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    07-03-2020, 07:21 PM
    There is a Special Staking tool for the Hi Power. It is similar to one for the 1911. But the Hi Power has a closed off end of the slide
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    07-01-2020, 07:32 PM
    Hoyt turned my barrels around in about a month. But that was before this Pandemic. I noticed that shipping right now takes a couple of days more than it use to for some reason
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    07-01-2020, 07:21 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Heat treating in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I made a sheet metal tray with holes drilled in it to stand the Boolits in when heat treating and Powder Coat baking. The boolits I cast are GC style. So the hole on the sheet metal matches the size of the GC base of the Boolits. The sheet metal...
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    07-01-2020, 12:05 PM
    I always use Threadded Guide Action Studs instead of the headded action Screws. It makes it easier to drop the barrel back into the stock once the bedding is applied , and you clamp the action into place. there are many Little Tricks that you...
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    06-30-2020, 05:24 PM
    I always bed the whole length of the barrel. I just put 10 mil tape on the bottom of the barrel in the areas where I want it free floated when I do the bedding. Once the bedding is hard , pull the barreled action out and remove the tape for the...
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    06-29-2020, 08:00 AM
    So far I have had three Renegade barrels Re Bored or Relined by Hoyt. A .56 SB to 61 with a slow twist , a 54 Relined to slow twist and a .50 Relined to a Slow twist. So far I am very happy with all of them Costwise it was still cheaper than a...
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    06-21-2020, 11:36 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Linotype Only in Lead and Lead Alloys
    It takes much less effort to take a hard Alloy like Linotype and add pure lead to it to soften it up to say #2 than it does to try and harden #2 back up to Lino specs.
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    06-20-2020, 11:11 AM
    True Browning is always Active. It is not just a Finish On the metal. But putting things like Bees Wax protects it from moisture to keep it from going from a Patina Stage , to a Rust Stage. Seal your Browning off like is mentioned and you will be...
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    06-20-2020, 11:05 AM
    Lacquer Thinner. Paint strippers will not Remove the Bluing, but they may dull a polished finish.
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    06-20-2020, 11:02 AM
    The best pure lead I found was Lead flashing from Roofing and lead sheilding from X Ray room wall sheeting. I worked 40 years in the construction trade , so I got lots of that stuff for FREE. Back when I worked in Demolition many years ago , I use...
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    06-20-2020, 10:55 AM
    I was buying 60 lb ingots from SeaFab metals in Casa Grande Az. I live not to far from there , so it was cheaper for me to drive 70 miles , than to pay the shipping. I can't remember what I was paying for it , but it was under $2.00 a pound in the...
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    06-19-2020, 06:17 PM
    I have a couple of MN's that shoot Mil Surp stuff Real good. But others are all over the target wilh Mil Surp or PPU. All rifles shot better Hand Loaded with whatever Boolits and powder that rifle liked. You really have to take time and work up a...
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    06-19-2020, 01:22 PM
    I shoot both the Lee 155 and 160 powder Coated or Lubed in my MN's. It does shoot accurate out to 100 yards , but I get better accuracy at further distances with longer heavier slugs. But that too can depend on the wear on the perticular barrel...
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    06-18-2020, 05:51 PM
    I have a lot of Mil. surplus style new ammo. But the range I go to won't let you shoot Steel Core ammo. So I reload for my rifles , or I pull the steel core bullets and reload the steel cases with jacketed Bullets or pistol powder and lead cast...
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    06-18-2020, 02:28 AM
    Using Cerosafe is like making a chamber casting. You plug the barrel with a balled up cleaning patch. Use only one. You don't want to be trying to pound out the chamber cast against a pillow. After the barrel is plugged just ahead of the Throat...
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    06-18-2020, 12:32 AM
    If the brush does not work , you may have to fill the case with Cerosafe and then tap the case out with a cleaning rod or brass rod. They do make Broken shell extractors. I have ones for my 30-06 , .308 and my .303. But I never looked for one in...
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    06-17-2020, 10:52 PM
    I have two Adams Wright barrels in 257 Roberts that I bought to turn the shanks down and rethread for small Ring actions. Buying the large Ring barrels was way cheaper than trying to find a small Ring barrel. I am selling off lots of spare parts...
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    06-17-2020, 10:42 PM
    The large ring barrel can be Re Threadded to a small Ring shank. I did that on a 25-06 large Ring barrel to install onto a Turkish 38 large ring / small Ring shank receiver since there is limited supply of Small Ring barrels. Plus the small Ring...
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    06-17-2020, 04:51 PM
    swheeler is Spot On. You don't need a cross Bolt either , but bedding is the same with , or without a cross Bolt.
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    06-17-2020, 04:46 PM
    I took rifles that got minor Rust damage and degreased them with Acetone , then Boiled them in Distilled water. It turned the rust spots Black like Slow Rust Bluing would. It took two or three boilings and degreasing. Then the ones that had...
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    06-17-2020, 12:09 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Linotype Only in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I cast most of my Boolits with pure Linotype that I do not intend to Powder coat . But I do not use Linotype for any Boolits intended for hunting because they will not expand properly. But for punching paper they seem more consistent and if lubed...
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    06-17-2020, 02:45 AM
    I Relined a .32 Rim Fire to .22lr using Epoxy. It has held up great.
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    06-17-2020, 01:53 AM
    I hope you didn't crush your receiver ring out of round. It is easy to do on those soft receivers , even with the proper action wrench and barrel vise. Trust me , I found out the hard way , and ended up buying a Tap to at least get the new barrel...
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    06-17-2020, 01:18 AM
    I installed a 8mm Turkish Mauser 98 Small Ring Barrel on a Spanish 1916 Receiver. It shot great. I did have to modify the magazine box a little because the rifle had been set up for .308 before. I ended up giving the rifle to a friend a few years...
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    06-17-2020, 01:12 AM
    I am in agreement with Larry Gibson on the two styles. I also have the .316 -299 that I size down to what I need for a perticular rifle , especially those with bores that are up around .315 or more. I also have a NOE 198 gr Plain Base and Gas...
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    06-09-2020, 12:14 AM
    I repaired the stocks using blind pins by using 3" long Wood Screws. I screwed the one end into the stock half the length sticking straight out to be set into the other part of the stock. I then cut the head off the screw and then drilled a hole...
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    06-08-2020, 10:06 AM
    The stock is repairable. But you shouldn't just butt glue it back together. It needs some blind reinforcement pins to help reinforce it and keep it aligned. In the past , I have repaired two and they worked out fine.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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