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    06-05-2018, 10:46 AM
    OK, thanks, Imashooter. A few sellers at the local swap meet seem to come up with the occasional pewter (or pewterlike) ware, and the rest have nothing but glass, aluminum, stainless, etc. Haven’t started seriously on yard sales, and the junk...
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    06-04-2018, 06:40 PM
    Would this be pewter? Kind of hot to fire up the pot and make a definite determination. Has the look and the heaviness for size. I picked it up on the off-chance that "S.N." might actually mean "Sn," or tin. I'm only out a quarter if it...
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    06-01-2018, 10:24 AM
    Iíve never noticed anything but improvements with fire lapping. Of course, it has to be done right, as you are doing, with cleaning and checking every few shots, and lead boolits, not jacketed. IME, you could not lap that barrel out 4...
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    05-31-2018, 11:47 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Target and Rifle in Rimfire Area
    Winchester runs off a batch of .22 WRF every now and then, and CCI used to offer a very accurate hollow-point version. When I was socking the stuff away, the price was the same as .22WRF Magnum. Try to get some from the ammo dealers rather than...
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    05-30-2018, 11:30 AM
    It depends on what you want the rifle for. An 1870ís soldier would not hit any more Comanche warriors if his ammunition was loaded with Postell or Creedmore design boolits rather than the 500 gr Government roundnose. A hunter would not get any...
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    05-29-2018, 09:34 AM
    Lymanís first Cast Bullet Handbook describes it as ďA fine round-nosed bullet which casts at .390 diameter.Ē
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    05-28-2018, 11:39 AM
    Those are great guns. I have a Lyman 48 sighted one in .30 Remington and a Weaver scope sighted one in .25 Remington. Both great shooters. Not common, as Remington was in a sense competing with its own discounted product. While they were on...
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    05-28-2018, 11:00 AM
    You might try a spray of Mould Prep or smoke the mould and pin with a BIC lighter or candle. The Internet Authorities frown on this practice, but it has tamed many a balky mould for me. But Iím always more interested in getting a pile of boolits...
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    05-27-2018, 11:45 AM
    When I used range scrap I would separate the jacketed bullets from the cast and plated ones. I fished the jackets out of the melt and used that exclusively for black powder grease groove boolits. If I could separate out all the .22 RF bullets I...
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    05-25-2018, 10:08 PM
    45-70 Chevroner, Your press is the notorious Lyman "EZY-Loader," and attempting to use it as a progressive press will likely wind up breaking either the handle wood or the bottom platform where the shell holders sit in the front. One has also...
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    05-24-2018, 12:05 PM
    Al, For sure, once youíve discovered the caliber, itís hard to stop at one gun. And Iím sure in the right hands, it would handle anything the woods loafer or ranch hand would encounter. My own Savage 23C, I was told, was the former property of...
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    05-23-2018, 12:02 PM
    I have a 7-1/2Ē Cattleman (from Cimarron) in .32-20. Blackpowder frame, bullseye ejector, two-groove ďsafetyĒ axle pin. I had to deepen the working groove on the axle to securely lock it with the little lock screw; it would start to back out after...
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    05-23-2018, 10:32 AM
    Kind of heavy on the pistol combat and pistol etc. category, noticeably thin in other aspects. Is that the only area of interest to you? If so, Shooting, by J. H. Fitzgerald, Pistol and Revolver Shooting by A. L. A. Himmelwright and The Complete...
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    05-22-2018, 05:47 PM
    You could remove the crosspin and punch from the "whatever" tool and install them on the .40-82 tool. You would then have one functioning tool (except for a decapping pin, which can be cobbled together for either tool from aluminum rod and a proper...
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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