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    Today, 07:16 AM
    The Tabatière wasn't exactly junk. It was reliable, and some have been found capable of quite good short-range accuracy with a well-fitting cartridge. But it was a .69 calibre with a case about 1⅜in. long, and the Dreyse not only was of smaller...
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    The 10in. twist, in the US and UK, was designed around round-nosed bullets of 220 and 215gr. respectively. Pointed bullets might need a little faster rotation. 240gr. seems a bit chancy.
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    Yesterday, 03:39 PM
    I'd do it in two stages. First melt and strain it. A kitchen sieve will remove any big or long impurities, such as hair, fibres etc. But beeswax is difficult to remove entirely, so a piece of wire insect screen wire will be cheap enough to throw...
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    Yesterday, 10:17 AM
    I don't know what you can see on an iPad, but on a laptop you click on "go advanced" below the reply box, and on the page that opens you will see a link "manage attachments". Occasionally this doesn't work for me, when my computer has been in use...
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    Yesterday, 09:52 AM
    What you have should enable you to do the job, except possibly for a reamer. There are earlier Yugoslav Mausers which probably tighten up with the barrel shoulder against the receiver face, and for these a shallow saw-cut into the barrel, just as...
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    Yesterday, 08:45 AM
    Watch out for one of those tubes coming loose and lodging in the bore. I have no idea how you might get Magtech shotgun cases out of Brazil, but Buffalo Arms exported some 24ga to me quite recently, because they know that the new or newish US...
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    Yesterday, 07:46 AM
    Lanty Hanlon the Irish terrier gets excited by running, playing or normal fighting, in humans or animals, on TV. But human or animal bullying, inside his television, makes him angry. Once there was a scene after an illegal dog-fight (not shown) when...
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    Yesterday, 07:25 AM
    The only converted breechloader in common use in the Franco-Prussian War was the Tabatière, which had the drawback of being a rather awful firearm, and no less work and investment than a good one. The Dreyse, and the French Chassepot which...
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    Yesterday, 06:36 AM
    There were two versions of the Werndl. This is a lock I have from the 1877 model. The hammer has been moved inside the lockplate, giving better protection and a better angle with the firing-pin and bore axis. I can't think why others didn't...
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    Yesterday, 06:16 AM
    With a long bearing surface and low velocity, probably no issues specific to lead. The problem is whether the rifling would stabilise it. For a conventionally shaped bullet in conventional alloy you don't go far wrong with Greenhill's formula....
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    Yesterday, 05:58 AM
    Nor me either. I believe I would trust the Japanese if I did want it, but not the sort who follow culinary fashion in the west. If someone has to make a claim of the kind described here, it would be a good time to have no record of eating sushi etc....
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    Yesterday, 05:32 AM
    You could take a piece of mild steel bar and stamp the end with inexpensive single-letter punches. The result will stamp a small cartouche in the lead with the lettering raised. Printers can read mirror-image writing at normal speed, and up to four...
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    Yesterday, 05:15 AM
    We have to tell ourselves, and hope it is true, that they have no idea what death is - the animals we love or the animals we shoot. I don't believe any of them can think "I'm dying, and losing all I lived for."
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    11-21-2017, 02:45 PM
    Been there, done that... with my tube-magazine, bolt-action .22 of 1968, which was the first firearm I ever owned with both powder and rifling coming into it. It had, perhaps astonishingly, all the intrinsic accuracy you could wish for, but was...
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    11-21-2017, 02:17 PM
    Well, I know wolf hybrids have something of a record of turning on their owners - more than strangers, maybe. But I'd guess that to be the fault of owners who just want the biggest and the baddest, and don't take the trouble to know the breed. I...
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    11-21-2017, 06:11 AM
    Ah, but they thought they were doing just fine in the deal. I'm not surprised that coydogs can be civilised and friendly. Saudi wild dogs, which were doing too well out of the canteen dumpster and handouts from the Bangladeshi kitchen staff to...
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    11-20-2017, 03:17 AM
    We always think of it as a source of grief that dogs live so much shorter lives than we do. But that is why we can take on a dog in reasonable certainty that they won't outlive us. Children can grow up and live independent lives, but they can't. ...
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    11-18-2017, 05:04 PM
    The leopard cure? Not surely, I think, and you'd feel a fool if your tennis elbow resurfaced as bad as ever. I think his case was most likely due to the forced immobilisation.
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    11-18-2017, 04:53 PM
    I know the aqualung system, as well as Gagnan and Cousteau's demand valve, benefited from a great increase in the pressure capacity of cylinders available in the 1940s, to 200 atmospheres. 19th century diving apparatus, around the Jules Verne era,...
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    11-18-2017, 02:13 PM
    Sir Gerald Burrard knew someone who was cured of tennis elbow by being mauled by a leopard. He hesitated to recommend it.
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    11-18-2017, 04:41 AM
    There was a unit of Austrian sharpshooters in the Napoleonic Wars armed with airguns, and Napoleon ordered their execution if captured, although I don't know if it actually happened. Soldiers might need to surrender themselves sometime. Some of the...
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    11-17-2017, 03:13 PM
    The performance of this weapon doesn't surprise me. Another is made by Crosman: http://www.crosman.com/airbow I can't see why it wouldn't be more effective on non-dangerous medium game than a bow or crossbow, which are pretty well accepted...
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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
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