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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 Perfessorís 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 himselfóknew 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 Watersí 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 didnít buy the Ideal line of loading tools until the mid 1920ís. 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 Blyís advice is the thing to go with if youíre 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, Iíll take the .40 cal Cornell wad punch (#5). PM to follow.
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    05-02-2018, 12:21 PM
    I havenít seen the article, but itís 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. Iíve seen a few originals in .30-40, but the only .30-30s Iíve 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 experienceóeverything I do seems to take foreveróbut slow and careful is the way to go. Youíll 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
    Havenít 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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    04-27-2018, 05:27 PM
    Oops, memory failed (again). Bruce sent the score list out. Dick Savage first master, Al Sledge second. But Al got a 72, Dick a 76 and Pat an 80, so the good shots were very close together. Possible was 96; most of the rest of us were in the...
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    04-27-2018, 12:30 PM
    My first view of BPCR shooting was when a guy named Al Challenor put his C. Sharps 75 in his Outerís Rest on a bench and fired 7 shots into the 600 yard target, forming a group I could cover with the palm of my hand. Iím still impressed. Nothing...
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    04-27-2018, 12:12 PM
    The chamber of my Hepburn .40-3-1/4” is tight enough so that a grease groove boolit loaded in a full-length Bertram shell has to be run into the sizer die again to chamber, but the 9.3 x 74s I blew out for smokeless shooting do have a slight...
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    04-27-2018, 11:42 AM
    I have half a shopping bag of Kapok from an old chair cushion. That is a lifetime supply, for me at least. Works great and have never rung a chamber.
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    04-27-2018, 11:18 AM
    I took the Paper patch loads and the No. 3 to the Boulder City ďBragging RightsĒ Gong Shoot the other weekend. To say I did not do well is an understatement; I tied with the second-lowest score, but he got more centers. No fault of the rifle and...
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    04-27-2018, 10:23 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Todays events in Our Town
    Hope the tests go well, CG. Whenever I revisit my childhood haunts in Sylvania and Toledo, a friend and I go to Tony Packoís for lunch. They must have 1000 hot dog buns with celebrity autographs, (but they havenít asked me for mine, yet). As...
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    04-25-2018, 10:41 PM
    How does your 4-grain weight distribution go? If, out of 60 boolits, you have 4 or 5 light ones, 2 or 3 heavy ones and the rest more or less evenly divided between the two weights in the middle, you arenít doing all that badly, unless you can see...
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    04-25-2018, 12:26 PM
    Try Dixie Gun Works and S&S Firearms. Also Bob Hayley in Texas. And congratulations! The 16 is about the coolest Maynard there is.
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    04-25-2018, 01:35 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Antique bullet press? in Our Town
    Iíve got one of those, with the outside and inside brass rivet components that it uses. It was a standard piece of office equipment in the old days, used to rivet report pages together at the upper left corner that were too thick for staples but...
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    04-24-2018, 10:41 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Couch Potato???? in Our Town
    Armstrongís cartoon of the Couch Potato showed the typical shapeless lump sprawled on a sofa with the normal dozen or so potato eyes redrawn as human eyes, raptly focused on the TV screen. Pretty apt image. I dig out my Underground Comix...
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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