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    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    All boolits leak. Not much usually, and the most leakage is right when they are fired when pressures are at their peak. It's a matter of degree, and this accounts for the powder gasses that visibly exit the bore before the boolit does in high speed...
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    06-18-2018, 12:32 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread 1 handed conceal carry in Our Town
    I'm a little perplexed. You know the particulars of her current challenge, but if she can manipulate a revolver and speed loader or speed strip, why wouldn't she be able to manage an auto pistol and mags? Or is racking the slide the big challenge?...
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    06-18-2018, 12:18 PM
    Is the Glazer Safety Slug still being made? It was available on a number of rifle calibers as well as pistol. Very effective at transferring energy but also breaking up and reducing overpenetration. Pricey, but it has/had a good reputation. I'd seen...
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    06-18-2018, 12:03 PM
    By all means, shoot it first. If you bench it and it is capable of better accuracy than you can consistently hold, you're home free and your concerns are immaterial - except for having enough ammo and time for proper enjoyment. The simplest...
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    06-15-2018, 12:59 PM
    Loverins are great for paper patching also. The narrow bands accommodate the paper handily.
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    06-15-2018, 12:07 PM
    I'm with Mauser 98K. The following method is what I use to prep the pockets on dimpled eastern bloc cases of both 5.5mm and 6.5mm primers, but for 6.5mm (.254) primers (7.62x54), a bushing must be swaged from something like 1/4" soft copper tubing...
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    06-14-2018, 12:53 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread chinese 98 mauser in Military Rifles
    Anybody remember the Siamese Mausers that came into the country and were converted to .45-70? Always wanted one of those. What precisely for, I'm not sure, but the one I saw was gorgeous. Are the Siamese Mausers not also '98's?
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    06-13-2018, 12:20 PM
    Probably not going to make it this spring, doggone. It's been a while since I competed there - I use the term "compete" loosely since I don't think I ever made any of the record holders nervous. I sure worked at it, though. I did pretty well at...
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    06-12-2018, 12:50 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread Fun with the 8mm in Military Rifles
    DOH!! I'm mortified to realize I posted the conversion info in the WRONG THREAD! Okay, anyone know how to move it to the "Converting Berdan brass to Boxer" thread? . . . . Yeeesh, what in the world was going on there I wonder, what th'. . . dang...
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    06-11-2018, 12:49 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread Fun with the 8mm in Military Rifles
    I'm with Mauser 98K. The following method is what I use to prep the pockets on dimpled eastern bloc cases of both 5.5mm and 6.5mm primers, but for 6.5mm (.254) primers (7.62x54), a bushing must be swaged from something like 1/4" soft copper tubing...
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    06-09-2018, 10:14 AM
    I routinely load full powered .357 in .38 cases, BUT to .357 OAL. This generally keeps them sticking out the front of .38Spl revolvers I've slipped them into. I agree with Silvercreek above about definitely labeling them as over pressure for .38...
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    06-08-2018, 12:52 PM
    The way a few blacksmiths related the story to me was that the reason barrels were octagonal was that in the hammering and lengthening process (time consuming and labor intensive) it was easier to hammer out a square blank and then hammer the...
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    06-07-2018, 12:32 PM
    . Either can be made to work, but there may be some homework to bring it up to snuff. In my experience, the octagonal barrels have a slight accuracy advantage because they are left in their original external form after being drilled, reamed and...
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    06-06-2018, 12:49 PM
    Another alternative is paper patch a conventional .264 cast boolit, lube it with a smear of something soft and size it to the Carcano's throat diameter, probably .270 or so. As long as the bore condition aren't too hateful, it should produce...
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    05-31-2018, 12:56 PM
    I also use a RB load very similar to Doc1's description, but with a .445 dia. RB cast of WW's over a lube cookie, card wad and 8gr of Trail Boss in unsized .44 Mag brass when I want some thump for vermin or just because. The RB is seated on the end...
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    05-30-2018, 12:40 PM
    When I was a kid in SE Indiana, my first groundhog rifle was a .22 RF, but they usually lived long enough to dive in their holes. Disappointing. When old enough to have a job, I upgraded to an M-1917 in .30-06, so my effectiveness went from...
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    05-29-2018, 12:41 PM
    The bores are generally larger due to microgroove barrels having 12 grooves and not needing to be as deep as just 6. Reducing boolit distortion and all that. Groove diameters that I have measured are generally where they should be, so I'm not...
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