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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    08-09-2018, 07:23 PM
    Thanks for the article, Wayne. Did you notice any need to readjust the linkage after the mould blocks heated to operating temperature? Or was that taken care of when you preheated the mould on the hot plate? Having to twiddle that adjustment...
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    08-08-2018, 05:20 PM
    The surgeon has to measure your eyes for focus even with the single focus lenses. They put what looked like a decanter top on my eye and got a bunch of readings from it. Shouldn’t be too much difference from the universal focus lenses. They...
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    08-07-2018, 12:16 PM
    I roll the as-cast (ideally slightly oversized) unlubricated boolits between two steel plates or strips with a dab of Clover 320 on the bottom plate, to press the compound in. The paste does not necessarily have to fill the lube grooves, but if it...
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    08-05-2018, 10:51 AM
    It’s my understanding from reading Frank deHaas is that the Ruger #1/3 were “loose-breeched,” i.e., there was appreciable space between breech end of barrel and breechblock, which was taken up by chambering shallow enough so the end of the cartridge...
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    08-05-2018, 10:16 AM
    I’ve fire lapped a lot of guns with frosty bores, and even a few with good (even new) bores that “shot OK,” but did not shoot as well as I thought they should, after extensive testing. In no instance did any of them shoot worse after the treatment...
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    08-01-2018, 10:40 AM
    If the ovalization occurs at the parting lines (which it generally does for me) you could restore roundness (and even out much of the enlargement) by judicious beagling, then sizing and lubing. That’s “the Heartbreak of Lapping:” any attempt at...
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    07-30-2018, 06:44 PM
    Mine casts around 0.459” IIRC. Don’t know what the newer Lymans cast at; you could call Lyman and check. A custom maker ought to be able to cut the cavity at the diameter you need.
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    07-30-2018, 10:32 AM
    My go-to starting boolit for .45-70s is the Ideal 457124. Nominally, it’s 405 grains, but it seems to vary between 385 and 405 depending on alloy. Other designs might edge it a little, particularly as ranges and winds increase, but it is never a...
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    07-27-2018, 09:31 AM
    I have an LBT and a SAECO. Both work well for the purpose. The LBT needs flat surfaces, so I mostly use it for ingots. Sawing and filing the points off boolits so I can use it is too much work. The SAECO is the one I use the most, testing culled...
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    07-26-2018, 10:27 AM
    What did your bore look like after the bore wipe and patch went through? It looks to me like you may have had some fire cutting on the paper but it also picked up a fair amount of fouling on the way out. You said you got a 0.130” three-shot...
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    07-25-2018, 06:13 PM
    Lyman offered the “R” moulds cheap, with no guarantees, refunds or exchanges, in Shotgun News in the 1980’s. I bought a two-cavity 225415 and it casts as well, and produces as good boolits, as the single cavity 225415 I’d paid full price for a...
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    07-25-2018, 12:43 AM
    I had my lenses replaced 7 years ago. They generally do an evaluation and won’t do the procedure until a certain amount of crystallinity is reached in the lenses. In my case, it had gotten to the point where between the eye exam and the receipt of...
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    07-24-2018, 10:42 AM
    Cast-iron ladles do have a tendency to pick up the surface dross that forms on the molten lead. I keep a candle nearby, lighting it to drip in wax for fluxing, and using the flame to light the smoke while I stir. Unlit, the wick can be poked into...
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    07-24-2018, 10:24 AM
    I think it was 1973 or thereabouts. My pal and I had both purchased Navy Arms cap and ball .44s, and quickly emptied the town’s gun stores of pre-cast round balls. (If you found any at the time, they were cast by somebody in the gun store with...
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    07-23-2018, 04:46 PM
    It looks like your cartridge lifter has the little pivoting stop lever that allows it to use shorts, longs and long-rifles interchangeably. If you reline it to .22 LR, you should be able to shoot everything in it. Definitely worth a reline. ...
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    07-23-2018, 04:25 PM
    If you tap the gas-check plate lightly in the center using a brass punch and a gentle touch with a light hammer, it will induce a tiny amount of “bow” into the plate. You can then tap the plate back into the breechblock with the brass punch, and it...
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    07-22-2018, 03:04 PM
    Some of the very early Italian rolling blocks (with brass trigger guards) had very short supporting surfaces on the hammer. I think the actions were sold by Numrich in the early Eighties. With the hammer cocked and the block closed, you could look...
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    07-15-2018, 11:53 AM
    Pretty much economics, aesthetics, historical association and whatever floats your boat. The 74 Sharps, the Hepburn, the Ballard and the original Winchester are the easiest to take apart for cleaning and maintenance. The Sharps has the most...
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    07-15-2018, 10:57 AM
    For starters, I would get some distilled water and boil them until the rust starts turning black, wipe with fine steel wool to dislodge the loose stuff, and boil some more until no more loose particles come off. If there is only surface rust and...
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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