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    05-25-2017, 10:36 AM
    Actually, there are square plastic bottles with more or less rounded tops; they store very well in rectangular boxes and are domed enough to get the last granules of powder out without a lot of shaking. Both Swiss and Olde Eynsford black powder...
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    05-24-2017, 06:07 PM
    4227 could be either yellow or gray. SR-4759 was generally purple, but occasional gold ones show up. 4756 was lime green. Yes, as storage containers, they were very good. A slightly domed top to help pouring out the last bit would have helped....
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    05-23-2017, 05:54 PM
    How does it shoot now? Haenel 28s were not noted for their power. If it still shoots, it might be best to leave it as-is. Mine gets the pellet across a room, through the target and cardboard backing, and rings the back of the pellet trap. From...
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    05-23-2017, 05:19 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread cheap dies in Swaging
    You might be able to find an old Herter's .45 die and punch on E-Bay. They were always the cheapest available when they were new. These were the ones for reloading press use, not for Herter's copy of the Swag-O-Matic, or their 9-Ton press.
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    05-23-2017, 12:10 PM
    $10 a can, even an 8-oz, is a good deal. Hopefully, the stuff will keep turning up here and there for many years. I grab every can I can find, if it's reasonably priced.
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    05-23-2017, 02:06 AM
    It looks like an Atlas 6" x 20". You probably won't be able to turn rifle barrel blanks on it (without a lot of wild improvisation) but it will pull a lot of jobs out of the fire. Clausing/Atlas still offers some parts and support for these...
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    05-21-2017, 01:52 PM
    Exal, The paper patched boolits are typically a sliding fit on top of the lands of the rifling. You can generally push the patched boolit through the barrel with your cleaning or wiping rod. These are seated in the case as far out as possible,...
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    05-19-2017, 11:11 AM
    I use 80 gr of Swiss 1F with 525-550 gr paper patch boolits in my .45-70. I would think that you could get a similar load to work with GOEX.
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    05-18-2017, 11:46 AM
    The 06 lifter looks like a Long Rifle lifter with a little rocker thingy pinned in the front. If you added one of those, you could shoot Shorts and Longs in your rifle as well. My 06 shoots anything. It has a pitted, but still shootable bore...
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    05-17-2017, 09:17 AM
    The Thalson is unusual, at least over here. I think it is French in origin, but not sure. Somewhere in Europe, anyway. By all accounts, they were well made tools. There are shotshell press and tool collectors. Check on the ARTCA site; a bunch...
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    05-16-2017, 10:42 AM
    If you are referring to the Lodi Mother's Day Match, you must have had more than a few of those "moments," Brent. Congratulations to you as well. I prefer to have a few target and bench sessions with a rifle before starting to worry about...
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    05-14-2017, 08:08 PM
    Another one of those topics that only approximately goes anywhere, but I guess the "Manuals" part is as close as it gets. Shooters in the old days could send in a quarter or half dollar and get a book in which they could enter their sight and...
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    05-13-2017, 09:15 PM
    "Tin" generally meant tin-plated steel. The bodies of Hodgdon powder cans I've seen were pasteboard. Toothpaste and ointment tubes used to be made of tin. Not since the late Fifties, though.
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    05-10-2017, 09:54 PM
    I recall that back when the movie was made, C. Sharps Arms was the marketing affiliate for the Shiloh Sharps rifle. This arrangement was formed soon after Shiloh moved from Farmingdale NY to Big Timber MT. If you wanted to buy a Shiloh Sharps, you...
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    05-02-2017, 09:26 AM
    Most of my dies are RCBS, but I have a couple Redding sets. Their dies are finer finished on the outside, "chust for nice," as the Pennsylvania Dutchman said of his carved rifle stocks. Redding also gives the reloader the impression that they...
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    05-01-2017, 11:34 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Iconic in Vintage Ammo
    Those empty nickel-plated shells are not exactly worthless by themselves. My box contained empty shells, and I found a bunch more of the same type loose and was glad to get them to shoot with. I imagine there is "collector value" in an unfired...
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    04-29-2017, 05:13 PM
    It's in the 9th Edition of Sinclair's Precision Reloading and Shooting Handbook. An indispensable reference for those for whom the Quest for Ultimate Accuracy has become an OCD. Page 22, IIRC.
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    04-28-2017, 09:00 PM
    The one I have came with a Sinclair International hand case turning tool. The insert has a slightly larger end that expands the case neck just enough for a slip fit over the same expander, turned in the other direction so the slightly smaller end...
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    04-28-2017, 09:21 AM
    The "M" die is an auxiliary die that ensures that a cast boolit will not be shaved or otherwise deformed when seated in the shell. It is meant to open the case mouth slightly oversize, since cast boolits are generally sized a thousandth or two...
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BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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