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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    09-26-2021, 10:27 PM
    I would use the blued banding, not the galvanized, and yes I am speaking of the steel straps that hold loads to pallets. You can also get new spring steel stock from Brownell's. Or reclaim a bit from a wind up alarm clock. Robert
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    09-26-2021, 10:15 PM
    In the FWIW department, I have three bottom pour pots. 1. A Lee 4-20 that I bought new and lapped the seating surfaces before I ever warmed it up. I still get occasional drips from it, but no deluges of molten metal. You can easily ladle cast...
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    09-26-2021, 09:56 PM
    I was going to say that if you have them in hand a simple measurement should tell you the size, or at least get you close. Mr. Barlow must have really liked 30 TPI, it shows up a lot in his tools. Robert
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    09-26-2021, 08:04 AM
    For a range toy, its a tossup between a Colt Officer's Model Match or a S&W K-38, depending on how I shoot that day. For a duty gun role, it is awful hard to beat a three or four inch K frame. Although I would like to have a 4" Model 12. For...
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    09-26-2021, 07:53 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Marlin 45/70 in Factory Rifles
    IIRC the 1881 Marlin failed the US Army rifle trials due to a magazine tube explosion when loaded with the 500 grain Infantry loads. I don't remember hearing if the soldier firing it got hurt or not. The Model 1895 that is manufactured now is a...
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    09-25-2021, 09:44 PM
    One good point about it, you can't accidentally bump a little counter weight on the beam and suddenly end up with a widely differing powder charge. Robert
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    09-25-2021, 09:41 PM
    Um, NO. I started out loading the .410 and about a year later the twenty gauge with Lee Loaders. If you want decent extraction, not to mention ejection, you will need to resize shotgun shells. My H&R .410 would put a factory loaded empty over my...
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    09-25-2021, 09:31 PM
    I think even Lyman didn't know what exactly to call this little boolit as evidenced by John Boy's post: In the sentence, it is clearly called a Wad cutter, but in the parenthesis it is a SWC???? The reference to the TP brought to mind a good...
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    09-24-2021, 08:22 PM
    They are still out there, it just takes a bit of luck finding the specific model you want at a decent price. Strangely, I just this afternoon compared the DA trigger on my tuned by me GP-100 from the early 2000's to my first year Security Six....
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    09-24-2021, 08:03 PM
    That's why I prefer dial calipers. Easy to read and they don't need a battery. It had been almost 40 years since I messed with reading a Vernier caliper when I got dragooned into helping one of my uncles downsize, then he passed away before he...
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    09-23-2021, 06:36 PM
    Its been a while since I did an action job on a Ruger Six series revolver, but as I recall it wasn't all that difficult to get a smooth easy to shoot job done. Mainly using crocus sloth to smooth pins and bearing surfaces, IIRC. Did it equal a...
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    09-23-2021, 06:01 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Remington 582 in Rimfire Area
    The 510 series is completely different from the 580 series. As Texas by God and Ithaca Gunner wrote they were the smaller brothers of the Model 788, and just about as accurate across the board. The pretty sister of the bunch is the Model 541...
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    09-23-2021, 05:43 PM
    Sounds reasonable to me. I bet with no damping that takes forever to settle down once you place a charge in the pan. Robert
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    09-23-2021, 05:38 PM
    If its not immediately obvious, it probably wasn't meant for field repair. What about taking it to a watch repairman, if you can find one these days. Jewelers used to replace crystals on wristwatches around here. Robert
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    09-22-2021, 08:37 PM
    I'm not interested in buying one, but do have a few questions. Is it a .22 Short or a .22 Long model? I turned down a chance to buy a .22 Long version in the late 1980's, because even then finding .22 Long was getting difficult in shootable...
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    09-22-2021, 08:29 PM
    If you are trying to do this with one die, in my opinion, you will need to measure and take written notes or use a micrometer seating stem with repeatable settings. The easy way is to have two dies, one for seating and one for crimping. I will...
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    09-22-2021, 08:13 PM
    I don't understand why people who sell a multiple hundred or thousand dollar rifle won't spend twenty dollars at Walmart for a foam filled hard plastic case to ship it in. I might even go so far as to make a box from 3/8 or 1/2 inch plywood... ...
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    09-22-2021, 12:27 AM
    The only thing I know for sure to watch out for on an H&R or NEF break open gun is what they call the striker and lifter assembly. It is what goes between the hammer and firing pin for a new and improved safer model. Yeah right. Every single one...
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    09-22-2021, 12:09 AM
    On used ones, if you can check alignment. It is much better to have the ram come down straight and in line with the die bore. As to colors, I think they started with orange, went to grey, then back to orange. I think every different ownership...
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    09-21-2021, 06:46 PM
    I think you are way out in the weeds. If you are going to size with a push through sizer, why aren't you installing gas checks at the same time? I haven't read up on NOE push throughs, but as I understand it the Lee push through dies will install...
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    09-20-2021, 06:45 PM
    Its been a while since I took apart a Mauser bolt with a Mark II safety. IIRC I used a nickel to hold back the cocking piece. I do know a vise is very helpful when wrestling with Mauser bolts and non standard safeties. Robert
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    09-20-2021, 06:28 PM
    For .38/.357 loading, I think I have about three die sets (Herters, CH, RCBS) plus extra dies for a total of somewhere around 11 or 12 dies. They have all been used at one time or another. I don't load on a progressive press any more, the closest...
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    09-20-2021, 06:15 PM
    There was a thread a few months ago down in the mold section about 75-80 grain WC. I finally figured out how to cast with mine, but life has gotten in the way of testing... Robert
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    09-19-2021, 05:55 PM
    I think I'm going to install the liner and check the balance before deciding. The .44 barrel is ~26" long same as the liner (within ¼"). Adding a 7/16 tube with a .251" hole through it will change the balance of the gun, how much I don't know. I...
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    09-19-2021, 05:43 PM
    I still stand by what I wrote six years ago, I prefer the 16 ga for all upland game over the 12 and 20 gauge shotguns. I've always liked oddball calibers and gauges. Lately due to ammo cost, I have seem to be gathering more twenty gauges. And I...
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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