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    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    I nailed and glued a piece of wood under my bench that sticks out far enough for the clamp to work on, and hold the back of the measure against the front of the bench. When the clamp is tightened, the measure can’t twist any more. The spring is...
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    04-16-2021, 09:55 AM
    They’re around. I typically find them at gun shows, but they also show up on auction sites, infrequently. The .243/.244/6mm, like the .270, never was touted much as a cast boolit caliber, since they made their reputations as high intensity game...
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    04-14-2021, 11:53 AM
    If you already have a conical mould, I guess they would be worth trying for curiosity’s sake. Buying a mould, in hopes that the conical it casts will outshoot a round ball, would be an expenditure better applied to powder, caps and lead. The...
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    04-14-2021, 11:27 AM
    It’s all a matter of production cost. Combine the cost of the specialty workers, the cost of training up new people, the cost of “engineering solutions” for OSHA regulations covering safety in the workplace, and the costs needed to meet the...
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    04-12-2021, 10:07 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Hamilton 27 in Single Shot Guns
    You used to be able to get those rifles as a prize if you sold enough subscriptions to GRIT, which (I think) was a general-coverage newspaper for country-dwellers on the lines of USA Today for city dwellers now. Never saw a copy of GRIT in my life,...
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    04-12-2021, 09:35 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Book in Gunsmithing Tips & Tricks
    I’ve noticed nothing specific to timing cartridge conversions, or cap-and-ball revolvers in general, but Jerry Kuhnhausen’s book on the Colt Single Action revolvers covers timing issues on the same mechanism for cartridge guns. The only problem...
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    04-11-2021, 10:13 AM
    I used to grab up Pistol #5 and Pistol #6 when I found it for cheep at Gun Shows. They were good medium load powders for pistol cartridges. I banged up a lot of both in .32-20 revolvers. It burned very clean; much less unburned gunk than Unique...
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    04-10-2021, 11:51 PM
    The Modern-Bond dies only fit Modern-Bond tools, both the bench tools and the tong tool. I suppose a pair of Lyman handles could be reamed and rethreaded for dies made with standard threads, but, of course, they would only fit the dies somebody...
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    04-09-2021, 10:27 AM
    When they were in Arkansas, I called them about repairing my boyhood Model 25 pump. They said, sure, just send it along. Subsequent questioning revealed that they weren’t going to repair my 25 and send it back to me. Instead, they threw the...
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    04-09-2021, 10:00 AM
    In a drawer in one of our disused labs at work I once found a dozen or so small paper packages of various numbered versions of Alox. All dark reddish-brown to black and consistency ranged from hard wax to hard plastic. Apparently they were once...
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    04-08-2021, 08:57 PM
    I used to load 13 gr Unique under the 457124 in my .45-70 Garrett Sharps carbine. Very mild but accurate to at least 200 yards and that boolit landed with authority.
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    04-08-2021, 11:20 AM
    One specialty use and one only. If you live in a city apartment with cardboard walls and need something to repel boarders that won’t take out the family across the hall in the process, it’ll do. I once threw a pop can out ten yards and a...
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    04-08-2021, 10:32 AM
    If 310 dies are hardened, I’ve never noticed it. A lot of them aren’t even that well made. I have a .38-55 sizer that puts a “neck” on the shell; very disappointing. As mentioned, the adapters are all over the place, but all the dies fit them. ...
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    04-08-2021, 09:46 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Tulsa Gun Show in Our Town
    I’ve been to the Tulsa Show twice. It is gigantic; all in one big building, but easily the equivalent of the seven buildings that the Great Western shows in LA used to have. You literally can’t see all of it, because there is no time after going...
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    04-07-2021, 12:06 PM
    There’s a sort of “Laffer Curve” of shooting vs. cleaning with black powder and caliber. With normal powder charges, I do more shooting than cleaning/fouling management down to .38 caliber. With a powder charge of 50 or so grains, I still spend...
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    04-07-2021, 11:37 AM
    I’ve made a few, for loading those primed .22 RF shells with the Ideal 225438, and sizing and seating for the .22 Maynard Extra Long and .32 Ideal. Sizing has been problematic, as I have yet to develop that diemaker’s “feel” for how much the...
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    04-05-2021, 08:51 AM
    I was able to get readings on pellets with my Chrony by setting it up indoors, leaving the screens off and hanging light bulbs over the photocells at about the screen height. IIRC, I used a phone book to stop the shots.
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    04-04-2021, 12:58 PM
    Gewehr-guy is right, I believe. Shiloh Products of Farmingdale NY made accessories for Civil War reenactors before they started making Sharps rifles. That was their design for the four-banger Minie Ball mould. Definitely best run by two recruits...
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    04-01-2021, 10:55 AM
    I have heard that even opening the box and disturbing the internal wrapping paper will degrade the “value” of a “Commemorative Collectible.” Not to mention (*shudder!!*) cocking or (*swoon!*) firing the thing. So if you want to maintain a closet...
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    03-25-2021, 12:01 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Facebook bans in Our Town
    I have a FB page. I’m an e-mail type person myself; run out of things to say pretty quick on the phone, and writing letters and sending them by mail (which I used to do a lot) is as obsolete as pressing cuneiform into clay tablets and baking them....
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    03-24-2021, 11:43 AM
    Cerrosafe is harder than even lead alloys. Its function is via a low melting point for obtaining a cast of cavities of unknown shapes. Get a 0.457” or so round lead ball, oil your bore up, expand the ball if necessary with a couple taps on the...
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    03-22-2021, 09:35 PM
    CG, I was underwhelmed with my hand-stamping lettering skills and made a fixture out of a piece of aluminum angle. It clamps around the barrel with straps, bolts and wing nuts and has a milled slot atop the angle. Two heavier bolts on each end...
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    03-21-2021, 08:32 PM
    The Corbin swaging dies should turn out bullets of the correct diameter. They shouldn’t need any further sizing. Shooting them in your gun would be the best way to determine what is needed next. If I were using the Herter’s and C-H half-jacket...
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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