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    11-02-2018, 09:15 PM
    I have a blued one. They are tiny, almost as small as one of those NAF mini-revolvers. A Colt.31 “pocket revolver” is large by comparison. Haven’t shot it in a while. It shot low, as I recall, and the accuracy range was feet rather than yards. ...
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    11-02-2018, 08:42 PM
    Naramore’s Principles and Practice of Reloading Ammunition has a section on how to develop loads with unknown powders. I would second earlmcks’ advice that you check the stuff for homogeneity. If it’s a mixture of sticks, flakes and balls,...
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    10-28-2018, 05:01 PM
    I have three sets, two .22 caliber, nearly complete (except for the jacket draw die), and fully accessorized, and one .25 caliber which has the two-piece die and the ram punch. The first two were $15 each on the Remainders table at the local gun...
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    10-28-2018, 11:02 AM
    It might be better to revive the old term “case mouth reduction” to cartridge cases formed to hold paper patched boolits after seating, and stop using the word “crimp.” “Crimp” has always implied rolling over the mouth of the case into...
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    10-25-2018, 07:52 PM
    The shell holders for the front stations are the J-type like for the Tru-Line Jr. The one for the right-hand station should have a spring “gate” on it, putatively to allow one primer at a time out of the Prime-O-Matic primer magazine and over onto...
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    10-21-2018, 11:50 AM
    Nice catch. The equipment available today enables the shooter to crank out rounds of ammo like sausages. But inspection, at every step of the process, is still critical. I still use a single stage press, or an occasional turret, in all my...
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    10-17-2018, 12:05 PM
    I was given a similar old drum once, cardboard with metal top and bottom, half full. The insides of both the metal ends were rusty, and there was rust in the powder. Otherwise, there was no clumping or weird smells. I took the stuff out in the...
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    10-17-2018, 11:22 AM
    It’s a popular science. You can isolate variables, observe them, and study their effect on the system. You don’t need a degree, nor time on the CERN collider to do this, just logic, the ability to teach yourself, and care. Some people are...
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    10-16-2018, 10:06 AM
    The new, straight .32 cartridges have the advantage of being compatible with carbide dies, so the loading is easier. You can also, of course, shoot all the shorter cartridges in the longer chambers. You need a real shoulder or extreme taper to...
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    10-14-2018, 12:09 PM
    The only manufacturer who worried about the smoke from the chambers firing getting into the space between cylinder pin and cylinder and tying it up was issued US Patent 7,613 in 1850 for his efforts in preventing it. The other manufacturers seemed...
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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