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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Beg to differ. The 10/22 is the gateway drug that leads to full-blown AR/AK addiction.
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    Possibly 130 years. Pretty certainly more than 100. If I had a source on German headstamps I might get closer. This has the thick rim with the scalloped edge. The characters 12, 75, S and A are seen at the cardinal points of the compass, and...
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    Yesterday, 04:31 AM
    For what it's worth: I pulled out one of my original Mauser rounds. The bullet mikes .443" over the patch. The lead itself will be smaller than that. The O.D. of the neck mikes .466". I'm unwilling to pull down a round as these are...
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    01-27-2022, 11:06 PM
    To cut to the chase: Buy some adapter cases from Jack Harrison (tenmile on this board) Search <299153> on Gunbroker to find his products. You won't need many - they're easily reloaded in the field. Make your own only if you're feeling...
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    01-26-2022, 02:20 AM
    You can't. You're not supposed to. Quit thinking in terms of the bullet diameter before firing having to be groove diameter. I posted it earlier. Dead soft bullets that expand on firing to fit the grooves.
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    01-26-2022, 02:15 AM
    Exemplifies in the cartridge field the old adage that fishing lures are designed to catch fishermen, not fish. And it will catch a few. Mostly it will make marketing noise to keep shooters more aware of the name of the maker. Like that 50kpsi .32...
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    01-26-2022, 01:52 AM
    Does eBay allow that again? I'd love it if they did. I stopped liquidating my motorcycle parts pile because of Paypal.
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    01-25-2022, 09:21 PM
    You don't necessarily have to swage the bullets like Mauser did. Just cast them of pure lead. A mould with no lube grooves won't have any fillout problems. Or you could make a hammer swage die like the old nuzzleloader shooters did pre and post...
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    01-25-2022, 06:39 PM
    $40/1000 may actually be a market floor, if the economic signs and portents don't improve drastically. We do have this report that there's going to be a new domestic mfgr, but not for another year or more. Very happy that I'm a single-shot...
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    01-24-2022, 10:08 PM
    The original Mauser bullet was dead soft swaged lead, smooth sided and paper patched. With the patch on, it was under groove diameter. It obturated on firing to fill the grooves. (I have a double handful of original ammo, so I'm more than a...
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    01-24-2022, 04:52 PM
    The URL given in my post #13 will get you closer. NOE's site isn't as easy to navigate as it could be.
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    01-23-2022, 05:42 PM
    I've come into some real bargains because they'd been "repaired" by some Parkenfarker. It's very satisfying to get one and put it right.
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    01-23-2022, 05:37 PM
    I count myself a pretty good mechanic and engineer, probably got it from my father. Built and rebuilt machine tools for 30 years, ranging from 10EE Monarchs to aerospace machines bigger than a boxcar. Built race bikes for a hobby for 20+ years,...
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    01-21-2022, 12:44 PM
    Last I knew, UPS would ship hazmat for you, for a fee. Powder and loaded ammo at least. But you had to go to the main UPS shipping center in an industrial park outside of town. "UPS Store" wouldn't accept hazmat. Then the whole COVID panic hit,...
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    01-21-2022, 01:35 AM
    A hundred million seems like a lot, just to produce primers. Oh, I see. They bought out a whole ammunition line from the Lone Star Army Ammunition plant. OK, start the primers line first. Demand is definitely there. Free markets solve...
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    01-20-2022, 06:14 PM
    My farmer neighbor does my snow removal. You can do a heckuva job in a hurry with a 90 HP diesel New Holland!
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    01-20-2022, 05:21 PM
    Filing seems to be a lost art among the young. Like tuning up an engine.
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    01-19-2022, 11:31 PM
    Firearms recycler, LOL! I'll have to remember that one.
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    01-19-2022, 10:08 PM
    I learned from the Williamsburg gunsmith during a visit sometime in the '70s that worn-out files imported from England were the colonials' only source of high-carbon steel.
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    01-19-2022, 08:02 PM
    C.C.Johnson didn't do woodwork either. Going into the archives - there were guys who were famous for metalwork like Johnson and Niedner and Pope, and there were other guys like Tom Shelhamer who did wood. Not really the same skill sets. ...
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    01-19-2022, 06:24 PM
    Maybe. The original reason after WW2 was to give police the legal authority to shut down criminals and guerillas using ammo and weapons stocks left over from the war. In Germany there were diehard Nazis attacking Allied occupation troops into...
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    01-19-2022, 12:39 PM
    Y'know, there are countries in the world where "military" cartridges are illegal for civilians. Last I knew even France and Germany. That would include the 9mm. As I remember the .38 Super was made as a rule-beater for Mexico and South America. ...
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    01-18-2022, 08:43 PM
    Absolutely. The pressure difference will be negligible.
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    01-18-2022, 02:12 PM
    I've made a couple of neck sizers on the lathe to go into the Lee Universal Expander body. But you'd be better off with the Lee collet die for the .32-40. Don't worry about damaging your friend's rifle, so long as you are obsessive about...
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    01-18-2022, 02:00 AM
    Hard to lay down hard and fast rules. Going just by "name brand" isn't necessarily safe, even. (e.g. I won't buy from Midway ever again.) Name brand outfits I DO buy from Brownells Mid-South Natchez Widener's Graf's Huntington's Duck...
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    01-15-2022, 01:41 PM
    I have to walk back the cat on the above. The 311466 is a Loverin design with lube grooves end to end. Not a bore rider. I was thinking of the 311299. Age-related brain fade.
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    01-14-2022, 05:43 PM
    311466 is a "bore rider" design. That long nose should cast so that it kisses the tops of the lands. That keeps it straight. Can be very accurate if it fits the gun properly. Seat it with most of that nose exposed. Deeper only if there is a...
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    01-14-2022, 01:07 PM
    Urk!!!!! What the OP needs is not to simply flare the case mouth. The standard expander stem supplied with the Lee die leaves the neck too small for a cast bullet. They assume you're loading jacketed bullets which need a neck ID small enough to...
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    01-14-2022, 01:08 AM
    NOE Moulds make a family of neck expanders that fit into the misnamed Lee Universal Expander die. Work better than the M-die IMHO, and will be cheaper and more likely to be in stock. Using an expander meant for metal patched bullets is not...
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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