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    Today, 10:06 AM
    The new, straight .32 cartridges have the advantage of being compatible with carbide dies, so the loading is easier. You can also, of course, shoot all the shorter cartridges in the longer chambers. You need a real shoulder or extreme taper to...
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    10-14-2018, 12:09 PM
    The only manufacturer who worried about the smoke from the chambers firing getting into the space between cylinder pin and cylinder and tying it up was issued US Patent 7,613 in 1850 for his efforts in preventing it. The other manufacturers seemed...
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    10-01-2018, 09:24 AM
    I think Remington makes it as well. Seems to split fewer cases than the CCI “Fast and Furious” offering. You’re right—a tragically underappreciated cartridge, perfect for pest control on the 5-20 acre “ranchette.”
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    09-28-2018, 12:09 PM
    Can you get a screwdriver past the recoil pad to make sure the buttstock is screwed down tight to the action? My 99 is an old wreck originally in .30-30 which I had relined to .25-35. When I took the forend off, I found a strip of shoelace in the...
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    09-27-2018, 06:50 PM
    You need to get hold of Jerry Kuhnhausen’s book on repairing and maintaining Colt SAA revolvers. It contains clear instructions and drawings of what happens as the hammer is cocked and how to time the unlocking, carry-up and relocking of the...
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    09-27-2018, 06:35 PM
    The Ideal 3118 was the standard Winchester profile for the .32-20. Lyman sells it now as the 311008.
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    09-25-2018, 09:33 AM
    You might do well to forget the Soule sight idea and go for one of the Sporting Tang Sights that Distant Thunder and others offer. You loosen the cup, slide it up and/or over to the marks (theirs or yours) that denote POI at 50, 100 or 200 yds, and...
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    09-24-2018, 04:47 PM
    Rule-o Numero Uno: Never shoot anonymous reloads. Nunca. I bought 25 jacketed reloads of .45-70 once. They held the maximum charge of (likely) 3031 behind the 350-gr RNSP. All except one, which had the same charge behind the 500-gr RNSP,...
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    09-21-2018, 02:34 PM
    Do your rounds chamber OK? I’ve compressed powder (with compression die) in my .38-55 until the bottom of the shells swole and they resembled .38-56s. A trip back through the FLS die and a check that they fit the chamber, and the boolits were...
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    09-21-2018, 10:06 AM
    If you have machining skills, a base can be fabricated for a 3/4” Weaver scope using the plugged sightholes on top of the receiver. Even the recoil of the 23C, in .32-20, hasn’t jarred my lash-up mounting loose. Alternately, you can haunt the...
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    09-21-2018, 09:43 AM
    If money is no object, a set of tang and globe target sights will solve your problem handily. A scope would be even better, if you have a thousand bucks in the cookie jar. But if you are just starting out, and your range is limited to 100 yards...
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    09-18-2018, 09:03 AM
    I had a Low Wall in .218 Bee for a time. As far as I could see, it didn’t do anything that my other Low Wall in .22 Hornet didn’t do just as well, so I unloaded it after the “Bee Experience” was finished. The nominal velocity increase doesn’t...
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    09-17-2018, 09:25 AM
    If your rifle’s bore isn’t pitted, check the first inch or so at the muzzle with a lead ball. If the muzzle is blunderbuss shaped from careless cleaning, it will throw keyholes all over the place, and the only solution I’ve found is a reline job. ...
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    09-17-2018, 08:59 AM
    I think what the crewman was doing was priming the cylinders with “petrol”. That Le Rhône rotary engine design used the block as a “carburetor” and only had the exhaust valve (“the monosoupape principle,” I think they called it.). The cylinders...
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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