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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    The worse part of this is there is no "coming back" from this fix. Those stakes are always going to be there.
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    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    The 44 can be loaded down to comfortable levels or even 44 spl loads used. Another recoil reducing technique is to go to a lighter bullet instead of the240-270 grn most favor work up a light load using 180-200 grn bullets that fill a lot of the...
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    Yesterday, 03:44 PM
    Also now several others are producing them Savage comes to mind. The Savage is getting some great reviews and it has the easy barrel swap Savage is known for. Have a friend that just had a kelby action built up into a pistol. There is still a...
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    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    One way to look at this is How many parts are there in a given firearm? Every part has a tolerance on size hardness material composition of its own. every part is fitted into this machine to work with the other parts. While the same maunfaturer...
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    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    In my big ladle pot ( 100lbs+) I use a mixture of wood and paraffin to flux. I did try the flux in a tin for soldering pipe joints and such, worked but not any better or wrse than the wood paraffin mix. I add the wood and a small ball of paraffin...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 11:11 PM
    As a side note a lot of AR barrels had the twist stamped on them somewhere usually ahead of the extension or at the muzzle end
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    10-17-2018, 11:10 PM
    I do it similar to above. I use a brush with patch cut to make a tight fit. insert rod thru muzzle and screw it on. Pull into rifling. put a masking tape tail pointing up right against the muzzle and pull out for 1 revolution. measure between...
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    10-17-2018, 08:37 PM
    Normally sizing is recommended for up to around .002-.003 reductions. Your wanting .008-.009. This could possibly be done in push thru sizing dies in 2 passes. This much in one pass may not size down but shave down removing metals. I would recommend...
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    10-17-2018, 07:49 PM
    Starting with the cold pot is good advice. Another trick is a steel pan big enough to sit on top of your pot to use to pre heat the bullets. Preheating the bullets to 250-300* in a separate container for 20 mins or so will also take care of any...
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    10-17-2018, 07:34 PM
    For just the bezel repair you might check with a local jeweler. He might handle it quickly and reasonably. In reality accuracy is much more today than it was years ago. For years a caliper or mike that measured to the...
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    10-17-2018, 04:31 PM
    Nun2kute Making your own is fun, satisfying and saves some money ( sort of like reloading goes LOL). When I did mine in the 80s parts were nearly as available, or as many selections. Most for a flat top match rifle just cut the top off a AR service...
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    10-17-2018, 12:03 PM
    Profile of the firing pin ( a small ring or rough surface), size smaller pins create a smaller tighter indent that is more apt to pierce, to long may literally push thru the cup, a oversized hole around the firing pin allows for cratering and or the...
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    10-17-2018, 12:01 AM
    Muzzle loaders are vented firearms, not a sealed breech like smokeless firearms are. This vent is right in front of your face. Pressures build differently between the 2 powders and may have different "spikes" or waves. ...
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    10-16-2018, 11:12 PM
    I prefer the clamp on as the above stated the better seal. Also I find they don't "walk" as much when tightened. I have seen set screws threads and tight fitted pins cause tight spots in bores from over tightening. I think the clamp on is easier...
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    10-16-2018, 11:00 PM
    Maybe reaction between the 2 oils.
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    10-16-2018, 03:01 PM
    While the powder coat will reduce or eliminate leading, it will do little to help with the fouling from BP. With Paper patched bullets and no grease cookies the bore is usually wiped between shots with a damp patch of some elixair to control...
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    10-15-2018, 09:29 PM
    My only 9mm is a Berretta 92, accuracy was always lackluster to say the least. jacketed and cast both. I tuned on the pistols fitting and trigger it got a little better but nothing near what my 1911s in 38 spl, 48 super,10mm and 45 were capable of....
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    10-15-2018, 06:42 PM
    With the .452 sizer die that looks like a nose punch for one of the various 185 or 200 grain SWC nose punches.
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    10-15-2018, 03:13 PM
    A couple 3 bags of ice in the body cavity is cheap insurance. While 60* isn't as big a problem a Sunny day with the carcass in the bed of a pick up may warm the carcass more than the air temp. A few bags of ice with the carcass wrapped in a sheet...
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    10-15-2018, 03:02 PM
    I would also consider the old Bonanza Coax press. While still made it dates back many years and was considered one of the best or premier press for many many years. For pistol rounds one of the lyman truline jrs would be fun to use.
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    10-15-2018, 01:36 PM
    I modified a rolling cutter cutting board for cutting patches. added a rail stop and made a plexiglass angle plate. I cut 5 sheets at a time. First cut the strips to width by running paper up to stop. I may cut a few groups of 5 sheets in one...
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    10-14-2018, 11:26 PM
    Its always interesting when working with a new person in any hobby or chore. Heres something to think about, even todays state of the art computer controlled machines still have tolerences on the parts they run. Even their parts arnt dead nuts on...
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    10-14-2018, 10:17 PM
    I have done them with a reamer when the right size is available better is a true boring head in the mill a sharp short bit and a few thou at a time makes a truly round base and very nice finish. If you have digital read out then indicate each cavity...
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    10-14-2018, 10:00 PM
    I cut off my tank after it was well purged by several soap water flushings with a hand hacksaw working around it. I wouldn't recommend a torch or grinder, I didn't even like the idea of electric motor close while doing it. I started with a cast Iron...
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    10-14-2018, 05:02 PM
    I cut the ring and used a square and dividers to lay out the holes around the edge. I used the square set to 1/4" to give distance back from edge then a set of dividers to layout the 8 evenly spaced holes. I used a wrap of masking tape to lay out...
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    10-14-2018, 02:01 PM
    You would need to size the grease grooved bullet down a lot to paper patch it. Even to groove dia you looking at .008 addition with the paper. Bullet would need sized down to .450 or so to start with for a groove dia wrapped bullet. For a bore rider...
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    10-14-2018, 01:49 PM
    Any cast iron steel or stainless steel pot will work for this. If its a cook stove with covered heat areas a pot that fits in one will do good. If a wood tove for heating a small stand to hang the pot on in the stove will help a lot. A small stand...
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    10-14-2018, 01:40 PM
    While burn rates may be the same or very close that's only part of the equation here. Smokless powders are chemical in nature make up , coatings and retardants. How these different chemicals will interact with each other in the new blended powder...
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    10-13-2018, 09:35 PM
    On the helium tank if you wanted to Stiffen it up some bend a snug fitting ring of 1/8" X 1" and weld it in place around the cut edge. this will stiffen the top quite a bit and the sides some. Another thing is to cut a ring from the tank used and...
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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