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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    A friend had a Marlin Levermatic in .256 Magnum and he and I shot it a few times. It seemed to me that it was about at its pressure limits far as design went. All we shot was factory ammo, no reloads, but there was a bright ring around the bases...
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    01-23-2021, 12:43 PM
    I miss those paper shells. Never saw plastic shells as an improvement. The chief difference as a reloading proposition was that you knew a paper shell was toast when you pulled it, fired, out of the chamber and saw the burnt-lace-doily pattern...
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    01-23-2021, 11:31 AM
    I put them in the boxes when not in use. Easier to store, and with aluminum no need of any barrier materials to prevent corrosion. Also, the identification data on the box (especially the picture) is quicker and easier for me to read than the...
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    01-21-2021, 11:23 AM
    The .38-55 and .32-40 are kind of special circumstances. Loaded carefully with cast boolits at the original black powder velocities, they are capable of fine accuracy out to 200-300yd or so. With a modern tighter twist barrel, the longer boolits...
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    01-19-2021, 11:41 AM
    I like the old stuff as much as anybody, but I would say if he was to sell that press, 99 of 100 prospective buyers would consider what he did was a vast improvement. Especially since he followed through so that the priming function still works. ...
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    01-18-2021, 11:41 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Vegan Lube in Boolit Lube !
    You might need to make a few experimental mixtures, but some combination of one of the leaf or berry waxes and jojoba oil should give you the right combination of hardness, lubricity and ability to soften black powder fouling, in combination with...
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    01-17-2021, 04:38 PM
    I’ve done a fair amount of reworking of Ideal, Lyman and RCBS boolit dies and have yet to find one that can’t be drilled, bored or turned with standard High-Speed tooling. Maybe Star dies are hardened and ground (they look like it) and possibly...
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    01-17-2021, 03:56 PM
    You might check with Rodney Storie. He sells sets of castings for many single shot actions. They need fitting and finish machining, but are less work than reproducing the parts from solid stock.
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    01-16-2021, 03:04 PM
    Townsend Whelen did a writeup of the Modern-Bond tong tools in one of the Arms And The Man magazines a couple years before the US entry into WWI. I think by then Marlin had gone into war work for the Triple Entente, and had dropped the Ideal line...
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    01-16-2021, 01:17 PM
    Shiloh Rifles, C. Sharps Arms or one of the suppliers like Buffalo Arms or Sagebrush ought to have them. Or you could buy a yard of Delrin rod from Professional Plastics or another supplier and make your own.
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    01-16-2021, 01:09 PM
    I can only relate to my own experience here. I bought the Corbin .22RF-to-.224 jacketed bullet die set back in the ‘70s, when the kit, including core mould, cost $78. Hornet bullets from the manufacturers could be gotten for $2.50 per hundred at...
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    01-16-2021, 11:45 AM
    If it’s just surface rust, I would boil the blocks in water for ten minutes or so. (Longer if you are living above 4000 ft altitude.) This converts the red rust (which tends to go on rusting) to black rust, which is stable, and basically the...
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    01-15-2021, 12:11 PM
    The guys who are successful in the swaged bullet business are typically addressing niche markets. A top benchrester like Berger, who shoots his own bullets and wins can parlay his product into a business this way, selling to those who hope to...
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    01-14-2021, 11:55 AM
    It’s the 1890 version of the Winchester bullet mould. Earlier versions didn’t have wooden handles. Typically the caliber was stamped on the upper handle between the wood and the mould block. It would say something like “32-165,” For caliber and...
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    01-13-2021, 06:59 PM
    A friend of mine got a length of 5/16” (or maybe 3/8”) Delrin rod, whittled a jag tip on the end and used it to clean his Trapdoor from the breech. It’s flexible enough to bend past the action and allow cleaning this way.
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    01-12-2021, 01:46 PM
    Except for the use of some of the more modern powders, about all you need to know about all the quasi-standard Lovell variants is covered in C. S. Landis’ .22 Caliber Varmint Rifles. I think Wolfe Publishing has done a reprint, and the original...
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    01-12-2021, 12:31 PM
    I will also assume you meant groove diameter 0.458” and that you want bore rather than groove diameter boolits for your paper patching experiments. I just tried a boolit from a Brooks 0.441+” diameter mould that I lapped out to 0.443”, patched...
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    01-09-2021, 01:37 PM
    Nickel is typically a thin plating, removable by solutions of persulfate ion. The underlying metal is not appreciably reduced in dimension or fit by this removal. Chromium only comes off (completely) by reverse electrolysis. I’ve seen chrome...
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    01-09-2021, 01:06 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Black Ideal Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Glad to hear that, GF; I had some memory that certain no-longer-produced rifle actions had been dropped in the latest edition. There’s no greater certainty of finding some weird artifact than after the factory drops support, the reviewers lose...
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    01-08-2021, 12:31 PM
    The Vandalia was my first shotshell reloader. It was complete for all three gauges, but I only used the 16-ga attachments, as that was my only shotgun. A query to the American Rifleman got me the information that the reviewers at the time it was...
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    01-08-2021, 11:04 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Black Ideal Lube in Boolit Lube !
    GF, My copy of the Dell&Schwartz book is the later revision. I seem to recall that they mentioned that they had cut out a lot of “obsolete” material from the first edition, so some of the formulations might have been lost then; also any old...
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    01-07-2021, 01:19 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Black Ideal Lube in Boolit Lube !
    Colloidal particles are larger than molecules but smaller than one micron in size, typically dispersed (or dispersible) in another phase and difficult or impossible to filter or centrifuge back out. I think I have one lubrisizer with the old...
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    01-03-2021, 01:41 PM
    “Dangerous Dave, the Old Western Scrounger.” I used to go to the El Cerrito store when I visited my parents in the Bay Area. The fence around the place was made of rifle barrels and the door knobs were revolver grip frames. There was a lot of...
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    01-03-2021, 12:28 PM
    If you have any plans to fire a lot of shots at any one time (like a rifle match), the military style stock and buttplate of the “official” Quigley model with the 2-7/8” chamber will point up any recoil sensitivity you might have pretty quickly. If...
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    01-02-2021, 11:13 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Pre-owned powder in Our Town
    Earl Naramore’s Principles and Practice of Reloading Ammunition has an extensive section on the working up of charges with unknown powders. This was published in 1954, and no doubt was compiled from notes made during and after WWII, when a given...
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    01-02-2021, 09:15 AM
    I’ve used a couple of cans. It works OK, properly applied, but no better than the smoke from the candles I use for fluxing the melt. It does seem to be harder to remove from the mould than candle soot. Whether this is good or bad depends on...
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    01-01-2021, 11:39 AM
    I bang all the odds&ends of BP substitutes, salvaged black powder from cartridges, and the like in cap&ball pistols. Lots of extra shooting for cheap.
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    01-01-2021, 10:40 AM
    The insides I’d polish with crocus cloth on a stick, just in case. The outsides would get a bath overnight in Liquid Wrench and brushing with a brass wire brush. A wipe with paper towels to get the loose rust off, and any residual crocus out of...
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    01-01-2021, 09:48 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Pre-owned powder in Our Town
    A copy of Propellant Profiles and a study of the Powder chapter in Sharpe’s Complete Guide to Handloading, supplemented by knowledge of the appearance of the new powders I’ve used previously have always been sufficient background when I’ve bought...
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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