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    Today, 02:14 PM
    I have a lam II and a 4500 and agree with everything that gwpercle says. Just float the top punch with some lube. I had to return my first 4500, top and bottom were not even remotely in line.
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    04-18-2018, 09:03 PM
    Don't trust the PID thermometer or the analog... but especially not the analog.
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    04-18-2018, 04:19 PM
    Windage is highly complex. See McCoy. Rinker's book formulas are useless. Forum discussions on windage tend to be at the latter level.
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    04-16-2018, 12:39 PM
    Waco, Nice shooting, especially at that speed. Those flyers could be any number of things. I'll start by asking, what BHN, and what was the run-out on the ogive of that ammo?
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    04-16-2018, 12:26 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread 17 Mach 2 in Rimfire Area
    The A17 is still for sale. The description calls it a delayed blowback. Perhaps that makes all the difference.
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    04-15-2018, 11:15 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread 17 Mach 2 in Rimfire Area
    Recalled Hornady and Remington ammo didn't help. Recall/buyback of Remington 597 rifles didn't help. Shortage of everything gun related at that time didn't help. Ruger's failure to launch the advertised Ruger 10/17 rifle didn't help. ...
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    04-14-2018, 07:01 PM
    I have an old Lee 10 lb pot I hardly use any more. When it would no longer melt lead I put a new heating coil and control on it. Then it would barely melt lead. So I bent the control around until it did. Then my Mag25 was sorted out and I haven't...
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    04-12-2018, 08:55 PM
    If he sent it Media Mail (formerly book rate) 2 weeks ago, it'll get to you in another 2 weeks.
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    04-11-2018, 01:16 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    One caveat I should mention. It feeds in some rifles well and not others. For my 98 it is fine. For my 93 it feeds OK from the right side single loaded, not from the left side. That big meplat hits the corner of the breech. I haven't tried fixing...
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    04-10-2018, 11:05 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    The Karabiner (and the Maximum) is a MidSouth exclusive, and direct descendent of a forum Group Buy. The dimensions have diverged a bit from the original GB, but both are still big fat 8mm boolits. You are correct the standard dies serve us...
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    04-10-2018, 11:03 AM
    For any SEE-type event, calculate the temperature it takes to get the volume of powder-gas up to the pressure required for the failure. If you surpass the surface of the Sun, then you have to look for other explanations. That's a good article. I...
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    04-10-2018, 08:42 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    I haven't tried the Hung. 205 yet, but the MidSouth/Lee 8mm Karabiner will fill a .326" bore, it works well for my .3255" Turk.
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    04-10-2018, 08:39 AM
    Thanks, brewer12345. My Berry's have been sitting for a decade, forgotten since I started casting. Maybe now I'll dig them up and try your load. I think the long bearing surface combined with the hard plate makes for an unusual load that doesn't...
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    04-09-2018, 10:01 PM
    One tip on the Berry's plated 148gr DEWC, don't use starting target loads for unplated cast or swaged lead boolits, such as the (in)famous 2.8gr of Bullseye. You'll end up with no stability, keyholed targets (if it hits the targets at all), or if...
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    04-09-2018, 08:09 PM
    As EDG says it's probably just sizing the shoulder. Second idea is it could also be a tapered neck that is thicker at the base than the mouth. That could be either a neck turning issue or just a sizing issue. I guess there's a chance the OAL...
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    04-09-2018, 08:02 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    If the rifling is strong, there's hope. Since there is some doubt as to the barrel, I would slug it and check the rifling twist. I'm not a .318" alarmist, but it's good to know if you're starting with one of those, a nice even .323, or a .3255"...
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    04-09-2018, 07:19 PM
    Larry, I got zero of my information from gun writers or secondary sources. There are theories. And then there is a very expensive Rheinmetall test barrel we were forced to retire after a pressure excursion. And then there is all those lovely sine...
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    04-08-2018, 08:53 PM
    The ballisticians I worked with at Ballistics Research Lab, APG disagree with you. So does the data I reduced for them.
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    04-08-2018, 04:56 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    You're welcome. I'm curious if the OP has picked up that Oviedo?
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    04-08-2018, 11:28 AM
    This is not the definition of SEE, nor is it just possible "Not with cast lead". SEE is the transition of burn rate from deflagration to detonation. While it may coincide with the description above, it doesn't have to, it is a chemical property...
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    04-08-2018, 01:13 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    Well yes, cleaning rod wear can happen anywhere in the bore, it just usually happens to be worse at either end. If you have a bore that changes diameters more than once, accuracy might be found with jacketed flat-base bullets of the proper...
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    04-08-2018, 12:50 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    Sure. For cone shaped bore, slug the muzzle to different depths, 1", 2", 3", etc. See if they come out the same, or the shallower depths are larger. For the crown, examine with the best magnifier you have, if the rifling ends indistinctly or at...
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  • HangFireW8's Avatar
    04-07-2018, 11:46 PM
    Yes it can. Older Lyman books have loads for it. The real question is, do you really want to? Small amounts of large flake powder can be a pain to measure consistently. The right measure and some vibration can help.
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    04-07-2018, 11:41 PM
    On B, efficiency is NOT performance. Drag racers will gladly burn twice the fuel for another 0.1 second off their quarter mile. And powder blown out of the barrel may be inefficient, but it may also be the load that produces the best performance...
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    04-07-2018, 11:36 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Ovideo Mauser in Military Rifles
    Oviedo's are well made but have a reputation for soft steel. The primary thing you need to inspect for is excessive headspace caused by locking lug setback. Used within reasonable pressure limitations, they can last night forever. I'm not slamming...
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    04-07-2018, 11:43 AM
    Consider the RCBS 30-180-FN. Despite the 180 moniker it comes in at about 193.5 grains with my WW+2% tin, before GC and lube. I've just started playing with it, so no hunting results yet, but it has a huge meplat, the weight you're looking for,...
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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