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    Today, 12:02 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Fell in the hole in AirGuns
    The idea that smaller pellets need higher pressure never occurred to me until you mentioned it. I do understand the larger area concept, and have seen large wheel loader tires blow up with 35 psi and a load on the forks somewhat over the tire's...
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    12-14-2017, 03:49 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Fell in the hole in AirGuns
    One constant, the bigger the bore, the more air needed. The 17s are more hand pump friendly. I'm guessing that casting pellets is not out of the question, that really does give the .357 rifles some appeal, I have a 6 cavity mold for 82 grain...
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    12-14-2017, 10:43 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Fell in the hole in AirGuns
    I keep looking at the bulldog, but really need to focus on a regulated 177, with some place to attach sling swivels. What caliber recluse tickles your fancy?
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    12-14-2017, 01:13 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Fell in the hole in AirGuns
    My rifle is a 25 cal marauder. I did check the air supply and testing requirements. Hydro testing can be done just a few hours away, which isn't too bad in Montana. Surely I can find an excuse to drive to Missoula in four years or so. A volunteer...
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    12-13-2017, 05:33 PM
    clodhopper started a thread Fell in the hole in AirGuns
    Last spring, PCP rifle arrived at my door, a hand pump was part of the purchase. Love the rifle, don't love the pump. Today I ordered tigershark carbon fiber tank, protective bag for tank, fire house fill fittings, and quick detach air gun...
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    12-11-2017, 04:39 PM
    That looks real nice. I was using a little A6 for something, it was sure hard on the bandsaw blade cutting it off. That blue color looks like something happened in the heat treat.
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    12-10-2017, 06:40 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread What Scale for Swagers in Swaging
    Sure, information is good.
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    12-10-2017, 06:38 PM
    Dies that do the process you want are not high volume items. That makes them expensive.
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    12-10-2017, 06:28 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread What Scale for Swagers in Swaging
    My pact scale goes bonkers all the time. I do not trust it and would not pay 50 dollars to rebuild it. Balance beams work.
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    12-06-2017, 09:24 AM
    Worth every penny, and I agree, a better choice than a Benjamin 392.
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    12-05-2017, 07:48 PM
    It should not be harder on the brass unless you get stopped and have to apply even more force to start it moving again. Let me try my description again, as your press cams over, the fulcrum moves and gives more leverage.
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    12-05-2017, 10:12 AM
    The leverage of your press cams, as you come around the cam leverage increases.
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    12-04-2017, 11:05 AM
    shell70634 replied to a thread kel tec 2000?? in Factory Rifles
    I've got one in 9mm. Would like one in 40 too. My 9 eats anything I put thru it. Haven't really tested for accuracy but I can hit my 8 inch gongs at 50 yards every time. Fun gun and price was very right. Shelly
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    12-04-2017, 08:54 AM
    I recommend a Benjamin 392. The soft recoil lets a shooter see the impact.
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    12-01-2017, 02:56 PM
    Just take a boattail and load it backwards.
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    12-01-2017, 09:53 AM
    I'll try #11
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    11-30-2017, 12:41 PM
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?299197-Powder-Coat-Primer
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    11-30-2017, 12:31 PM
    I see that NOE has a sale going. For a vintage (circa 1950 or so) cut rifled Marlin 32 Special what diameter Ranch Dog mold would you order? Thanks
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    11-27-2017, 10:05 AM
    Clicked on your attachment with eager anticipation, Rats, it does not work.
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    11-25-2017, 10:44 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Air Force texan in AirGuns
    Once you solve the air pressure supply PCP air guns are all fun. On my Benjamin marauder .25 cal. The air reservoir is smaller than the air force Texan. I run it from 3000 psi down to 2000 psi. Using a air venturi hand pump it takes about 110...
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    11-24-2017, 04:35 PM
    There are some examples of a cone shape expander, one even predates the US civil war minie ball. I think the high rotational velocity will make it easier to expand soft bullets. A lot of 300 blackouts have a 1 in8 twist vs. a .357magnum with 1...
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    11-23-2017, 09:54 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread 3d printing in Special Projects
    I have never operated a 3D printer, but the plastic can be had in a few grades. And some of it can be treated with solvents that smooth over and weld the exterior surfaces before evaporating.
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    11-23-2017, 02:03 PM
    Cleaned out old junk box and found 8 each 45-70 brass damaged by wrinkles about half way down and 8 ea 458 win mag brass with damaged case mouth, I hate throwing anything away so is someone can use them I'll toss em in an envelope and mail em next...
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    11-22-2017, 07:09 PM
    Every rifle builder was an amateur once. A lathe might be very useful for getting the sights to the top, and the chamber the correct length.
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    11-22-2017, 03:50 PM
    Butchman, Thanks, but I will not follow your suggestion. Doing stuff my self is so much more fun. That bullet looks like it was a piece of copper rod, with a hole drilled in it, Then some triangular cuts. Probably formed when hot.
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    11-21-2017, 09:32 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Winchester big bore in AirGuns
    This video just came out yeasreday. Thanks for waking me up.
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    11-18-2017, 10:59 AM
    Well a couple sentences on a forum can give people the wrong impression. My split die idea is two halves hinged at one end. with a shelholder adaptor on the hinge end. The die would be upside down with the pellet skirt up then shoved into a 50...
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    11-17-2017, 07:27 PM
    Oh yeah BT, just reread the original post and see what Minuteshaver probably meant.
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    11-17-2017, 03:09 PM
    The die lock ring is a great idea, I will copy it soon, and a few times. I bought a lee 3 jaw chuck and never could get it to work, haven't mess with it for years, maybe it has grit in it.
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    11-17-2017, 02:57 PM
    I keep looking at .357 cal air guns. The fascination is difficult to fathom, I have several molds that cast bullets that look identical to the dollar apiece bullets shown on air gun web sites. But I have a .357 magnum rifle, it is possible to...
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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