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    Yesterday, 09:04 AM
    I just saw this post. No, I have not heard of anyone making them. I have one and they are helpful. The step by step instructions are especially helpful. You might contact TexasMac here or on his web site to see what he knows. He wrote the book and...
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    09-14-2021, 02:34 PM
    Douglass makes them. Also CPA Singleshot Rifles stocks hundreds of full diameter blanks for their use and for sale. They can get what is not shown in the makers lineup because CPA orders by the hundred.
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    09-13-2021, 11:47 PM
    This post made me wonder about the 4-cavities. I thought the 4-cavity screws would be the same as the one and two cavity molds. Nope. Mine 4-cavity molds measures 12-24 just like yours. The screws are headless and slotted. In other words, a...
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    09-12-2021, 04:33 PM
    I think you may have greatly underestimated the power of primers. I have put almost 20,000 target rounds down range using the paper disk covering the primer hole in an attempt to make more accurate target loads by producing better ES and SD....
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    09-08-2021, 06:37 PM
    :-D Try even rolling over an elk or moose without two or three guys. Some of you may be tougher than me but I have always used the saw to break down the bigger animals to get them into pieces I can pack out. Deer the size of Pronghorn I can see...
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    09-08-2021, 12:30 PM
    I used to see those sold as a Wyoming Game Saw or something close. Maybe there are a few brands out now. I just have the folding saw that the blade folds into the handle and they have worked very well for me. In an above post, it states that Buck...
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    09-08-2021, 07:23 AM
    The lifetime warranty RCBS has on their products is outstanding. I have a bench mounted Auto Prime tool from the 1970's that has seen untold thousands of cycles over the decades. The large primer stem wore to the point it would not reliably go...
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    09-03-2021, 12:47 PM
    After you check the blocks ability to close completely when removed from the handles - If it is the handles causing the problem of the blocks not closing all the way you ARE allowed to carefully file the insides of the handles to loosen the fit. ...
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    09-03-2021, 12:09 PM
    In the latest edition of the Black Powder Cartridge News, Fall 2021, Rick Moritz authors one of the clearest descriptions of how the rifle barrel vibrates while the bullet is traveling to the end of the muzzle and the effect it has on the bullet...
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    09-01-2021, 09:47 AM
    "Picked up this 1885 . It’s an obvious build maybe from the 80s? Idk has a heavy R.Hoch barrel and unertl 12x scope and the stock is definitely not original." Yes, 1980's or maybe earlier. You may know (or not) Richard Hoch had his hands in all...
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    08-31-2021, 11:36 AM
    According to this source, the different 400 series steels Buck used over the years are very close to the same with some minor changes. You may find this reference interesting. https://www.bladehq.com/cat--Best-Knife-Steel-Guide--3368#400series
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    08-30-2021, 10:27 PM
    The CPM-4V is a really good alloy and I wish it was the steel in my Buck EDC. Toughness and edge retention are among the very good points. I keep the old 1970's era buck on my hip daily due to the decades I have carried it. I am sentimental. ...
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    08-29-2021, 11:08 PM
    Yes. I have used 270 Win. cases and they work out best. Neck them up in stages or using a step expander. The extra length as a 270 works out well - trim to the correct length right off the bat. I've made plenty from 30-06 and they are fine enough...
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    08-28-2021, 10:03 PM
    Hello Joe, You about covered to a T what I think. The chronograph and the target, especially at range, tell the story. What ever someones choice in primers can easily be verified with some comparison testing. Riverside, I would say what ever...
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    08-27-2021, 11:28 PM
    Some real interesting ideas and opinions here. I am not sure what they are based on. Yes, LPP work well with BP. They are on average about .008" shorter than LRP's and seat deeper as a result. Most good quality breach faces are plenty hard enough...
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    08-23-2021, 11:28 PM
    Steve who? If you mean SPG, he sold the company a good many years ago. Answers from the current owners? maybe?
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    08-20-2021, 10:42 PM
    He will sign it for you. He is around but sometimes off line. I imagine being retired from his real job he is gone on some trip or vacation. Keep checking on the ASSRA forum or the address you have for him. He will answer at some point soon. He is...
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    08-19-2021, 09:46 AM
    Me too - he was able to put a lot of color into his supporting roll in McClintock. To keep it on topic, I am sure they carried high carbon blades in those days.
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    08-18-2021, 11:23 PM
    It is in the Budget category of the good knife steel. Budget does not mean bad, not at all. It means large batch size (foundry run) can be made for the knife industry and the cost is kept down. 14C28N steel is a very good balance of the four...
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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