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    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    When I used range scrap I would separate the jacketed bullets from the cast and plated ones. I fished the jackets out of the melt and used that exclusively for black powder grease groove boolits. If I could separate out all the .22 RF bullets I...
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    05-25-2018, 10:08 PM
    45-70 Chevroner, Your press is the notorious Lyman "EZY-Loader," and attempting to use it as a progressive press will likely wind up breaking either the handle wood or the bottom platform where the shell holders sit in the front. One has also...
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    05-24-2018, 12:05 PM
    Al, For sure, once you’ve discovered the caliber, it’s hard to stop at one gun. And I’m sure in the right hands, it would handle anything the woods loafer or ranch hand would encounter. My own Savage 23C, I was told, was the former property of...
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    05-23-2018, 12:02 PM
    I have a 7-1/2” Cattleman (from Cimarron) in .32-20. Blackpowder frame, bullseye ejector, two-groove “safety” axle pin. I had to deepen the working groove on the axle to securely lock it with the little lock screw; it would start to back out after...
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    05-23-2018, 10:32 AM
    Kind of heavy on the pistol combat and pistol etc. category, noticeably thin in other aspects. Is that the only area of interest to you? If so, Shooting, by J. H. Fitzgerald, Pistol and Revolver Shooting by A. L. A. Himmelwright and The Complete...
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    05-22-2018, 05:47 PM
    You could remove the crosspin and punch from the "whatever" tool and install them on the .40-82 tool. You would then have one functioning tool (except for a decapping pin, which can be cobbled together for either tool from aluminum rod and a proper...
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    05-10-2018, 10:21 AM
    The rule of thumb with primers that old is: “If they aren’t corrosive, they’re mercuric.” If mercuric, a lot of them will be duds as well. Looks like somebody tried to put the handle for a Lyman/Ideal lubrisizer or primer pocket scraper on that...
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    05-09-2018, 10:30 AM
    Wow! Never saw one that early. I count myself lucky to have found one early enough to list the Belding and Mull bullet mould designs. After they stopped making those and went to jobbing Lyman/Ideal moulds, the reference value went down...
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    05-08-2018, 11:12 AM
    I use a Cramer (predecessor to Redding/SAECO) for my BPCR boolits, using custom bored and drilled dies made from The Perfessor’s excellent die blanks. There is no sizing per se, just guiding in and lubing. The thing is quite stout, though, and...
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    05-07-2018, 06:29 PM
    Great dissertation, Ken. John Amber was in a class by himself—knew his guns, knew his facts and knew how to write. He held everybody else to those same high standards. I read somewhere that he worked in the gun department of Abercrombie and...
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    05-07-2018, 10:55 AM
    I followed Ken Waters’ recommendations when I was shooting the 4831s in my Garrett .45-70 Sharps Carbine. His articles in Pet Loads detailing the various load levels in the .45-70 rifles said that 4831 burns at different pressures in straightwall...
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    05-06-2018, 11:54 PM
    William Lyman did start making robust, hunting-style tang sights in 1878. Lyman didn’t buy the Ideal line of loading tools until the mid 1920’s. But in the interval, the Lyman family expanded their line of iron sights to accommodate the new types...
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    05-06-2018, 11:13 AM
    I think Deadeye Bly’s advice is the thing to go with if you’re committed to no more than 900 scoots. An original Trapdoor in reasonable outside/excellent inside condition can be gotten well within that price limit. By all means, get the Buffington...
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    05-03-2018, 08:57 PM
    Hey, rfd, I’ll take the .40 cal Cornell wad punch (#5). PM to follow.
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    05-02-2018, 12:21 PM
    I haven’t seen the article, but it’s easy enough to check. Proceed past the two to four splash pages that start it off to those where it dwindles down to a single column for text and pictures. Look among the ads adjacent to these columns and...
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    05-01-2018, 10:04 AM
    If you want an original, they are very uncommon in .30-30. I’ve seen a few originals in .30-40, but the only .30-30s I’ve seen were a couple of aftermarket rebuilds. Best bet would be to find an action or wreck you could have rebarreled in...
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    04-29-2018, 11:50 AM
    Very nice work! Your time line is certainly within my own experience—everything I do seems to take forever—but slow and careful is the way to go. You’ll be spending a lot more time shooting the rifle than the job took, so having it right will add...
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    04-28-2018, 11:01 AM
    Haven’t bought Maynard cartridges from them, but my .22-15-60 SS brass is all from RMC. The fit and function could not be improved upon. The only downside is that, not being drawn, they do not last long when run through sizing and expanding...
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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