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    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    I put a piece of paper towel on a piece of aluminum foil, put the assembly in the oven, stand the die on it, and turn the oven to ďLow.Ē Twenty minutes later, all the lube is absorbed by the paper towel. Take the die out with another piece of...
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    04-17-2019, 12:22 PM
    When my Thumlerís starts leaking I just replace the head gasket. Rubber compounds eventually lose their elasticity, and fail to seal, no matter how tightly they are clamped down. Long ago, I had a single container tumbler that had a top that...
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    04-17-2019, 12:44 AM
    I had a used 1966 Triumph Tiger Cub. 200 cc and 16 horsepower. Worked at GMC Truck&Coach in Pontiac, MI to pay for it. Rode it to school and summer jobs. I liked to ride it up steep hills and ďjumpĒ it at the top. Guess I overdid it because...
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    04-16-2019, 09:37 AM
    I have a 25-5 with a .45 Colt and a .45 ACP/Auto-Rim cylinder. No problems with the latter, but there were frequent light strikes/failures to fire with the former. The strain screw was already pretty tight, but I found that if I held the trigger...
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    04-10-2019, 09:49 AM
    They can be formed from .348 Win brass by turning the base down ahead of the rim, reforming the case body in a .43 Spanish FLS die, annealing the case mouth and expanding or fireforming. And maybe trimming to length and very likely neckturning or...
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    04-09-2019, 09:13 AM
    Unless you have something really rare&exotic, figure 25-30 scoots per cavity.
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    04-09-2019, 09:08 AM
    The bulk of the detail in Smithís book is on the various percussion models. The cartridge models are described, but not to the extent the caplock versions are. When Smith wrote his book, there was little reference material on Sharps rifles at...
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    04-08-2019, 06:17 PM
    Grantharris, Iím by no means a good enough shot to give a definitive answer to your question, but Iíve come to the opinion that, if everything is going right, the paper patch boolit has a slight accuracy edge over the the grease groove one, all...
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    04-08-2019, 09:23 AM
    If you simply want to start shooting as quickly as possible, and especially if this is your first foray into first black powder cartridge rifles, I would recommend a grease groove boolit, specifically the ~540 gr Paul Jones Creedmoor design. Jones...
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    04-05-2019, 12:51 PM
    You can get an idea of the degree of compaction by filling a couple shells both ways and then slowly turning them from vertical to horizontal over a dish. Depending on grain size, glazing and coarseness, you can usually tilt the tube-trickled loads...
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    04-05-2019, 12:18 PM
    Do your fired shells eject easily and fit back into the chamber? If not, where are they hanging up? Do they only stick when reloaded in the tong tool? A 310 die set (or a #3 with the full set of attachments) will only neck size and expand. ...
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    04-05-2019, 11:49 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread German Luger in Our Town
    A friend of mine collected Lugers for a time. Had 6 or 7 of them, IIR, all in VG or better shape (except for an Artillery that was nickel-plated), though most had mismatched magazines. The only one I remember that got through a whole magazine...
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    04-03-2019, 10:40 AM
    The most user-friendly, IME, is the 1860 Army. Easier to load, with better rammer leverage, easier to cap with fingers, if you have to pinch the caps slightly, and the big cylinder arbor holds enough grease to keep the thing running for 60 shots or...
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    04-03-2019, 01:05 AM
    Ideal (and later, Lyman) made a drive-in-and-out sizing die as a companion to the nutcracker tools. Theyíre obsolete, but still all over the place on E-Bay and at gun shows. I typically see them going for $5 to $15, still in the box, at the shows,...
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    04-02-2019, 09:01 PM
    The one illustrated with the nonadjustable chamber doesn't resize at all. It crimps the mouth of the fired and reloaded shell around the boolit as it seats it. It is set up for the boolit cast from the attached mould; not likely to seat or crimp...
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    04-02-2019, 11:49 AM
    Buy the proper dies. You wonít be able to get a .44-40 very far into a .44 Spl die; the base is too big. The .44-40 is almost a straight taper to the base of the bullet, and then it is straight. As country gent mentioned, the cannelure that...
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    04-02-2019, 10:52 AM
    The Tucson Rifle Club. The monthly BPCR Silhouette Match should be this Saturday, unless the principals are hunting or competing somewhere else. Itíll be Paper Patch this time around, then Iíll have to reload everything for the Boulder City Shoot.
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    04-01-2019, 09:40 PM
    I shoot BPCR Silhouette in order to practice for Gong matches, which for me are more fun. I’d say 50:50 paper patch and grease groove, depending on what I have loaded and which rifle I feel I’ve been neglecting. I’m not so much into competition...
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    03-30-2019, 08:11 AM
    Your Dad apparently took very good care of his tools. I donít see any obvious problems with most of the Stuff pictured that would preclude setting up and using immediately. A wipe down of the Hollywood with a lightly oiled cloth and some oil on...
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    03-28-2019, 11:05 AM
    .17 Mach 2. Accurate, flat trajectory, quiet, and minuscule ricochet potential. The perfect pest control round for the Urban Farmer or Ranchette lifestyle. Tragically unappreciated and fading fast. :cry:
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    03-27-2019, 10:44 PM
    Admittedly, the only environmental testing I remember doing with metal coupons involved standing them up half their height in solutions of corrosives and measuring the mils lost over time. But this was at least a reasonable model for what we were...
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    03-26-2019, 11:43 PM
    You might take the crank off your trimmer and see if you can fit the stub into a cordless screwdriver. I clamp my trimmer, attach the screwdriver, and then itís just a matter of replacing cases and pulling the trigger. Never did more than 120 or...
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    03-26-2019, 02:10 AM
    I took my "Dogfight Gun" out a while back to see if it would handle paper patched boolits. It's in .38-55, rebored and rifled by Randall Redman back when he was doing such work. The barrel (IIRC) has a 0.375" groove diameter and the old-style...
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    03-25-2019, 05:43 PM
    I wrap the patch dry, having found that wet wrapping helps stick the patch to the boolit. When I shoot cup base boolits, I use the rim of the cup as the limit for how much patch to fold over the base, leaving the cup uncovered. In any case, the...
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    03-25-2019, 09:43 AM
    Some more data would help. How do you manage the fouling? What is the BHN/alloy of your boolits? How do you patch your boolits? What is your load?
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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
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