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    11-10-2019, 01:39 PM
    If it was mine, I’d reline it back to .38-55. Use a modern liner of 0.375” groove diameter and chamber for the shorter modern shells (2.080” rather than 2.125” IIRC). The same basic caliber and extractor, with the original outside barrel...
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    11-10-2019, 12:39 PM
    The Olde-Tyme, Lo-Tech method of checking for cracks before Magnafluxing came along was to dunk the suspect part in gasoline, wipe off the outside, and examine the surface under magnification. An invisible crack would be pointed up by the line of...
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    11-06-2019, 11:11 AM
    Drilling those little shallow holes vertically in exactly the right spots and threading them straight (especially on an expensive barrel) is an exercise in nervous tension at best, and a real horror show at worst. I reworked a second drill by...
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    11-06-2019, 10:31 AM
    It ought to shoot; how well remains to be seen. My own Peabody in .43 Spanish seems to do its best work with the Ideal 451112, sized 0.452”; maybe 4”-6” at 100 yards. Fortunately, the chamber is cavernous enough to (barely) accept cartridges...
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    11-05-2019, 11:52 AM
    The correct adaptor in your 310 tool handle ought to guide the case base in, and line up the mouth for the other operations with no need to “float.” Some press shell holders feed sloppier than many properly set-up 310s. Used in a vertical press,...
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    11-04-2019, 11:41 AM
    Maybe some unknown gunsmith freshed the bore out to .39 caliber. I understand Schoyen didn’t sign his work; nor did Zischang very often. Whether the chamber was recut to handle fixed ammunition in this size is something that needs to be checked...
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    11-04-2019, 11:20 AM
    The only thing the old Lyman 45 won’t do that the newer designs will is to take 3 or 4 thousandths off the diameter of a large, or a hard alloy, boolit in one pass. As long as your sizing is indeed sizing, rather than squashing or swaging, the 45...
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    11-04-2019, 10:46 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Mold handles in Cast Boolits
    The new Lyman moulds all seem to be built on the “old” Lyman blocks that used to be for one large cavity or two smaller cavities in the old days. These blocks only fit the old Lyman handles marked (sic) “Large.” In reality, only a few of them,...
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    11-03-2019, 11:35 AM
    There was one at a local show a couple weeks back, with three extra barrels, that the owner wanted $2000 for. It didn’t seem to garner any buyer interest. A friend had one. I found the reach from the long pistol grip to the front trigger was...
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    11-03-2019, 11:19 AM
    My first “serious” BPCR rifle was a Pedersoli/Cabela’s Long Range Sharps clone that the original owner had pooched out to .45-2.6”. Cases are available from Starline, and it shoots the 540gr Creedmoor grease-groove boolit ahead of 77gr Swiss 1Fg...
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    10-31-2019, 11:47 AM
    I bought a Uberti flat-top target Colt clone in .44-40, and ordered a .44 Spl. cylinder and bushing from VTI Gun Parts. After shaving down the fronts of both to fit in the frame window, I found the new cylinder indexed perfectly with the lockwork...
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    10-31-2019, 11:31 AM
    The old Flobert parlor rifles used cartridges that propelled the round balls with the priming charge alone. Primers of the day were a witches’ brew of chlorates, metal peroxides and ground glass. Almost all the parlor rifles and pistols I’ve...
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    10-30-2019, 12:03 PM
    Well, I guess there’s another one out there, anyway.:-D Barr and Stroud now seems to be an off-brand, owned by a holding company and stamped on Chinese import binoculars and spotting scopes. On-Line mention of the original company’s output seems...
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    10-30-2019, 11:45 AM
    Full-length resizing was a very advanced concept back then. The blackpowder lever cartridge cases operated at relatively low pressures and could be used over and over with only a crimp around the boolit. When they finally got sticky (assuming they...
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    10-28-2019, 08:37 PM
    Ran across this scope at a recent Gun Show. It is marked: ALEXANDER MARTIN BARR & STROUD LTD RIFLE SIGHT TYPE G.U.3. NO 146
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    10-27-2019, 08:14 PM
    All I’ve noticed when casting pure lead very hot is that the resultant castings turn dark gray as they cool. Cast at lower temperatures, they stay silvery. I only see frosting with antimony-containing alloys, like Lino-wheelweight range scrap. ...
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    10-25-2019, 09:44 AM
    Almost all the dies I’ve ever bought are used. Among the few “upgrades” I’ve bought (also used) are carbide dies for straight walled pistol cases, to avoid the lubing step. I’ve gotten lazy in my old age. Also, if I have a chance to get Redding...
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    10-13-2019, 10:47 AM
    I’ve run .218 Bee shells through my .25-20 WCF FLS die and formed the latter cases with no losses whatsoever. I use Imperial Sizing Wax for this and all such significant dimensional change case forming. My general rule-of-thumb is fireforming...
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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
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