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    Today, 10:20 AM
    I think no powder is the most likely explanation. You could try chambering and knocking out a few more rounds with the extractor removed, to see if your have bullets seated far enough out to lodge in that pistol's throat. But I think you would have...
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    Today, 10:08 AM
    Yes, that is a little more like a Webley, including my .32 rimfire, which is probably the first Webley cartridge revolver other than licenced S&W copies and their own .577. You are probably right about some being made after WW1, but not many. The...
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    Today, 09:24 AM
    I used to know a Spanish family whose little daughter backed into an electric fire and was quite badly burned on another area of use. They were given a huge can of ointment be a friend, which apparently worked better than what the doctor provided,...
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    Today, 09:06 AM
    Front ignition has been known for a long time, and other things being equal, provides greater efficiency and consistency. (It was in another context that Keith said "The hell with efficiency. What we're after is results.") The trouble is that primer...
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    01-21-2018, 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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    01-21-2018, 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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    01-21-2018, 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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    01-21-2018, 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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    01-21-2018, 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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    01-21-2018, 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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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