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    11-20-2019, 01:33 PM
    Not all people are trying to put together the Top of the Line competition Shooter. Most parts will be ok for their needs. But a lot of people like to start off with the basics so they can build their Skill Level and enjoy the hobby without going...
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    11-19-2019, 05:28 PM
    I just pick up complete rifles at Gun shops and pawn shops. So far I have not found any that I could not repair , restore or customize. In many cases , I made the parts needed like hammers and triggers rather than searching for odd parts. I found...
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    11-18-2019, 10:22 PM
    The range I go to has 4 benches just for ML's. They don't let you load at your bench. They have a bench behind the benches where they want you to load your guns and leave your powder on the back bench. Then you have to prime or install your...
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    11-18-2019, 04:04 PM
    I made up a bellows to blow down the barrel and have seen guys use a peice of plastic tubing to blow down the barrel without putting your face near the muzzle. Is that legal in competition to use those type of devices?
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    11-17-2019, 06:11 PM
    Does your pistol have the same issues with every magazine. Or does it misfunction with only one. People that only have a pistol with one magazine sometimes have issues , and it is hard to eliminate that as an issue since they can't compare how it...
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    11-17-2019, 03:04 PM
    "Rattle Can " finishing is a good home option that I too have used many times. Cuts the bluing cost by others doing it , way down. But. Paint or other sprayed on finishes will add thickness to metal parts. If a stock is bedded too snug to the...
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    11-17-2019, 02:55 PM
    I still use loading boards even at the range. That reminds me , I need to make one for my .61 Renagade. I also do a 1/8" recessed counter bore on one side that fits the muzzle diameter. That way it self centers on the end of the barrel and makes...
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    11-17-2019, 12:39 PM
    You can hand tighten the barrel for Rough inletting ONLY , that is IF you intend on glass bedding the entire barrel channel once the action is headspaced and tightened. But Bluing is Always done After The stock is bedded so you don't mess up your...
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    11-16-2019, 03:41 PM
    The Lee 175 is the cheapest , but also one of the best. The NOE 216 gr. is great. It puts more surface against the bore but is a Spire point not a bore rider. But being pointed. I am unsure if I would use it for hunting. I like more of a...
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    11-15-2019, 10:47 PM
    I shoot the 316-299 sized just a little larger than bore diameter in my LE's I had a Mk 5 before and it liked that boolit and unique
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    11-15-2019, 10:43 PM
    I too have had really good shooting with the Lee 175 in all of my Mausers. I am trying a out a NOE 325 216 GC. So far it has been working out great with 2400 and RL-7. I can't locate my loading data right now , but I am also shooting both...
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    11-15-2019, 07:10 PM
    I usually center the scope to zero both elevation and windage on V blocks before I start to try and mount any scope. Then I use a laser bore sighter or Thru the bore method to see how far the scope is off set at Zero. I then leave the scope dials...
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    11-15-2019, 05:38 PM
    Mercury also Disolved lead. But it will seperate other material from Gold when smelting.
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    11-15-2019, 04:45 PM
    I have taken several Mausers that had the base holes drilled off center. (Mostly on the rear base.) I was able to put a shim under one side of the rear base where it mounts to the receiver to make the ring Cant over to one side and make the scope...
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    11-15-2019, 10:23 AM
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    The Range I go to , won't let you shoot Steel Core ammo. They said they had a brush fire start from the Sparks it gave off when it bounced off rocks and stuff. That gives me a better reason to buy cheap steel core ammo and pull it down for...
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    11-14-2019, 09:17 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread tulu HP in Military Rifles
    For hunting with the 7.62x39 , I pull the bullets and replace them with good quality soft point bullets on the Steel Cases. That way I don't have to hunt down my brass. I found that the steel cases ammo , even with Hollow points did not expand...
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    11-14-2019, 11:01 AM
    I too would suspect the Semolina filler is contributing to most of your cutting. I watched a show on how they made Semolina Pasta. They said that with Semolina Flour they had to use Special Hardened Pressing / Extrusion Dies because the grain is...
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    11-12-2019, 01:15 AM
    I did Powdercoat some REAL slugs for my .45 TC once. I was not happy because the increases the diameter and we're really hard to load , even when lubed. I guess maybe I should have run them thru my sizer and see if that would have helped
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    11-12-2019, 01:09 AM
    I don't want to get into a discussion about Aerodynamics on a Round ball cause I ain't no rocket sergeon. But it only makes sense that a Round ball shot out of a rifle is like a baseball that is pitched. You throw a ball and it flies fairly...
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    11-11-2019, 11:34 PM
    I agree with Joe. You need to use what works for you. All these Special Concoctions may work for you , but they are not universal for every rifle or shooter. Same as powder charges or projectals. I had three of the same rifles at one time and...
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    11-11-2019, 05:02 PM
    My HK's will shoot just as accurate as my friends Match M1a's And you are correct , they can be perticular with that ammo , but not as far as functioning just pin point accuracy.. They don't seem to like slugs over 168 or under 147. So my match...
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    11-11-2019, 04:54 PM
    To solve issues like this , I usually coat all the suspected areas with Dyechem and look for Mark's where rubbing is excessive or out of the norm. Alcohol takes the Dyechem off with no problem
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    11-11-2019, 04:38 PM
    I have powder coated round lead balls just to mark them for size or to gain ,.002" diameter to fit the bore better. But on a Patched Projectile it don't mean Squat for accuracy. But it could " Maybe" help with some leading if you shoot a...
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    11-11-2019, 04:32 PM
    You hit the repair right on the head. That is far better than making a whole new firing pin. I too have done the same thing many times.
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    11-11-2019, 12:19 AM
    Ok. Now I understand. You made your own Replacement firing pins. The yes , I would recommend setting them up with a gage , so you are sure what you have when finished
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    11-10-2019, 10:42 PM
    Like I said before. You can get by with using a Dial caliper to check the rough protrusion without needing a gage. The firing pin is not Adjustable. So it is either a Go or no Go situation. Excessive protrusion can easily be corrected on a...
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    11-10-2019, 01:13 PM
    I still have 2 of the HK 91 semi autos from back in '79 and '80. I like them best over the M1a and FN or my friends AR10. I was lucky and got the one brand new in '79 for $550.00 and the other at a steal from a guy that was moving back to...
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    11-10-2019, 11:44 AM
    Ok , just to be sure I looked up the firing pin protrusion this morning. I was correct for a standard centerfire protrusion being .060" to .065" Make sure that the firing pin is pushed all the way forward when you check your measurements.
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    11-10-2019, 01:41 AM
    I did have a similar issue with the same type of gun years ago. I found a Burr in the chamber from the previous owner DRY firing it all the time. I had a tool back then to Iron out the little Burr. But I have not seen them on the market for...
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    11-09-2019, 11:28 PM
    I think the firing pin protrusion on Mausers is .060 to.065" I don't know where my book is right now. That is almost standard on all center fire rifles. I use a dial caliper to Rough check firing pin protrusion. But I made a Simple Protrusion...
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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