I am not getting carried away, a 3-4 grain range...
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    01-09-2019, 12:26 PM
    After Browning BLR stainless metal,camo stock in 325 Win locked up even when empty when not wet with oil. Returned it to Browning, got it back, still locked up, that is unable to open action unless some sort of lubricant sprayed into rifle. Guess...
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    01-07-2019, 10:57 PM
    The only rifle cartridges I crimp after using a Lyman 'm' die are tube feed lever actions. I do not 'bell' or flare with an 'M'die, the second step, about .0025"-.004" larger than the expander (e.g .3065-.3095 for 30 cal) is used to make a small...
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    01-04-2019, 06:53 PM
    I have the Lee Factory crimp dies for the tube magazine levers, 348 Win, 35 Rem, 30-30, 32 Special, 444 Marlin and 45-70 but I also use seating/crimping dies from Lyman, Herters, RCBS, and Redding. LONG BEFORE the Lee FCD existed we loaded for tube...
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    01-01-2019, 06:50 PM
    +1 JFE pushing expander too far into case. Checked my 'M' die for 35 Rem, first step is .3565, second step .3595 so you probably are running expander too far into case.
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    01-01-2019, 06:20 PM
    Not on your list, Savage 99 in 303 Savage, Lee makes dies, Prvi cases from Powder Valley or Graf's. Easy to load, handles the NOE RCBS 180 clone at 195 grains and all the other 30 cal stuff. Lots of decent Savage 99's at reasonable prices. Uses...
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    01-01-2019, 04:58 PM
    I have a couple of Marlins in each, but for cast boolits against the critters you mention, I think the .32 Special out of a Marlin 336 SC would be my choice. I am shooting 200 grain bullets out of my 24" Marlin SC and get 2" groups regularly at 200...
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    12-30-2018, 10:24 PM
    I have a box of Sears 7x57, 175 gr with 4 fired brass, the rest intact. I bought them long ago. I borrowed a rifle from my uncle, fired four to check zero and hunted with it in PA. My grandfather had brought it back from Cuba as a...
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    12-29-2018, 01:43 PM
    In the 1950's and 60's, surplus rifles were in every department store and gas station. Mail order rifles cost $10-$35 and NOBODY CARED about collectables unless pristine in the Cosmolene new. New Marlin 336's were $65, Winchester 70 over $100,...
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    12-28-2018, 12:43 PM
    I have a bunch of 99's, 303's, 300's, 308's,358's, 243's, 284's and 30-30's. All the rotary magazine work very well while a couple 99C's (removable magazine) are not as smooth but are reliable. Your 99's are not properly adjusted, the spring...
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    12-27-2018, 01:12 PM
    A Marlin 336 lever should not need to be held shut. It latches shut with the 'trigger safety' depressed when the action is closed/locked, if you must hold it shut it is in need of repair. The Winchester 94 does have the issue of holding the lever...
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    12-26-2018, 12:49 PM
    Your Marlin 30-30 sounds like a good project rifle you for the young ones. Shorten the stock,Kick-eez or Limbsaver recoil pad, smooth and tune the action and trigger. The 30-30 is one of the best cast boolit cartridges and the Marlin 336 has along...
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    12-26-2018, 11:09 AM
    Need has ALMOST nothing to do with want. We worked hard, retired and now I do spend what is comfortable on what I want. I am not a collector but an accumulator. I bought a property where I can shoot, I put up a building to reload and work on my...
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    12-22-2018, 05:26 PM
    I have a Loadmaster and a Pro 1000. The Pro 1000 is a 3 station press, I use for revolver cartridges that can have the bullet seated and crimped in one step with a properly adjusted die. I use the Loadmaster for my 9mm, 40, 45 ACP and rifle...
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    12-22-2018, 11:12 AM
    Redding, RCBS both have balance beam scales under $100. DO NOT judge balance beam scales by the Lee. I have a Lee and it is tiresome and difficult to use, though very accurate. I am using an RCBS 505 I have had a very long time. Of the...
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    12-19-2018, 07:49 PM
    i have an MRB Annealer, works like the Annealeez. I do like it and depending on brass and neck expander 'feel', I anneal every 1 to 3 firings. Just turn the machine on, stack the brass and do something else. I have done the tipping over in water...
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    12-19-2018, 10:53 AM
    Many(most) RIFLE seating dies have a crimping shoulder built into the die. You cannot simply screw the seating die against the shell holder to seat bullets. Using an expanded case, screw the seating die into your press until you feel it run into...
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    12-18-2018, 11:18 PM
    Since the 'original Jeff Cooper' 10 was a shortened 30 Rem, you could just cut-off 30-30's and neck ream for straight-wall base case, any length under 2" would work. Oh you already did all the that work, Oh well.
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    12-18-2018, 11:09 PM
    I could comment on why anybody would sink money into a mil-surp as SHOOTING rifle, but then I buy Marlin and Savage lever guns and strive for MOA or less accuracy. Surprising I get it quite often so I won't criticize anybody else unless they need a...
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    12-18-2018, 01:06 PM
    What is the diameter of the bullet, what is the diameter of the neck expander. How much flare or bell are doing to the case mouth before seatin the bullet. Most rifle cartridge do NOT need to be crimped unless tube-fed or very heavy recoil, more...
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    12-18-2018, 12:43 PM
    I have long used regular unleaded in my stoves and lanterns, before unleaded, regular gas worked but would foul the generator faster. In the high country the stove fuel was difficult to start while unleaded burned much better. I have used a single...
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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