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  • john.k's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 AM
    Tricky part of the work is no other part of the block is either parallel or square to the face of the block......if you do a few of these blocks ,you make a fixture to hold the block so the face is square to the machine spindle ......For drilling...
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    Yesterday, 12:30 AM
    john.k replied to a thread Chambering Reaming? in Muzzleloading.
    i t would depend on the hardness of the cylinder .....if it cuts easily with a file ,then you could certainly ream it without machines ,by using a reamer held in a carpenters type brace..........You would need some considerable experience in the...
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    08-10-2020, 11:19 PM
    I also think Akajun had good points.....there will be evidence of a bright sheared ring around the pin dent in the primer........These guns dont have very strong extraction,and cannot cope with sticky cases,or any kind of pressure effect on the...
    11 replies | 272 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 11:05 PM
    Must have been many thousands of them done here .....might be more economic for you to see if you could buy a bushed block from Australia.....Your assessment is spot on,if the primer extrudes ,the metal has the be sheared to open the...
    11 replies | 272 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-08-2020, 04:16 PM
    The style is typical of Belgian made Martinis ,so it could be any of the mentions with the exception of BSA.Braendlin Armory were major suppliers of Belgian made guns .
    7 replies | 364 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-07-2020, 10:32 PM
    I do not agrre with the proposition that a press needs to be "accurately made" when you fit a shellholder into a loose groove in the press ram ,and case rim into a loose groove in an opensided shellholder ,the concentricity of press ram and die...
    39 replies | 1101 view(s)
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    08-07-2020, 10:19 PM
    I did not criticise Lee s strategy of using O rings ......a clever way to use threads with very considerable clearance and therefore ,a breeze to screw up and unscrew.........I have no doubt if anyone here has dies,adapters and press threaded to...
    39 replies | 1101 view(s)
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    08-07-2020, 06:14 AM
    Craze ,buzzword ,bandwagon,take your pick........Only true purpose of supressed subsonic is military ,or for poaching animals from private land without the landowner hearing any noise to indicate the crime is happening ,till he finds the remains of...
    99 replies | 2193 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-07-2020, 06:04 AM
    If you want sloppy ,put a Lee press together without the O rings that centre the dies ,and make everything seem shipshape ......sloppy isnt the word ......and Lee threads are seldom at 50%,less ,I suspect.......However ,if I made a press and dieset...
    39 replies | 1101 view(s)
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    08-05-2020, 05:26 AM
    The boss s son took a series of pictures of a fairly serious industrial accident with a nice (to me) digital camera........boss brought the camera to the workshop ,and watched while I burnt up and melted the camera with an oxytorch.
    16 replies | 1055 view(s)
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    08-05-2020, 05:06 AM
    The British WD proof load for 303 was a normal charge with a heavier bullet.....in the case of Mk7,they used a Mk 6 bullet......very simple to arrange......And as mentioned ,British proof was two shots ,one dry case,one oiled case.........Quite a...
    26 replies | 766 view(s)
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    08-05-2020, 04:54 AM
    Sled man is right ....the thing I miss most in retirement ...is my company order book.........I did stock up in all sorts of useful stuff,wasnt hard because the new owners wanted the place cleaned up .....but neglected to get some order and...
    39 replies | 1101 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-04-2020, 04:40 AM
    I personally think its foolish to try making dies from hard steel .....soften the stuff,machine ,then harden .......and harden it right out ,as hard as you can get it ...With 40-50 points carbon ,50-55 RC should be possible ......My suggestion would...
    39 replies | 1101 view(s)
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    08-03-2020, 04:40 PM
    The obvious answer is to have the chambers in a revolver cylinder reworked to match the fired brass from your pet leveraction.......But first ,it might be advisable to check if the leveraction will work with the unsized fired brass......because you...
    14 replies | 853 view(s)
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    08-02-2020, 03:56 PM
    john.k replied to a thread I made a $9 brush hog! in Our Town
    On the bigger slashers ,nothing on the blades is rigid.....they can fold right back right up to the centre shaft if a big enough obstacle is hit ....mine has stalled an 80 hp tractor,and cut a piece of 3/8 steel in half ,without apparent...
