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    07-13-2018, 11:07 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Trouble with tang sight in Leverguns
    You will have to file both holes just a little.This is much better than filing one hole,and the countersinks should still fit ok.....if not,then reduce the dia of the screw heads a little.......if nothing better,chuck the screw in a small drill,and...
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    07-13-2018, 10:47 PM
    One thing I found with the 299 shape Lyman,is you must use a metal hard enough to keep the point straight.I started with too soft,and it was hopeless.And for harder metal,I had to buy commercial at very high cost for mostly lead,IMHO.The bullet is a...
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    07-13-2018, 06:38 PM
    Years ago ,many used neatsfoot oil as a case lube for reforming brass...........Ive also seen suggestions for STP engine oil traetment......Some years ago i was offered 3 drums of neatsfoot oil free.if I took it away straight away....40 gallon...
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    07-13-2018, 06:26 PM
    I suggest you get the mold very hot,and then tap the blocks together......the rule for any steel insertion in ally is to never move anything cold,or you will ream the ally,and the steel will be loose when hot.......this rule is very important when...
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    07-12-2018, 11:11 PM
    Best not to tell anyone about it,like your neighbour,your exwife,your teen children,or anyone else likely to drop a dime on you.At the very least ,official interest will result in a cleanup,and costly testing by a lab.The narcs can detect all this...
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    07-12-2018, 04:46 AM
    There are plenty of range sights that fit by drifting out the pin,ie the Central or PH 5A......but I think you just want to alter the service sight ,after the fashion of the Ross Mk III...........possibly you could fit the app plate of a Ross,never...
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    07-12-2018, 04:36 AM
    Season cracking of drawn brass can happen anywhere ,not just cases.My take with Kynoch cases is to pull the bullets and empty them.....then anneal them,without firing....I dont worry about annealing the head either,as the working pressure will be...
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    07-11-2018, 01:44 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Phillippine Navy ???? in Our Town
    A lot of third world navies ,they figure if the ratings dont know smallarms,gives the officers a bit more time to draw their weapon.
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    07-11-2018, 01:38 AM
    I hear all this,but when I shoot at the range,very ,very occasionally a young person comes over to ask about the old gun,or such.....Generally gets around to cast bullets.........the usual comment is...."Why would you bother?"..They never show any...
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    07-10-2018, 07:30 PM
    I bought a 94 new in 1973...........has never needed a part yet......its only problem was the flat hammer spring moving sideways enough to foul the wood........very easy fix..............If you dont do "rifleman" tricks,you wont break it.
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    07-10-2018, 07:10 AM
    Maybe Hotchkiss 'Glass plate flake' powder....Sounds impressive anyway.
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    07-09-2018, 11:01 PM
    john.k replied to a thread beeswax in Boolit Lube !
    Seen claims that the price of beewax is going sky high due to the veroa mite..Also ,various online brands tested up to 90% paraffin wax do Chinese sourced waxes.
    7 replies | 317 view(s)
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    07-09-2018, 10:54 PM
    Bronze expands a lot more than steel,so after drilling,heat mold before twisting screw....Another bit of very good advice...........Use Ridgid brand splined ezy outs.........they wont shatter in the hole like el cheapo ones.
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    07-09-2018, 06:02 AM
    A truck air brake pedal valve is ideal for this application.........pressure can be gradually increased,and then released in a graduated manner if needed........I personally dont like air in these types of applications,as a release of resistance...
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    07-07-2018, 07:07 PM
    I have the cheaper version in 303.........just assembled from bits with a new Lithgow H smelly barrel,ME wood,with a cut and semirestored front wood,and a old Rawson range aperature fitted on a side mount ,very similar copy of the BSA factory 9A...
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    07-07-2018, 07:00 PM
    I might add,if you want to wreck your shootin eye for ironsights,stare at computer forums all night .
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    07-07-2018, 04:52 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Am I just being petty? in Our Town
    I bought a television from a big storechain,when I unpacked it, didnt work.......On a close look,it had been mounted by a rear bracket,and marks on the hard plastic....It was obviously used....So ,I took it back to the store.........and the...
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    07-05-2018, 01:28 AM
    Soper assault rifle!
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    07-03-2018, 07:44 PM
    One of the residues will be aluminium oxide,a well known abrasive used commercially in grinding wheels and coated sheets.
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    07-02-2018, 11:27 PM
    Thats pretty poor.....a local yard here offers around US 30c/lb for batteries,with the water in them....Have never asked about lead,as I dont want to sell...........Im told all the lead scrap/batteries go to shot makers,none is exported.....The...
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    07-02-2018, 11:11 PM
    Id try the mold expands a lot more than steel,and the Lee pins have a habit of coming loose,so will push into position when up to heat.........after a while,the cooked beeswax locks the pins in place,and they stay put.........I have one...
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    07-02-2018, 10:52 PM
    Remember ,you must remove the forend first,any attempt to unscrew the butt screw may well split the forend,as the screw is squared on end,and fits in a lock in the forend...........Howls of protest,but I generally remove the square,prevents...
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    07-02-2018, 06:29 PM
    Ive found low magnification glasses are a major improvement with iron sights of any kind......about 1.2 in the Chinese rating........and a very cheap solution........Corrective optics in aperature sights arent able to focus everything.
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    07-01-2018, 10:10 PM
    Unfortunately,with rent,taxes,all kinds of local authority fees,charges, and special levies,you have to do what the customer wants if you plan on staying financial.....and the guy coming thru the door is a customer,you just have to sell him...
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    07-01-2018, 10:02 PM
    You should take a fine sight for close other words ,post in the lowest part of the V,not level with the top......that way ,you could reduce the elevation as the enemy advanced,without touching the sights...............Incidentally,most...
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    07-01-2018, 09:54 PM
    The Lee 185 gn mould is a good as you need..........I also had a Lyman 314299 mould,bullets stuck like glue,and needed expensive ,hard alloy to shoot well.......Lee gets my,and many other votes.
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    07-01-2018, 12:05 AM
    You can also get chrome moly heat treated studs for pipe flanges,the refineries throw away once used ones by the ton.
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    06-30-2018, 11:59 PM
    john.k replied to a thread toyota in Our Town
    Landcruisers are still unbeatable for reliability and long life...........rarely see one with less than 400,000 on it.
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    06-29-2018, 08:31 PM
    A casefull of 4198 with a heavy bullet is good in any of the old pistol type rifle cases,especially in a long barrel.
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    06-28-2018, 07:03 PM
    In the 1860s Soper was a foreman at Enfield tests a squad with Soper rifles(not that type) outshot a squad with Sniders by about 5 to 1.......but they were the factory testers against army regulars.........Ive also seen a Soper design...
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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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