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    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    People who are good mechanics and good, clear writers are rare indeed. I have several Kuhnhausen books. Even if you don’t plan on doing the work yourself, they are valuable for understanding what is wrong, what is needed, and what is to be done by...
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    Yesterday, 10:24 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread SAECO 2-cavity in Cast Boolits
    I’ve got one that looks sort of like that. The sprue plate says SAECO CUSTOM PRECISION NO 290301 Mine seems to have a longer nose in relation to the shank than yours, though.
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    01-16-2020, 10:12 AM
    I’ll take No. 5, the Lee .348win die set without shellholder. PM coming.
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    01-16-2020, 10:02 AM
    I’ve had success with frozen screws by putting one of those (good, not cheap) magnetic screwdriver bits into the screw slot, putting a small box wrench over the hex part of the bit, and clamping the whole thing in a vise with thick softwood jaws. ...
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    01-16-2020, 09:22 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    I’d buy them. IME, nothing beats 4759, either for cast boolits or for nitro priming in duplex loading. The price is very attractive. I buy a lot of obsolete powders, just to see what they were like. I have a collection of old loading manuals,...
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    01-11-2020, 08:06 PM
    You might check with the Olde Tyme Book Store to see if they still have the Dave Gingery books. His first book was how to build a foundry for melting down beer cans and casting aluminum. The second one was casting the aluminum into components...
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    01-10-2020, 11:12 AM
    I would say $450 or so American would be my maximum. A friend had one in .35 Remington, with an Indian-head penny inletted into the stock. Don’t remember what he paid for it, but he bought it before the “investors” had gotten to that model. I...
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    01-10-2020, 10:42 AM
    The ones I have and have seen try to divide the forming into steps, arranged in such a way that the minimum percentage of cases will be spoiled by the process. For instance, the first die will move the shoulder back without affecting the neck...
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    01-09-2020, 03:38 PM
    I’ve got more guns that I can shoot, but if I found a good Stevens 425 High Power in .25 Remington, at a used-gun price, I’d have to have it.
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    01-09-2020, 11:33 AM
    Generally, the smaller the bore, the quicker it fouls, unless, of course, the powder charges are small in proportion. The calibers you are starting out with are pretty forgiving, and using the better grades of black powder, you shouldn’t need...
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    01-05-2020, 10:29 AM
    One of those ideas that look great on paper but are of limited value in real life applications. Don’t have any Perfections, but do have a few adjustable moulds, a couple of which I’ve made myself. Also have a couple of the one-piece Cylindrical...
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    01-04-2020, 09:53 PM
    A friend had a furnace that he used to melt bronze with in a graphite crucible. He’d have everybody over for “casting parties” where we’d be pounding sand into wood frames around wood patterns and other models of the stuff we wanted to reproduce in...
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    01-03-2020, 08:48 AM
    I’ve found several Lyman/Ideal HP moulds missing the hollow-point pin. I generally make replacement pins that are almost the full diameter of the hole in the mould, highly polished, with just enough draft to pull out of the casting and the depth...
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    12-31-2019, 11:36 PM
    Old-Win, i wasn't ever that great a shot, although I can still keep the signal-to-noise ratio consistent enough off the bench to test ammunition and do experiments. And no shooter has more fun than I do. I also wondered about the potassium...
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    12-31-2019, 12:31 PM
    I have a .44 paper-patch mould that casting at 500+ gr was too long for the twist in my rifle. I had read that the Canadian blackpowder shooters used hollowpoint cast boolits for extra stability at long range (this in the 80s) so I drilled holes of...
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    12-30-2019, 08:42 PM
    I also had a low-density batch of Swiss 1F that didn’t seem to perform that well, at least in the loadings I previously used. Don’t write down the lot number, but it was the first batch I received with the pink labels rather than the blue ones,...
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    12-30-2019, 10:00 AM
    All the evidence I’ve seen indicates that Pressman is right. They were an ask-and-you-shall-receive thing. I checked my ridiculously large pile of the things and found .32-20, .32-40, .32 SPL, but no .32 S&Ws. There might be an example out...
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    12-30-2019, 09:13 AM
    I recall seeing them going for $180 and up since production ceased. Paul Jones was sort of the Harry Pope of mould makers. If you define genius as the capacity for taking infinite pains, they were certainly both geniuses. The PJ Creedmoor...
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    12-26-2019, 12:37 PM
    The only Mauser I rebarreled was a Siamese Mauser. If the other ones are like mine internally, there is one shoulder on the barrel that contacts the end of the receiver and another ahead of the barrel threads that abuts the shoulder of a “socket”...
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    12-26-2019, 11:38 AM
    I’ve got a .38 caliber around somewhere, too. It’s a conventional two-piece mould, with the screw adjustment for length added. The cylindrical casting is too small in diameter for any .38 caliber barrel, even if patched with paper. They fit...
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    12-24-2019, 01:59 PM
    I remember somebody on the old Shooter’s site made up a H&A 922 in .22 Rimfire Magnum. After many posts of excruciating detail on the smithing work, he got about eight shots out of it before the block set back and the rims started bursting. Too...
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    12-21-2019, 10:34 AM
    I always heard them referred to as “hand stops.” Freeland’s used to sell them. I would guess that Champion’s Choice or maybe even Brownell’s would have them.
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    12-20-2019, 09:11 AM
    If it smells, and is moist and clumpy; especially if it smells sour or “nitrous,” (like ozone, or the air after a thunderstorm), the powder is decomposing. (This is not the normal ether/acetone smell that new powder has.) Nitrate esters (like...
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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