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    12-09-2018, 09:52 PM
    I had a primer go off once broke the big hotplate on the wood stove,and the case put a dent in the roof above.The noise was deafening.Frightened the life out of me.....found out later the bullet was explosive,and I had pulled it in the vise.
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    12-09-2018, 09:44 PM
    I had a primer go off in the press.......the old cat was sleeping curled up just behind,and he didnt move.....seems he either didnt hear it,or didnt register .......My worry with primers popping is that one of the nervous neighbours will drop a dime...
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    12-08-2018, 08:38 PM
    Anyone tried loctite on lee molds?
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    12-08-2018, 08:35 PM
    i find if you lube the mould pivots with bees wax,after a while the stuff carbonizes and sticks the sprue screw more issues............its possible a spot of loctite would do too....loctite does soften with heat,but it stays sticky,so...
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    12-08-2018, 06:27 PM
    Caterpillar make bolts with the whole head covered in lines.............Cat bolts are usually easy to machine too,unlike the Chinese Gr 8 bolts that are very hard................incidentally,we found the Chinese Gr8 bolts very prone to fracture...
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    12-07-2018, 08:51 PM
    I suspect the 1 in 38 twist was chosen by Benjamin Henry in 1860 for the new 44 rimfire.For a 200 grain bullet powered by blackpowder the shallow groove and slow twist was needed to control fouling......As often happens,when the changeover to CF...
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    12-06-2018, 10:36 PM
    Ive seen a few of them.......pretty typical of absolute cheapest level of chinese cast........the iron is OK,but sometimes the cast contains large blowholes ,which weaken and cause breakage.........probably made on very basic and worn tools........I...
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    12-03-2018, 10:55 PM
    Looks like a workable alloy is 88/12 tin,so cost would be $20 lb,with no scrap available either.The other problem I see is the metal expands on cooling,meaning bullets may stick tightly in mold cavities......As to ingots breaking apart,lead does...
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    12-02-2018, 09:23 PM
    Most of the older 44-40 s have such tight necks,that bullets over 429 wont chamber ,even in thin Winchester made brass.In fact one of my 94 s is so tight a 429 bullet will seat tightly in a fired case.No sizing required.Bore size is 423-427...
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    12-02-2018, 09:16 PM
    Altering 94 feed guides is a shortcut to a single shot...Very tricky,unless you have examples to copy ,or the factory drawings...And spares for the 44s were rare ,even when the guns were current.I tried to alter a 44 mag to 44-40 using a new 92...
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    12-02-2018, 05:53 AM
    The arabs eat camels,and you can see whats happened to them...We shoot horses too,but ive never eaten one (knowingly)....dont like venison either,dry and goat and rabbit,youve got something cookin...........Did you know if...
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    11-27-2018, 08:21 PM
    if you can buy a lifter and a set of feed guides for the 44-40 version,then you might have a chance.......otherwise Im sure you would end up with a single shot.
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    11-25-2018, 10:20 PM
    I have sleeved chambers ,but it does leave a tiny,maybe near invisible gap,and I have always advised shooters to not use blackpowder for fear of corrosion..........Am I a sleeve ok with the fouling?
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    11-25-2018, 01:46 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Lathe manual parts list in Our Town
    broken teeth on the back gears near always caused by attempting to remove stuck threaded chucks.sometimes the threads can be very hard to move,and the temptation is to put a long Crescent wrench on the jaws,and apply much force,or worse using a...
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    11-22-2018, 06:54 AM
    if the powder has started to detiorate,the tin will be rusty inside............Ive ony ever had 4895 go bad,turned into red dust entirely.....wasnt surplus either ,was IMR 4895 in a Du Pont tin.......funny thing is cordite seems to last...
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    11-22-2018, 02:51 AM
    john.k replied to a thread New Barrel in Factory Rifles
    Yeah now everyone can closely inspect their bore.....makers have got to be lot more careful,or back it comes.....reminds me of years ago at work.......sand blasting pipe internals...........boss says..."just do the ends ---they cant see...
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    11-22-2018, 02:43 AM
    Just a variation on a 22.....most 22s have the handle halfway along,so it can lock in a convenient spot......nothing special IMHO........yeah,some experts on that forum.....Pics couldnt be much less use either.
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    11-22-2018, 02:33 AM
    A young guy shooting a Lithgow smelly at the range came up to me ...."How can I get the bolt out?"...I was surprised ,but I showed him and his girlfriend........Then he tried it,and still couldnt get the bolt out....he couldnt get a grip on the...
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    11-20-2018, 08:03 PM
    NHS is correct,first break the grip of the case on primer,sometimes sealer too,and the hydraulic method will move them......but not if there is a heavy crimp ......Once the military primer is gone,reloaded primers blow out easily..........I...
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    11-19-2018, 07:04 PM
    I suspect the project would be problematic.........I know Winchester had a lot of trouble getting the 94 to feed reliably in 44-40 and 44 mag back in the 70s.I also know that fiddling with the feed guides is a job for an expert.....which is someone...
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    11-19-2018, 09:28 AM
    Will a 45 fit in a 30-30 magazine tube.?..........not a big difference,about 006.........if the rim fits,its do able IMHO,the other issue would be the dovetails in the barrel making the rebored barrel too thin in wall thickness.
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    11-19-2018, 09:04 AM
    For the same reason copper dissolves in mercury room temperature.
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    11-17-2018, 02:58 AM
    There is no point using zinc for shot,as steel has a higher sg. and is much cheaper.....Same goes for bullets,steel is the cheapest substitute for bullets,just needs a hard barrel.Which is why just about every AK bullet fired outside the US is steel...
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    11-17-2018, 12:36 AM
    I didnt believe the candle flame story,not enough heat,I thought.............however the first case I tried ended up so soft it collapsed in the lee collet die.......But it is slow,and does leave the cases black.......Alcohol lamp would be...
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    11-14-2018, 03:02 AM
    far from the worst.....dozens of fatal injuries from pulling shotguns out of cars,through fences,or guns propped up and falling over.One and both legs off at the knee from a gun in the back seat of a car.,gut shot pulling a gun in a blanket out of...
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    11-12-2018, 04:09 AM
    To check your barrel size,simply place one of the bullets into the muzzle,and thumb it in.It should be a double up thumb push,not an easy fit.Then,knock it out with a rod.If the whole surface isnt shiny from the rifling,ie just some light...
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    11-12-2018, 04:02 AM
    Even so,Starline cases in any calibre will split if not annealed before use.....and I believe Starline dont deny it.To anneal straight cases ,simply stand them up in a large flat tin tray,with about 1/2" water in the bottom,and gently heat with a...
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    11-11-2018, 10:14 PM
    Starline cases are left hard from drawing,for cost reasons......therefore I advise you to anneal the cases before loading......the whole case ,down to the base,and you should not have any more splits...(note...this is dangerous with a 50K psi...
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    11-11-2018, 07:55 PM
    I remember Jack Stacey at Redcliffe used to sell 4740 and ballistite from bulk fibre barrels behind the counter.......1/6d a lb,he would scoop out a scoop of powder ,tip it into a brown paper bag,put it on the scales,and it would be close to right...
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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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