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    Today, 07:23 PM
    Standard die adjustment instructions are geared to producing ammo that works in all firearms. It is far from optimal in most. To do that you need to maintain a .0015" to .002" shoulder verse chamber clearance in boltguns. In auto's I prefer .002"...
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    Today, 06:34 PM Uses of acetone Acetone is also known as propanone. Its chemical formula is CH3COCH3. It is a colourless liquid. It is the simplest ketone with condensed formula being C3H6O. It is an organic chemical...
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    Today, 06:26 PM
    Unlike Denatured Alcohol Acetone is produced naturally in the human body. Acetone is a chemical used to make products like nail polish remover and paint remover. Your body also makes this chemical...
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    Today, 05:59 PM
    As noted LP primers are shorter than LR. They normally also have thinner cups. That being said if you keep the pressures under 35K you won't have any blanking or piercing issues with LP.
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    Today, 05:40 PM
    The Savage Axis uses the standard barrel nut. You need a spanner wrench to loosen it and than you can easily adjust headspace just by turning the barrel in or out.
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    Today, 05:30 PM
    Life tends to get easier if you deal with real numbers. Two ways got get real numbers are the RCBS Precision Mic or a headspace gauge and the Hornady Headspace Comparator ...
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    Today, 05:18 PM
    Same here. I have been very happy with mine. The Lyman version not so much.
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    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    One of my dads friends was seriously injured and partially paralyzed in a work accident. After that his Pre 64 270 was to much for him so he started using his 30 Carbine. I know he killed over 20 Whitetail bucks with it. Some of them field...
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    Yesterday, 02:08 AM
    That's were I get confused. Your definition is what I was taught in the late 70's but in the the mid-80's the company I worked for had both types and they called both types planers. Both types had vertical and horizontal milling attachments in...
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    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    Before you modify anything try sizing a case without the expander ball. Sometimes pulling the expander ball back through the neck will pull the shoulder out. If needed nothing wrong with removing a couple of thou from the die but if you have to do...
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    Yesterday, 12:14 AM
    Maybe I am using the wrong terminology? It's been my understanding that when using a single point non rotating tool it is a planer. When the milling heads are attached it becomes a mill. I always thought the little Bridgeport Heads looked out...
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    02-26-2021, 10:20 PM
    You speak of the planers as a machine of the past. Not the case at all. They still can be purchased new. Just google "Gantry Planer Milling Machines". I am aware of one company that just ordered a 120 foot CNC Gantry Planer/Milling machine. ...
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    02-26-2021, 09:48 PM
    It takes a typical "H" shellholder. Redding made their own. C-H will also fit. It's a weak design, the C arms will break under load. This press has the later reinforced arms. The press dates from 1957 to about 1960. It lived a second life as...
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    02-26-2021, 05:32 PM
    Once again the brass for the .223 and the 5.56 are the same except 5.56 may have crimped primer pockets. Chamber specs are different between the two. For the ultimate in accuracy sorting by headstamp and number of firings is a good idea. Reality...
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    02-26-2021, 03:43 AM
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    02-26-2021, 01:19 AM Using a lathe in a corner of his small shop, Nosler turned sections of copper rod to a diameter of 0.308" and, after it was cut to the desired lengths, cavities...
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    02-26-2021, 12:01 AM
    Tonight they have zero primers and zero powder.
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    02-25-2021, 10:52 PM
    Federal Cartridge is 2 1/2 Billion dollars backordered on civilian ammo. Federal is running 24/7 with unlimited overtime. If they stop taking orders today it will take two years to fill. Primers and powder are going to loaded cartridges. No...
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    02-25-2021, 05:16 PM
    If Dan doesn’t want it I’ll take it.
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    02-25-2021, 02:39 PM
    Worn out is worn out. Backlash and various other ailments can be compensated for. Worn-out spindle bearings are not one of them. Same for very worn lathe beds. The US made 70 vintage heavy iron manual machines are wonderful if you can find one...
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    02-25-2021, 05:42 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread USPS mail delay in Our Town
    I have a check out that should have arrived 3 or 4 days ago. I am waiting on a FedEx that is a couple of days past delivery date.
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    02-24-2021, 09:22 PM 20 Gauge - 3" 1-5/8oz. #7/9 Shot - Federal Heavyweight TSS - 5 Rounds ...
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    02-24-2021, 08:23 PM
    And his lathe was far from a worn out piece of junk. It most likely had Babbitt bearing he cast himself. He designed and built his rifling machine himself.
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    02-24-2021, 08:06 PM
    With GI brass for the 308 and 30/06 the standard recommendation is to reduce loads by 10%. With the .556 verse 223 brass that is not true. Early chamber specs between the .556 and .223 were different in the throat dimensions. Mostly the pre...
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    02-24-2021, 07:47 PM
    Just a guess but when it shows up probably is that is either a 40/65 or a 45/70 with 45/70 most likely. The 45/75 is Winchester round for the 1876. Never heard of a 45/65????????
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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