    49 replies | 1609 view(s)
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    08-01-2020, 05:39 PM
    Yeah ,BBB is right ..."Aw can I just stop when my eyebrows are singed".......However ,if reloads are being sold for a few bucks ,or even free,then I certainly pull the bullets and use them .I will admit to reusing the powder too, in black powder for...
    12 replies | 506 view(s)
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    08-01-2020, 05:26 PM
    If the cases are moving forward under strike,do what the 303 guys do ,and get some of the little rubber bands that are in hair curler sets from the supermarket......I dont have any guns with that problem ,but another way of curing this ,is to fill...
    23 replies | 751 view(s)
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    08-01-2020, 05:05 PM
    If you are in Oz ,you soon learn not to buy stuff you can make in a half hour.......firing pin costs $30US.......by the time it gets to my mailbox (more in a minute) ,its cost in Oz pesos is close to $100......now this might be OK ,except that...
    41 replies | 2531 view(s)
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    08-01-2020, 04:46 PM
    Possibly the point here is that for 45LC to feed in a lever action ,where the round tilts up to go into the chamber ,needs a certain amount of oversize in the chamber or the round will jam part way in........OK,how does this relate to a...
    14 replies | 853 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 04:28 PM
    Any Australian 'film maker" is for sure constructing an anti gun ownership propaganda film......the reason being funding is available for this kind of propaganda.......The worst set up I have seen was where a very genuine guy ,too trusting for...
    49 replies | 1476 view(s)
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    08-01-2020, 12:53 AM
    john.k replied to a thread I made a $9 brush hog! in Our Town
    Yep ,I got a biggish tractor and a 7ft wide "slasher"they call em here.....Getting pretty rusty after 40 yr out in the weather ,but still works good.Blades are solid steel 3/4" thick ,lots of weight if they get loose too....Bolts are about 1/2 way...
    49 replies | 1609 view(s)
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    07-31-2020, 01:19 AM
    We used to save pennies and buy firecrackers that size ....called two penny bungers......Biggest bang of any firecracker kids could buy .They would demolish any ordinary mailbox ....consequently ,the second time we got one made at work out of 1/4"...
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    07-30-2020, 07:43 AM
    Something we made as teens was sugar (or flour) and potassium bromate......this stuff seemed like a substitute ,but we managed to blow up a bit of heavy wall ammonia pipe/cannon with it.....so it was clearly more energetic than black.......Also the...
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    07-30-2020, 07:24 AM
    Been so long since I been to the range ,load is a little hazy ,but say 8.5 gr with the Lee 240 ,which casts 250odd,I think.Accuracy is good enough ,certainly 4" at 100m from a post rest with Lyman aperature and front bead......Rifle is a Win. Mod...
    46 replies | 1824 view(s)
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    07-29-2020, 04:58 PM
    Some guys try hard...when the range was open ,a guy beside me was having a lot of bother with sticky extraction......after a bit of cursing ,he asked for my rod .....I said its no good ,you ve got a 22/250 ,my rod is 30 ,....he went off muttering to...
    22 replies | 1399 view(s)
  • john.k's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 04:37 PM
    In the big bulk jug ,its the cheapest powder on the market here....According to S.Jacks data , the 44-40 load I use is possibly twice the max.allowable psi for the calibre,but since my rifle also came chambered for 44 M at 40,000psi ,its all good.
    46 replies | 1824 view(s)
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    07-25-2020, 06:39 AM
    Use a small boring bar is what I do for any large chamber ...smallest Ive done with a boring bar is rear part of a 303,but the boring bar was a special a friend made to bore out motorcycle valve guides,so it was small.
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    07-21-2020, 04:09 PM
    New barrel may be rough (ish) too.....might benefit from a polish with a fine abrasive.
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    07-17-2020, 11:16 PM
    Depends on the type of steel too.......if distortion is an issue ,the correct steel can be heat treated by a commercial shop to max hardness with zero distortion......two simple methods for home shop are use a prehard steel ,or a precipitation...
    7 replies | 563 view(s)
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    07-17-2020, 10:59 PM
    john.k replied to a thread This still bugs me... in Our Town
    Not recent,but there used to be 22 rimfire auto rifle on the market "Gevarm A 7 ",if memory is correct ,it had no extractor ,and slam fired from an open bolt .....these guns were number one in firearm deaths from UDs.......But ,at the range ,the...
    29 replies | 1253 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