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    01-17-2019, 03:36 PM
    I am interested in the Sherwin Williams PC. I called one of their big commercial stores (only place I could find that sold PC) and it was Crazy Cheap. Like a dollar a lb or something like that.
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    01-17-2019, 12:36 PM
    I am finding it really easy to make swaging dies for these things...so for me it is easier to experiment with that. Can change the shape, size, base etc., pretty easy. Any mold close to the right size can be used "as long as the diameter is a little...
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    01-17-2019, 12:26 PM
    Speaking of making your own springs... I was at the hardware store recently looking for something that I could modify into that spring (before finding one at Numrich) . The guy who was helping me used to work for a machine shop that subbed Smith &...
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    01-17-2019, 07:59 AM
    This is the current design of the bullet. It is 125 grain .359" with grooves swaged out. The appearance of grooves is powder coat thicker where the grooves were. I could change the shape of the hollow base, making it more like a Minie' Ball.
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    01-17-2019, 07:07 AM
    I found a used spring from the exact gun (so I know it's the right spring) for $10 shipped from Numrich. Waiting for it to arrive.
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    01-16-2019, 12:45 PM
    I slugged the gun... I am perplexed... I do not know enough about these revolvers to know if this is in spec or something crazy is going on here... The throat of the bore is dramatically tapered. At the very beginning of the forcing cone it is...
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    01-16-2019, 10:47 AM
    I believe it was a Winchester model 1890 ...1906 version 22 short gallery gun. At least that is the one I grew up with. What a great first gun for a kid.
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    01-15-2019, 09:26 PM
    Two things: I have an incredibly supportive wife. She will always take my advise IF SHE UNDERSTANDS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. She has a tendency of saying yes yes yes when she has no idea what I am talking about. Hahahahah. I love that woman. The...
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    01-15-2019, 07:14 PM
    As I was lathering my face, my lathe was spinning and the lath on the wall was beginning to fall off. I got so frustrated I got up and said "see you lather... dude"
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    01-15-2019, 07:11 PM
    In my experience they are all made from slightly differing steels. Some can be machined and certain operations can be done while others are out of the question. I don't know about annealing...perhaps that could be done but from what I have been...
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    01-15-2019, 06:41 PM
    I bought a Harbor Freight 7x10 about 4 months ago. With 25% discount with tax etc., I got it for just under $450. I wish I had known that they had d 7x14 for $50 more. The real working size of a 7x10 is about 4". It is big enough for making...
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    01-15-2019, 06:16 PM
    I found black pony beads at the craft store for like a buck for a million of them. I believe that the black ones are the same plastic as the black plastic BB's I just used them. Didn't have coverage in my shake container so I put in the black pony...
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    01-15-2019, 06:09 PM
    Gooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaal. Nice ... that oven has me drooling.
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    01-15-2019, 06:04 PM
    They are very difficult to machine. Need to be annealed first.
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    01-15-2019, 03:53 PM
    It is as easy as you think. I think that a lot of the cost of making dies is wrapped up in using processes that are overly labor intensive because of the idea that the first attempt must be perfect. I have only swaged lead so far but have recently...
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    01-15-2019, 12:21 PM
    I forgot to mention that these bullets do not have the "step" in the ogive that commercial 22lr bullets have. These bullets have a continuous ogive to the straight wall of the bearing surface...like a round point center fire pistol bullet. This...
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    01-15-2019, 04:26 AM
    I'm going to make my own dies for reloading it. I have a bunch of used cases and I will find the perfect sized ones and make the dies accordingly. Everything is going to be custom tailored to the cylinder bore. I also find it interesting that 9mm...
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    01-14-2019, 02:37 PM
    I just got done looking at some of the pictures on these posts...Wish I had looked before starting. They are a great help. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?152893-Links-to-old-swaging-articles
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    01-14-2019, 02:31 PM
    Thanks for the thread! I am surprised to see that my "contraption" for swaging 22lr is basically the same as the swaging dies in the pictures in these posts. I probably should have checked that out before re-inventing the process.
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    01-14-2019, 01:42 PM
    Mistake on video...the boolits are not .210" at the base, they are .209"
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    01-14-2019, 01:38 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread 22lr. To 22 wrm in Single Shot Guns
    Also 22WMR are jacketed bullets...that will cause more wear also. Speaking of which. Many of those old 22 rim fires were permanently leaded up and that helped keep them from wearing out.
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    01-14-2019, 08:59 AM
    Fixed
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    01-14-2019, 03:30 AM
    Here is a video of the state of development of swaging 22lr boolits. Enjoy!
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    01-14-2019, 03:06 AM
    Thank you very kindly for that offer. Hopefully I am going to make a core mold and swage to .361". That way I can powder coat them before swaging and end up with a precise concentric powder coated .361" boolit. But in the case that it takes a long...
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    01-13-2019, 11:11 AM
    Thank you very much. Yes Forehand & Wadsworth is actually the same gun. As I understand the company changed names during the time of this design. I had not looked to Numerich under the name Forehand & Wadsworth...will do that. I was wondering if...
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    01-13-2019, 04:55 AM
    If the throats slug at .362" what size bullet would be good. Wouldn't the normal .002" over size create a lot of pressure for this old gun? I am planning to be shooting at about 500fps to 600fps with an 80grain slug.
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    01-13-2019, 04:32 AM
    The only issue with the cylinder is .018" end shake. Otherwise the cylinder is in perfect shape. Where did you read "so much SAFETY issues with the cylinder..."? I don't recall writing that anywhere.
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    01-13-2019, 02:00 AM
    Hi folks, I have acquired an old Forehand Arms 1891 Double Action S&W 38. I want to be able to shoot with it. After doing quite a bit of research there are still many unanswered questions. I intend to make all my own dies to reload for this. I...
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    01-12-2019, 01:56 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread 22lr. To 22 wrm in Single Shot Guns
    Congratulations on owning an 1885 Winchester. I would suggest that modifying your existing rifle would cause it to lose more value than a new modest single shot rifle in one of those calibers would cost. If it is an original 1885...manufactured a...
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    01-12-2019, 01:39 PM
    Your post mystifies me...These are single action. The only thing that moves when you pull the trigger is the sear, right? Or am I misinterpreting something here.
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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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Have had many jobs. Mechanic in different areas, welder... many grunt jobs. Retired disabled PC Tech

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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