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    02-18-2018, 11:14 PM
    This is an extreme example,but the eccentric chamber is not uncommon with some bigname rifles,and when cheap USB cams came in there was a stream of returns when owners spotted the uneven cone of the rifling lead.The manufacturers reply was "we have...
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    02-18-2018, 02:58 AM
    Bid pullers dont need to pull dud bids,they pull waverers and anyone who fidgets is likely to draw their attention......especially guys with girlfriends ,a good puller can get a bidder who has dropped out back in to the action......ever seen the...
    17 replies | 547 view(s)
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    02-18-2018, 12:36 AM
    A good auctioneer and a couple of bid pullers can get double for stuff.......people get desperate after driving 50 miles ,and dont want to go home emptyhanded......i used to buy industrial stuff for a business,and the sayins was "if the wife and...
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    02-16-2018, 11:37 PM
    never looked in a Henry,but making the lifter take a longer round is the principle in all tube mag guns.Simply decide how much longer ,and remove that much from the stop.......you cant go wrong,because if you make the lifter space oversize,you...
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    02-16-2018, 11:27 PM
    The Ross magazine uses two incurved spring plates to retain the rounds,new rounds are forced through the springs......if the springs are replaced with plates,the rounds must be inserted from forward and pushed down and back.....this is the system...
    37 replies | 584 view(s)
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    02-16-2018, 09:30 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    When I needed a lot of silver solder,I checked prices,recovered(a bit),and got out the old coin collection...........no,they cried,dont melt collectable coins,take them to a coin dealer........which I did........anything less than UNC,he offered me...
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    02-16-2018, 09:06 PM
    The case would have to be a double for 44/40......so any load safe for a black powder winchester would be ok.....In 44 ,I use Trail Boss....8.5grs fills the case to bullet base with 250gn soft lead.......In a short case you cant go wrong with...
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    02-16-2018, 08:51 PM
    Every 577,45, and 303 barrel made at the Enfield factory was spill bored ,excepting a few experimentals,up until 1940.Millions.BSA centrefire barrels were always advertised as spill bored,claimed to be an important factor in accuracy......The square...
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    02-16-2018, 02:12 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Fillers...? in Single Shot Guns
    There are plenty of whingers when you use paper patching if the wind blows the bits back.......so I suspect these same characters would be very obviously picking and blowing fibres from their $4000 scopes if the dacron came out unchanged......and...
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    02-16-2018, 02:01 AM
    Im surprised Mr BIS didnt explain "spill boring" ....a much cheaper process than buying expensive tooling.BSA used to advertise that every barrel was spill bored up to the bust in 1973.Spill boring also straightens cockeyed bores up to the finished...
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    02-14-2018, 10:51 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Just for stuff in Leverguns
    Hot water,and keep an eye on the gun in storage,youll be OK.
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    02-14-2018, 10:46 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Silver? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Silver in any form is valuable to anyone who does much silver soldering.......I have gone thru all my childhood coin collection,broken bits of sterling,electric contacts and what have you trying to avoid the exorbitant prices charged for the brand...
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    02-14-2018, 10:29 PM
    Use a drill bushing,and use Ridgid brand splined Ezi outs......Like all Ridgid stuff....they just work.......Everyone should have a set.
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    02-14-2018, 08:34 PM
    i thought i hit the jackpot with 45/70 brass thrown away,but turns out no one bothers saving Hornady cases,and for some reasons they dont even fit my Marlin.....rims too big?
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    02-14-2018, 08:00 PM
    Ross Mk III has a single stack mag thats made of sheetmetal......has a complicated spring/lifter setup tho.
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    02-14-2018, 07:54 PM
    The chemicals are expensive,and have a short effective life......I know quite a few who have done motorbike parts,but you definitely need to organize sufficient items to use up the kit,or it will prove very expensive..Like all plating,you cant be...
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    02-14-2018, 07:49 PM
    Extractors are pretty hard to find,but if you are capable of replacing a broken extractor,you will have an unusual gun.
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    02-13-2018, 09:28 PM
    john.k replied to a thread ZULU shot gun in Single Shot Guns
    It is claimed the hole was for "holy water".....a blessing for the future.
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    02-13-2018, 08:58 PM
    Cast iron is the king of engineering materials......just make sure supposed "iron" blocks arent actually freecutting mild steel....then rust is a problem.
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    02-13-2018, 08:46 PM
    I d never heard of Lee when I started reloading,and the only available moulds were old Winchester tong tools.My first Lee bullet mould was one with the ridges/grooves and chisel cuts for alignment......and it worked OK.Now I buy nothing else.
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    02-13-2018, 11:33 AM
    john.k replied to a thread ZULU shot gun in Single Shot Guns
    De Haas has detail in his second "Single Shot Rifles" book......and they were imported for poor American farmers and homesteaders.......does yours have the little hole in the RHS of the butt?
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    02-11-2018, 07:39 PM
    When i was a kid,one of the school teachers was a gun nut,and would collect old muzzle loaders from junkstores,and some brought in by his class.......On a Saturday after sports,he would set a fire up against a brick wall,and put each barrel in turn...
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    02-11-2018, 07:16 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Fillers...? in Single Shot Guns
    What exactly is cream-o-wheat? Is it the germ,or some other part of the grain?......Ive only used wheat bran,which is part of the husk.It was suggested by a Kiwi on this forum,works ok,and is very cheap,.....but all veg. fillers seem to pick up...
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    02-10-2018, 07:40 AM
    Coolant washes the chips from the cutter teeth,thin saws are quite fragile and a chip of swarf across a tooth will break the saw.....Climb milling is to be avoided,unless the machine is specifically capable of climb milling.I have seen a machine...
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    02-09-2018, 08:49 AM
    Sounds like the executives are trying to figure out a scheme where they keep their salaries and bonuses.Whats wrong with a good old Ch 11......anyway,whoever heard of having to borrow millions just so they could go broke?...its one of the few things...
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    02-08-2018, 11:04 PM
    There is another type of scam where the cheques are good,and land the naive recipient into money laundering schemes,and jail time........my aged mother was a sucker for any kind of sad story with kids,and after she wasnt able to pay actual money,she...
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    02-08-2018, 10:46 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Fillers...? in Single Shot Guns
    Ive been using wheat bran,but only in 30s and 45/70,but some very reputable people recommend the foam rod,especially for very big cases .Ive gone in a different direction with mixed powder loads that need no filler in any size case.Once the ignition...
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    02-06-2018, 11:45 PM
    There were still Snider carbines in the armory in the basement of police HQ at Makerston St in the early 1980s......there was a considerable fuss at the time about the sudden disappearance of old guns en masse from the police armory......especially...
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    02-06-2018, 11:32 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Automated swagging machine in Swaging
    Power machines need plenty of built in strength to cope with "wrecks" when there is a double up in the dies,or a piece breaks.........most of the setups Ive seen use flywheel type stamping presses of about 5 ton cap.......these machines need...
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    02-06-2018, 11:24 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Off grid communities in Our Town
    before you buy anywhere ,check with some of the locals to make sure you wont be living next to the "hole in the wall gang"....friend of mine who moved so he could have old machinery,tractors etc..reckons everytime he goes out for the day,the thieves...
    72 replies | 2349 view(s)
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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