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    Today, 11:21 AM
    I have a 23C in .32-20 that I didn’t want to drill and tap extra holes in. As gunsmith John Bivins used to say, “Original fabric is precious.” I made an adapter base with two holes that fit the plugged military-style iron sight holes on top of...
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    11-28-2019, 11:51 AM
    Ommundsen and Robinson’s Rifles and Ammunition, pp. 104-114. Original .303 loading was 70 gr black powder behind a jacketed bullet. Anybody who has trouble getting the old standard loadings of black powder into modern cases might try this...
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    11-26-2019, 09:36 AM
    For really stuck or rusted-in nipples, no regular nipple wrench will do much more than twist itself open to uselessness. A friend bought a used replica Spiller & Burr revolver and mangled his nipple wrench trying to get them out. I copied the...
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    11-22-2019, 08:13 AM
    I have a few NEI moulds, a couple still in the original boxes; all aluminum, and the El Paso address on the boxes. IIRC, the EP address is on the mould blocks as well. I never realized that he made moulds of other materials. The original R....
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    11-22-2019, 12:38 AM
    If the numbers don’t match with the current Lyman numbers, it’s not likely that they’re the earlier Ideal top punches, although they used to feature those rounded tops. If the top shank is longer than the normal Lyman/Ideal length, they could be...
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    11-21-2019, 10:54 AM
    I have a Lyman 451112 385-gr “Sharps-Bailey” boolit mould. The boolit sort of works in my Peabody .43 Spanish rifle, and I plan to try it in my Volunteer muzzleloading rifle. I also have a Lyman 454617GP mould which, I presume, is for their...
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    11-21-2019, 10:29 AM
    They look like Vickerman dies, but should have the name stamped on the front. Some other company is making them now, so maybe the new versions aren’t marked. They’re supposed to guide the bullet into the case neck with minimum runout. Lyman...
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    11-16-2019, 11:05 AM
    If you have something set up for collets, and one of the proper size, you can grasp the end of the stop pin, and with enough pulling, twisting, heating, oiling and cursing (not necessarily in the order given) the pin will come out. A good vise with...
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    11-16-2019, 10:25 AM
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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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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