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
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: French Pistols
Topic: .32 French Long ammunition
Replies: 8
Views: 2554
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Re: .32 French Long ammunition

I expect to have a bench top lathe working in my garage by this spring, so I will be making 7.65mm French cases hopefully. I think I can make some fixturing for a four jawed chuck since having a lathe with a 5c collet is pricy, real pricy.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: 1962 Surplus ad, what to get if you had 35 bucks
Replies: 25
Views: 4509
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Re: 1962 Surplus ad, what to get if you had 35 bucks

My father is an old school hometown banker, so I learned about interest and saving at a very early age. My 22 year old daughter is at least learning these things ever so slowly. Credit is a privilege and a powerful tool. Losing it is costly and painful. I have a deep sympathy for those who went bank...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: The Vietnam War, Ken Burns PBS
Replies: 8
Views: 287
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Re: The Vietnam War, Ken Burns PBS

BTW, I too had to get up before 5 in the morning and go to work. It was a rough two weeks for me watching it.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: The Vietnam War, Ken Burns PBS
Replies: 8
Views: 287
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Re: The Vietnam War, Ken Burns PBS

I saw all 18 hours and taped it. As far as bias goes, I would guess it still falls along old attitudes shaped during the time of the war. Some attitudes will not be reshaped no matter how much evidence is presented from either side. It is what it is though. It was still critical of both sides at the...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: A question
Replies: 5
Views: 2405
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Re: A question

Ummh, I would guess centering up the case and then plunging some progressively large pins through the internal diameter of the case should suffice. Of course, you really have to anneal that brass along where you intend to expand it, but not the base....especially not the base. Not a real hard job. I...
by SWIHARTMARK
Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:41 am
Forum: French Pistols
Topic: Load For 7.65mm French Long
Replies: 8
Views: 3062
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Re: Load For 7.65mm French Long

Camera is down, but it is a 3/8ths HSS bit with an exact form to cut the rim, groove and extractor angle. I'm saving up for a lathe right now. I'ld like to do this stuff at home. Looks like a Grizzly tools model with steel gears. The tool does cut all dimensions with one plunge. You have to cut the ...
by SWIHARTMARK
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: REMINGTON M1863 PERCUSSION ‘ZOUAVE’ RIFLE REPRO
Replies: 11
Views: 2730
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Re: REMINGTON M1863 PERCUSSION ‘ZOUAVE’ RIFLE REPRO

Black powder is the way to go, especially if you have an antique to shoot. If you are used to shooting corrosive ammo, this is no big deal. I'll trade the mess for a safer experience any time.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth Pistols
Topic: Would anyone here know of a source for
Replies: 4
Views: 2378
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Re: Would anyone here know of a source for

I have an Australian khaki belt and holster. Could be from the 1950's though. The S&W with it was made before that.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Alliant Black MZ Powder
Replies: 8
Views: 2620
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Re: Alliant Black MZ Powder

I went to the Cabelas around I-675 in Kettering, Ohio last year and asked about getting some black powder and somebody with some knowledge on the stuff said that due to new storage regulations, they didn't carry the real deal, nor would they ship it to the store for pickup. So went a cheap way of av...
by SWIHARTMARK
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Bullet Casting
Topic: Alloy Making
Replies: 2
Views: 2188
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Re: Alloy Making

Bless you my son. I bought a five pound ingot of 30/70 antimony/lead to use for hardening instead of tin as its far cheaper to get an alloy hard this way than by using tin alone. Looks like I'm in business. I will still put in at least 2% tin to help fill out the mold.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Bullet Casting
Topic: Alloy Making
Replies: 2
Views: 2188
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Alloy Making

When you are mixing tin and lead for a 10% mix, do you use a volume measurement, or weight measurement? I saw a volume measurement used once just adding 9-10 ingots of lead to one of tin. I've read different, so I'm a bit confused. Anybody out there with more experience able to clue me in better? Be...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: French Pistols
Topic: RUBY Won't Load
Replies: 9
Views: 2715
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Re: RUBY Won't Load

The PRVI rounds were a few thousands below minimal overall length "AOL". Ummh, we are dealing with a true psychic in Mr. Garra. Thanks for the tip. I'll have to get some bullets and do some hand loads now. At least to do have a set of 32acp dies. If the hand loads don't work, its a trip to the gunsm...
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: M16/AR Style
Topic: An AR-15 Retro Rifle
Replies: 19
Views: 7108
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Re: An AR-15 Retro Rifle

Nice rifle. I hope to make one using an A3 upper with a hand carry attachment just to have more options down the road. Can't beat a 20" barrel and an triangular hand guard.

Best Regards,

Mark
by SWIHARTMARK
Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: M1917 or SMLE?
Replies: 29
Views: 5217
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Re: M1917 or SMLE?

You could get a Pakistan/Indian made SMLE NO1 MKIII in 7.62mm NATO.... A sporterized M1917 should be easy to find. I never liked the sporterized SMLE's though. Save up and just get an intact SMLE No1 MKIII. Go with the classic and never look back. An FTR'd Lithgow is optimal. AIM SURPLUS has 303 Bri...
by SWIHARTMARK
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli
Replies: 4
Views: 2359
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Re: Converting .348 Win to 10.4mm Italian Vetterli

I noticed that mold is likely a Lee one. I was told to use the Lee one with 300 grains. I almost ordered those CH4D dies as they were in stock this spring. Maybe now? Thanks for the tip on Buffalo Arms as CH4D makes molds for them I noticed and at the same price offering that CH4D has. I have to gat...

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