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    Today, 09:21 AM
    The "M" die is an auxiliary die that ensures that a cast boolit will not be shaved or otherwise deformed when seated in the shell. It is meant to open the case mouth slightly oversize, since cast boolits are generally sized a thousandth or two...
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    04-26-2017, 12:26 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Iconic in Vintage Ammo
    Commemorative .32-40, a special run of nickel plated cased ammunition. There were also nickel .38-55s made. The were for the "Duke" commemorative Winchester 94s that were made in these calibers. I think it was back in the 1980's. Ammunition in...
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    04-25-2017, 07:05 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 75mm Door Stop in Vintage Ammo
    My Dad brought this back from one of his TDYs in the Army. Us kids probably dropped it on both feet at least three times.
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    04-25-2017, 07:00 PM
    Bent Ramrod started a thread Iconic in Vintage Ammo
    Now this guy could make ammo! He even signed the box. :p
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    04-25-2017, 12:21 PM
    Buying one of these rifles is a lot like buying a computer--you need to know what you want to do with it now and have a pretty good idea of what you will want to do with it in the future. I never thought I'd get into competition when I bought my...
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    04-22-2017, 09:23 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Books in Cast Boolits
    Wow! You got a deal, for sure. I imagine that the late Mr. Duck's family had no idea of the value of the books and just wanted them out, out, OUT of the house. Glad,they went to someone who appreciates them. I like Friends of Library sales...
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    04-21-2017, 10:23 AM
    Hey, Chev, what is the progress on the Stevens rifles you were building in .25 Stevens centerfire calibers? I've got two 44 actions that I'm slowly rehabbing. It does take forever; I hope you're ahead of me.
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    04-21-2017, 10:08 AM
    Another vote for Ballistol. The problem with a muzzleloader is that there is only one opening in the barrel, and the barrel is long. So, unlike a revolver barrel, which has a chance for air to flow through it, or the chambers in the cylinder,...
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    04-18-2017, 11:58 PM
    Pictures 3, 4 and 5 are most of the tools from Lee sizing kits. They came in a box with a stick of lube and a little flat pan to melt it in. You stood the boolits in the pan, melted the lube around them, took the proper sized aluminum "Kake...
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    04-18-2017, 11:17 AM
    I've necked up and blown out .218 Bee brass to make .25-20 WCF. Very few case failures and the resultant .25-20s are noticeably longer-lived for reloading than normal .25-20 shells.
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    04-17-2017, 11:04 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Gallager in Single Shot Guns
    The only bad aspect I've noticed is that the thin-walled cartridges that hold a decent amount of powder seem to swell and stick in the breech, putting the gun out of action until the case is removed. Cases are expensive, so removing them without...
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    04-08-2017, 09:33 AM
    Saying the Drought is officially over is a major step for Moonbeam. When I was living in California, no crisis was ever "over." The mantra was always "There is still Much More work to be done." Best of luck.
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    04-08-2017, 09:24 AM
    A guy named Ken Lewis (aka Rafter3c) was testing that rifle and showing the groups fired. The data was posted on the ASSRA website, IIRC, and was quite impressive. You should have a real tack-driver there, congratulations!
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    04-07-2017, 11:55 AM
    I've used a few file trim dies. For reducing stretched or sawed-off case mouths to standard length, they do fine, unless you don't want to full-length size the cases. I use one of my crummier, worn Chinese files for this task. Plenty good enough...
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    04-06-2017, 10:14 AM
    You ought to have the good barrel and trigger pull, if it's a BRC reproduction. They displayed their wares here at a Gun Show recently and there was no doubt they pull out all the stops when it comes to quality. I have a varmint rifle build on a...
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    04-05-2017, 10:48 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Mind blowing air rifle in AirGuns
    I have a Saxby-Palmer .22 that uses that cartridge system. Three strokes on the pump supplied with the rifle seems to fill the cartridge sufficiently for routine air rifle use. It loads and fires like a bolt-action rifle otherwise. A wood-pigeon...
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    04-04-2017, 11:56 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 25-35wcf in Single Shot Guns
    I have a FBW single shot and a Savage 99, both in .25-35. The FBW has the standard 8" (IIRC) twist barrel and is rather cranky as to loads. Happiest with the 117-120 gr jacketed bullets; most anything else is plinking accuracy, no more. I had the...
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    04-04-2017, 11:24 AM
    An approximate time line could be estimated if the box was around. But they made them on the same pattern for many years. I would modify GF's estimate from the mid-30s (when the .218 Bee came onto the market) to the late 60s. They came in any...
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    04-04-2017, 11:12 AM
    The 257312 is the high-velocity boolit for the .25-20 sizes. The 266469 is a heavy Loverin design for slow twist 6.5 rifles up to 600 yards. The 266324 looks like the Kephart design sized down. Supposed to be good for moderate velocities in the...
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    04-04-2017, 10:55 AM
    If you have a good mould with the proper sized gas check shank, you can start the gas check on the boolit by pressing the assembly together with your fingers. I generally spread a bunch of checks out on the loading bench, make sure they are right...
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    04-03-2017, 10:10 AM
    Check the mould half with the locating holes to make sure the holes are not peened over around their circumference. This happens when the blocks are carelessly slammed together in casting. If it exists, insert an appropriately sized drill into the...
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    03-31-2017, 08:41 PM
    Here's some more. The Elephant and Swiss cans are not all that old, but definitely in the realm of "gone but not forgotten." The subtle (or not) differences in the labels of cans of the same powder will no doubt excite the "serious...
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    03-31-2017, 08:34 PM
    I prefer the square ones. They pack better into square boxes than the round plastic jars. For some reason, I don't have the heart to toss them out, either, while the round jars, filled with water, make great plinking targets.
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    03-31-2017, 11:04 AM
    The .401 was the caliber for the 1910 model Winchester autoloader. According to the advertising, it "hit like the hammer of Thor." A friend had one and I helped him shoot it a few times. It recoiled like the hammer of Thor, slung those...
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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
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