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    Yesterday, 11:56 AM
    For the sake of your sanity, RUN!! As fast as you can! :eek: Some factory-ammo mole got into Lyman’s employ and designed that press to end handloading in America.
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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    The Cadet Martini is well-scaled to the .327 cartridge size, but getting those smaller cartridges into the chamber under a close-mount scope might be a challenge. A lower-power IER or Scout scope, mounted down the barrel, would help here. A...
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    11-21-2020, 10:31 PM
    Buffalo Arms moulds are always “out of stock,” in the sense that they don’t normally carry an inventory. If you order one, though, they reportedly show up in a gratifyingly short time. By all means, wait until you get your rifle and have your...
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    11-18-2020, 10:40 AM
    It isn’t just paper goods and bleach. Our grocery stores have a lot of empty shelf space in a lot of categories, from canned goods to frozen pizza. They’re starting to resemble those GUM Stores we used to hear about in the Soviet Union—modern...
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    11-17-2020, 09:59 AM
    The .22 WRF/Rem Spl. is a very under appreciated cartridge. Mostly, I think, because cartridge books are always careful to note that it isn’t as “accurate” as the regular .22 rimfire. This is a pretty hyperbolic argument. Both the Winchester...
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    11-16-2020, 10:33 AM
    Nice thought, of course, but... A startup in the explosives business (especially primaries) is a major undertaking. Regulations, insurance, building and operational distance requirements, safety, training and housekeeping costs raise overheads...
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    11-15-2020, 07:58 AM
    When I removed the guides from a 94, I used a hex magnetic screwdriver bit and one of those stamped-out small box wrenches that used to be given away in sets as promotional items. A small piece of wood wedged in the opposite side of the receiver...
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    11-14-2020, 12:03 PM
    I see a fair number of H&A 922-932s and the occasional 722, but the 822-832 is very uncommon. It is an underlever rolling block like a Stevens Favorite, except that there is no link; the underlever and breechblock are a single piece. Also, the...
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    11-11-2020, 01:23 AM
    I’m just blue-skying here. The handles look like B&M handles to me. If Hoch ever made a base-pour boolit mould, I figure it would look like that, but usually it would have identification on the spue plate, at least. The style, otherwise, is...
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    11-10-2020, 11:15 AM
    Racing, That’s a very clever adaptation! The use of a shell holder to hold a brass obturator is really out-of-the-box thinking! Thanks for posting your procedures. I don’t have a Chassepot, but the ideas are very interesting.
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    11-09-2020, 11:29 AM
    I would guess that it’s shop-made. Finish level is “good enough” to work, or, as somebody famously said, “Don’t be a hero. Milling is a finishing operation.” I can’t tell by the pictures if the powder chamber/hopper and clamping bosses are...
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    11-07-2020, 05:10 PM
    Found this at a long-ago gunshow; early '80's IIRC. It's on the Hopkins & Allen "Medium" rifle frame; the Davenport patent H&A got when they bought out the Bay State Arms Co. I see a fair number of the 922/932 H&A falling-block boy's rifles, and...
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    11-04-2020, 09:19 PM
    The dies were normally a tight fit in the lubrisizer, as GF notes. O-rings were a much later invention, allowing a lot of slop in fittings that would still be air or water tight. The moulds of the period generally cast closer to sized diameter...
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    11-03-2020, 09:56 PM
    The one I got that was complete had almost all of the Japanned finish still on it. The one without the clamp had a lot of bare spots. I stripped the rest off and painted it with Wal-Mart spray gloss black. There may be some subtle difference...
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    11-02-2020, 11:34 AM
    Take the set screw and top punch completely out, make sure there is nothing in the screw hole, and put a small nut (large enough to cover the bottom of the die, but small enough not to hang up on the bottom of the lubrisizer) on the top of the...
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    10-31-2020, 09:19 PM
    Some moulds just need a few sessions before they straighten out and start working right. But I think a good part of your problems are related to needless worry about what the melt’s surface looks like. I flux the pot and skim the surface once...
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    10-30-2020, 03:16 PM
    Putting a face to the name. Someone else apparently designed the boolit for the Georgia National Guard rifle team, but Postell and the team he captained did so well that the boolit was named after him.
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    10-30-2020, 10:42 AM
    The measure looks like one attributed to O. A. Bremer of San Franscisco CA, in Kelver’s book on Single Shot Rifle accessories. It is described as a Duplex measure; are there two powder chambers in yours? The re/decapper looks like the picture of...
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    10-27-2020, 12:35 PM
    I have a .30 caliber NEI mould for one of those “Sonic” boolits. I tried them in my .30-40 on 500 M Ram silhouettes in my occasional recreational activity that I call “Annoying the Animals.” Hit percentage was markedly less than for more...
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    10-26-2020, 04:34 PM
    The accumulator of "affordable" antique and vintage firearms will encounter the .32 Long, whether rim- or centerfire, fairly frequently. Most often, they are kid's single-shot rifles or bureau-drawer revolvers, the rifles generally in pretty poor...
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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