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    09-17-2018, 04:46 PM
    Its going to depend on the rifle and chamber, and amount of bell, but you might not need to close it up. I use barely enough bell at the mouth to start the bullet in my Win 94's and they chamber fine without trying to take out the bell after...
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    09-17-2018, 04:31 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Cleaning a win 94... in Leverguns
    Bore snake after each use-- brush and patches and all from the muzzle end (with a bore guide) once or twice a year whether they need it or not. about 4000 rounds so far and lots of cleaning with no sign of wear at the crown (or anyplace else for...
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    09-16-2018, 09:25 PM
    My big boy in 357 Magnum seems to love the Lyman/Ideal 358-156 GC. I also have Lee 358-150 RN that works well in the Henry. I also have a couple old boxes of the Hornady 38 cal 140 grain "Cowboy" bullets (cast-- not jacketed) and they do very...
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    09-15-2018, 10:15 PM
    I get good results with the Lee 324-175-1R (GC) and the old Ideal 321427GC.
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    09-14-2018, 06:46 PM
    I have fixed focus lenses in both eyes (cataract surgery). I can see great at distance but everything close to the rifle is fuzzy. I use peep sights and then a globe sight or something similar on the front. That way I look through two holes and...
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    09-14-2018, 06:34 PM
    Pistol-- yes, Rifle-- only for my Enfield and Argentine Mauser (they have such short necks that the gas check pushes past the neck-- this leaves too little neck tension on the bullet). All my other rifles have plenty of neck and neck tension. I've...
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    09-14-2018, 06:27 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    I keep my brass in sets of the same head stamp, and keep track of how many times each has been reloaded-- so I guess that means I'm keeping track of how about many rounds each firearm has seen. I just do this to spread out the usage (keep all brass...
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    09-09-2018, 11:45 PM
    That's sort of like the 30-06 brass a friend gave me. They were still primed (fired). He told me he liked really hot loads, but he didn't shoot any more so I could have his brass. I couldn't decap them because the heads were so enlarged they...
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    09-08-2018, 09:18 PM
    OK-- I'm dying to know-- what do you do when it comes out with two shoulders? Neck size and leave the shoulders?
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    09-06-2018, 05:53 PM
    Argentino-- thank your for the link-- it's plenty convincing. Its hard to understand why the Argentine factory model numbers should be different--but I find myself agreeing with you Hick
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    09-05-2018, 07:58 PM
    I'm a little confused by the statement that they are always called Engineer's Carbines in Argentina. I've done research to try to find the true name. The Argentine factory records (FMAP in Rosario) available on the internet (see Argentine Battle...
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    09-04-2018, 07:14 PM
    The book I read said Mountain or Engineer's carbine-- both names are proper according to my sources-- but its a carbine either way, so I don't care.
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    09-04-2018, 01:06 AM
    Hick replied to a thread Once fired brass in Our Town
    The statement about once fired brass is actually pretty reasonable. How the heck can you expect range pickup brass to be guaranteed once fired?? Do we expect the used brass companies to question everyone who shoots about the source of their brass?...
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    09-02-2018, 08:42 PM
    abunaitoo: Honolulu Firearms
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    09-02-2018, 08:39 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Garand purchase query in Military Rifles
    I can't add much to the above-- but if they are CMP rifles look for the yellow armorer's tag-- it will not only say rack or service grade but also may have throat and muzzle gage readings written on it (My Service Grade special came with that tag)....
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    08-31-2018, 10:33 PM
    I don't know how I got such a good deal either (at least I assume it was a good deal: $250, DWM, every part except the stock is numbers matching, 'white' receiver and bolt, Clean Argentine crest, good bore). Took it out today with the lyman...
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    08-29-2018, 07:31 PM
    Texas by God-- DWM-- from online sources I've found this Mauser was part of the 1910 production run, when DWM made 6000 of them. The serial number on mine puts it about about late summer 1910. The second (and last) DWM run for this model was 4000...
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    08-29-2018, 03:16 PM
    Back in May I was in Hawaii and the very last day had a few minutes to walk around and found a small gun shop. They had a Model 1909. It looked to be in OK shape but I didn't have time to look it over in detail. After returning home I decided to...
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Retired Chemical and Nuclear Engineer. 1954 M1 Garand, CZ 527 FS (223 Rem), S&W Model 64 (38 Special) and a few other things. I cast and reload for all. Signed up because I like this forum.
Winnemucca, NV
Target shooting, reloading, golf, teaching
Retired Engineer, Retired HS Teacher, Retired JHS teacher


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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