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    Yesterday, 10:07 PM
    They all look shootable to me. I agree with a bit of a cold mold on some of them. And I also agree they look a lot better than my first efforts, but that is the beauty of casting lead; you get to redo your mistakes, not many times in life that...
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    Yesterday, 09:55 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Decapping pin mishap in Our Town
    Nothing good. Especially if it jams into one of the lands. Robert
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    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    Back in the 1970's and 80's it was a common complaint that Remington brass was thinner than the norm in handgun calibers. Not sure about rifle brass, at least I never had any problems with it. If I had just a few R-P brass in a certain caliber, I...
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    07-23-2021, 10:18 PM
    I think a lot of it comes down to how we did it while learning. There is a lot to be said for experience with what works, and what doesn't. For example, I learned to load metallic cases by loading .22-250 on the kitchen table with my best friend....
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    07-23-2021, 10:00 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Hooray! in Casting Equipment
    I've ordered a couple of times from Titan in the last few months, and from Champion's Choice last night. Things are trickling in, but they seem to go out just as fast. At least the manufacturers are trying. It is still a shock to not be able...
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    07-23-2021, 04:19 AM
    Well I'm glad I didn't answer until people with more knowledge came along. I would have said Maybe on the .375, and highly doubtful on the .38-55. Unless they can be used for both cartridges??? So that out of the way, let's continue the thread...
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    07-20-2021, 08:23 PM
    I've been getting a new to me variation. People call and ask for my mom by name. They say they need to discuss a "personal business matter" with her. When I tell them I handle all of her business, they get very defensive about her privacy....
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    07-19-2021, 09:55 PM
    24" or 26" barrel? That is my favorite Weatherby caliber, I just don't have a use for it right now. Robert
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    07-19-2021, 09:43 PM
    Heat control paste is your friend in this application. The weld needs to be a good one too, it is very embarrassing to break a poor weld at the range. Even worse in the field. Robert
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    07-19-2021, 09:39 PM
    That just may be the round I was thinking of. Robert
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    07-19-2021, 09:33 PM
    I'll try to remember to check my Lyman .32 set tonight. I know it has both a roll crimp in the seating die and a separate taper crimp die meant for the 32 ACP. I'm just not sure if the roll crimp shoulder is low enough in the die for the .32 S&W. ...
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    07-19-2021, 09:12 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Yes we can.... corn in Our Town
    I dearly love sweet corn on the cob, but none of the home canned stuff ever tastes the same as fresh from the garden. I haven't really messed with a garden for the past few years; even though I live on top of a hill, my garden doesn't drain well....
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    07-18-2021, 09:10 PM
    There was actually a factory version, back when Englishmen could own rifles. 375 Axtell I believe. I think some of our Australian or New Zealand members have mentioned playing around with this or a very similar cartridge. It does sound like a...
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    07-18-2021, 12:15 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Tiller tires in Our Town
    I'm guessing this is a rear tine tiller with counter rotating tines? If so yes it does matter. If the tires are installed backwards, you won't get the needed traction to pull the tiller while working the ground. As far as direction; when looking...
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    07-17-2021, 08:44 PM
    Word to the wise, the extractor it self isn't all that hard to take off a Mauser bolt; but the extractor collar is a different story. It is easy to break by trying to get it to expand enough to slip out of the groove. (Yes I have broken one). ...
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    07-17-2021, 08:35 PM
    My smelting setup started out as a ~54,000 BTU fish fryer that was built about like the one Minerat shows. It worked fine until my daughter backed over it with a pickup tire. I welded up a frame out of 1x" angle iron. I think it would support...
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    07-17-2021, 08:28 PM
    tazman has it right. Pre-panic, I used to use a lot of 231 for plinking ammo, and 2400 or H110 for magnum level loads. Now I'm not quite so picky. Red Dot and Green Dot can make some spectacularly accurate loads, but they don't meter well in...
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    07-16-2021, 08:44 PM
    The only part that makes me nervous is the annealing of a primed case. Your use of walnut media as an insulator seems to take care of that issue. I have read that the .17WSM cases are made a lot stronger than the old rifles were designed for and...
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    07-16-2021, 08:29 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread What is this for????? in Our Town
    Case length for the S&W Model 52 was the same as a standard case; but the WC was supposed to be loaded flush. At least that is what I have always heard, never could afford one when they were being made. I'm not familiar with any other factory...
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    07-15-2021, 09:11 PM
    Glad to hear it. What about just filing the base of the loading lever catch to match the barrel profile, then soldering it back on a bit closer to the muzzle? The tiny little .31's are fun when they work right. Robert
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    07-15-2021, 09:03 PM
    The only time I replaced sights on a Colt style cap and ball revolver, it was one of the 5" .36 cal "Sheriff's Model" that I also reshaped the hammer into more of a Bisley/ #5 shape. On it I used a set of 1911 Match high profile sights (we had...
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    07-14-2021, 10:06 PM
    Well that is an interesting Yikes. Glad no one was hurt when it let go. You might see if you can get the barrel out of the frame, then decide what to do. I have no idea if current manufactured ?? barrels will match the threads of an ASM or not....
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    07-14-2021, 09:45 PM
    Krag rifles and carbines are sweet. They have to be handled and shot to understand it. Even the sporterized versions beat a new plastic stocked rifle for feel. Robert
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    07-14-2021, 09:38 PM
    It has been so long since I slugged my current GP-100 that I have no idea what the measurements were, or where the slugs got off too (probably got remelted). Nor do I remember if it was five or six groove rifling. I do know that it shoots cast...
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    07-14-2021, 09:23 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread What would happen? in Our Town
    Not quite a .270 in a .30-06, but I fired a 7x57 in an 8x57 rifle one time, on purpose. Result? a fireformed 8x57 Mauser case, then I bought the rifle and turned it into a .25-06. As long as the case headspaces correctly, and the projectile...
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    07-13-2021, 09:13 PM
    Lay a straight edge against the bolt. Also look for any peening or rub marks on the bolt or in the raceway. I will say that I have been bitten by each and every prior suggestion in this thread. Fortunately not all on the same rifle. Robert
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    07-13-2021, 09:07 PM
    It has been a long time since I loaded 230's in a .45 (I settled on the ~200 Lyman 452460 SWC) and you really don't want to hear how short they load. Anyway, I used to set up dies by using a factory 230 FMJ, both for seating depth and crimp....
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    07-13-2021, 08:55 PM
    In a perfect world, you want the cylinder throats to be equal to or larger than the barrel. Your's appears to be like this. I would lube and size to .358" or 359" and start shooting. The one thing that is questionable in my mind is the .351"...
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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
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GC Gas Check