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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:32 PM
    Looks like it has the potential to be a fun gun. I would not be comfortable without knowing for sure about the lock up… that seems to be a characteristic of a worn gun, often in lower quality guns with steel of questionable quality, not what I...
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    08-12-2022, 07:27 PM
    I’ve had too many experiences with Numrich sending me some random part similar to whatever it was I ordered. I use them pretty much as a last resort unless it’s a part that absolutely cannot be mistaken. Froggie
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    08-11-2022, 06:34 PM
    You’re obviously a fine fellow, Daver7. Perhaps we can form a traveling team of like minded selfless types willing to go where we are needed for the noble task of helping empty Maker’s Mark bottles to help increase the available supply of this fine...
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    08-10-2022, 11:14 AM
    Pure Carnauba is hard!! Years ago a fellow caster gave me some pieces of pure CW and it was like chunks of tan colored hard plastic. Randy Rat sold me some in the form of shavings… much easier to melt into my mix. The stuff on cheese may...
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    08-09-2022, 12:51 PM
    As an old Schuetzen aficionado, I looked at your “jewel box” and said to myself, “That design has the potential to make a great range box to carry bullets, cases, a re- and decapper with a sleeve or two of primers, a powder measure and a bullet...
    13 replies | 572 view(s)
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    08-09-2022, 12:40 PM
    I had it years ago to use with a 32-20 low wall I was shooting. Unfortunately, both are now long gone. :( Froggie
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    08-09-2022, 12:21 PM
    Dtdk, I meant to mention before, the standard Ideal/Lyman mould for the 45-70 carbine load, a RNFP 405 grain bullet is a great place to start for casting 45-70s. There are better bullets for some specific jobs, but I’ve never found one all around...
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    08-09-2022, 12:14 PM
    I can’t swear to this, but I’ve been told that the main component of the MM bottle seal is Carnauba Wax, noted for two things, one of which is high melting point. IIRC, early records were made mostly of Carnauba for its high MP and toughness. It...
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    08-08-2022, 11:08 AM
    Mr String, I heartily concur. I shoot the BH and a custom stainless K frame in 327 and they’re both plenty stout for the job. For a Single Six and a J frame the 32 H&R is plenty. My old 32 H&R Buckeye Blackhawk would do fine with a rebore to 327,...
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    08-08-2022, 10:46 AM
    Encore209x50, IMHO, you’ve already done your due diligence and come to the proper solution. With his measuring and honing capabilities, you should have a fine fix from DougGuy. You don’t mention the land and groove diameters of your bore, but...
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    08-08-2022, 10:37 AM
    But, but, but, where is it??. The OP doesn’t reveal his location, so it could be anywhere, including here in VA where (I believe) Johnny Appleseed got his start. Inquiring minds…
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    08-08-2022, 10:31 AM
    Of all the calibers you mention, 25-20 excites me the most. Of course I prefer the long, skinny 25-20 SS case, but there’s really nothing wrong with the 25-20 WCF, and brass for it would be simpler. That wood is over the top gorgeous! I can’t...
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    08-06-2022, 12:25 PM
    I had to “settle for” a 4” Model 631 with adjustable sights… in 32 H&R, of course. I dare say it will see a bunch of 32 S&W Ls over the next few years, but I still feel like for a “man stopper” (the theme of this thread) that “more is better” and...
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    08-06-2022, 12:16 PM
    It was designed for the M-1 Carbine, so it should work. I must admit I’m a near virgin with loading 300 BO, so don’t lean too heavily on my speculation. ;) Froggie
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    08-06-2022, 12:13 PM
    I still get a certain satisfaction from loading 45-70 and similar “hyphenated” old BP cartridges with a 310 tool. You gain instant gravitas at the local range as the local spray and pray tacticool types see you go through the steps to load right...
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    08-06-2022, 11:47 AM
    Iíve had some Emmertís lube dry out and begin cracking and falling off Minie balls that had been stored 3-5 years in basically open airÖ but they still worked OK, just the fouling was a little drier than I would have liked. Iíve also had a batch of...
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    08-05-2022, 06:10 PM
    dangt, the brass/rim problem may be the reason that sweet little Single Six became available to you in like new condition. The previous owner(s) was/were not savvy enough to analyze the problem and get it sorted out properly. Their loss=your gain!...
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    08-05-2022, 04:54 PM
    As someone who has had the problem of newly flared cases not being able to come back through the adaptor sleeve, I feel your pain. You have to tread very lightly here and put in just enough flare to be able to start a bullet without shaving lead. ...
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    08-04-2022, 04:58 PM
    I would call Ruger (as Froggie suggested in the link above)and talk to their customer service rep. He may offer to send a shipping order so the only cost could be just waiting for it to be returned. That would be my first action. Dale53
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    08-04-2022, 10:55 AM
    On this line of thought IF you have what you know is old type COWWs, the mix still varies somewhat from year to year and batch to batch, but if I want to cast a bunch of revolver or pistol bullets for range and practice, I throw in a couple % tin...
    31 replies | 1921 view(s)
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    08-03-2022, 02:38 PM
    I don’t seek out lead sources anymore because truth to tell, I’ve got more lead than I’m ever likely to use at my age. If I were starting out today looking for a supply of lead alloy to work with, wheel weights would be low on my search list for...
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    08-03-2022, 02:17 PM
    Whatever your problem may be, it is not the lanolin. My earliest attempt at DIY lube was Frog Guano which was/is 40% anhydrous lanolin and 10% mink oil (which is very similar to lanolin.) This is waaay more lanolin than I needed, but I had my...
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    07-28-2022, 09:37 AM
    It’s actually only partly internal, as shown in post #2 above. I tried a weaker one, then in disgust left it out altogether. I don’t recommend, unless it’s being used a lot and you develop the habit of returning the f Lever each time. Sorry for...
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    07-27-2022, 06:30 PM
    There is an internal return spring, IIRC. I felt like it was too hard to fight with so I took all the return springs out of one and just remembered to move the handle back manually (most of the time!) :roll: Froggie
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    07-26-2022, 10:01 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Yikes in Special Projects
    Original Patina!!! :mrgreen:
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    07-26-2022, 01:02 PM
    Back in the day, Brownell’s used to be just about the only place for gunsmiths to go for all their needs, both tools and materials, and information as well. Their catalog was sorta the Sears Roebuck (remember their “Big Book?”) of gunsmiths. I...
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    07-26-2022, 12:22 PM
    HW, I’ve got a few spares. I’ll be down in the basement later today doing laundry... are there any others I can look for at the same time? Froggie
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    07-26-2022, 08:48 AM
    Years ago I assembled a list of as many die code numbers as I could find. Lyman never released a numerically complete list, but I gathered most in one place. There should still be a copy of it in the Castpics archives at the bottom of this page. Let...
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    07-24-2022, 12:28 PM
    What Mr Bent Ramrod said. Let me add that the 43 is probably to designate the bullet nose, kinda like the code on bullet sizing punches. Speaking of bullet sizing, that’s the function of the last die on the right. Supposedly they worked in the...
    3 replies | 168 view(s)
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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