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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 PM
    bobby reamed out a GPR .50 of mine to .54 though it could have gone further to a .58 smoothie. bobby is top shelf, he's done a lot of my gun barrels and chambers, and that's more'n i got fangers. ;)
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 PM
    why not get a lesser caliber and get the barrel and chambered rebored? that's how i went from .40-65 to .45-70 and got a better chamber and rifling to boot (better cartridge, too!). ain't expensive at all. go call bobby hoyt in PA!
    22 replies | 699 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    I have a piece of hard maple tree trunk I cut years ago at the height to be comfortable sitting and use. I use it with the kenetic pullers and other impact type tools. Its great to lay a sheet of wad material on and punch out wads also. Probably...
    37 replies | 589 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:37 PM
    An even better cut jig would be a modified case trimmer. mounted on a board and the hinge arm motor and blade from a mini saw mounted cases could be turned during the cut making a squarer cleaner cut the arm would need to be mounted on a slide to...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    On the mini chop saws a simple fixture from a block of wood and destaco clamp you can make a very quick accurate case holder fixture. The big thing is to desighn it so once clamped in the saws vise it can be opened, closed and cases changed. ...
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    Yesterday, 08:38 PM
    Several I know use ceramic floor tiles under their burners. One even used the thicker 4"X4" tiles glued to a piece of 1/4" plywood. To stiffen the grate look around for some 1/4" diamond grating at hardware stores...
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    Yesterday, 02:02 PM
    Some have never been taught or forgotten the art of debate. Debating a subject is far different than arguing or fighting and goes along ways towards pointing out pros and cons on each side. A different side to or opinion to some is the same as...
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    We used pure lead wire to measure die clearances when build in dies and working on them. a strip in the die and single cycle measure wire to see if there is room for the actual stock. Pure lead wire was used in several ways in industry.
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    Yesterday, 01:39 PM
    Mr Sheesh, I have mobility issues due to Multiple Schlrocis making walking hard for me. On very good days in the house I use a cane normall days a walker. Out and about in parking lots stores and sidewalks a electric geo chair. On ranges in fields,...
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    Yesterday, 01:19 PM
    Tig with the right filler will be invisible and incredibly strong. A little pre heat on the area will greatly increase penetration and flow. The gas flux helps greatly reduce pits pocket and slag incursions in the weld. Done inside a box or...
    11 replies | 294 view(s)
  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    i like accurate plinking, so whatever each rimfire gun likes best. right now that's mini-mags for the autos and cci standards for the s/a revolver and s/s bolt.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 11:03 PM
    If you can get a good idea of the material thru spark test or ither information a good welder could vee it out pre heat and tig weld with appropriate filler rod and when cleaned up it would show at all, though when reblued the weld may show slightly...
    11 replies | 294 view(s)
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    08-13-2018, 10:50 PM
    Another use for the ballistics program is to print up a wind chart once you have BC and drop tables. The wind charts are as important as the drop tables maybe more so since the short stubby bullets don't do very well in the wind. Also a way of...
    14 replies | 440 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 09:02 PM
    I have one Lyman 55 BP measure, Aluminum hopper and drop tube. I converted mine from a standard lyman 55 powder measure with Lyman parts. Mine has the 3 slide drum and the above poster is right the smallest slide on top takes a lot of move to adjust...
    8 replies | 237 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 02:05 PM
    I believe some pistol makers are now using edm to rifle pistol barrels. In industry a lot is done with edm since the part cn be hardened and the holes or cavities cut after saving warp and finishing work. With the EDM process over burn is figured...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 06:29 AM
    ric - outstanding craftsmanship and artwork .... as usual !!
    14 replies | 371 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 04:32 PM
    My mistake there 1/2%
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  • rfd's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 12:46 PM
    i have, and use, 50 of the BACO bore wipers for nearly 2 years, i like 'em, they're darned good. observing a friend using brent's gophers this past friday, i'd hafta say the gophers would be better yet - for me.
    41 replies | 1844 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 11:20 AM
    You are running about 1 1/2% variation, Not as bad as you think. Most say 1% variation on your weight that's 3.8 grns. In 45-70 I doubt you eill see the 1.5 grn variation. As a test load a 10 shot test group 5 rounds 388.2 and 5 rounds 389.7 and...
    11 replies | 171 view(s)
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    08-12-2018, 10:48 AM
    With some experience and a few casting session you will have an Idea by the pots visual condition when to start lowering the temp. A little trick is to put a mark on the control knob ( straight up for closed works) so you have an idea how far open...
    52 replies | 584 view(s)
  • rfd's Avatar
    08-12-2018, 09:53 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Pedersoli Hawken in Muzzleloading.
    with all the offshore rifles that are available today, there are some things that might be of interest to bear in mind about them all. they have patent breech ante-chambers. of itself, this is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it is...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    08-11-2018, 03:23 PM
    As to a rifle to cast for the old stand bys 30-30, 38-55, 40-65, 45-70 or smaller cased modern rounds 7.62X39, 7 mauser are more forgiving to start out with I think. The first listed can be a lot of fun to shoot very rewarding to cast for and will...
    25 replies | 358 view(s)
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    08-11-2018, 06:40 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Annealing brass? in Single Shot Guns
    heating a brass case to red is its kiss of death and not good for the shooter, either. to help learn what brass heated color is best, paint a stripe of 475* tempilaq on the case body and observe the change of color to both the neck and body.
    26 replies | 674 view(s)
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    08-10-2018, 09:21 PM
    That's going to be a long bullet will the H&R have the needed twist to stabilize it? Recoil is going to become an issue as will fatigue due t recoil levels. My manuals don't list +P but place them in levels according to Trapdoor and antiques,...
    12 replies | 287 view(s)
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    08-10-2018, 07:47 PM
    I prefer to mix in large batches and store for use. I melt clean and alloy 400lbs at a time and maybe 3 pots in a day so I may have pot 1 2 and 3 for a given day or 1200 lbs of a mix. when casting the needed number of ingot from each pot goes into...
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    08-10-2018, 06:14 PM
    If your only going to plink and range use ( no hunting) a simple single shot block for it will make loading easier. These used to be available for the 22 target rifles. Also are available in the form of followers for different bolt actions and ARs.
    18 replies | 712 view(s)
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    08-10-2018, 01:00 PM
    A few years ago I saw kevalar lined sleeping pads for preschoolers and kindergarten students. Several issues with these and back packs are threat level rating, can the student support it if hit, a lot of energy being dumped in them. and last is...
    22 replies | 524 view(s)
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    08-09-2018, 05:02 PM
    Look for one of the rcbs Little Dandies or one of the bushing type measures, They are desighned for the small charges and once the bushing size is determined write the number in your reloading manual and its repeatable. Draw back is changing charges...
    31 replies | 603 view(s)
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    08-09-2018, 11:25 AM
    pmer, You may need to modify the brass a little. A punch made upto cut a .006-.008 thick brass disk at the dia to press into the primer pockets and set the depth to the right depth for pistol primers. ...
    19 replies | 527 view(s)
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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