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    Today, 01:29 AM
    I too only polish my barrels down with 240 grit wet and dry sandpaper. On the barrels that I Rust Blue , I bead blast the metal. I prefer the older style finish that has a little Matt finish to it.
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    Today, 12:55 AM
    In my Lyman , I am going to inlet a Patch Box. I have several brass and German silver ones already. But I ordered a Steel patch box so it can be Rust Blued or Browned along with the other steel parts. I too think I am going to Brown this rifles...
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    Today, 12:37 AM
    I have built Many Kits. But have not had time to start on the Lyman GPR that I bought with an extra Hunter fast twist barrel. I haven't had time to start on it , because I have built three other kits in the past year and rebuilt several TC Hawkins...
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Hmmm, If the powder is damp while pressing , I don't think it is ignitable. Take a fresh pressed puck and break it into a few small pieces. Then watch how long it takes to get it to burn , let alone Explode.
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    01-25-2022, 09:32 PM
    For making my caps with F48 or F 42 , I use an empty small pistol primer cup soldered to a brass rod as a scoop. Just one level scoop works fine , especially with the F42. I don't do too many Revolver primers now that I sold my Colt. But try...
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    01-25-2022, 05:30 PM
    Aren't the bores on a 22 mag just a little larger diameter too ?
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    01-24-2022, 09:33 PM
    I made a scope mount that mounts on the left side of the receiver. It is nothing more than a bent 1/8" piece of steel plate. The scope rail is from a Marlin 336 I mounted a spacer to the receiver , and then the steel plate attaches to the spacer....
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    01-24-2022, 04:34 PM
    I believe mine was a .45. The one had minor rust on the lands. The one that I Relined to .38 had pitting in the grooves too. I can not remember what the diameter was on the liner. But , I remember the worst one was just polished and the liner...
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    01-24-2022, 02:18 PM
    Reline the barrels. I did that on one years ago. I also had one that was so bad in both the cylinder and barrel , that I Relined the barrel to .38 and made adapters for the cylinder to .38 S&W
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    01-24-2022, 01:06 AM
    I put a screwdriver bit tip in my drill press that fits the screw head correctly. I then clamp the frame down. Then I can lower the tip down in the drill press and turn the chuck by hand using a home made spanner wrench that fits in the chuck key...
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    01-22-2022, 09:11 PM
    The FPS is faster with the corned powder. But , If you shoot say 50 grains by Weight of both screened and corned powder , the FPS is almost the same. But if you shoot the two powders by Volume instead. The corned powder weighs more per the same...
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    01-21-2022, 12:12 PM
    Welcome to the world of us Powder Monkeys. I am sure that lots of members will help you get started
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    01-20-2022, 05:44 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Antler Powder Flask in Muzzleloading.
    Looks nice. Much Fancier than what I made.
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    01-20-2022, 04:32 PM
    I did the Epoxy Finish on stocks before. It comes out looking like a Weatherby finish. It took a LONG time to finish. But it is just not the look that I prefer. But it is almost as weather resistant as a plastic stock.
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    01-20-2022, 03:57 PM
    The Hinged Floor plate is easy to build. If you are concerned about your skills, just buy a spare trigger guard and floor plate to try out making one.
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    01-19-2022, 10:32 PM
    I made Flat springs out of old circular saw blades. I use to find lots of Concrete Wet Saw Blades in the trash at the construction sites that I managed. You can also use hack saw blades for making thinner springs like for sights and trigger...
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    01-19-2022, 08:26 PM
    The last batch I made for screening. I milled the powder for hours. Then added the binder that had already been milled. I let them mill for an hour , and no clumping. It was mainly because I went from that batch originally intended for pressing....
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    01-19-2022, 06:11 PM
    The only times that I have had a clumping problem using my HF mill , was when I used a binder or I had the patio misters running in the area of my mill. It will clump up if the mill drum is not level. It makes a clump at the lower end of the drum....
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    01-18-2022, 04:17 PM
    Thank you 405 grain. Those are of a Mauser 98 that I rebarreled to a 30-06 on a custom stock that I built.
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    01-18-2022, 04:14 PM
    Those wood sealers work good. But not all the wood sealers on the market at your hardware store. Some of those fill the wood good. But they take a little away from the natural wood finish on some woods. And with a gunstock , you don't have extra...
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    01-18-2022, 01:01 PM
    I did the same on a SKS that I had for hunting. There was no need for a bayonet or cleaning rod while hunting. I too don't like a lot of things hanging on my rifles. I can't stand seeing AR's with all kinds of rails with everything under the sun...
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    01-18-2022, 01:36 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Primers at $2.30 EACH! in Muzzleloading.
    You can always Sell your TC flintlock and buy that L&R lock. The TC locks at auctions go for $250.00 or more.
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    01-18-2022, 01:30 AM
    If you Wet sand using the finish as the lubricant. The sanding dust sticks to the wood. I have seen guys try to wet sand with Water. That just made things worse. On bare wood , it opens the pores wider when it dries. If you use water to wet...
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    01-18-2022, 12:28 AM
    Are you Wet Sanding and letting the sawdust Mud dry on the stock before you sand for the next coat. I wet sand my stocks with 320 to 400 grit when I use Linseed oil or Tru Oil. As I am wet sanding with the finish like linseed or Tru oil, I rub...
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    01-17-2022, 09:58 PM
    I haven't got around to buying a kit from Killer "Yet " But it is next on my list after I finish the Lyman and Pedersoli kits that I already bought. I want the Kilber kit because You can Upgrade the wood when you order it. I want Extra Fancy...
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    01-17-2022, 09:07 PM
    In some cases I made Blocks to fit the barrel and used my Vise to clamp the blocks around the barrel. I just used some 1x2 hardwood like maple or Oak. I cut 4 pieces about 3" long. I glued two pieces together , then the other two together. Then...
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    01-17-2022, 01:00 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Antler Powder Flask in Muzzleloading.
    I built a flash primer priming flask out of an old Elk antler that I had laying around for years. It isn't that fancy and then I changed out the priming spout to one I got from TOW. I got the Idea from seeing them on one of those computer view...
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    01-16-2022, 07:48 PM
    You mentioned one important thing. You have to clamp the barrel in a Barrel Vise that circles the barrel for a full grip. Trying to hold the barrel in a standard vise , won't keep the barrel from rotating.
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    01-15-2022, 05:57 PM
    I looked at my tips with a Magnifying glass and saw the numbers. I then painted each one a different color with nail polish to mark them. I went with Red being the largest , and green the smallest. I also mark other tools that I use often with...
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    01-14-2022, 12:54 PM
    I agree with Pietro that the 93 & 95s are not totally safe to use the .308. The one I kept just for my collection and do shoot it only with cast loads. The one I built into a 8mm also is intended for shooting Cast loads. I used a barrel from a...
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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