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    Yesterday, 09:45 PM
    Stockcarver makes a very important point.....take note.......support the ring with an internal arbor before crushing force is applied,if this isnt done,at least put the stripped bolt in place.Incidentally,I hold the barrel vice in a 50ton hydraulic...
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    My next project will be turning the Starr into something useful.The two piece block is actually no good for a cartridge gun,cause the rear block has to drop nearly out of the reciever to provide enough clearance for the front to tilt back.If the gun...
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    Yesterday, 08:03 AM
    If I made a Snider from a Zouave,I would chamber it .625" dia straight,about 1 1/2" long,and use cutoff plastic 28ga shotshells.You can also get 28ga brass cases ,but havent seen them here.I chambered the Starr for 24ga brass,expecting to have...
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    Yesterday, 01:17 AM
    Many times Ive considered making my cheap Zouave replica into a Snider.be very easy with TIG welding.But,I dont need another gun shooting one oz hunks of lead.My next conversion will be to something with light/no recoil.
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    Yesterday, 12:30 AM
    Loewes were Jewish bankers.And the owners of Mauser,Ludwig Loewe,DWM,Half share in FN,OWG Steyr.And numerous machine tool and manufacturing companies.Sigmund Loewe was the general manager of Vickers,Sons and Maxim.And the star was a Zionist mark on...
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    11-22-2017, 11:58 PM
    CBC in Brazil make many cases requiring Berdan primers,so I have no doubt they also make Berdan primers.In fact,I believe all shotgun ammo sold in Brazil must have berdan primers,the govt there being somewhat concerned about revolutions.
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    11-22-2017, 11:39 PM
    I have done something like that.Years ago I bought one of the Dixie Starr locks for $30,and was always going to do something with it.Any way,i decided to make a replica percussion Starr.Making the hammer turned into a hard job,so I used the hammer...
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    11-22-2017, 10:42 AM
    hows 25 cents each grab ya?.And ,yes ,they were selling them singly.But then,they do have a "gun room" , just like at Purdeys.
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    11-22-2017, 10:29 AM
    I havent cleaned a primer pocket in thirty years.It makes no difference,some residue falls out depriming,the rest is crushed into dust priming.Its funny how reloaders obsess over the residue wrecking a $30 press ram,but dont worry about a $500...
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    11-21-2017, 11:56 PM
    Yes,Berdan primers can be bought in Aus,if you are crazy enough to pay the ripoff prices the local ripoff shop,sorry gunshop wants for them.
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    11-21-2017, 01:42 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Unknown bullets in Cast Boolits
    I gave away two packets of my old 6.5 Dutch loads,with the instruction to pull and use the cases and bullets.Needless to say,he fired them.He never said anything,but told everyone else that would listen that half were loaded with blackpowder.Now,out...
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    11-21-2017, 01:14 AM
    If you re using the current Lee molds,the beeswax forms a sort of carbonized varnish that holds the screws and alignment pins in.Without it you ll likely loose the pins when the mold gets hot.
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    11-19-2017, 11:43 PM
    It may be a different effect,as i cant see that R would be drilling ,reaming and broaching barrels.I would think either hammerforging or possibly button rifling.The "damage "may be a lamination in the surface of the steel that has torn out under...
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    11-19-2017, 11:17 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Already ruined a mold in Cast Boolits
    ive only been on here a month,and I love it.I get some great laughs from some of the stuff here.This one is a classic.
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    11-19-2017, 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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    11-19-2017, 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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    11-19-2017, 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.
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    11-18-2017, 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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    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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  • john.k's Avatar
    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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  • john.k's Avatar
    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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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