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    Yesterday, 10:12 AM
    I have a bunch of revolvers, including an ASM Walker and a Cimarron Uberti .45 Colt SAA 4-3/4”. I shoot the latter about 10 times more often than the former, and probably twice as often as any other revolver except my SAs in .32-20. If you want...
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    Yesterday, 09:55 AM
    Tubalcain’s videos are very good. Also, be sure to get a copy of How To Run A Lathe and one of Machinery’s Handbook. They don’t change much, so one from a used-book store is fine. For milling, look for a milling attachment that fits on your...
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    02-20-2018, 10:21 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Strange brass... in Cast Boolits
    Elmer Keith worked out a system he called “Duplex Loading” (to confuse enemy spies in WWII) that had a tube in the flash hole directing the primer flash to the top of the powder column in the case. This would burn the powder charge from the top...
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    02-19-2018, 10:36 AM
    That’s a great set of books. Some of the prettiest mechanical drawing ever done is in those volumes. They had time to do things right in the Depression.
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    02-16-2018, 11:05 AM
    They ought to put that bit of business into one of those “country lawman comes to sophisticated big city seeking Justice” movies. Seeing the Hero sweep around and pop six (or twenty; who reloads revolvers in movies?) gangstas holding their Glocks...
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    02-16-2018, 10:50 AM
    The obsolete “Sharps Bailey” design sounds like what you want. It was a conventional flat point with multiple grease grooves that could be had in weights from 275 to 485 grains. The designation was Ideal 451112. I think something of this sort...
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    02-16-2018, 12:30 AM
    Harry, This is the only base I have, but it seems to fit all the dies, so hopefully the thing was "generic" and relied on the die body to align the case properly. Hope the drawing shows you something besides why I got a C- in Mechanical...
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    02-13-2018, 12:59 AM
    TJ’s liners include one for .22 WRF. I think the groove diameter is 0.226”. I put one in a Remington #2 and it shoots real well. I was going to eventually lengthen the chamber for .22 RF Magnum but Winchester and CCI suddenly started making .22...
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    02-11-2018, 10:37 AM
    For a long time, any Sharps rifle, especially if it was in one of the bigger .40 to .50 calibers, was termed a “buffalo gun” almost generically. Then someone got hold of the factory shipping records, and the bottom fell out of the “buffalo gun”...
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    02-09-2018, 09:51 AM
    There was a rather simple “sporting” tang sight that Sharps offered, and Remington had a “Rough and Ready” barrel sight that incorporated a peep. If you look through Marcot et al’s Sharps Firearms Vol. II (highly recommended), you will notice...
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    02-09-2018, 08:59 AM
    Mike Venturino’s Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West has a pretty extensive section on reloading black powder, at least in the larger “buffalo” calibers.
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    02-07-2018, 09:22 AM
    As long as you understand the limitations, any lathe is a huge improvement upon no lathe. If that’s all you have money and room for at present, get it and learn from it. You’ll know when it’s time to upgrade and the knowledge you’ve gained will be...
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    02-04-2018, 10:47 AM
    Us kids used to make pennies into “dimes” by rubbing mercury into the copper coins. A few people are allergic to mercury, but in general, the metal itself is pretty innocuous. It’s the water-soluble compounds, and especially the organic compounds...
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    02-02-2018, 10:01 AM
    I had 50 pieces of new Hornady .405 brass. As best I recall, I had an old .375 H&H sizing die in the Miscellaneous pile, and used that to start the mouth reduction process. I set the die deep enough so the mouth of the case was about .35 caliber. ...
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    02-01-2018, 09:18 AM
    I think Bob Hagel also did an article on the .35 Winchester, which covered case forming, loading and hunting with it. Can’t remember if it was in Rifle or Handloader. I got my 95 in .35 Winchester because I figured it was the most versatile...
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    02-01-2018, 08:37 AM
    The measurement I get is 3.140” overall. I usually single load, but IIRC they do feed through the magazine. Lots of grease grooves showing, so don’t drop them on the ground. :mrgreen:
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    01-31-2018, 10:40 AM
    Brownell’s sells oversized plug screws that turn in hard and fill the threads fully. Just make sure the bottom of the plug screw doesn’t protrude into the bore. When it’s fully in, peen the top of the plug screw good with a hammer and a small...
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    01-30-2018, 04:51 PM
    Had a tough time finding this one, and have never seen another. Elmer Keith referenced this gun club in his chapter in Sixguns covering long range handgun shooting. The Louisville Rifle and Revolver Club ran these shoots. The competitors used...
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    01-30-2018, 12:11 PM
    If the rust is light, with no pits, you might try boiling the mould in water. This will loosen much of the surface rust (a toothbrush helps here as well) and turn the nonremovable rust to black oxide, i.e., “rust blue.” Or, you can just start...
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    01-28-2018, 01:44 PM
    Cooper’s original intent was for a general-purpose rifle that was minimally burdensome and clumsy to carry and powerful enough to take out anything in the ~450 lb range and/or disable an unarmored vehicle out to 500 yards or so. The .308 caliber...
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    01-26-2018, 11:30 AM
    Not an expert, but a friend collected Lugers for a while and used to lecture me about them as we drove to Gun Shows. If I recall, yours is what is known as a “1920 Commercial” version. Germany made them up from parts from the pistols and spares...
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    01-26-2018, 10:16 AM
    I found to my surprise that my Shilen-barreled .30-40 Krag rifle preferred cast lubricated boolits sized to 0.308” above the other usual diameters. No leading in the barrel or evidence of blowby in the throat. Every gun is a law unto itself. ...
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    01-25-2018, 10:29 AM
    Wow; that’s a rare one! I presume it’s the small, integral block and handles (?). Is your hollow-base pin held in the blocks friction-tight, with no locking arrangement? Small blocks with small cavities and hollow-base or -point pins need to run...
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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