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    04-18-2018, 09:09 PM
    L. Wesley’s Air Guns and Air Pistols has a chapter on the old pneumatic reservoir guns and air canes. He said they operated at pressures of 550psi or so, so your paintball air reservoir ought to be about right. A thin layer of grease was always...
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    04-18-2018, 01:01 PM
    KCSO, how do you get the tang through a golf ball? Do you drill the hole? What do you do about those Liquid Center golf balls? I’ve got a bucket full of the things and am totally uninterested in Golf. But I do have a bunch of handle-less files.
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    04-18-2018, 12:46 PM
    There’s also the considerable difference in a material’s behavior that associates with the scale of operations. Nobody thinks of grounding when they put ten gallons of gasoline in their car, but the trucker who puts 10,000 gallons in the gas...
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    04-18-2018, 11:59 AM
    Eagan moulds were made as you describe, with no plate, plug, or adjustment screw at the bottom. The addition of base plate/plug or adjustment screw adds considerably to the expense of the mould. However, the advantage such designs have is that...
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    04-16-2018, 05:03 PM
    Did you try calling VTI Gun Parts? The lady at the Parts Desk really knows her stuff. She can tell you what brands of parts will interchange with other brands and which need modification. As far as quality, I dunno. You might have to harden...
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    04-16-2018, 04:55 PM
    I have several Hochs, a couple of Red River Ricks, a couple Eagans, a couple I made myself and an Ideal that somebody had started converting from base to nose pour, that I finished. They all work well. I'm not a good enough shot to determine...
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    04-16-2018, 04:24 PM
    You may be able to get a Swag-O-Matic instruction set from someone on the Antique Reloading Tool Collectors' site. What you have pictured, though, is not a Swag-O-Matic. It looks to be a Lyman Spartan reloading press with some brand of...
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    04-11-2018, 10:44 AM
    You ought to take some measurements of the barrel socket in your Favorite receiver. Depending on when they were made, there are three or four different configurations of Favorite barrel shanks. The 1915 model is the only one that was finally...
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    04-10-2018, 10:54 AM
    It sort of depends on your lube formula and your technique. If you have a mixture that hardens nicely in the refrigerator AND sticks in the lube grooves, AANNDD is thick enough and stout enough to stand some strain, you can take the lube cake full...
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    04-09-2018, 10:09 AM
    You might stop by Harbor Freight and pick up one of their five piece Airbrush Cleaning Brush sets. They range in size from large musket cleanout screw to conical part of #11 nipple, and the set costs a couple bucks. They are stout enough to push...
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    04-08-2018, 09:58 AM
    You do need a study of how the various powders look. Propellant Profiles, Sharpe’s book and some of the earlier Ideal and Lyman Handbooks have pictures that should be committed to memory before going on the scrounge for powder. By all means,...
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    04-08-2018, 09:31 AM
    Absolutely agree on the value of the Lee Loader for beginning handloaders. You need to get the care, observation and safety aspects of each step of reloading ingrained into muscle memory and reflex before you start cranking out quantities of ammo. ...
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    04-06-2018, 11:43 AM
    A notice at the local range would give you longer exposure and perhaps a larger proportion of handloaders. But lots of people sell partial containers of powder at Gun Shows. The realists sell them cheap, and empty their tables relatively...
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    04-05-2018, 04:55 PM
    Boil water in a whistling tea kettle, take off the wood and as much of the metal parts that you can, and hold the receiver/barrel in the steam. Have somebody pushing on a cleaning rod in the bore until what's left of the casting pushes out. Shake...
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    04-03-2018, 11:18 AM
    They sound like receiver sights, one to fit a flat frame like a lever action and one to fit a round one like a bolt action. Sometimes a code number is stamped on the inside surface, which tells what rifle the sight is supposed to fit. Often,...
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    04-02-2018, 11:43 AM
    I’ve never lapped a multicavity mould, all cavities, but I have done a fair number of single cavities. In most cases, it was just to smooth the surface imperfections, but in a few, it was the enlargement of some part or all of the cavity. I...
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    03-30-2018, 09:39 AM
    Ive heard of people hot-bending or forging the hammer out to a more gradual curve in order to hit the nipple more centrally. That would seem the easiest solution to the problem. I’ve plugged a drilled-through scope mount screw hole and that...
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    03-28-2018, 08:35 PM
    The latest Captech news is on the Shiloh forum. One of the Forum members said he went over and knocked on the door of the place. Two guys were in there. One told him that Captech is in the process of reorganization, with no estimated date of...
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    03-23-2018, 11:12 AM
    That’s about all you can do: check E-Bay, go to Gun Shows, alert the Parts sellers, post requests on every internet Gun forum that allows them. There must be three or four empty H&A 922-932 receivers for every lever and breechblock that shows up,...
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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