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    Yesterday, 10:17 PM
    There is no need for a reamer to cut a near straight taper chamber with little or no shoulder .................it is easily cut with a small boring bar.,and lapped when to size...A reamer will add at least a $100 to the build.....A D reamer is a...
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    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    If anyone cares to look in the chart on P6,its easily seen that most of whats talked about Microgroove is drivel..........100 years ago,Marlin barrel grooves were 002-0025 deep,not 006 as claimed by "ex-perts".
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    Yesterday, 12:34 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 8mm Lebel in Military Rifles
    That s true...the French only took enough to cover the advance they had made,as Remington wernt in a position to return the money......the delaware factory was new,and it seems most of the workers there had issues,and had been fired from other...
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    Yesterday, 12:12 AM
    In answer to Larry G.....the Spanish 308 s Ive seen,they didnt bother with any alterations,and they only feed 3 reliably(sometimes) but will take 4 in the mag.....if you have the thumbcut ,you can easily stir up the rounds between...
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    01-13-2019, 09:00 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 8mm Lebel in Military Rifles
    From what I have read,the French hoped to get rapid delivery to cover their huge losses,I think the first delivery was to be within 40 days ,or something like that...and the contract specified numbers and deadlines that Remington had no hope of...
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    01-13-2019, 02:31 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 8mm Lebel in Military Rifles
    The Turk carbines were $30,and came with ammo that wouldnt go off...............the reason being it was Hotchkiss ammo,double thick primers........And the stuff was special long range with 240gn bullets and +++ powder charge....did it pack a kick in...
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    01-13-2019, 02:19 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 8mm Lebel in Military Rifles
    The story of the Remington 07/15 and 07/16.....is somewhat complicated........but partway through the "fiasco",Remington tried to pull their nuts out of the fire by offering to make the 07/16 for the same price contracted for the 07/15......the...
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    01-12-2019, 08:30 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 8mm Lebel in Military Rifles
    The Remington rifles were never issued.............every one was rejected by the French for various reasons,but they ended up taking a few thousand they had paid in advance for,but never used them......The clips are being made by AV in Oz ,I...
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    01-05-2019, 10:45 PM
    I cut the gas check groove from all my iron moulds............simply set up with a dial gauge,and skim.The first one was a Lyman 427215,and I overdid it ,ended up about 434,after that I got the hang of the light touch needed,and did a dozen two...
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    01-05-2019, 09:37 PM
    Yes,it what was termed a "Potsdam" by the Union buyers........also called a M 1831 transformed musket.......check for Belgian marks......have you heard the statement "all the refuse of the arsenals of Europe poured into the hands of the volunteers...
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    12-30-2018, 06:18 AM
    Ive found cast bullets seem to grip cases far tighter than jackets,and the method of using pliers is the only way...........anyhoo......you recast the bullet.....so what does it matter what happens pulling it.
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    12-29-2018, 08:14 AM
    john.k replied to a thread How much can they take? in Leverguns
    When i got my Marlin in 1978,I did just that.........called the "Elmer Keith" load ,in Gun Digest that year.....about 55gn 4895/405 bullet.......First shot was at a big pig.........flattened the pig,stock whacked my face like being hit with a...
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    12-29-2018, 03:17 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Light rust in bore in Muzzleloading.
    As to steel types,I have always noticed that some kinds of bolts last for ages in the weather,others rust and disintegrate in a year or so.Generally the cheap hardware store type .......I am pretty certain the element in the steel causing rust is...
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    12-29-2018, 03:06 AM
    Because of the softness of old actions,be very careful not to crush the ring if the barrel is tight......you might also consider a relief cut,if the action is a pre 98.......an arbor should be fitted in the boltway,even if you use wrench blocks.
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    12-28-2018, 10:41 PM
    Look inside the ring......can you clearly see the whole rear of the barrel?..if so its not a 98..............in a 98 there is a partition that the barrel seats on.
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    12-28-2018, 07:17 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Pre 1898 rifles in Military Rifles
    The 98 bolt shroud is safe to the extent that a rifle that blew the extractor thru the thin part of the reciever wall,didnt mark the shooters face....in fact he only knew something was wrong when the bolt was jammed.
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    12-28-2018, 12:06 AM
    Simple fact is the few trained gunsmiths left do high end shotgun repairs,dont advertise,and dont have the front door open to riff raff with old 22s,black rifles, and milsurp sporters.....the low end work is left to the hobbyist and lawnmower...
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    12-27-2018, 05:12 AM
    A mauser large ring tenon turned to 1" dia will have a witness mark about 003/004 deep left by the thread......IMHO,this can be ignored ,and will be hidden by the M70 ring...........1.1-(.0533x2)=.993
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    12-26-2018, 12:55 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Pre 1898 rifles in Military Rifles
    The 1891 Argie style should be avoided ,due to poor/faulty extraction...........all pre 1898 are 120 years old..............doh!.........I dont say they are dangerous,just not of a suitable standard for conversion.....But one thing for sure,is that...
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    12-21-2018, 07:47 PM
    Its pretty hard to find an electronic scale that doesnt work.....if you spend over $20...........just check the accuracy before using,as they all tell you in the manual that comes with them.......and unlike an old balance,the battery will run down...
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    12-21-2018, 07:40 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Oh Boy it chambered in Military Rifles
    I had a Garand with a corroded barrel............I demonstrated to a friend how it would fire 308s without a problem.......anyway he bought it off me,and continued to use surplus 308 s in it...he says....."they got a lot less recoil than...
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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
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