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by Smokey
Sat May 19, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Clay Plug In Minnie Balls
Replies: 3
Views: 109
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Re: Clay Plug In Minnie Balls

The British Pritchett bullet used a tapered wooden plug in the base to spread the cavity skirts when it was driven into the bullet by pressure. American Minie bullets relied on the pressure in the hollow base to do the job. In trials in 1855, a rifle-musket kept all the shots in a 5-inch circle at 2...
by Smokey
Fri May 18, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Survival Situation
Replies: 15
Views: 1677
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Re: Survival Situation

"It has already proven itself in the ultimate survival situation."

Meaning the Garand in combat?
by Smokey
Tue May 08, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Winchester Garand
Replies: 7
Views: 206
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Re: Winchester Garand

All matching or "correct" means have a gunsmith go over it before you consider shooting it. Please refer to my "something to think about" post.
It could possibly be safe, or made safe; but regard it as a KABOOM otherwise.
by Smokey
Tue May 08, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 8
Views: 277
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Re: Something to think about

The worst part is, when you start swapping bolts and/or barrels, headspace goes out the window. Your options are: Excess headspace and a ruptured case, with the stock blown (plus a few more things). inadequate headspace, with a slamfire out of battery and a blown rifle. If you're lucky it might be s...
by Smokey
Sun May 06, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Krag
Topic: Norwegian Krag Load Data
Replies: 10
Views: 484
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Re: Norwegian Krag Load Data

I read somewhere that the Norweigan Krags have three locking points. There's the single lug at the front of the bolt, the bolt handle turned down into a notch at the rear of the receiver, and the bolt’s guide rib bore on the front of the receiver bridge. I guess there was some careful fitting to mak...
by Smokey
Sun May 06, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Something to think about
Replies: 8
Views: 277
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Something to think about

The M1 Garand has always been a utilitarian rifle that's meant to be used. The huge majority have been through an overhaul at least once and are in in an official US military configuration. They are generally mixmasters of inspected, sound and good parts pulled at random out of a bin. The resulting ...
by Smokey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:01 pm
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Garand with muzzle brake
Replies: 8
Views: 393
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Re: Garand with muzzle brake

I was participating in a match once. The empties from a Garand next to me were hitting me on the head, and they were HOT!
On a whim I had a GI pot and liner in my shooting bag so I put it on. The faint "bink" was no problem.

I also outshot the clown by a huge margin.
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: 10
Views: 631
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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: 2836
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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: 2836
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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: 553
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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: 540
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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: 553
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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: 381
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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: 10
Views: 1144
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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...

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