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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    I'll be the contrary one. I don't like using brass punches to move sights, they don't dent the steel sights, but can leave a brass colored mark that is hard to scrub off. Brownell's sells a small interchangeable tip punch the hard nylon tip with...
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    Yesterday, 06:46 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread 35 Krag Dies in Cast Boolits
    I don't have a .35 Krag, but I have some thoughts on how to load for it. 1. Neck size with a set of .38/.357 dies. This would require a separate decapping step, maybe a punch or a Lee hand held type. 2. Hunt around for a set of .35 Winchester...
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    09-21-2020, 06:55 PM
    I had one of the XTR Featherweights in 7x57 with a 1-5X Leupold on it. Still regret letting that one go. Robert
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    09-21-2020, 06:35 PM
    On hydraulic forming of brass, whatever caliber. I have never done it, but I did see an article in either Nonte's book or one of the old Gun Digests' from the 1960's. It doesn't look too terribly hard, and minimal special tools needed. A solid...
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    09-21-2020, 12:10 AM
    I built an Ar15 16" upper in 30 Herrett Rimless...Does that count? ;) 6.8 SPC case trimmed back and reformed with a 30 Herrett sizing die.
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    09-20-2020, 07:08 PM
    Nice POA/POI convergence there. I very much prefer to have my boolit impact right at the top of the front sight. I guess the six o'clock hold would be all right if the only thing you ever planned on shooting was a standard sized bullseye, but it...
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    09-20-2020, 05:12 PM
    The ring fixture on mine is marked as follows: WEAVER SIDE-TH I'm guessing the H is for high, with a 3-9x40 Tasco mounted it comfortably clears the rear sight. The base is a #2. Hope this helps,
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    09-19-2020, 08:46 PM
    Sorry I didn't get around to looking today; I had a slight problem with the brakes on my truck that I had to sort out, now my back is bothering me. Will report back tomorrow. Robert
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    09-19-2020, 08:42 PM
    That brought back some memories. Gunner's Mates wore crossed beer bottles and FC's had a barstool as their insignia. Sorry for the thread drift. Robert
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    09-19-2020, 02:00 AM
    Shouldn't need kerosene for that, it doesn't really look that bad. As mentioned take out all that side plate screws then rap the grip frame with something non marring. When I went to Law Enforcement Armorer's school back in the dark ages, we used...
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    09-19-2020, 01:52 AM
    So I found out today that tool envy is really a thing. Robert
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    09-19-2020, 01:47 AM
    According to Brownell's website, you need a #2 Weaver side mount base. Then you also need the special scope rings to go on it. I couldn't find the ring set on their website, not saying its not there, just that I couldn't find it. I'll try to dig...
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    09-19-2020, 01:27 AM
    At one time I had the first four volumes of Brownell's Gunsmith Kinks. Lots of good info, along with some humor. I also like Roy Dunlop's Gunsmithing, also good info. In all of these books some of the info is getting pretty dated by now, some...
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    09-19-2020, 01:23 AM
    A drop of linseed oil or Truoil also works as a thread locker. Robert
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    09-19-2020, 01:05 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread learned a thing in Our Town
    I've pulled some boneheaded moves in my time, one that comes to mind is loading several hundred .40 S&W with an OAL that was just a skosh too short. They fed and chambered beautifully when hand cycled. Under power at the match not so much. Lots...
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    09-17-2020, 04:46 PM
    Shouldn't be too hard to make your own, just have to locate two holes and shape doesn't really matter. I have a double cavity Rapine mold for the .43 Spanish that the sprue plate is surprisingly crude looking on compared to the quality of the...
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    09-17-2020, 04:40 PM
    One thing I found helpful for casting with a bottom pour pot is having something to prop my hand on to operate the valve. This doesn't help with visibility, but does help with ergonomics. With my Lee 4-20 set to the left and behind my Rockchucker...
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    09-17-2020, 04:33 PM
    The heat shield doesn't have to go all the way to the ground to be effective. My smelting setup is a propane burner from a fish/turkey fryer, a lead pot made from 8" schedule 40 iron pipe with a flat bottom welded on and a heat shield from an...
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    09-16-2020, 04:18 PM
    Also buy or make some more ingot molds. I use homemade angle iron molds and just guessing but I think I could match your 30 pound production in one or at most two ingot fills. Old muffin tins work, not as well as angle iron in my opinion, but...
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    09-16-2020, 04:13 PM
    See, I am kind of the opposite of you. I started my electric pot casting with a Lee 4-20 and just kind of learned to live with guessing where the spout is. Moved to an RCBS Promelt, and it is very similar to the 4-20. Basically it is muscle...
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    09-16-2020, 04:02 PM
    I would use one of the bore cleaners meant for jacketed bullets. Disassemble the die first, then use a sopping wet patch followed by suitable bore brush. It might take a few tries to get it all cleaned out. Robert
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    09-16-2020, 03:57 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Bloomington ca fedex in Our Town
    My vote for worst of the "common carriers" is DHL. I think they were owned by Sears at one time. I had ordered some parts for a free Craftsman tiller from Sears, they shipped DHL. the darn package had my address on it and they still called for...
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    09-15-2020, 07:44 PM
    Are you sure you have the small handles meant for handgun calibers? I can see where trying to use a short die for a short case in the large handles would cause this very problem. Robert
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    09-15-2020, 07:41 PM
    I don't have a PID, but I can see where it would be a good idea to use one. I do however clean up, i.e. smelt, wheelweights and other random lead(ish) alloys into clean ingots. Clean ingots are the only thin that goes into any of my electric casting...
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    09-15-2020, 07:26 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Estate Sale in Our Town
    One other thing is when you do find out what is in a box, you need to keep an eye on it. Lookyloo's like to move things from box to box without thinking that just maybe these things go together. I had to buy two boxes to get both the RCBS .45 ACP...
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    09-14-2020, 07:53 PM
    I don't know where you are located; but I have seen Dykem at the local O'Reilly auto parts store, in the welding supply section. Robert
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    09-13-2020, 07:00 PM
    Back in the 1980's or 90's there was a company in Michigan I think that was doing conversions to 9mm and .45 WinMag. I think the 9mm version would be safe, but I would balk at the .45. There just isn't a lot of mass in the M-1 Carbine to go...
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    09-13-2020, 06:49 PM
    While I don't pan lube, I think you could try this idea out by heating one of you cookie cutters with a propane torch first, just to see if the idea is feasible or not. I don't think you would need as much heat as a soldering iron would provide. My...
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    09-13-2020, 06:41 PM
    That makes sense to me. Robert
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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
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LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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