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    Today, 06:45 PM
    john.k replied to a thread 44-40 +p? in Leverguns
    Short answer is no...........but if you were keen,its possible to slip a thin sleeve over the case to increase the base dia .which is done to form some odd caliber cases for old guns....definitely a "Dont do this at home ,viewers"
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    Yesterday, 01:58 AM
    According to the publicity drawing case/chamber dimension is .391" at base ,015" larger than a 223,at least ,and more with an undersized 223 base ,which they all are.........so you are looking at at a considerable bulge with 223 cases ,maybe enough...
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    02-13-2019, 12:59 AM
    RR,its very easy to chnge the lateral impact ,simply cant the rifle slightly..........all military rifles are sighted high,most a lot highr than yours........with BP guns 12" high at 100 yds is common.
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    02-12-2019, 01:55 AM
    A lot of 38 s used to come from the tunnels on Rabaul.........used to sell for $5 for a drum full ........Knew a guy from there had two Lewis guns from the tunnels.......whole lot is now buried by the eruption a few years ago........but the ash is...
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    02-12-2019, 01:41 AM
    I d be using my W.R.1871 Henry,which unfortunately was a mint rifle ,refinished to be a wall hanger with too much buffing,bright blue and french polished stock......One guy always comes up and declares it to be a I.A.B. Sharps........then he wanders...
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    02-10-2019, 06:59 AM
    Rim is probably too large............get yourself a Siamese 98 and you re cooking with gas.All the Siam needs is a barrel,everything else is right for 45/70,even the mag.
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    02-07-2019, 02:41 AM
    Unfortunately ,spin a couple of bits in the expensive chuck ,and its back to Chinese standard anyway.............and you wont be unduly worried if the chuck goes missing...........which is very common on building sites.
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    02-05-2019, 07:56 PM
    OK,thanks ...I get it...only for full auto stuff............I was thinking it applied to any gunsmith /manufacturer/importer.
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    02-05-2019, 05:54 PM
    Can anyone explain what a SOT/Special occupational taxpayer /licence is and why it costs so much?
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    02-05-2019, 12:15 AM
    More likely clear celluloid dyed red...so they burn............however ,under a convention all nitro explosives have microdots included ,so the residue can be ID d by the FBI,after the nitro burns or whatever.These dots are made of dozens of layers...
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    02-04-2019, 05:09 PM
    I dont know what all the angst about pistol primers and pressure is............pistol primers are good for at least 40,000psi,both 357 and 44 mag work at this pressure with pistol primers.........Plenty of old rifles wouldnt stand these...
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    02-04-2019, 10:22 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Mystery bayonet in Military Rifles
    Definitely not a Swede 94/14 bayonet.,which for one thing has a slightly recurved and button ended quillion......that one has none.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 10:43 PM
    Just keep the old barrel,when you fit the new one,you can always reinstall it if necessary........or hand it on with the gun to the next owner.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 12:22 AM
    But why would you bother selling guns.........I just been to the battery traders.........two old guys sell a semi truck load of batteries a week from an old house and a shipping container......not rubbish,middlin brand s .....you say what you...
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    01-31-2019, 10:02 PM
    Newton s method,invented by Isaac Newton,the first man to produce a perfectly flat surface.
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    01-30-2019, 07:57 PM
    .....Value in the US around $800 +- a fair margin........Holes for the sight will devalue the gun somewhat,even tho the sight is functional.......Components available from a supplier called X Ring Services..........hint......dont use bare 458...
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    01-30-2019, 08:40 AM
    Some of the best 3 jaws were made by Charles Taylor, Birmingham ,and of the coned jaw type....I have several made for a crankshaft grinder ,and of very high accuracy and repeatabilty........bought the grinder to get the chucks ,then scrapped the...
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    01-30-2019, 01:15 AM
    Most of the HSS square you get now is rubbish,made you know where,and if ground to a fine point crumbles at the edge....the old makers like Poldi and Fagersta seem be entirely into sintered throwaways..............Fagersta Werke HSS was the...
    33 replies | 964 view(s)
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    01-30-2019, 01:00 AM
    The early/pre 60 s/ones have a large section on logarithms and slide rules and such,which is useless today..............Ive generally seen the 60s /70s ones at vintage car swaps for $20,and they dont sell .Most look like they have never been opened...
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    01-28-2019, 09:57 PM
    Wouldnt be any worse than apprentices......at least hobbyists are motivated to do well ,unlike 50% of apprentices.
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    01-27-2019, 04:55 PM
    john.k replied to a thread How much graphite? in Muzzleloading.
    One purpose of graphite coating is to conduct away static electricity buildup .
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    01-25-2019, 09:47 PM
    The ones round here relied on liability releases ,like what you sign before they let you on a racetrack in the Volvo.....Unfortunately ,these things dont fly,and a good? lawyer will clean you out anyway if someone has a claimed injury and takes...
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    01-25-2019, 09:35 PM
    Two miles was 3500yds when I went to school.......2500yds is about 1 1/2 miles.,and for 1 mile ,I would estimate a line of flight rising to 200 feet elevation..............instead of wind flags ,you are going to need weather...
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    01-24-2019, 10:27 PM
    The other catch is the rough drawing with salient points marked with a felt pen.......just a rough old thing ,says the customer.......then a day later they are back whinging that a shaft doesnt fit,a keyway is too loose,or some other...
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    01-24-2019, 06:07 PM
    Rev Al is spot on...........the reason (one ,anyway) why the Italians have never considered producing a replica is that there are too many cheap Martinis floating about.........I built a cheap sporter from my spares box with a new 303 H barrel and a...
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    01-23-2019, 09:35 PM
    Yeah,who d want to make guns.....everyone wants something different............price was quoted as 1699.00+....and the ghost is still there.............action is claimed to be midsize,not large enough for 45/70.
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  • john.k's Avatar
    01-23-2019, 08:34 PM
    The gun has the Francotte action ,but not the reduced grip.........still with all the faults for modern use that Martinis have always had.........I dont see them taking off........Just my 2c.
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    01-23-2019, 02:29 AM
    I must say ,when I had the shop,I used to get lots of little jobs from the public............and you pretty soon learn to avoid them........because you are expected to run a free design department,metal spec consultancy,and take 1/2 hour explaining...
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    01-23-2019, 02:20 AM
    The technical schools here used to run nightime machining courses,where a lot of projects were done on lathes mills ,slotters ,and what have you.................unfortunately ,all the machining has been cleared out in favor of floral therapy,art...
    48 replies | 1813 view(s)
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    01-23-2019, 02:13 AM
    If you put too much load on the ram,the slots for the shellholder will bend ........if the slots are supported by an extender ,it may be very difficult to remove.........the mod I would do is to put a through pin in place of the small side pins on...
    33 replies | 10879 view(s)
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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