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  • john.k's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 AM
    Best to make a rod from 1/2" wood curtain rod,walnut preferably,and put a knob on it...........two reasons ,one is the replica rod is a tempting target for light fingers,...Second ,its too short,and cant be seen easily before blowing it downrange.
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    09-20-2019, 08:46 PM
    A good material for pins is an old chrome vanadium screwdriver......I save all busted Cr/V screwdrivers,and good carbon ones too.....used to save all really big files,but everyone sells big files on ebay now as "man cave accessories"..........I...
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    09-14-2019, 07:57 AM
    I have always used a hotplate....first on a wood stove,now electric......secret is to wrap your pot with some insulating material ,like rockwool,then put a shield around it ,mine is a coffee tin......and shut out draughts robbing your heat...Melts...
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    09-13-2019, 06:00 PM
    I have slugged the bore of my IAB,long time ago,but it does fully engrave the Lee 400gn 54 minie,at .533.,and Im reasonably sure its .533 groove.......it also seems to have a hardchrome bore,anyway it never fouls ,and it has in the past fired...
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    09-13-2019, 05:47 AM
    I have a IAB 54......not top end for sure,but never had an issue in 40 + years.........anyway ,i couldnt get it to shoot with the lee 54 minie(hollow removed),the only mold available here at the time......so i tried 58 PH minies in it .......massive...
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    09-12-2019, 11:36 PM
    I had an old lever rifle,somehow it got a spot of weld on the back of the barrel,and someone had determined to take out the barrel.........wrecked the thread in the action,about 1/2 left.........anyway ,got it cheap,cleaned up the thread a bit,still...
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    09-12-2019, 11:27 PM
    Old 303 rounds are good for long hangfires.....I always wait ,recock,and often even a dud will fire second time.Had one where I had waited ,taken the gun down to eject,and it went off with the rifle at about a 40 deg angle ,way over the hill thats...
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    09-10-2019, 04:37 AM
    The Sharps paper cartridge proves the empty space threat is nonsense,as there must be a space in front of the Lawrence gas check bushing,around the paper cartridge............its also a fact that foil cartridges have considerable space all round the...
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    09-07-2019, 08:22 PM
    A shim of 001 or 002 will be like tissue paper,it will simply crinkle as the barrel is tightened on it.......completely impractical,not to mention the extreme difficulty pf making it......to fit a shim,it will need to be something like 005 min,and...
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    09-07-2019, 05:13 AM
    Loctite nutlock.....the pale blue stuff......its what Rossi use to set the 92 barrels when they dont index..............if you dont fancy that,then a bit of teflon pipe tape might be OK,for a while......Its extremely unlikely oil has loosened you...
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    09-05-2019, 06:36 AM
    The boss where I worked dabbled in rideon mowers,he got a MF mower that had been mowing either rocks or logs........the splines on the spindles ,and the bearing housings were chopped out.......no replacement parts,new spindles were all one piece...
    32 replies | 1178 view(s)
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    08-30-2019, 04:42 AM
    I found at work machinists appreciate a DRO as their eyesight goes.....same as a digital vernier.......easy to read without a magnifying glass,or in dull light.
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    08-26-2019, 11:08 PM
    You got the patent no,just look up the patent claims and all will be revealed.
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    08-25-2019, 06:26 PM
    Ive noticed H110/296 has a sort of afterburn making a big flash and a sharp crack.....
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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
GC Gas Check