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  • john.k's Avatar
    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 | 1084 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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    08-20-2019, 06:27 AM
    I got two scam emails from the tax dept saying if I didnt reply they would cancel my business no........I ignored them ,didnt even open the emails..........the tax dept is supposed to message me thru their secure portal,or somesuch......anyhoo,went...
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    08-19-2019, 10:50 PM
    I think since the change in Brazil gunlaws,maybe CBC is flatout making ammo for new gun owners.......after all,every new gunowner buys a couple of hundred rounds,then sometimes takes ten years to use it up...So maybe they wont around be anytime...
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    08-18-2019, 07:05 PM
    Late reply,but Traffer asks(#582) ....Is it illegal to have knowlege of priming compounds (explosive substances) in Australia?.......answer.......probably yes without "lawful excuse"......Is it illegal to publish /instruct in the making...
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    08-18-2019, 06:57 PM
    ive found its better to leave the CBC cases full length (2.1/2"),which eliminates the jump from neck to lede. ,and saves trimming too........dont put long cases in Lee dies tho,the step collapses them.
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    08-18-2019, 07:11 AM
    i may be banned for this,but if you want a good design for 2 piece dies for the CBC cases ,have a look at old posts on the GB /Martini Henry forum...around 2011,from memory,or maybe earlier..I dont visit GB much,because they have annoying popup...
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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