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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    They are the original cabine tree locking handles. I have 2 sets of these I use regularly. Very good handles and the big plus is they close the moulds with the same pressure each time. The opening handle is bare originally, I made 1" dia wood...
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    Today, 01:51 PM
    That explains the raised ring in the primer around the firing pin indent.
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    Today, 01:32 PM
    22 long rifle is a 40 grn bullet. 38 spl 158 grn, 357 I believe was a standard 125 grn, 44 spl and 44 magnum was 240 grn, 45 colt 255 grn, 45 ACP is a 230 grn. Bullet weight isn't the only factor on point of impact point of aim, grip wrist strength...
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    Today, 01:25 PM
    I made my own years ago. Common materials. 1/4" X 6" X8" base plate 2 pieces 1/4" X 1" X 8" flat stock 2 pieces 1/4" X 1 1/2" X 8" 8 1/4 20 flat head allen screws. Lay out 4 holes down each edge 1/2" in from edges. base plates holes are tapped....
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    Yesterday, 09:25 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Castor Oil in Cast Boolits
    I had a small steam plant engine when young. It was fired with estes solid fuel tabs. The boiler held about a cup or so of water. Dad always added a 1/4 teaspoon of caster oil to the water when we filled it and fired it up. This helped lubricate...
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    Yesterday, 10:56 AM
    How is the trigger in this rifle? weight, grit, creep, travel
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    First there is a difference between fillers and wads. Fillers like cream of wheat, grex, dacron, kapok and other granulated materials are used and take all the airspace in the case to the base of the bullet, usually making a lightly compressed load....
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  • country gent's Avatar
    08-16-2018, 03:30 PM
    One trick is to make an assembly pin up. a pin made long and .005-.008 smaller with a taper on one end. this allows part to be assembled and the taper to alighn then as its inserted then pushed thru the rest of the way with the stock pin. Some jobs...
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    08-16-2018, 03:22 PM
    We had a tradesman lose 3 1/2 fingers in a fan on the roof of the plant. Adjusting the thermostats "on point and had his other hand supporting him inside the fans housing. When the fan kicked on it took part of hand index finger and next along with...
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    08-16-2018, 02:59 PM
    Roto metals, Buffalo Arms, offer lead ingot of a known alloy. That's a decent pot and should do fine. 10Lb capacity? Unless casting the big bullets 365 grn to 550grn then it empties pretty quick. Now a good RCBS or lyman ladle and some moulds. A...
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    08-16-2018, 02:50 PM
    Ballistol and water mixed 10-1. Remove nipple and vent screw if it has one. let soak for awhile and then work thru barrel with patched jag pumping it in and out. You want pressure in both directions so don't allow rod to come out of barrel here. A...
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    08-16-2018, 02:32 PM
    Hope for a speedy recovery. Painful injury there. Fans can be dangerous. I have seen fingers lost to fans, probably bigger than the one you dealt with but those blades spinning arnt forgiving at all
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    08-16-2018, 12:22 AM
    The pellet in a 22 caliber rifle case works well and can be accurate. Drilled out flash holes do help but you may want to load them skirt hollow base out so skirt dosnt pull off or they stick in the barrel. I have done it in 22 hornet case 218 bee...
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    08-14-2018, 10:08 PM
    I have a piece of hard maple tree trunk I cut years ago at the height to be comfortable sitting and use. I use it with the kenetic pullers and other impact type tools. Its great to lay a sheet of wad material on and punch out wads also. Probably...
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    08-14-2018, 09:37 PM
    An even better cut jig would be a modified case trimmer. mounted on a board and the hinge arm motor and blade from a mini saw mounted cases could be turned during the cut making a squarer cleaner cut the arm would need to be mounted on a slide to...
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    08-14-2018, 09:30 PM
    On the mini chop saws a simple fixture from a block of wood and destaco clamp you can make a very quick accurate case holder fixture. The big thing is to desighn it so once clamped in the saws vise it can be opened, closed and cases changed. ...
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    08-14-2018, 08:38 PM
    Several I know use ceramic floor tiles under their burners. One even used the thicker 4"X4" tiles glued to a piece of 1/4" plywood. To stiffen the grate look around for some 1/4" diamond grating at hardware stores...
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    08-14-2018, 02:02 PM
    Some have never been taught or forgotten the art of debate. Debating a subject is far different than arguing or fighting and goes along ways towards pointing out pros and cons on each side. A different side to or opinion to some is the same as...
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    08-14-2018, 01:48 PM
    We used pure lead wire to measure die clearances when build in dies and working on them. a strip in the die and single cycle measure wire to see if there is room for the actual stock. Pure lead wire was used in several ways in industry.
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    08-14-2018, 01:39 PM
    Mr Sheesh, I have mobility issues due to Multiple Schlrocis making walking hard for me. On very good days in the house I use a cane normall days a walker. Out and about in parking lots stores and sidewalks a electric geo chair. On ranges in fields,...
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    08-14-2018, 01:19 PM
    Tig with the right filler will be invisible and incredibly strong. A little pre heat on the area will greatly increase penetration and flow. The gas flux helps greatly reduce pits pocket and slag incursions in the weld. Done inside a box or...
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    08-13-2018, 11:03 PM
    If you can get a good idea of the material thru spark test or ither information a good welder could vee it out pre heat and tig weld with appropriate filler rod and when cleaned up it would show at all, though when reblued the weld may show slightly...
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    08-13-2018, 10:50 PM
    Another use for the ballistics program is to print up a wind chart once you have BC and drop tables. The wind charts are as important as the drop tables maybe more so since the short stubby bullets don't do very well in the wind. Also a way of...
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    08-13-2018, 09:02 PM
    I have one Lyman 55 BP measure, Aluminum hopper and drop tube. I converted mine from a standard lyman 55 powder measure with Lyman parts. Mine has the 3 slide drum and the above poster is right the smallest slide on top takes a lot of move to adjust...
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    08-13-2018, 02:05 PM
    I believe some pistol makers are now using edm to rifle pistol barrels. In industry a lot is done with edm since the part cn be hardened and the holes or cavities cut after saving warp and finishing work. With the EDM process over burn is figured...
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    08-12-2018, 04:32 PM
    My mistake there 1/2%
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    08-12-2018, 11:20 AM
    You are running about 1 1/2% variation, Not as bad as you think. Most say 1% variation on your weight that's 3.8 grns. In 45-70 I doubt you eill see the 1.5 grn variation. As a test load a 10 shot test group 5 rounds 388.2 and 5 rounds 389.7 and...
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    08-12-2018, 10:48 AM
    With some experience and a few casting session you will have an Idea by the pots visual condition when to start lowering the temp. A little trick is to put a mark on the control knob ( straight up for closed works) so you have an idea how far open...
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    08-11-2018, 03:23 PM
    As to a rifle to cast for the old stand bys 30-30, 38-55, 40-65, 45-70 or smaller cased modern rounds 7.62X39, 7 mauser are more forgiving to start out with I think. The first listed can be a lot of fun to shoot very rewarding to cast for and will...
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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