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    Yesterday, 12:08 PM
    Remember, weight and felt recoil are inversely related. Heavy is bad for carrying, but good for recoil reduction… I have a couple of Winchester high walls with heavy octagon barrels that are OK, but I only fired my dad’s Ruger #3 carbine twice (he...
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    Yesterday, 11:52 AM
    If the bullets are to be used with black powder, I’d want some definitely visible lube… not only does it lubricate, but proper lube leaves the fouling soft and easier to clean/remove. I’ve used Lee’s TL on a standard 45-70 bullet for just a few...
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    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Lens Lube Recipe in Boolit Lube !
    I seem to recall that the original “Len” is no longer making lube and my have passed the business to someone else. I think there is a similar product called “My Lube” or “My Own Lube” or some such. This category of lubes appears to be composed...
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    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    Many opinions here already, here’s mine… a Lyman Lubri-Sizer pump and 50-50 NRA lube are a match made in Heaven for your cast bullets. If you pick a die that just “kisses” the bullet diameter it will true up any slight out-of-roundness while evenly...
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    12-05-2022, 05:36 PM
    REDD That measure dates to the first year or two of #55 production. Relatively speaking they are harder to find, but like the others variants they are made to be used and don’t seem to attract much of a premium from collectors. Froggie
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    12-05-2022, 12:37 PM
    Robert, I think that 6” Craftsman lathe is a rebadged Atlas. Does it have a quick change gear box or do you actually have to switch gears in the train to change thread pitch? What is the size of the hole through the head? I believe the little...
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    12-05-2022, 12:17 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Lens Lube Recipe in Boolit Lube !
    I believe Len’s Lube may be a proprietary formula, so it may not be open source. If it is public knowledge there are two places I’d look. There is a sticky on one of the forums on the ASSRA web page with many formulas listed and you might try...
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    12-02-2022, 10:05 PM
    That was sort of my motivation. I’m about halfway through one of those same jugs and rediscovered the two unopened jugs I salted away over a decade ago. A great aspect of these threads is the spread of inspiration as well as information. Thanks...
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    12-01-2022, 11:08 AM
    Robert, I believe if you go back and check the old Ideal/Lyman listings for adaptor rings by caliber, you will find that they list that same #2 adaptor ring for both the 45 and the 30-06/308 family of cases. You’ve solved your own problem which...
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    11-28-2022, 10:31 AM
    Very nice, Vall! I guess we’ll have to change your screen name to “Remington Guy”. :bigsmyl2: Seriously, you never cease to amaze me with the depth and breadth of your collecting interests. I always enjoy your posts and our discussions they...
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    11-27-2022, 08:37 PM
    They’re pretty well known on both this forum and the ARTCA Forum as well.early Ideal Handbooks and other sources also cover them in detail. There were 4 major variants of this design, standard, duplex, shot and powder, and shot and duplex powder....
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    11-25-2022, 09:41 PM
    There's a saying going around, "Play stupid games, win stupid prizes." I think we can say here "Pay cheap prices and get cheap guns." Ever since guns have been mass produced there have been guns built to a low price, but the cost of the gun to a...
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    11-25-2022, 08:47 PM
    De nada. Feliz Navidad. Froggie
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    11-25-2022, 03:30 PM
    There is a small but solid market for the old Star equipment. The current owner of the name and parts supply is Bruce Williams. He has a website in addition to being a member here (as rbwillnj) and he can hook you up with any info you need. ...
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    11-25-2022, 02:55 PM
    Is that the old black looking lube from Ideal? I’m guessing you could remelt it slowly in a double boiler and if it’s really too dry, it would probably benefit from a few per cent of something soft like some anhydrous lanolin. If you’re going to...
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    11-23-2022, 06:15 PM
    Where are you located? I've got several hundred rounds of factory 223 ammo I could trade for some number of 45-70 brass if we don't have a shipping hassle. Froggie in Central VA
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    11-23-2022, 06:00 PM
    SJ, you found one of the unusual, reverse duplex loads. Most of the time a small charge of a relatively fast burning smokeless powder would be placed in the base of the case then the rest filled with black. The hot charge is to make the main part...
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    11-22-2022, 12:32 PM
    Remember, to make the 220 be… SWIFT, you’ll be using relatively hot loads to send that bullet. Downloading and worrying about avoiding barrel wear kinda defeats the purpose of the round. OTOH, mild loads in your rifle will make it last a lot longer...
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    11-22-2022, 12:19 PM
    You might check over on the Lee forum… its honcho is none other than Ranch Dog. I bet he can help you find some. Froggie
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    11-22-2022, 12:16 PM
    A friend of mine who did set ups and load outs for various big production shows (music, etc) invented and sold on a friend to friend basis a device he jokingly referred to as a “crack pipe”. It was basically a flat wrench version of this wrench to...
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    11-21-2022, 05:54 PM
    It’s not new, but an innovation Herters came up with half a century or more ago was the “Super U” press, kind of a combined O and C. Not sure it offered any real advantages, but mine sure does look beastly!! :bigsmyl2:
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    11-21-2022, 05:43 PM
    Range scrap (or “scrape”) is an unknown quantity at best. My advice would be to go back to a known alloy and start over. Remember, higher lead content tends to produce smaller bullets and high alloy (esp antimony?) tends to make your bullets drop...
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    11-21-2022, 03:04 PM
    Unique is a very old smokeless powder (think 100 years or so) made by Hercules before they became Alliant. They named it that because it had so many uses it was… UNIQUE! I’ve used it in 45-70 down to 38 Special loadings and I’ve been told there are...
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    11-21-2022, 02:53 PM
    When I got started in Schuetzen I gravitated toward IMR 4759 because it was reputed to be “gentle” on old soft steel barrels like my century old 32-40 high wall Winchester. I settled on 13.6 grains of 4759 behind a breech seated or a fixed bullet of...
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    11-21-2022, 02:31 PM
    Who are you asking and which revolver? I had a Model 66 S&W converted to 327 Fed Mag by Andy Horvath of Lagrange, OH. He has an excellent reputation but a fairly long waiting list if you want a complete build. The same can be said of Hamilton...
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    11-20-2022, 12:37 AM
    Back in about the late Seventies I had a chance to buy what was probably a Model 16-3 for a price at or perhaps a little less than MSRP. Of course I took the position then of “Why would I want that?” As my PA Dutch forebears would observe, “Ve...
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    11-19-2022, 11:50 PM
    Indiana Jones got his name from his dog... it’s a fine old tradition! :mrgreen:
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    11-19-2022, 08:48 PM
    We talked about this at length in Vintage Reloading Tools and/or the ARTCA Forum which, unfortunately seems to have been down for the last couple of weeks. The point is, there was such a beast, but it’s about as often seen as Sasquatch. And...
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    11-18-2022, 07:33 PM
    A little OT, but when I first started shooting my 327s I was amazed when I shot a round of Federal's HST self defense ammo (half jacket, hollow point with little peg sticking up in the bottom of the HP) into a two liter bottle refilled with water...
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    11-17-2022, 01:44 PM
    Thanks Kevin. I would indeed like to see the backs of those grips if it wouldn’t be too much trouble. Also, when I saw those caribou grip panels on the S&W Forum I was immediately impressed. Is that material hard to come by, or should we be able...
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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