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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    I have an 1895 Lee Straight-Pull that I made cases for from .240 Weatherby Magnum brass. I wrote it up in this section a couple years ago. Except for being short in the neck, .220 Swift brass works adequately. I never had any trouble with the...
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    01-14-2022, 12:25 PM
    I have a Walther PPK/S. It’s rated for High Speed Long Rifles. One of the magazines holds 8 rounds, the other 10. Its small enough to be concealable, but large enough for a reasonable grip. First shot double action, the rest single action. Kind...
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    01-09-2022, 12:14 PM
    More data is definitely needed here. Are you making the blocks yourself, or using blank blocks or recutting old blocks? Do you have a milling fixture on your lathe? Do you want to bore the cavity(s) or cherrie it? How good are you at machining...
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    01-09-2022, 11:12 AM
    That was it. They liked to shoot, after the Civil War they were bored with the farm or the clerk’s job and up for anything that seemed like an adventure, and they learned by doing. I forget the reference, but the author mentioned that the “true...
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    01-08-2022, 06:27 PM
    I've made a couple. Here are four steps in my last one: sharpening the cherrie, cutting the cavity on my drill press, the finished cavity with cherrie, and the finished mould. The blocks were a set of Ideal junk blocks that I had to braze...
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    01-08-2022, 01:33 PM
    A Marksman #12 might be able to handle the conversion, lockup-wise, although that stingy little extractor and the mainspring might give trouble. A variant handled the .44 Game Getter cartridges, IIRC. I’ve never seen a H&A/M&H falling-block in...
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    01-07-2022, 12:09 PM
    The only time I found loose Modern-Bond dies was on the Miscellaneous Remainder table at the Pony Express Gun Store in LA almost 30 years ago. I only recognized them because I had a set included with the handles I’d bought. You could hope for a...
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    01-06-2022, 10:30 AM
    Those dies fit on the two front stations of Lyman’s notorious and short-lived “EZY-Loader” reloading press. A strong contender for the worst reloading tool made. They come up for sale on auction sites frequently, so it shouldn’t be hard to view a...
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    01-03-2022, 11:13 AM
    Many of those old-time kid’s rifles are testaments to what you could get away with back when the only propellant was black powder. The flimsy rolling blocks like the Side Lever Crack Shot and the Little Scout, and the Maynard Jr. breakopen are CB...
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    01-02-2022, 12:14 PM
    Pits in chambers have to be pretty wide and deep to prevent extraction. Typically, after pounding the case out with a cleaning rod (or piece of drill rod) you’ll see “warts” on the case, partially ironed down by the rest of the chamber upon...
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    12-31-2021, 11:47 AM
    Don’t have a K-Hornet, but both my Hornets, a custom low-wall with 16” twist and a Ruger #3 with 14” twist, do well with a casefull (uncompressed) of 4198 or H-4198 with the Ideal 225462, gaschecked and lubed, but unsized at 0.225” or so. The Ideal...
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    12-30-2021, 01:34 PM
    Christian Sharps started making rifles on his patent even before it was issued, IIRC. Had a machinist named Nippes make models for submission to the military and others he was hoping for a big contract from. Also some sporting models to be sold at...
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    12-25-2021, 05:25 PM
    T.J’s Liners, maybe? I think they go up to 5/8” diameter, and you can buy them by the inch.
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    12-22-2021, 10:56 AM
    Some chamberings are simply marketing ploys to pick up on trends and fashion. If they succeed in the marketplace, fine; if not, try, try again. I get a sense from reading Shooting and Fishing reprints that the rich dudes out of Boston, who were...
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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