Well, the board is either fixed, or it's going to run terribly. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. I'm at my technical limit right now.

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by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: BAR opinions
Replies: 26
Views: 729
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Re: BAR opinions

Yeah, Lee Ermey was fun to watch. I've seen the Garand better other bolt actions on other shows as well, so there is something to it. The US Army didn't stick to the 1903 Springfield for a reason. Now if only Mythbusters would do a show on it. They were the first to verify that a bullet shot at the ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth Pistols
Topic: Enfield No.2 Mk1*
Replies: 9
Views: 1002
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Re: Enfield No.2 Mk1*

NOE Moulds makes the 200 grain bullet mould for this 38S&W pistol. They do have sales from time to time. Those things have a character all unto their own. The wood grips aren't that bad though, unless you knew before hand they all had bakelite. How much are those wood grips anyways? Best Regards, Ma...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Jul 06, 2019 8:45 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: BAR opinions
Replies: 26
Views: 729
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Re: BAR opinions

The BAR is just a BAR. A fairly heavy gun in today's world with only 20 rounds that can fire full auto for a very short amount of time. Making it not quite a machine gun and not quite just a semi-auto rifle. Its 30-06 round had a great deal of stopping power, even at long range so it came in handy q...
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Battle of Midway movie
Replies: 18
Views: 560
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Re: Battle of Midway movie

HMS Victorious sailed with USS Saratoga in the Pacific in early 1943 until the summer. Australia lost a heavy cruiser off Guadalcanal during the first of many night actions there. IJN sank one British carrier in early 42 in the Indian Ocean. Most of the British fleet was protecting Atlantic sea lane...
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:47 am
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Battle of Midway movie
Replies: 18
Views: 560
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Re: Battle of Midway movie

I do believe a British carrier served with the USN in the Pacific and they responded to our request. What history did you read? I can look up the carrier if you wish, I remember seeing pictures of it and first hand accounts of USN personal on board. They raved about the ice cream or the alcohol, or ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Battle of Midway movie
Replies: 18
Views: 560
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Re: Battle of Midway movie

After the battle of Midway, the Japanese were still a very potent fighting force. They were no longer overwhelming in carrier power, just merely had an advantage in carriers afterwards. Once they were within their land based air cover, few American task forces would venture into them until new Ameri...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 54
Views: 2402
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

Okay, I went in to the shop today and made your bolts. Here is the good news, I think the receiver bolt will work. Here is the bad news, the bolt head retaining bolt stops short of going as far as it should and sticks out a bit too much. I think this is due to using a #12-24 thread die instead of 5....
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Battle of Midway movie
Replies: 18
Views: 560
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Re: Battle of Midway movie

We have a local chain of cinemas that show movies for around $2-$3 with matinees on Tuesday that are even cheaper. These movies have been at the first run place and are about to be pulled entirely from theaters. I imagine Midway will venture its way to one of these faster than normal. They make thei...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Jun 28, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Bullet Casting
Topic: Heat Treated Cast Bullets
Replies: 4
Views: 442
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Re: Heat Treated Cast Bullets

I do have to give my $7 toaster oven at least one go of it. I can try to plop them into water immediately method as well. I'll also attempt to use my lead hardness tester and see if their is any difference. Best Regards, Mark BTW< I think an article in the LA Silhouette Club mentioned using a tin pi...
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"
Replies: 10
Views: 762
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Re: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"

Okay Vandle, I might be able to recommend a fix for you. I thought it might be a coil spring, but it is a leaf spring. Those can be made from steel banding material to keep heavy packages together, like on a pallet. You can bend it by hand and likely grind it to whatever size you need by hand on a s...
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 54
Views: 2402
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

Okay, now that I know what that thread is, I can likely actually use a #12-24 die to make it. 5.5mm by 1.0 threads are .03937" wide per tooth. 24 threads per inch are .0416" wide per tooth. I think it has a good chance to function regardless especially since so little thread is needed. 5.5mm by 1 is...
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Jun 25, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 54
Views: 2402
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

They have quite a character,...don't they? Oh, did I mention history? Personally, I really like their looks.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"
Replies: 10
Views: 762
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Re: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"

The blank ammo was great for having something to set up with when converting .348 brass.

Ummh, now I got to take the receiver apart and look at the spring......this should be fun.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 54
Views: 2402
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

Ummh, got my French dictionary in my toolbox (no joke). I might give it a go tomorrow. I did notice they were discussing heat treating down at the bottom of page two. Looks like he might have made his own cutters to do some of those screws. I presently do not have a lathe to turn threads on, just a ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"
Replies: 10
Views: 762
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1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"

Anybody got one of these Steyr made Kropatschek tube magazine wonders supplied to the Portuguese? I managed to make twenty 8mm by 60R cases made from .348 Winchester and loaded them up with black powder. The cases needed their rims machined and I copied the taper from a pack of blanks from the real ...

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