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    10-14-2019, 08:44 PM
    If a British gun says .310 on the barrel,its .310....bore......all cadets are .310 bore,they would be rejected at inspection if any larger......the variation come in the groove dia.......the early Greeners had 003 deep grooves,hence they are 316...
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    10-14-2019, 08:28 PM
    Got to the stage some other sites are basically covered by popups and now annoying videos........do these dipsticks paying to have 10 minutes plus of some annoying nuisance advert really think Ill buy their product.I give them a...
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    10-14-2019, 08:18 PM
    The commonest non lead bullet is what the military use,steel jacket,sintered iron core,or soft iron core.very cheap,but need serious machinery to make......which is of no account ........Incidentally,zinc can be drawn like brass,to make a tough...
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    10-07-2019, 08:32 AM
    Small power 3ph motors will generally run OK on single by connecting a couple of capacitiors between the phases.....but if the volts is lower,the power reduces to almost nothing.........3ph coolant /suds pumps on machines can be run like this,with...
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    10-07-2019, 05:10 AM
    Zinc is brittle and crumbly as cast....but so is brass......when zinc is drawn and redrawn into wire and annealed,it can be quite soft and bendy......this kind of zinc wire is used in metal spraying ,where it replaces hot dip galvanizing......the...
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    10-06-2019, 10:30 PM
    When you melt outdoors ,rig up some sort of a windbreak,an old oildrum cut open is good,the melt will go twice as quick.Even on a calm day,youll be losing heat to the slightest breeze.
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    10-06-2019, 07:34 PM
    Rating plate says 1lb/ft @600rpm.......=.114hp,....also says 1A@230v=230W,or about 1/3hp.,less internal losses.
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    09-29-2019, 10:12 PM
    john.k replied to a thread 280 Ross in Vintage Ammo
    Measure the primers ,if .250 its berdan,but if normal .210,then thats valuable cases,and worth looking after.
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    09-29-2019, 10:05 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Any other welders here? in Our Town
    Not all cheap consumable is rubbish.....I used to do all the auctions,and often get a whole container load of weld wire that was surplus from a big project....never pay more than scrap price,and often buy the container ,get the contents free...........
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    09-29-2019, 05:09 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Metric tool rant in Our Town
    My tractor made in 1964 has a Lucas starter and a Lucas generator......both still the original ones that came with the tractor....all the older Lucas stuff is dated.........the other day some young expert told me oil only lasts 5 years,then you have...
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    09-28-2019, 10:13 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Metric tool rant in Our Town
    "Some things are designed to discourage home mechanics".......how about everything is designed to prevent home mechanics touching it.I have always bought little Ford diesel pickups...... on the most recent ,its impossible to remove the starter or...
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    09-27-2019, 11:21 PM
    You should remember that that the 6.5x55 was also used in military Krags,and a good number of these have been blown up......
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    09-22-2019, 10:11 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Auction in Our Town
    Different allright...........idiots go crazy and pay way over the odds for busted junk.......all the auctioneer has to mention is "antique/collectable .or my fav ..old skool.....hate that.".....Some of the dimwits dont even know what an auction...
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    09-21-2019, 01:20 AM
    Best to make a rod from 1/2" wood curtain rod,walnut preferably,and put a knob on it...........two reasons ,one is the replica rod is a tempting target for light fingers,...Second ,its too short,and cant be seen easily before blowing it downrange.
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    09-20-2019, 08:46 PM
    A good material for pins is an old chrome vanadium screwdriver......I save all busted Cr/V screwdrivers,and good carbon ones too.....used to save all really big files,but everyone sells big files on ebay now as "man cave accessories"..........I...
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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