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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 03:47 PM
    My scope for any rifle any sights was a 6.5-20 lepould with side adj parallax. Good scope and seldom was I above 16-18 power due to mirage an other factors. If your shooting from position with sling heartbeat breathing and hold all show up much more...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 PM
    I have thought about doing that Kokomokid. but adding the lead time of getting the Krieger blank to DZs lead time makes for very extended project. I would like to try one of Krieger's Alexander Henry rifled blanks but I think they are available in...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 PM
    I have turned up expanders from 4140 pre hard, A6, o1, S7, Allen cap screws, and made one with a carbide pin soldered in. All worked well even cold roll left soft will last a long time here. I find finish is more important than hardness. A good...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 PM
    Hello gentleman, I recently contacted DZ Arms for a quote on a Hepburn rifle. caliber 38-55, barrel half octagon contour 1-12 twist 32" long. Case hardened receiver. walnut wood mercury recoil reducer and pachmeyer butt pad. Drilled and tapped for...
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    Today, 11:29 AM
    Standard goex likes compression and may run there Swiss and Old Ensford run less in compression for me and my rifles. Olde ensforde im usually around .125-.180 on compression. Heavy compression can also swell cases some, though you states the...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 08:21 AM
    muzzleloader friday? :drinks: :mrgreen:
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    Today, 06:27 AM
    arcticap, i entered the smoothbore commission with jackie knowing full well his sordid gun making history, so i have no one to blame for all the problems i've had with this gun. i thought my deal with him would somehow be different and that was my...
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    just manufacturing tolerences on length or the hollow base plug could make that much difference. Sometimes preheating the mould to temp and casting hard and fast helps. The hollow based pin may be the issue being at max size for length and dia. A...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    so i have this .62 smoothbore that i had commissioned jackie brown (gun maker of non-renown) to build for me in the fall of 2016 that arrived at me in the winter of 2017. a simple farmer's gun, nothing at all fancy. i received it in-the-white, and...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:24 PM
    Steel wool will round corners and change angles. in this case the slug and polish is the best way it will maintain shape and edges. Steel wool even at the dremils lower speeds will cut and round corners. At upper end speeds balance and wobble...
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    Yesterday, 02:08 PM
    A lot of the newer motors with fuel pumps also depend on a certain fuel pressure to work correctly. a weak fuel pump may not supply the needed pressure to get a good mist of fuel. Same witht he fuel filters partialy plugged may restrict flow to...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:39 PM
    I believe Rivet set is correct. Most make these themselves from round stock. Early originals sometimes had a logo or initals engraved in them so when the head was formed the craftsman / shop was identified also.
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    Yesterday, 12:33 PM
    The tops of the blocks and sprue plate probably arnt causing the sticking bullets as there shouldn't be anything in that gap. Its more than likely a rough surface, burr or off center cavity causing it. If its burrs or rough finish lapping or...
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    09-17-2018, 10:54 PM
    I made a simple tube sight for my lab radar cross hairs in front and appeture in back about 8" long it slides over the unit with a .060 wide ridge to alighn in the original sight slot.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 10:50 PM
    I have there sights on my Hepburn in 45-90 and Highwall in 38-55. One is a long range soule and the other is a midrange soule. Both have done well for me. I lso a have a couple MVA sights that are very good. ...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 10:36 PM
    The carbide ring can be lapped up a .001 to .002. A tube of diamond lapping compound is need ( should be available on e-bay or machine supply shops, MSC Graingers). a fired case or 2 sizes. full...
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    09-17-2018, 10:16 PM
    Where the hornet bee and wasp shine is use in lever actions and single shots the rimmed case lends itself to these actions extraction. I have a bee on a martini cadet action that's a fun good shooting rifle. Brass can be hard to find at times but a...
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    09-17-2018, 10:07 PM
    I have done it using bushing sizer dies. one bushing to size and one bushing to iron out the bell. The bushing dies offer a lot of options using them 1) sizing right to size and not needing to expand back up. this may require a couple dies as brass...
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    09-17-2018, 09:48 PM
    I use a cradle and guide to clean from the muzzle on the rifles I need to. the cradle holds them upside down a rag is laid into the action to protect also, Then clean from muzzle using a bore guide that fits the rod. For the bpcr rifles I have a...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 06:56 PM
    all the handi's had surface hardened sears. no gunsmith would mess with them. you could only at best polish them as filing could, might, and always would bugger their temper, making them unsafe and require replacing. been there, done that. i...
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    09-17-2018, 06:22 PM
    i'm not at all concerned about the stock trigger - it's all about what can be done to make a 5-7# trigger lots better. there are fixit tricks and kits for bolt actions rugers and savages, and i've own both brands and it was easy to get under 3# for...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 03:56 PM
    no matter how smooth a trigger, 5# is waaay too much for me. 3# and crisp is the target, a tad lighter might be better. until the henry s/s trigger issue is resolved, and it IS an issue for me and should be for pretty much all shooters, that...
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    09-17-2018, 01:24 PM
    A small love joy coupling would take car of any misalighnment and allow just the bucket to be removed from the frame and motor easily
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 08:06 AM
    maybe they're not clean enuf? if you haven't already done so, try a brake cleaner scrub. i always leave the mould full, allow to cool, wrap in press'n'seal kitchen food/container wrap. all moulds - brass, iron, aluminum - are then ready to go...
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    09-16-2018, 09:53 PM
    Neighbor boy had a single shot 22 I always thought was neat little rifle. I believe it was an Ithica made lever action. looked like a scaled down 94 or marlin. the breech block tilted down and ejected the fired cases then it could be loaded. Hammer...
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    09-16-2018, 04:12 PM
    yeah, PPB's are a niche in a niche industry, try dave manson - https://mansonreamers.com/
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    09-16-2018, 03:02 PM
    The military ( AMU) used vacuum pots and heat ( 180*) when doing the epoxy finishes on match m14s to pull the moisture out of stocks before the pressured heated epoxy pot. For a faster cure kilns and heat is often used with low air circulation but...
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    09-16-2018, 12:23 PM
    40 and 10mm are a pain to separate also
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    09-16-2018, 12:14 PM
    I shot a 243 win in nra high power matches. It is a pre 64 model 70 action jewel trigger tubs stock hart 1-7 26" over the course contour barrel. Sights are warner rear and Tompkins globe front. It also has a 10" bloop tube fitted if desired. This...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-16-2018, 06:31 AM
    i used my chargemaster strictly for smokeless and when that white powder passing fancy of 4 or 5 decades ended, i sold it off right quick. it is not meant for black powder, despite my belief in the bp sparking tests. i'm also of a mind to keep...
    15 replies | 186 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
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