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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Today, 10:18 PM
    I would think ,that if you set your barrel up on a testing cradle, and fired it thru a Crony. You would be able to keep upping the load until you get a Max velocity at some point no mater how much more powder you put in the barrel. Now this would...
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    Today, 07:31 PM
    BP does not all ignite before the ball starts to move down the barrel. In Proof Testing a barrel today. After each shot , I would look in the barrel with a bore light. The part of the barrel down towards the breech was fairly clean. Then halfway...
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  • armoredman's Avatar
    Today, 06:38 PM
    That is very cool! You don't post much, but when you do the quality is gold, sir! I don't think I will be able to do this, but it's nice to know it is doable!
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    Today, 05:11 PM
    Proof testing is complete on this barrel. I took it out and started with a regular load of 80 gr of 2f with a single .535 patched ball. Then I tried the same load with double lead balls. I then started increasing the loads. I worked up to 220 gr...
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    Today, 04:58 PM
    To Trim or refresh my old nipples. I use a threaded rod coupling that has an internal thread that matches the nipple thread like 1/4-28. Then I chuck the coupling in my drill press or electric drill. I get it spinning and see that the nipple is...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 01:17 AM
    Which movie are your referring too?
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Today, 12:58 AM
    Country gent makes a good point about checking all the other conditions first , before you decide to bend your hammer. If you damage the finish on your hammer. It can always be refinished by Lamping the hammer. That is done by heating the hammer...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 AM
    The cheapest would have been a muzzleloading rifle or shotgun. Any cartridge (at the time) would have been relatively expensive in comparison. Kids guns are mostly a later concept. Old Yeller got that part correct; however, the Travis Coates used...
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:38 PM
    I have had to bend many hammers to get them to line up properly. I just remove the hammer. Place it in a vise with aluminum jaw covers. Then heat it up with a Mapp gas torch. You can use propane , it just takes longer to heat up. Oxy Acetiline...
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  • armoredman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:21 PM
    The only sorting I do with 5.56mm brass is NATO/Non NATO. NATO brass with that "scope reticle" headstamp always needs the primer pocket reamed out, and that is one of my least favorite things to do. Other than that - I don't care what maker, year,...
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:17 PM
    You have made a good point about the nipple area being a weak point in the rifle. But too. That should be part of the proof test. From the video posted, It confirms that BP will not blow up a barrel without other major factors like space between...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 AM
    armoredman replied to a thread I know it is early in Our Town
    I was supposedly invited to my first Thanksgiving dinner in 14 years, no family left but my son. I worked the night before and asked them to text me or call about what time they wanted me to come over. They forgot about me. I was invited over to...
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    Yesterday, 08:56 AM
    Was delivered, ya get it?
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:07 AM
    If the barrel test fires well without any damage. I have a scope mount that can be redrilled to match the existing screw holes in the barrel. My friends seeing me Proof test the barrel and mounting a scope mount on the barrel properly , they would...
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    Yesterday, 12:59 AM
    Thanks guys. I think you made a good point to start off with a lighter load. I had considered having Hoyt do something with this barrel. But the bore is fairly good. And the main concern is the poorly drilled holes that someone did to mount some...
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    11-25-2021, 06:43 PM
    Thank you for the info. Per this , I think I will try loading 240 gr of 2f topped with Two .535 lead balls with thin patches. That should give me double the 120 gr powder load. I think I will start off with the full Proof load first. This is...
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    11-25-2021, 05:08 PM
    I already retapped the holes and filed the screws off flush with the top of the barrel. The barrel measures out .950 right now. I will check and see that the dimensions remain the same after proofing. Especially in the area where the holes were...
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    11-25-2021, 04:08 PM
    A while back I bought a used .54 TC barrel that had a good bore at a very reasonable price. The seller stated that it was drilled for a scope mount. When I got the barrel , it had 5 holes drilled in the top of the barrel. Some had stripped...
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    11-25-2021, 11:59 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread What do I need... in Muzzleloading.
    There are always the Javalena out here in the desert and lots of Coyotes , That is if you can sneek up on them.
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    11-25-2021, 11:49 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Mauser 98 in Military Rifles
    I had to lengthen the magazine on a 98 rifle to use 30-06 and .35 Whelen. But even though the 25-06 used the same length case. I did not have to lengthen the front of the 98 magazine for shooting the 25-06. The smaller neck and lighter bullets on...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    11-25-2021, 03:56 AM
    Basics here but check out the shooter at about the 4:53 mark.
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    11-25-2021, 03:54 AM
    These folks are just shooting for fun.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    11-25-2021, 03:51 AM
    To be a national level competitor takes an incredible amount of skill and dedication. However, until like most competitive shooting games a lot of people shoot it solely for fun. One gentlemen locally loads his shotshells with real black...
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  • armoredman's Avatar
    11-25-2021, 02:00 AM
    I have this mold, see? Well, I have never used a dinky little brass mold like this - do I need a really thick glove when the metal integral handles start getting hot? How long before it DOES get hot under normal usage, i.e., can I drop 50 balls...
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  • armoredman's Avatar
    11-25-2021, 01:51 AM
    Hmm, I wonder if I already gave away my Lee 125gr mold or not...send me a PM to remind me when I get home.
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    11-25-2021, 01:48 AM
    armoredman replied to a thread Fun fact in Our Town
    I lost it with that story - my Sgt thinks I've lost my mind. On the other hand - this is AZ - the only place it is 21 degrees is in the fridge. ;)
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  • armoredman's Avatar
    11-25-2021, 01:45 AM
    As someone who uses LTL munitions professionally - don't. A firearm constitutes deadly physical force and the court will eat you alive as a civilian using such ammo in a real situation. It means that you yourself didn't believe you had the right to...
    24 replies | 744 view(s)
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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