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    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    Not that I doubt all the experts on this site, but when I flux with sawdust what I get floating on the surface when I'm done with the stirring is typically . . . . . . burned sawdust and nothing else. It's the beeswax alone that brings up the...
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    Yesterday, 01:28 PM
    Thanks, all, for taking time to share your opinions and experience. Have a nice cast. PBSmith
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    01-18-2019, 07:50 PM
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    01-18-2019, 07:24 PM
    This came off a 12-gauge Belgian Browning Superposed shotgun, reportedly brought back home by a GI from the European theater after WWII. Whether or not that's true, I can't say, but the shotgun did not look like the imported Brownings I saw here in...
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    01-18-2019, 07:10 PM
    A pair of integral scope bases and rings. Each of the two bases has four holes, spaced to fit receiver hole spacing of 1/2, 5/8, or 7/8 (as best as I can measure through the package). These were manufactured for the Savage Model 170 rifle, but...
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    01-18-2019, 06:55 PM
    Yes, though your salad looks a tad green. What I'm talking about looks exactly like Conditor's potato stew. I don't get this when the pot is full, no matter how or how often I flux.
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    01-18-2019, 06:47 PM
    Sold pending funds.
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    01-18-2019, 06:46 PM
    Sold pending funds.
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    01-18-2019, 05:35 PM
    The scope I have for trade is one of the last Micro-Trac, steel tube Weavers made in El Paso. I bought the scope from Iron Sights (Tulsa) and never mounted it on a rifle. Iron Sight put a range-finder reticle in the scope for me. This is two fine...
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    01-18-2019, 05:08 PM
    Bottom half of Redfield International Match receiver sight. Its back side has a 1/4 x 5/16 groove that would mount to a base attached to the rifle's receiver. There are two vertical holes (spaced 7/8) in the front half of the base that contain...
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    01-18-2019, 05:03 PM
    Weaver Model 849982 Classic T-Series Sun Shade. Matt black. I don't believe this shade has the same threads as the El Paso T-scopes. It most likely fits the current or latest Classic T-series scopes from Weaver. In its original box, as new, 4 long,...
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    01-15-2019, 03:19 PM
    Received another .35 Remington sizing die just now. It's an old number from Herter's. This die takes the necks down to 0.352 ID, seven thousandths larger than the Lee die I have been using. If I can bring the sized ID up to 0.355-.356" by...
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    01-15-2019, 01:36 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Many, many good thoughts here. I see at least a couple of months loading and shooting work (=play) in trying all the suggestions given. Thanks, all, for your helpful contributions.
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    01-14-2019, 05:19 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Yes, I need to be more aware of that. And it's more of a hazard with a lever than a bolt gun, which can be worked without taking the rifle off the bags. This might at least partly explain why I get far fewer fliers with bolts. Thanks for your...
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    01-11-2019, 06:02 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Yes, all of the above have me concerned. Cheek weld especially with a scope. Scope parallax is another bugaboo, especially at close range. I've spent a lot of time sifting through my scopes to find those that are parallax-free at ranges under 100...
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    01-11-2019, 03:56 PM
    Good point and nifty idea on press alignment. I'm not in a position to manufacture what you suggest but will see what I can rig along similar lines. Thanks.
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    01-11-2019, 03:32 PM
    If I let my 20-pound melt pot get too low, I get significant gray crumbly material on the surface. I could photograph it next cast, but I suspect some of you know what I'm talking about. As long as I keep a full pot, I don't get the gray...
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    01-11-2019, 02:27 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Safety flashback!!! in Cast Boolits
    Coffee, thanks for sharing the reminder. Back when I cast from a Lyman electric pot, I worked off a makeshift table - not even a table - piece of plywood on sawhorses. I never had any close calls, but then sometimes we don't know how close we...
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    01-10-2019, 11:54 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Keep on thinking, Hoot. That's how important discoveries are made.
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    01-10-2019, 11:39 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    A few additional comments. I've experienced vertical stringing. That's not the problem here. I shoot very slowly. If the barrel starts to warm at all, I'll rest the rifle with action open and walk to the target between shots. With jacketed,...
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    01-10-2019, 11:20 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    "Never what they should be" is the way I look at this flier matter - most of the time. However, I've shot enough outstanding groups (no fliers) to believe that the rifles are capable of excellent accuracy. Will definitely try your technique as...
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    01-10-2019, 10:39 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Good point. Yes, I experience the same with jacketed.
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    01-10-2019, 10:38 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    So glad you brought that up, Walks. I recall an old magazine article from Handloader or such where a Marlin owner had trouble getting his carbine to group. He experimented with different benching techniques and found much improvement in his...
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    01-10-2019, 10:27 AM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Many good thoughts here. Thanks all for your contributions.
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    01-09-2019, 10:43 PM
    PBSmith replied to a thread Levers and group fliers in Leverguns
    Hick, what velocity range are you working in?
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    01-09-2019, 10:35 PM
    I don't expect any lever action rifle to deliver bench rest accuracy. That doesn't keep me from trying to squeeze the best out of mine, however. Often times I'll shoot a 5-shot group with 4 in a clover leaf, the 5th a flier. The flier can be...
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    01-09-2019, 10:10 PM
    Searched this briefly and couldn't find answers. Have any members here found one particular brand of 7/8x14 dies to give more accurate ammo than others when loading cast bullets? If your game is tin cans at the town dump or ringing gongs, it...
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    01-09-2019, 09:42 PM
    Have that problem with several of my .30-30's.
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    01-09-2019, 09:40 PM
    Thanks 244. Wonder if you could check this at NOE website and let me know if it corresponds to your bullet. TL311-166-RF-AI4 2 cavity 1GC 1PB (RD)
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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
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