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    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Herters? in Swaging
    The top one definitely looks like a Herter's punch. The base was machined like a rimless cartridge case to fit a Herter's shell holder in one of their presses. The lower one looks like a link pin. It appears to have grooves for circlips at the...
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    09-20-2017, 06:25 PM
    "All we can do is weight, and pray." [smilie=1:
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    09-20-2017, 06:20 PM
    There's not a lot to it. Just the "reloading press" version of the hand reducer that used to be offered in the loading kits, I imagine. I took a piece of 7/8" x 14tpi threaded rod and drilled it out to fit the paper patched boolit, then set the...
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    09-19-2017, 12:25 PM
    I have been using a sheet lead strip around the barrel, with the closest fitting half-circle rings I have in the set. Also, a finger-full of rosin on the surfaces. Worked (eventually) on the gradual-taper Sharps and Winchester barrels, but the...
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    09-18-2017, 05:51 PM
    I found this can at the Sacramento Gun Show back when it was a fabulous show where all kinds of Cool Stuff could be found. It was full, and cheap, and I thought my ship had come in for sure. A full can of DuPont No.1 Bulk Smokeless! ...
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    09-18-2017, 05:33 PM
    Two new rebuild jobs at least begun. Got the sewer-pipe barrels off a Sharps-Borchardt and a Winchester Low-Wall. The Remington 7mm Rolling Block Carbine is still "negotiating" with me. Liquid Wrench, Kroil, heat, pounding on the action wrench,...
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    09-17-2017, 10:39 AM
    Thanks, guys. Tried covering each mike, then both of them. The squealing continued. Changed the battery and the squealing stopped.
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    09-15-2017, 11:49 AM
    My ancient Peltor earmuffs have started squealing in my ears when I'm wearing them. Haven't had the contents of my skull out for inspection or service so I know it isn't simple feedback between the muffs. :razz: Is there any easy way to stop this?...
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    09-15-2017, 11:00 AM
    Cimarrons are very good revolvers. I have a .32-20 with the 7-1/2" barrel, standard finish, blackpowder style frame and bullseye ejector. You can order a number of different finishes on the two styles of gun, and the markings are serif style...
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    09-08-2017, 11:35 AM
    That is Wad Rammer and Pressure Gauge Assembly No. 4. Yes, there should be a spring in there, and you should feel it when you push the Rammer in at the bottom. The numbers above the lever are for the Wad Pressure, which was a big deal back then...
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    09-08-2017, 11:02 AM
    Stevens Favorites abound at Gun Shows, with the most common asking price I see being $250 plus or minus $25 or so. Finding one with a shootable bore in .32 Rimfire is something else again. The typical one I see in .32 is not only the usual sewer...
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    09-08-2017, 09:09 AM
    I had a set like that for a while which fit the Lyman "Ezy-Loader." Looks like they adopted some of the parts to the "All-American" when that reloader came out. The rusty item in Pic #2 is called the Crimping Plug No. 7. The aluminum cylinder...
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    09-07-2017, 09:46 AM
    Most of the .44 Spl. and Magnum designs have too much "nose" projecting ahead of the bearing shank to make the OAL for a .44-40, unless you're using it in a single shot rifle. The obsolete Ideal 429434, if you could find or replicate it, would be...
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    09-06-2017, 10:54 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Iconic in Vintage Ammo
    Just for reference, there was an unopened box each of .32-40 and .38-55 John Wayne ammo for sale at the last Gun Show I attended. It was going for $80 a box. Going, but not gone.
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    09-01-2017, 08:12 PM
    I hope Steelpounder doesn't mind this. But being this is a query on machining a cast receiver for a Hepburn, and since nobody has come forward with a Hepburn casting set, maybe this example can at least provide some general information, anyway. ...
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    09-01-2017, 10:59 AM
    Ive never found rust in the cast-iron hopper of my #5, but I do find a certain amount of deposit or oxidation on the brass drum. This can be scrubbed off with fine steel wool and a slight amount of WD-40. It doesn't seem to pit the brass rotor; it...
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    09-01-2017, 10:44 AM
    You really need access to a lathe to do the job properly. Start with a larger diameter piece of round stock and turn the end down to the diameter that fits the HP hole. Make this end long enough for the depth you want in the boolit. Polish this...
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    08-31-2017, 09:14 PM
    When mine used to do that, I just cut a piece of Styrofoam sheet or thick cardboard, put it over the cartridges and closed the lid of the Case-Gard 50- or 60-round plastic box (or put a weight on the telescoping covers of the 20-rounders) to press...
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    08-31-2017, 08:55 PM
    A very small amount of case lube on the ram and pins will lubricate them for a long time. Too much will attract dirt; use just a very small amount. It's about all I use the old case lube (the kind for pads) for any more, now, I've gone entirely...
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    08-31-2017, 12:33 PM
    I bored and threaded a Ballard receiver casting (for barrel and tang) using the faceplate and angle plate method. The casting had pilot holes cast into it, so I turned pieces of scrap round stock on centers to as good a fit as I could get in the...
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    08-31-2017, 11:22 AM
    You should be able to pull the bottom lever pin out and slide the whole works out of the bottom of the press. The pin between link and ram should come out easily, since it is held in by the press frame in use. Change out ram, replace pin and slide...
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    08-31-2017, 01:47 AM
    It's one of the "Peanut Handle" moulds that Smith and Wesson used to include in their reloading kits. The hole and punch is a repriming station. IIRC, they were mostly made in .38 caliber. I think Green Frog, who posts on here, knows about...
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    08-29-2017, 09:04 AM
    I would imagine that efforts have been made to bypass the roasting process. Environmental laws made it necessary to add a sulfuric acid plant to the roasting operation to capture and recycle the sulfur dioxide emissions. If they couldn't sell the...
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    08-28-2017, 10:56 AM
    You should learn fairly quickly how to do a three-second pour of powder into the funnel on your drop tube. The tube will help the settling to the extent that the charge is further separated and slowed as it trickles down the tube. I imagine...
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    08-28-2017, 10:33 AM
    I use a cast-iron Ideal #5 for black powder loading. It has a system of slides on the drum for metering. I check-weigh all my charges before pouring them into the drop tube and seldom is a given throw more than 0.5gr off the charge I've set it...
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    08-28-2017, 10:05 AM
    Roasting is done on sulfide ores (including galena, lead sulfide) to convert them to oxides. The oxides are either reduced to metals by heating with carbon, or dissolved in acids and reduced to metals by electrolysis, plating them out. Looking...
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    08-24-2017, 11:10 PM
    Every once in a blue moon, something that ordinarily gets thrown away survives by some quirk of fate. I found a stack of case sizing lube tins like the one on the left, wrapped in glassine paper and glued together with oozed-out lube; certainly...
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    08-23-2017, 10:57 AM
    I had a Police Positive Special and currently have an Army Special in .32-20. But as far as I am concerned, the cartridge doesn't really sit up and talk until it's in a .45 frame like the Single Action Army. In the smaller frames, IMHO, the full...
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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