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    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Grass lion took a Robin. in Our Town
    I know a guy with a big collection of old trucks and machinery .....has plenty of stray cats on duty ,rats and mice have left town .....The birds there are scrub turkeys ...cats dont bother them ,but when desperados move into the street ,the turkey...
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    Yesterday, 06:25 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Kawasaki engine issues in Our Town
    My brothers mower had one of these engines ,rebuilt for head gasket leak once,was running well ,but recently it dropped a valve and wrecked ....seems wise ,he says ,to renew the keyhole type valve retainers and valves ,as a retainer fail was the...
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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    john.k replied to a thread How to shoot minies? in Muzzleloading.
    Ive always filled the cavity with lube ...with blackpowder ,too much lube is barely enough.
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    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    Ive recently had problems with 45/70 cases I never had before ...Ive been using a Marlin for 45 years ,and the latest cases jam under the extractor ....havent measured ,but maybe the rims are larger diameter .
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    04-04-2020, 08:43 PM
    You might also consider that the extractors were considered a expendable ,soldier replaceable part .......but are now quite hard to find............and finally ,I might add , the rifles were converted to 8x57 long after the 'S' bore issue had been...
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    04-02-2020, 06:41 AM
    The question of strength is one thing,but ask yourself how well the action will handle high pressure gas if a primer pierces or ruptures ,or worse ,if a casehead lets go.....What I am saying ,is will the gas ,oil ,brass particles at very high...
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    04-01-2020, 09:47 AM
    Yes,I notice some kind of screw or may interfere with removal of the action.The only safety Im familiar with is the one fitted by Sportco on some of their conversions,it fits into the trigger guard behind the...
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    03-31-2020, 08:31 AM
    The trick to take the action out is to hold the muzzle up,this should make the extractor lay back and clear the cut...Remove the retainer ,split pin comes out the right side ,open the action ,index finger thru the trigger guard ,thumb against lever...
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    03-30-2020, 05:04 PM
    Is this gun a Cwlth Cadet or a later BSA?.....all the later BSA s have a hole in the back of the reciever in line with the bore,so they can be cleaned from the breech .....Its also a very common mod when a Cadet is converted to a HP cal.
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    03-29-2020, 10:28 PM
    The Italian gun industry in the Gardone region is at the centre of the epidemic ,and I suspect it will have a major effect on them.
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    03-29-2020, 10:25 PM
    The tenon thread size is 3/4"x14 (usually,a few are 16),so a 3/4 " dia barrel seems a strange choice .....Anyway ,if it works ,it works.
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    03-29-2020, 10:19 PM
    On thing I do know cleans brass is a mix of HCl and methylated spirits ....I used it years ago to clean pennies of tarnish ,it does that spectacularly well ,but as I have learned in the years since ,its hard to stop further corrosion with HCl.....In...
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    03-29-2020, 10:09 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    It would be impossible to blow either up with blackpowder ,and the flash hole would allow pressure to bleed away......The only way to rupture would be a hydraulic shock method ,which is what happens when a fast moving mass hits a stationary...
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    03-29-2020, 09:52 PM
    Yeah ,the collet nut is a pain,and the only reason its like that is to protect the "unbreakable decapper" claim....But if the mating parts are perfectly oil free ,it holds OK .....the design of the system means they need to guard against the...
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    03-28-2020, 08:01 PM
    The CLR type solution is probably safer ,but doubtless far more expensive.
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    03-28-2020, 04:50 PM
    Dilute HCl will dissolve tarnish from brass ,but be very careful ,and do not store the acid anywhere near steel objects ,as even a closed container will promote extensive rusting of anything steel ,and just the fumes will strip blue from guns ,any...
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    03-23-2020, 06:57 PM
    There is a drill that will drill very hard steel......solid carbide rod with a pyramid shape point.Run at high speed ,it basically melts out the steel and pushes it aside,not suitable for deep drilling......If these are not suitable ,then I suggest...
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    03-22-2020, 04:24 PM
    Years ago ,spares for 98s were often Spanish new made parts of doubtful quality.Likely such parts are still with some of the bulk suppliers.
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    03-19-2020, 04:16 PM
    Before grinding a tool for square thread ,try to find a decent brand of HSS....IMHO ,a lot of chinese HSS sold by hobby shops tends to crumble at sharp edges,and is useless for Fagersta,Poldi stahl,Jessops,etc.
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    03-18-2020, 05:32 PM
    Maxim actually manufactured and sold his modified 1873 Winchesters to the Ottomans ,dont know how many ,but certainly enough for a test.And he also patented every possible way of making a gun work automatically ,including Brownings efforts....Which...
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    03-18-2020, 05:22 PM
    If using inserts ,dont use negative rake ,get a positive rake tool ,and check the insert has a sharp edge .Carbide/coated is always a better bet because the smooth surface lets the chip flow easily.....if using HSS ,the top surface must have a high...
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    03-18-2020, 05:13 PM
    Someone has already said.....If you want to do do pins etc ......get a collet chuck and collets ...cost will be around 100 bucks for a reasonably accurate set ..........note that for a higher,guaranteed degree of accuracy ,price is considerable...
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    03-15-2020, 05:26 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Martini in 357MAX in Single Shot Guns
    A good deal of misinformation here on Cadets ....if the rim recess is deepened to 32/20 specs ,any Cadet will take a 32/20 ...and most ,if not all the 1908 delivery Greeners will take a 32/20 case without any alteration whatso ever...No cadet ever...
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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