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
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: United States Rifles
Topic: I bought a lemon
Replies: 14
Views: 490
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Re: I bought a lemon

Something to think about. If the barrel is not turned all the way in, (i.e. it's out one full turn) you have that much more of the case head unsupported. That could result in a case rupture which is a very bad thing with full-powered ammo. If the barrel is otherwise good, perhaps it needs to be turn...
by Smokey
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: K31 Bayonet
Replies: 3
Views: 453
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Re: K31 Bayonet

Those seem to be reasonable prices for K31 bayonets, considering today's market.
by Smokey
Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: Model 95 Bolt
Replies: 7
Views: 355
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Re: Model 95 Bolt

If you are a reloader the M95 carbines can be tamed into a decent little woods carbine and fun shooter. When reassembling the bolt (be warned, it's difficult) TOTALLY IGNORE THE DRY IS GOOD IDIOTS. The inside of the bolt needs to be well lubricated with a good quality grease to work smoothly. Most h...
by Smokey
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Bullet Casting
Topic: Powder coating
Replies: 16
Views: 4358
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Re: Powder coating

You answered a question I had; this works well with rifles. I use a fair amount of cast in an assortment of long obsolete slobbovian clunks I carry in the woods to good effect. Powder coating looks worth trying.
by Smokey
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:38 pm
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: My M95
Replies: 11
Views: 3059
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Re: My M95

I have clips so never tried single loading into the chamber then closing the bolt. There's some risk of the extractor breaking, from making it flex over the rim. Until you get clips I suggest you just lay a round right on the follower, then see if you can close the bolt, allowing the rim to work up ...
by Smokey
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Foreign Garands
Replies: 16
Views: 4337
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Re: Foreign Garands

I remember the :evil: "previous administration" :evil: refused to allow South Korea to return them. I'm glad they waited and the rifles are coming in now. I always thought they were good shooters and utility rifles. A little heavy maybe but they carry well. There's plenty of load data out there and ...
by Smokey
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:41 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: REMINGTON M1863 PERCUSSION ‘ZOUAVE’ RIFLE REPRO
Replies: 11
Views: 2294
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Re: REMINGTON M1863 PERCUSSION ‘ZOUAVE’ RIFLE REPRO

Wile I lived in Texas, an individual took a Zouave replica to the range pretty frequently. He would shoot Minie bullets over Pyrodex at the 200 yard silhouettes, and hit pretty consistently offhand. In fact he shot better than the folks using scoped single shot pistols from various sitting positions...
by Smokey
Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: United States Rifles
Topic: Early low number 1903
Replies: 15
Views: 3476
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Re: Early low number 1903

I believe it was towards the end of WWI that improperly processed brass (much too soft at the head) was used for a large amount of military ammo. In the Springfield a small portion of the case head just above the extraction groove is unsupported. Normally this isn't a problem but the soft brass occa...
by Smokey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:28 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Lebel 1885/93 sniper rifle on Gunbroker
Replies: 2
Views: 1806
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Re: Lebel 1885/93 sniper rifle on Gunbroker

From my own experience, the Lebel is a far better rifle than the "armchair" types rate it. It's powerful, just as accurate as most of it's contemporaries, reliable (with a little technique) and operates about as fast as other rifles with the bolt handle that far forward (Moisin-Nagant, Carcano etc.)...
by Smokey
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: M1917 or SMLE?
Replies: 29
Views: 4495
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Re: M1917 or SMLE?

In military configuration, the SMLEs are a little shorter and lighter. The M1917 weighs closer to 10 pounds or more, with a 26 inch barrel. For just shooting, that helps tame recoil for full-powered .30-06 loads. If you'll be carrying it in the woods for long walks, it'll feel pretty heavy after a w...
by Smokey
Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammo: Neck vs Full Length Sizing
Replies: 3
Views: 1802
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Re: Reloading Accurate Rifle Ammo: Neck vs Full Length Sizing

On the K31, neck sizing results in a case firmly stuck in the chamber on the second or third firing with full powered loads.
Loads should either be kept in the low 30 thousand psi range maximum; or alternated with very mild loads.
by Smokey
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: They just don't get it......
Replies: 15
Views: 801
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Re: They just don't get it......

The primary purpose of gun control is to protect the people who implement it.
At least there were some armed people who were able to stop the shooter.
by Smokey
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Russian Pistols
Topic: Bulgarian Makarov
Replies: 3
Views: 4034
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Re: Bulgarian Makarov

I've fired several Makarovs over the years. It seems the East German and Bulgarian are considered the best made. They are decent pistols and of a reasonable size for concealed carry. The cartridge is a little more powerful than the average .380 ACP. Accuracy can be pretty good as well.
by Smokey
Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Swiss Rifles
Topic: Reloading for the K31
Replies: 33
Views: 5519
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Re: Reloading for the K31

I've got some berdan primed cases that I'd like to reuse, thanks for the tutorial.

I have Quickload and use it a lot after starting with a reloading manual to select powders etc.
I noticed that Reloader 17 gives a lot more velocity than a similar weigh charge of WW760 or H4350.
by Smokey
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Japanese and Far East Rifles
Topic: Last ditch Type 99
Replies: 5
Views: 1993
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Re: Last ditch Type 99

Unless the bolt was replaced, it looks like a transition rifle. The plum shaped knob was earlier production. The later production had smaller cylindrical shaped knobs.
Looks like the rifle and bayonet could use some oil to stop the rust. These rifles are often very good shooters.

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