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    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    I put a new Zastava take-off in .308 on a Belgium K98. Screwed right into place and headspaced perfectly. And it's the most accurate 'factory' rifle I own. Who'd a thunk it?
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    11-21-2017, 01:54 PM
    Store your lead projectiles in ziplock bags to prevent future occurrences. I prefer to avoid dealing with lead oxide.
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    11-20-2017, 02:50 AM
    Hannibal replied to a thread Barrel forging in Muzzleloading.
    Yes! Thank you!
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    11-20-2017, 01:37 AM
    Unless I missed it, you never stated how it shoots. Unless you are concerned with high accuracy, which I presume you are not or you'd have sold/discarded the factory barrel without a second glance, then you need too shoot the **** thing and see what...
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    11-20-2017, 01:24 AM
    Hannibal started a thread Barrel forging in Muzzleloading.
    There is a video which depicts the forging of a rifle in colonial times, but unfortunately, I can not find the link. If anyone can offer assistance, I would be most greatful. I've asked about this before and received assistance, and I apologize to...
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    11-16-2017, 04:34 PM
    I find the idea of fire lapping intriguing as well. Perhaps the only up side to having several damaged barrels is I get to try several approachs. Fire lapping is on the list, just not right now with this barrel.
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    11-16-2017, 05:43 AM
    I'm a Gulf War vet. And that's all I have to say about that. If I wasn't good at 'fixing myself', I expect I'd be dead. After all, it was just a 'Joke War', right? Right. Keep it up, laughing boys. You can kiss my ***.
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    11-16-2017, 03:17 AM
    What is 'power lapping'? I've never heard the term used before . . . ? And charging the grooves with a roller handle . . . akin to a roller handle for window screen spline? You've got 'the wheels turning'. Thanks for that! I see you are...
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    11-15-2017, 11:15 PM
    Ok, I think I understand. Thank you for the additional information.
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    11-15-2017, 10:37 PM
    It sounds like the approach was pretty aggressive, unless I'm misreading your reply. Were any attempts ever made at smoothing up a rough, fouling bore? Or were these old, badly damaged barrels, such as mil-sups with corrosion damage? I've not tried...
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    11-15-2017, 10:30 PM
    I think I understand what you are saying, but how do you propose to charge the grooves of the lap, which obviously will be the area contacting the lands on the bore. I've heard of rolling slugs between steel plates, but once the slug is driven into...
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    11-15-2017, 09:40 PM
    I lapped a .357 Henry that had tight spots at all the dovetails. Did it while it was attached to the receiver because I couldn't find any information about barrel removal and I didn't want to muck it up. I used 400 grit lapping compound and laps...
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    11-15-2017, 09:32 PM
    While this is quite correct, I've nothing to learn this way. I understand most 'smiths, and shooters as well, just want an accurate rifle by the simplest and least complicated means. I have a few damaged barrels, and an inquiring mind. So please...
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    11-15-2017, 09:15 PM
    Who knows? I expect the flies hope so. Paper does not care. There is no near miss. Or blood trail to track. Or carcass to recover. Or trophy for the taxidermy man. Just a series of holes.
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    11-15-2017, 08:54 PM
    Whatever works for you. I don't hunt any more. Lost my access and have no desire to try public access. So I spend my time trying to see how close together I can get the bullets to land. Weird, huh?
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    11-15-2017, 08:51 PM
    There is no shortage of contradictory information on this subject. On everything from what grit/grits to use to how to bump up the lap. On one hand, I've been told that when using poured laps, never allow them to exit the barrel. And if it does,...
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    11-15-2017, 08:37 PM
    I 'got away' with a lot of things in years past. Then I started shooting more. A LOT more. And shooting 10 shot groups. And keeping targets and records. And measuring things. Truth is, not so long ago, I'd have been ecstatic about groups that...
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    11-15-2017, 07:05 PM
    It's funny how you can be SO SURE something is OK, until it isn't. No, not funny at all. But you can't convince the 'budget conscience'. It's a lesson they can only give themselves. I know. I used to be one.
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    11-15-2017, 05:56 PM
    If you ever spend months on end trying to sort out an accuracy issue or buy and sell 3 or 4 rifles before finally discovering that a 'category 1' or 'category 2' scope as defined in the OP was the cause of all the trouble, you might change you view...
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    11-14-2017, 04:26 AM
    Can't believe this thread is still rolling along. Casting without gloves and glasses is like riding a motorcycle without a helmet. Yeah, you look 'cool', but if something goes wrong, you're screwed. Except no one thinks casting bullets...
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    11-14-2017, 04:21 AM
    The trouble with rimmed cartridges is keeping the **** rims a consistent thickness. A new brand of brass, a new rim thickness. And no way to readily compensate for it, like the 'bottleneck' boys have. But, if you aren't particularly concerned...
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    11-14-2017, 03:53 AM
    I was thinking the same thing. I'm considering building an underhammer, and now I've got a new 'twist' to think about. Thanks for posting this, very cool. :Bright idea:
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    11-14-2017, 03:32 AM
    My doctor put me on low-dose aspirin a few years ago. About the same time, I tested positive for Lyme disease. They couldn't tell me how long I'd had it, nor what I should do about it. I'm 'an anomaly'. Now, I've no idea what is cause and what...
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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