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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    I must say I much prefer R. Lees prices to D. Dastardlys .......anyhoo,Im boring out a Lee mold,no fancy CNC,just basic cylinder,hence only one groove.I could bore it out all the way to the ogive ,and have no grooves,which I have done to produce PP...
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    The IABs were built to a price ...mine was about 1/3 the price of a Shiloh......The main fault with my IAB is idiots chanting "its alluz broke" every time I take it to the range.Otherwise its fired thousands of shots without failure...but it could...
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    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    The bullet will be fired in a 33" martini barrel ,using smokeless........I have been using Lee 475/400FN bullets with just a paint on of moly grease GR2....this bullet has minimal lube grooves anyway.....Ive fired hundreds with no leading in several...
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    Yesterday, 01:57 AM
    Thats a clever design ,the cylindrical centre piece requires no machining for guides,just two slots for the links.....even the slots could be eliminated .
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    01-19-2018, 11:19 PM
    How many lube grooves does a bullet actually need? I was planning to oversize a Lee 459HB mold up to .470+by making the body cylindrical,eliminating all but the front lube groove. The theory being that lube from the front groove will flow over...
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    01-19-2018, 11:09 PM
    A good iron mold is great,but no matter how good,if you cast big bullets,the long cooling period really slows you down.....if you get impatient,you end up with bent bullets.I think I cast say 45/450gn twice as quick with a al mold.......but I dont...
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    01-19-2018, 07:07 PM
    There used to be surplus Lebel ammo on the market with double thickness primers....most required two strikes.....but customers said it was dud....so a lot was sold in bulk for next to nothing.....it had a heavy 240?gr bullet,and a mighty kick in the...
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    01-19-2018, 06:52 PM
    The simplest way to scatter shot is to eliminate plastic wads....gas in the shot column scatters pellets.......or make your own shot from flat lead sheet cut into bits or even long strips.Experiment in a cheap ,expendable gun.
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    01-19-2018, 02:15 AM
    Every one of the Remington rifles was rejected ,the French ended up taking about 7000 of them,to recoup some of their deposit.The rest were bought by the US govt to keep Remington from bankruptcy.......its said the French marked them as 3rd...
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    01-19-2018, 01:47 AM
    Yes,you need to be careful where property transfers and possibly inheritance taxes may be involved,and make sure all taxes are paid.........the people next to me live on a property thats still in the grandparents names.Its gonna be a SHTF moment...
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    01-18-2018, 06:31 PM
    The use of fluffy fillers is a long established ring safe method of keeping powder against primer........but a grain of fluff cannot "eliminate" air space,because the fluff is simply random fibres in a mass of air...So the air is still there and...
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    01-18-2018, 09:42 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Oxidized booklets? in Rimfire Area
    I have seen cast and lubed bullets develop a white deposit over years......I think its more likely a reaction between lead and lube,stearate on 22s.........anyhoo,the compound is soft ,rubbing /polishing the bullets will remove whats left of the...
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    01-13-2018, 11:36 PM
    Million dollar settlement with non disclosure clause?
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    01-13-2018, 09:59 AM
    Make a pair of swage blocks and press the bulge back into place.......guys do this kind of thing all the time on motorbike forks
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    01-11-2018, 08:29 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Enfield Headspace in Military Rifles
    A new rifle should not need o rings......in fact forcing the bolt closed continuously may cause excessive lug wear.......fitting a bolt head to close "tight" will surely cause excess lug wear........anyway,if you load cast,the case neck will need to...
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    01-11-2018, 01:20 AM
    hannibal, a lot of diesel newbies reading this might pick up a tip that saves them a tow fee and thousands at the hands of a ripoff mechanic..........I was lookin for a replacement head for my pickup,and there is didly on the net thats...
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    01-10-2018, 08:00 AM
    Repairers get in quite a few cars and pickups accidentally run on gas,lack of lubrication quickly ruins the injection equiptment......or so the customer is told......I went to one pickup,a Isuzu, filled up with gas,but on about 1/8 tank of diesel.I...
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    01-10-2018, 07:44 AM
    The most unusual cases I have formed 6.5 from are 220 Swift....bit of a bulge ,and they dont fit the clips.If you use 303 cases ,Remington are smallest base ,and never fail to fit............for the information of those not owning these guns,the...
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    01-09-2018, 10:50 PM
    john.k replied to a thread Titan Reloading in Reloading Equipment
    If you live outside the US,Titan give a postal cost upfront..........unlike another big player who have been the source of many a nasty surprise with postal costs.......delivery times here are entirely dependent on local issues,and average two...
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    01-09-2018, 10:34 PM
    You can get a bit of excitment with diesels,like the feller who washed his air cleaner element in kerosine ,and assembled wet.......reckoned the motor hit 10,000 revs before the kaboom......motors that run backwards unexpectedly can be interesting...
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    01-09-2018, 09:27 PM
    Spraying gasoline fuel into the intake aint good for the motor,but a motor can be run like this to get fuel up to the injectors.....with a mechanical injector pump.........Ive spent a lifetime running **** diesel machinery,and I know just about...
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    01-09-2018, 08:53 PM
    Venture capitalists is the buzzword.......guaranteed returns to investment funds.....huge bonuses to smarties ....same time trash employee entitlements..... .......and strip all the trusted brands,then sell the name to third world...
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    01-09-2018, 08:34 PM
    Dont ring your chamber...it aint hard to do.
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    01-09-2018, 08:28 PM
    I believe the "sintered metal" story is incorrect,and the recievers are actually investment cast from graphitic nodular iron.Hardened and tempered.I have always thought the sintered metal claim to be a nonsense,as the cast surface and a gate pad are...
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    01-04-2018, 08:59 PM
    You probably know from your research that the current price is.........a scrap buyer/pawnbroker will give 1/2 of this.........I keep any silver for silver soldering......I went thru my old coin collection using all the silver coins ,a lot cheaper...
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    01-04-2018, 02:35 AM
    OK,thanks ,I will get some reagent grade before using the stuff in a gun.......Ive used up all the first lot amusing the kids,young and old.Im pretty sure there is relevant info here from about 3, or 4 years ago.Just needs to be found.Need to get a...
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    01-03-2018, 09:48 PM
    In these old drill presses,everything runs true because they were made that way....buy a new Chinese one and the spindle has .015 runout,chuck has .015 runout,table adjustments wont hold,and they use tiny belts to get multiple speeds.And they use...
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    01-03-2018, 09:39 PM
    Sounds like the extractor came out thru the side of the ring and it blew out the stock. I saw a Mod 70 in 243 blow,barrel landed 5 ft downrange......I salvaged the barrel ,good as new,not a mark on it,couldnt say the same for the rest......If a...
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    01-03-2018, 09:31 PM
    I never used to bother,but if the mold develops loose pins,its a pita,so best to follow instructions to the letter with ally molds.......I think the general idea is to bake some lube into the clearance that develops as the ally expands......and if...
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    01-03-2018, 09:22 PM
    My old mold was a 42?215 that cast 427 and I decided to increase the dia a bit ..The first mold I ever tried enlarging on a lathe and it turned out a bit large at 434. But the bullets size down to 430 easy enough.
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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