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    Yesterday, 01:16 PM
    I started in the trade around 1976. My personal mikes were brown and Sharpes for years. For gage work I had mititoyuo digitals These worked well for me. A lot of the shop measurements were made with a height gage and stacks of gage blocks. Mikes...
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    Yesterday, 12:47 AM
    I have seen guys that hammer these out get every thing close to form ten "blend" a piece of 1/8" or 3/16" D2 round stock for the cutting edge.
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    11-12-2018, 09:16 PM
    Was Looking thru Dads tools today. ( he was a tool and die maker) These were split 3 ways. All the usual for a tool maker from the 60s to date, A lot made by him and my grandfather. Boring bars, cutters, a block for grinding threading and groove...
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    11-12-2018, 11:55 AM
    Paper is mildly abrasive ( probably around 2000-2500 grit) it will polish slowly. A few well wrapped bullets may help smooth the bore, but to see the effects may take 50-100 rds. I have done a barrel break in with paper patched bullets and it...
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    11-11-2018, 06:52 PM
    Several little tricks that help are if you don't have one pick up lead thermometer to maintain temperature in a consistant range when casting. Set the mould on top of the pot to preheat or use a hot plate. Hold only the mould handles when pouring...
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    11-10-2018, 11:39 PM
    You might be able to lock a washer between 2 nuts for a stop on the case mouth if the nut will fit inside the case mouth. Depending on the compression it may be hard on a drill press rack and pinion/spindle. Off the top of my head a 1/4" nut is...
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    11-10-2018, 10:23 PM
    With a heavy wad like the 060 thick harder materials it should be okay, with thinner lighter wads it may allow the edges to fold up around it. .410 is roughly 050 small or .025 on a side.7/16 or .440 would be better. The head on a 3/8 allen head cap...
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    11-10-2018, 07:01 PM
    I modified a lee to be adjustable for length. Drill and tap a 8 32 hole thru the 1/4" hex and base. make or obtain 2 8x32 flat point set screws. run in to base flat point up One is the stop for the pin the other locks it in place. You can now adjust...
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    11-10-2018, 06:47 PM
    I have made Belding and Mull tubes that Pacific shouldn't be much different. Online metals sells mechanical seamless brass tubing by the foot. The Belding and Mull iuuses 1/2" od tube for outer tube. 1 foot of .500 X .030 wall ( .437 ID), 1 foot of...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    11-10-2018, 06:21 PM
    There are ways to "polish: those dings out, with out a reamer or cutter. A brass ball, round headed screw, round nosed bullet of the appropriate diameter can be used with valve grinding compound. A wood dowel can be turned up with the same profile...
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    11-09-2018, 11:13 PM
    Well Im a belt and suspenders guy here. I also do this a little different than most. I fit the handles and mark when seated to full depth with a wrap of tape. I then spot drill 3 blind holes down them on three side maybe a 1/8" deep, a groove cut...
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    11-09-2018, 11:01 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Lube overload in Boolit Lube !
    I use the improved version of emmerts 50% beeswax 40% unsalted Crisco, 5% canola olive or JoJoba oils ( these are old "steam" oils) and 5% anahydrous lanolin. WOrks good in BP loads and the lower velocity Smokless loads. If you want to buy a lube...
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    11-09-2018, 09:10 PM
    On my 45 cal rifles bore dia ( actual hole thru barrel) is .450-.452 depending on barrel ( green mountain, badger, BRC, pedersoli) Groove dia ( size of bullet to fill the rifling cuts) is .4585 - .459. Rifle is different from pistol rounds size wise...
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    11-09-2018, 08:56 PM
    Sometimes supporting the handle pivot on a socket or piece of pipe that sets around the head on a solid surface then a few well place taps from a heavy hammer will loosen the head to give free movement. Those heads are more than likely formed hot...
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    11-09-2018, 06:45 PM
    Look at Annie annealer it has been used on the girard annealers.
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    11-09-2018, 04:29 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Recoil in Our Town
    I have competed in NRA rifle with 308 243 and 223, 50 rds to 88rds in a day plus pit duty and BPCR Shilouette with 34-90, 45-70, 40-65, and 38-55. 50 rds plus sighters and an side matches. The NRA match rifles were service rifles in 308 and 223 (...
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    11-09-2018, 11:42 AM
    They may have replaced barrel and shroud to refit barrel / cylinder gap.
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    11-09-2018, 11:26 AM
    If you can find one we used a special tap for cast aluminum parts At work it didn't cut but "ironed" the threads in forming them with the force. I believe it was called an expungment tap. This style would reform the metal back where it needs to be....
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    11-08-2018, 03:48 PM
    One of the problems with collet type holders is that small differences in rim dia cause the collet to grip out farther or in farther. Its the nature of the beast. The Wilson holds and centers the case with the body and is then set against a dead...
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    11-08-2018, 12:28 PM
    I would call ahead if possible and make an "appointment" to speak with them at their convienience. Remember a lot of the older farmers and land owners still want to see you and a handshake is important to them.
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    11-08-2018, 12:18 PM
    A needle will work but is on the fine side. AN Awl does good, Scribe is good, Ice pick. A bamboo skewers point will do it also. These are easier to hold and contro than the needle or pin. A file will cut a wide line and may cause some finning. Work...
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    11-08-2018, 12:15 AM
    I would start with a good solvent and tooth brush remove all you can then dish soap and hot water scrubbing and working up a good lather, rinse in hoy water and inspect it as best you can, You don't say what...
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    11-08-2018, 12:09 AM
    I leave some original wood surface to maintain location and bed then remove the wood left and do a second time. I normally install aluminum pillars if I bed a rifle SO these become the locating points I cut one end to match the receiver and glue...
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    11-07-2018, 05:17 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Plugged barrel in Muzzleloading.
    Using the air gun you really want an older one on the compressor. New blowguns are regulated to 18 psi pressure pretty much worthless for any thing a blow gun is used for. But they are safe. Older blow guns allow line pressure thru.
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    11-07-2018, 05:09 PM
    With all the money Im saving casting my own it dosnt matter really. LOL
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    11-07-2018, 04:01 PM
    All my starline brass Ive bought direct from them that's BP or smokeless has had a note in it that for BP it should be annealed. Annealing correctly is a good practice to get into.
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    11-07-2018, 02:02 PM
    Chances are if the threads are in the receiver its harder than the screws. I would order a couple 8x40 bottom taps from brownels and use them for this. Had a guy in one shop that tried this several times and ended up breaking the screw or bolt off...
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    11-07-2018, 12:54 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Plugged barrel in Muzzleloading.
    Brushes are easier. buy a 3' length of .015 walled brass tubing that fits in bore, push in till it stops on breech pull out and the brush will be in the end of the brass tube.
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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