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    Today, 02:12 PM
    I started out with Brownell's Marvelux (https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/general-gunsmith-tools/solders-flux/marvelux-bullet-casting-flux-prod1132.aspx) and really liked it. I then read that this product does some...
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    10-15-2018, 06:54 PM
    Working for a plumber in college years (doing more "sewer" than "plumber".. but that's not germane to this) -- we repaired many old lines with Oakum and lead. The Oakum was a fantastic black fly repellent, and the lead he used was alllmost pure. I...
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    10-14-2018, 07:02 AM
    I was in want of a mould for .348 Win a few years back, and landed a quite inexpensive mould on eBay: LYMAN 350447 .348 Win. 200 gr. 1-cavity mould (FNGC) -- #447 top punch. The only down-size is the comparative slowness of the single cavity mould...
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    10-14-2018, 06:49 AM
    Some queries provide clear answers; yours is one of many which may be a tad "cloudy" -- with *MY* opinion there is a lot dependent upon circumstance. The BATFE has armor piercing (AP) ammo defined at...
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    10-12-2018, 05:17 PM
    Kudos and thanks for sharing your data! I am about to start -- my next loading project -- a (coffee) can or two -- of cast bullet .44 S&W Special cartridges, and hence, find your report most enlightening. Much appreciated! geo
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    10-12-2018, 09:47 AM
    Have you looked at the oilers for 1903 Springfields, etc.? Gun Parts Corp (aka Numrich) purveys them -- https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/413540C -- with them regularly appearing on popular auction sites at roughly one-half, and less, of this...
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    10-12-2018, 09:35 AM
    georgerkahn replied to a thread 1941 Win 94 in Leverguns
    I concur 100% with Texas by God re IMR3031. This is my "go to" powder for most of my "older" firearms, 'specially levers in several different calibers. It works, for me, great in .30WCF, .30 Remington; .32W Spec., .32Remington;.... up to,...
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    10-11-2018, 01:46 PM
    I like them both, but for accurate shooting -- e.g., MY better scores -- I prefer the canvas. This is for one reason, being I fold it over my left arm for off-hand shooting, with the sling now extremely tight -- which seems to cut wobble immensely!...
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    10-11-2018, 01:29 PM
    Until yesterday I had an even forty; two new ones came in yesterday's post -- both from Group Buys -- so my total d'jour is 42. geo
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    10-10-2018, 08:54 AM
    Also a hunter-safety instructor, I agree 101% with this -- well written, and well said! geo
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    10-08-2018, 04:54 PM
    I have rifles chambered in both in .30WCF ("30-30 Winchester") and .30-30 Remington (Remington model 8, and model 14 in this caliber). It is indeed my bullet of choice for the .30 Remingtons, and surely is a reliable, hit where you aim, slug in the...
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    10-08-2018, 04:49 PM
    Best wishes with your Lee mould! I have had a Colt Mustang, CZ27, Sig 230, Beretta 1934, and a fifth .380 I cannot recall manufacturer of, and in my experience, the bullet weight was not an issue.. I've cast and shot from 95 to 135 grain no...
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    10-07-2018, 07:50 AM
    For general plinking/shooting in several .380s, a mould which produced working bullets for me is the Lyman 356-632, purportedly dropping 100 gr. RNFP bullets, which I put through the Lyman 450 lub-sizer using plain-Jane Lyman hollow lub sticks, with...
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    10-02-2018, 07:07 AM
    Thanks -- my search begins -- the address *I* got is John or Kori Ann Holbrook, 3300 South Mellonville Avenue, Sanford, Florida 32773-9664. With that is a twenty U S dollar increase to a sixty-five dollar ante. Perhaps they moved to The Sunshine...
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    10-01-2018, 05:09 PM
    Thanks. What "sold me" is NOT the "feared M1 thumb" -- I've read, heard, and believe that 99.9% or so of these occur totally due to operator -- not the rifle -- error in not having it open all the way; and/or while cleaning the rifle. Moot point....
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    10-01-2018, 04:32 PM
    A janitor in building I worked in had similar, if not identical problem, with petrol siphoned out of his GMC truck, followed by perps actually drilling a hole in (I don't remember) either his fuel tank or a line to it after he purchased and...
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    10-01-2018, 04:21 PM
    Having recently purchased a (Winchester) M1 Garand, a fellow shooting a similar rifle at range had purchased and installed a "Holbrook Thumb-saver" device which, in operation, makes the M1 behave similarly to an M14. I like it, and upon getting...
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    09-30-2018, 07:13 PM
    I share your love of moulds produced by Hensley & Gibbs -- I presently have and use over fifty of their works of art :). My inability to find the "right" mould in a variety not in my wee H&G stable forced a similar question for me, brass vs...
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    09-30-2018, 06:34 AM
    Also happy you sustained no injuries, your experience has really piqued my curiosity as to its cause. I agree copper jacketed bullets do sometimes "pop" -- the side-cutter trick is a good one to employ. Some lead pipe joints have compounds in...
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    09-28-2018, 06:06 PM
    As I have a lo-numbered one, I recall reading it. Seems a bit longer back than "2-3 years" -- I'd wager around five, if we're talking about the same blow-up. What I had read was the loader/shooter was sending cast bullets down the bore, propelled...
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    09-28-2018, 11:20 AM
    I have the privilege of being a range officer at annual CMP clinics at a range/club I belong to, so a shortage of military (CMP) brass has never been an issue -- rare, indeed, is a student who loads and wants it. I DO have the Dillon tool, so I'm...
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    09-26-2018, 05:34 PM
    I'm ever so happy for you! I bought a sportorized '03 with a serial number in the low-100,000 s/n range a few years ago, with the desire to re-militarize it, too! I'm a tad apprehensive, as you probably know -- vis heat-treatment procedures --...
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    09-26-2018, 05:13 PM
    I love this line -- ever so true! I degreased and cleaned my new treasure as best as I could, using several solvents -- with isopropil alcohol rinses between to not risk interaction between products. I used Butch's gun oil on pretty much all that...
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    09-26-2018, 03:52 PM
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    09-25-2018, 04:11 PM
    range report ;): I field stripped my new toy, and did some cleaning and lubing. The card attached to the rifle from CMP indicated both muzzle AND throat measured "2", and barrel looks as if its been hardly shot at all. It took very little with...
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    09-24-2018, 06:57 AM
    Without photos, I can only imagine amount of rust on your magazines. I personally have successfully cleaned rust off old 15-round military M1 Carbine magazines using a product called G96, which comes in an aerosol spray can. Spray it on and leave...
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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