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    06-22-2017, 08:47 AM
    I've had a few 1911's and they all left that dent from the slide in the case depending on the load. It will disappear upon firing the next time, but a new one will appear when the case gets ejected. So at least you only ever end up with one dent...
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    06-15-2017, 07:31 PM
    Popper, a lot of guys skim over this and don't understand its importance. It's likely compounded by not being needed for all bullet shapes and COL's. It is also easy to mistake it for a feed ramp or chamber mouth issue when the real problem is the...
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    06-12-2017, 11:55 PM
    Is it a "burr"? I had that happen with the rubber wiper on mine, but it took tens of thousands of rounds to form. It did get large enough that it started effecting the powder drops. I cut the burr off with an exacto knife, but still ordered a...
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    06-12-2017, 07:44 PM
    Parkerized barrel threads are refinished unless they're LMR. Everyone else cut them after parkerizing. The new Garand barrels I've got had a vapor barrier tube in the bore and plastic caps on the end. Who did you get it from?
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    06-11-2017, 04:38 PM
    Heck I'm still glad I don't have the guy at the ammo counter the joke of the day "do you have any 22lr in stock" that was the norm for a couple years. And by all means stock up. If I continue to shoot as much as I've been doing the past couple...
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    06-11-2017, 11:07 AM
    Cute puppy, reminds us of our 7 year old black lab back when he was a pup.
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    06-10-2017, 12:01 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Made three more expanders to help form 223 into 357AR/357Max rimless. They save me a couple steps and a lot of time over my previous setup. They're made from hardened O1 that is threaded 5/8-18tpi to fit a Lee powder through die.
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    06-08-2017, 10:53 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread 9mm to .223 in Military Rifles
    I've seen some cheap 9mm barrels out there lately threaded 1/2"-28tpi for 5.56 muzzle brakes. Usually 9mm brakes are 1/2"-36tpi, so I'm sure that guy isn't alone in screwing on a 5.56 brake and just going shooting. I've made a few 9mm, 357, and 44...
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    06-06-2017, 09:46 AM
    A fellow wildcater sent me a few 223 cylindrical cases from Buffalo Arms. They would only need trimmed to length and likely reamed in order to make 357AR 357Max-rimless, or a longer wildcat which is what he is going for. The cases look very good...
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    06-05-2017, 02:02 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread how would you in Our Town
    I've run into this more times that I'd like to count on my familys land. Two times that best match this (not blatant trespassing) were when outfitters/customers on neighboring land put up stands within 4-8 foot from the fence line facing our...
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    06-04-2017, 04:28 PM
    I've had good luck putting used fsb on new barrels. Remove the sling swivel and tap the hole underneath for a set screw. Place on the new barrel upside down and center the gas port in that tapped hole. That hole is how the gas port was drilled on...
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    06-01-2017, 07:32 PM
    Just because has always been a valid reason for me. I was told a rimless 357Max wouldn't work in an AR15. I'm stubborn and wanted one so I made it. If you want a 357Mag SKS and have the means, make it a reality.
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    05-29-2017, 05:18 PM
    Have you thought about making a 357 Max?
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    05-28-2017, 03:43 PM
    Always used W296, H110, 2400, or occasionally blue dot. I've been using LilGun in my 44x1.6" and 44x1.8" and am going to try it in my 44mag's.
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    05-26-2017, 05:34 PM
    Interesting. I remember they changed the can printing a bit around then or a little earlier. Perhaps that was the split. I kept the yellow can as I'd always seen 4198 in the burgundy can. Still would be neat to find out why the color difference.
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    05-25-2017, 08:55 PM
    It's old, but not real old. I forget when IMR split from DuPont. 1960's to early 70's perhaps? When I started reloading IMR4198 was in the burgundy can like on top. The yellow can has the following lot number if someone knows how to look it...
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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