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    Today, 12:14 PM
    We had a retired pattern maker at the club years ago. Everyone saved up aluminum cans for him and usually 1 or twice a year he laid sand up and made runs of the freelands style spotting scope stands and heads. Several helped him on these runs and...
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    Today, 12:06 PM
    The cosmoline we used at work was stiff enough that when we remove it a couple cuts and it would peel off with a simple wipe down needed. We used a slow cooker to melt it and coated reqround end mills, gages, preccision parts, and things for...
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    Today, 11:56 AM
    Years ago a guy at work bought a 1000 rds of 7.62 nato surpluss that had the headspace removed in the above manner. Not sure why. It was berdan primed so reloading them was never an issue.
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    Yesterday, 09:19 PM
    Hit the local grocery store and by a pack of bamboo skewer sticks these have a nive sharp point and are hard tough "wood" work great for a lot of chores. If your carefull the point of a exacto knife blade will clean then a scribe ice pick or awl...
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    Yesterday, 09:11 PM
    A new spring for the revolver wouldn't be expensive. Smiths had a tension screw on K and N frames mains springs also that could be adjust tension up or down. You might try a new spring and while apart check for burrs and rough areas. You could also...
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    Yesterday, 09:00 PM
    I have put a sheet of translucent paper on the supports for the sun shields so I could sight into them when setting up. I always made a bunch of trips back and forth adjusting during set up. I had thought about a long string and a stake. From under...
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    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    It is the one in MyFlatlines post #6. It appears to be an early one with the safety inside the trigger guard in front of the trigger. The safety looks like half a trigger in front of the trigger. It pushes forward to fire. Sharps Brochardts had the...
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    09-22-2017, 11:51 PM
    I recently inhereted a Ranger 20 Gauge pump action shot gun. I pretty sure its a Sears House brand made by Stevens (520A) with the double hump receiver. The action will not open with the release. This was my grandfathers shotgun he hunted with Its...
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    09-22-2017, 09:00 PM
    we had a paint sealant we used when trimming trees to protect the fresh edges from exposure and bleeding. Stop in at a nursery and talk to them about it.
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    09-22-2017, 07:11 PM
    The last tool room I worked in was a fully equipped shop. With the cnc cutter grinders mills lathes surface ID and OD grinders along with the jig grinders and jig bores making a mould wouldn't be an issue nor would making a cherry To cut the...
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    09-22-2017, 02:50 PM
    With normal pistol bullets you can compress powder while seating. a Card wad helps protect the base of the bullet also. A playing card wad works well. As to loads Start at no airspace no compression and work up...
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    09-22-2017, 11:14 AM
    That very well may be a one off mould from a tool room in a shop some place.
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    09-21-2017, 09:47 PM
    Art, rebarreling can be as involved as you want it to be. Contoured barrels span a range of prices and quality. Adams and Bennet, Shilen, Douglas, Lilja, Pac nor, Hart, McGowen, Brux, Criterion, and Krieger are all barrel makers available. For a...
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    09-21-2017, 02:12 PM
    Some is going to be determined by the rifles action. The lever actions are pretty much length sensitize as to what feeds and will function thru the action. Even through they will chaber and fire in the lever actions they need to feed also. Ideally...
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    09-21-2017, 11:00 AM
    You might consider one of the Spray sealents for tents and gear. Take band off and hang it up spray and let cure. You might be able to spray some in the cap and brush it in even. I would be leary of beeswax while a everyday watch ( not a dress...
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    09-21-2017, 10:47 AM
    My load with the 335 lyman bullet in 38-55 with olde ensforde 3f is right around 47grns in starline brass. It should be around .100 compression. I'm using rubber fibber napa wad and 2 tracing paper wads. Load gives around 1230 fps is accurate in...
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    09-20-2017, 09:57 PM
    You might try a bigger ram but the .003 clearance shouldn't be the problem I would check the ram for a flat square surface, not a dome shape face as this will allow for the edge to have an opening to push into. Another cause may be a bevel on the...
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    09-20-2017, 09:40 PM
    I use a lot of range brass in handguns. Most was picked up from the Local club I belong to or A friends indoor range. I normally swept the floor when I started to have a solid stable place for my feet. I then swept the floor and pile up when done to...
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    09-20-2017, 09:22 PM
    Keep in mind tooling costs are one of the manufacturers biggest concerns. A material that's wears cutters faster, destroys ways wipers and seals faster, produces more cutting force and some other issues simply ups the costs. Throw in the special...
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    09-20-2017, 08:58 PM
    Heres a tip that is more mind related. Don't think about the tremors when shooting or worry about them. The minds thoughts can bring them on as fast ( maybe faster) than the muscle stress. I can remember a junior who was having an issue with cross...
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    09-20-2017, 08:51 PM
    While I don't have my old machinists handbook handy right now, It gives the "standard for defining the grit" of lapping compounds. The grinding waste is put in a certain weight type oil and stirred to suspend the grindings. After a certain time it...
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    09-20-2017, 12:21 AM
    I used palm up or in the U between thumb and forefinger at the mag area. forend ring on the ARs. On my bolt guns I'm back a little farther and on the BPCRs ( Sharps, highwall, CPA and hepburns, along with my number 1s) I'm pretty much under the...
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    09-20-2017, 12:08 AM
    A lot of the old farm house here had a simple cistern in them that help water, It normally could be pumped in and some used the large roof areas and gutters to fill them. This wasn't potable water but was used for washing, flushing toilets and...
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    09-19-2017, 10:33 PM
    I cut mine from starret shim stock I have a selection of it here from my "misspent" youth as a tool and die maker. I have thought about a flat spring bent iin a shallow v but onmy moulds would have to open the slots up for the to have one heavy...
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    09-19-2017, 10:13 PM
    Stainless has several issues for moulds, heat transfer, machine ability, finishing, and warping. Stainless depending on grade is much more expensive than aluminum, heavier and harder to machine. Stainless can be hard to get chips to break for good...
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    09-19-2017, 10:02 PM
    country gent replied to a thread I want SHINY brass in Our Town
    I use corncobs with iosso brass polish and nufinish added. When I bring the BPCR brass home its in a jug of dish soap water. I start the polisher add 1 cap of the iosso and about the same of nufinish and let run. I rinse the brass several times with...
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    09-19-2017, 09:55 PM
    I have leg tremors and Ive found that sometimes a slight adjustment in leg position stops them. Maybe a slight adjustment in your shooting position will help. More towards a bone supported position instead of muscle supported. Something along the...
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    09-19-2017, 02:28 PM
    Welcome to the addictions here, there are many. You can cast very good bullets in many different ways as to equipment. A bottom pour pot and moulds along with clean lead gets you started. Pan lubig and a lee push thru sizer. A simple stand and...
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    09-19-2017, 02:09 PM
    I have shimmed my early brass moulds to the handles to remove slop. These blocks were made before the put the steel bushings in for the alighnment pins like they do now. Its easy enough to do and several ways to do it. The easiest is to mount the...
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    09-18-2017, 10:35 PM
    Wonder if you used a long cure clear epoxy instead of the shellac / varnish if it would soak in and strengthen them some. maybe same on the inside to seal better. A couple coats would seal from the gourd and maybe make a better barrier. But then...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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