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    Today, 01:04 PM
    It is indeed a peculiar break, for a gun with the stock grain laid out at all t to suitwell. If it had been a foreign gun I would wonder whether it was cut to fit a returning soldier's kitbag, and I would look for scratches in the trigger-guard...
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    Today, 06:04 AM
    Mallard ducks do that in the London parks, but they are just wild duck that drop in for part of their year, and make a fine, professional job of being wild duck where they know the rules are different. I see how they could go wrong on howl far...
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    Today, 05:46 AM
    For shot the .357 Maximum would be excellent, but the cases are more expensive than the Magnum, and I'm not sure of them staying on the market. Still, in that application a hundred cases would last close to forever.
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    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Extremely optimistic. You could very easily run into higher pressures than a .300 Magnum if you try, and less performance than a .300 Magnum if you don't have higher pressures. That being said, performance in a rifle cartridge isn't as important...
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    Yesterday, 03:12 PM
    I'm guessing the problem is that a worm screw on a cleaning-rod would make the bullet turn in the sabot, and not screw itself in tightly enough to pull. Do you want to puil it because you didn't put any powder in? You could probably trickle in...
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    Yesterday, 03:04 PM
    In Saudi Arabia, when we encountered a trainee whose needle didn't point north (neither more nor less frequent than anywhere else), we used to wonder whether his coffee-pot was tinned with the wrong kind of solder. ...
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    10-17-2017, 06:39 PM
    In the relatively modern Webley bolt-action the 9mm. smokeless Fiocchi was my first firearm with actual powder coming into it. I found it quite effective on pigeons at about fifteen yards, provided you didn't have any quixotic prejudices against...
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    10-17-2017, 07:31 AM
    Ah yes, it is a fairly well-known type, which should have worked well with the cartridges for it was intended. I believe the patent was originally Warnant's, but the drawing shows in the first of these web pages seems to show a sort only a sort of...
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    10-17-2017, 06:47 AM
    General Hatcher explains it as being like what is rather inelegantly termed the spit ball in baseball, bowled without spin. A cushion of higher-pressure air builds up in front of it, and at some unpredictable point along its path, the ball slips out...
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    10-16-2017, 06:18 PM
    No verbal confusion needed. In French both are "antimoine". It may have been used to increase the strength of alloys during the BronzAge, and later it was used for medical purposes, although I believe the only confirmed useful effect was as an...
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    10-16-2017, 05:46 PM
    Here is one possible source - at a price. I expect they would export, as no kind of cases are controlled by law domestically. http://www.henrykrank.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=164_199_203 Or in some sizes you could hunt for a supplier...
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    10-16-2017, 05:18 PM
    Loaded 10,000? He sounds like a man, who p of keen judgment, who picks his words carefully. It could get worse when he fires some. There are aluminium alloys which are at least as tough as cartridge brass, but they are much more difficult to...
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    10-15-2017, 02:47 AM
    It is hardly possible to overemphasise the need for the hole to be absolutely central. A conventional shellholder won't do, as it is designed to allow slight lateral movement to feed the case into the die. A drill-press case-trimming or neck-reaming...
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    10-13-2017, 03:32 AM
    It is very rare to need a test standard for something like a 0 - 1in. micrometer. Checking that it reads zero when it is closed down to zero should be fine. I have a larger micrometer with an interchangeable anvil to measure down to zero, and the...
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    10-13-2017, 03:21 AM
    Many a husband dreads the possibility that she might.
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    10-01-2017, 01:29 PM
    It is pretty simple if you have good .30-06 cases to do it with. But blank cases may not be.
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    10-01-2017, 10:51 AM
    Those old gun magazines also had very cheap surplus military single-shot Cooeys. 1968 is the one I have somewhere, and they had a full length or nearly full length stock. I think those might have been rather good rifles, but the tube-magazine one,...
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    10-01-2017, 05:23 AM
    Start with a few blanks, graduated from weak to very powerful. The idea would be to check how the brass expands and/or splits. When they were making blanks, there was no need to go through all that tiresome business of annealing only the neck and...
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    09-30-2017, 06:57 AM
    I've seen heavily bedouinised large Martinis in Arabia which had the thin top of the block broken through to expose the mainspring. Heaven knows how they did it. If this one was done deliberately, it might have been to provide a vent for gas escape...
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    09-28-2017, 07:01 AM
    Ballistics in Scotland replied to a thread what next? in Our Town
    Lots of drugs can cause a person to lapse into just about anything obsessive. The question is whether the benefits of the drug are nonetheless worth having. If it is an unlawful recreational drug, tough. Let him sue his pusher if he can. With...
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    09-27-2017, 01:12 PM
    It is very unlikely that you will have any trouble doing this. I suppose, depending on the load, you might after many shots find your cases a bit tight immediately forward of the solid web. But most users won't. If it happened to me, I would...
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    09-27-2017, 12:34 PM
    It might be better if we weren't. That is what can make an elongated bullet wobble or start a round ball rolling earlier than it otherwise might. That is why the idea of a hole drilled in the barrel intrigues me. An inch or more back (I'm guessing...
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    09-27-2017, 11:57 AM
    I am sure it is true that Eddystones have more of the quality control problems sometimes found in US Enfields. Receivers can be of burnt steel, and weakened, or they can be excessively hard and develop cracks. If you are buying or rebarrelling one, ...
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    09-27-2017, 11:39 AM
    There is a dangerously misleading safety option, and not a little misleading, but very. PO Ackley experimented with a Winchester 1894 chambered for one of his Improved cartridges, with the locking lug removed. Everything held together. He unscrewed...
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