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    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    Every rifle builder was an amateur once. A lathe might be very useful for getting the sights to the top, and the chamber the correct length.
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    Yesterday, 03:50 PM
    Butchman, Thanks, but I will not follow your suggestion. Doing stuff my self is so much more fun. That bullet looks like it was a piece of copper rod, with a hole drilled in it, Then some triangular cuts. Probably formed when hot.
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    11-21-2017, 09:32 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread Winchester big bore in AirGuns
    This video just came out yeasreday. Thanks for waking me up.
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    11-20-2017, 04:00 AM
    ...............The above photo is 60 rounds of 577-450 for my MkIV Martini-Henry. The MkIV has a .472" groove. In the above photo are the rounds I'd use in our ranges' monthly 200 meter "Fun" silhuette matches. The slugs are the Lee 458-405F as cast...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 03:11 AM
    ..............Well heck. Sometimes it is only dumb luck or a couple of your pals are in the right place at the right time :-) My neighbor Ralf, likes to shoot (like me) and he reloads (like me) but he doesn't cast (unlike me :-)) He is a job...
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    11-18-2017, 10:19 PM
    Buckshot replied to a thread Plain Base .58's? in Muzzleloading.
    Good Cheer, the above photo was taken to show a rather obvious lube preference my 2 Band has, but that Challenger slug is about the longest I have to measure. It is 1.145" long. The NEI 500gr Target slug (solid base) is 1.010" long. The Lyman 575611...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-18-2017, 10:59 AM
    Well a couple sentences on a forum can give people the wrong impression. My split die idea is two halves hinged at one end. with a shelholder adaptor on the hinge end. The die would be upside down with the pellet skirt up then shoved into a 50...
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    11-18-2017, 02:59 AM
    Buckshot replied to a thread Plain Base .58's? in Muzzleloading.
    .............I have the above Parker-Hale P58 2 Band Naval pattern Enfield, and it it exceedingly accurate. I has 5 lands and grooves. The bore is .580" and the grooves are 'Progressive Depth' being much deeper at the breech then at the muzzle. ...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    11-18-2017, 01:32 AM
    ..............Tough to get even a blunt 200gr RN to seat short enough to feed in the Rossi M92 357 with any kind of load at all. I HAVE shot nice groups with stout velocities for the 200 gr slugs, but the OAL's were like 1.685". I do have load data...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 07:27 PM
    Oh yeah BT, just reread the original post and see what Minuteshaver probably meant.
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 03:09 PM
    The die lock ring is a great idea, I will copy it soon, and a few times. I bought a lee 3 jaw chuck and never could get it to work, haven't mess with it for years, maybe it has grit in it.
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    11-17-2017, 02:57 PM
    I keep looking at .357 cal air guns. The fascination is difficult to fathom, I have several molds that cast bullets that look identical to the dollar apiece bullets shown on air gun web sites. But I have a .357 magnum rifle, it is possible to...
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    11-17-2017, 02:37 PM
    Minuteshaver, I think a hand press could swage .22 cal jacketed bullets, but doing so would not be for the faint at heart. Getting the bullet into the die is a process that the hand press probably can do OK. Getting the bullet back out of the die...
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    11-15-2017, 11:16 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    Expanding on Multigunner's comments and ideas, what if the compression chamber was .500, and the piston was the back half of an AR-15 bolt? Had a small spark plug mounted in the firing pin hole. Then a linear magneto that stroked as the piston...
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    11-15-2017, 10:27 AM
    The rim can be sheared off in a die, or sized down, or cut off in a lathe operation. Any method you choose is added steps and expense for tools. But .38spl cases are far fewer in number laying on the ground at my range, than .223 rem. For this...
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    11-15-2017, 10:10 AM
    Brian, thanks for some new hunting stories on the swaging forum, great reading, and fun looking at the pictures. Matt, if you send pics to BT, please forward to me too.
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    11-15-2017, 10:05 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread sea girt press in Swaging
    I think it takes a bushing to go from 7/8-14 thread on RCE ram to the 5/8-24 thread on Corbin's die. Then an internal punch spacer, or longer internal punch to make up for the increased length of the bushing.
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    11-15-2017, 09:56 AM
    clodhopper replied to a thread .357 advice in Swaging
    I really like the semi wadcutter bullets. But being the proud owner of a ruger 77 357 rifle, wad cutters do not feed well. The cartridge has to feed out of the rotary magazine and up into the chamber the square edges hang up. These feed well but...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-14-2017, 12:46 AM
    If you are planning to size .223 brass down to swage .366 diameter bullets you might want to go a few thousandths smaller than .366, like maybe .360 so when you seat the core in the jacket the brass spring back will grip the core. Or, you might...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-10-2017, 01:01 PM
    I picked up an 8 pounder during the height of the shortage, about 3 years ago. Guessing I have 5+ pounds left. If it makes you feel any better, I will not be competing with you in the purchase for at least a couple more pounds of use here.
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    11-10-2017, 12:49 PM
    clodhopper replied to a thread temperature sensitivity in AirGuns
    A proper answer to you question requires a number, sorry I don't have one. But getting lead hot enough to melt also takes time, and barrel time is pretty short. Accuracy should fall off due to the skirt getting hot and soft before the pellet...
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    11-08-2017, 09:25 PM
    Sold! Thank You georgerkahn.
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    11-08-2017, 05:12 PM
    1700 pieces, range pickup, washed, no nickel plated. Shipped anywhere a medium flat rate box goes cheap. $200, no pay pal.
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 01:04 AM
    ..............Several years ago a pal advised me that DGW had some MLer SC moulds they were clearing out. I checked it out and there were several variations, mainly 58 cal 'Minie' type. I ordered 6 different weights. Four of them were massive FN...
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  • clodhopper's Avatar
    11-06-2017, 12:53 AM
    :Bright idea: That's pretty creative.
    34 replies | 6505 view(s)
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I'm currently a student at NC State, majoring in Agricultural Education, minoring in Ag Engineering.
Franklinville, NC
Farming, goats, Shooting, Hunting, Reloading, Shooting Pool, building and fixing farm machinery.
Student most of the year, Energizer Battery Co. employee the rest of the year.


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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