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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    john.k replied to a thread 310 cadet martini in Our Town
    Depends on the powder......Trailboss works OK ,for starters,using about 4 1/2 gr.......What gun do you have .....there is a difference in groove diameters .....the 1st delivery guns ,have a .316 groove,all the 2nd model BSA s have .320 groove dia,as...
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    Yesterday, 11:03 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Contaminants in Lead and Lead Alloys
    You want to give your iron pot a good scrape over too.Its surprising that sand and dirt can lurk under the surface of the lead ,and pop up at the moment you think everything is clean.It will also come up in your casting pot ,too.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Can be risky one time Nickle was $11/lb,$22K/tonne.......Big risk with stashes of metal is theft....of course in Cali,it could also be legislated as toxic waste.
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Covid 19 data in Our Town
    There is no doubt under 50s have a close to zero chance of dying from the virus.They can get sick ,very sick ,but they dont die.So therefore the trillions spent is to save the mostly over 70 age group.......I already see here the death rates in aged...
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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    I should have mentioned ,melted caustic reacts with most metal oxides to form a glass,so you can definitely remove oxides with it.
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    Yesterday, 07:36 PM
    john.k replied to a thread More Cadet Talk in Single Shot Guns
    Generally the early delivery Greeners will take a 32/20 as issued,the later delivery second model BSA s wont,and its necessary to remove the barrel ,deepen the rim recess and refit ......due to the small 3/4" tenon thread ,the barrel unscrews easily...
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    Yesterday, 07:29 PM
    Not basically have a "blank canvas" to machine a slot in to take the magazine of your choice.One like a CZ or Zastava would be readily available.
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    Yesterday, 07:17 PM
    The trick would be for someone with access to have the caustic dross analyzed and find out exactly what is being removed from the melt.There is a commonly used sodium compound of tin,sodium stannate,which may (or not) form ......aqueous hydroxide...
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    Yesterday, 07:06 PM
    Properly applied TiN is used on milling cutters and drillbits,so no way it will flake off a sizing die.....I suspect it would be considerably cheaper than using a carbide ring inserted into the steel,as the coating is just "deposited" onto the steel...
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    09-13-2020, 03:38 PM
    john.k replied to a thread More Cadet Talk in Single Shot Guns
    interesting about the revolver case fact the chamber has no ledge to limit case length ,and as 32/20 cases work without trimming,I suspect the Nagant case may also work without trimming,being only 3/16" longer.
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    09-12-2020, 06:08 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Wildfire season your area in Our Town
    I see claim after claim by the ultra leftist media that arsonists are not starting fires.......very convenient as this allows the leftists to side with radical greens and blame climate change .....when I was having a great deal of trouble with teens...
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    09-11-2020, 10:19 PM
    I certainly remember it ,how it all seemed to happen in slow motion,live on TV ,and how powerless the authorities seemd to be it couldnt be stopped ,despite seeming to take hours ...... ,how the security forces with thousands of agents could...
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    09-06-2020, 01:48 AM
    john.k replied to a thread I tried to like it. in Leverguns
    Funny thing was the post64 Winchester Mod 94s wernt bad guns ,and cosmetically couldnt be faulted when new .....I bought a Marlin 1895 same time as 94 ,and the 95 ,even in 1973 ,was far worse finished than the Winchester.....even had small dents in...
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    09-03-2020, 07:03 PM
    Well ,303 guy,I believe you ll be keeping all yours in a safe from now on,instead of behind the living room curtains,and in the broom cupboard.(thats where mine were kept pre 96)
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    09-03-2020, 06:47 PM
    Heated less than red hot ,annealing is minor.....the colour is dependant on time at heat as well as temp.........however ,as its a cheap/common case ,its no loss ......I f you fully anneal something that costs $3 -$5 a case ,then its different.
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    09-02-2020, 04:07 PM
    I have squared the front of the block on larger Martini Enfields ,generally in combination with removing part of the primer ring ......however I ve never noticed any substantial primer ring on a Cadet.I generally use the witness mark from a new...
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    09-01-2020, 01:37 AM
    The Lee Enfields make a good 223 as well ......the action is plenty oversized for the extra pressure of this little round,and the conversions can be very accurate.........I much prefer a gun with a nice open breech ,not the current crop of budget...
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    08-28-2020, 07:02 PM
    A lot of cheap chrome plate (Indian) is done direct onto steel,those with experience will tell that a chrome coat appears in a few seconds ,as it is only a few millionths thick .....If this is the case with your gun ,then it should be very easy to...
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    08-24-2020, 06:57 PM
    The Savage mag does fit a SMLE....(or any of the ancestors)...and consequently are much sought after and costly.........Is your gun still got the boltcover.....IMHO ,this was the most impressive feature of the Lee Metford /Lee Enfield...
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    08-24-2020, 08:28 AM
    The Herters story is an interesting read....the long one used to be a nutshell ,its an object lesson on hanging on until you re too old........IIRC,Herter refused a good offer for the business,then a short few years later (maybe 3 or...
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    08-24-2020, 08:08 AM
    Everyday machines use 60,000 psi run through flexible hoses,some hydraulic tensioners use up to 100,000 psi ,so where an application is needed ,materials are developed to cope .
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    08-22-2020, 06:43 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Remodeling Woes in Our Town
    Best one I have seen was hippy homeowner decided to convert a conventional square box house into a hexagon/star shape (for the vibes man),and completely destroyed the structural integrity by cutting the second box into the first.........subsequent...
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    08-22-2020, 06:20 PM
    if the chambers need only a few thou increase in dia ,no way would I touch them with a cheap(or expensive) adjustable reamer .......I would lap them out ,and it would cost virtually nothing......I might add,I have been a machinist and toolmaker for...
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    08-22-2020, 06:33 AM
    Even if you drill your own barrel from solid bar ,ordinary mill run bar is likely to have flaws in the steel ,unless you buy a special grade guaranteed to be free of defects .....This grade is defined in ITAR as a prohibited export......So ,I would...
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    08-22-2020, 01:29 AM
    When you get a bit of hydraulic tube 10 or 12 ft long ,its a hoot to thread one end ,and fire a few shots from the super long barrel.....My favourite tubes are 52 cal....actually 13mmID,18mm OD...and the 45 cal one ...11mm ID and 16mmOD ......these...
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    08-22-2020, 01:13 AM
    Hydraulic tubing is drawn seamless,and each length is proof tested to a pressure somewhere from 8000psi to 12ooo psi........It also has a brilliant mirror smooth bore,if you select a bit from the rack ,as sometimes there are internal scratches you...
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    08-21-2020, 06:52 PM
    A "rimer " was used .a cutter of hardened steel ,square section,and somewhat longer than the bore ......backed up by a hardwood "spill",and made to cut larger by inserted strips of thin paper......The process was invented at Springfield arsenal in...
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    08-21-2020, 09:03 AM
    Anyway ,costs other areas.....Im selling some land ,needed a tax accountants written opinion on tax status calculations ,just a few words on his letterhead emailed to the buyers lawyer......20 minutes ,including corny jokes he laughed at...
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    08-21-2020, 08:56 AM
    Ive found Starline brass is left hard from drawing ,and needs annealing before first load ,if its to last ......I accept this as the price is relatively low.
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    08-20-2020, 12:30 AM
    You never see remoulds any more ......I used to buy nothing else but City Rubber ....remould tires......they completely remoulded the tire ,not just a cap ,and used to sell them bulk for $1 each.......truck tires were always caps or...
    121 replies | 5910 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