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  • Linstrum's Avatar
    06-17-2021, 08:10 PM
    Gentlemen! Thanks for sharing what you know from your experience, along with what products to use, plus suggestions and ideas. I looked at what Brownells has, and found everything, except GI bore cleaner. Regarding GI bore cleaner, I have a...
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    06-16-2021, 06:35 PM
    Jim, Older Lyman reloading manuals may have data on the 7.7 Jap. If you can't find one of those, Frank Barnes' Cartridges of the World will have that information + some loading data. Lastly, I'd buy an inexpensive dial caliper and use it as a case...
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    06-15-2021, 09:18 AM
    .308 and .303 reamers, respectively. Have I got this right? HD, Forster neck reamers are marked .308" and .311"-.312". I use more of the latter than the former for removing "the dreaded donut" from reformed brass for my M 1909 Arg. Mauser. ...
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    06-13-2021, 09:24 AM
    This is the first time I have had to deal with really heavy copper fouling. I already did a search on removing copper fouling, and did a lot of reading. I'm a chemist, and know about using strong ammonium hydroxide solution that selectively reacts...
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    06-06-2021, 09:08 AM
    Maven replied to a thread Advice in Muzzleloading.
    Yes! to all of the above, but shoulder it before you buy as the T/C stock doesn't fit everyone. Also, .440" T/C RB moulds are plentiful and reasonably priced (or were, pre-pandemic) because they are anodized aluminum vs. "iron." Btw, I owned a ca....
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    05-31-2021, 06:36 PM
    Maven replied to a thread Round ball problem in Muzzleloading.
    Gtr...., I had exactly the same problem with a Lachmiller mould I purchased. I tried beagling, which increased the diameter, but not nearly enough. I tossed it after concluding it was mis-numbered.
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    05-26-2021, 12:24 PM
    PM sent!
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    05-23-2021, 06:10 PM
    Battis, That's a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it!
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  • Maven's Avatar
    05-21-2021, 12:11 PM
    Also, try this link:
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Born just after World War Two and raised in a sparsely populated rural farming district west of Los Angeles County, California.
Otero County, New Mexico
That's pretty obvious, but I like Ham radio and old Caterpillar Tractors, too!
chemist, machinist, retired college professor, retired in 2005


There is no such thing as too many tools, especially when it comes to casting and reloading.
Howard Hughes said: "He who has the tools rules".

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Linstrum, member F.O.B.C. (Fraternal Order of Boolit Casters), alumnus, and original survivor.


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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