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    Yesterday, 02:45 AM
    Howe was an absolute perfectionist....Im the opposite.....but as a book for learners ,i think a book with a bit more make do in it like Dunlap is better.
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    Yesterday, 02:34 AM
    I had a guy was going to build a fence for me,needed it in a bit of a hurry,due to problems with the council......anyhoo,his price was avergage ,and he could start right away......he turns up,I says "ill pay cash the moment you finish".....nope he...
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    Yesterday, 12:51 AM
    Injun joe is out in the sticks,I reckon.....i have been buying WW primers for $200-$220 per 5000 for years....Federal are mucho costo here,so I dont mess with em......Now if I had 15K shotgun primers ,I would just swap em for rifle,but if that wernt...
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    09-16-2018, 10:12 PM
    If you look inside the reciever ,you can see the cast surface....the cast reciever is also cored out in places where the forged one is solid....I would think a genuine 40/85 would be a forged reciever......and it wasnt just the early ones were cast.
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    09-15-2018, 07:51 AM
    There are quite a few calibers in which an accident with a larger diameter projectile is possible.......when you are setting off powerful explosions inches from your head,it pays to be more than usually careful.
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    09-10-2018, 07:58 AM
    Ive had a couple of squibs,put it down to getting bullet lube in the case....the second one definitely was,there was melted wax in the base of the case......Wax seems to kill powder just like oil does.........Anyway,if the primer pushes a bullet...
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    09-07-2018, 04:49 AM
    Not so much a crescent wrench,damage is caused by using too small a wrench.....if he had used a biggie,the points of the jaws would have been well clear of the receiver.....I have them up to 3 ft,used to have a bigger one,but a guy really wanted it...
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    09-03-2018, 07:44 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Back in the day in Our Town
    you dont need to go back ,my nephew works in a gunshop sometimes when staff are off,and he s always telling stories of what the shop pays for guns people bring in for sale......here we have licensing,and when a relative dies ,you got a couple of...
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    09-03-2018, 05:39 PM
    The pictures of both blow ups were on this site very recently,and the Ballard fail was blamed on the use of a cast iron action.Marlin used cast iron,as well as forged actions,depending on caliber(and price ,obviously)......The Sharps was a modern...
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    09-03-2018, 05:23 PM
    A big Martini is very easily converted to take a SMLE barrel.....the threads are the same,1"x14tpi,and a SMLE barrel or a No 4 barrel only needs a an extractor groove cut,extractor modified,and the chamber deepend by .072"......if you are happy with...
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    09-03-2018, 08:28 AM
    Very few,virtually none of the Mk 1V s were converted to 303.......looks to me like someone bought them to practice engraving on......For conversion to HP rounds,a 303 would save you the work of bushing the block and reducing the firing pin dia.
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    08-28-2018, 09:21 PM
    One variable is the ash content of the wood used.....varies around 10%.....so if you make powder with something without ash,its more powerful,but no longer has the charcoal structure,which is important in the distribution of nitrate.
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    08-27-2018, 11:41 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Remington 783 in 308 in Factory Rifles
    Guys I see with them are 100% happy,even with the cheap scopes the stores stick on them....If you re under 40,then thick plastic trigger guards are beautiful,so whats not to like.
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    08-27-2018, 08:38 AM
    The catch with hammer pivoting in the frame is that the action needs a fair bit of drop to get the hammer out of the way.This is the big sale point of the highwall,the hammer disappears for loading...I personally prefer a side hammer with a back...
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    08-27-2018, 01:22 AM
    The back thrust against a breech block is at absolute max under 10 tons......and usually is very low,due to the strength of the case.......There are two historic round breech guns that come to my mind.....first would be the Krupp cannons,where a...
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    08-26-2018, 08:37 PM
    Do All used to advertize that it was possible to cut out all kinds of complex shapes with a bandsaw......but the catch was that you had to be able to weld the tiny spiral saw blade......which they claimed was childs play....As far as manual slotting...
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    08-26-2018, 01:14 AM
    Brass is poison to a weld......so i would braze again with cupro nickel filler rod.....very high strength,and fills a gap rather than requiring close fits.....The casting is very likely ductile(SG) iron....if melted ,the iron is made very...
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    08-25-2018, 11:51 PM
    Might be "kosher".as some countries removed the marks......Romania punch peend,and some times ground ,not neatly.Yugoslavia neatly ground,.a few Russian s punched or ground,mostly X d,....Israel neatly ground ,just like the POs .You re probably...
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    08-25-2018, 09:49 PM
    Detailed pictures needed ,for any opinion......value killers in order.......scope mount drill holes,refinish/blue/phosphate,stock sanded,mismatched numbers /parts,RC mark,......and obliterated Nazi marks...All devalue a valuable gun down to a...
    7 replies | 298 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