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    Today, 08:14 AM
    The original Lancaster oval bore dates from the 1850s, and was used for everything from 68-pounder artillery to Lancaster's four-barrelled cartridge pistol. Perhaps the best-known is the Royal Engineers carbine which otherwise resembled the Enfield...
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    Today, 07:55 AM
    The BIG difference is that the 98 has the internal stop-ring inside the receiver ring, against which the rear of the barrel tightens. Earlier models don't have it, and the shoulder of the barrel tightens up against the front of the receiver like...
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    Today, 05:02 AM
    It certainly is. They don't say "OK, I'll love you if you do tricks for me." I sometimes wonder if Lanty Hanlon the Irish terrier is brighter than a border collie, for knowing we feel the same. Before we had a dog, I tried to explain the bond to...
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    12-15-2017, 03:48 PM
    It is most likely be Belgian on style alone, and as Belgian firearms were usually proved, there would be a mark somewhere, ELG in an oval, and another, the perron of Liège, like a small candlestick. If that oval has an added crown it would be...
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    12-14-2017, 08:02 PM
    Go on, you know you want to! Your hands will look like you will never play the violin again. But why would you play the violin when you can shoot one of those? It's a fine rifle, which looks like it has a little more depth of metal in the action bar...
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    12-14-2017, 07:40 PM
    Indeed it is. Its use for rook rifles etc. was uncommon and incidental to its main application, which was training with a subcalibre Morris tube in the Martini-Henry and British Lee rifles. were better rook rifle cartridges, and a .25 or .30 calibre...
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    12-14-2017, 07:24 PM
    Or just make the frame grip the barrels tightly, with all the wood above water if possible. They aren't going to dive to get out of the frame.
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    12-14-2017, 02:52 PM
    Most of Ghosthawk's advice is real horse's mouth stuff, but I'd leave smaller gaps between the boards. It's more comfortable on bare feet, a lot more things fall through 1½in. gaps than ½in. (and in the life of a dock it will be a key someday), and...
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    12-12-2017, 07:34 PM
    Yes, that sounds about right. At forty inches it wouldn't be stable enough for even one person to walk on safely. It doesn't have to overturn a person, even with a lot of baggage in his arm, to tip him into the water. You can learn a bit by a scale...
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    12-12-2017, 05:56 PM
    As long as it is sealed, black powder is practically indestructible. With smokeless - sealed and cool - the problem often isn't as bad as some suppose, but smell will give it away. All that can happen with black is that atmospheric dampness will...
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    12-11-2017, 10:24 AM
    Two things single out the dog, among animals. One is how much his shape, size and even instinct can be modified by selective breeding. I don't think anybody could breed a tiger twenty times the size of another, or one to live among sheep and guard...
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    12-11-2017, 08:13 AM
    Ch4D, whom I've found very obliging and reliable, list it as 408475 (because it is the same as the .475 No 2 Nitro Express), or 475 in their shellholder ordering page. I don't know if it is a special order item, which takes a while with them, but...
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    12-10-2017, 02:14 PM
    Even worse, it is inconsistently corrosive, and can lull you into a false sense of security, then turn on you.
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    12-10-2017, 05:56 AM
    You could open up a case, without damage to any component, with an inertial bullet puller, to find out what happens to your powder. I don't see much risk of an air pocket in the base. Crushing of the powder could be worsened if it doesn't find...
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    12-10-2017, 04:16 AM
    Most likely you had an 1894, and it was the same cartridge. At least I don't believe there was such a thing as a Savage 99 in .25-20. I wouldn't expect this one really cheaply, but it could be an excellent buy. I believe the best policy would be...
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    12-10-2017, 02:39 AM
    You don't say whether the detached piece has actually come off. If it hasn't, it is going to be very difficult to remove without breaking some wood away, and impossible to get the old glue out unless you do. If the joint is reasonably close to...
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    12-08-2017, 02:41 PM
    Thank you for that kind remark, but my rifle was a good example of how apparently small things affect other things. I silver soldered my magazine from bronze sheet (like the grip cap, which hasn't yet mellowed to a rather pleasing patina, nicer than...
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    12-06-2017, 10:18 AM
    That is true about MIG or stick welding, especially MIG I think, and probably TIG as well. From the point of view of annealing the cocking cam, these methods don't depend on preheating of the workpiece. They will work with the decisive part at a...
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    12-06-2017, 07:37 AM
    There is a lot of truth there. The best I know for this purpose is Harold E. Macfarland's "Introduction to Modern Gunsmithing" of 1965 ues the M1917 at length as an example of the sporterising process. The reason, I'm afraid, is that just about...
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    12-03-2017, 08:45 AM
    My P14 needed work on the rails and shortening of the feed ramp, for the .300H&H, but being a .303, no work on the bolt face. I soldered up a complete new magazine box, without the pressed-in grooves the .303 gets, which helped. None of it was very...
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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
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