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    Today, 01:22 AM
    I don't think there is an official name but when I went to All Guard Match rifle course they referred to the sound the action makes when it moves as "chirping". Glue in bedding used to be common with the benchrest crowd. They would bed the action...
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    Today, 01:14 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread "New" Ballard in Single Shot Guns
    Very nice rifle. Some day I might get so lucky.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    Same for me. I tried Rem 6 1/2's, CCI 400's and various pistol primers and Rem 7 1/2 worked best. I have read the 6 1/2 and 7 1/2 have the same priming compound with the only difference as cup thickness??? It could just be a lot to lot variation...
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    Yesterday, 10:19 PM
    I've never seen one that shot that poorly period. That being said most of the ones I have done are NM rifles that needed bedding and or a new barrel. I did a dozen rack grade unfired M-14's with the standard barrels and 4 or 5 shot well enough to...
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    Yesterday, 04:35 AM
    Yup, Federal and Norma tend to be on the softer side. Lots of the long range competitors determine what the max pressure they are willing to run by when number of fires before the primer pocket loosens. For me I liked to get 8 -10 loadings before...
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    05-27-2020, 09:26 PM
    Early 70's Woolworths would have 22 ammo for $3.75 on sale with a super sale of $1.98 with a limit of two bricks. I would make my sister, aunt and my mom goes so to $15.84 I would get 4,000 rounds of 22. That would last me two weeks to a month.
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    05-27-2020, 03:46 AM
    Vacuum sealing stops the reaction on handwarmers so it may work with charcoal filters.
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    05-26-2020, 11:01 PM
    Thanks for post the above. Lots of great info. The area I am unclear about is cases like the 375 Win and the 45/70 stretching Contender frames. They are almost straight yet they can be hard on Contender frames. In your test the 375 Win. exited...
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    05-26-2020, 10:40 PM
    Zebra wood? I was looking at the design from Fajen about dozen years later with a zebra wood tip and grip cap but I went with a Richards Microfit in a thumbhole design. Learned the thumbhole stocks and boltguns are not a match made in heaven. ...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 10:19 PM
    Nice rifle is that a Fajen or a Richard's Micro fit stock? They both had that design. I don't remember if Bishop did.
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    05-26-2020, 09:53 PM
    While this article is geared around the bolt thrust on Ackley Improved cartridges it does demonstrate primers backing out due to the case gripping the chamber wall. https://gundigest.com/gear-ammo/ammunition/experimenting-with-bolt-thrust I...
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    05-26-2020, 09:26 PM
    The Winchesters Mod. 54 was only made in .220 Swift for one year then they switched to the Model 70. Winchester didn't have the barrel steel issues figured out for the Swift in the early years so as you experienced the same barrel life issues...
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    05-26-2020, 09:03 PM
    https://gundigest.com/gear-ammo/ammunition/experimenting-with-bolt-thrust
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    05-26-2020, 08:03 PM
    Bolt thrust is the critical number for Contender frame stretch. It's easy to calculate. Not sure how the 357 Max inside area of the case head compares to something like the .204 Ruger which doesn't have any issues in the Contender. Higher end...
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    05-26-2020, 07:21 PM
    To you it doesn't but when you are recommending one over the other you should be forthcoming about small things like running it 40% over SAAMI to get that level of performance.
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    05-26-2020, 07:13 PM
    That a very fair comparison all things being equal. Running one at 40% over SAAMI not so much.
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    05-26-2020, 07:06 PM
    So interesting discussion here http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?281976-KABOOM-through-SEE-what-truth-lies-in-this
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    05-26-2020, 06:50 PM
    Your words not mine. The V-8 loads ran around 77,000 to 78,000 PSI to keep the bullet supersonic at a 1,000 yards. Cost was single loading only on virgin LC primed brass and bolt lugs tended crack. Again what pressures are you running...
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    05-26-2020, 06:07 PM
    Built my first wildcat in 1974. Built many for myself and others since and I have played the over pressure game a lot for long range competition before some of the newer component were available. Mostly with the then new 80 grain Sierra 80 bullet...
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    05-26-2020, 05:30 PM
    Than the same can be said for the 357 Herrett and the 35 Rem. If you do they both will surpass the 357 Maximum performance. Same for comparing each where 99.999% of the the shooters/reloaders will run them at and that is with the SAAMI specs. ...
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    05-26-2020, 04:34 PM
    No dog in this fight just curious. The SAAMI max for 30/30 is 42,000 PSI so 357 Herrett brass should take that. The SAAMI max for the 357 Maximum is 40,000 PSI. What pressures are you actually running to get that type of performance?
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    05-26-2020, 04:24 PM
    Not disagreeing at all on the light loading issue. I've personally seen one mostly unexplained blowup and I have read a lot on the subject and I still don't know what to believe. The posted link was for just general info. The question I have...
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    05-26-2020, 01:09 PM
    Under what conditions? Tight or long neck or just general loading? Some interesting reading here. http://reloadammo.com/liteload.htm
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    05-26-2020, 04:09 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread WTS/WTT: Dies in Swappin & Sellin
    If the 95 pieces of .225 brass doesn't sell with the dies I will take them but don't need any off the dies.
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    05-26-2020, 12:01 AM
    They do make them in carbide. Generally about $80 each for a single line. You are correct that 99% of the handtools are steel https://www.ramelson.com/product/5pc-doiron-carbide-tipped-checkering-tool-set/ Don't think they are cataloged...
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    05-25-2020, 06:14 PM
    I will take the Lyman 4 Cavity Mould Blocks 429244 44 cal 255gr gas check swc $70 each shipped. PM later tonight.
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    05-25-2020, 06:09 PM
    Not sure if I agree about the non fouling...................
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    05-25-2020, 03:35 PM
    The softer Federal cases may be gripping the chamber walls more and not allowing the case head to reset the primer. Federal brass does tend to run on the softer side. If the primers are out more than .010" that would indicate over sizing or...
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    05-25-2020, 02:54 PM
    Agree 100%. Pin gages are great but most people only have pin gages in .001" steps. I have mine in .0005 increments with specific sizes in .0001" but small hole gages are what I use the most of to check throats. I do recommend Starret. Some of...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    05-25-2020, 02:31 PM
    All primers back out when fired unless the flashhole's are enlarged. On some loads the pressure is low enough that the primer does not get resetted.
    10 replies | 381 view(s)
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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
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