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    Yesterday, 10:53 PM
    I'm re-tired, too. I was tired yesterday, and I'm tired again today.
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    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin Rescue Project in Leverguns
    Just out of curiosity I looked for genuine Marlin 336s on Gunbroker last night. Some are listed for $1000!!! :shock:
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    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin Rescue Project in Leverguns
    APPLAUSE! Well done! Now for a traditional London Oil Finish on the wood. None of that high-gloss synthetic stuff.
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    10-03-2022, 09:53 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin Rescue Project in Leverguns
    Need to go to your images library and do some deleting.
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    10-03-2022, 09:20 PM
    Sent you a P/M.
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    10-03-2022, 12:15 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin Rescue Project in Leverguns
    You've reinvented the woodworkers' furniture scraper. Check out on Amazon or evilBay. Have used them several times to get that nasty hard polyurethane off stocks of guns I was restoring.
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    10-03-2022, 01:08 AM
    There are spreadsheets that calculate hardness according to alloy content available for download that will answer all your questions.
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    10-03-2022, 12:59 AM
    Ditto. I think the SAECO is more accurate, but I need a jeweler's loupe to read it at my age. I don't like the way the Cabine Tree indenter rotates, but it can be used on ingots up to and beyond the size of a hockey puck before they go into the...
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    10-01-2022, 08:11 PM
    Good for you, Mal. Lapping take a bit more skill, but it's much more precise. And if the next time you need a smaller or bigger hole, you already have the tooling.
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    09-30-2022, 01:09 PM
    Wish you were closer. I've got most of an 8 lbr of that pulldown powder that I'd give you. I hate the stuff. Never before or since have I seen a powder put out a muzzle flash so bright that it is blinding in daylight. What were they thinking?
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    09-29-2022, 01:48 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    Phones use lithium polymer cells, which are even more prone to failures than the hard shell 18650. Ask me how I know.
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    09-29-2022, 01:38 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    Sure, but charge management is a whole lot easier. Some years ago there was a rash of phone fires resulting from women putting their phones under their pillows while charging. Overheat ensued. Phone mfgrs. had to add another idiot-proofing...
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    09-29-2022, 01:16 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    Phones have only one cell in them, so there's no balancing issue.
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    09-29-2022, 12:39 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    Also true. Water can short a cell externally, creating a lot of heat. We made it a point to soak cells to be discarded in salt water for a day to drain them down to a 100% inert state before they went in the trash.
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    09-29-2022, 12:34 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    What happens is that a cell shorts internally. The current dump is very large and very sudden. Lots of heat, and the electrolyte is flammable. A timer is an excellent idea.
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    09-29-2022, 08:03 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Focus in Shot Guns
    And I thought pistol shooting was hard.......
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    09-29-2022, 07:34 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    ^^^ All true ^^^ Accurate, reliable balancing is absolutely essential. Component failure in the balancing circuits is guaranteed disaster. Some power tools use lithium-IRON cells, which I've read are more tolerant. But think on Teslas, which...
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    09-29-2022, 03:37 AM
    This sort of thing with later versions of Windows is why I'm still running XP-Pro. Microsoft doesn't automatically load updates that suddenly disable my software. Just had to get that off my chest......
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    09-29-2022, 03:20 AM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Lithium Battery storage in Our Town
    The model airplane guys learned this bitter lesson 15-20 years ago. Never EVER leave a lithium battery on charge unless it's attended, or in a fireproof container. The model suppliers all sell boxes and fireproof bags to forestall this. I lost a...
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    09-28-2022, 03:09 PM
    Dittos. My .35 Remington 336 is my Dad's last deer gun, so it can't be sold, but the .30-30 I bought used in Y2K for $180 is an investment that will pay off.
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    09-28-2022, 02:53 PM
    Lil'Gun is your powder. It has a "fat tail" to the pressure/time curve that gets you more MV for a given peak pressure than anything else I tried. Hornady XTPs were my choice. Wish I weren't so old and dilapidated, because that's what I'd take...
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    09-28-2022, 12:28 PM
    Mal is correct, but it takes higher temperatures than our moulds operate at. However the temperature of molten lead is another story. Think on overspray that hits your pot. High temperature breakdown products of chlorinated solvents such as...
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    09-27-2022, 02:54 AM
    200 feet? :shock: If I were that neighbor I would be mighty apprehensive. A woodpile is not a backstop.
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    09-27-2022, 12:07 AM
    No idea. I just crunch the numbers. Seating depths make large differences, which is what I was trying to get across.
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    09-26-2022, 08:44 PM
    HOLLOW BASE. Totally different animal from a solid wadcutter. Seated full depth even 2.7 would be a pretty warm load. 3.3 is well up into +P territory - 22kpsi.
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    09-26-2022, 07:28 PM
    Wad cutters seated full depth would require a much smaller powder charge. I loaded 2.0 grains of Bullseye for my Officers' Model Colt, for a 147 grain full wadcutter seated flush. Titegroup would be the same or 0.1 grains less. n.b. My...
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    09-26-2022, 06:41 PM
    OK, set up a Quickload model with that data, and the predicted velocity is pretty close to what you got. Calculated pressure is ~12.5k psi, which makes it a fairly mild load. If you're happy, stick with it. You've got about .5 grain headroom if...
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    09-26-2022, 04:00 PM
    Listen to Larry. What counts is not the OAL but the seating depth, i.e. position of the base of the bullet relative to the case mouth. Ignore OAL entirely, as any spec given is only valid for one specific bullet. Figure out your seating...
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    09-24-2022, 10:13 AM
    Kroil can't touch copper fouling, although it does get powder residue pretty well.
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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