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    02-19-2019, 12:17 PM
    You can use a feeler gauge, but if you grasp the droopy lever tightly and can see any daylight between the block and breech face when you pull the block back with your other hand, the linkage needs to be rebuilt. There’s an “intermediate stage”...
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    02-17-2019, 10:40 AM
    I have a bunch of .25-20s, Single Shot and Repeater, all, AFAIK, with the 14” twist. For the purpose with which the .25-20 was originally developed, a walking-around 125-yard small-game/pest cartridge, something in the 65-75 gr weight range is...
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    02-16-2019, 10:36 PM
    I fill damaged mould cavities with brazing rod, and cut new cavities in that. Sometimes the new cavity takes out all the braze; sometimes not, but it doesn’t seem to hurt the casting. I read an old article somewhere once where the writer offered...
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    02-16-2019, 10:11 AM
    What is the diameter of the mould that didn’t work? What thickness paper are you using to patch with? Target diagrams that a herd of buffalo could stroll through without getting hit are standard practice when starting out with paper patch...
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    02-13-2019, 10:39 PM
    Or should they be called "Boolseyes?" This was a praiseworthy effort by the NRA, way back when, to reduce the number of broken windows, shot-up cans and bottles, and smashed powerline insulators by substituting an inexpensive and fairly innocuous...
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    02-08-2019, 12:30 PM
    Shell holders that fit .25-20 Single Shot and .22 Lovell variants will also fit .32 Short and Long (Colt) rims, .32 Long Rifle, and probably the Extra Long as well. The .25-20 Single Shot was also the parent case for the .17 Landis Woodsman, one...
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    01-28-2019, 09:25 AM
    The bore on my Sporter is pretty bad, but it seems to do its best work with the Hornady or Speer 105gr RNs and 33gr of either 4064 or 4895. These loads in necked-up .220 Swift cases. I tried the Hornady VLDs and the Barnes 115gr, in hopes of...
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    01-25-2019, 10:58 AM
    As long as we’re exploring the grim reality of making oddball onesie-twosie parts, we might consider showing some mercy to the poor Local Hobbyist and forbear loading him down with projects that do not interest him in hopes of getting them done...
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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