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    12-15-2018, 09:40 AM
    Just a surmise, but I think the powder companies figure they have their necks stuck out far enough already. They carefully blend and test their blends to come up with a “canister” grade powder that will give repeatable pressures (and fairly...
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    12-14-2018, 11:05 AM
    I’m no great shakes with a pistol anyway, but I was pretty disgusted when I found my new Uberti Cattleman cap&ball Single Action could put six shots into a group about half the size of the best loads with my Uberti 1890 Police clone in .44-40. ...
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    12-10-2018, 10:21 AM
    That’s an informative article. If you used the original 2” coil and put a piece of 1-3/4” steel round stock with a 1/2” hole in the center inside, would the steel cylinder generate and maintain sufficient heat so you could stick the case necks...
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    12-10-2018, 09:37 AM
    I think that if you really want to shoot 0.379” diameter inside lubricated boolits in that gun, you would need an extra cylinder with chambers reamed out to take a shortened and straightened-out .30-30 case. The internal diameter here would be like...
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    12-04-2018, 08:57 AM
    I don’t know of any source that is small and easily handled. Gun makers typically used nonstandard sizes and threads, both to ensure a captive market for spares, and for liability, so no Bubba could replace something critical with a stove bolt,...
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    12-04-2018, 08:34 AM
    I buy mine from Quinetics, who I believe was the original designer and maker of these hammer-type bullet pullers. The first one I bought broke in less than a month. I contacted Quinetics and they sent a replacement for free. That one lasted...
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    12-03-2018, 09:31 AM
    The tilt back can be a nice feature or an exasperation, depending on the fit of shells in shell holders. Redding shell holders and the one Hornady I’ve bought are nice and tight, holding the shell nearly straight at whatever angle of tilt. You can...
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    12-02-2018, 10:28 AM
    You might contact TJ’s Liners and order direct. Last I checked they were $4 an inch or something. You would probably have to buy a drill of the proper size and grind a pilot on it with a tool-post grinder, but it sticks in my mind that Pacific...
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    11-29-2018, 11:26 AM
    There are collectors and collectors. Of course, a pristine factory specimen will always have a following, but some people like “honest wear” and don’t even mind the “personal touch,” though the asking price should reflect this. I have a Ballard...
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    11-27-2018, 08:25 AM
    There are several types of lead oxides. One, called Litharge, is yellow, and another, called Red Lead, looks like iron rust. There is no practical, home-shop way to prevent lead from oxidizing if you melt it, so one can expect these colors to...
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    11-26-2018, 12:18 PM
    Sometimes one with the nonadjustable chamber that was heavily used in antiquity (or one that’s been allowed to rust inside and has been polished out) will give a lighter or nonexistent crimp on the shell. To be fair, some batches of semi-obsolete...
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    11-24-2018, 08:03 AM
    The usual case to start with is the .348 Winchester. It generally has to be thinned near the base, and the rim diameter may need turning down, depending on the chamber. Then it needs neck expanding, forming in a .43 Spanish die, and trimming to...
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    11-23-2018, 12:34 PM
    I don’t mind a reasonable level of artistic temperament, as long as the subject shows actual artistry to back it up. Woe (of course) to those who put on the attitude without the backup. May they be ridiculed unto the tenth generation. I think...
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    11-19-2018, 05:55 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Groucho marks in Our Town
    Not enough data there for that conclusion. Minnie Marx had her kids doing Vaudeville by 1905, and by WWI they were polished performers. Whatever lines the screenwriters wrote for any of the brothers in the movie scripts were mostly wasted...
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    11-17-2018, 09:37 AM
    I “press” them out, rather than “knock” them out. No pops, but I’ve never tried to remove live, crimped-in primers, which might be a whole nother story. I remember reading Elmer Keith’s marveling about the abuse primers could take without...
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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