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    Today, 08:01 PM
    Real high grade safes use 12mm austenitic manganese steel/surfaced with a stainless 316 layer outer shell,and then a cavity filled with scrap carbide inserts,which chew up abrasive wheels in short order..Ive seen lots of cut safes in the scrap...
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    Today, 12:47 AM
    Neatsfoot oil was an old favorite for case forming ,back in the 60s......another favorite was STP engine oil treatment........But nowdays, nothin works any good less it comes in a 2oz bottle for $20.
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    Today, 12:36 AM
    I cant wait till some of that global warming gets onto my arthritic knees on a cold morning.
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    Today, 12:32 AM
    I made my own gunsafe,its very heavy,but a few cutting discs in a 4" grinder can cut a big hole in 3/8 plate,so i dont delude myself.....However it does comply the legal requirement for safe storage........which is what matters to me.
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    Yesterday, 01:20 AM
    My question would be ...do these guys actually know anything about making guns,or is it a "niche market startup" with little or unsuitable equiptment,and employing a bunch of eager kids who also know nothing about guns.........the company...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 07:41 PM
    I have sleeved chambers in a number of guns,.....but.....a Marlin is already scary thin at the chamber,the reciever is beyond scary thin,and sleeving would be a risk I would not take ...........further more,all of these small tenon,high pressure...
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    07-18-2018, 02:42 AM
    Global warming is a sho-nuff fact for the millions of eggheads ,geeks and perfessers that get big salaries from taxpayer money for backing up the gloom and doom prophesies of their fellow travellers.............dont disagree with them,or the...
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    07-17-2018, 10:57 PM
    Simple ,reduce the sharp edge of the claw (carefully) until it clears properly.Sometimes the ring on the bolt is also sprung,and IMHO,there is no more problematic repair on a Mauser than the bolt ring.
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    07-17-2018, 09:09 PM
    While the block being from another rifle is obviously the problem,its too short....or...the reciever is too long.Ive got some commercial made MHs that wont close on a block from an Enfield made rifle,one LSA needed 010 taken from the block,before it...
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    07-17-2018, 08:46 PM
    A lot of work for a single shot.........the only successful conversion Ive seen,with a magazine feed,is the Sportco one on the smelly MkIII*.........and ive seen these sell in shops for $50,with a scope.
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    07-17-2018, 08:41 PM
    A bulge 1/2" from the rim will be inside the reciever ring,which is very thin where the mag tube is.So maybe the ring is also bulged,making removal of the barrel problematic.....I might investigate the possibility of rechambering for 44-40,which...
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    07-17-2018, 06:46 AM
    Battery powered angle grinders with quality thin discs.............the lowlifes key to anywhere or anything,that aint concrete 1 ft thick.
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    07-15-2018, 11:36 PM
    A lot of official pictures are now "digitally scanned",which means the cops,(govt) can identify you and access all your data from any picture of your face,even one taken by a cop car going the other way at 60mph,and by a security camera anywhere...
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    07-13-2018, 11:07 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Trouble with tang sight in Leverguns
    You will have to file both holes just a little.This is much better than filing one hole,and the countersinks should still fit ok.....if not,then reduce the dia of the screw heads a little.......if nothing better,chuck the screw in a small drill,and...
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    07-13-2018, 10:47 PM
    One thing I found with the 299 shape Lyman,is you must use a metal hard enough to keep the point straight.I started with too soft,and it was hopeless.And for harder metal,I had to buy commercial at very high cost for mostly lead,IMHO.The bullet is a...
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    07-13-2018, 06:38 PM
    Years ago ,many used neatsfoot oil as a case lube for reforming brass...........Ive also seen suggestions for STP engine oil traetment......Some years ago i was offered 3 drums of neatsfoot oil free.if I took it away straight away....40 gallon...
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    07-13-2018, 06:26 PM
    I suggest you get the mold very hot,and then tap the blocks together......the rule for any steel insertion in ally is to never move anything cold,or you will ream the ally,and the steel will be loose when hot.......this rule is very important when...
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    07-12-2018, 11:11 PM
    Best not to tell anyone about it,like your neighbour,your exwife,your teen children,or anyone else likely to drop a dime on you.At the very least ,official interest will result in a cleanup,and costly testing by a lab.The narcs can detect all this...
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    07-12-2018, 04:46 AM
    There are plenty of range sights that fit by drifting out the pin,ie the Central or PH 5A......but I think you just want to alter the service sight ,after the fashion of the Ross Mk III...........possibly you could fit the app plate of a Ross,never...
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    07-12-2018, 04:36 AM
    Season cracking of drawn brass can happen anywhere ,not just cases.My take with Kynoch cases is to pull the bullets and empty them.....then anneal them,without firing....I dont worry about annealing the head either,as the working pressure will be...
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    07-11-2018, 01:44 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Phillippine Navy ???? in Our Town
    A lot of third world navies ,they figure if the ratings dont know smallarms,gives the officers a bit more time to draw their weapon.
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    07-11-2018, 01:38 AM
    I hear all this,but when I shoot at the range,very ,very occasionally a young person comes over to ask about the old gun,or such.....Generally gets around to cast bullets.........the usual comment is...."Why would you bother?"..They never show any...
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    07-10-2018, 07:30 PM
    I bought a 94 new in 1973...........has never needed a part yet......its only problem was the flat hammer spring moving sideways enough to foul the wood........very easy fix..............If you dont do "rifleman" tricks,you wont break it.
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    07-10-2018, 07:10 AM
    Maybe Hotchkiss 'Glass plate flake' powder....Sounds impressive anyway.
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    07-09-2018, 11:01 PM
    john.k replied to a thread beeswax in Boolit Lube !
    Seen claims that the price of beewax is going sky high due to the veroa mite..Also ,various online brands tested up to 90% paraffin wax .........as do Chinese sourced waxes.
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    07-09-2018, 10:54 PM
    Bronze expands a lot more than steel,so after drilling,heat mold before twisting screw....Another bit of very good advice...........Use Ridgid brand splined ezy outs.........they wont shatter in the hole like el cheapo ones.
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    07-09-2018, 06:02 AM
    A truck air brake pedal valve is ideal for this application.........pressure can be gradually increased,and then released in a graduated manner if needed........I personally dont like air in these types of applications,as a release of resistance...
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    07-07-2018, 07:07 PM
    I have the cheaper version in 303.........just assembled from bits with a new Lithgow H smelly barrel,ME wood,with a cut and semirestored front wood,and a old Rawson range aperature fitted on a side mount ,very similar copy of the BSA factory 9A...
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    07-07-2018, 07:00 PM
    I might add,if you want to wreck your shootin eye for ironsights,stare at computer forums all night .
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    07-07-2018, 04:52 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    I bought a television from a big storechain,when I unpacked it,.......it didnt work.......On a close look,it had been mounted by a rear bracket,and marks on the hard plastic....It was obviously used....So ,I took it back to the store.........and the...
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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