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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    I’ve gotten into the habit of yanking back on the bolt handle when it’s forward, and checking the fit of the cam into its socket ahead of the handle. This with my reformed .240 cases; except for the short neck objection, there’s never been a...
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    Yesterday, 12:11 PM
    There is indeed something strange about the workings of the Lee Straight-Pull. There is plenty of metal on the bottom of the bolt for lockup in the receiver, but the lockup is governed by a peculiar S-shaped spring down in the mechanism. When I...
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    07-10-2020, 05:47 PM
    A prominent advertiser in our area, determined to build a huge business empire in plumbing, heating and air conditioning, claims his technicians do their jobs "The Right Way; Not The Easy Way." I don't know if this procedure is The Right Way...
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    07-02-2020, 11:18 AM
    I made a little die and plunger seater for a 310 tool by chambering the blank die with a .22LR chambering reamer. I can squeeze the Ideal 225438 gas check shanks into the mouths of those brass-plated steel FedArm primed cases, and pop the completed...
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    06-30-2020, 12:19 PM
    Some of the parts have the look of the dies and punches that used to come with the Herter’s “Nine-Ton” bullet swaging press. The owner might have fashioned a bunch of homemade dies to be able to make the calibers he wanted. (Or more precise...
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    06-27-2020, 01:28 PM
    If the front of your fired shells are a few thousandths larger in diameter than the rear, there might be a little chamber erosion ahead of where the short case mouth ends. If it is slight enough, you may be able to lap the chamber. Solder a few...
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    06-25-2020, 06:09 PM
    Southern Arizona. Had to get to this through my Attachments file. Called up the attached old thread, then went to “Cast Boolits Home” and here I was! Calling it up directly from my icon link in “Favorites” just got the “Server Down 24 Hours”...
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    06-22-2020, 10:01 AM
    You need fresh Evaporust to finish the rust removal. That was a lot of rust on that chain (or whatever). When the liquid turns brown or black, it is “spent.” I just finished out a pint of used Evaporust with a bunch of rusty bolts and Allen...
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    06-21-2020, 12:01 PM
    I have a .40-90 SS barrel for a Winchester that had very even small pits in both chamber and barrel. I clamped the muzzle in my lathe chuck, lined it up with the steady rest, took the tailstock off, and rotated the barrel in back gear, while...
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    06-20-2020, 08:44 PM
    Thanks, guys. The strap wrench was the key. Got the nut and the pulley off, and the motor out of there. Put the wheel puller on the hub at maximum tension and oiled the shaft. Maybe it’ll loosen by tomorrow.
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    06-19-2020, 01:55 PM
    Finally got my Grinder running after a few weeks of Lockdown devoted to cleaning and parts replacement. Only got a few grind sessions out of it before the motor started smoking. Tried to keep the run times down, but apparently it fried anyway; it...
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    06-17-2020, 06:38 PM
    I’ve rented several reamers and headspace gauges from CH-4D. The reamers were sharp, cut good chambers, and I’ve had no excess headspace problems from the chambers I’ve cut with them. I’m glad there are services like this available. Buying a...
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    06-14-2020, 03:38 PM
    My .38 was a barreled action when I found it. Got a mostly shaped and inletted stock from Shuttleworth for it and married a crescent buttplate onto it. The barrel is longer than my .22 and .32 RF #2s, the rifling is very good, but the chamber...
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    06-14-2020, 12:18 PM
    I have a regular RCBS set, mfg. 1980, steel dies. Would sell for $25+shipping.
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    06-14-2020, 12:01 PM
    Were you bothered by that little poof of gas out the back? I have a cobbled-together #2 in .38RF that I shot one session (so far) with the Dixie rimfire adaptors, empty .22 shorts for primers, BP and the Ideal 37583 breech-seated. I was...
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    06-13-2020, 07:32 PM
    I’m not that great a competition shot (just proved it again this morning :mrgreen:), but I think my signal-to-noise ratio off the bench is good enough to draw conclusions from in load testing, anyway. Haven’t had much success with anything but...
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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