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    Today, 09:36 AM
    Been using cast 240 SWC/SWCHP bullets in sabots just over 25 years for plinking and hunting in a hawkins. For the inlines I'll use cast for plinking, but generally use a jacketed bullet for hunting. It's much cheaper to buy sabots and a box of...
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    Today, 12:34 AM
    Here's the tool, it basically the center pin locates the outer ring which peens a ring around the bushing. The bushing should be a fairly tight fit to begin with which that one doesn't look to be. It almost looks like they used the tool, but...
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    Yesterday, 09:32 PM
    Generally only shoot my 1858 clone in the cooler months with pyrodex and just about any grease type lube works. Crisco, crisco-beeswax, white lithium, bore butter, I used lard for a long time. Forgot to bring any grease one time and was about a...
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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    That looks terrible. They make a tool to stake a revolver firing pin bushing in place. You'd think someone who's calling themselves a gunsmith would have one or at least take the time to correctly fit the bushing and stake it without looking like...
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    10-17-2018, 04:05 PM
    Hmmm, another 336, a western auto/mossberg 30-30, and a couple more ar15's so far this year.
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    10-16-2018, 07:56 AM
    Be interested in seeing what the issue turns out to be. I've got both the older Hornady measure that came with the pro-jector press and a newer LNL measure that I bought 10 years ago or so. Haven't used the pistol stem on the older measure in 20+...
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    10-15-2018, 08:04 AM
    How does the 300 HAM'R compare to the 30 BRX or Dasher?
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    10-14-2018, 08:27 PM
    AR's are mainly what we deer hunt with although not in 223 since they started allowing straight walled pistol cartridges in the "limited firearms zone" here in Michigan. The Straight wall and 1.8" case length limits pretty much limits you to...
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    10-10-2018, 12:20 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread carrying bullets? in Muzzleloading.
    The "speed loaders" is what I've always used. They keep the powder dry and the bullets dirt and debris free. They come in different calibers and different max powder volumes so pick accordingly.
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    10-09-2018, 07:06 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Lathe manual parts list in Our Town
    There's a yahoo group for the Sheldon lathes. https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Sheldonlathe/info I have a 12" (actually is 13-1/8"). Ebay is likely the best place for parts on it. DON'T lock the back gears on the Sheldon and beat the chuck...
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    10-08-2018, 10:17 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread 357 Max in Gunsmithing Tips & Tricks
    There's a couple mentioned over a Marlin Owners (one 1894 and a 336), but not much in the way of pictures. I'm slowly working on one based off of a 336 that I hope to have done in time for this deer season. With carrier mods I was able to get it...
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    10-08-2018, 09:24 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Hate to waste stuff--but in Our Town
    I would not shoot someone elses reloads who I didn't know their reloading practices well enough vouch for. Even some people I consider smart people shouldn't be allowed to reload. One guy I worked with who was an avid shooter and occasional...
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    10-07-2018, 04:30 PM
    Interesting, the only ones I've run across are the plunger style rockers on 1894 Marlins. Had a picture of one of mine somewhere on the puter but can't seem to find it now.
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    10-07-2018, 03:53 PM
    The 336/1895/444 style rocker is held in with a solid or roll pin, the 1894 rocker is a stepped pin with one end peened over a washer. The aftermarket E-clip replacement style seem to hold up fine.
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    10-07-2018, 03:49 PM
    Congrats! Especially nice that you got a good, fair price for it.
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    10-06-2018, 09:12 PM
    I've had good luck with a 6-cavity Lee 124gr RN-TL in S&W 5946, Beretta 92, numerous 9mm carbines. I use alox and dust them with mica with a starting load charge of unique. Most of the time I don't run them though the sizer. If you pull a...
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    10-04-2018, 10:38 AM
    The wrap around spring does look like it would fail quickly, but it took over 100K rounds to break the first one. Think I'd replaced the zinc sleeve/collar thing twice by then. The sheetmetal eared washer piviots back and forth every time you take...
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    10-04-2018, 08:20 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Barrel blank in Leverguns
    I didn't expect much going when getting it, but they've been a pleasant surprise. After having some coffee I do remember a quirk about them. Using a pin gauge the bores have all been around .0015" tighter than the GMB blanks so you might need a...
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    10-04-2018, 12:12 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Dick Lee in Cast Boolits
    Started with a Lee press, just bought a Lee press, auto disk measure, and set of dies for my uncle to start reloading with this past week. Dies and powder measure came today and loaded a few rounds with it. Next time he's over I'll have him reload...
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    10-03-2018, 09:57 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Barrel blank in Leverguns
    Sarco has $45 SS 1:16.5" blanks http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/44-mag-1-032-diameter-23-long-stainless.aspx I've used a few of these 1:16.5" blanks. So far they've all been able to get them to shoot under an inch at 100 off of a rest with a scope...
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    10-03-2018, 12:58 PM
    Remington 1100 12ga with #6 and a modified choke or a 22lr depending on where I go.
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    10-03-2018, 08:54 AM
    Hadn't looked at the hamer because it can't be used in the DNR zone I hunt in, but it does look interesting. You can get a .473" case head size 22-250 bolt and extension for an ar15 from Olympic that is good to 60Kpsi for a 473" case head size. ...
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    10-02-2018, 11:15 PM
    Must be, it always works well. I've replaced the flat spring once or twice now in 25 years, the primer arm spring once, but the primer arms are still fine. Occasionally the tubes get dirty on the inside which is easy enough to clean. I did put a...
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    10-02-2018, 10:02 PM
    I've had Lyman All American turret press, Lyman T-mag, Lee 3-hole, Lee 4 hole for turret presses. Lee auto breech lock pro, Lee ammo master, and Hornady Pro-jector for Progressives and various single stage Lee, Lyman, RCBS presses. Out of the...
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    10-02-2018, 05:34 PM
    As to where to get them, I've bought them from: Brownells; Midway; Bat Machine; DPMS; Olympic; JSE surplus; occasionally available at CDNN; Tromix; Green Mountain Barrels (no longer will sell them); sarco (used one) and gunshows. I like the...
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    10-02-2018, 03:09 PM
    There are different barrel extensions for different cartridges if you're talking about ar15 type barrel extensions. The quality does vary between manufacturers, but I don't think I've ever had a bad one. What cartridge are you looking at doing?
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    10-02-2018, 09:13 AM
    Seems that the cartridge "blocks" would weigh more and cost much more than the same number of conventional brass cartridges along with being more bulky. It listed the rate of fire as up to 250 rounds a second, but how many of those bulky cartridge...
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    10-01-2018, 11:29 PM
    Still funny. I'd thought you'd gone high tech with a photo eye or something. Heck I think I could wire that up between laughing fits.
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    10-01-2018, 03:46 PM
    I still chuckle thinking about Marys dye pump. What does that setup look like?
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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