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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    Yes, I looked. I have an RCBS two die set. It is RCBS part # 14701. If you want it. $40.00shipped in the USA. Please PM me. Jim
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    09-15-2021, 06:05 PM
    Let me look. I may have some. It will take a day or two. Jim
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    09-15-2021, 05:57 PM
    That sounds interesting. I have both a 10 lb and a 20 lb Lee bottom pour. I have been using a piece of lumber for a mould guide for the smaller one. It's pretty iffy but it has worked so far. I would like to do something better. The adjustable...
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    09-15-2021, 01:07 PM
    I would think Carnauba Red lube would be too hard for the .44-40 loads. The lube manufacturer says it is designed for high velocities - over about 2,000 fps. I doubt you will generate that speed with a sane load on the .44-40. Also, because it is...
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    09-13-2021, 12:13 PM
    Impressed I am. Jim
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    09-13-2021, 12:10 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Henry 30-30 opinions in Leverguns
    The Henry Single shot rifle is another gun that can use some trigger stoning. I have read about people changing out the hammer spring to a lighter one. Even saw someone publish the Grainger part number. But I don't much like weakening the hammer...
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    09-11-2021, 06:51 PM
    Barrel arrived today from JES. Haven't unpacked it yet. Just got home from work. Brass showed up yesterday from Starline. I have a few days off so will see what I can learn and make a report. If it is as good as everyone says it will be I will...
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    09-09-2021, 11:14 AM
    I discovered something yesterday. I had loaded a box of .357 Magnum with the Lee 158 plain base powder coated over 15.0 grains VV N110. That is a compressed load and crimping caused the case mouth to expand about 0.001 more than the Marlin would...
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    09-08-2021, 12:00 PM
    I will take one at $65. PM on the way. Jim
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    09-07-2021, 03:15 PM
    I bought some of those un divided boxes from Midway as well. As you say they quit carring the for a while. I looked a couple months ago and they weree back in a different color so I stocked up. Might want to look back once in a while. Jim
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    09-06-2021, 12:02 PM
    Haven't seen the rifle back yet from Jess. In the mean time my loading dies are here and I found some brass at Starling. On its way. I once had a .358 Win. in a 99 Savage so have a bit of old data and three boxes of loads based upon LS brass. A...
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    09-04-2021, 07:17 PM
    A good choice PB. I have been thinking lately about the beyond. My wife is 80 years old - older than I. Two weeks ago we had a small family gathering to celebrate a birthday. Maybe six people. The granddaughter was there and shared her Covid...
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    08-31-2021, 03:51 PM
    Muy Largo does not mean very big. It means very long - at least in Sapnish. Jim
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    08-29-2021, 07:02 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread .308 Remington 700 in Factory Rifles
    I have one. It is the 700 SPS. 20" barrel and 1:12 twist. I use 168 grain match bullets in it. I have tried Lapua brass and match bullets from Everglades Bullets. They are not polished...
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    08-29-2021, 06:40 PM
    Yes I know. I once owned a Savage 99 in .358 Win. Bought it used and could never get smaller than 3-4" groups from it. Got rid if it but have not lost the ,358 Win bug. I found a set of loading dies on Midway and they are now here. Was looking...
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    08-29-2021, 06:17 PM
    Hmmm... I thought that 10 bore was the largest cartridge shotgun that is legal. ImIwrong? Or are these muzzle loaders? A hammerless muzzle loader is a curious beast. Jim
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    08-27-2021, 07:59 PM
    Jim22 replied to a thread Marlin “Jam” in Leverguns
    I had the same problem with my 1894C. The boolit would catch on the sharp edge on the right that was put there for the extractor to catch the cartridge rim. I tried several things which didn't work. I finally sent the rifle to Grizzly guns in...
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    08-27-2021, 07:42 PM
    I dunno about deer. I have only processed a couple of them since I lived in interior Alaska and there are no deer there. For deer you need to go to southeast or part of the Kodiak archepelago. I have mostly killed moose and caribou. Alaska moose...
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    08-27-2021, 07:07 PM
    Use a hacksaw frame with a section of meatsaw blade installed. I first got on to this through a hardware store in Alaska. They had meatsaw blades by the foot and a punch to make holes so the blade would work on a hacksaw frame. Of course you...
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    08-26-2021, 07:07 PM
    Like all military rifles I would expect the Mosin to perk up if you give it a better trigger. I have had some P17 Enfields and some 98 Mausers which were safe to shoot but had terrible triggers. Dayton Traiste made triggers for the P17 and every...
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    08-26-2021, 12:11 PM
    Bob Brownell, in his book 'Gunsmith Hints and Kinks' said to use acraglass. Put it in as well as you can and then use compressed air to drive the glass into all spaces. Makes a heckova mess so plan ahead. Cover the rest of the stock and yourself...
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    08-25-2021, 05:20 PM
    My experience with the 1894 Marlin .357 is that I wouldn't reduce the power of the hammer spring. Instead I would have a good gunsmith do what Mostly Lever Guns suggests. My rifle will fire reliably with CCI small rifle primers but not with their...
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    08-25-2021, 12:04 PM
    Went to the scrap yard a couple days ago to get some lead. I told them I wanted mostly wheel weights but I got some other stuff as well. I tried to sort the wheel weights to get rid of zinc or iron ones. Then smelted the rest. I wound up with a...
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    08-23-2021, 08:36 PM
    Interestingly I found a few primers at my LGS a couple days ago. They only had CCI small rifle magnum primers. They had a limit of 500 so I bought 500. The price was high but not outrageous. My experience tells me there are times when SR...
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    08-23-2021, 08:17 PM
    I dunno. It seems like the blank he used was an inferior one. I am not a gunsmith but I understand that some of them used crappy barrels so they could keep prices down. I am looking forward to trying the rifle in the future. Jim
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    08-23-2021, 08:14 PM
    Thanks both of you. I have never heard anything but praise for Jess' work. A quesstion: He hand wrote his return address. It's not very legible. Must be a doctor. Does anyone know what his last name is? As far as I can tell it looks like...
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    08-23-2021, 07:51 PM
    I have a Remington 660 that I have had since I was 19 years old. It started life as a 6mm Remington. Living in Alaska I thought I should make it more powerful so I had a local gunsmith rebarrel it to .308 Win.. It never shot well so it lay in the...
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    08-23-2021, 07:39 PM
    God Bless. How old was he? Jim
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    08-22-2021, 12:07 PM
    I have the 1894C with 18" microgroove barrel. It came with a dovetailed front sight so I put in a 1/16" brass bead and a Williams Foolproof. The load I have settled on is a Lee 158 grain boolit that casts 160 grains with COWW. Powder coated and...
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    08-22-2021, 11:49 AM
    Also, I prefer RCBS or Lyman ingot moulds. Don't much like the Lee. Ingots from either stack like the ones from angle iron - one face up, next face down. Very little wasted space. Jim
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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