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    Yesterday, 02:10 PM
    Thanks for the picture. Niece work. Now I see how to shape a fair bore reamer. I am going to be needing to make one of those for my 25/22 x-bullet rimfire rounds.
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    03-27-2017, 11:57 PM
    Pictures of the dies. first the base die. second the inner part of the base die, third base die with nose die, fourth base and nose dies together, and last the dies in the press.
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    03-27-2017, 11:24 PM
    OK, here are some pictures of my first prototype .25 cal power load with an attached swaged .224" (22lr) 40 grain bullet. They hold nicely. Seating places pressure back on the crimp of the power load cinching it around the shaft in the base of the...
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    03-27-2017, 07:01 PM
    Wow I would say that is outstanding for a 70 grain bullet. I feel like breaking out the bubbly. I just made my first prototype swaging die for making 40 grain .225" bullets that attach to the power loads. I am excited to see if they work.
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    03-26-2017, 07:55 PM
    Well Brian. It is taking a while but it is catching on. I knew it would.
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    03-26-2017, 07:33 PM
    I have a piece of rr track will have to try that.
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    03-26-2017, 03:48 PM
    What you say is unarguably true. However I would argue that it is written with more than a bit of "I know more so I am better than you." If everyone here had the attitude that noobs should just shut up read and bow to the old guys. I would have left...
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    03-25-2017, 09:25 PM
    Traffer replied to a thread Smooth bore .22LR in Rimfire Area
    The statement about hunting grasshoppers reminded me of this: I just had to post it. How much fun... https://youtu.be/JmqTHLn1JWg
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    03-25-2017, 08:52 PM
    I opened up one of these so far. I drilled a 3/32 hole in the tip to start and inserted a pic to open it up. That worked pretty well. I have figured a way to attach a bullet to these things, I think. I am going to drill a hole in the tip as big as I...
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    03-25-2017, 08:42 PM
    Letter drills are available at a good hardware store for not much money. You should be able to get a "C" or "D" size for a couple of bucks each. What I would do is cut the hole smaller (if you are making a new hole) and enlarging it with a hand...
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    03-25-2017, 02:10 AM
    I cut those in seconds with hardly any effort. SERIOUSLY. I have a chopping block for firewood. I put the lead on the block PLACE an axe head on the lead where you want to cut it. Hit the back of the ax with a small sledge hammer to make a deep...
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    03-25-2017, 01:45 AM
    And here is a video of me burning some Winchester Super X powder, Some Hodgdon HS-6 Powder (which is what I use to reload 22rf) and the Powder from the Omark nail gun power load S2. I don't know much about speed of powder burning and these were not...
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    03-25-2017, 12:23 AM
    I was planning on opening some of the ones I received. I got the S2 orange one weighed and had a medical interruption. However. I weighed the powder 3 times in different environments and got 1.88 to 1.9 grains each time. My scale could be bad, not...
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    03-24-2017, 05:19 PM
    Thank you very very much. What a great advantage it is to get advise from an expert. I have to restate this to make sure I understand what you are saying: Basically 3/4-20 would meet the strength needs of this project. And the conventional reasoning...
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    03-24-2017, 02:01 PM
    What an ingenious machine. Very simple concept extremely well made. Thanks for posting a picture of this. It helps me get a picture in my mind of how a roll crimp machine for 22rf works.
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    03-24-2017, 07:14 AM
    If you fresh lubed over old lube, it may be that the old lube dried well enough so that you ended up with a more sticky, thick coating. That is all I can think of.
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    03-23-2017, 10:48 PM
    I have been seeing some what I consider seriously cool guns on armslist lately. I only look in Wisconsin. I often find myself wondering what the folks here would think about some of the deals I see. Not that I could afford most of them but ... The...
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    03-23-2017, 07:16 PM
    I don't know about threading with a lathe but if you tried to thread that with a hand die it would not go to but up to the ridge because the die thread cutters are tapered and you lose some. What I did was cut off the end, (marlin 60 is similar...
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    03-23-2017, 07:04 PM
    The ax is a good idea. When I am at the range and my 200 grain .360" wad cutters in my 9mm do not chamber I just use a hammer to chamber the round. If I use an axe I can get farther away.
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    03-23-2017, 06:56 PM
    I intend to clean the primers and reload them also. Remember "a reloaded primer is an inexpensive primer". Also I have learned that shiny is good, whether it is inside or not.
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    03-23-2017, 06:50 PM
    It is a petcock for an old flintlock so you close it off (at the muzzle), fire the gun. and walk around with the pressure stored up for when you want to use it. Simply unscrew it while you point at the target and zoom. Out goes the roundball. Or...
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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 about 4 months ago I got a 22lr. Now I am reloading 22LR and will be reloading 22WMR 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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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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