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  • Bent Ramrod's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:18 PM
    The Hensley & Gibbs 79 31. Found it at a gun show recently and took it home thinking it was perhaps a gas-check express boolit for hot, +P+ self-defense loads for the .32 S&W or Colt Short. However, on researching the numbers, I find it was...
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    02-05-2023, 11:02 AM
    Thanks for showing us that, Wolfdog91! The guy’s taste in rifles is exquisite. Closely resembling my own.:mrgreen: His editing skills are no mean achievement, either.
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    02-01-2023, 05:02 PM
    I looked at the two I have. The Herter's has the straps and top welded to the die holding ring, where the C-H has screws and a mortise holding theirs together. The C-H logo has the "H" inside a slightly larger "C". That circle looks like a...
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    01-31-2023, 06:48 PM
    Both C-H and Herter’s made those. The ring clamped around the top of a swaging die so the cam on the lever pushed down the plunger at the top to dislodge the bullet. Otherwise, you’d use a leather or wooden mallet to tap on the head of the plunger...
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    01-31-2023, 11:02 AM
    I do like OS OK, only I tape a paper target over both diffusers. I usually have some extras with me. In the early morning, when light comes in from the side, I sometimes still get error messages. Another target taped to the sunny side of the...
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    01-30-2023, 09:13 AM
    This may mean anything or nothing, but what lube are you using, and how much pressure do you put on it? I have a Lachmiller that I use for heavy-duty sizing, and noticed that my .30 caliber boolits were coming out asymmetric like you describe. ...
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    01-29-2023, 08:34 PM
    Pull the lever down to move the breechblock out of the way. Take off the screws holding the lock in place. In most Italian replicas, the lock plate should come off in your hand by its own weight. If the inletting is more precise, gradually and...
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    01-28-2023, 08:27 AM
    Thanks for the clear explanation, 35 Whelen. I’ve never seen the little tab pivoting on mine, but again, I’ve never left it in the safety notch with six in the cylinder. I’ll dig the gun out and see if I can spot it (on an empty cylinder). The...
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    01-28-2023, 07:47 AM
    Those are “M” dies, probably of different production vintages. I’ve seen them in two different lengths, as well, no doubt to accommodate pistol and rifle length cases. The expander marked “24” is for .243 or 6mm caliber cast boolits. The “M”...
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    01-24-2023, 11:54 AM
    I have a copy of the Remington 1890 with the peculiar hammer safety they put on back then. Also a Cimarron SA copy with an extra groove in the cylinder axle; you push it in and it lifts the hammer off the primers and the spring-loaded cross pin...
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    01-22-2023, 07:26 PM
    A friend had a Stevens 425 High-Power in .35 Remington with an Indian-Head penny inletted into the stock. I looked for years for one in .25 Remington, but only found two, both way, WAY out of my price range. They're not often found. I've seen...
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    01-21-2023, 10:59 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 25-35 boolits? in Leverguns
    I had a 1:8” twist .25 caliber barrel put on a FBW action. Cast loads were in the 87-90 gr range; Ideal 25720, 257464 and 257231, with 9-13 gr of SR-4759. 5-shot groups at 50 yds varied from 1-1/4” to 3”, depending on the phase of the moon. At...
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    01-17-2023, 09:58 AM
    You can also boil the blocks in distilled water. This will convert the fine brown rust to black oxide, like slow rust bluing. Any loose oxide either comes off in the boiling water or can be wiped off afterwards with 0000 steel wool or even a paper...
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    01-09-2023, 04:17 PM
    I use Unique behind 300-405 gr boolits for fun shooting loads in .45-70s. No fillers needed. The only time I’ve ever seen “fillers” make any difference accuracy wise is with relatively slow-burning powders in freakishly long straight-wall cases...
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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
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