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  • john.k's Avatar
    10-20-2018, 12:05 AM
    The service velocity of the 215gn Mk6 was 2000f/s driven by around 30 to 31 gn of cordite....H4895 is pretty good approximation,IMR3031 is I think,an equivalent for the early cordite,grain for grain.Pressure was 19 tons/in2.
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    10-19-2018, 11:58 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Ultra Quiet 30-30 Loads in Leverguns
    I found to get quiet loads ,you need a long barrel.....in a 303 with a 30" barrel ,its easy to get quiet subsonic loads,a lot quieter than a 22 Subsonic.The fastest powder,soft lead,not heavy for cal,120gn in 30,and the rest is simple...I keep the...
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    10-19-2018, 11:43 PM
    The was a table with full spec of Marlin rifling on the Marlin forum(makes sense?)......anyhoo,the rifling in my 70s examples measured exactly to the spec published....to a tenth.......Now,personally,I think the Ballard ballyhoo is piffle,designed...
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    10-07-2018, 05:52 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Cheap India guns in Muzzleloading.
    The Japanese cleaned up their act by imposing government controll on exports....nothing could be exported without an approval stamp...........cut out the junk overnight...........Taiwan ,having Japanese investment in a lot of the export...
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    10-07-2018, 05:42 PM
    Rather easy to tell...if the gun has Birmingham proofs....its most likely made in Birmingham.............if it has Gardone proofs......its made there.....Both countries have strict proof laws ,its illegal to offer a gun for sale not proofed at the...
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    10-06-2018, 05:00 PM
    Most rifle barrels are profiled on hydraulic copy lathes,which follow a flat plate master(or a sample barrel).........old technology ,and the machines are cheap,unlike the average CNC,costing $20k for a 10 year old secondhand machine,and service...
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    10-06-2018, 12:30 AM
    twenty years later than the p14...........they are the various bayonets for the No4 mk I,II etc of ww2 and beyond.
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    10-04-2018, 10:45 PM
    Guys complaining about China taking over never lived in the 50s ,60s and 70s.........stuff like your pot was so expensive from domestic makers only the very well off could afford it.A joe punchclock like me would never be able to buy the stuff thats...
    58 replies | 5308 view(s)
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    10-03-2018, 11:16 PM
    When youre sitting in a nice office ,getting paid six figures p/a to develop a new gun..........you are not going to say that...........And when you are sitting in a much nicer office,relying on political donations from contractors to keep you...
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    10-02-2018, 01:32 AM
    They are wasting money.....within a few years each soldier will be issued with 20 small drones,he will launch one in the direction of a target,it will think for itself,and home in on body heat and sight.........if the target retreats into a...
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    09-30-2018, 06:21 PM
    I would say that if the broken plug is any indication ,the whole gun is unsafe..........the plug break looks very,very like cast iron.........plain grey cast iron,stove iron....
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    09-30-2018, 08:12 AM
    Maybe you could put all the lube ingredients in a big blender cold and just mix without any heat at all...Often see these big blenders dumped when they get a bit stained..........I used to melt lube to fill the Lyman ,but now I find its easier to...
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    09-29-2018, 10:52 PM
    john.k replied to a thread lee collet dies in Reloading Equipment
    j/i guy.....in order to leave the neck id at 217".,I dont press the neck into the arbor at all.Excess force has nothing to do with it.......at .217" the collet doesnt close up,so leaving the sawcuts open,and brass does bulge into the gaps.Simple...
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  • john.k's Avatar
    09-29-2018, 07:37 PM
    The chambers of c&b revolvers are tapered toward the front and smaller than the bore,so its doubtful the filler could form a plug anywhere in the gun.....From my experience of doing silly things,I know the most likely danger is cap fragments blowing...
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    09-28-2018, 08:32 PM
    john.k replied to a thread lee collet dies in Reloading Equipment
    With a bit of fiddling,the case neck can be any size ,the neck doesnt need to be pressed into the mandrel........so for 303s ,the neck can be an exact fit for .317" bullets.Or 315" bullets.Or anything down to 312".My gripe is that the collet marks...
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    09-28-2018, 08:16 PM
    I use a bit of bent rod in a battery drill....problem with food mixers is if they are used for anything else.If they are only used for lube ,you could store them in a heavy plastic bag.....Ive found its a lot better to machine stir lube at a colder...
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    09-28-2018, 07:57 PM
    john.k replied to a thread fudd mentality in Our Town
    A long time since I had a young guy say anything about old guns.....they think they are a waste of time........last memorable incident was a Chinese tourist came up and asked if he could take pictures of my 94 .....Is this a cowboy...
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    09-27-2018, 05:12 AM
    I saw a program on telly about B&C and the Barrow gang...........I was very surprised about the heavy armament used by both sides........the gang had half a dozen BARs,and the cops who ambushed them seem to have had at least five BARs......pretty...
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    09-27-2018, 05:04 AM
    1 in 16 is standard pistol twist.....a rifle would be much better off with something around 1/26 .or even a bit slower as 320 gr is about as heavy as anyone would go in a short pistol case.
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    09-25-2018, 06:16 PM
    There is a case pusher /ejector in the front of the bolt that has a lot of spring pressure tending to open the bolt ,and so open the lever a bit,releasing the pin.............check to see if the spring is frozen or broken........Also the flat hammer...
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    09-24-2018, 05:09 PM
    In my experience ,the Sav 99 s weakest point is the long hollow in the stock for the works......and the wood splitting in the grip after a bit of a knock.........
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  • john.k's Avatar
    09-24-2018, 04:57 PM
    With advanced micro tig welding ,there is no need to bush .....just get the welder to build up the bolt face around the hole with something like 312 stainless........dont go too hard ,or the pin hole will be difficult to clean out.
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    09-22-2018, 02:45 AM
    Howe was an absolute perfectionist....Im the opposite.....but as a book for learners ,i think a book with a bit more make do in it like Dunlap is better.
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    09-22-2018, 02:34 AM
    I had a guy was going to build a fence for me,needed it in a bit of a hurry,due to problems with the council......anyhoo,his price was avergage ,and he could start right away......he turns up,I says "ill pay cash the moment you finish".....nope he...
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    09-22-2018, 12:51 AM
    Injun joe is out in the sticks,I reckon.....i have been buying WW primers for $200-$220 per 5000 for years....Federal are mucho costo here,so I dont mess with em......Now if I had 15K shotgun primers ,I would just swap em for rifle,but if that wernt...
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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