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    Today, 11:09 PM
    I've got a rolling block action on order. Thinking of maybe building a 32-20. The Uberti would be fine too, just watching my pennies on this one plus availability of anything specific at this point is problematic. I do plan to play with whatever...
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    Today, 05:46 PM
    I worked in a chemistry lab off and on for my professional career. Consequently, there were always multiple electronic scales of various sensitivities.We had a professional scale firm service them twice a year even when there were no issues to note....
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    Today, 02:28 AM
    To be released in the U.S. on December 10. Titled "The Last Son". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KilcySbvmP8&t=2s
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    Today, 12:36 AM
    For that particular movie we ended up using a double barreled, exposed hammer shotgun that was supposed to be a family gun. No attempt was made to even hint at any "youth gun" concept. Brass dummy shells were featured.
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    36g replied to a thread New Caliber in Special Projects
    I like the concept of not reinventing the wheel. If you have lots of .223 brass, powder, and primers go with a known .223 action of choice and rebarrel it with a solid/accurate barrel that will stabilize the heaviest, highest BC and ELD bullet that...
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    Yesterday, 11:12 PM
    The script wouldn't necessarily call for a .22 but rather a scene calling for a youngster out hunting for small game. I figured that a .22 would be the cheapest cartridge round available at the time. The camera would not detect if a short, long, or...
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    11-25-2021, 12:14 AM
    32-20 will all be handloads to BP pressures and velocities. Cast bullets, same as I'm running through a '73 Winchester clone.
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    11-23-2021, 08:24 PM
    Project is moving along. Have a .32-20 pistol barrel that I might turn down but also have some .32-20 barrel liner on order. Have drill bit and reamers on order to ream 1851 barrel for liner. Have a couple of different round bars of 4140 for chamber...
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    11-23-2021, 08:15 PM
    Okay, I understand. That being said,I have seen people shooting 7.62X51mm blanks in an 8mm Mauser before. Some required being run through an 8mm FL die because of base brass dimensions, but they mostly were just being held by the extractor. As...
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    11-22-2021, 09:48 PM
    If the shoulder for 7.62X39 is too large, that's why you would run a loaded blank through a 7.62X45 FL die first - then it should chamber okay. I've run thousands of .30/06 blanks through an 8X57 mm FL die (plus another neck die) to make Mauser...
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    11-22-2021, 02:01 PM
    Instead of modifying a decapping pin, dumping powder, etc., why don't you just run the loaded blank through the 7.62X45 sizing die , chamber it, and fire the blank thereby fire forming the brass? May not even have to run through the 7.62X45 FL die...
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    11-22-2021, 01:33 PM
    The new guns aspect is valid, however, there is a role for old, worn firearms also. I discussed this with a director for a movie that I worked on last fall. The time period was 1880 in a small, remote mountain mining town. I convinced the director...
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    11-21-2021, 04:54 PM
    I'm aware of the Rust situation and have my own opinions on that. I've worked as an armorer on multiple movies and the failures on Rust all along the way are abysmal. That being said, for a variety of reasons I do think that there is value to having...
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    11-21-2021, 02:19 PM
    I recently have started getting interested in lever action rifles (ostensibly for movie use) and acquired a .40-60 Winchester clone. Reloading has progressed well and it's a fun gun to shoot.The next thought was for a period reloading tool, not just...
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    11-21-2021, 01:17 PM
    Howell Arms and Kirst both make conversions for 1851s to .22.
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    11-21-2021, 01:13 PM
    Funny thing about new looking guns. It seems that most directors have this idea that old west firearms should look well worn. I've tried to convince some of them that there were new firearms being used and have had mixed success...
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    11-20-2021, 02:35 PM
    I have been using a tubing cut off saw that works pretty well to do the gross trimming followed by a traditional case trimmer. It is a bit underpowered and you need to watch your fingers but it will cut to close length and then finish with regular...
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    11-20-2021, 02:29 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions - I'll expand my search list!
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    11-19-2021, 11:06 PM
    Thanks for the references! I believe the Steven's are technically post 1885 but they might work okay. Certainly less expensive than the Hopkins-Allen (it is nice though).
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    11-19-2021, 07:32 PM
    Thanks.Thus far a Mini Sharps (Chiappa) seems to be one of the few things being made. Of course no one has any at the moment... Luckily, I don't have a script that calls for one at the moment either ;-).
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    11-19-2021, 07:29 PM
    Starline and Winchester both appear to be unobtainable at the moment.
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    11-19-2021, 05:20 PM
    I'm looking for recommendations for a 1885 or earlier model (old or new made) .22 rifle for movie use. Of course the cheaper the better as most movie set users are not very considerate in care of firearms (so no rare/highly collectible varieties)....
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    11-19-2021, 05:07 PM
    For years I've used an old bath towel, dumped a layer of lubed/sized shells on half and folded the other half over the top. Splash on some denatured alcohol (sold by the gallon in the paint aisle as stove fuel), and rub back and forth a bit. Cases...
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    11-19-2021, 04:34 PM
    36g replied to a thread 6.5x39 ak in Special Projects
    My mistake, it was an RPK receiver.
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    11-19-2021, 03:50 PM
    36g started a thread 6.5x39 ak in Special Projects
    Had an urge a few years ago to try something different. The 6.5 Grendel was starting to get popular in ARs but I wanted something similar in an AK. So, heavy 20" barrel chambered in custom 6.5X39. Custom reloading dies. Dies and chamber reamer were...
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    11-19-2021, 03:34 PM
    36g replied to a thread New Caliber in Special Projects
    I did a 6mm PPC on a heavy barreled AR platform some years ago but still haven't gotten back to load work up on it. It functions okay just haven't tweaked it for best accuracy loads.
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    11-19-2021, 02:46 PM
    36g replied to a thread New Caliber in Special Projects
    I like the Savage for ease of rebarreling. I'd tend to look at a wildcat with the .223 case necked down and a bit longer neck (shoulder pushed back) to hold a heavier ELD type of bullet. In my experience a .223 for varminting has a disadvantage in...
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    11-19-2021, 01:51 PM
    Try Powder Valley or Graf and Sons...
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    11-18-2021, 07:22 PM
    Barrel fit on the two pins at front of frame has been checked and is tight and exterior contours fit as well. As for the cylinder and bore alignment I'm thinking that if they aren't "naturally" concentric that the chamber inserts can be reamed a bit...
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    11-18-2021, 02:13 PM
    Thinking of a project involving conversion of a C&B 1860 Army into a cartridge .32-20. Cartridge conversions to .45 LC are established. Will involve the basic conversion of the C&B into cartridge (Kirst Konverter) and then reaming a barrel to accept...
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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