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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Whats the groove dia? You will need that before you can consider anything.............but if the groove is something like 480,the a cheap mold will be the Lee 400gn....good enough for plinking without breaking the bank.
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    Yesterday, 08:39 PM
    Im familiar with modern paint,but not PC. Modern paint contains fillers ,and i imagine powder does too,for the reason that the base material needs filler for strength/endurance/cost.You can check for yourself by burning some of the powder with a hot...
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    I suggest you go for a 120/130 gn size bullet,the long ,long bullets cause problems with stability.And definitely slug the bore ,a cast bullet must be over max groove dia,or massive leading may result..........but,if you must shoot undersize,use a...
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    In Oz,reloading a rifle case with a jacket bullet actually costs about 10c per round more than store bought ammo.The savings come from casting,jacket slugs being near 50c each........here another strange fact.............PPU 308/150sp @$1.00...
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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    When remlin talk about "deep grooved ballard rifling" that is the deep grooves they are talking about.
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    Yesterday, 04:49 AM
    Only down to 1/2 cock.........hammer should have a fly ,fly must be free to move..............set trigger not working because spring is broken.......fix/replace spring..................set trigger wont cock,with spring bypassed.....adjustment or...
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    Yesterday, 12:30 AM
    The 405HB is a copy of a gen-u -ine black powder bullet.It also casts 460,which is good in a Marlin.I would go with it plus as much 2F as will fit ,which likely wont be 70 gr,but less.Use a BP lube, theres plenty of groove on the bullet,and its not...
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    12-12-2017, 11:13 PM
    i wonder at the term"fulfillment"....what does it mean....I suspect in Amazon speak it means when there are zero human employees being paid to waste time having breaks,talking,getting tired etc. Or using free facilities such as company supplied...
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    12-12-2017, 10:25 PM
    In the automated factory,there are no "barrel inspectors' or any other kind either. The only workers are maintenance/fault clearers.If a CNC machine malfunctions ,production is moved to another machine.....Small portable robots replace machine...
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    12-12-2017, 04:09 AM
    The first metal mold I had was a brass home made effort for a 32/20.Next was a Winchester 32 mold.I never had a Lee until quite recently,cause I reckoned I had enough molds.The first Lee I saw had ridges and punch marks to align,but they sure have...
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    12-12-2017, 12:58 AM
    If I knew ,i would tell you.I have a recent Lyman 314299 2 cavity,and no way will it release bullets when it gets up to temp.The first few come out with a few raps,but after that the bullets stick into either side of the mold,sometimes stick...
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    12-11-2017, 11:52 PM
    All those old remedies actually worked without costing millions.My aunt had a simple theory.......if it doesnt hurt like blue blazes, it aint doing any good.....She loved carbolic acid,had gallons of the stuff for"emergencies".....and cleanliness...
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    12-11-2017, 08:58 PM
    Years ago,my aged great aunt got "shingles" and had to soak in permanganate.."condys crystals"....stains everything organic brown,or black.....wowed the other kids at school.
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    12-11-2017, 08:43 PM
    john.k replied to a thread 45-70 load workable? in Cast Boolits
    I did load up some loads like that when i first got my Marlin,but with 405 jackets......never again. IIRC it was called the "Elmer Keith load" in some gun mag....If you have a microgroove,recovered bullets show decreasing thickness of the rifling...
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    12-11-2017, 08:16 PM
    I have one i bought new in 1978....and theres no way I would buy another at anything but a giveaway price.Put you money toward one of the nice 1886 copies.........the irony of it all is I sold a ex RAF 45/90 with a slightly pitted bore to buy the...
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    12-11-2017, 01:10 AM
    The local thieves have solved the safe problem,they make the owner open it.........The cops say the thieves might be minorities,so they have be careful not to profile them,which makes id difficult.
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    12-10-2017, 08:30 PM
    If I need an odd size shellholder,I generally choose a somewhat bigger one and make a washer type adaptor that slips over the case and provides a "false rim".Making a shellholder on a lathe isnt easy,but I have some early ones that were,and the...
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    12-10-2017, 02:28 AM
    john.k replied to a thread My M1A in CB Loads / Military Rifles
    Lots of strange people come up to me at the range.I dont take any notice of any of them.......cept the RO. One day some women was handing out anti gun literature.
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    12-10-2017, 02:11 AM
    I would bet the kid is under a lot of pressure from the antigun,green element at that institution.They have not subtle ways of letting anyone with guns know how much they are hated by the liberal social change feminist element.
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    12-09-2017, 09:07 PM
    That would have to be on the confusing side of downright misleading.
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    12-09-2017, 06:10 PM
    As long as calls are free and data costs a fortune,Ill have a simple little phone.When data is free too,then i will get a big screen toy.Some people call me cheap,Im just frugal ,thats all.
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    12-09-2017, 06:02 PM
    The thing I dont understand is the price.The website says the MSRP is $775,yet people say it sells for $299,that is a mighty big difference.Maybe there are actually two different guns,one made extra cheap to sell cheap.
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    12-09-2017, 01:36 AM
    Just for interest,I had a look at the website......the video clearly shows the barrel being threaded into the reciever,with a long unthreaded portion adjacent to the bolt face.There is a barrel nut present,it doesnt have any spanner slots ,and if...
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    12-09-2017, 01:19 AM
    No,but the emergency period No4s come close,they used graded washers to make up for inaccurate machining.Incidentally,many modern rimfires have the barrel located by a couple of setscrews and nothing else.
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    12-08-2017, 11:16 PM
    The "strength/weakness" of blackpowder is influenced by moisture content.Ideally ,this should be zero.When blackpowder is made with reagent grade Potassium nitrate,it has virtually no attraction for atmospheric water.The commercial grade of nitrate...
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    12-08-2017, 10:50 PM
    On a slightly different subject,ammon.nitrate and carbon black have been long known as a substitute,but the mix is subject to various problems...However ,I imagine the problems are solved,and the mix is on the market under some name or...
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    12-08-2017, 07:07 PM
    Arent sugar and permanganate used as incindiary balls to start fires for hazard burning.?.....glycerine and permanganate .When we were kids we had a large supply of potassium bromate,mixed with fine sugar it was a passable ...........,however it was...
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    12-07-2017, 09:13 PM
    When you think about it,dragon is right.......I started reloading and casting because I had a burning desire to do it,not so s I could save a coupla bucks.......actually,I didnt have a coupla bucks....I couldnt ask the old man, cause his answer to...
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    12-07-2017, 01:51 AM
    I made my own safe from welded plate,took a crane to get it in.My brother got a big Chubb bank safe the size of a 2 door fridge for the cost of removal,about $2000 in those days.Weighs 9 ton,but its so airtight that causes problems with mould. A...
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    12-07-2017, 01:06 AM
    more heat is the answer.......a much better one is use the Lee for birdseed ..and buy a little Lyman dipper. Its at least 1 million percent better .
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