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    07-25-2021, 03:14 PM
    Maybe a disappointment to purists but my rifle is a parts gun built on a reclaimed drill rifle receiver ( not sure of make) with a new 8/43 Remington 4 groove barrel properly fitted and headspaced. The metal parts are all government issue. The stock...
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    07-24-2021, 12:25 PM
    My 03A3 is back in military wood and I spent a little time with it yesterday re-zeroing with CB loads. I can't think of many more enjoyable ways to spend part of a day than with some version of the Springfield! In fact, as I stated to a friend a...
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    07-23-2021, 09:19 AM
    Brownells can't ship Mauser action screws to Australia?
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    07-21-2021, 06:02 PM
    I think the OPs problem is not that a cake cutter is needed but rather that his lube is way too soft. He said it is only a little stiffer than crisco alone. However cast bullets are lubed they are going to have at least a film of lube on most of...
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    07-21-2021, 02:46 PM
    Thank you for your comments John! I have access to the fixture and heat sink from a rifle builder friend. If I undertake this it would be with my friend's guidance. Or he will do it for me if I wish. My friend very much favors the Lenard Brownell...
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    07-20-2021, 09:37 AM
    Looking to assure plenty of scope clearance I have thought of cutting the wraparound part off even with the flat just above the Rem handle root, flatten the bolt side then position the handle with that flat surface flush with top of the original...
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    07-20-2021, 09:07 AM
    You mean like a friend once had a Remington bolt handle come off during the rapid fire stage of a match? No home blacksmith welding involved here. My go-to welder is trained/certified in the various methods including laser and has even welded on...
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    07-19-2021, 09:43 PM
    I do not pretend to know all that lanolin does in lube but these teo I know: (1) lanolin is a very high-film-strength lube and (2) adding lanolin to lube helps keep the lube in grooves. My BPCR and smokeless schuetzen lube is a modified Emmerts. It...
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    07-19-2021, 09:09 PM
    Thanks for the caution.
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    07-19-2021, 10:11 AM
    Has anyone here used a Rem 700 style bolt handle on Mauser or Springfield bolt? I realize the portion that wraps over top the bolt would have to be cut away and the rest prepped for mating to the existing handle root. Don't worry, really...
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    07-15-2021, 09:05 AM
    Be aware that with modern chrome moly steel a good number of "coats" may be reqiired before you get the color you want. I rust blued an option Green Mountain barrel and finally quit at maybe 10 repetitions. A gunsmith friend had told me that his...
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    07-08-2021, 12:06 PM
    DonHowe replied to a thread 6.5 Carcano in Cast Boolits
    I shoot 6.5x53R as well. Mine slugs .270" groove dia and shoots a .272" cast bullet. A friend has one that slugs~ .2685". I think they are/were mostly .268" + wear/neglect. The M96 Swede 6.5x55 in the safe slugs .266".
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    07-07-2021, 11:12 AM
    > would post a picture but don't have a clue how but, The last time out the scraggly barrel put 4 of 5 lubed Cruise Missiles into 3/4" x 1 5/8" at 50 yds. I am pleasantly surprised, even happy, with that performance. I hoped that maybe with PP it...
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    07-03-2021, 01:33 PM
    Anyone here with PP experience with this one? The bore is rough. Bore is ~ .257", groove is .270". I sized some 266469s to .259"/.260" and patched with green bar copy paper. I have .270" and .2735" size dies. I sized Pp'd bullet with the .2735 die...
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    07-03-2021, 07:16 AM
    DonHowe replied to a thread 6.5 Carcano in Cast Boolits
    I have an old Lyman single cavity 266469 (143gn) that drops #2 alloy at .270". Good boolit if you can find a mold. I suspect the old molds drop larger than newer ones. My Dutch Mannlicher needs a .272 bullet. I have the Crjise Missile but may try a...
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    07-03-2021, 07:02 AM
    .38-55, .40-65, .45-70 to 400 yds. NRA BPCR Silhouette goes to 500 meters, Long Range BPC to 1000 yds.
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    06-30-2021, 12:40 PM
    If the OP has not done so already, slug the barrel. A friend of mine (now deceased) was a physics professor as well as a dedicated High Power competitor. In his later years he took various milsurp rifles and using a laboratory type approach worked...
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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
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