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    Yesterday, 11:49 PM
    A bit of thread choke where the barrel is turned into the frame is not surprising. Most of the time this can be fire-lapped out. If your bullets are only a wee bit oversized I would try shooting some as-cast, with Lee Liquid Alox and a moderate...
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    Yesterday, 03:43 PM
    .35 Remington is correct. But also clouding the issue is the effect of varying cylinder gap, which is every bit as important as barrel length, yet very seldom, if ever mentioned in test data you are likely to find online. With standard-pressure...
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    Yesterday, 02:14 PM
    Those would have to be VERY old pre-1976 Rugers to have large cylinder throats. Ruger .45 cylinder throats have been consistently tight .450-.451" for the last FIFTY years!!!!
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    02-23-2018, 09:22 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Midland Backpaker in Our Town
    The guns are made in Turkey and follow the design of the Beretta folder. Should make a great platform to build a light walking gun in. .327 Fed. Or .357 with extra shotgun barrel.
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    02-23-2018, 07:48 PM
    Hard to choose, but a current favorite and EDC:
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    02-23-2018, 12:40 PM
    The 8.15x46R works best with 1:25 or 1:30 tin-lead alloy at velocities from 1100-1300 fps like the .32-40. Lee Liquid Alox works fine with 180-grain bullet and 13.5 grs. of 4227, 18 grs. of IMR4198 or 23 grs. RL7 powder, or pan lube with Emmert's or...
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    02-23-2018, 11:58 AM
    And, as I am sure that you already know, but I will repeat for the benefit of others reading this, keep the Ballard loads light, in the order of those suitable for a non-heat-treated S&W 1905 Hand Ejector made before 1918, not to exceed about 1200...
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    02-23-2018, 11:52 AM
    I no longer shoot .45-70, as I can no longer tolerate the recoil and consider the cartridge too hungry of powder and lead. The great majority of my shooting today is with .32-20, .38 Special, .44-40, .44 Magnum and .45 Colt in both rifles and...
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    02-23-2018, 11:38 AM
    I don't know how durable the CA revolvers are when shot alot with +P loads. Most gunsmiths I know DO NOT work on them because a used CA isn't worth much in the resale market and it is poor economy to put more time and effort into an inexpensive gun...
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    02-21-2018, 05:31 PM
    The dreaded internal lock—a.k.a. Hillary Hole—began in 2002 with the 66-6, the Model 66-7 featured a two-piece barrel and more internal lock mechanisms. Smith & Wesson dropped the Model 66 from production in 2005. You might ask them if they...
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    02-21-2018, 05:05 PM
    Is gun blued or stainless? S6 doesn't ring any bells, they made a 66, 586, 486, the -7 is a change number, the A20 probably a rack number, is there a more full serial number, probably with a letter prefix, pictures would help. You might be able...
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    02-21-2018, 04:59 PM
    Both of the 1934s I have produce 0.012" copper indent on the "C" size copper in the gov't gage and smack the primers harder than most modern 9mms. Mine also feed anything, JHPs, WFNs, etc. To ddcrawford, if your Dad's bringback produces light...
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    02-21-2018, 12:01 PM
    What model S&W? Old or new? Under warranty or not? New gun, under warranty, send it back to S&W with EMPTY brass and box end flap. Older gun, shoot .38 Specials...
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    02-20-2018, 07:12 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread NEI question in Cast Boolits
    It was carnuba http://universalphotonics.com/Portals/0/MSDSs/waxcarnaubaMS.pdf http://www.eganstore.top/candle-wax-c-402_457_461_467/carnauba-wax-flakes-choose-size-p-14177.xhtml $8/lb. you can go into business!
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    02-20-2018, 03:59 PM
    Are there capture papers, original holster or other collectible WW2 militaria with it? Very simple, rugged, reliable guns. I have two. Probably the very best of the WW2 bring backs. When I was in Italy I was instructed by the Carabinieri...
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    02-19-2018, 04:55 PM
    I use Accurate 43-230G in mine, which is a .44-40, also use it in my .44 Magnums. Use front crimp groove for 1.60" OAL.
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    02-19-2018, 02:41 PM
    My five-inch Colt Police Positive Special was made in 1924 and has a 0.005 cylinder gap. The pooled average of seven different samples of factory .32-20 loads was 814 fps. This defines a sensible velocity limit for these old guns when assembling...
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    02-19-2018, 01:19 PM
    My "go-to" bullet in all of my .44s is the Accurate 43-230G, which is a double-crimp-groove design: Use the rear crimp groove to seat out long in .44 Special brass to increase powder capacity, or to exploit the longer cylinder length of Ruger...
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    02-19-2018, 12:47 PM
    Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook, 4th Edition (2010) p. 147 #311284 #2 alloy 3.025" OAL RL7 start 18.5 grs. 1437 fps RL7 max 29.0 grs. 2015 fps
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    02-18-2018, 03:45 PM
    What I do is to take the new blocks out of the box and brush the cavities and entire surface of the blocks with Palmolive dishwashing detergent, then put in a coffee can, enough tap water to cover, then boil for 20 minutes. With whatever is in our...
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    02-18-2018, 12:01 PM
    .444 Marlin or brass .410 2-1/2" hull loaded with Accurate 45-370Y heeled bullet and 60 grains of FFg black.
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    02-17-2018, 12:26 PM
    All good advice. Pre-1972 steel frame Detective Specials and Police Positives shouldn't be fired with +P either! Winchester makes a standard pressure 110-grain Silvertip which performs well in the 2" guns.
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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