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  • lwknight's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:32 PM
    I have only seen 2 or 3 cases separate like that and never knew why. I doubt that you could have hurt the brass by annealing. If several of the brass in the batch have this problem, toss them all. Who knows what has happened in the earlier life...
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  • GabbyM's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:15 AM
    In my experience. If it starts to get hot on your fingers. You've heated it more than necessary. You do need a good hot flame and aim it well into the shoulder. If flame is to low or aim off. It takes to long to heat the neck and heat has enough...
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Just more proof the 30-30 will never die.
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    http://www.boydsgunstocks.com/ProductDetail/2za701526117_marlin-1895gs-cap-style-forend-walnut-finished You may be interested in a boyds stock. Not sure this is the one 1895 GS. Click on custom options and $15.00 extra will get a laminate in...
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    Yesterday, 10:59 AM
    I believe your frustrations with 6.8 SPC are typical. Sort of an oddity as to why they don't shoot cast boolits better. Especially the ones with a 1:11" barrel. One theory is the way throats are cut. You have two issues that I see. First is...
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    02-27-2015, 07:55 PM
    to dry: Dump on a towel. Gather ends. Rock back and forth to roll cases. Then dump out and blow dry with hair dryer on low for four minutes. Then trim to length deburr or whatever needs to be done. Toss in corn cob media tumbler. Way I run...
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    02-27-2015, 07:32 PM
    OK ,,, My hack job annealing yields rounds that deliver the same accuracy as new Lapua brass. So can anyone tell me how I am doing anything wrong by heating handheld brass under a torch then dropping into water. IMHO annealing without water dropping...
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    02-27-2015, 07:01 PM
    I once burned out a near new 243 Win barrel in about twenty minutes. Most of it was within a minute on an already hot barrel. My average barrel life on 243 Win is under 1,000 rounds. My new 243 AI load is 11 grins of Unique under an 84 grain cast...
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    02-27-2015, 06:37 PM
    Fact is with the low consumption demands a pistol has. It's hard to mail order and pay haz-mat. That in itself does not make shooting pistol more expensive than rifle. This morning I tossed two empty eight pound jugs of rifle powder in the trash...
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    02-26-2015, 08:20 PM
    Last few weeks I've annealed 4,000 5.56mm cases. All I used was a ten dollar propane torch, coffee can half full of water and bare hands. Hold case in flame, rotate between fingers three times then drop in water. Speed you rotate sets final brass...
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    02-25-2015, 11:33 AM
    http://originalbobsled.com/ That's it. Bobsled. I am wondering if they hold the round so it gets picked up and under the claw or just pushed in.
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    02-24-2015, 10:35 AM
    GabbyM replied to a thread sw 15-4 leading in Cast Boolits
    Text below is copy pasted from Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obturation With reference to firearms and air guns, obturation is the result of a bullet or pellet expanding or upsetting to fit the bore, or, in the case of a firearm,...
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    02-24-2015, 10:28 AM
    GabbyM replied to a thread sw 15-4 leading in Cast Boolits
    Have you tried pushing your sized .358" bullets through the cylinder throats? If they are snug or do not go through then you simply do not have undersized bullets. If they go in easily and maybe even wiggle a little then you need larger. No gages...
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    02-24-2015, 01:32 AM
    No one I know of. But they are $120 for a thousand or the same price as SS109's when sold at $60 for 500. Speer bulk packs are 1,000 packs. I see Powder Valley has them for $123.51. That's up a little from the last time I looked. They have Hornady...
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    02-23-2015, 10:24 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread sw 15-4 leading in Cast Boolits
    My Dillon powder through won't expand cases deep enough for wad cutters. I have to use the longer plug Lyman M die. Or else the cases swag the bullets down.
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    02-23-2015, 10:06 PM
    They must read this site. Page is cleaned up and ss 109's are gone. Just white blanks where they cut adds out with plastic scissors.
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  • GabbyM's Avatar
    02-23-2015, 09:31 PM
    Me thinks you'll have to use a thin lube to allow flow to the pump to keep up.
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    02-23-2015, 09:12 PM
    They have them right on the front page of their online site. $60.
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    02-23-2015, 08:53 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread case lube in Reloading Equipment
    Royal Case & Die Lube. Just tried it for the first time an hour ago. Purchased from MidSouth. Been years working through a spray bottle of Dillon case lube. It worked well also but this Royal seams slicker with reduced effort. No dents in 223's...
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    02-23-2015, 05:54 PM
    98 Mauser is still in production last I looked. That is telling. My last two Bolt gun purchases were an FN-M70 Winchester and CZ 527. Both derived from the 98 Mauser. So I can not deny.
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    02-23-2015, 01:53 PM
    rockrat mentioned bacteria. Bacteria and enzymes are to different critters. Just so you note that. Also there are enzymes and other products sold at hardware and lumber yards, names I wont mention, that are pretty much worthless. Right along with...
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    02-23-2015, 01:46 PM
    Lots of good suggestions here. Like no Charmin or any double ply toilet paper. Single ply only and check to see if it's septic system compatible. but that only works in the future. If I were you I'd definitely try an enzyme product. Like Blackthorn...
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    02-23-2015, 12:25 PM
    That linked vendor list the same price as direct from RRA. $120. Everyone would have to pay sales tax direct from RRA as Illinois makes us pay it. Triggers should be good at that price. I spent the extra on a Geissele in part because they are...
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    02-22-2015, 10:03 PM
    $60 for 500 is the same price as 1000 packs of Speer 55gr SP. Would make it a hard sale to me as the Speer is pretty good as a hunting bullet. I have some pickup truck wheel rims sitting on my berm at our farm. Any bullet I've shot into one from...
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    02-22-2015, 09:28 PM
    Waco: Before you try 4198. Take a look at AA LT-32. It's slower than 4198 a bit and is small grain to meter great. They have a new LT-30 with a speed to match 4198. I can't endorse it as I just received my 8lb jug this week. Plan is light bullet 223...
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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"
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