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    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    Many people who use smokeless in large blackpowder cartridges use something a little faster burning, like 5744. I would, though, expect some unburned granules from any reasonable-sized charge of smokeless suited to lead boolit velocities. There...
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    01-23-2020, 10:33 AM
    There is also the Hassle Factor, especially when starting out on a budget. A bottom pour pot needs very clean metal going in; any impurities will get between the shutoff plug and the spout, resulting in leaks, drips and bits of this and that in the...
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    01-22-2020, 05:47 PM
    The ARTCA Site has a section on shotgun reloading tools. You could compare your stuff to what they have there, or ask questions if you donít find what you need.
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    01-21-2020, 10:06 AM
    The hard spring return is designed to snip stick powder granules in two rather than having to vary the return by hand in order to bump them out of the way as the “visible” block returns to drop the charge. If you try to double the fill and return...
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    01-19-2020, 09:11 PM
    I donít know how applicable this is to your situation, but the most difficult problem in getting into any energetic materials R&D area is that the field is so rarefied. There simply arenít all that many jobs. The Safety Slogan we had was...
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    01-17-2020, 10:44 AM
    People who are good mechanics and good, clear writers are rare indeed. I have several Kuhnhausen books. Even if you donít plan on doing the work yourself, they are valuable for understanding what is wrong, what is needed, and what is to be done by...
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    01-17-2020, 10:24 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread SAECO 2-cavity in Cast Boolits
    Iíve got one that looks sort of like that. The sprue plate says SAECO CUSTOM PRECISION NO 290301 Mine seems to have a longer nose in relation to the shank than yours, though.
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    01-16-2020, 10:12 AM
    Iíll take No. 5, the Lee .348win die set without shellholder. PM coming.
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    01-16-2020, 10:02 AM
    I’ve had success with frozen screws by putting one of those (good, not cheap) magnetic screwdriver bits into the screw slot, putting a small box wrench over the hex part of the bit, and clamping the whole thing in a vise with thick softwood jaws. ...
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    01-16-2020, 09:22 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    Iíd buy them. IME, nothing beats 4759, either for cast boolits or for nitro priming in duplex loading. The price is very attractive. I buy a lot of obsolete powders, just to see what they were like. I have a collection of old loading manuals,...
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    01-11-2020, 08:06 PM
    You might check with the Olde Tyme Book Store to see if they still have the Dave Gingery books. His first book was how to build a foundry for melting down beer cans and casting aluminum. The second one was casting the aluminum into components...
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    01-10-2020, 11:12 AM
    I would say $450 or so American would be my maximum. A friend had one in .35 Remington, with an Indian-head penny inletted into the stock. Donít remember what he paid for it, but he bought it before the ďinvestorsĒ had gotten to that model. I...
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    01-10-2020, 10:42 AM
    The ones I have and have seen try to divide the forming into steps, arranged in such a way that the minimum percentage of cases will be spoiled by the process. For instance, the first die will move the shoulder back without affecting the neck...
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    01-09-2020, 03:38 PM
    Iíve got more guns that I can shoot, but if I found a good Stevens 425 High Power in .25 Remington, at a used-gun price, Iíd have to have it.
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    01-09-2020, 11:33 AM
    Generally, the smaller the bore, the quicker it fouls, unless, of course, the powder charges are small in proportion. The calibers you are starting out with are pretty forgiving, and using the better grades of black powder, you shouldnít need...
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    01-05-2020, 10:29 AM
    One of those ideas that look great on paper but are of limited value in real life applications. Donít have any Perfections, but do have a few adjustable moulds, a couple of which Iíve made myself. Also have a couple of the one-piece Cylindrical...
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    01-04-2020, 09:53 PM
    A friend had a furnace that he used to melt bronze with in a graphite crucible. Heíd have everybody over for ďcasting partiesĒ where weíd be pounding sand into wood frames around wood patterns and other models of the stuff we wanted to reproduce in...
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    01-03-2020, 08:48 AM
    I’ve found several Lyman/Ideal HP moulds missing the hollow-point pin. I generally make replacement pins that are almost the full diameter of the hole in the mould, highly polished, with just enough draft to pull out of the casting and the depth...
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    12-31-2019, 11:36 PM
    Old-Win, i wasn't ever that great a shot, although I can still keep the signal-to-noise ratio consistent enough off the bench to test ammunition and do experiments. And no shooter has more fun than I do. I also wondered about the potassium...
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    12-31-2019, 12:31 PM
    I have a .44 paper-patch mould that casting at 500+ gr was too long for the twist in my rifle. I had read that the Canadian blackpowder shooters used hollowpoint cast boolits for extra stability at long range (this in the 80s) so I drilled holes of...
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    12-30-2019, 08:42 PM
    I also had a low-density batch of Swiss 1F that didnít seem to perform that well, at least in the loadings I previously used. Donít write down the lot number, but it was the first batch I received with the pink labels rather than the blue ones,...
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    12-30-2019, 10:00 AM
    All the evidence Iíve seen indicates that Pressman is right. They were an ask-and-you-shall-receive thing. I checked my ridiculously large pile of the things and found .32-20, .32-40, .32 SPL, but no .32 S&Ws. There might be an example out...
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    12-30-2019, 09:13 AM
    I recall seeing them going for $180 and up since production ceased. Paul Jones was sort of the Harry Pope of mould makers. If you define genius as the capacity for taking infinite pains, they were certainly both geniuses. The PJ Creedmoor...
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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