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    Yesterday, 05:26 PM
    Anybody know of a toolmaker or gunsmith named E. A. Zorn? I have a bunch of chambering readers stamped with the name and haven't been able to find him in any of my books.
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    Yesterday, 05:22 PM
    The calculations for generating polygons inside and outside of circles of a given diameter are in Machinery's Handbook. I never tried to turn a full octagon barrel to round. I would turn two sections at the same taper, the larger diameter first...
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    03-20-2017, 05:32 PM
    I've posted this before, but figured I ought to have the entire SR-4759 series down for the record.
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    03-20-2017, 05:24 PM
    On the left is a tin that formerly held Ideal cartridge case sizing lube. I've never seen the stuff advertised in the old Lyman Handbooks or any catalogs I've seen. Most of what I remember using in the old stamp-pad days came in toothpaste tubes...
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    03-20-2017, 05:16 PM
    You could still buy Canuck .25 Stevens Rimfire cartridges back in the Seventies, at the truly outrageous price of $4.75 for a box of 50. This was almost twice what a box of 50 .22 WRFMs cost. Gougers, exploiters, rip-off artists; hissss... How...
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    03-20-2017, 05:02 PM
    A long time ago at a Gun Show far, far away, I came across a Baggie of fired .25-20 Single Shot cases. The Baggie was the quart size and pretty full, and the price was well below reasonable. Even back then (towards the end of the Pleistocene:-)),...
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    03-20-2017, 10:59 AM
    You could stay at the Irma Hotel in Cody, but it's pretty pricey. Definitely have lunch or dinner in their restaurant, though. Check out the Shiloh factory and Boulder Castings, in the same industrial park as C. Sharps; just up the street. ...
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    03-20-2017, 10:28 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Holed GC??? in Gas Checks
    Yes, they were known as Wilk gas checks, Barnes driving bands and probably other names. Allegedly, with the punched out gas checks seated in the driving bands and a normal gas check on the gas check shank, one could shoot cast boolits at jacketed...
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    03-19-2017, 08:28 PM
    Technically, it's a "capping breech-loader," and you might have gotten a few more responses in the Single Shot section. That's where I generally post my percussion Sharps stuff. But I imagine most black powder enthusiasts monitor both sections.
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    03-18-2017, 09:35 AM
    I have a Chargemaster. The first half dozen times I used it, I reweighed every charge on my Dillon D-Terminator as a check. The weights were very nearly exact (within 0.1 gr.) I've only used relatively coarse rifle powders in mine. Sometimes a...
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    03-17-2017, 11:33 AM
    My used Pedersoli Berdan Sharps had a layer of soot on the lower barrel ahead of the action when I took the forend off. I wiped it down with Ballistol/water and Ballistol, and found the bluing untouched and no trace of rust. I've taken the...
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    03-16-2017, 11:24 AM
    I'd soak the cracked end in acetone for a day or two. It might take off the surface finish, but that's the breaks. There used to be this stain lifter stuff that came in a tube, that was silica gel soaked in solvent. The solvent carried the...
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    03-14-2017, 10:15 AM
    Get the cavities you want to cast most often on the front end of the mould, away from the handles. You can then tip the mould down slightly so the molten metal doesn't run backward into the other cavities. At least, not too often. Using a...
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    03-13-2017, 11:20 AM
    Jo-Ann's idea of "linen" is a fine blend of Rayon and Polyester. I was in Berzerkeley one time and bought a yard of real linen from an outfit called Stone Mountain and Daughter. Countercultural as the tumultuous Sixties, but they know what real...
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    03-13-2017, 09:44 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread a buyer rant. in Our Town
    Then there's the table full of unpriced stuff where you ask the genial guy (or nice lady) behind it "How much is this?" And you get the reply, "Oh, that belongs to my buddy/husband, and he's out cruising the show. He'll be back in a few...
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    03-12-2017, 10:54 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread a buyer rant. in Our Town
    "Times are tough, but here's a sawski out of my own pocket" generally starts the dialogue. But I find most unpriced items are just the unwillingness of the seller to make up tags. In my experience, most of them know what they want. They dream...
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    03-12-2017, 10:38 AM
    There's also the issue that there are few niches for experimentation any more. The gun and ammunition factories have created cartridges whose minimal practicality and longevity have beaten the ideas of the looniest wildcatters of the 1930's. ...
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    03-11-2017, 06:40 PM
    A friend has a Shiloh Sharps with an "antiqued" finish. The case colors are dulled and in some spots barely there. As long as a gun is new anyway, I'd rather buy it as such and "antique" it myself by use and handling, but to each his own. The...
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    03-11-2017, 09:06 AM
    I have an old pre-SAECO Cramer that also gets lube all over the spring by the time the piston is bottomed out and it's time for a refill. I just scrape the spring off with a spatula and wipe it off on the edge of the lube reservoir, add another...
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    03-06-2017, 10:55 AM
    You could post a "Wanted" notice on the ARTCA web site. How "better?" The offerings on E-Bay run from rusty ruin to pristine in the box with attachments, with prices that track the condition. Just have to keep looking. Unlike a lot of...
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    03-04-2017, 09:17 AM
    Generally, boolits over 210 gr or so are made for the .44 Russian, Special or Magnum, and have too much "nose" sticking out, when properly seated and crimped, to allow a .44-40 cylinder to rotate. The only exception I have found is the obsolete...
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    03-02-2017, 12:13 PM
    In the Good Old Days, a takedown feature was very desirable. The streetcars used to run to the gun ranges and having something that fit into a short case that didn't intrude into the other passengers' space was thought of as good manners. Grant...
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    03-02-2017, 11:31 AM
    It's probably that black Ideal lubricant that used to be the go-to lube before the NRA experiments with Alox and beeswax.
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    02-28-2017, 09:27 AM
    Generally, I don't mind when that happens anymore. I'll go along the tables and think, "Wow; that's a great price on that. But I already have one." Or "Hey; that's the cheapest I've ever seen one of those. I'd get it, but it's not in my line."...
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    02-27-2017, 10:30 AM
    Thanks, Fred. Guess I need to cobble up a "real" sprue plate for the mould. Yes, it's all very well done. The lubricator came with a proprietary brass die but it takes Lyman/RCBS dies as well.
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    02-26-2017, 11:13 AM
    I take my cases home, deprime and rinse them, and wet tumble them in the Thumler with the Maurer ceramic chips and cleaner. Have only had one .45-70 case split in what must be 15 reloadings, at least. I full-length resize every reloading. My...
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    02-26-2017, 10:28 AM
    I use the Ideal for boolits 250 gr and under because it's relatively light and handy. The RCBS comes into play with heavier boolits. If you only have one ladle, you can always pour satisfactory smaller boolits from the RCBS, but you may have...
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    02-25-2017, 09:47 PM
    All. I bought some Andela artifacts a while back, including a bullet mould, a lubricator and a bullet starter. The mould is on the upper right of the picture. My question is: Is the sprue cutter the way they came on Andela moulds? Does...
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    02-25-2017, 09:18 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Old mold in Cast Boolits
    The boolit shape looks like it could be for a rifle-musket, or one of those capping breechloaders. The rusty projections in front are the steel cutters to snip the sprue off the base of the boolit.
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    02-24-2017, 11:27 AM
    Nice job. It's always a great day when I find a hollow point mould missing the pin. I point it out to the seller and get the price down, then go home and make a wider, deeper pin for maximum effect on water filled cans and jugs.
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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