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 Smokey
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Japanese and Far East Rifles
Topic: Ever see this kind of Type 99 rifle
Replies: 7
Views: 95
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Re: Ever see this kind of Type 99 rifle

I believe it was during the Korean War. US ordinance folks cut .30-06 chambers into a batch of Japanese Type 99 rifles. It was used with the standard US M2 Ball ammunition. From what I understand, they shot well enough, and were used to arm some Korean troops. I'm guessing the bullet was still engra...
by Smokey
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: General Ammunition
Topic: AMMUNITION ACCURACY
Replies: 28
Views: 2486
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Re: AMMUNITION ACCURACY

Another reason a heavier (thicker) barrel can shoot better is, it's stiffer. I just doesn't whip around as much as a lighter, thinner barrel. Again, working with the Lebel, I got it to shoot even better by using the fore-end to stiffen up the barrel. The stock has shrunk over the years and the fore-...
by Smokey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:27 am
Forum: General Ammunition
Topic: AMMUNITION ACCURACY
Replies: 28
Views: 2486
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Re: AMMUNITION ACCURACY

Another thing I learned, working with a French Lebel. You can often help accuracy by getting all the violence and drama done in the first part of the barrel, so the bullet is pushed the rest of the way with lower pressure. I started out loading the Lebel with IMR4350 and a 208gr bullet. At 25 yards ...
by Smokey
Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: FR8 QUESTION
Replies: 8
Views: 440
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Re: M1 Garand Endurance.

Sorry if I'm participating in a topic going off-subject. The story on the Garand really says a lot about the design of the rifle. In the enemy-occupied "place" I'm in now, that's the best thing we're allowed to own at the moment (till the enemy bans them as well). The area I live has quite an assort...
by Smokey
Fri Apr 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Big big hand guns
Replies: 10
Views: 395
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Re: Big big hand guns

I had the experience of firing a Thompson Contender in 358 Winchester, with a hot rifle load.
The world turned orange and the "pistol" was thrown behind my head in recoil; my tight 2-handed grip still retained it with my right hand.
by Smokey
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: FR8 QUESTION
Replies: 8
Views: 440
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Re: FR8 QUESTION

When someone makes a blanket statement on military rifles, they're likely to be wrong. When smokeless powder was first being used, barrels often had larger groove diameters than the intended bullet diameter, but not all. This was due to the crud left behind from the days of black powder. Generally r...
by Smokey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: BORE FINISH
Replies: 6
Views: 299
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Re: BORE FINISH

Thanks, a lot of stuff I didn't know.
by Smokey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Military Semi-Automatic Rifles General Topics
Topic: Two favorites from WW2
Replies: 9
Views: 777
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Re: Two favorites from WW2

The M1917 is a pound heavier than the Springfield, with a barrel that's two inches longer. Both tend to reduce recoil. How you hold the rifle has an effect as well. One thing I like about the M1917 is it's actually far safer then the M1903 when things go wrong. I had a primer failure with one, and n...
by Smokey
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Italian Rifles
Topic: Interesting Gun Failures
Replies: 31
Views: 1478
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Re: Interesting Gun Failures

There are several small companies that sell ready to load cast bullets in a multiple of sizes, weights and configurations.
Try seearching online.
I use these folks for searches:
https://duckduckgo.com/
by Smokey
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: BORE FINISH
Replies: 6
Views: 299
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Re: BORE FINISH

Many years ago I worked with a US M1917 (full military configuration) that had a new JA replacement barrel installed. The owner complained it shot poorly, giving 4-6 inch groups at 100 yd. The lands had very prominent machining marks left from the initial drilling of the bore. I got the same mediocr...
by Smokey
Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Fun Facts and Trivia
Topic: FLYERS
Replies: 3
Views: 191
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Re: FLYERS

Honestly, I suspect a lot of the folks on the forum are also shooters. I get a very good idea of how well a military arm actually worked by using it on my land as a utility rifle. It gets a lot of carrying and shooting from various "no bench" positions. A real surprise was how well the old Lebel wor...
by Smokey
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:29 am
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Reduced Garand Load
Replies: 5
Views: 420
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Re: Reduced Garand Load

I got sooty case necks and rounded primers. No signs of pressure problems. Per QuickLoad, pressures would be less than 35,000 psi.
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by Smokey
Mon Mar 26, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Reduced Garand Load
Replies: 5
Views: 420
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Re: Reduced Garand Load

Having faced the threat of malicious lawsuits I won't provide the actual charge used. I am guessing that the much lower port pressure was countered by the longer "pressurization" time from the slower moving bullet. These kinds of loads are generally not listed in reloading manuals, so I use QuickLoa...
by Smokey
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: M2 Ammo ?
Replies: 7
Views: 746
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Re: M2 Ammo ?

In all honesty, I would want a lot more information before I used it in any rifle.
by Smokey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Reduced Garand Load
Replies: 5
Views: 420
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Reduced Garand Load

Thought I'd try a reduced load with Accurate 5744 and the surplus 147gr FMJBT. I loaded 8 with a charge that would run about 2400 fps. The powder generally burns pretty consistently with a lot of empty space. It shot fairly well, but to my surprise it cycled the rifle. All 8 rounds fed, ejected and ...

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