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    Today, 10:05 AM
    Thanks for the tips Willbird. I am in the process of trying to grind the initial profile on a drill bit then as you describe with a sharpie, highlighting the edge and going back by hand with a polishing wheel on a dremel and polishing the relief on...
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    Today, 02:49 AM
    I have bought a couple of guns on Armslist. Within the past year I got a near un-fired Norinco 213 for $100 and a H&R Handi 45/70 with a red dot and two boxes of ammo for $200. Also an old 38 S&W (short) solid frame revolver project gun for $40....
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    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    There was a discussion somewhere a couple of months ago about (I believe) this gun. Are not these the muzzle loaders that use smokeless powder? It seems that for what ever reason, (wrong powder of whatever) several of them have blown up. (this may...
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    11-10-2018, 06:53 AM
    Praying for Charles
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    11-10-2018, 01:06 AM
    One of the good things about powder coat is you can experiment to your heart's delight. If it don't work ...melt em down and do em again. My kind of R&D.
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    11-10-2018, 01:01 AM
    Seems like you have tried about everything. So you may as well send it to me. I will either get it to work correctly or not. Either way you won't have to worry about it anymore because I will have it. Is this not the perfect solution? :bigsmyl2:
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    11-09-2018, 08:05 AM
    My last couple of deer I cut myself. I would rather a pro do it but I am poor. My last deer hunt was in 1985. I quit for "a while" and now I am not in good enough health to go anymore. Still poor so, we get the venison that people have had in their...
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    11-08-2018, 09:47 PM
    I bought some "steel gravers tools" on eBay from China to try my hand at a little engraving. No good for engraving steel BUT with a good straight edge they may be good for making vent lines in aluminum molds. I will take a chance on sharing the...
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    11-08-2018, 09:15 AM
    I would investigate the lead and the temperature of the lead. You may need a bit of tin in your alloy OR MORE LIKELY, your lead needs to be hotter when you pour. I wouldn't use a file on the vent lines. With Aluminum, you can just scribe the lines...
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    11-07-2018, 11:51 PM
    As far as I know, electrolysis will completely destroy aluminum. If you cant see a problem even with a magnifying glass... Have you tried smoking it?
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    11-06-2018, 12:16 PM
    Corn oil. They used to use it exclusively until the recent "IT GOES RANCID" nonsense. If you clean your cutting board regularly it wont go rancid.
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    11-05-2018, 11:08 PM
    I used a standard metal countersink bit to cut my sprue holes. I just guestimated the diameter comparing with others of the same caliber. I did find that like Richard B., "no vertical cylinder...make the end a sharp cutting edge seems to work best...
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    11-05-2018, 11:00 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread To many on going projects in Our Town
    Not a Gemini. Don't believe in astrology. But have same problem. Mine stem from the fact that a project that seems will take a few days ends up taking a year. I am still working on projects that I started 3 years ago. Not because I don't work on...
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    11-04-2018, 09:26 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread starting to cast in Cast Boolits
    From the pictures...if you do it in the garage make sure the door is open and you do it right in front of the open door. Your tools are too big. I use a cheap chrome clip rail from 3/8" sockets to both stir and skim. That may be a bit small but...
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    11-04-2018, 09:16 AM
    -Dude... do they use the word "Dude" in Italy? I don't want to be a pain to you but, you need to lighten up here man. Your outrage is not appropriate for the situation. A mistake happened... A mistake for less than one hour's wages. Have yourself...
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    11-04-2018, 03:59 AM
    There is also the potential for someone in the supply chain to have tampered with this die (put a 311 in a 308) or perhaps the language barrier played a part. It is very rare to get completely wrong sizes in packages from Lee. They are actually...
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    11-03-2018, 10:13 PM
    You folks realize that by discussing all this you are driving up the price of these rifles? That's OK with me. I want to see them saved and made into good shooters. Preserving a great part of history. I missed my chance to get a good deal on one...
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    11-02-2018, 07:50 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Venison Burger in Cookin' Recipe's
    I have had straight ground venison that I just mixed in about 5% shortening in a pinch. I didn't have any fatty meat so I gobbed a couple of big scoops of shortening in and mixed it in. It turned out remarkably good. So good that it will be my go to...
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    11-01-2018, 02:47 PM
    Many small lathes have the capability of turning barrels. The limiting factor is the through hole in the chuck and spindle. I have a Harbor Freight 7x10" lathe with a 5/8 through hole. It is possible to ream this hole to 7/8 on this model, I just...
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    11-01-2018, 03:15 AM
    There is a youtube video by 22 Plinkster where he tours the CCI Plant. I think they say how much those weigh in the video. They also say how many they use in a day. It is CRAZY. I think they go through about 50 of those in a DAY. Just for 22lr....
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    11-01-2018, 03:10 AM
    Yup my 2 cents is "don't waste your propane heating dirt and rocks. Wash it out first. I go through by hand and pick each piece but I work at a much smaller scale. I even separate the hard cast from jacketed so I can get two different hardnesses...
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    10-31-2018, 07:13 AM
    I purchased a 22 autoloader recently. It is far far better than my expectations. This gun weighs in at just 4 lbs. Has a great plastic stock that fits a grown adult as well as a younger person. Comes with a 10 shot mag and 25 shot mags are...
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    10-28-2018, 11:52 PM
    That sounds like a worthy experiment. You could do different sized bullets and come up with a formula for heat times according to the mass of the slug to be coated. The results would be interesting...a lot for work though.
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    10-28-2018, 01:21 PM
    Preheat oven to 380 bake for 20 to 25 min . That is with 40 grain 22 cal slugs. By the looks of it they are probably done way before I take them out.
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    10-27-2018, 10:33 AM
    Traffer replied to a thread .22 ammo??? in Our Town
    Walmart is always the cheapest price in town. Under $20 for 500 rounds
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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.
Central Wisconisn
Always interested in mechanisms. Studied guns. watch making, internal combustion etc.
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