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    01-12-2019, 11:16 PM
    You might get more response on the CH 4D question if you start another thread with it. I have no experience with the dies, but understand they are mostly for lead or half jacket bullets. This is because the form die bleeds excess lead out the...
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    01-10-2019, 08:10 PM
    D-2 has even better properties than O-1, so go for it. The punches from lee sizing dies might be a little soft, but a great way to start. Making similar punches is also a good starter project for new lathe operators. Those blank dies are...
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    01-10-2019, 06:49 PM
    For the "stems" you have planned I recommend O-1 drill rod. A three foot length of annealed 1/2" diameter costs about 16 bucks from Fastenal and other suppliers. You can buy it annealed, so it works easy. Then it will need to be heat treated to...
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    01-09-2019, 09:39 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread question on air tanks, in AirGuns
    Thanks Ebner, I was that guy yesterday, yes a pint can of acetone is stored above where the tank sat. Sure the can was closed, but gravity is so darned persistent. The tank is moved away from there, while a more secure storage plan is...
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    01-06-2019, 04:18 PM
    Good idea, but not a good plan for a hunting rifle in Montana, sometimes the weather is cool enough to freeze liquid oil and stick your firing pin.
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    01-03-2019, 12:26 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread PCP Scope? in AirGuns
    Look for a bug buster, well under 300 dollars, focus/parallax back to 3 yards. Springer tough.
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    01-01-2019, 11:20 PM
    I'm good with a S&W M19 4" round butt, and a Ruger 77-357. The pistol is easy to carry and unholster. The rifle is easy to carry, and hit with, a 2-7 scope mounted low, quiet, near zero recoil, works good with bipod, just a joy to shoot. ...
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    12-29-2018, 07:19 PM
    Nice view of your press with a lathe in the background. What tool did you use to cut the nose of your 9mm swage die?
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    12-29-2018, 12:23 AM
    I bought a McGowen 45 raptor barrel for AR 10, The feed ramp was not even close to working. Unlikely to buy another barrel from them.
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    12-25-2018, 08:08 PM
    30 cal air gun...……... 'bout as fun as 35 Whelen!
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    12-25-2018, 05:05 PM
    Casting 177 pellets by me is very unlikely. Buying a 30 cal springer would be a very good reason to cast pellets. I do have schemes of making 25 cal pellets for marauder already in my stable. The new NOE molds look real good. Most of my money...
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    12-25-2018, 12:36 AM
    Multigunner, A noble endeavor. Better work on it a bit more myself.
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    12-23-2018, 04:12 PM
    Well, I might have discovered why someone took such a rifle to the pawnshop. At 25 yards it groups (nicely) about 2 3/4 inches left with the sight adjusted all the way right. When I get back home, the plan is to clamp the rifle in a padded...
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    12-23-2018, 12:56 AM
    Traveling to visit kids and grandkids for Christmas we stopped at a friend's pawn shop some 275 miles from home. He has had a freshly rebuilt Diana 54 Air King in the shop for close to three years now, the price was up there, so I made a habit of...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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