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    Today, 08:20 PM
    I am looking at a Iver Johnson Second Model small frame 5 shot 32 at my local pawn shop. It has all of the nickel worn off but the gun locks up tight and the rifling is very good. I would like one of these for a shooter. I would reload for it but...
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    Today, 05:16 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Henry single shot in Single Shot Guns
    Maybe a stupid question: What would be the advantage of having a significantly longer barrel?
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    Yesterday, 03:00 PM
    Tyndale Life Application Daily Devotion You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year. Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the LORD your God chooses for his name to be...
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    01-15-2018, 03:04 PM
    Hear Hear!
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    01-14-2018, 04:47 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Pneumatic Sizer in Casting Equipment
    I love to see the machines that people make. Excellent work here. I wish I had the ability to make that kind of stuff. I would like to plant a seed with you here. With what you have already made, it would not be much of a stretch for you to make a...
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    01-13-2018, 06:59 PM
    There is a member here by the name of BNE. He can xray test alloy for composition. (If he still does it) He does not charge but asks for 1lb of soft lead as a trade for his service. It you have it tested you will know exactly what is in it and can...
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    01-08-2018, 09:17 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Pneumatic Sizer in Casting Equipment
    All of the old instrumentation and control systems in factories were pneumatic. I wonder how much of that stuff is still around. The old ships all had it too. A guy who knew what he was doing could set up practically any operation with that stuff.
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    01-08-2018, 08:25 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Pneumatic Sizer in Casting Equipment
    Welcome, To Castboolits. I hope you are able to contribute a lot as well as glean for some of the very capable folks here. Love to see more innovation and effective operations. Food for inspiration at the very least.
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    01-08-2018, 02:53 PM
    I did a little research. My guess is that they are Celluloid. That is just a guess. Celluloid was invented in the 1850's so they could be quite old if they are celluloid.
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    01-08-2018, 02:29 PM
    I never saw anything like that before. But I REALLY LIKE THEM. They look pretty darn old to me. Will be interesting for someone to be able to identify the material and learn more about it. The color works well with a blued gun. Don't know how much...
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    01-07-2018, 01:00 AM
    Yup, I lived in a foster home when I was a kid and with some eastern European immigrants (old folks). They made fish soup. I liked it until the eyes of the fish floated up in my bowl. Nope...no more fish soup for me. However, I really believe that...
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    01-06-2018, 08:07 PM
    These are Central Wisconsin Squirrels. Plenty of meat on em.
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    01-06-2018, 06:08 PM
    You can experiment a little. We used to brown them and then just slow cook them in a little water. Otherwise they are very tough little buggers. One of my favorites is a squirrel stew. I had a friend back when who's mother was from Poland and could...
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    01-06-2018, 04:58 PM
    There are other clear plastics that look like lexan. Plexiglass is a more common material in older stuff. As far as I know Lexan has only been available since about 1970. (that is recent for an old guy like me) If you get it post some pictures. It...
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    01-06-2018, 04:51 PM
    Casting boolits is cave man easy! It is just the fine points that get parsed endlessly. KISS is a good mantra. But maybe even a level before that would be, "What would a 5 year old do". Melt lead, pour it into a mold and stuff it into a case with...
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    01-05-2018, 04:19 PM
    If the cannelure tool is still available I will take it. Will PM immediatly.
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    01-03-2018, 07:43 PM
    The beginning of the video refers to "broken wrists and hearing loss". That gave me a idea for a pistol manufacturing company. "Broken Wrists and Hearing Loss Handgun Company" Yup that will do. .
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    01-02-2018, 07:51 AM
    Here is a very short video of a compact press bench. It takes up the same amount of space as a kitchen chair. Indeed it is made from a kitchen chair. It is crude looking but works great. The video shows the idea of getting the fulcrum well behind...
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    01-01-2018, 03:26 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Knurling the boolit ? in Cast Boolits
    Yup lot of room for experimentation in that. I thought of just using pieces of near .22" roller bearings to place between the files to act as stops so the crimp would be uniform between boolits. But I discontinued the experimentation when I started...
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    12-31-2017, 07:13 PM
    So you have to shoot em in a certain area when making boolits with it? Wax boolits?
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    12-26-2017, 09:56 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Knurling the boolit ? in Cast Boolits
    Yes knurling does increase the diameter. However, the knurled surface is also softer than without the knurl because it compresses down back onto itself. So the gain in diameter is not a big deal.
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    12-26-2017, 02:24 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Knurling the boolit ? in Cast Boolits
    Your friends were some dam fine mechanics. Not many know that trick. The way I knurled the bullet in the picture was to lay the boolit on a file that was on a bench then take another identical file and roll the boolit between them. With a little...
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    12-26-2017, 01:42 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread Knurling the boolit ? in Cast Boolits
    The only lead knurled bullets I know of are for 22 rim fire bullets. You may notice that they are all knurled. It is because the bearing surface is the same diameter as the case and therefore the bearing surface is on the outside of the case. So...
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    12-25-2017, 04:49 PM
    I think that you would do better to bore out the small portion of the mold that makes the gas check narrowing. Personally I would cut out all the grooves. Just creates less bearing surface for a pc'd bullet. There are several threads that discuss...
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Raised in Wisconsin. First gun was a Model 1890 Winchester 22 short gallery gun. (1906 version) I hunted with that from the age of about 9. First deer rifle was M1917, 30-06. Shot my first deer with it at 13 yrs old. 365 yards with that wonderful peep sight. I quit hunting in 1984 and consequently haven't fired a gun since . Just started shooting again in 2015. I got a 22lr. Now I am reloading 22LR and will be reloading 22WMR and 9mm Luger also.
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Always interested in mechanisms. Studied guns. watch making, internal combustion etc.
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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