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    Today, 01:38 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Remington Model 8 in Factory Rifles
    Yes they are very cool. Same for the Browning A5
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Remington Model 8 in Factory Rifles
    I've always wanted one. Every-time I get weak I borrow my buddies Model 8. They kick like the proverbial mule with the long action recoil system. That cures me for awhile.
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    Today, 12:23 AM
    https://www.turnbullrestoration.com/behind-the-scenes-the-restoration-of-tom-sellecks-winchester-1886/?utm_campaign=meetedgar&utm_medium=social&utm_source=meetedgar.com&fbclid=IwAR2V9juao85SL0pjEzeReSoxH5ahA0LjZPgXHYtandlvfR3DeQQSDinY4F8
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    Bore Tech “Eliminator” is my go to bore cleaner when I am at the cleaning bench. If I am in a hurry I use Sweets 7.62. On really hardcore copper Montana Xtreme 50 cal formula gets the nod. When I am out shooting prairie dogs the guns get a...
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    02-26-2020, 04:19 PM
    Norma is great brass also. The rep. on Norma is the head is softer so primer pockets loosen sooner. For me in 6mm BR that has been true.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    02-26-2020, 12:44 AM
    What caliber? I have 2K of 45-70 and 8K of 45 Colt that I am very happy with. I also have some 348 and 375 Win Brass but i haven't loaded any of those so no comment. I did load 5K of 380 Auto for a buddy years ago with no issues but I have never...
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    02-26-2020, 12:14 AM
    Starline anneals the same as every other manufacturer with the exception of some of the straight walled original blackpowder cartridges that are often loaded to well above SAAMI specs. Starline recommends that the user anneal for BP usage to...
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    02-25-2020, 11:55 PM
    I had McGowen build a 1-14 twist for a lo wall 22 I had built, and while I haven't shot those 60 gr bullets at distance yet, they shot almost bug hole groups at 25 yards. Looking forward to some decent weather so I can try them on the 22bpcr rams at...
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    02-25-2020, 10:22 PM
    As to coarseness of the finish that is a function of glass bead size, distance to work and the pressure used. Vapor blasting and glass bead blasting can and do produce the same finishes. Vapor blasting has several advantages in a production...
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    02-25-2020, 07:45 PM
    Since the burn rates of these powders are relatively close, both are ball powder and the amount mixed is very small it really is more of a comfort and knowledge concern than a safety concern. If you are competent enough to purchase and use surplus...
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    02-25-2020, 03:19 PM
    Most firearms using stainless use a 416/420 or 630 (17-4) stainless steel. It will be magnetic. Non-magnetic stainless steel is far more corrosion resistant but it generally not heat-treatable. As such they are too soft for most firearms...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-25-2020, 08:02 AM
    357 mag been gettin it done for a lotta years. The 40 can and do most things the 357 does and with a ton less muzzle blast. Deer are just not that hard to kill humanly if proper hunting values are used. Just like any firearm hunting ... proper shot...
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    02-25-2020, 01:46 AM
    http://www.ramshot.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/msds1.pdf https://www.hodgdon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/all-hodgdon-spherical-powders_02-11-14.pdf
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    02-25-2020, 01:34 AM
    Rumor has it that is how Hornady gets a velocity increase with it Super Performance powder. On a side note I was giving 8K of small rifle primers that had be under water for three day. After they dried I would get a couple of failure to fire per...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    02-25-2020, 12:34 AM
    Hodgdon got it's start selling GI surplus 4895. This was not canister grain powder. I have read a lot of mixing was done to get the proper burning rates for the 4895 and other powder. Mixed powders are not new nor are they dangerous when done...
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    02-24-2020, 07:53 PM
    I totally agree. Unique is a great powder to replicate the old black powder loads ... WITH the 230+ grain boolits. 8 grains behind Lee's 255 grain or Lymans is the equivalent to the Black Powder loafs using 32 to 27 grains of 2 or 3 Fg powder.
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    02-24-2020, 01:44 AM
    Well found the "fix". Kept foolin with the GP and made the discovery of what it takes to make the cylinder lockup at the same time the trigger lets go and the hammer falls. The secondary hammer cocking lip on the trigger ... the one that...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-23-2020, 11:07 PM
    I have had 38's and 357's in the stable forever. My fondest memory has to be the following ... Working the Wyoming oil fields in 79/80 , we got layed off when they stacked out all the rigs. Partner and myself began working up in the south pass...
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    02-23-2020, 10:09 PM
    These rings will do what you need without stressing the scope. https://www.burrisoptics.com/signature-rings This has a space and shim chart to show you what you need....
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-23-2020, 09:31 PM
    Good old Unique has been synonymous with the old Colt 45. Bullseye or tightgroup do well also but ... Unique does very well for me and has for a long time. Another powder that I love in the old Colt round is Trail Boss.
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    02-23-2020, 03:51 PM
    Per Federal law felons can own muzzleloading rifles and pre-1899 cartridge firearms. That is a large part of why Johnny Cash was into 1873 Colts in a big way. Individual States may have additional restrictions and definitions as to what a felon...
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    02-23-2020, 03:46 PM
    Just touching the lands is rarely the most accurate unless you are soft seating. Heavy jamming the bullets can be very accurate. I have one rifle that has a unreal high round count that still holds 3/8 MOA at 300 yards. As to the bullet jump...
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    02-23-2020, 05:03 AM
    https://www.accurateshooter.com/technical-articles/barrel-faq/?fbclid=IwAR2F0g50EXA0OUEXMwuWqBvQSFHdrywHw0KVNdh-SeNFwqAiAU0YuT2UZmk What Barrel Twist Should I Use? The most versatile barrel twist rate is 1:8″. This will shoot everything from...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-23-2020, 01:04 AM
    Sounds like some great ideas ... thanks. They are clean and debured so guess that ballistol soaking and copious dry firing is in order. Also snapcaps are in order. My finger muscles and grip strength could stand to be strengthened as well. ...
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    02-23-2020, 12:15 AM
    http://biesen.com/ http://biesen.com/Al.html https://www.bing.com/search?q=Al+Biesen&FORM=ANCMS9&PC=DCTE Never owned one but looked at a couple. They were first rate. Talked to him once in the mid 70's.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-22-2020, 11:50 PM
    I can try to describe what the 2 newer revolvers do. Upon disassembly, I have done all the smoothing and deep cleaning/deburring of all parts and holes. I even took my trigger return spring and spun it in my drill motor and with 220 grit paper...
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    02-22-2020, 08:09 PM
    https://www.carcareninja.com/best-aluminum-wheel-polish-reviews/
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    02-22-2020, 07:47 PM
    On a side note the 6mm Remington/244 failed since the 12 twist would not stabilize the 100 grain bullet like the 243 Win. Your 14 twist in a lower velocity cartridge probably will be less successful. ...
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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
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