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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    One of my dads friends was seriously partially paralyzed in a work accident. After that his Pre 64 270 was to much for him so he started using his 30 Carbine. I know he killed over 20 Whitetail bucks with it. Some of them field dressed at over...
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    Yesterday, 02:08 AM
    That's were I get confused. Your definition is what I was taught in the late 70's but in the the mid-80's the company I worked for had both types and they called both types planers. Both types had vertical and horizontal milling attachments in...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    Before you modify anything try sizing a case without the expander ball. Sometimes pulling the expander ball back through the neck will pull the shoulder out. If needed nothing wrong with removing a couple of thou from the die but if you have to do...
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    Yesterday, 12:14 AM
    Maybe I am using the wrong terminology? It's been my understanding that when using a single point non rotating tool it is a planer. When the milling heads are attached it becomes a mill. I always thought the little Bridgeport Heads looked out...
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    02-26-2021, 10:20 PM
    You speak of the planers as a machine of the past. Not the case at all. They still can be purchased new. Just google "Gantry Planer Milling Machines". I am aware of one company that just ordered a 120 foot CNC Gantry Planer/Milling machine. ...
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    02-26-2021, 05:32 PM
    Once again the brass for the .223 and the 5.56 are the same except 5.56 may have crimped primer pockets. Chamber specs are different between the two. For the ultimate in accuracy sorting by headstamp and number of firings is a good idea. Reality...
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    02-26-2021, 03:43 AM
    http://www.portercalls.com/neal_waltz_die.htm http://www.dayattherange.com/?page_id=5338
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    02-26-2021, 01:19 AM
    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/7/17/70-years-of-the-nosler-partition/ Using a lathe in a corner of his small shop, Nosler turned sections of copper rod to a diameter of 0.308" and, after it was cut to the desired lengths, cavities...
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    02-26-2021, 12:01 AM
    Tonight they have zero primers and zero powder.
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    02-25-2021, 10:52 PM
    Federal Cartridge is 2 1/2 Billion dollars backordered on civilian ammo. Federal is running 24/7 with unlimited overtime. If they stop taking orders today it will take two years to fill. Primers and powder are going to loaded cartridges. No...
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    02-25-2021, 02:39 PM
    Worn out is worn out. Backlash and various other ailments can be compensated for. Worn-out spindle bearings are not one of them. Same for very worn lathe beds. The US made 70 vintage heavy iron manual machines are wonderful if you can find one...
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    02-25-2021, 05:42 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread USPS mail delay in Our Town
    I have a check out that should have arrived 3 or 4 days ago. I am waiting on a FedEx that is a couple of days past delivery date.
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    02-24-2021, 09:22 PM
    https://www.luckygunner.com/20-gauge-3-1-5-8-oz-7-9-shot-federal-heavyweight-tss-5-rounds 20 Gauge - 3" 1-5/8oz. #7/9 Shot - Federal Heavyweight TSS - 5 Rounds ...
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    02-24-2021, 08:23 PM
    And his lathe was far from a worn out piece of junk. It most likely had Babbitt bearing he cast himself. He designed and built his rifling machine himself.
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    02-24-2021, 08:06 PM
    With GI brass for the 308 and 30/06 the standard recommendation is to reduce loads by 10%. With the .556 verse 223 brass that is not true. Early chamber specs between the .556 and .223 were different in the throat dimensions. Mostly the pre...
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    02-24-2021, 07:47 PM
    Just a guess but when it shows up probably is that is either a 40/65 or a 45/70 with 45/70 most likely. The 45/75 is Winchester round for the 1876. Never heard of a 45/65????????
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    02-24-2021, 03:02 PM
    Devcon steel is an industrial product with known specification. It's compression strength, shrinkage and resistance to chemicals is verifiable. Marine-tex also a large following by some very well know smiths. That being said most product with...
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    02-23-2021, 11:44 PM
    Only issue may be crimped primer pockets on the GI brass. The cases are the same. Volume in 223/.556 is a none issue. With 308 and 30/06 there is a difference. Check the .223 Rem Case Weight vs. Capacity chart here. ...
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    02-23-2021, 08:50 PM
    Hardness is only part of the equation. High percentages antimony alloys tend to produce a brittle bullets that can fracture on impact. A lower antimony percentage alloy that is heat treated to the same hardness will be less brittle. Good...
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    02-23-2021, 02:05 PM
    The OP is asking about 18-21 bhn in .225-.313 cal. In the smaller bullets not much of a meplat. Everything I have taken with cast has been 35 Cal and over with the exception of prairie dogs using a 22 Hornet. Also are we talking rabbits...
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    02-23-2021, 01:48 PM
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    02-23-2021, 01:29 PM
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    02-23-2021, 01:09 PM
    Not 209's but I was given 6K of SR that had been under water in a flood for three day. After drying I used them for shooting prairie dogs. I maybe had one or two misfires per thousand. I've also tested using oils to chemically inert them. Once...
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    02-22-2021, 11:50 PM
    Very nice gun. I have a couple interchangeables . I did not know they had a fixed barrel version. .
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    02-22-2021, 03:16 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Cheaper....Ammo in Completed Deals
    None of these prices are correct. If you check the individual links out of stock or much higher prices.
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    02-22-2021, 02:43 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread .45 Colt and Unique? in Cast Boolits
    The 8.0 gr. of Unique with a 255 gr. cast lead bullet from the Lyman #45 was our standard load for Uberti 1873 clones for a re-enactment group I loaded for as a kid. They fired well over 50,000 with issues.
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    02-21-2021, 09:36 PM
    The difference is I can teach just about anyone to be a good machinist. In a thousand years you could not teach me to a an artist.
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    02-21-2021, 08:13 PM
    As a machinist/toolmaker I can hold my own. I have zero artistic abilities. I can't even draw a good stick man.................... I have great respect for those that have this ability.
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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