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 les1234
Sun Mar 22, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 920
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Re: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP

Shortening the bottom of the inner sleeve will do what you want. Basically, you want it so that when the case, in the shell holder, contacts the bottom of the sleeve, the "fingers" on the collet portion should line up with the mouth of the case where you want the crimp to be. Adjusting the die up or...
by les1234
Sat Mar 21, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 920
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Re: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP

Lee has 2 different types of "factory crimp dies" for straight wall handgun cartridges. One uses the collet system like the rifle FCD dies. The other has the floating crimp collar, and a carbide ring to iron out any bulges in the lower part of the case. It is the collet type that will only crimp a c...
by les1234
Sat Mar 21, 2020 12:07 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP
Replies: 18
Views: 920
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Re: Lee pistol crimp die questions HELP

Perhaps another way to fix it might be a slightly smaller diameter expander button. That would give better neck tension, even without a tighter crimp. What is the diameter of the expander ball in your dies? If you have a Lyman "M" die for .30 caliber, it might work substituting it for the expander d...
by les1234
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:12 pm
Forum: Gunsmithing
Topic: Need a riser (solved)
Replies: 6
Views: 982
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Re: Need a riser

I bought a cheapo 1/2" riser on Ebay, not $9, but $7.85... No problems, have fired a couple hundred rounds with it, has a Nikon 3X compact scope on it, mounted with an ordinary pair of "high" scope rings.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/254310008317
by les1234
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: German Rifles
Topic: In Praise of the Gew 1888
Replies: 18
Views: 3036
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Re: In Praise of the Gew 1888

Try about 11-12 grains of Trailboss, that's what I use in most of my 30 to 8mm surplus rifles.
by les1234
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:40 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Berry 311 123gr plated bullets
Replies: 2
Views: 935
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Re: Berry 311 123gr plated bullets

I have shot the .308 110 grain plated bullets in a .30 Carbine with decent results, no tumbling noted with a standard jacketed bullet load of H-110. Accuracy was about as expected from the Carbine, and no evidence of stripping the rifling or tumbling, even though this load most likely exceeded the r...
by les1234
Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:34 am
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Berthier Lebel band same
Replies: 5
Views: 1803
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Re: Berthier Lebel band same

They're not even close, because of the tube magazine, the forend on the Lebel is much bigger than on the Berthier. There were some reproduction bands made for the Berthier, but as far as I know, none for the Lebel.
by les1234
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: M16/AR Style
Topic: Beginning a Second Build.
Replies: 10
Views: 2823
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Re: Beginning a Second Build.

MustangHowie wrote:
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:09 am
Flat top with removable handle. Fixed front sight on a 20" barrel with handgaurds . Or you could go 20" 223 Wylde free float with a nice scope.


Or.....BOTH!
by les1234
Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:21 pm
Forum: M16/AR Style
Topic: Beginning a Second Build.
Replies: 10
Views: 2823
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Re: Beginning a Second Build.

Palmetto has the 20" barrelled flat top A-3 style uppers, probably the only thing you'll find for 18" is a free float forend, not the military style with the removable handguards and front sight. Since you're going with the Fixed A-2 buttstock, why not plan on doing both? One an "A-3 clone" and anot...
by les1234
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Lebel prices
Replies: 22
Views: 5405
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Re: Lebel prices

To the OP, if you are looking for a WW1 example, the R-35 won't fit. Do you already have any Berthier? Any of them would qualify as WW1 French. I believe that a few years ago, the Lebels were designated as officially "Antique" in France, reducing the restrictions on owning them, and some of the pric...
by les1234
Wed Oct 09, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: General Off Topic
Topic: Clearance sale on ammo boxes
Replies: 2
Views: 954
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Re: Clearance sale on ammo boxes

Thanks for the heads up-I just ordered 30 boxes-may as well order a bunch, since shipping is a flat 9.99.
by les1234
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets
Replies: 20
Views: 9271
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Re: Alliant 2400 With Cast Bullets

Mark, you can go over to the Castboolits website and find the whole article by CE Harris about "the load", I think it's in the Military calibers reloading section. And, it's handy that you can make your own sizers. I've not had any success yet with any of my Enfields (SMLE, P-14 and No-4), but all I...
by les1234
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Austrian Rifles
Topic: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"
Replies: 12
Views: 5063
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Re: 1886 Steyr, "The Kropatschek"

I had my Kropatchek (also with a broken lifter spring) for a couple of years before I ran across one on E-bay, one that I didn't have to buy the whole barrel assembly to get. Cost $50 to get it repeating.
by les1234
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 55
Views: 14122
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

So the #12-24 might work. But it may depend on if the OP's rifle still has the 5mm threads, or if it has the 5.5 But there's really not much tension on that screw, other than just to keep it in place. The main thing seems to be the diameter, for a tight fit, and the taper to help get it started in t...
by les1234
Sat Jun 22, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel
Replies: 55
Views: 14122
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Re: Help needed in saving an 1886/93 Lebel

Ken, I have a Gras too, and while I have shot it a little, getting brass that fits is a real pain.

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