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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    This thread is turning into an apples vs. oranges argument. If one is a professional, making things for sale, it follows logically that one wants the maximum production per man-hour to maximize one’s profits. New equipment can be justified on a...
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    02-23-2021, 10:45 AM
    I have the threaded rod but only Factory Crimp Lee dies, no others. Works either way, obviously. “There are four-and-twenty ways to indite tribal lays, and each and every one of them is right.” With the present high cost of many specialty dies...
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    02-22-2021, 10:57 AM
    I made one from a short piece of 7/8”x14tpi threaded rod. Forget the drill size, but it was just enough to slide the .44 patched boolit through. Then I set my boring tool on the compound at a 1 degree angle and bored until the mouths of the BACo...
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    02-22-2021, 10:26 AM
    Somebody early on (Winchester?) made .357 Magnum ammunition with a pointed, copper-capped lead boolit. It was for use by the Highway Patrol for penetrating the bodies and engines of the automobiles that the Depression-era “motorized bandits” were...
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    02-17-2021, 04:22 PM
    My Pedersoli sharps lever retention spring is way too stiff, too. The lever is like a mousetrap when I start to close it. The spring for the Pedersoli Berdan linen cartridge model is much less heavy, but holds the lever of that model up just...
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    02-16-2021, 11:34 AM
    Most people who start out reloading want to save money over the cost of factory ammo. The single stage is the most cost-effective way to begin, if they’re loading any more than a few at a time. Most people are not going to “learn the process” by...
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    02-15-2021, 12:14 PM
    I don’t know what the Italians are currently doing, but if your rifle is an accurate Winchester clone, it should have the small plugged hole for the front screw on the tang sight and will use the tang screw hole (the one that connects both tangs...
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    02-14-2021, 12:54 PM
    The “.32I” was for the .32 Ideal, a short-lived round developed by Reuben Harwood (nom-de-plume “Iron Ramrod”) and the Stevens Company. A rifle round; not for pistols. That’s a nice specimen, Ken. I think I have one around here somewhere, too. ...
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    02-14-2021, 12:41 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread New rimfire round in Rimfire Area
    I remember those frangible .22s. “Remington Rocket .22 Shorts.” They came in a flat packet like Chiclets Gum and made a very satisfying shower of sparks when fired at an angle against a railroad track. Ah, the pleasures of innocent Youth! ...
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    02-13-2021, 01:35 PM
    I have a couple of the Tipup rifles and a pistol, but don’t know much about the changes in frame sizes. A copy of an early Stevens catalog from Cornell might help. I would guess that your last one is for either a pistol or a pocket rifle. The...
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    02-13-2021, 12:33 PM
    Don’t have time right now to take one of mine apart and get the thread size, but I’ll do it when I can. There may be other screws with the proper thread (scope mount screws or some such) that will do in a pinch. You could turn a wooden matchstick...
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    02-12-2021, 11:57 AM
    I’ve found that I can get by using well-annealed 7.62 Nagant revolver cases, blown out straight, in my .32 Ideal. The cases come out a little short, and, (using the foreign Fiocci cases) there’s a lot of attrition, but they do work in a pinch. ...
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    02-12-2021, 11:20 AM
    I’ve also found boiling to be a great technique for flash rust (and sometimes even worse rust). Boiling times depend on how thick it is. If you don’t have a tank or trough with heating, a whistling tea kettle (whistle removed, if possible, or...
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    02-12-2021, 10:51 AM
    I’ve gotten whiskers out of vent grooves by getting the mould up to casting temperature, putting a tiny amount of Bullplate Lube on the mould faces with a Q-tip, casting a few more to allow the liquid to wick under the lead, and then wiping the...
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    02-12-2021, 10:29 AM
    Strathmore “tracing” paper is 0.0015” thick, and I’ve found it at Hobby Lobby and Wal-Mart. There’s also another brand; don’t remember the name, but the pads have black covers instead of the Strathmore yellow, that seems to be the same thickness...
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    02-12-2021, 10:09 AM
    That is very impressive chemical “color hardening!” I’ll have to try that some time. If you notice, there is a tiny roller at the end of your lever. This bears against a little U-shaped spring held in the hollow section of the frame under the...
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    02-08-2021, 12:37 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Savage 99 in Leverguns
    The mount that was made for the 99 with the least modification necessary was the Stith. The front mount went into the rear sight slot, and the rear one screwed into the tang sight holes. The mounts are long out of print, but show up at gun shows...
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    02-08-2021, 12:17 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread .270 to .268 Die in Swaging
    Ken, You mentioned in another thread that you do have a small lathe. A proper drilled hole in a piece of 7/8”x14tpi threaded rod just short of the final 0.268” diameter and a little work with a boring tool set at a 1 degree angle on your...
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    02-08-2021, 11:57 AM
    I have most of one, with several die sets. However, the (missing) top punch holder and the (missing) ring that holds the die bodies in the ram are both oddball threads and diameters. I keep meaning to get replacements made, but the project keeps...
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    02-07-2021, 12:24 PM
    I would load the substitute powders according to the general recommendations governing the substitutes vs black powder, ie, by volume for Pyrodex and whatever APP recommended for theirs. In the absence of real data, like if APP charge data was...
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    02-07-2021, 10:24 AM
    The ones I’m experimenting with in my .32 Ideal rifle I grasp the nose with tweezers, dip the rear end into either melted mutton tallow/beeswax (for black powder) or Lee Liquid Alox (for smokeless) and set on wax paper to harden or dry. They...
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    02-03-2021, 10:13 AM
    When I make replacement HP pins, I set them to the depth of the top of the first band on the boolit shank. That adjustable pin idea may work, if your ultimate depth isn’t too great. I find I need at least a little draft on the pin in order to...
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    02-02-2021, 12:17 PM
    The little spring clutch and half-nut can be loosened and the slide moved up and down by hand and then tightened back in place for a reasonable elevation setting against the little scale on the slide. There’s also a skinny screw through the slide...
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    02-01-2021, 04:02 PM
    I put a 48 “Long Slide” on a 48 base that (I think) is meant for a Winchester Model 54. The numbers obviously don’t match. The slide goes up and down without any noticeable binding or looseness, but when the little spring half-nut is fully closed...
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    02-01-2021, 12:09 PM
    That’s either an Ideal#4 or #6 tong tool. The mould cast a boolit, which was then lubed in a pan, or by hand, and pushed through the hole in the handle by the long plunger to size. The case was deprimed by putting a depriming pin/case beller...
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    01-31-2021, 02:12 PM
    If it’s a true factory offering, it’s an instant collector’s item. Wait until they’re remaindered, buy a half dozen, don’t open the boxes, and store them for 20 years. They’ll appreciate faster than GameStop stock.
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    01-31-2021, 02:01 PM
    I’m rather underwhelmed by the percentage of first-try duds I see in domestic .22 RF currently made. And the differences in the reports a few of them make from those of the rest of the box, with the associated verticals. I never remember any...
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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