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    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Swage die value. in Swaging
    I think I made this comment to Pavogrande a while back, too. The RCBS dies are so uncommon, and so little-known, that it can’t be said that there is a “market” for them. Anybody seriously interested in bullet swaging will buy a set based on the...
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    06-17-2021, 08:08 AM
    The weak point of the Hepburn is the rebounding hammer which pops it back to half cock after the gun is fired. With no hammer pressure on the firing pin, high pressures will extrude the fired primer back into the firing pin hole, making the action...
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    06-15-2021, 07:18 PM
    I’m away from all my references at the moment, but the Ideal/Lyman convention for the identification of a mould is the nominal diameter plus the top punch number. So, IIR the number correctly, the 457132 Postell boolit would be 0.457” diameter...
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    06-11-2021, 10:42 AM
    My rust bluing experiences typically take five days: boil and card in the morning, apply solution and rust all day, boil and card in the evening, apply solution and rust all night. Twice a day for five days. Times, of course, dictated by work and...
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    06-10-2021, 02:16 PM
    One of Bruce M’s friends pmd the Shiloh site to inform them that Bruce had passed away suddenly from a meningococcal infection. I did enjoy his posts; very idiosyncratic. He had one sentence per line, and you could see the thought process...
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    06-09-2021, 09:45 AM
    I remember reading that those were designed for the “Second Chance” pistol matches where the winner is the one who clears a table full of bowling pins in the shortest time. Of course, the gamesmen went after this as soon as it was set up. Hollow...
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    06-07-2021, 04:11 PM
    Sounds like a broken lever spring. Take the forend off and it’s the t-shaped thing with the wide end bearing on the lever and the narrow end screwed into a lug or base dovetailed into the barrel. Usually they crack through the screw hole. Call...
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    06-04-2021, 08:06 PM
    You might also check the pin locating holes for peening around the edges. It doesn’t take much effort to slam a mould shut and bang the hardened pins against the hole edges of the other block. Usually the holes are some standard size drill...
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    05-29-2021, 05:35 PM
    Looks like a badly neglected Bo Clerke highwall clone. You could get a number of different lever styles, including that one with the ball end. I think he sold actions as well as rifles, so it might have been barreled by the purchaser. I don’t...
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    05-29-2021, 09:18 AM
    R. H. Angier’s Firearm Bluing And Browning has all the formulas and procedures for the slow-rust and “express” processes that anyone would ever want to try. I was a chemist in a previous life, so I combined some of the elements of a couple of them,...
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    05-28-2021, 10:37 AM
    I recall that single-shot collector James Grant had a section in one of his books on “sleepers” to look for when collecting. He said the Split Breech was very hard to find, and that was back in the 60s. You have a real rarity there. I see...
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    05-28-2021, 10:04 AM
    I patch dry. When I dampened the papers, I’d find paper stuck to the ends of the dirt diggers around the target. Maybe some of the sizing in the paper gets sticky when wet. Some people warm the wet patched boolits on a coffee warming plate and...
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    05-28-2021, 09:42 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread More cool stuff in Our Town
    I have a Marble’s #159A that looks like that. I think it does adapt .32 Auto rounds for the .30-06. Also have a smaller one that adapts .32 Long Colt to .30 Remington. I guess I should try them out some day. They were supposed to be for small...
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    05-25-2021, 09:49 AM
    My Dad brought a 7.7 back from the Pacific and cut the forend and tossed the handguard and dustcover. He took it deer hunting with my uncles when I was a kid. He gave it to me, eventually, when it became obvious that the family gun crank was not...
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    05-24-2021, 11:11 AM
    I found a #3 .22 Hornet at a gun show back in the 80s. It wasn’t a huge used-gun bargain even back then, and they were still making them commercially. They really hold their value, as do the #1s. The barrel was shiny, with no visible defects,...
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    05-24-2021, 10:48 AM
    I think it’s a matter of the functional intent of the container’s use in the current scheme of things. A “purse” is now what somebody (generally a woman) carries because if she stuffed all that impedimenta into her pockets, her ordinarily svelte...
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    05-22-2021, 06:58 PM
    Don’t know about the .50-110; All I’ve done are .348s. It’s the bases that need turning down, ahead of the rim, the rims themselves are actually a little small. But they catch the extractor on my Shiloh Sharps just fine. Haven’t done any .43...
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    05-22-2021, 02:16 PM
    I’ve turned .348s into .44-77s (there’s a thread on it around here somewhere). I didn’t anneal the case head but I did turn down the base just as Dr. Bill has done. Seemed like the smoothest junction between the turned-down section and the...
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    05-22-2021, 01:46 PM
    I took a writing class while I worked in a Gummint Research Lab. The instructor told us to avoid using the passive voice to the greatest extent possible. I objected, pointing out that if I wrote a science paper in the active voice it would be “I...
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    05-22-2021, 01:27 PM
    Dies—CH-4D is the only one I know of for sure, off-hand. Redding might make them, too. You may have to wait a while for them, though. Brass—Bertram is about all there is, although I read somewhere of some ammo company that loaded up the last of...
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    05-21-2021, 11:02 AM
    Harper, if (as seems to be the case) you are trying to rack up a quick 30 posts while you wait in durance vile for the 30 days’ probation period to end so you can make a permanent move to the Swappin’ and Sellin’ section, please be advised that they...
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    05-20-2021, 12:53 PM
    Pressman, maybe you’re thinking of Peter Capstick? Seyfried could write in such a way that someone who had no particularly interest in the topic itself would wind up being interested because of the way he wrote about it. I don’t recall reading a...
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