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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:00 PM
    Hard to get that much misinformation in that little of space. The original case design limited its usage in other firearms. It has NOTHING to do with the military designation. That is 100% BS. The military adoption ensures widespread civilian...
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    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    Early cartridges were very expensive and black market 50/70 and 45/70 was a big problem. The firearm manufactured chambered civilian firearms in these cartridges as soon as they got samples. In the case of the 45 Colt it's original design was...
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  • LUBEDUDE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    Iíll take all 2700 of the 135ís PM forthcoming
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  • Pressman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:29 AM
    No, The Spartan uses the new then RCBS style shellholder. It's held in with a tiny set screw that prevents it from sliding forward. The screw must be small and short enough to fully ener it's hole otherwise it hits on the frame when the ram is down.
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  • LUBEDUDE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:54 AM
    I had good results using a chunk of lead a bit smaller than the screw hole for similar endeavors. If you cast bullets then various sizes of lead chunks can be found in the shop. If not, pull a 22 bullet and cut it down. A fishing weight will work...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:37 AM
    While 44/40 and 45 Colt are very similar they are not the same. The 44/40 was induced parallel to the 45 Colt not from the 45 Colt. The 45 Colt was designed specifically for the 1873 Army. It was a folded case design using the Benet style...
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  • Pressman's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 10:15 PM
    Most presses of that age used a spring. It would be bent to allow the tip to go through the set screw hole and the remainder wrapped around the ram, resting in a small grove. CH4D probably has the springs, you will have to figure out how to make...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 11:32 AM
    PM sent on the 375
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    01-23-2021, 11:34 PM
    Survivor of Grizzly Bear Attack in Dupuyer, Montana Used .44 Magnum
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  • Kevin Rohrer's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 08:02 PM
    1. Remove the 2-pins. 2. Slide-out the die plate and set it on its stand. 3. Remove the new die plate (w/ dies and powder measure setup on it) from its stand and slide it into the press. 4. Replace the pins. Done. If I have to change the...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 01:04 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread US Trapdoor sights in Military Rifles
    That only applies to lock plates dated 1883 or 1884.
    8 replies | 206 view(s)
  • Pressman's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 11:55 AM
    Finally, I got up and went to get pictures of the drum. This is a new drum from the original Pacific measure. It has a 3/4" piston head so it's a rifle measure. I apologize for the poor quality pictures, apparently the auto focus was not...
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  • Kevin Rohrer's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 09:37 AM
    Why do I get the feeling we are being trolled?
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  • Kevin Rohrer's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 09:31 AM
    The best quality press (which excludes those red boat anchors) to do quick changes? I never owned a Square Deal and can't comment on it, so will say the 550. I could change calibers (not including primer changes) in <10-seconds as I each caliber...
    47 replies | 793 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 04:01 AM
    The import of russian primers was banned in 2014. I used a lot. Wish I still could get them. Purchased 20K SRM in 2016. That was the last time I could find them. I ran out about 1 1/2 ago.
    52 replies | 1735 view(s)
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    01-23-2021, 12:19 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread US Trapdoor sights in Military Rifles
    US issue. Lots of research went into the Buffington sight to compensate for rotational drift. Good info here
    8 replies | 206 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-22-2021, 07:57 PM
    The push for green primers with a limited shelf life prevents me from profiting from the current craziness. I am hopeful that things get better but I am planning for worst case.
    30 replies | 1336 view(s)
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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