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    Yesterday, 01:58 PM
    A picture would be interesting, but this sounds like a recognised type (though a small-workshop product with considerable variation) often termed the German constabulary revolver. While it does somewhat resemble the Webley Metropolitan Police and...
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    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    The world isn't short of humans either, but that doesn't stop a lot of extermination work being quite deeply wrong. I'll cheerfully shoot anything legal I can eat, or which is a pest to myself or others. Something that is just a test of skill,...
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    Yesterday, 11:33 AM
    Not necessarily. Gas leaking into the shot column can cause pellets to fuse together, making a pattern so irregular that the target can either be killed twice or escape altogether. As to cutting up sheet lead, it can give very poor performance if...
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    Yesterday, 07:58 AM
    I've made .32 rimfire from Fiocchi 9mm. shotshells, which have the following dimensions: Case diameter .325in. Larger diameter of .343 for the first .35in. or so, corresponding to the brass head on the earlier paper case. Rim diameter...
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    Yesterday, 07:11 AM
    Several decades ago I had some experience using the Lee .36 conical in an original Navy, from the London factory of which Charles Dickens wrote in glowing terms. At that time the bottom band of the bullet entered the cylinder easily, and only the...
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    Yesterday, 03:04 AM
    Am I right in thinking that is the hollow based mould? With flat-based bullets a wad would be harmless but of no real benefit. With a hollow base, though, there is a good chance that the wad would sometimes lodge in the cavity and sometimes not.
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    01-18-2018, 02:15 PM
    I am sure Pyrodex is fine as regards pressure. It is its corrosion characteristics, and most especially its erratic corrosion characteristics, that many find objectionable. The level of cleaning that has worked fine for a while, can one day give...
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    01-18-2018, 12:26 PM
    I think Calamity Jake is right. It probably isn't a great danger, but if I was on an indoor range and I knew someone was shooting a lot of that stuff, I would quietly ask the range officer if they ought to be discouraged, and if he saw no need, I...
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    01-17-2018, 02:28 PM
    He's lucky it didn't get him in a vital spot. As to fatigue, mild steel doesn't fatigue much. What is possible, though, is seams on inclusions in a forging which will stay together under shotgun pressures, but give way with a rifle. That can...
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    01-17-2018, 10:30 AM
    I'd say this one. The human eye is very good at judging the middle of things, and in the worst possible light in which you can use any scope on game, it is likely to be on something close up, and the middle of those four coarse bars is still right...
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    01-17-2018, 10:16 AM
    Personal achievement? Cheapness? I can think of snags that far outweigh those. Besides the diameter and shape of the firing-pin, it is a very light one, often backed up by a rebounding hammer. I think that makes a blown primer rather more likely...
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    01-17-2018, 08:09 AM
    Tool collectors who don't use them for work are The Enemy for those who do. Living on a relatively small island has its advantages for anything large or difficult to pack, though. On eBay "Collection only" makes a big difference to the prices...
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    01-17-2018, 08:02 AM
    Now that does look a good one. The screw almost on a level with the jaws should give a better grip than one under the bottom of the gap - and you get a deeper gap for wide objects. You might find that a few cycles of heating and cooling would...
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    01-16-2018, 12:09 PM
    I wouldn't just hammer down the bulge. Whatever you do needs to be, like the schoolboy definition of a circle, something that is round, all round. I'd make a die to fit the intended diameter, lubricate well and size it down with a mallet. If you...
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    01-11-2018, 06:12 AM
    Ah, I thought there would be some kind of mark. I believe Austria too adopted the 8x56R cartridge, but by that time Austria had shrunk drastically. Clearly a lot of rifles they had didn't get rechambered, but I don't know whether that was only those...
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    01-10-2018, 09:37 AM
    Probably you can, but it would be useful to hear from someone who has done it, exactly how that pans out with the Lee dies. The 6.5x54 is thinner in the neck, different accounts varying as to how much. Just looking at the database in my "Loads from...
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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