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    03-15-2019, 10:04 AM
    I was a chemist in a previous life, so most smells don’t bother me. I was also an experimental scientist, and had to design experiments to prove various things. I read that “exhaustive Internet test” of gun cleaner/lubricant/preservative...
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    03-13-2019, 11:20 AM
    I threaded a Ballard receiver casting that way, using an internal thread tool upside down, on the opposite side from normal on the workpiece, and the lathe running backwards. In the absence of X-ray vision and the reflexes of a cat, it’s the only...
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    03-13-2019, 10:13 AM
    No original finish left, but a good working example of the type. The mould hasn’t been sawed off, drilled out or used as a pair of pliers, so the tool still retains its value as a loading tool. Not rare enough or original enough to make it a...
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    03-12-2019, 12:39 PM
    The amateur experimenters featured in the Wolfe publications of the glory days offered interesting, cutting-edge reading, but did not sell the magazines themselves, nor did they offer the “push” expected today for the goods and services advertised,...
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    03-11-2019, 09:17 PM
    That is nice! Very well thought out and executed. Do you have any trouble with the screw turning a little as the wiper is pushed through the bore? A stuck or loose bore pig in the middle of a match is not conducive to staying in “the bubble.” ...
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    03-11-2019, 11:19 AM
    Hoch lathe-bored the blocks out of Meehanite to whatever dimensions the customer wanted. All, as far as I know, are nose-pour. Hoch stamped his name and the date of manufacture, as well as the nominal caliber and weight, on the mould. From the...
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    03-11-2019, 10:01 AM
    I have read that the Garrett reproductions of the percussion carbines actually had a functional Lawrence primer-flipper on the lockplate. Does your specimen have one? My cartridge gun has the decommissioned remains of one. If your copy has one,...
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    03-11-2019, 09:37 AM
    Col. Askins’ dad, Major Askins, was top notch game shot with a shotgun, and an expert on the guns themselves. For Col. Askins to even acknowledge another expert shotgunner is high praise indeed. The last chapter in that book, on the Gun Editors,...
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    03-09-2019, 07:35 PM
    My “new” (to me) HDS Compac Press has more blocky, squarish handles than the one pictured, with no cast-in lettering. I don’t notice any “over-centeredness” in the linkage; must be an earlier one. It looks more like the Decker in that respect,...
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    03-09-2019, 08:45 AM
    Winchester had an ammunition making division back then; Marlin did not. Easy to sneak your own name onto the headstamp if you draw your own brass. The business model back in those days was strictly Darwinian; survival of the fittest. The .25-20...
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    03-08-2019, 07:32 PM
    The Decker didn’t have the priming capability. Addition of the priming punch was one of Huntington’s improvements. He also changed the linkage sometime after his production started to bring the shell holder to a “top dead center” configuration to...
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    03-08-2019, 10:39 AM
    I’ve never bought dies with a spacer ring included. However, I’ve accumulated some thin rings that evidently were locked by a vertical set screw against an adjacent thin ring; one supposes for a quicker loosening and readjustment than the...
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    03-05-2019, 09:30 AM
    I heard that Lyman now outsources the mould cherries from specialty manufacturers rather than making them in-house, as they used to. The alpha letters are internal reference codes for the cherry manufacturer. There should also be a three-digit...
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    03-04-2019, 10:32 AM
    Where do they breed cats like that? I could use one. :mrgreen: I made a little double acting vise for my mould recutting experiments, and it’s easy enough to center the thing around the pilot hole in the blocks on a drill press, and then clamp...
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    02-28-2019, 11:42 AM
    Rear-locking actions have a greater length of metal in the bolt to compress under firing pressure and then spring back than the relatively short sections in front-locking bolts and falling blocks. The old tapered cartridges in the 92s, 94s and 99s...
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    02-28-2019, 01:10 AM
    There is an ebony add-on that converts a straight grip to a pistol grip. Shiloh shows it in their catalog. You can get a leather riser pad that clips on the stock with Velcro, that will bring your eye up to scope level. Shiloh, Buffalo Arms and...
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    02-27-2019, 01:17 PM
    In my experience, overall quality of all offerings is pretty much the same. I like the Cimarron version because I like the black powder frame and bullseye ejector, the greater variety of finishes, and the fact that Cimarron uses the more...
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    02-27-2019, 12:49 PM
    I bought my Garrett Sharps Carbine in the mid-80s (IIRC) when the company went out of business. It’s a .45-70 copy of the original Sharps percussion carbines that the factory converted to .50-70 after the Civil War. This was my first essay into...
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    02-27-2019, 11:26 AM
    Yes, the joys of reaching senior citizen status. Old friends gone or too infirm to shoot any more. Or onto other interests. Aches, pains and health conditions we never gave a thought to in our youth. My mother had a list of all the family...
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    02-27-2019, 10:39 AM
    Harry Pope made nose-pour moulds out of Ideal integral handle blanks and typically marked “WAX” at the hinge lubricant hole. It’s probably one of his. I’d like to know how he made that squared dual top-and-bottom sprue cutter with the tab at the...
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    02-26-2019, 09:03 AM
    Wow, Ken, that’s quite a find. All the bits&pieces still there, too! I’d never seen a Marlin/Ideal box label that neutral color before. The ones I’ve seen are green or bluish-green, if memory serves.
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    02-25-2019, 03:47 PM
    HitNRun, mine looks like the one in your picture. From the tops of the lands on the internal thread to the outside surface there is less than 1/8” of metal. This is the outside surface facing the lever on the right side in your picture. Whoever...
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    02-25-2019, 01:26 PM
    Wow, HitNRun, I stand corrected. Must have missed your posting on using the hand press for swaging. And no, you aren’t “the guy.” I recently got a copy of the instructions for the Huntington Compac Press, and noticed that they do not...
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    02-24-2019, 10:56 AM
    It’s an adjustable core mould for use (in the old days) with a die set that makes half-jacket pistol bullets. They were made in several undersize diameters that would fit in the appropriate jacket cups and swage to .22, .30, .38 and .44 calibers. ...
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    02-23-2019, 09:46 AM
    The person who cited that “reference” has since been banned, a couple times now under two different handles. His postings under the first handle have apparently been Hoovered off the site, possibly because the “references” he cited were pulled out...
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    02-23-2019, 09:23 AM
    I used the Drop-Out spray on moulds that, for whatever reason, didn’t fill out the cavities when casting. These were typically aluminum moulds, where the graphite layer seemed to keep the heat from dissipating, but I’ve used it on several balky...
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    02-23-2019, 09:06 AM
    At least with my determinations, using SAECO and LBT hardness testers, 20:1 is generally in the 6-7 BHN range. 16:1 gets me into the 8-11 BHN range. I don’t shoot old large calibers with smokeless any more, but when I did, just about any range...
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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
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