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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    06-14-2019, 07:42 AM
    A friend did that for a 92 Winchester back in the 70s when .44-40 cases were hard to find. The extractor caught the rims all right and the brass was stout enough for standard .44-40 loads. There was some bulging ahead of the base, making the...
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    06-07-2019, 08:58 AM
    Hopelessly obsolete. I’ve got five of them, 3 SS, two WCF; I should know. :mrgreen:
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    05-31-2019, 08:02 PM
    Naramore wrote another, larger book in 1954 called Principles and Practice of Loading Ammunition. In many ways, it goes more deeply into the subject than even Sharpe’s book did. It has sections on developing loads with unknown powders, repairing...
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    05-30-2019, 09:06 AM
    I have a Colt Pocket Positive that didn’t quite index like that. Pulling the trigger all the way back usually finished the turn, but one day it didn’t and the throat part of the barrel inside the frame split. I ordered a used hand from Numrich...
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    05-30-2019, 08:14 AM
    I’m no electrician, but I never saw a grounding setup like yours, George. Wouldn’t there be occasional inductive effects in the ground wire from fluctuations in the live ones? All the grounding at the worksites I was at was accomplished the same...
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    05-29-2019, 11:08 AM
    Reading Keith’s stuff never gets old. He was a natural-born storyteller, and an instinctive experimental designer. A lot of the material in Sixgun Cartridges and Loads was incorporated into his later book Sixguns. His other little Samworth...
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    05-28-2019, 11:34 AM
    There is a proprietary conductive plastic marketed by 3M under the trade name “Velostat.” We had a Shoe Tester at work which determined the resistance of their conductive soles. They needed regular monitoring, since walking on the ground would...
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    05-27-2019, 09:07 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread A dud CCI round ! in Rimfire Area
    A “serious” dud collector would probably trade you a dozen T-22 or Golden Bullet duds for that prize specimen. My Winchester 1906 S-L-LR with scuzzy bore gets a steady diet of such range pickups. Few are the ones that its huge firing pin won’t...
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    05-27-2019, 08:42 AM
    I see square, flat pistol cases, made of aluminum, with foam inside and a carrying handle, available in various sizes. They look to be deep enough to hold a metal can of GOEX, and could be partitioned inside to hold the tongs, dies, boolits,...
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    05-26-2019, 08:58 AM
    Ken, I looked at it, but didn’t pick it up. So much Good Stuff at that show that it boggled the mind. I’m still boggled, as a matter of fact. Tom Q’s display was amazing, all right, and deservedly won an award. But the other Tom’s display...
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    05-25-2019, 03:02 PM
    Found these two Ideal tong tools at the Denver Gun Show. The one on the left is the rare No. 2 tool, used to load a round ball into the S&W .38-44 cartridge. The mould casts the round ball, and the old style repriming station is on the end...
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    05-25-2019, 10:08 AM
    My standard light fun shooting smokeless load in my Garrett Sharps Carbine was the Ideal 457124 ahead of ~13 gr of Unique. Low velocity, low recoil, position insensitive (as far as I could tell, plinking offhand), accurate enough at 200 yards,...
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    05-22-2019, 12:01 PM
    If you really want to use your RCBS lubrisizer, the way I’d do it would be to make a stepped or tapered cavity in a surplus “H” die on the lathe for nose-first lubing, like those used in the Pope-type hand lubers; the narrow part of the taper on the...
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    05-21-2019, 07:11 AM
    I tried it for a while. Mine is one of those things that you attach to your dial caliper. Sorted a 500-round carton of that Russian “Junior” ammo made at the Klimovsk Stamping Plant. Made no difference that I could see. Same flyers around a core...
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    05-20-2019, 07:28 AM
    The “weight” issue in brass moulds is pretty needless, IMHO. I have a few integral-handle Yankee brass moulds that are the same type and size as the corresponding iron Ideal moulds. They cast as well as the Ideals (or slightly smoother), hold the...
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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