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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    Thanks all! I'm disassembling her and will strip the nickel. Then off to be case hardened! (It does belong to a 9 year old after all, betting he might be a bit tough on it over the next several decades) Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-26-2020, 10:50 AM
    Good point! I trim around 0.06" to get to length, so I don't know how well a saw would work. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-26-2020, 12:18 AM
    p.s. I do use a drill chucked up to the case trimmer. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-25-2020, 11:51 PM
    I must own the tightest chambered rolling block in the world. I reduce length with a Lyman case trimmer, the rim diameter by chucking it in a drill press and resting a bastard file - followed by emery cloth, then thin the rim thickness by using a...
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    05-24-2020, 09:08 PM
    cwtebay replied to a thread Handfull of Hanks? in Vintage Ammo
    Winchester used an H as a headstamp for many cartridges for years in honour of J. Tyler Henry - who was the designer of the volcanic and rifle that bears his name. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-24-2020, 07:38 PM
    The best "on the cheap" method I know is to use a 5/16" bit to drill a hole into hard wood, pour your lead into it, split the wood to retrieve the projectile, and hammer it through. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-24-2020, 07:24 PM
    The white box stuff is around, it seems to hover in the $1 a round range depending on the legibility of the box markings. I shot that stuff by the truckload through a single shot Stevens growing up - Remington ammo was $21 / 50, the surplus was $2....
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    05-21-2020, 11:14 PM
    I did watch that! It seems to be tough to get a consistent thickness without a whole lot of practice!! Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-21-2020, 10:58 PM
    I bought a project gun for my youngest son. It's a 1901 make 1892 Winchester SRC in 25 WCF. It's niclkled from the factory, but in poor shape. I have redone the wood, the action and magazine all work flawlessly and it's actually a pretty good...
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    05-21-2020, 10:49 PM
    0.374" diameter. 0.044" thickness Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-20-2020, 11:45 PM
    Try torch tip files. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-17-2020, 02:06 PM
    While a 1903 ( and similar era rifles - think Krag-Joergenson) had magazine cut offs for ammunition conservation, the 1886 has no such feature. The likely cause is that the follower is canted into the tube or has become wedged somehow. Easy to...
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    05-16-2020, 09:40 PM
    Emptied out the "old" hunting ammo. Took my boys out and shot 112 - 243 win, 70 some 270 WCF, 84 - 300 WSM, 28 - 338 Win Mag, 47 - 300 PRC, and a pile of 35 WCF and 405 WCF. All in the tumbler for repeat business. Reloading room will be a little...
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    05-12-2020, 12:41 AM
    Thank you! I was trying to locate that paper since this thread became a bit divisive. Amazing what lengths (no pun intended) were gone to during those trials! Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-12-2020, 12:23 AM
    cwtebay replied to a thread Winchester 1895 38-72 in Leverguns
    Good looking rifle. Bertram sells properly headstamped brass. Ken Waters wrote extensively about the rifle. "38-72 Winchester: Form cases from .405 Winchester brass. Leave cases full length (2.58 inches) and size them full length in a .38-72...
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    05-10-2020, 04:54 PM
    Two thoughts - 1) get a can of compressed air and spray the brass piece with the can inverted. The freezing may shrink it away enough to get it out. 2) a finish reamer is available for rent from someplace like Pacific. That's a crazy...
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    05-08-2020, 11:27 PM
    cwtebay replied to a thread Barn Swallows in Our Town
    Using chicken wire atop your fixtures helps. Use narrow strips with the exposed cut wires poking upwards and outwards. Sort of a poor man's version of the anti-pigeon strips you see around city buildings. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-05-2020, 05:17 PM
    Good ole Nebraska boys at their finest! Those fellas are rock stars in my book. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-04-2020, 01:48 PM
    I got over what other fellas think at the range quite a while ago, but I understand your reservation! Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-03-2020, 11:54 PM
    Have you thought about a red dot sight? Might be a bit less effort on the mounting side. And the barrel regulation is a very real hurdle to overcome, but can be dealt with by a clever smith. Please let us know how this project goes! Sent...
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    05-03-2020, 03:51 AM
    I have used the COW method for thousands of pieces of brass. I generally use 3 grains of BR5 (I have used unique, red dot, blue dot, etc. in the past - just happened upon a few kegs of BR5 on the cheap) covered with cotton batting, case full of...
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    05-03-2020, 03:21 AM
    Thank you to all!!! I aquired a 225438 and shot the first loads yesterday through a 22 Hornet with fair results. I'll post some better test results as I go!!! Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    05-01-2020, 03:52 PM
    You can also use a standard knob set and use a piece of square barstock to replace the factory one to extend the distance between the knobs. Sent from my Pixel 3 XL using Tapatalk
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    04-29-2020, 10:54 AM
    cwtebay replied to a thread Ticks! in Our Town
    For people - I use Frontline spray (for dogs) sprayed on cut off elastic bands from the top of socks. I keep them in Ziploc bags and pull them over my pant cuffs and sleeves - same with bandana on neck, web belt on waist. For dogs - Seresto...
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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