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  • john.k's Avatar
    Today, 12:55 AM
    john.k replied to a thread 8x50 R Mannlicher in Swaging
    If you look at Mr Kutils avatar,you will note a group of power presses of about 5 ton rating.Now ,out here such presses sell for scrap metal price,and most have indeed gone that way.But ,if you are keen,you can pick one up for about the same price...
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    Today, 12:39 AM
    If you decide to use ammonia solution,get a bit of rubber tube about three times as long as the barrel,1/2 bore tube,secure it to the muzzle with a worm drive clip,Rifle with muzzle down,tube in a loop end level with chamber,less 1" or so.No...
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    Turtle is right,if it shoots within SAAMI. spec for calibre,its OK.At least replacing with a custom is cheap and easy,unlike a rifle.
    10 replies | 221 view(s)
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    Yesterday, 01:38 AM
    You have got to be alert with rollers if they get a chip they will stop turning,worse if they seize.I personally gave up rollers,and now clamp a split v eed block of brass onto a blued barrel,true it ,and use that as a steady running surface.if it...
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    11-17-2017, 11:20 PM
    In the 80s i worked on a building project,all the houses had lead sheet used as the dampcourse between floors.But concrete was poured over the sheet,so it will only reappear as demolition rubbish.Plastic was the norm even then,but these houses were...
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    11-17-2017, 03:56 AM
    I use bullet lube on the plate and pins that has a large content of moly grease in it.Lead itself is a well known lube,or was before the greenies got to it.
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    11-17-2017, 12:47 AM
    I have nothing but soft lead,so I have to live with it.No problem in 44/40 or 45/70 with loads I can stand.Fired plenty in 30/8mm size,but loads must be kept down,wish i could swap some for W/W but they are a thing of the past in lead,all zinc...
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    11-17-2017, 12:35 AM
    john.k replied to a thread how much with a hand press? in Swaging
    Traffer,i think you should buy some"silver steel".It comes annealed into machinable state,and when hardened is very hard and takes a high polish.It has 1%C and 1%Cr content.Hardening instructions are on the packet.I suggest you enlist on a hobby...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 11:47 PM
    Ive never shot any where where you couldnt do as you wished,provided you didnt point muzzle at other shooters.Be pretty hard on muzzleloaders.
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    11-16-2017, 11:35 PM
    Some kindly outlaw biker might give you a set of harley tappets.they are ideal for this type of thing.Shovelhead or earlier,or sporty.IIRC you can buy a rebuild kit with new rollers ,pins and brgs for not much .The other type I have used is the...
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    11-16-2017, 08:22 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Smelting pot in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Takes me back,when i was a kid ,had a job doing that,egg shaped furnace heated by one bunsen type gas burner,pouring lead ingots with a oversize dipper.Everthing was red hot by mid morning,thick gloves would cook your hands if they werent wet all...
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    11-16-2017, 08:01 AM
    Ive been known to raid the little hanging tins ,when the RO aint looking.Some have good eyesight though,one handed me a tin full of 45/70 cases,hornady tho.The cases are generally sold in the shop,or some is used to reload the hire 308s.Ive got that...
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    11-16-2017, 04:31 AM
    Some recent research into the blowup-effect suggests that the ideal condition is for the powder to lie horizontal in the case at a lower level than the direct primer flash.So tipping up the muzzle is good advice.
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    11-16-2017, 04:15 AM
    Just askin.......but does that mean mag speed wont work with lead bullets.I can see that copper is a much better conductor when you re workin with tiny measures.Im 70 so I dont have a burnin' desire to tell everyone the velocity of every shot ,but I...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 01:21 AM
    You are probably better using rollers with a curved,or "barrel" face.With Flat rollers on a tapered barrel,there may be a tendency for the rollers to "climb"the taper,getting tighter and tighter and ringing the barrel.It seems you plan to use...
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    11-16-2017, 01:12 AM
    The abrasive is charged into grooves with a small ,narrow roller in a handle.Nowdays,far more aggresive materials are available,such as pol/c diamond and CBN,and cut far better than the traditional grits.In fact,when you get a bit of experience ,you...
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    11-15-2017, 10:32 PM
    When you get to an age,you suddenly discover that many things you thought were rights have been taken away ,or made subject to a request made to a burearocracy.2A might be guaranteed,but plenty of other things arent,and the govt at all levels is...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 10:04 PM
    Probably chips gouging into very soft steel.Some old gun steel is so soft it wont cleanly cut with carbide tooling,and gums up,making a mess of the job.Very fine feed and plenty of good cutting oil is best,keeps the chips fine.
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    11-15-2017, 09:49 PM
    A lap should be charged with abrasive and then have the loose abrasive washed off.Loose abrasive causes bellmouthing .A charged lap will not wear the ends any more than any other place,provided that correct lapping practice is followed.Stirring...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 02:43 AM
    Lee tells you to lube the pins with bullet lube,this sticks the pins in place .hopefully.Oil does not leave a residue to seal the pins.If you get a new mold from lee,youll likely have the same issues if its not lubed like they say.Beeswax leaves...
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    11-15-2017, 01:02 AM
    Its more likely than not that the alignment pins have pushed back and or fallen out.This is not uncommon with lee moulds,and catches you by surprise.After a bit/lot of use the beeswax you dob onto the pins will glue them in.My favorite lee has had...
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    11-15-2017, 12:39 AM
    the trouble with moving upmarket is you cant take an old hanky out of your pocket and clean the lenses of a $1500 scope,or you will soon have a $200 scope.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 12:31 AM
    Broken piece on the block is a very common accident with all military rolling blocks that have been surplussed.I suspect they were stacked in huge piles before sale.Fortunately the hammer spur spur breaks less frequently.
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    11-14-2017, 10:59 PM
    Ever a frugal lot,the Danes.My Danish neighbour told me the govt had to force them to take a second name/surname so the govt could collect taxes off them.Much resistance to the idea.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 10:47 PM
    A simple straight taper case chamber of that size is very simple to do on a lathe with taper attachment.By the time you get a reamer out to Oz you ll be on the wrong side of $250-$300.The other economical way is to buy a standard /straight reamer...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 10:20 PM
    Mr Taylor is right about not only loctite but most adhesives.I ve done some giant nuts on hydraulic rams ,and often bright red heat is needed to burn the stuff into carbon before its possible to turn the nut with 10,000 ftlb thru a...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 10:14 PM
    There are the young guys with a $6000 scope on each rifle,and another 'old scope' also a $6000 in the gunbag.And they dont mention the scope,just tell you why youre wasting your time without whatever custom B/R gun they have 3 of on the bench. Cat 5.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 09:11 PM
    I have no doubt that all of the research into this was done over 100 years ago,in respect to artillery projectiles.The results are probably still top secret,buried in the archives .Factors relating to the barrel are easily controlled, but once the...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 08:50 PM
    most of these attempts to prohibit guns come from the UN.Its easy to pretend that guns are responsible for the chaos in half the third world,and that being able to trace back to source makes bans possible.The gun controll activists then transfer...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 08:24 AM
    yes,there are two basically different groups of Turkish rifles,the ones they ordered,and the German rifles that came during and after the great war,which are large ring G98 and small ring KAR 98s but of standard sr dimensions.Even the ones they...
    19 replies | 699 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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