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    Yesterday, 08:10 PM
    I use 20-1 in my 38-55 and air cooled. The bullets are 335 grn lyman and a 350 grn old west Nasa I load these over black powder for around 1250 fps. I shoot these out to 500 yards in shilouette matches. they are also pan lubed with either SPG or...
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    Yesterday, 04:10 PM
    While ambient temp dosnt actually affect the lead temps it does the cooling of the stream of lead and the moulds rate of cooling. Used to be with the older powders ambient temp wouldalso greatly affect velocity and pressures. Your upping the pot...
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    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    We gave a C Sharps 74 Sharps to a mechanic at work for a retirement gift years ago, And I "donated" a 100 rd MTM box of appropriate Black Powder 45-70 loaded ammo in. It is a beautiful rifle with His years of service engraved in the one side of the...
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    Yesterday, 03:50 PM
    The "crowned" rollers also work better on tapered surfaces and also do well with straight surfaces. As to force You don't need tight just enough to support the barrel. a nice touch on all 3 rollers does fine....
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    Dust in the knife bearings can also affect a balance beam.
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    11-16-2017, 03:34 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 22 drop @300yds in Rimfire Area
    Put a couple wind flags down range to help with reading the wind. A light wire stand and at the height of the bullets trajectory in flight ( that's where you need to know it) with a 2'-3' length of light fuzzy yarn shows small changes in wind well....
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    11-16-2017, 03:20 PM
    Heres a little info to help some those of you who want to check the scales settings or a digital at the charge weight quick and easy for often used loads. Check weights sets are available from several sources but can be a pain to "stack up" for...
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    11-16-2017, 02:47 PM
    I believe I would bolt the ring to the legs rather than pop rivet it. a 2" wide 3/16" thick ring to fit snugly around outside and 2 1/4" bolts in each leg would hold nicely. Welding if possible would be better. If bolting a 1 1/2" overlap of ends so...
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    11-16-2017, 11:39 AM
    One plus to the AR platform over the garand and M1-A/M14 is the bedding or lack off. The AR series ( 15 or 10) once built and tuned to match standards tends to run there till the barrel burns out and needs replaced. The garand with its thin bedding...
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    11-16-2017, 11:18 AM
    The magneto speed is one of the new generation chronographs that is not affected by light sources or shadows. Its a good unit and accurate. Attaches to barrel so some front sights or other attachments may affect it and take more to set it up. ...
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    11-16-2017, 10:54 AM
    You can make a sleeve for the bearings outer race that's convex on the outside so it only bears on the one point. It normally dosnt take a lot of radious to accomplish this. ( Think of the crown on a flat belt pulley). Machine the sleeves and press...
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    11-16-2017, 10:43 AM
    I will agree with elk hunter on the primers not being quite hot enough for ball powder. It looks like the load is slightly compressed also. Other issues might be a plugged or blocked flash hole, cleaning media, manufacturing burr folded over. ...
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    11-15-2017, 11:05 PM
    I worked with clover lapping compounds 320 and finer. Not overly aggressive but metal is removed ( a .0002 removed is .0004 on dia). Rotating the lap helps to keep lands and groove even . To charge the lap roll...
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    11-15-2017, 10:50 PM
    Get the 3/8" and 1/2" round edge finders with the double ends and one end .200 dia. The old style "wigglers" work but arn't near as handy. If your going to use it just in the mill an intrepid with back dial and the swing mount is easier to read...
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    11-15-2017, 09:20 PM
    I was taught when lapping a barrel to make 3-5 passes rotate 1 groove 3-5 passes for a full rotation. then a new lap and finer grit repeat. to put taper in a barrel 2 passes 3" 2passes to 6" 2 passes to 9" till just out of barrel and repeat with...
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    11-15-2017, 05:30 PM
    As a last ditch with a fine stone or very fine sandpaper backed by a piece of flat stock, bevel the top inside edges of the blocks .005-.008 on each side ( just enough to see the line good is enough) this makes a vent line right under the sprue...
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    11-15-2017, 02:28 PM
    A good way to reinforce those legs would be a 1/8" plate fitted and welded inside the legs to stiffen them up, This will make a very solid I shape of them. Then forma ring from 1/4" x 1 1/2" flat stock and weld around the outside of the legs at 1/4"...
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    11-15-2017, 11:43 AM
    Remove the sprue plate and screws. I have seen a piece of cigarette paper placed between the blocks also but may not be necessary. Set blocks up in vise on a good set of parallels. First indicate the top flat with a finger indicator. May take a...
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    11-13-2017, 11:57 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 38 Squib loads? in Cast Boolits
    Look in the bore after firing a round You will probably see some greenish yellow balls, the 2400 with the coating burned off. Ive used 2400 with good results in heavier loads and magnum loads. but it dosnt do as well for light loads, same with 296...
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    11-13-2017, 11:39 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Chrono help in Cast Boolits
    I bought several cans of pellets all the same lot number and use these and my rws r1 pellet gun to check the set up on my pact. I now have a Lab Radar and its way better since its not dependant on light conditions.
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    11-13-2017, 11:35 PM
    Any more getting more than a years warranty on electronics is almost impossible today. About all you can do is what your doing and ask from others. Also look at the units and the internet likes and dislikes. I had a small hornady digital that...
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    11-13-2017, 10:48 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Chrono help in Cast Boolits
    Sometimes indoor lighting and or florescent lights have an affect on them also. A thin piece of frosted plexiglass that covers 8" fornt and back and completely over the screesns stops shadows and bad pick ups. I used 1/8" p;exis glass and sand...
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    11-13-2017, 10:23 PM
    Some paint stores sell gallon jugs empty and new with lids
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    11-12-2017, 10:38 PM
    Please make sure the plate you make is thick enough to take the force with out collapsing springing. Under that much pressure if it "kicks" out it could injure seriously. The press and plate are a good idea and should work well. If the drill is...
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    11-12-2017, 03:29 PM
    I would second you observation on cause the short neck and grease groove lighten tension to the point the spring is "overloaded " for what tension is there, seating the bullet deeper. Look in the spring section of the local hardware and find a...
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    11-12-2017, 03:21 PM
    Another thing older shooters used to do was a post as wide as the frame and hold centered on the frame and line of white under bull. The "frame" hold worked for them. I tried it a couple times and just didn't like the idea that wind was never...
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    11-12-2017, 01:33 PM
    The access is one reason I like my Bonanza Co Ax. It gives a lot of room for inserting removing cases along with some other nice features. Give them a look see.
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    11-12-2017, 01:24 PM
    I have used a wide front post in the globe with a 6 o'clock hold both shillouettes and High Power service rifle. This works okay for me ( better on the bullseyes ) an insert that is slightly bigger than the target works again better on round targets...
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    11-11-2017, 10:08 PM
    Casting your bullet and maintaining a sharp square clean edge is one. Rounded edge or dinged up can have a detrimental effect same as a bad crown. Even the bevel base if not true and clean can cause problems. A mould that casts a square true clean...
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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