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    Today, 09:15 AM
    No idea on the age of the shells, but I have been shooting a 16 gauge Belgium Browning for decades. It was made in 1951! I spent my youth and early adult years at farm auctions with my Dad and would buy every loaded 16 gauge shell I could, if...
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    Today, 09:04 AM
    I have 3 of them, all from the very early 80's. The triggers were good, but left me lacking something. We lived close to Chief AJ and the man that worked with him. All of mine have had the triggers seriously reworked and have been modified for...
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    Yesterday, 09:04 AM
    Brass prep, whether new or once fired and trimming 303 Brit every few firings.
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    04-16-2019, 11:27 PM
    All good words of wisdom... My dad felled trees for a living for a short while, taught me a lot but age is not my friend. I love felling trees, but hate working on trees that are already down naturally and were not a controlled drop. This tree was...
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    04-16-2019, 10:29 PM
    Bought a FCD from novalty and communications was good, shipping was quick and item was great. Would buy from him again!
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    04-16-2019, 09:35 PM
    I have a large number of Smiths in J,K,L and N frame and the Hogue monogrip is the only grip I will use. They are very consistent from frame to frame, even round to square butt.
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    04-16-2019, 04:28 PM
    I forgot above, I also put a new handle kit on one of my 450's. I really like the conversion, but was really hoping the the handle with a ball on the end. My old hands like the ball, like the one on an RCBS press handle. I did find out that I...
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    04-16-2019, 01:51 PM
    If you can't come up with parts... let me know. I think I have one at home with a cracked bolt face.
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    04-16-2019, 01:03 PM
    Can't agree more with most of what has been said... To that end, I just love to run a chainsaw and the satisfaction of putting the tree down where I want it.
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    04-16-2019, 09:37 AM
    Yup NSB, I never cut trees alone. I always have one of the kids or the wife with me. I have cut so many over the years from a few inches to just over 6 feet in diameter and there is always that short time window when things can go wrong. ...
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    04-16-2019, 09:21 AM
    The girls and I had fun this weekend. I cast a bunch of a couple styles of 32's and they powder coated and sized them for me. My youngest also repaired a couple sets of moulds with loose handle woods. As you can see they were being goofy! We...
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    04-16-2019, 09:07 AM
    I had a very old, tall cedar tree that went down this weekend. It partially landed on a wonderful 15 to 20 foot tall oak and bent it in a "U". So, I really needed to stress relieve the oak to save it. The cedar had branches up to about 6 inches...
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    04-12-2019, 08:57 PM
    mattw replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    Notice the steps. I usually try to hit the B stage. This works the brass much less at the case mouth, the extended point preps the case for the bullet to be inserted and does not compress the bullet as much either. With expensive or rare brass...
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    04-12-2019, 08:48 PM
    mattw replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    Not sure why it is called an M die. It is an expander that extends into the case and has a step rather than a funnel shape to open the case mouth. They are perfect for loading cast bullets at around .001 or so bigger than jacketed bullets. You...
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    04-12-2019, 08:15 PM
    mattw replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    Cwlongshot, yes the do the same thing in a different package. I have a few of them as well.
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    04-12-2019, 04:31 PM
    mattw replied to a thread Danger at the range 2 in Our Town
    Wow, I shoot a 6mm/284. That is not a round to play around with, pressures are pretty high to begin with.
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    04-12-2019, 02:39 PM
    mattw replied to a thread Lyman M die in Reloading Equipment
    They have made them at some point, I have one. Would not load cast without it.
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    04-12-2019, 02:14 PM
    I bet the hole in the lever has a split in it! That bend would really cause the problem you have been chasing! I think you are well on your way to solving the issue.
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    04-12-2019, 09:29 AM
    Dan, it is a very old Colt specific round. I believe it was first used in 1875. It is a very similar case to the 32 S&W Long, but the brass is smaller diameter. The one round I have was fired by someone at some time in a 32 S&W Long and needs to...
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    04-11-2019, 11:06 PM
    Dude, sorry you have had a case of bad luck. But many of us have done 10's of thousands of bullets on these and they really work well. When I do my 38's and 357's, I do not start with less than 1000 cast of the same type, then a quick adjustment...
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    04-11-2019, 10:53 PM
    I will have to look at it again... but I think that you are right. I think that mine is held in place by a thumb screw, but I need the threads on the outside and the adapter bushing to install it in the thin arm extension on my RCBS powder measure...
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    04-11-2019, 10:44 PM
    What about using one of the Lyman designs that has a slightly reduced nose diameter that sticks out of the front of the case? Lyman 358432?
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    04-11-2019, 10:39 PM
    I have 2 450's and a Star. The Star only has .359 and .410 dies, but that is what I size the most of when I get around to it. The machines are wonderful! I was given mine by a very good friend some 25 years ago. That price will never be seen...
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    04-11-2019, 10:29 PM
    Not sure where to post this question, so it landed here. I picked up a bunch of really old 32 S&W Long brass, while sorting it I found one oddly misshapen round. The case mouth was blown out to a normal 32 S&W Long diameter but the pressure was so...
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    04-11-2019, 04:57 PM
    I would make one if I had a lathe and could cut that really fine thread! I might have a die nut that size, not even sure. Believe me, I have thought about trying some kind of DIY.
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    04-11-2019, 04:55 PM
    I have never shot one of these ultra light 357's, do not really care to with 357's as I like 180 grainers. It has to be about as unpleasant as my wifes 629 Horton with the super short barrel. At least it is an N frame so you have something to hold...
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    04-11-2019, 01:47 PM
    I have been using the red dot tube sites for years on anything that I hunt deer with. Mostly 657's and 610's, we can't hunt with a semi auto in illinois.
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    04-11-2019, 12:34 PM
    I have a lyman 55 that I set up in an RCBS measure mount as it is handy for my bench. The little bitty short drop tube and is not transparent, just is not very handy. Does anyone here make and sell or know of anyone who sells a clear one similar...
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    04-11-2019, 09:07 AM
    Thanks for the tip! One set ordered and if it tames the beasts, I will do it again.
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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"
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