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    Yesterday, 04:09 AM
    To check your barrel size,simply place one of the bullets into the muzzle,and thumb it in.It should be a double up thumb push,not an easy fit.Then,knock it out with a rod.If the whole surface isnt shiny from the rifling,ie just some light...
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    Yesterday, 04:02 AM
    Even so,Starline cases in any calibre will split if not annealed before use.....and I believe Starline dont deny it.To anneal straight cases ,simply stand them up in a large flat tin tray,with about 1/2" water in the bottom,and gently heat with a...
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    11-11-2018, 10:14 PM
    Starline cases are left hard from drawing,for cost reasons......therefore I advise you to anneal the cases before loading......the whole case ,down to the base,and you should not have any more splits...(note...this is dangerous with a 50K psi...
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    11-11-2018, 07:55 PM
    I remember Jack Stacey at Redcliffe used to sell 4740 and ballistite from bulk fibre barrels behind the counter.......1/6d a lb,he would scoop out a scoop of powder ,tip it into a brown paper bag,put it on the scales,and it would be close to right...
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    11-09-2018, 10:00 PM
    Three inches back from the muzzle?......how does a counterbore remove that?.......you will end up with a two diameter barrel...ruined...and next step a 21" barrel,or less.......Any originality or collectability is gone out the door...Leave it...
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    11-08-2018, 08:12 PM
    I have been using the Lee 476/400 mould for years......I used to paper patch ,but using the 476 bullet is a lot quicker ..........I have recovered bullets fired with light charges,and even 476 dia doesnt completely fill the rifling in several rifles...
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    11-08-2018, 10:33 AM
    Where abouts are you?...........if in GB,dont bother buying moulds,cause you wont be able to buy lead.
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    10-30-2018, 07:41 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Whitney Kennedy in Leverguns
    i checked the link......Burgess had 600 firearms patents ,not 100 as i thought.....the other interesting point is why did Winchester buy out Whitney?......it may have been more political and social than anything else.....Seems the Whitneys had...
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    10-29-2018, 08:27 PM
    A magnum price ,for sure...........if you want a true 98,get a Zastava,and you wont need a second mortgage.
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    10-29-2018, 08:23 PM
    The barrel regulation is tune-able with a screw device........these are solidly made ,no frills guns ,made from first class steel.....I have no doubt they will last a lifetime......but your shoulder wont......so mine had to go,before I was...
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    10-29-2018, 06:38 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Whitney Kennedy in Leverguns
    Andrew Burgess patented every way he could think of for locking a breech block to the lever pivot screw.....possibly a hundred patents..... a toggle angled down to the lever pivot,(among others) ....Whitney,seemingly to avoid paying Burgess...
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    10-29-2018, 06:14 PM
    Whats needed is a way of comparing the thread and your cutter.....a jewellers eyepiece is probably good enough......square threads are difficult to cut,so the flanks were often angled a bit to provide clearance when cut ......i really doesnt matter...
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    10-28-2018, 06:02 PM
    My 1895 also has the same problem.......if the spring was any stronger,I couldnt cock the hammer with my thumb.........In my opinion ,the hammer is too light........and everything has been cleaned and regreased.
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    10-20-2018, 12:05 AM
    The service velocity of the 215gn Mk6 was 2000f/s driven by around 30 to 31 gn of cordite....H4895 is pretty good approximation,IMR3031 is I think,an equivalent for the early cordite,grain for grain.Pressure was 19 tons/in2.
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    10-19-2018, 11:58 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Ultra Quiet 30-30 Loads in Leverguns
    I found to get quiet loads ,you need a long barrel.....in a 303 with a 30" barrel ,its easy to get quiet subsonic loads,a lot quieter than a 22 Subsonic.The fastest powder,soft lead,not heavy for cal,120gn in 30,and the rest is simple...I keep the...
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    10-19-2018, 11:43 PM
    The was a table with full spec of Marlin rifling on the Marlin forum(makes sense?)......anyhoo,the rifling in my 70s examples measured exactly to the spec published....to a tenth.......Now,personally,I think the Ballard ballyhoo is piffle,designed...
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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