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    11-20-2017, 10:46 AM
    That’s how they got rid of me, too. Seems to be the secret dream of all these minor league adminies that if they could only get rid of all those grubby Manual Trades, Repair and Beautician courses cluttering up their catalogs, and replace them with...
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    11-20-2017, 10:09 AM
    A lot of us are hoping somebody will see the light and re-reintroduce SR-4759. You might try (X)MP-5744, which is a bulky, crunchy powder on the same pattern, for the same applications. I’ve rarely found it to be as accurate as similar loads with...
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    11-19-2017, 01:03 AM
    In the mid to late 90's, I was fortunate enough to take a Machine Tool Technology Class at the local Community College. I took it over and over, with no interest in grades, course credits or graduating. As far as I was concerned, I was renting $1M...
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    11-17-2017, 10:10 AM
    Get some Sweet’s 7.62, follow the directions and keep applying it until the green or blue color is gone. The stuff is loaded with ammonia, which will complex and remove copper and nickel fouling. Make sure you don’t slop it around the action,...
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    11-16-2017, 10:32 AM
    I also bought one of those Wal-Mart steam cleaners and used it on my muzzle loader via a Tygon tube and threaded adapter in the nipple hole. Like Oldracer, I was amazed at the volume of black goo that came out of the barrel that I work so hard to...
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    11-15-2017, 07:21 PM
    The drill is out. Good thing I chose to Mickey Mouse the drill extension by tapping the drill shank and using threaded rod with a smooth turned end for the drill chuck rather than doing a more “professional” job by threading a short section on the...
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    11-15-2017, 01:30 PM
    I use solder, myself. It’s pretty arduous getting everything tinned and melted together, but I can leave a little bit of the liner out the muzzle of the barrel and test the chambering and extractor fit and function. If things aren’t right, I can...
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    11-14-2017, 05:45 AM
    The Ideal Shell Trimmer was written up in the ARTCA Journal a couple years back. I’m away from my office and reference materials, and can’t remember details at this remove, but I seem to recall that the author of the piece tried the thing and came...
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    11-13-2017, 08:03 AM
    If your friend didn’t use the mould more than once before he gave it to you, you might expect a few unproductive or underproductive casting sessions before things start running smoothly. I’ve found Hoch moulds to be particularly cranky. There’s a...
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    11-12-2017, 09:24 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I’ve been away from the shop for a few days, so haven’t been able to do anything on the problem. I tried warming the barrel and banging on the drill pilot, but nothing moved. I have some hydrochloric acid,...
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    11-08-2017, 07:54 PM
    I was drilling out a barrel for a liner and suddenly there was a "CRACK!!" and the part of the extension that was held in the lathe tailstock chuck sheared off in the chuck. The piloted drill, with the rest of the extension (1/2" threaded rod) is...
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    11-06-2017, 06:28 PM
    Forming dies are usually set up to minimize case loss. To do this, the forming is done in stages: shoulder set back, trimming, neck resizing, maybe neck reaming, etc. When you are done, there generally is the need for fire forming in your chamber,...
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    11-06-2017, 11:27 AM
    You might look for a copy of Dunlap’s Ordnance Went Up Front. He had a chance to fire almost everything that was used in WWII, and he had some commentary on the relative accuracy and reliability of the designs. I seem to recall that he said we...
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    11-06-2017, 10:30 AM
    I found one that had broken like that. Somebody had drilled and tapped the broken pieces and screwed a short piece of metal onto the outside. I don’t know how he clamped the assembly together, but it was very skillfully done. The crack is tight...
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    11-06-2017, 10:20 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Flux in Casting Equipment
    Sawdust or sander dust, if you do any woodworking, works pretty good. The resin in the wood does the fluxing (I think) and when it carbonized, it protects the surface from further oxidation. You can leave it on top, if you have a bottom pour pot,...
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    11-06-2017, 10:02 AM
    I imagine you’ve found out by now, but headspace issues in lever actions are not uncommon. The 1895 was more massive and more precisely fitted up than some of the others, but the .30-03 and -06 (and the 7.62 x 54) were about at the limits, even for...
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    11-03-2017, 09:15 AM
    There are steam traps (actually condensate traps) that are used to keep steam lines dry. All the ones I’ve seen are pretty good-sized, used on well insulated steam lines running from the boiler house to outbuildings. You’d have to consult a...
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    11-03-2017, 08:47 AM
    Elmer Keith was designing the perfect revolver boolit. He wanted a thick, square shoulder that would support a heavy crimp plus the ability to fill the chamber throat and jump straight across the cylinder gap into the forcing cone with a minimum...
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    10-29-2017, 12:43 PM
    The “liner” for a high-intensity cartridge would essentially be a new barrel, turned down to the dimensions of the liner drill hole, with an enlarged breech end to fit a similar-sized bored-out section in the breech of the shot-out barrel. It...
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    10-29-2017, 11:58 AM
    A real gunsmith is an underpaid cabinet and tool-and-die maker, working pour le sport or pour l’amour. They aren’t often found working at the local gun store any more, but the “modularity” of most new stuff allows a lot of the guys who are...
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    10-29-2017, 11:16 AM
    I always separated out the jacketed bullets and the .22 bullets from the rest of the range scrap and melted them separately. I used that alloy for black powder cartridge grease groove boolits, figuring that if they weren’t pure lead to begin with,...
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    10-28-2017, 11:51 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Is it possible? in Muzzleloading.
    Pedersoli makes reproductions of the Gibbs and Volunteer muzzleloading rifles. They are the equivalent in range and accuracy of .45 black powder cartridge rifles.
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    10-28-2017, 11:27 AM
    He did not seem to be handing out business cards or anything. Nor did he have a phone number or shop address on his hand-lettered cardboard sign. I had a flash of somebody bringing over a newly-purchased “needs work” Gun Show find and having him...
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    10-27-2017, 10:30 AM
    The 450229 is for .44 cap and ball revolvers. If you have a good one, you will notice a tiny rebate on the bottom of the base band that allows the boolit to start straight into the chambers of the revolver. Some of the moulds Lyman made didn’t...
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    10-25-2017, 12:53 PM
    The gun clubs and arms associations hold shows to display and sell guns and related stuff. They’ve almost been driven out of business by the show promoters, whose prime directive is to sell table space. They grab up the buildings and the good...
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    10-25-2017, 12:40 PM
    As my old Department Head used to say: “Experience is gained in direct proportion to the amount of equipment ruined.” There’s always a “lab fee” for getting up and running. You will get there eventually. I am surprised the boolits were...
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    10-25-2017, 12:21 PM
    “The long, low sobbing of the violins of August Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor.” You bet they helped the invasion, and made the German occupation as uncomfortable for the occupying army as possible. The question is, would “we” be...
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    10-23-2017, 11:00 AM
    Unless the “baked-on grime” keeps the blocks or the sprue plate from closing right, ignore it and keep on casting. Keep mercury away from aluminum! The only reason aluminum metal exists is because it forms a thin, hard, invisible coat of...
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    10-22-2017, 11:02 PM
    The head of the sprueplate screw on the Winchester mould I checked was 0.354” diameter, about 0.125” thick. The shoulder bearing on the screw that the plate swings on is 0.250” diameter, 0.130” thick. The threaded portion is 0.182” x 36 tpi. ...
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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