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    Yesterday, 09:44 PM
    44x1.6" same case capacity and length as a 445 Super Mag (middle in the pic) , and 44x1.8" out of an AR10/LR308 or modern bolt action it is equal to 444marlin (right in the pic). Left one is 357AR (max rimless from 223 brass)
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Made in 1893 by the ser#. Got it for $100 at the local gun shop already sporterized but with a carcano barrel some had fitted to it. Made a 44x1.8" barrel for it so it would be legal to use in the Limited Firearms Zone here in MI.
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    03-25-2017, 05:32 PM
    It has the steps in it, the pictures just don't show it well. The only thing it doesn't have are the extractor cut the two flats on the stub shoulder which are not really wrench flats. The top flat is needed for the rear sight, and the bottom...
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    03-25-2017, 04:44 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Rusted dies in Reloading Equipment
    I've used that method in the past and just got done with the intake on a IH345 earlier today. The thermostat housing in the tank right now as will the water pump housing as soon as it's degreased a bit. 4hrs at 20 amps took 40 years of flaky rust...
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    03-25-2017, 03:24 PM
    The stub is "around" .9" long and threaded 25x1.5mm. There is a collar with two wrench flats about 1.183"dia and around 3/16" long before a radius down to .864"dia for .730"ish and another radius down to the .730"dia 1.3" long rear sight journal....
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    03-24-2017, 05:30 PM
    Look up electric derusting. You can do it with an old cell phone charger or the like or even a few batteries for small parts. I've only ever done big parts so I use a battery charger. Going to drop the intake from a 76 IHC 345 in a tank tomorrow...
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    03-24-2017, 11:03 AM
    You guys know as well as I do that fitting made one of the first semi progressive presses possible. You simply screwed it into the press and then screwed another press onto the top to get two stations at once. [smilie=w: Likely it came from an...
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    03-22-2017, 07:50 PM
    Thanks nekshot. Saw the rifle in the local gun shop a while back for $100 with a barrel from a 6.5 carcano on it. Thought it odd that someone had put a new front sight, Fajen stock, rear peep sight on then decided to fit a frosted and pitted...
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    03-22-2017, 02:26 PM
    I have one of the HF drill/mill machines that had enough travel to mill the flats on the barrel for my 1891 mauser, but the table wasn't big enough. Ended up bolting a 3/4"x4" steel bar to the table, then bolted the indexer and tailstock to the...
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    03-20-2017, 05:09 PM
    Shingle, were those 5.56 bolts? The charging handle should be the only thing putting any stress on the key screws on the 9mm bolts besides the bolt abruptly stopping. I've got one PSA blem bolt (looks like it got tossed in a parts bin) and two...
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    03-19-2017, 09:44 PM
    JSE surplus is another good place to get 9mm parts as is PSA If I were to make a dedicated 9mm lower that took glock mags I'd likely get this...
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    03-19-2017, 04:21 PM
    I'd build one also as most places mark them up quite a bit for what they are. Spinta precision has a blem bolt (ramped for use with a standard hammer) and stripped upper for $150 and barrels from $100 on up. ...
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    03-18-2017, 08:28 AM
    I haven't shot one in 25 years or so. Had a hard time gripping that huge grip well enough to get it to cycle reliably. Ended up finding if I put the thumb of my left hand on the bottom of the trigger guard and put tension downward it would cycle...
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    03-17-2017, 10:15 AM
    I got into reloading after buying my first box of 44mag shells. My buddies dad showed me the basics and it was all down hill after that. I doubt overall I save anything, but it allows me to shoot more for the same amount of money that would get...
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    03-15-2017, 07:01 AM
    To anodize something again, you have to remove the old finish which includes how ever deep the original anodizing went which can effect tolerances. That is why spray on coatings are popular.
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    03-08-2017, 08:27 AM
    I ended up with 2 of the 03A3 drill barrels. The bore (except for near the weld end) were bright and shiney. Ended up just cutting off the chamber area anyway so it wasn't an issue. One is currently a 308x39 and the other will end up being a 30...
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    03-07-2017, 10:28 AM
    The welds on the ones I've seen would best be described as small tac welds with little penetration. The Parkerizing color less than 1/4" away was normal so not much heat was used. Don't think you'll have any issues with it. I've also never seen...
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    03-06-2017, 02:28 PM
    Sort of like how if you buy a reloading manual from a powder company that lists their competitors powders theirs always has higher velocity and/or lower pressure?
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    03-05-2017, 08:36 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Scams and more Scams in Our Town
    Ever found something for sale on CR with a pic that doesn't match the climate where you live? Love the mowers, tractors, atv's and trucks listed for sale here locally that the only pic they had to post was one with palm trees in the background...
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    03-05-2017, 02:47 PM
    Great thread! I've always kept 303 brass with the same rifle and sized them just enough to chamber easily. It's easy now as I'm down to just a #5 at the moment. Regret selling my #4MKI.
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    03-03-2017, 03:37 PM
    Who wants to lube high volume pistol cases (9mm, 40, 45acp) and run them through a $100 spring loaded die when you can just run them through a $35 carbide die set with no lube? This is one of those "looks good on paper" idea.
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    03-01-2017, 04:14 PM
    Invest or beg/borrow a set of head space gauges and some elbow grease. You can make an action wrench pretty easy. Basically you want the clamping force on the receiver to be top and bottom. Do not allow it to clamp on the oprod guide on the right...
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    02-27-2017, 10:22 AM
    My midway Frankfort tumbler caught fire and did it's best to burn down the garage. There was since a recall on them back in the 90s. Replaced it with a Hornady tumbler that has been going strong since then.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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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
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