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  • 405grain's Avatar
    06-22-2022, 11:06 PM
    Very classy looking! The way you've set up your rifle it just looks like a Savage 99 should.
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    06-22-2022, 10:56 PM
    I use minwax wipe on polyurethane on almost all the stocks I've made. First I apply a single coat to the action cut-out and barrel channel to seal that portion of the stock. The wipe on poly makes it easy to fill the grain: put it on in just one...
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    06-22-2022, 10:20 PM
    I was having a similar problem with a 6.5mm mold. I tried powder coating the boolits before seating the gas checks and it cured the problem.
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    06-22-2022, 10:17 PM
    When I'm swirl lubing with 45-45-10 I'll put about 100 boolits in a quart ziplok bag, then add two or three drops of lube. It doesn't take much. I'll swirl the boolits around inside the bag until everything has been coated, then dump the boolits...
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    06-22-2022, 06:01 PM
    I personally wouldn't take a shot at a game animal at a range that I don't feel confident at. But.... I wouldn't hesitate for a second to take long shots at sage rats. Varminting for ground squirrels, ground hogs, badgers and prairie dogs is just...
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    06-21-2022, 01:48 AM
    I had a can of IMR-4350 go bad after more than 20 years of storage where it was allowed to get hot in the summertime and cold in the winter. Sprinkled it on the lawn and it made good fertilizer. Learned from that, and now all the powders are...
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    06-20-2022, 02:06 PM
    Here's the rifle.
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    06-19-2022, 11:10 PM
    I've made several aluminum barrels for Ruger 10-22 clones by machining the barrel body out of 7075 aluminum, then installing a Redman liner using loctite 648 cylindrical adhesive. Loctite 648 is both heat and shock resistant. These barrels are...
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    06-19-2022, 10:58 PM
    Today I got to take a rifle to the range for the first time. It's a sporter based on a '98 Turkish Mauser with an aftermarket barrel in caliber 6.5x55 Swedish. This was a popular conversion years ago. I just had the parts for it laying around for...
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    06-19-2022, 10:19 PM
    I usually flare the case mouth just enough that half of the gas check will enter the case. I also do seating the boolit and crimping as two separate operations. Using this method I have yet to shave any lead during reloading.
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    06-18-2022, 02:22 PM
    Wolfdog91: I agree with the others that this is a temperature problem, not an alloy problem. The boolits are solidifying in the mold so fast that they aren't getting proper fill out. Even the "good" 30 caliber boolit in your photo has a wrinkle on...
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    06-14-2022, 08:46 PM
    Before you alter the mold try increasing the boolit's diameter with powder coating. Smoke's signal blue seems to put on the heaviest coat of any of the powders that I've tried. Eastwood "Ford light blue" is a close second.
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    06-14-2022, 08:39 PM
    405grain replied to a thread 9 MM Brass in Our Town
    That sounds like an interesting build. As for your original question regarding 9mm brass, here's my thoughts: There isn't a whole lot of case capacity difference in such a small case. The more volume a case has the thinner the case walls need to...
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    06-10-2022, 03:53 AM
    The price and unavailability of reloading components is making me seriously consider building a cap lock muzzleloader, and then making my own black powder and caps.
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    06-10-2022, 03:39 AM
    405grain replied to a thread Wanting a Lathe in Our Town
    Things to look for in a gunsmithing lathe: 1. The diameter of the hole going through the spindle needs to be large enough to easily pass a barrel blank through it. 2. The distance between centers (between the chuck and the tailstock) needs to be...
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    06-08-2022, 01:03 AM
    Often I have found the sear and trigger pins on factory Mauser triggers to be bent, worn, or deformed. I got a bag of 3mm x 10mm dowel pins from McMaster-Carr and use these in place of the factory pins. I even use 3mm dowel pins when attaching...
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    06-08-2022, 12:41 AM
    This is why I always use military brass when resizing 30-06 to something else; there's no cartridge designation on the head stamp.
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    06-06-2022, 03:38 PM
    It's been a long time since I hunted with a 45-70, but with a 405 grain flat point it got the job done with one shot. That isn't saying much because I was after deer back then, and that slug would pass right through them. All I can say is that the...
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    06-06-2022, 02:54 AM
    MUSTANG: This is an interesting thread. I don't have a 311290 mold, but the 311290 is somewhat similar to the 311299, which I do. I've got LeveRevolution, but I'm saving that for 30-30 Winchester. What I do have is BLC-2 and a 308 to shoot it...
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    06-04-2022, 02:23 PM
    Most cast boolit rifle pressures are within the range of magnum pistol cartridges. So long as you don't try to push the envelope you can use magnum large pistol primers in cast boolit rifle loads. For most of the moderate level cast loads, regular...
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    06-04-2022, 02:04 PM
    The third edition of the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook only lists two powders for 44/40. On page 279 they list Bullseye: starting charge - 4.0 grains for 695 fps, max. is 6.6 grains for 945 fps, and Unique: 6.0 grains for 750 fps, and max. at 10.9...
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    05-31-2022, 06:12 AM
    Wolfdog91: You didn't say if it was a large ring or a small ring Mauser. The Turks used four different "Mauser" rifles: the 1888 Commission rifle, the 1893 Turkish Mauser, the 1903 Turkish Mauser, and the M38 Turkish Mauser. The most common Turk...
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    05-30-2022, 06:17 PM
    Fzr1000: Usually you will get better accuracy using gas checks on bullets that are designed for them. You can use cast bullets without gas checks, but you will probably need to keep velocity low to prevent leading. Years ago I tried cast bullets...
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    05-29-2022, 03:58 PM
    As I'm reading this I've got two Mauser's sitting beside my desk that I just finished the last parts on today. One is a "military" style 98 in 7x57 that was made from various parts left over from earlier projects. The other one is a sporter based...
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    05-29-2022, 03:33 PM
    A trace of arsenic in casting alloys does two things. First, it lowers surface tension in the melted alloy, allowing a better mold fill in the same way that tin does. Second, and more important, it acts as a grain refiner when heat treating...
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University of California Research & Development Engineer. Navy veteran. Hobby gunsmith. Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.
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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