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    04-03-2020, 10:25 AM
    CAPT Crozier is lucky he still has a career. The only Navy captain who ever sent a “Oh, dear; what shall I do?” message to his superiors and kept his command was CAPT Queeg, in The Caine Mutiny, and that was a novel. All I can imagine is that...
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    04-02-2020, 11:19 AM
    I’ve seen a couple 310 decapping dies that have a fat adjustment screw shank with wedding ring stop at the top with the normal skinny rod for the decapper. Haven’t tried them in a CMR die yet, but that might work just for decapping. They show up...
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    03-31-2020, 03:47 PM
    Our state-wide house arrest goes into effect at 5:00 PM today. However, I heard from our Rangemasters that the Guvnor has deemed Gun Stores and Rifle Ranges are “essential.” No argument from me; I think gun shows are “essential,” too, but no joy...
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    03-29-2020, 04:56 PM
    I wonder about the guy or guys who ordered these moulds. But of course, I picked them up, so who am I to wonder? The three-cavity is a nose-pour .38 Keith-style, a base-pour .32 SWC and a gas-checked .25 (whether for rifle or pistol, I don't...
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    03-29-2020, 11:55 AM
    I bought mine because I had found some loading dies and the Ideal 358318 HPGC mould, and wanted to use them. I guess there are worse excuses for buying a rifle. I also figured it would be “practical” in that I could use .38-.357 bullets for...
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    03-28-2020, 07:14 PM
    HCl will take the tarnish off the brass, but will dissolve the zinc out of the alloy at about the same rate. A quick bath in the stuff probably won’t hurt but if you wait for all the tarnish to go away, you might be etching some of the cases too...
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    03-27-2020, 03:03 PM
    With Jamison/Captech defunct, the only source of empty .44-77 brass, outside of turned-from-solid cases, is reworked cases, from those with a .50 caliber Winchester base and rim. The cheapest and easiest to find in this group is the .348...
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    03-26-2020, 12:06 PM
    I’ve gone to Office Max and Staples with a Thumb Drive and had a pile of pages scanned While-U-Wait. Don’t know much about computers, but if you have the original emails on your hard drives, there should be some kind of App that brings them up by...
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    03-23-2020, 02:45 PM
    Did you buy your rifle used? Just a WAG, but if somebody tried to pull the trigger with the gun on half-cock, and stopped short of actually breaking the sear notches, it could result in bending the half-cock notch wider and bending back the trigger...
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    03-23-2020, 11:50 AM
    With pure lead, run your pot hot. Hot enough so the balls turn gray as they cool. I also found that round balls don’t “pressure cast,” for reasons I can’t fathom. Whatever ladle you use, hold it horizontal to the horizontal mould just off the...
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    03-23-2020, 11:39 AM
    Plus a buncha Pope Automatics, Schoyens, Ideal Perfections, Mos’s, Darrs, and Paul Jones’s. And much more! A few of us are Gladstone Ganders and the rest of us are Donald Ducks. On the other hand, it could have been a bunch of...
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    03-22-2020, 01:17 PM
    I found a Borchardt military wreck in much worse condition than the one pictured. I patched the wood up as best I could, stained the patches so they matched the grungy brown of the original and let it go at that. The bore was so clogged with...
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    03-22-2020, 12:28 PM
    I have a dual-cavity Lyman marked “358470” which has two .32 caliber Loverin gascheck cavities in it. I can’t find the 358470 number designation in my Lyman CB Handbooks. So I guess it’s a rare “double” factory mistake, both in the number and...
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    03-20-2020, 05:45 PM
    Unless they have green or blue-green deposits on them, they should be fine. Enough of the above corrosion will actually eat tiny holes through the brass, and thin the spots that aren’t eaten through. Usually it’s caused by decomposed smokeless...
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    03-19-2020, 12:09 PM
    Frankly, I never heard the “whack-a-mole” designation before I started reading Internet forums. If anybody used such a term in the old magazines, books or instructions, I never came across it. My first cartridge reloading experience was a Lee...
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    03-18-2020, 11:57 AM
    Don’t you snap an e-clip into the rimless groove to make the “rim” on the case? I would do that, then fireform with a small powder charge and Cream of Wheat. My usual rule is, dies for going to smaller calibers, expanding mandrel for no more...
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    03-15-2020, 12:51 PM
    I have several of that type of two-cavity mould. Some gun writer (Venturino?) dubbed them “the thinking man’s mould,” because the two different cavities suggested an experimental turn of mind. In practice, I generally find that I’m always...
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    03-13-2020, 09:01 AM
    The meplat will take a #1 drill, 0.228” and still have a little bit of flat before the ogive starts.
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    03-13-2020, 08:54 AM
    I had one of those red plastic Mequon tools with the cast-in metal shell holder. The thumb lever finally broke after priming a thousand or so .45-70s. I think it was originally for a .348, but it worked for .45-70 as well. I busted up the...
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    03-10-2020, 12:53 PM
    I have a Uberti Flat-Top Target Model, 7-1/2” barrel, originally in .44-40, that I fitted a .44 Special cylinder to. Amazingly accurate, and I haven't used the original cylinder in years. You might see if they offer that model in .44 Special now,...
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    03-10-2020, 12:27 PM
    I got the crimped-in lead bullets out of 50 blackpowder .25-20SS rounds with my Quinetics kinetic bullet puller. Took a certain amount of determination, and a lot of hard smacking, but the cases were more valuable than the bullet puller (which had...
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    03-08-2020, 10:18 AM
    They will do that. The paper (in the absence of a lube cookie) grabs the case mouth as the boolit slugs up, and drags it forward into the leade. A less-than-bone-dry chamber aggravates this, and longer cases stretch more, in proportion as well...
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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