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    Yesterday, 02:29 PM
    alamogunr replied to a thread USPS Incredibly bad. in Our Town
    Back a year or so ago I ordered a turret for a Redding T7 from Brownell's. All I got was an empty box. One end had a torn opening about the size of the turret. There was a couple of those plastic air bags still in the box. It was obvious that...
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    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    Over the years I've read of members here using a standard clothes iron to heat the lubesizer. I've got a RCBS LAM2 and have used a light bulb if I needed heat. I found a cheap iron($3) at Goodwill and decided to try it. I had a length of copper...
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    01-17-2022, 11:06 PM
    alamogunr replied to a thread Brownells Busts WD40 in Our Town
    I keep a can of WD-40 in the shop. Every time I have to use the toilet auger, I spray the spring or whatever it is called well with WD-40. I used a borrowed auger one time and had a terrible time removing the rust marks it left. BTW, that...
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    01-17-2022, 10:42 PM
    I don't really have anything meaningful to add to this discussion. I've gone thru my lever action period and ended up with two Marlins, one of which has the most figured wood stock I've ever seen. The other was a Marlin 30AW(Montgomery Ward, I...
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    01-17-2022, 09:34 PM
    You Know! After reading your post I realized that I had jumped too soon. My memory is not what it used to be and it wasn't real sharp then. It was Beartooth bullets that Veral mentioned. I have been loading some Cast Performance recently. ...
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    01-17-2022, 05:41 PM
    Checked my 696 today. It is a -1 and the barrel is the standard S&W 5 grooves I haven't tried to find when it was made and don't really care. The grooves don't appear to be very deep but I don't do much barrel gazing so am not sure that means...
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    01-17-2022, 04:26 PM
    I've noticed that several make a few posts and are not heard from again. I joined early on after the move from AIMOO(?) and stayed. I'm sure that several have noticed that I have a lot of posts and they probably wonder if I've learned anything. I...
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    01-17-2022, 04:13 PM
    I've noticed that several make a few posts and are not heard from again. I joined early on after the move from AIMOO(?) and stayed. I'm sure that several have noticed that I have a lot of posts and they probably wonder if I've learned anything. I...
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    01-16-2022, 11:56 AM
    I got the 5.5" barrel. Plug gauges show my cylinder to be .429 in all throats. I haven't been able to shoot a whole lot since I got it but about 50 rounds loaded with a couple of cast bullets from RCBS GC molds were sized and lubed in a .431 die. ...
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    01-16-2022, 11:20 AM
    The reference to the polygonal rifling in the 696 came from the Fryxell article. I'll go to the shop this afternoon and check my 696. Strange I never thought to look at it to confirm. Maybe I'll be lucky and find regular grooved rifling. Not...
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    01-16-2022, 01:09 AM
    Reading this thread caused me to go to an article(The .44 Special Revisited) by Glen Fryxell on the LASC site. In the article he recommended lighter weight bullets for the 696 and Charter Pug than commonly used in .44 Special. Specifically, +or-...
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    01-15-2022, 04:50 PM
    When I was actively acquiring WW that I had to clean up, I wore a dedicated set of duck bib overalls and whatever old shirt was still wearable. Always had a pair of old shoes that the overall legs mostly covered. The overalls and shirts had...
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    01-15-2022, 10:54 AM
    The first thing I noticed about the 696 when I received it, way back when, was the thin section of barrel that extended thru the frame. I wasn't really concerned about it because I have never shot max loads in any handgun. I didn't know about the...
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    01-14-2022, 10:02 PM
    One more thing. I appreciate the caution by Randy to be careful about shooting jacketed behind cast. I don't and am unlikely to do so but there will be a note to the son that ends up with the gun to follow that advice.
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    01-14-2022, 09:54 PM
    I've always had a soft spot for .44 Specials. I've got the 696 that I got in 2004, the S&W Hwy Patrolman that Jim Stroh converted around 2006(or possible later, I just don't remember) and the just purchased FA 97. Just didn't have room in the...
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    01-14-2022, 09:06 PM
    I was guessing based on when I acquired them. I may be wrong on both. The Glock 19 was Jan. 1994 and the Glock 21 was Sept.1994. The fact that Gen 1 19's are collectors items makes me suspect that mine is later.
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    01-13-2022, 08:31 PM
    Interesting thread with varying points of view. I've got two 1911's(latest Dan Wesson ECP), two 2011's(just found out that referred to-Para types) and Glock 19 & 21. The Glocks are what would be referred to as 1st gen. Not looking to get rid of...
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    01-12-2022, 05:01 PM
    Thanks!
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    01-12-2022, 02:39 PM
    It has been almost 16 years since I retired and dimensioning systems are a dim recall. I'm not familiar with the system used on Accurate's mold drawings. Specifically, how do I arrive at the overall length of the cast bullet? Do the dimension...
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    01-12-2022, 01:34 PM
    Seeing something like that points out how far above my poor skills some people are. I can't say I'm envious because envy assumes that I might attain such skill someday. Even if I were 40 years younger that would still be out of my non-artistic...
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    01-10-2022, 02:39 PM
    Can you hear it?
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    01-10-2022, 02:28 PM
    alamogunr replied to a thread M48 in Military Rifles
    No wonder the other benches look deserted. Living in Tennessee, +40f is about my limit any more. Old age and t2 diabetes has me shivering at that temperature. The last time I was out at that temp with a new 1911 my fingers just about fell off...
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    01-10-2022, 02:15 PM
    Because I recently acquired a .44 Special FA 97, I have been researching cast bullet loads. Almost all mention the Lyman 429421. The MP432-256 is mentioned separately as a modern replacement. I didn't remember having the MP mold and ordered the...
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    01-10-2022, 01:30 PM
    Many years ago an expert welder advised me to wear well starched denim shirt & jeans. NO synthetics. It is not always convenient to follow the "well starched" advice but the only difference in results seems to be whether spatters stick to it or...
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    01-09-2022, 12:01 AM
    When I was 18, I knew everything. Luckily, I wasn't into guns and reloading back then. Didn't have enough money to shoot anything but .22's. Now I'm 79 and own at least a dozen load manuals and check 2 or 3 for every load/powder. Now my...
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    01-08-2022, 11:51 PM
    With the recent post above, I checked my .44 revolvers. The results are interesting. S&W 696 .44 Spec .428 S&W Hwy Patrolman .430 (Converted to .44 Special) Ruger Bisley Blackhawk .44 Mag .431 Freedom Arms 97 .44 Spec.429 Boolits that I...
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    01-07-2022, 01:45 AM
    While going thru that latest issue of Handloader, I ran across an ad for the Lyman Reloading Handbook, 51st Edition. I guess that somewhat answers my question in a previous post. I've got the 50th so I don't think I need another so soon.
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    01-06-2022, 02:18 PM
    Another thought. I just received the latest issue of Handloader(I'm not trying to start another"how worthless" thread) and the article by Mike Venturino indicates he has found other mold manufacturers than Lyman. He mentions both Miha(MP) and...
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    01-06-2022, 02:12 PM
    I wonder what the next edition of the Lyman Handbook will be like. OR, if there will be a next edition.
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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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