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    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    I figured out long ago that a pistol or revolver which weighed more than 24 ozs. loaded was too heavy for pocket carry. Since I have retired and grown more "portly" I have taken to wearing suspenders for comfort, and do not routinely wear a belt or...
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    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    I'm with CuriousShooter on this one. Fire lapping causes wear of forcing cone and cylinder throats, but does little or nothing to mitigate a thread choke. A round-hole broach is the factory method to repair thread choke unless you pull the barrel,...
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    02-15-2020, 10:38 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    16 BHN is unnecessarily hard for BP, 8-10 BHN is fine for holy black.
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    02-15-2020, 10:37 PM
    Outstanding! There are a bunch of hams on this site. Recommend http://w4ava.org/training.htm as a free training resource with additional useful info beyond what you needed to pass the test.
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    02-15-2020, 11:53 AM
    This small amount of Dacron should be completely consumed upon firing. If any is deposited onto the muzzle brake it will probably be as a smoky film which can be cleaned off with a brush using Mil-C-372B or Kroil. If you see any visible "fluff"...
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    02-15-2020, 11:35 AM
    Here are pics of Virginia John's raised diamond, square-butt, plainclothes rounded bottom stocks:
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    02-15-2020, 09:42 AM
    An old gun that works is worth more than a new gun that doesn't! For that much money you can get a pre-1980 Model 19 and have it gunsmith tweaked as a duty carry. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/854838805 ...
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    02-14-2020, 09:48 PM
    When I had an armory full of them we made a fixture to hold the crane arbor and faced them in a Wilson case trimmer, which made it possible to stretch and face dozens easily once we figured out the correct base length to set the case trimmer.
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    02-14-2020, 07:56 PM
    Post-WW2 but pre-1957 raised diamond stocks typically go for $75-$100 depending on condition. Nice minimally worn, undamaged pre-WW2 ones with good finish VERY much more.
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    02-14-2020, 07:24 PM
    Pics would help, square butt?, round butt? Plainclothes stocks with rounded bottom, or uniform holster stocks with flat bottom? Raised uncheckered diamond around grip screw escutcheons or machine checkered right up to bushing? Walnut or...
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    02-14-2020, 02:23 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    Keith understood the relationship between cylinder throats and correct bullet diameter. He didn't slug barrels. I discussed this at length with him and Skeeter Skelton at Bill Ruger's New Hampshire home when I worked for the company back in the...
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    02-13-2020, 10:39 PM
    I understand that many people like Unique, but I've always had trouble with its large particle and not being able to uniformly measure charges assembled on a Star or Dillon machine. So Bullseye is my preferred powder for standard-pressure loads in...
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    02-13-2020, 09:20 PM
    Flat-nosed bullets don't "flip," but provide straight-line penetration, which may be an advantage. They also provide more "crush" than a round nose and are less easily deflected by oblique impacts against bone. But the Winchester FMJ loads are...
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    02-13-2020, 09:11 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    PLEASE folks understand that BORE diameter is the smooth hole BEFORE it is rifled and reflects the diameter measured across the tops of the rifling lands. After rifling the GROOVE diameter is what most cast bullet shooters are interested in, but in...
    25 replies | 817 view(s)
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    02-13-2020, 06:44 PM
    Only the ones the US military buys and the few commercial producers who actually test to that standard to defend themselves in product liability lawsuits.
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    02-13-2020, 05:50 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Home-made 50/50 in Boolit Lube !
    I always measured mine by melted liquid volume.
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    02-13-2020, 05:04 PM
    I have never seen this happen. What is your source for this info? If it is first-hand experience please give details.
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    02-13-2020, 12:29 PM
    CIP max. sample average pressure for 7.65mm Browning is 1600 Bar or about 23,200 psi Max. individual cartridge pressure as defined by the X-bar + 3 Sigma limit is 1840 Bar or 26,687 psi PROOF pressure is 2080 Bar or about 30,170 psi. Source: ...
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    02-13-2020, 12:13 PM
    Factory crimp die profiles the entire length of the loaded round to ensure that there are no bulges which impede chambering. When loading cast bullets in which the seating depth or base-to-crimp length exceeds that of factory rounds, the bullet...
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    02-13-2020, 12:03 PM
    Military drop safety standard we tested to (1980s) which Beretta 92F passed was to weld small eyelets on gun frame so that it could be slid freely on piano wires and dropped from a height of 2 meters onto a 20mm thick steel plate backed by 200mm of...
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    02-12-2020, 11:23 PM
    In the .32 H&R Mag. I use the Accurate 31-105T bullet with 3 grains of Bullseye or 7 grs. of Alliant #2400. Approximates factory loads ~1000 fps and are accurate.
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    02-12-2020, 11:03 PM
    The old steel-frame holster guns are tougher than the new light alloy pocket ones. I never cracked a frame on a 1903 Colt Pocket Hammerless, 1910 or 1922 Browning, Spanish Ruby or CZ 27 but have shot to destruction several Beretta Tomcats, both...
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    02-11-2020, 07:19 PM
    I place no faith whatever in a single 5- or 6-shot group. If I want to see how well a revolver shoots I fire not less than ten shots in a group, 12 if it's a six shooter. There are no "lucky" ten or 12-shot groups, but if you can fire a cylinder...
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    02-11-2020, 11:59 AM
    A 3-1/3" Pocket Positive chambered in .32 NP
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    02-11-2020, 03:03 AM
    30-30 Winchester as Parent Brass or 303 British? If so, than someone else has considered it in thr more than 130 years that each cartridge has been around. look up the .303 Pygmy cartridge for what some folks in Australia and New Zealand have...
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    02-11-2020, 12:27 AM
    Nice old S&W. Has it family history? My Grandma carried this one as a piano player in a Boston speakeasy during Prohibition, because she did not want to be associated with the "upstairs" girls.
    641 replies | 264149 view(s)
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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
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