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    12-08-2017, 12:49 PM
    I store all of my powders in one small room of the house. There are 30-40 one-pound canisters. Naturally, I keep the lids tightly sealed, and the temperature is never in excess of 75 degrees. However, occasionally I'll open a canister to check...
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    12-04-2017, 12:05 PM
    Thanks for that warning, Hardcast. It's hell-and-the-devil under fingernails too.
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    12-04-2017, 12:02 PM
    Quack, I believe there might be something screwy with western Pennsylvania dogs. A friend's Irish setter almost chewed a good Old Town spruce canoe paddle in half while its owner and I were hunting ducks at Pymatuning.
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    12-04-2017, 11:57 AM
    Absolutely. PBSmith Certified Pack Rat
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    12-01-2017, 05:44 PM
    Thanks, all, for your very interesting comments. I first used this c. 1960 for blackpowder duplex loads with a 405-grain slug in trapdoor Springfields. I got into other lube methods and haven't used the Lyman 45 for ages. That same first stick...
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    11-30-2017, 09:46 PM
    Codger, you've correctly identified this stuff, I'm sure. Yes, very black and very messy. Lampblack would fit that condition. The old NRA Reloading Manual from that period referred to Ideal lube often but did not say much about the contents...
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    11-30-2017, 06:25 PM
    This dates back to early 60's. I find it listed in Stoeger's Shooters Bible from that era, but the contents are not given. It is a soft black substance and still goes through the Lyman 45 with coaxing from a hairdryer, though I don't yet know...
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    11-30-2017, 03:25 PM
    PM sent
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    11-30-2017, 02:57 PM
    Thanks all for your comments. I'm building interest in the .38-55 and will probably try a rebore. Factory-chambered rifles in this caliber are absurdly priced, at least those I've looked at. Edward and seaboltm: Just how "super" and how...
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    11-30-2017, 02:47 PM
    These pre-date the modern snap-on variety. The box label might read "Ideal." I read a lot of negative comments about them, how they fall off and require gluing to hold. If anyone has .30 cal Lyman or Ideal checks of this type that they want...
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    11-24-2017, 08:25 PM
    Is anyone shooting such a rifle? I'm considering it for a Mossberg-made carbine made for Montgomery Ward and sold as a Western Field Model 72. If you have experience along these lines, i'm curious to know if CB accuracy was any better in the...
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    11-22-2017, 08:34 PM
    No, I bought mine from a man in Wisconsin.
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    11-22-2017, 07:20 PM
    Gebirg, Got it with the hammer. Thanks for that good tutorial. The thumb piece looks a bit tortured, long ago, around the pin - either a previous hack at work or else the original staking that folks say holds the plunger pin and spring in...
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    11-22-2017, 12:09 PM
    Okay. I'll give it another try after a shot of Kroil. If I'm doing this correctly, with the thumb piece in the "up" position, the end of the plunger will be chisel-shaped? Correct? Yzerone, I believe you must have posted your instruction on...
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    11-21-2017, 09:35 PM
    PM sent. That's a Redfield 102K, not a 120 as I posted earlier. Yes, as I understand it, the sight originally came from Redfield with the longer screw, so if you have the same sight on your sporter, that's should be the same screw. Many thanks.
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    11-21-2017, 09:17 PM
    I read elsewhere that this requires only that the the pin in the thumb piece be depressed and the cut-off pulled out. Tried - no go. The thumb piece moves and functions as it should but the pin spring is quite stiff. However, I was able to...
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    11-21-2017, 08:20 PM
    KCSO, do you mean that you made a new screw that is longer than the issue screw in the magazine plate, or ???? I have the original screw from the plate, but it looks to me like the screw for attaching the Redfield 102K sight to the receiver will...
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    11-21-2017, 08:15 PM
    PBSmith,the screw from my Krag measures screw shank .175 dia. x 26 TPI shank lenght .450 thread lenght .375 head dia. .240 OAL of screw .575 I checked a stacking swivel screw from a 1903,...
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    11-20-2017, 10:05 PM
    I wondered why no one else bid on the Redfield 102K that I just bought on gunbroker. Mystery solved. The reason could be that it lacks the replacement screw with the screwy French thread that Char-Gar mentioned here. Since this thread was...
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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