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    Today, 08:36 PM
    I thought I had invented grinding away the tapered portion of a tap. Once you have a good thread started with another tap, you can thread right down to the bottom. If you have a Dremel tool a tiny diamond burr is worth having for writing the size on...
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    Today, 10:59 AM
    Thank you for your thanks. Another point is that if there is only thin metal left beyond the hole, and the screw is a little too long, it isn't that hard to press it out into a bump in the bore. Or if you don't, the scope mount isn't as tightly held...
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    Today, 05:10 AM
    A barrel as heavy as this is a special case, in which that should work fine. On a thinner walled one I would probably soft solder on scope bases, or plates to which they could be screwed - milled to extend a little down the northwest and northeast...
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    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    My grandfather and one or two of his friends would never put barbed wire on their land, after their experience of it in 1914-18. If you were to load a .32-40 like a high-pressure modern cartridge, for use in a strong modern rifle, the short neck...
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    Yesterday, 08:35 AM
    I once bought a large number of WW .22 shotshell cases on eBay, from the US, for that very purpose. They had been primed but never loaded or cannelured. The seller claimed to have boiled the priming composition out - and it ought to work much better...
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    Yesterday, 08:09 AM
    Curses! that receiver I illustrated was in a French internet auction. I asked and got the seller's agreement to send it outside France, but the website blocked my bid at the last moment because he hadn't changed the conditions of the listing. So...
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    Yesterday, 08:06 AM
    Now that expansion of the heel is interesting, and a good argument for their use. I'd feel more confident of its always working the same way if there was stout card before and after the wax, and if not, I can't see it doing any harm.
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    02-21-2018, 07:05 AM
    You might not want to fire three shots a minute, but there is nothing unusual about wanting to start reloading within twenty seconds of firing. The use of a bronze brush doesn't seem a very fruitful way of getting to use a device aimed at saving...
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    02-21-2018, 06:03 AM
    Ah, good! It was just my guesswork about that particular problem, and it is good to see someone has actually experienced it. I used the extremely hard card, with a coloured surface layer, which is used to cut bevelled-edge matts for framing...
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    02-20-2018, 02:24 PM
    I've always thought that the best machine for the amateur tinkerer is a belt sander, capable of using really aggressive belts. Unlike some other shooting expenditure, it can be useful for all sorts of other things as well. A bench mounted one with...
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    02-20-2018, 12:43 PM
    That is exactly the way a false muzzle ought to be made. It used to be said that you had to drill the locating holes as deep as they will end up, and then cut it off the barrel. They may have put in sombe sort of spacer to stop the saw-cut from...
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    02-20-2018, 12:31 PM
    That doesn't matter as long as it is incompressible moosh, like most liquids. In fact if there are any gaps in the lands, getting seome wax squeezed into them can do only good. When the practice was in common use, in the 1870s, they used a...
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    02-20-2018, 09:45 AM
    I don't know, and even the owner didn't know. It is certainly fairly old, and I know Pocket replicas came along some time after the first modern ones. It could even be that it's from a European copy contemporary with the original Colts. The bevelled...
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    02-19-2018, 06:32 PM
    Just to complicate matters, however, someone has just supplied me with this picture. This appears to be an unfinished 1849 receiver, never stamped with "Colt's patent", and with the axis pin unslotted. I can see no sign of the locating pins on the...
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    02-19-2018, 11:18 AM
    I've got mine! They are first-class books for the amateur gunsmith, despite their age. Where a modern book for the gunsmith would recommend specialised and expensive tooling that would pay for itself with a lot of quick and easy jobs, Howe tells how...
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    02-18-2018, 06:07 PM
    Fortunately it is Clark who needs to replace his complete pins, not me and my partial ones. Drilling and tapping (or even drilling and solder, epoxy or force-fit) should be fine for him. If I needed it, I think it would have to be silver solder. You...
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    02-18-2018, 02:43 PM
    The snaphaunce is one of those firearms which are very limited in numbers, and more valuable to collectors than those which were popular enough and durable enough to exist in large numbers. Its pedigree is interesting, for the horizontal sear,...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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