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  • john.k's Avatar
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.
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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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    02-24-2019, 06:13 AM
    You dont say where in Oz you are..........however I suspect if you contact an old established gunsmith business ,they may have reamers etc for 303/243.I also suspect someone like W .Marden P/L will have dies..............I had a Martini in...
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    02-23-2019, 10:37 PM
    Whats wrong with 243/303,or a 6.5 on 303.............this will work properly in the mag.and if you look around you might even fine a cheap NOS barrel in 243/303........and the cases will be a whole lot cheaper and more available..........its also...
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    02-23-2019, 10:30 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Tubular magazine answers in Leverguns
    The Lebel ammo also had double thickness primers,so tough that even the heavy blow of a Berthier firing pin sometimes wont set them off first time ,and you need a recock and second blow ............although I v e heard claimed the double primers...
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    02-23-2019, 06:48 PM
    I see a SMLE Mk1**,as the top one was before cutting,sold a day ago on GB for $3000+..........
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    02-23-2019, 04:54 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Tubular magazine answers in Leverguns
    The Lebel used a tube magazine curved into a spiral,that is how pointy bullets were usable......and also why the case is such a strange shape....to fit the spiral.........the groove in the base was an extra aid to keeping the cases aligned...
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    02-23-2019, 04:37 PM
    Turning rims is safe,but cut a groove in the base of the case,and you might be closer to a blowout than you realize.
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    02-23-2019, 04:22 PM
    Well,a bit has happened since 2008 ,last response on this item......for one ,IAB has gone broke......as in defunct......I know of only one way of improving the trigger pull ......fit a double set trigger.................as the IAB was a pretty good...
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    02-22-2019, 09:16 PM
    Made with modern heat treated alloy steel ,the 92 is a very strong action...........the original Winchesters were made of soft steel and case hardened,for the very important reason of the imperative to sell and make a profit in difficult...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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