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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    Today, 11:41 AM
    I’m not an expert on blowups (thank heaven!), but that vastly expanded primer pocket in the still-chambered shell in the Lee barrel says “overload” to me. As well as the bullet not exiting the barrel before the receiver ring let go. Insufficient...
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    Yesterday, 12:40 PM
    The Chase Patch is strictly a breech-seating benchrest proposition. The rectangular patch wraps once around the boolit and butts square against itself. There is no overlap, nor is there any folding over the boolit base. You curl the patch into...
    10 replies | 220 view(s)
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    08-07-2020, 11:28 AM
    Congratulations! The 23 is a working-class rifle, but a good one. Original magazines are generally pretty expensive, when found, but Triple K made a replacement that at least fits and works. Grinding or filing the sharp corners off the bottom...
    6 replies | 218 view(s)
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    08-06-2020, 10:31 AM
    The jacket spring back may happen when bullet diameters are reduced, but unless you’re a benchrest competitor, it will likely have no effect on the shooting. I had a Remington Model 8 with a 0.260” groove diameter barrel that would throw the...
    13 replies | 272 view(s)
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    08-04-2020, 08:47 PM
    It’s a SAS “Mity-Mite” bullet swaging press. Enormous leverage for swaging, not enough ram travel for reloading. I think the Corbins carried it for a while after they bought out Ted Smith, and then it morphed into the Corbin “Silver” Press.
    3 replies | 157 view(s)
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    08-04-2020, 08:30 PM
    Ideal 457124. Their copy of the standard roundnose military boolit in the original Trapdoor rifle load, and the carbine load. Lyman still makes it.
    5 replies | 179 view(s)
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    07-30-2020, 12:22 PM
    A lot of the old “40-rod” benchrest shooters in Shooting and Fishing like Rabbeth and Chase just poured the powder into the (single) case that they used over and over. However, many of them said they “tapped the case” to settle the powder before...
    17 replies | 506 view(s)
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    07-29-2020, 10:42 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 308 in 270 in Factory Rifles
    Marble and Echo used to make broken shell extractors. These had the appropriate sized case head and rim with spring fingers which would go through the case neck and catch on the mouth of the case. Inserting it into the chamber, closing the bolt,...
    31 replies | 1317 view(s)
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    07-26-2020, 10:11 AM
    Corbin offered a short length of metal tube with a hardened, domed washer with his .22 shell swaging die set. The tube fit over the press ram. The assembly traveled up and down with the press ram with the hole in the washer a close fit on the...
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    07-14-2020, 11:22 AM
    I have an accumulation of Lyman 45s for general use. I like the looks of them. If you are using the Ideal or the usual Alox-beeswax lubes, and only sizing a thousandth or two, they are fine. Dies and wrenches are easy to get, and switching out...
    18 replies | 1393 view(s)
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    07-14-2020, 10:55 AM
    I have one in .45 caliber and one in .44. I think they are both the “TGBS” type. Workmanship and finish leave nothing to be desired. I put a hex nut on the adjustment screw of the .45 to make doubly sure the adjustment wouldn’t move. There is...
    1 replies | 166 view(s)
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    07-12-2020, 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...
    16 replies | 1912 view(s)
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    07-12-2020, 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...
    16 replies | 1912 view(s)
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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