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    Yesterday, 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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    05-24-2017, 07:23 PM
    A sampling of cans I'm still using. Top row is the IMR label can, bottom row is the same powder with the older Dupont label. Still have some other 4198, but I think those are the last of the 4895 and 4064. Have some of the tin W231 and W296 left...
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    05-24-2017, 09:23 AM
    Never said it would be more accurate or better to headspace on the case mouth, just easier to machine. Locking it into one case length, no roll crimp or heavy taper crimp into a cannalure which could effect headspace were why I said headspacing on...
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    05-24-2017, 12:43 AM
    Are you going to headspace on the rim or the case mouth? The case mouth would be easier I'd think but the rim would be better overall. The bolt face is recessed around 1/8" give or take a bit. Guys have put a lip part way around the chamber...
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    05-23-2017, 05:16 PM
    Great project! Looking forward to seeing it. One thing you may want to look at is the pressure curve per inch of barrel on the 7.62x39 and 357mag. Note what the Port pressure is on the SKS as you'll likely have to move the gas block back some to...
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    05-22-2017, 10:10 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread weapons guild logon in Our Town
    It's up, they updated a few weeks back. Perhaps that is when you issue started.
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    05-21-2017, 12:46 AM
    Got their last pound of LilGun. Would of bought some 2400 if they had it in stock.
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    05-21-2017, 12:42 AM
    That does sound familiar. I have a couple of the 581's and 582's with the rear lugs. The bolts look very similar to the 788 bolts only smaller. Many years ago I tried the bolt in a first run 581 in the other 581 which was a second run from the...
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    05-20-2017, 10:33 AM
    Couldn't the 30-30 bolt body be shortened 1/2" and the nose piece refitted? I'd think the back sections where the lugs are would be the same to simplify machining and parts interchangeability. If the barrel was pulled you could figure out how...
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    05-19-2017, 09:16 PM
    I picked up a like new Remington 78 (like a field grade 700ADL) for $170 with a harris bipod and a bushnell scope around 15 years ago. All my 30-06 cases were beat up from shooting in Garands so I got the cheapest ammo at Bass Pro Shops which was...
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    05-19-2017, 08:57 PM
    I suppose I'm still in the dark ages. For sizing bottleneck cases, or even forming straight walled cases from bottleneck cases I use a RCBS lube pad for the outside and a nylon bristle brush with lube on the inside. Then usually back in the...
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    05-19-2017, 12:12 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread $2000+ sks in Military Rifles
    Am I looking at this correctly http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=26665 Factory 326 made in 1981. Pretty sure there were one or two made before that one if they're going to claim it's the first one. Two piece gas tube, stamped trigger...
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    05-19-2017, 11:12 AM
    I've maybe broken a dozen or so all together in 25+ years of reloading. I was making a new decapping stem and realized I'd used the last pin a while ago from the five pack I got at least 10 years ago. The local gun store only had the 50 packs and...
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    05-19-2017, 08:53 AM
    Just recently ran into this for a 444 Hornady die that takes the headed pins. The Hornady pin head was about .124" and the RCBS pin head was about .138" and wouldn't fit. So, I chucked it up in a drill and hit it with a dremel until it did.
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    05-18-2017, 04:49 PM
    Somewhere out there in internet land is a blog where a guy made a mauser receiver. If I remember correctly he didn't have a background in machining, but was willing to learn how to do it and made the receiver. He then used Mauser parts to finish...
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    05-18-2017, 03:23 PM
    Reminds me of my older Hornady powder stem. NOT the newer LNL measure that uses a different shaped stem for the button release. Is it the 80's hornady or Pacific version? Pic from the net, mine from the early 90's is all bright aluminum/steel...
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    05-16-2017, 09:43 PM
    Used a Forester inside neck reamer on them while trimming to length. Rough cut, anneal, expand, size, trim/ream, debur. They'll need shot once with a starting load to fully smooth out the case.
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    05-16-2017, 08:05 PM
    Formed 53 44x1.6" cases from RP 30-06 and made a decapping stem for a shortened 444 die. Started off with 55 cases but the bandsaw ate one and one ended up too short when the stop collar slipped on the trimmer. Decapping stem is some 3/4" scrap...
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    05-16-2017, 12:32 PM
    If you're using a drill press and going to have an end mill ground to a specific size, you way want to get a generic 2 flute ball end mill and see what size hole you actually end up with due to runout. The order your custom one accordingly. Might...
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    05-15-2017, 08:22 AM
    It uses a carbine length gas system, and a standard BCG. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?312313-357AR-(Max-Rimless)-AR15
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    05-14-2017, 12:48 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Heads up on cheap uppers in Our Town
    Generally you get what you pay for, but occasionally there are places that give you good product value for your dollar. That is what I think of PSA.
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    05-13-2017, 10:59 PM
    I've got 9 or so AR's so far that meet that requirement. Only shot cast in 4 of them so far. Been using jacketed so far for hunting, but tried some 208gr bullets cast by member KLR in a 357AR (max-rimless). He suggested I join Cast Boolits . I...
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    05-10-2017, 11:51 PM
    I've had this one for about 10 years now. https://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-2-half-horsepower-heavy-duty-milling-drilling-machine-33686.html In those 10 years I've had the set screw on the motor pulley loosen up causing a squeak that was easy...
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    05-09-2017, 08:08 AM
    About a month ago our neighbor lost almost a dozen ducks and chickens to a weasel. Seems we have lots of bird/egg eaters also. Coyotes, hawks, weasels, fox, skunk, opossum, raccoon ect that we've seen in our yard.
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    05-05-2017, 08:03 AM
    Isn't Savage 1.055x 20tpi? I know I've run into 20tpi before. Could be a aftermarket or gunsmith barrel without the barrel nut.
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    05-04-2017, 11:52 AM
    Yep the ar10's are heavy for some reason. I could likely take more weight off of the barrel and shorten it some, use a carbine length handguard, flute the upper, replace scope with lighter one ect. I've changed them around a bit since I first made...
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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