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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    Look at your fired cases. The original .22-3000 Lovell had most of the body taper of the original .25-20 Single Shot cartridge from which it was derived. It was made up especially for a powder called Hi-Vel #3, which was promptly discontinued. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:43 AM
    Man, I wish I could file like that.
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    08-15-2017, 02:18 PM
    Register (for free) on the Antique Reloading Tool Collectors' Association web site and scroll down the forums to "Pacific." If you have any further questions, the savants there will be glad to answer them. Abunaitoo's press picture is the one I...
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    08-14-2017, 12:14 PM
    I used a 10 lb Lee pot with heat control for all my casting, smelting and lead mixing needs for thirty years. For small runs of boolits it was fine. I used it until the element burned out, then bought a Lee Magnum Melter. The only thing I...
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    08-10-2017, 10:37 AM
    Marble's made a "Flexible" tang sight for the 86, 95 and other rifles with a long bolt throw. The staff would push down out of the way when the bolt contacted it, and spring back vertical when the bolt moved forward. It wasn't a target sight by...
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    08-07-2017, 11:55 PM
    I took the Montana Roughrider out again last Thursday. Calm at first, and a breeze picked up later. This time I was trying two bullets from an Accurate Arms mould, 477gr (1.349" long) and 490gr (1.374" long) with Olde Eynsford 1F. This batch of...
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    08-07-2017, 09:07 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread New Death Wish Movie in Our Town
    Hope they invite Rahm Emmanuel to the premiere.
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    08-06-2017, 01:44 PM
    It's a Bond Model C, one of the slowest, clunkiest, fiddliest and most unergonomic loading presses ever designed. The dies should be very faintly marked as to caliber with an electric pencil. Get them under a good light and look. If the...
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    08-06-2017, 12:56 PM
    You're fairly lucky to find the one arm with the one punch, IME. Generally, detachable press parts get detached and put away somewhere, and the press is sold without them in the absence of the original owner. Less bulky things like primer arms...
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    08-06-2017, 08:34 AM
    The postwar black Pacific C-press with the lugs on the die station for the primer magazine and tube would probably be your best bet. The prewar Pacific without the lugs needed an elaborate aluminum attachment which is seldom encountered. Check...
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    08-05-2017, 11:12 PM
    I used the aforementioned Steve Brooks 548 gr boolit with 1.5 thousandths Strathmore Tracing paper over a 1/16" cork wad and 80 gr Swiss 1-1/2 Fg today at the local BPCR Silhouette match. Fired my third AA Score, and I got moved into the AA Class. ...
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    08-04-2017, 10:08 AM
    Evaporust has gone mainstream in the past couple years. Used to have to be ordered, but lately I've seen it at Lowe's and even at Harbor Freight. Acetic acid (vinegar) is a weak acid, and shouldn't hurt an iron mould with moderate exposure and...
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    07-31-2017, 11:43 AM
    The No. 4 tool in .44-40 is a fairly common example of the type. I don't mind a lack of finish as long as the cavity is good. If all it lacks is finish and the decapping punch, $39 isn't too outrageous, I guess. A nice one with most of the...
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    07-30-2017, 09:12 AM
    The black slime that needs washing off is normal. Evaporust isn't "spent" until it turns a rusty color. Then you get no black slime, and no rust removal, either. Sometimes when the pitting is the right size, removing the rust will empty out the...
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    07-27-2017, 11:28 AM
    Like putting a 427 engine in a Model T with no other modifications. Be careful with that gas lever!:mrgreen:
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    07-27-2017, 11:21 AM
    You might have trouble keeping the pointy end of the pin hot enough, and I would guess that you would find the other end (the one that has the wooden knob) getting plenty hot to pull out after casting. Never tried a hollow base/point pin, but...
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    07-27-2017, 11:04 AM
    My first copy of that mould didn't have it either, and I had to size the first band in a 0.446" sizing die to start them straight into my Uberti 1860 Army. I sold the mold and the revolver way back when, but since found another mould, and a couple...
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    07-26-2017, 11:47 AM
    GARD, you might indeed be working at cross-purposes with yourself. Before spending that budget, you might invest in a paperback copy of Bruce Canfield's A Collector's Guide To The '03 Springfield. My reading of this tome leaves the impression...
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    07-26-2017, 10:40 AM
    They do pretty well in my Dad's old .45 Automatic; better, in fact than the typical cast round-nose that mimics the factory hardball bullet. If your example has the slight rebate on the bottom of the base band, it should start straight into the...
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    07-25-2017, 11:33 AM
    The big question is: Whaddayawanna do with the rifle? Find some local BPCR shoots and go watch and meet-and-greet. You'll get a very good idea of what's the best to start with, at no cost whatsoever. You may be invited to take a few shots, and...
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    07-25-2017, 10:37 AM
    I have a SAECO and an LBT tester. My experience shows that getting good numbers is very much a "technique" thing. Pushing the needle into a hidden vacuole, or maybe a localized soft spot, or putting it too close to another dimple or an edge, or no...
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    07-23-2017, 12:09 PM
    It's one of the lead oxides, which go from a light yellow color through red to brown to black. Or a mixture of them. Make sure you scrape around the sides and bottom of your pot when you flux. That will bring the loose stuff to the surface,...
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    07-21-2017, 08:14 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Early powder in Vintage Ammo
    I think Sharpe's book has some of the history of "Bulk-for-Bulk" powders. The early rifle types were DuPont No. 1 and 2 and (IIRC) Schuetzen. They could be loaded bulk-for-bulk in a narrow range of small-to-medium black powder calibers from the...
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    07-20-2017, 09:58 AM
    Don, The fouling didn't seem much different. Since I've gone the bore-pigging route, the swabbing is so thorough that I don't get a feel for how hard or soft the fouling is any more. With wet/dry patches, I used to be able to sense that Swiss...
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    07-20-2017, 08:14 AM
    I had gotten 5 lbs of the new 1Fg grade Olde Eynsford powder at the Quigley to see how it would work with paper patch boolits. My first successes with paper patched all came with Swiss 1Fg, although, as mentioned in another thread, 1-1/2Fg is now...
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    07-19-2017, 11:23 AM
    Shiloh Products started out in Farmingdale, NY, making accessories for Civil War reenactors and shooters of the old guns. I have one of those four-cavity ball moulds in the box. I think the diameters are 0.454", but I'd have to dig it out and...
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    07-19-2017, 11:04 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread surplus rifles in Military Rifles
    You might check out the Michigan Antique Arms show in Novi. I'm about 12 hours away from it (air and ground travel) but I go whenever I can. Lots of good stuff to see and compare. I do very much fear that you were born about thirty years too...
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    07-19-2017, 10:19 AM
    I have most of the books on the subject, and all are interesting in one way or another. Frequently, a reloading or casting "kink" will show up that nobody has ever tried or discussed anywhere else, even on the Internet. Obsolete reloading tools...
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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