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    Yesterday, 09:03 AM
    I had a Low Wall in .218 Bee for a time. As far as I could see, it didn’t do anything that my other Low Wall in .22 Hornet didn’t do just as well, so I unloaded it after the “Bee Experience” was finished. The nominal velocity increase doesn’t...
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    09-17-2018, 09:25 AM
    If your rifle’s bore isn’t pitted, check the first inch or so at the muzzle with a lead ball. If the muzzle is blunderbuss shaped from careless cleaning, it will throw keyholes all over the place, and the only solution I’ve found is a reline job. ...
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    09-17-2018, 08:59 AM
    I think what the crewman was doing was priming the cylinders with “petrol”. That Le Rhône rotary engine design used the block as a “carburetor” and only had the exhaust valve (“the monosoupape principle,” I think they called it.). The cylinders...
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    09-16-2018, 11:22 AM
    Most of my guns were bought used, so I have no idea how many rounds were fired in them. I don’t count the number of rounds fired in either them or the few new ones I have. I keep records of the loads I test for accuracy, which are five shot...
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    09-16-2018, 09:27 AM
    Not wishing to hijack the thread, but, rfd, could you tell us who offers rental paper-patch chamber reamers? I looked through the offerings of White Rock and 4-D, and couldn’t find any mention. Would like to try one in .45-2.1”
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    09-06-2018, 05:57 PM
    Wow, that is great stuff! Thanks for posting it. That mould is a great find, too.
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    09-06-2018, 05:49 PM
    I don’t trim to length until I’ve fireformed the brass to the chamber, then I try to get as close to 2.100” as I can. (The last setting on the Forster trimmer got me 2.096”, IIRC.). Cases are checked for length after firing and cleaning, and before...
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    09-06-2018, 09:04 AM
    With my Chrony, I consider a calm, overcast day “chronograph weather.” If that isn’t in the offing, I wait until the sun is at such an angle so the roof over the line shades the Chrony screens and diffusers. If that isn’t going to happen,...
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    09-03-2018, 12:18 PM
    Safety, like any other regulatory program, can become a “growth industry” where more and more strictures are piled on until one can’t do anything, so therefore, one is absolutely Safe. Ken Waters loaded hundreds of smokeless charges in dozens of...
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    09-02-2018, 10:57 AM
    My B&M Visible is my primary smokeless powder measure. I have three sheets of settings for various loads of various powders, which get me close for the next charging session. The old Belding and Mull Handbooks also have charge tables for the...
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    09-02-2018, 10:24 AM
    Back when I was doing lab work, some of the better pre-electronic dual-pan balances had the pointer index marks on a mirror surface. You could see the reflection of the pointer on the index. If you lined up the pointer so it overlapped the...
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    08-31-2018, 06:29 PM
    There’s a revolver called the Rhino (I believe) that comes in .40 S&W. Not exactly a thing of beauty, and pretty expensive, but it is offered in the caliber. Supposed to be very ergonomic for recoil.
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    08-29-2018, 11:56 AM
    It was paper patch boolits that for me moved the pot thermometer and the lead hardness tester from the “gimmick” column to the “necessary” column in the casting regimen. Whether the thermometer is strictly accurate or not doesn’t matter, as long...
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    08-29-2018, 11:31 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Help in Our Town
    After my L4-L5 back operation, my doctor tuned me up on Gabapentin. Gave me a big bottle of tiny little capsules of the stuff and told me to start at a certain number, and then increase the intake until the buzzing “asleep” feeling in my foot went...
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    08-28-2018, 11:09 AM
    I have a Chargemaster and used it exclusively for a while. It weighs out even coarse powders to +-0.1 gr. It saves work, but doesn’t save me any time. I can trickle up a load on a scale pan as quickly as the Chargemaster can, and at least I’m...
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    08-27-2018, 09:30 AM
    I’m going to assume your rifle is a .45-70. Check your cleaning regimen. Bore should be clean and dry for every shot. Check your alloy. Money boolits in particular seem to need harder alloys to keep the noses straight. Start adding...
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    08-24-2018, 09:43 AM
    I’ve read pretty nearly every book and Internet article on paper patching, and I still had to make every mistake and follow every red herring for several years before things started coming together. You may notice that all books on paper patching...
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    08-22-2018, 09:14 PM
    Ive used a lot of different primers, including FA70 corrosives. No quantum leap in acccuracy one from the other that I’ve found. No Magnum primers or drilled out flash holes, although I think I may have deburred and uniformed the primer pockets on...
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    08-22-2018, 05:03 PM
    Imprimis: An absolutely clean, absolutely dry bore. No matter your cleaning routine, it should look unfired before you load the rifle again. You may get away with a little remaining grunge in the bore after wiping, but then again, you may not. ...
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    08-21-2018, 02:04 PM
    For the commemorative rifle pictured on the side of the box. Another instance of an old-time cartridge case magically showing up after years of absence.
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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