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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    Today, 03:04 AM
    I coat and then size while adding the gascheck. I usually tap the bullet on the steel plate I have my press mounted on to seat the check before I then go and run it through the die. If I'm shooting over 1800fps, I then coat and size again to...
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    Yesterday, 07:10 PM
    As the instructor at my Armorer's class said, "Need a tool, make a tool." Very light hammers for driving miniscule chisels are very hard to find any more. Robert
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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    I've got a Pacific Super C that uses the setscrew in the ram to hold the "universal" shellholder in. I may be the oddball of the bunch, but I liked using it. The shellholder stays put in the orientation I want it so there is no hunting for the...
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    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Check your local farm supply store, or if you have a real hardware store locally they probably have them. Robert
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    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    The only thing I have found that my Accu Press isn't up to, even with compound leverage, is forming .40-65 from .45-70. There is just no way, even with the press on the floor and leaning on it; while it is almost effortless with the bolted down Rock...
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    05-25-2020, 08:15 PM
    I've got one of the Lyman Accu-Presses.I think it is easier to use than the Lee hand press; but I don't use it very much. About the only time I break it out anymore is if I am shooting BP loaded cartridges, and want to deprime at the range. ...
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    05-24-2020, 07:47 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Cleaning Kit in Our Town
    Having done it professionally, my cleaning kits are more like large tool boxes than anything. Here are a few tips: Buy bore brushes in bulk, they do wear out, and they are cheaper that way. Store them in well labelled boxes or plastic containers....
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    05-23-2020, 09:35 PM
    Remington Model 581 is the cheaper sporter version of the 541. 582 tube mag. Another worthy of consideration is the MAS 45, the French built version of the Mauser KKW. IF you can still see iron aperture sights it is great, but not easy to mount a...
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    05-23-2020, 09:19 PM
    I haven't bought any H&I dies in few years, but I do remember one that had a tendency to stick until it had about ten boolits through it. I just figured it needed to be well lubed kind of like seasoning a cast iron skillet. Robert
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    05-23-2020, 09:02 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Mri in Our Town
    I've had a few, two or three at the VA in KC in the tube type and one in Butler it was more of a donut type. Mabe that is the open type? The first one was no problem, I went to sleep just like at the dentist. The second was a big problem, I think...
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    05-23-2020, 03:38 PM
    I do not want to start crying over sold firearms. As a young married couple with a toddler and 2 oddler t on one income, I literally sold more than 20 high-end and historic firearms to pay for unexpected costs over a couple of years. When my...
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    05-22-2020, 06:51 PM
    I don't believe tracers will damage or cause any more wear to a barrel than normal jacketed rounds, as long as you clean your rifle shortly after firing. As to tracers (not APIT) causing fires, it is definitely possible. I set the machine gun...
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    05-22-2020, 06:20 PM
    No guarantees, but the sprue plate reminds me of a Rapine mold. Robert
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    05-20-2020, 05:42 PM
    .228" grooves and a Hornet case imply to me that you actually have a very old .22WCF. What rifle is it? Robert
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    05-18-2020, 03:20 PM
    Each chamber is different, especially wildcats that have been around a long time. It really pays to check and be sure. For example my particular 6.5-06 happily digests WW .30-06 brass. I formed mine that way specifically for the type of person...
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    05-18-2020, 03:13 PM
    My opinion only: Try it both ways to see which works for you. Grumpa (RIP) formed brass as a business, and he recommended annealing last. He formed more brass than I will ever think about doing. Doing something like making .25-20 from .32-20,...
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    05-17-2020, 08:54 PM
    My biggest bonehead moves with revolvers was letting the good ones get away from me. A few of my more memorable ones: My first GP-100, blued with a six inch barrel. That is the gun I really learned how to shoot a double action with. A Colt New...
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    05-16-2020, 08:58 PM
    Grandpa had an old Savage or Stevens I think, my uncle had it the last I knew. This is one of the few types of popular .22 rifles that I don't have very much experience with, but they do make a lot of sense: no way to lose a detachable box mag,...
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    05-16-2020, 08:49 PM
    I have not used electrolysis, but I have used Evaporust on a .308 barrel that looked worse than a fifty year old sewer pipe. The bore was rusty, not copper or lead fouled, the rifle had sat in a corner for a couple of years with a leak in the roof...
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    05-15-2020, 08:44 PM
    Glad you weren't hurt. I can't remember if 1911 grips will fit on a Ballester Molina or not, but as I remember it back in the 1980's and 90's when people were loading the .38 Super to very high pressures level to make major, the recommendation...
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    05-15-2020, 08:36 PM
    For all the talk and love for the H&R rifles, I really think the old Savage 219's are better guns. Wish they still made them. Robert
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    05-15-2020, 08:30 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Marlin 1894 45LC in Leverguns
    Ah yes, the near universal 3/8" dovetail. I am so glad that most of the gun manufacturers standardized the size of the dovetail for sights. When I bought my Winchester 94 16" .357, I did not like the sights on it at all. I replaced them with the...
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    05-14-2020, 07:27 PM
    I may be wrong, but I think Fiocchi still loads this round. If so it would be worth the time and effort to track down a box or two, since I don't imagine you are planning on shooting it all that much. As much as I enjoy making unobtanium cases,...
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    05-13-2020, 07:52 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread ISE Hates plumbing in Our Town
    Reading through this thread reminded me of an old saying: A homeowner that does his own plumbing job needs to make three trips to the store. The reason a pro doesn't have to make the same three trips is because he has all the parts in his truck....
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    05-12-2020, 09:16 PM
    The only time I ever removed that screw on the rifle was when I went to convert that percussion cap nozzle from its original to a Musket-sized primer cap (bigger flash hole for the flame and more flame from the Musket Cap and its been on there for...
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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