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    03-20-2018, 08:05 PM
    Wont take long to snatch him....there are cameras everywhere now.....be grateful there isnt a black gun involved.
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    03-19-2018, 09:32 PM
    There are two different elements to this question.....first is import into wherever you are going.....I have heard this is no longer possible in S Africa,and you will be using a supplied gun.Probably applies in Zim and Botswana.You use the guides...
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    03-17-2018, 09:42 AM
    IIRC,the antique was a standard carbine with a pseudo case color reciever.,....now the classic with the hex? barrel is a bit of a cut above......I should have got one with the 24"hex?barrel,but they were $40 dearer.,which was 1/2 a weeks pay in...
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    03-17-2018, 09:29 AM
    My 1978 /1895 has worked OK for all the years,but just lately jams on new brass...The problem is obvious,there is not enough space for the extractor to ride over the rim,due to clearance issues in the extractor cut in the action......the reason is...
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    03-16-2018, 08:53 PM
    Worst i ever had was some lead rods that turned out to be thick walled tube,with water inside .Never seen 1/2" lead pipe before or since.But the explosion would not have happened if I had started the melt with all the scrap in the pot,and not added...
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    03-16-2018, 08:12 PM
    Read elsewhere the proprietor is deceased and the executors are trying to sort out the resultant confusion. So ,depending on state and federal law,you may need to lodge a claim against the estate,including a proof of demand,or if within time,get a...
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    03-11-2018, 10:29 PM
    NZ may be ok,but taking a favorite gun is a risk,cause baggage handlers are often antis,and will run a forklift over your gun given half a chance.There is nothing in NZ needs a 338 anyway.
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    03-11-2018, 06:51 PM
    If you want to delve into the details more thoroughly,I suggest you check out the subject on the "Practical Machinist " gunsmithing forum.......actual users of Russian ebay buttons sharing results.....And I might add ,that everything considered,cut...
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    03-10-2018, 10:17 PM
    If you get it relined ,the chamber will be cut in the liner,therefore new.The additional investment is up to you.
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    03-10-2018, 10:12 PM
    The standard design floor mounts are pretty unstable to be moving about,and IMHO would need a larger base....could be steel or wood even....
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    03-10-2018, 09:59 PM
    Nearly fifty years ago,I worked for a shop doing button rifling,...at that time the lube used was a low temp glass,or so claimed....nowdays hobbyists actually using ebay buttons use a mix of Loctite silver antiseize and superfine MoS2......Its also...
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    03-09-2018, 10:05 PM
    Actions are said to bend/deflect under firing loads because they are not symmetrical,ie cutout for loading port.I have alway.s wondered why not free float the action,and bed and recoil lug a length of barrel.With alloy insert plastic stocks this...
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    03-07-2018, 07:45 PM
    You get a strange effect with lead where contaminants stick to the sides of the pot,even tho they are much lighter than lead.Then come to the surface when disturbed,resulting in dross on the lead surface,that will end up in a ladle cast.This is the...
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    03-07-2018, 07:29 PM
    You dont even need to buy a pot.........many years ago,i made a big bearing installer at work,bit of 8" pipe with a heavy plate base .....used once to install bearing......used ever since as a lead pot....Used to be on the stove,now on a cheap...
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    03-07-2018, 07:10 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Lyman lube sizer in Casting Equipment
    One thing....back off the lube screw about two full turns after using,otherwise lube will extrude out of the sizing die all over the place.Its also been claimed the casting can be cracked by pressure buildup from expansion of the lube.
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    03-07-2018, 07:05 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Lyman lube sizer in Casting Equipment
    get the little Lyman parts/instruction book for $1.75......incidentally,the O ring piston is alleged to be an improvement,but the old split brass ring is much better.
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    03-07-2018, 06:46 PM
    I have owned a IAB for as long as they were on the market.Mine has fired many thousands of rounds ,not only black,but smokeless too.....yeah,a bit naughty...........I found that using berdan primers as caps cured all issues related to ignition.They...
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    03-07-2018, 06:29 PM
    We have the same situation here.....some moron goes hiking/climbing/caving etc,gets lost,stuck,etc,emergency services callout enough manpower and equiptment for an earthquake,no charge to the moron.Yet I pay a levy for ambulance on several types of...
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    03-05-2018, 09:22 PM
    john.k replied to a thread P-14 pic heavy in Military Rifles
    The piling swivel was eliminated early on.....ERA,made late 1916?....looks like a WW2 rebuild with a new stock...By the import date,its probably come from UK direct,maybe ex home guard?...The most recent imports are Indian,many DP d by drilling ,but...
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    03-05-2018, 09:06 PM
    The breech block jamming has had a cure for 170 odd years since the first.....lots of spit.You can shoot all day if your mouth doesnt dry up.
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    03-04-2018, 10:41 PM
    Why dont you get a lubrisizer of some kind?......they are not dear on ebay,and you might get the right size accs with it, as well.Pan lubing is a PITA,unless you like fiddling around endlessly.You can also use moly lubes without mess in a lubrisizer.
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    03-03-2018, 08:03 PM
    john.k replied to a thread School me on the .444 in Leverguns
    The 38" twist was set by Winchester in 1873 for blackpowder 44/40......and passed on to the 44 Mag.later on...Its obvious Marlin used it for reasons of economy.In my opinion the best twist for a 444 would be 24-28" or even 30"......I think 444 is a...
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    03-03-2018, 12:11 AM
    Lots of makers hammer forge the entire barrel and chamber in one operation,sim the military,so the lot is concentric within the limits the mandrell is made to..................Hammer forging machines cost 6 figure amounts,so you cant expect to pay...
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    03-02-2018, 07:32 PM
    If his parents yard is full of old cars ,why cant he do the smelting there.I think you should do some research on the costs of soil testing and remediation,and possible penalties before you allow this.I have seen this type of activity cost...
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    03-02-2018, 09:25 AM
    Some 44/40 cases are meant to be loaded with pistol primers,some with rifle primers.......if you load pistol primer cases with LR primers they will protrude from the case ,and may fire as the bolt is closed......In my gun,the bolt wont close on LR...
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    03-02-2018, 12:23 AM
    Dropping into water is good with big bullets,without water a lot of the bullets will end up bent and crumbled unless you slow down to snail pace. .I cast all my bullets into a bucket of water.
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    03-01-2018, 07:45 PM
    I think that anything greasy or waxy with sufficient MoS2 mixed in will be just as effective as the complex cook ups.I have noticed that when using moly lube ,lead will not stick to a barrel,even heavy leading is a black sludge which is easily...
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    03-01-2018, 07:28 PM
    Strange to think,but Birmingham was once the centre of drawn rifled liner production,and years ago we used to import great bundles of 22 liners to make a cheap hardware store .22 rifle.
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    03-01-2018, 07:18 PM
    Yes,a few drops on the top of the spindle will run down lubing everything and eventually drip off the chuck jaws.Run the quill up and down while oiling.
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    02-28-2018, 07:23 PM
    Drawing more than once will improve toughness.......some steels need drawing for a considerable time....15-20 minutes.........remember all the transformation take time.
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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
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