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  • john.k's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 AM
    yep,$20 was money you didnt have.........my budget never ran to more than $5 guns,and preferably cheaper......in those days ,you could buy a decent second hand motorbike to ride to work for $10,and the first gun money I ever had was when the prices...
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    The surplus guns were still same prices in the mid sixties,and there were a lot more antiques included ,as the importers found stocks of them.71/84 Mausers,Martini Henry Mk 11 s,all kinds of Euro klunkers like Beaumonts and Vetterlis...
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    03-22-2019, 10:10 PM
    legend has it ,if you force a Mauser extractor...(post 1891),over a rim repeatedly,it will break.........certainly a good way to start a crack in the sharp machined edge that clears the bolt lug........(Rem 700 has a 10c circlip as...
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    03-19-2019, 07:33 AM
    You can trim the thread of a large ring mauser barrel a little .........the M-S is 1. 1/16 x 12 tpi.......but fitting a barrel isnt that easy,it will need to be indexed exactly as the extractor and ejector need cutouts to fit in...........if you...
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    03-18-2019, 07:18 AM
    Yes ,not only are the lids a 2" pipe cap,but are marked as such.
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    03-17-2019, 10:54 PM
    Strength of epoxy bond........a guy once brought around a boat coupling flange on a propshaft...........It was long.ish coupling without keyway or setscrew..........he said it was retained only with either loctite or epoxy,and had been working OK...
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    03-17-2019, 10:38 PM
    You would have to be sure to get all the backlash out before the following cut,or it would all disappear.......I personally see the system as being unworkable,or at best ,very slow ,threading away from a shoulder,unless you include a large...
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    03-17-2019, 05:48 PM
    I would not guarantee it.......its not just primers ,but the powder eventually decomposes,and becomes acidic,corroding the cases.Powder has a finite life,depending partly on the amount of stabilizer used.A lot of WW2 powder decomposed quite...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 05:37 PM
    john.k replied to a thread M17 in 303? in Military Rifles
    Nothing is unlikely with guns............many years ago I was shown a number of M1 Garands converted to 303,and the conversion included a press die set to make the different clips needed......a proper blanking and folding die set for a power press.
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    03-17-2019, 05:24 PM
    john.k replied to a thread M17 in 303? in Military Rifles
    I believe the P17 designation was used by the British for the Home Guard rifles .....Pattern 14 and Pattern 17...........someone might also include pictures of the various kinds of modified P14 s that Steyr Waffenfabrik made for anyone needing a...
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    03-15-2019, 12:05 AM
    Without consulting prior art on the press,If I wanted big force,I would just make a new rocker in one piece similar to the RCBS one,and replace the drop links with 4140 HT,and the ram with a material sufficient to sustain the load without...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-14-2019, 11:15 PM
    The other thing with Lee Cast presses is the ram pivot in the rocker..........there are two studs secured into the sintered material of the rocker..........which would seem to be a weak point....but in practice it isnt...............now ,if I was...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-14-2019, 11:03 PM
    The leverage of Lee Cast presses is easily altered by drilling a second set of pivot holes in the rocker ,so as to increase the mechaincal advantage.............this has been done zillions of times since the presses came out........however if you...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-12-2019, 11:04 PM
    It was worth mucking around with slow surplus powders when they were $3 a lb,but now they are full price seems an exercise in futility.........in any case ,when you are getting too low pressure for a proper burn,you get brown smoke in the fired...
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    03-11-2019, 02:55 PM
    The bore of a Cadet is .310......exactly .310...........the groove diameter can vary from .316 to .321.........the reason for this being that complaints about the cadet barrels wearing out with the .003 groove depth led to an increase in groove to...
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    03-08-2019, 10:19 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Marlin 36 A dl in Leverguns
    place I worked years ago would price a gun in the rack,then let it rest for maybe 4 months......if it hadnt sold, they would increase the price by 10%..........usually got a bite from a " waiter".......then the owner would reel him in............and...
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    03-08-2019, 02:05 AM
    Another simple(and cheaper) way is to use wheat bran as a filler..........this quickly removes leading.
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    03-06-2019, 10:26 PM
    You say a 32S&W case wont fit.....therefore I suggest you find a 32 Colt case ,or even a 32 rf...........this is the smallest practicable case size for a 310 bore.......(called a 32)..........I also note the 32 Colt used a very undersized...
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    03-04-2019, 10:33 PM
    if the case has a smaller dia than 32S&W,then it must be in 320 Eley,also known as 320 Boxer.............these cases have similar dimensions to 32rf,and so .32 Colt revolver cases should fit ...........seeing as this is the same dia as 32 rf,its...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 04:49 AM
    TheG.A.R. West brothers from Gemany are the experts,and I believe they have a number of Utbe videos.............they have also written books about shooting needle guns and chassepots...........but I suspect a bit beyond my price range.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 04:44 AM
    worst burrs in the muzzle I ever saw were from a guy who read he should slug the barrel.......he did .....several hits with a claw hammer driving a bullet in.......now thats burrs.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 02:53 AM
    likely to be 310 cadet cal...............Francotte s patent refers to the removable action mechanism,and is a great improvement over an ordinary Martini action.
    20 replies | 837 view(s)
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    02-26-2019, 12:19 AM
    The battery in my Ford pickup ,made in Thailand ,lasted 12 years,and I replaced it thinking it was cranking slower,the new battery cranked the same.....anyhoo,I put in my tractor,which has a 270ci diesel,didnt use the tractor very frequently,and it...
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    02-25-2019, 08:30 PM
    Some here will know this ,but in the mid sixties Sako made a No4 conversion in 243W.....apparently as a special order for the Australian importer.......the guns arrived in military form,and I believe slow sales led the importer to sporterize the...
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    02-25-2019, 01:53 AM
    There is a long complicated story behind IAB,but in the early sixties they were custom makers of competition shotguns......world championship winning shotguns used by the top liners ,especially in live bird,which was and still is very big in Italy...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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