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    Yesterday, 12:30 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Looking a lathe in Special Projects
    10" swing and large bore, sounds like you ended up with a heavy 10 which makes a great gunsmith lathe.
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    02-22-2018, 01:24 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Looking a lathe in Special Projects
    You can make lots of stuff with a mill and lathe! Made a reamer blank tonight for a 44x1.8" with a floating pilot. Tomorrow I'll flute it, cut the groove for the pilot retainer C-clip, harden and sharpen it.
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    02-21-2018, 11:26 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Looking a lathe in Special Projects
    Watch of bunch of videos by tubalcain https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MqYOgtQGdA He has many videos on tips and tricks on running a lathe.
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    02-20-2018, 07:34 AM
    The first batch of the Starline 223 basic cases were without any headstamp, this latest batch does have the stars on them. Guess they were selling well enough that they wanted their mark on them.
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    02-19-2018, 08:34 AM
    That's weird. I shot many thousands of the Hornady swaged bullets out of 44mag and 45acp guns before getting into casting. Never had an issue with leading.
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    02-18-2018, 12:51 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Gun Safe in Cast Boolits
    I've been looking at safes now for the last couple years. So far it seems they've gotten much lighter since I got my last one 20 years ago. The front plate on the door on mine is around 1/4" thick and doesn't move if you put your knee on the door...
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    02-18-2018, 12:36 AM
    This guy surfs Lake Superior every winter and gets epic ice beards.
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    02-17-2018, 07:51 PM
    Thanks Artful, I'm always more excited when he gets a deer v/s when I get one. He had a couple hand warmer packs, but he gets cold easily like his mom. Keep telling him to grow his beard out so at least his face won't get cold.
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    02-17-2018, 10:26 AM
    IIRC Tony Rumore has done 44mag uppers, Don't remember offhand about what mags they used. Perhaps desert eagle mags stuffed inside of standard mag bodies like others have done for 357mag. You either have to chamber the barrel to headspace on the...
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    02-17-2018, 01:42 AM
    Starline brass has made a couple runs of 223 basic brass. They're selling them 250 cases for $90 https://www.starlinebrass.com/brass-cases/223-Un-Tapered-W-O-Caliber-Designation/ So far I've bought three boxes. They cases only need trimmed to...
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    02-12-2018, 08:04 AM
    Hunted Illinois pistol season right up until the changed it to "late winter season" and allowed shotguns and muzzleloaders too. Kind of killed the peace and quiet of rarely hearing a shot to right back into shotgun seasons shootingfest. I find the...
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    02-11-2018, 03:06 PM
    For fluting I wouldn't use the ball end mills I'd use the slitting/slotting saws as mentioned before. I did one barrel with the flutes didn't turn out as nice as they would on a more ridged machine. The slotting saw arbors are easy enough to make...
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    02-11-2018, 11:32 AM
    pmer, they do fit but use oversized bolt and extension which requires their carrier and upper also. Thinking about a wilcat on one of those setups as well.
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    02-10-2018, 09:41 PM
    It'll still work oldred, might take a decently strong gas spring though. I remember seeing ones 25 years ago or so that pulled and were quite strong. One of those would be the easiest to install. I rarely use the drill feature and don't even have...
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    02-10-2018, 09:27 PM
    Where there's a will there's a way. Might just take a few ideas till one grows on you. This is about the cheapest indexer out there besides the blocks which only come in hex and square. ...
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    02-10-2018, 01:23 PM
    Not 100% sure which one is the RF20 but I have one of the round column HF green drill/mills. I used a 5c collet indexer bolted to a piece of 3/4"x4" steel (the tailstock was made from the same 3/4"x4" steel) and an approx 1" end mill to get the...
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    02-09-2018, 05:48 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Zeiss counterfeit scopes in Our Town
    Sort of like Aimpoint ML2 scopes. I'd only get one of those used if I could inspect it or new if it was from a reputable place I've done business with.
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    02-09-2018, 12:56 PM
    I did take note of that suggestion oldred, thank you. So far it's been a good machine for me even if it has a few quirks. Keeping everything stock isn't as imported to me as function. The gas spring idea appeals to me. My neighbor runs a auto...
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    02-09-2018, 10:34 AM
    Thanks 6bg6ga it was a fun project. Made the front sight on the same bench mill from some tubing and scrap 1/2" plate. Made the sling swivel base on a 1880's E.E.Garvin mill. I want a Bridgeport and expect at some point I'll end up with one mainly...
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    02-09-2018, 10:02 AM
    Olympic is still around, just got some parts from them a couple weeks ago. You can order the bolt carrier group, barrel extension, and upper from them if you can make your own barrel. http://www.olyarms.com/shop/diy-worskshop/wssm-parts.html
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    02-07-2018, 09:15 PM
    You can do a fair amount with one of the large green drill/mills from HF. You're not going to mistake it for a bridgeport, but for what they are they do a decent job. To mill the flats on this 22" barrel I had to bolt the indexer and tailstock to a...
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    02-07-2018, 01:16 PM
    The bolt thrust is about 1/5th less with a 357Mag than with trapdoor 45-70 loads so it will be easier on it than shooting it with a 45-70 barrel. About the only thing I'd be concerned about would be the firing pin dia/clearance/protrusion.
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    02-06-2018, 11:37 PM
    Sounds like a sweet idea! Would the extractor have a little sideways leg on it to reach the smaller rim?
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    02-06-2018, 05:18 PM
    If you're wanting to do barrel work you'll find even their 9x20 lathe too small for most projects.
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    02-03-2018, 04:32 PM
    Got this one at a yard sale. Made a SS handle with a roll pin going side to side to keep the lead on the handle once it gets beat like it is in the pic. They still make an almost identical mold for around $130.
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    02-03-2018, 08:40 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Big Bore AR-15s in Military Rifles
    I also shoot lead through mine, mostly gas checked. Most cast I've ever shot at a time was around 500. The gun was dirtier than normal but that was about it.
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    02-02-2018, 08:58 AM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Big Bore AR-15s in Military Rifles
    45v-rap http://mdws.forumchitchat.com/?forum=557720 I tried necking down a 450BM to 44, but didn't think it would meet MI DNR "straight wall" rule. If you're not limited to straight walled cartridges you have more options.
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    02-01-2018, 10:51 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Big Bore AR-15s in Military Rifles
    The 44x1.6" uses a 450BM bolt and a standard big bore extension. I'm heavy into 44 stuff and stubborn or else I'd just get a 450BM. Either cartridge uses a max of around 40K psi which still get you around 2050 fps with a 240gr xtp in the 44x1.6 or...
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    02-01-2018, 09:16 PM
    Moleman- replied to a thread Big Bore AR-15s in Military Rifles
    Been deer hunting with them since MI changed the rules in 2014. First with a 357AR (357Maximum-Rimless at 60Kpsi) then a 44x1.6" (like a long 44amp or 445SM off of 308 or 30-06 brass). I've gathered parts (including the fancy bolt and extension)...
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    02-01-2018, 09:51 AM
    I have bought 223 nickel brass to make 6x45 cases out of. Easy to tell at a glance if the case is a 223 or a 6x45.
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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