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    Yesterday, 09:35 PM
    A properly done Mann-Niedner firing pin mod would adequately deal with the rebounding-hammer weakness, would it not? Assuming that the body of the pin were large enough.
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    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    I quit using the .22 on garden raiding 'chucks and raccoons years ago in favor of a reduced load in a .223. More positive kills and no ricochets. Can no longer walk far, so no woods loafing or pasture patrolling. Only thing left is porch...
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    Yesterday, 08:53 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Marlin 336 30-30 in Leverguns
    Sadly, this ^^^^^ Granted it's the workings of a (mostly) free market, but I hate to see younger people priced out of buying one of the best utility guns ever made. I paid $200 for my near-mint '70s vintage .30-30 in 1999. The .35 Remington...
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    Yesterday, 03:38 AM
    Yup, another source for the same book.
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    Yesterday, 01:29 AM
    Dropbox link at post #8. Big file - takes a minute or two to download.
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    Yesterday, 01:22 AM
    Nobody has ever "rated" any of the old actions. People have built some pretty warm varminters on Hepburns though, but usually for cartridges with a base diameter of the .219 Zipper or less. They seem to survive this. Two things matter: Hoop...
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    06-16-2021, 07:49 PM
    The O.P. was comparing .22LR to .22 Magnum. The latter is loaded with a jacketed bullet, (at ~2000+ fps). Anyone who hasn't read Frost's Chapter XII yet should be made to sit down and do so. Nobody who has studied it will ever complain about...
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    06-16-2021, 02:10 AM
    What a resource! Thank you.
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    06-15-2021, 02:06 PM
    I think the answer is yes. Going back into the '30s one of the .22LR companies advertised with a picture of their machine for measuring bullet pull. Very much like the tensilometers used for testing strength of metals, but smaller. .22LR bullet...
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    06-15-2021, 03:25 AM
    Off topic, but I kinda gave up on the .22 rimfire for garden defense against woodchucks and raccoons. Too dependent on making perfect head shots to assure humane kills, which in the real world is not as easy as the keyboard commandos would have you...
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    06-14-2021, 11:38 PM
    About 6-7 years ago I tackled this problem by improving the commodity ammo I was shooting. Two things I did cut the "groups" in half. One was weight-sorting, the other was swaging the bullets to a uniform .2250" in a tool I made that was similar...
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    06-14-2021, 11:12 PM
    uscra112 replied to a thread Seating depth in Cast Boolits
    Ought to ask...what revolver are you shooting these loads in? Old, weak models,controlling pressure will be crucial. New strong ones not so much. Use a slower powder like Unique or Herco if you can find some. Very fast powders generate more...
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    06-14-2021, 03:42 PM
    Uncrimped .22 ammunition went out about 120 years ago. The round was originally meant for Stevens single shot rifles and pistols, which didn't need a crimp. They even warned in their literature that extracting an unfired round would leave the...
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    06-13-2021, 11:40 PM
    Kroil or equivalents will not completely remove rust. Only acids or electrolysis will do that.
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    06-13-2021, 11:37 PM
    Evaporust, (citric acid), naval jelly & CocaCola, (phosphoric acid), muriatic (hydrochloric) acid, even dilute battery acid....they all work. I just had to clean up a mould that had been in storage 20 years. VPI paper all dried out, even rust in...
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    06-13-2021, 06:25 AM
    Depending on which sight you have, the detent spring may be at fault. I have even found the spring to be missing altogether on one old Stevens 44 I bought.
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    06-13-2021, 04:18 AM
    He's talking low powered, guys...... A .25 Hornet loaded with cast bullets would be perfectly fine in a Stevens 44. In fact my bolt thrust calculations suggest that 1800 fps would be possible without straining the rifle. Personally I'd rather...
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    06-12-2021, 08:00 AM
    Squareness of the base and the furrows cut by the rifling are two entirely different matters, although the furrows must all be uniform or you'll get the same results as an out-of-square base. The matter of base squareness was proven conclusively...
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    06-12-2021, 01:07 AM
    Even money says the hijackers thought it was truckload(s) of 9mm or 5.56.
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    06-11-2021, 10:12 PM
    Now it's come to this: 7 million rounds on their way to the USA..... https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/millions-of-rounds-of-ammo-stolen-from-u-s-bound-trucks-on-mexican-highway/ Will it show up for sale on-line?
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    06-11-2021, 04:07 PM
    Trouble with getting that close is that the shock wave and/or the gas cloud from the muzzle gets to the first screen before the bullet. One time I drove myself batty trying to test loads from a 4" .357 revolver that way, until it dawned on me........
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    06-11-2021, 02:51 PM
    Sometimes I get lucky - a couple of months ago a guy posted two boxes of old .32 Long Colt on Gunbroker for an absurdly low Buy it Now. I was for once the first guy tp see it, I guess. Even the fact that half of it was was actually .32 S&W reloads...
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    06-11-2021, 02:39 PM
    Muzzle velocities being equal, the faster powder will produce higher peak pressure than the slower one. Given the modern guns are plenty strong enough to handle it, this fact is irrelevant, but the older, weaker ones this should be a consideration.
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    06-10-2021, 05:40 AM
    I think you'd better because after three readings it still doesn't make sense to me. (A retired ME with 40 years of mfg. experience. Fred Flintstone I'm not.)
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    06-10-2021, 01:26 AM
    I have done live work fairly often. I wear a pair of divers' wet-suit gloves. They fit tightly enough that you don't lose too much dexterity, and being neoprene they're a good insulator. Back to your regularly scheduled thread subject.
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    06-09-2021, 04:41 PM
    The only thing that matters is whether the check is exactly square to the axis of the bore as it emerges from the muzzle. If so, the escaping gas acts uniformly all round. If not it gives the base a little sideways kick. The bullet departs with...
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    06-08-2021, 08:59 PM
    I don't use 125 grain bullets in .38 or .357. But it strikes me that 5 grains of Bullseye is not a reduced load for those bullets. That said, Herco is a good possibility. But my moderate .357 loads for the canonical 158 grain SWC still use...
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    06-08-2021, 08:27 PM
    Or you can buy and use a copy of Quickload, which puts all that density data right at your fingertips, while calculating potential loads for any powder in the database.
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    06-07-2021, 05:46 PM
    I recently bought a brass mould from NOE. Didn't even heat-cycle it. Just heated it up and started casting. Good bullets right away, and no dropout problems. I assume NOE washes the cutting fluid away before packing the mould for shipment. I...
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    06-07-2021, 01:11 PM
    FWIW - The base diameter of the .32-20 is only a few thou smaller than the .38 Special, so the cylinder walls are about the same.
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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