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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:52 PM
    I thought the color around the 231 was blue in the good old days?
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  • John Taylor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    Value can run from $50 to $500 depending on how bad someone wants it. I gave $100 for the last one I bought a few months back in 22LR. It has an extractor problem which was easy to repair. My #4 in 32 caliber got a liner and is now chambered for 32...
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  • John Taylor's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:24 AM
    Green Mountain has a couple 44 cal. barrels for rifle. I have a few on the shelf, one is octagon the right size for a 92 Winchester and would work for a 94 or 336 Marlin. A chamber bulge is a bit scary, means there was way to much pressure. I have...
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  • John Taylor's Avatar
    07-19-2018, 08:55 AM
    I have a customer that bought one and I'm making another barrel for it so he can switch calibers. I decided to get one for myself and ended up with two to get the dealer price. While the action looks good I'm not sold on a few things. The hammer can...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 08:39 PM
    Dang you sound like Dennis Marshall! ;-)
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 07:36 PM
    The part of the extractor that folds down over the face of the bolt is the CLAW on a claw extractor, the bevel is the bottom edge of that claw that slips into the extractor groove of the cartridge, notice the shape, very very little at a time.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 07:27 PM
    I've done a couple from BLANKS and they needed extra work to be 100% To tight or not enough rounded off on lower corner, feeding issue, too loose and you are screwed, it can jump the extractor over the rim and you can run it like a push feed, not...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 07:14 PM
    Look directly at the face of the extractor, head on if you will, you will see the bevel on the edge of the extractor. That bevel is what slips into the extractor groove on the cartridge. After you get the extractor to fit down in to the groove in...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 05:48 PM
    This is the best I can do with cell phone. Bolt is in same position as your picture, no cartridge under claw as yours, note the extractor to bolt interface, that is what it should look like. I hope this helps you
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 05:31 PM
    Yes and then the bevel on the claw to cartridge head, the cartridge should slip under the extractor with enough force to hold the cartridge in place-CRF. make sure the collar wraps around the groove in the bolt as a slip fit also, especially if...
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    07-18-2018, 04:52 PM
    Bon-Ami cleaner makes an effective additive for tumble media. I use a spoonful added to rice.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 03:13 PM
    Maybe this will help, maybe not:-) cell phone pictures not too good. SR extractor on bolt and with cartridge under extractor lip. You may have the wrong extractor or one that has never been fit, maybe even an extractor collar that is wrong?
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 02:24 PM
    There's way to much clearance between bolt and bottom of extractor, there is not that much with a cartridge under the lip of one that's correct.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 02:19 PM
    Yes that looks to high and is causing the bind I would guess, once you fit that correctly then the claw/ bevel will need fit to case head. Where did you get the extractor, one of Midways NEW blanks?
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 12:41 PM
    Sounds like a blank new extractor that has not been fit to case head yet?
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    07-18-2018, 12:37 PM
    I use a 5 gal bucket with about 4 gal of water in it. I float 7-8 small wet Dollar Store sponges on top of the water, a bullet just tips the sponge and dumps. If you do slash water in a cavity it is gone instantly anyway so no worries.
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    07-17-2018, 02:23 PM
    I've been using it with powder coated gas checked bullets for 3 years now according to the 2015 date on the HBN bottle. I've also added to lube(no value I could determine) and used on a patch to condition the bore, helped with getting HBN back into...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-17-2018, 01:54 PM
    I tried it in 30-06 with 200 gr Lee bullet, nice mild load and reasonably accurate for conditions that day. 15.0 grs was most accurate of 14-16 tested, 5 round groups of 1.5"-100yd @ 10*F Jan 2004, 15.0=1556 fps from 22" Savage 110. WSF(15.0=1555...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-16-2018, 09:35 AM
    Very nice JB, enjoy it. I made one years ago so the wife and I could get away from the crowds at the range and love it.
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  • John Taylor's Avatar
    07-15-2018, 09:26 AM
    I think a chamber cast will let you know if there is a possible problem. When the 375 Win. came out some of the reamer companies were selling 38-55 chamber reamers with 375 Win. marking. I have two 38-55 reamers and one 375 Win. My 375 is defiantly...
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  • shtur's Avatar
    07-14-2018, 04:05 PM
    shtur started a thread Dexron in Gunsmithing Tips & Tricks
    Which Dexron for for Ed's Red? Can any brand be used, such as Castol, ACDelco, Valvoline?
    4 replies | 294 view(s)
  • lar45's Avatar
    07-14-2018, 11:53 AM
    Yes, pics would be great
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  • beltfed's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 05:41 PM
    Battis, YOu are asking for RUSTY Bore with soaking overnight with ammonia,/vinegar,etc beltfed/arnie
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  • beltfed's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 05:38 PM
    And yes, I did load the 47 gr 4895/168 gr load also in both Garand and 03 and 03A3 - good accurate load. beltfed/arnie
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    07-12-2018, 05:37 PM
    FWIW: rule of thumb for a go to load for the M1Garand: 47 gr 4895/ 168 or 173 gr bullet. I believe this is about the Wt of the tracer bullet. I have also loaded 49 gr of IMR 4320/168 gr or 173 gr bullet to good/accurate effect in both the...
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  • lar45's Avatar
    07-08-2018, 06:36 AM
    I have the Ranger Rick load data for the 500S&W on my website. It's in excel format. Let me know if you can't open it. I really like Lee's 440 loaded with 34gns of IMR4227, it gives 1010fps out of...
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  • lar45's Avatar
    07-08-2018, 06:09 AM
    After the blade was mostly finished, I heated it up to non-magnetic and quenched in a bucket of tractor Hydraulic oil(I accidentally bought the wrong type, so it was just sitting there and I couldn't use it for anything else). Then put it in the...
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  • lar45's Avatar
    07-06-2018, 12:58 PM
    The wife got me a propane fired forge for Father's Day. The only steel I had on hand was some 3/4" round mystery metal. I was anxious to get started on something, so I chopped off a piece and started hammering. This is after the blade was...
    8 replies | 408 view(s)
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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