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 RWS
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Ammunition
Topic: Ammo Display Help
Replies: 4
Views: 150
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Re: Ammo Display Help

FWIW, I'm thinking that any live ammo will have to be shipped to you via UPS or Fed-Ex. My postmaster told me that postal regulations prohibit the shipment of live ammo via USPS. He may be wrong but I doubt it.

-Bob
by RWS
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Spanish/S. American Pistols
Topic: Origins of Obrea pistols?
Replies: 20
Views: 279
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Re: Origins of Obrea pistols?

I've had a few of these over the years. Never had to pay more than $60 for one and not sure they are worth more than that. A bunch of Spanish firms manufactured copies of the S&W M&P in the 1920's but by the 1930's the herd had been thinned down to where most revolvers you see were made by Garate & ...
by RWS
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Using a 308 Win Crimp die on 30-06
Replies: 5
Views: 207
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Re: Using a 308 Win Crimp die on 30-06

I agree with ammolab but your best results will be obtained if you trim all your cases as close to the exact same length as possible. Otherwise, longer cases may receive too much crimp that can easily cause the case shoulder to bulge where it meets the neck and you can end up with out-of-spec cartri...
by RWS
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: M1 Carbine
Topic: First Carbine!
Replies: 8
Views: 314
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Re: First Carbine!

FWIW, that Conetta bayonet is a post-WW2 "second production" M4 model, identifiable by the plastic grips and slightly wider crosspiece. Conetta was a Stamford, Connecticut firm, one of 4 manufacturers of second production M4 bayos that also included Turner Manufacturing Co., Imperial Knife Co., and ...
by RWS
Sat Jul 07, 2018 7:07 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 11
Views: 317
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

I guess it should be noted that while I have no reason to question the referenced 25,000 figure, I think it is possible that there could have been a later order or orders shipped to the Greek military. I don't think that is likely since I can find no references that this occurred, but anything is po...
by RWS
Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 11
Views: 317
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

Any thoughts on the number of these Colts that was sold to Greece???? In April 1914 Arms and the Man , the forerunner to The American Rifleman, gives some very brief info in Volume 56, page 138. They say 25,000 Army Special revolvers were "recently" sold to the Greek Army and Navy so I would assume...
by RWS
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Military Pistols General Topics
Topic: Greek Army Colt Army Special
Replies: 11
Views: 317
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Re: Greek Army Colt Army Special

Good catch on your part. The Army Specials are old revolvers that can still be had for not much coin in either .38 Special or .32-20 calibers. I'm not sure why because several fellow collectors proclaim that any Colt revolver these days in good working order is worth $500 minimum. I have a refinishe...
by RWS
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Swaging versus Reaming
Replies: 1
Views: 196
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Re: Swaging versus Reaming

My experience is the same as yours. Reaming yields much better results and fewer high primers for me. To be fair, if you use the same brand of brass cases all the time then swaging results can be very consistent but I have U.S. and foreign military cases so adjustments are needed each time I change ...
by RWS
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:18 am
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Gun Broker and Completed Auctions
Replies: 7
Views: 405
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Re: Gun Broker and Completed Auctions

It's not nearly as big as GunBroker but I actually prefer (when buying) to do business with Gunauction.com, formerly Auction Arms. Their site allows you to put a firearm or part into the search window and hit the "SEARCH" key, which will bring up active auctions. Then scroll down on the left side of...
by RWS
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:40 am
Forum: Military Semi-Automatic Rifles General Topics
Topic: Removing bullet sealer in case neck
Replies: 4
Views: 593
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Re: Removing bullet sealer in case neck

I also used gasoline with good results on some pulled USGI 175 grain .308 bullets with excellent results. It dissolved the sealant quickly, too.

-Bob
by RWS
Thu May 31, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Reloading 30-40 Krag
Replies: 9
Views: 569
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Re: Reloading 30-40 Krag

Just to springboard off Kurt's comments, if reforming FIRED .303 British brass to .30-40 use the least amount of resizing that will allow a round to chamber. In fact, just a tiny bit of rotational bolt drag is probably a good thing. It lets you know that the shoulder area of the case is touching the...
by RWS
Thu May 31, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: My experience with TRAIL BOSS POWDER
Replies: 3
Views: 292
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Re: My experience with TRAIL BOSS POWDER

Good info, Kurt. Trail Boss is an incredibly good powder, in my experience. One clarification though... the bullets you pulled and reused were 147 or 150 grain FMJ boattails, correct? I have a friend that is using a lighter charge of Trail Boss with 180 grain bullets for sub-sonic shooting with a si...
by RWS
Wed May 30, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth Pistols
Topic: Starline .455 Webley brass
Replies: 2
Views: 392
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Re: Starline .455 Webley brass

In my limited experience Starline brass is better than Fiocchi from the aspect of being not quite as brittle as Fiocchi. I have experienced a few split case necks with Fiocchi in the past but that might be attributable to a bad lot, I dunno. I also like that Starline brass uses large pistol primers ...
by RWS
Wed May 09, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: M1 Carbine
Topic: Low serial numbers, do they add value?
Replies: 8
Views: 593
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Re: Low serial numbers, do they add value?

Just my opinion but I think the RIA refurb, re-barrelling, and mixed parts detract value more than the low S/N adds, not to mention that Underwood is probably second only to Inland in terms of low desirability among collectors due to sheer numbers produced. It does make 'em cheaper to buy though. If...
by RWS
Wed May 09, 2018 8:56 am
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Winchester Garand...UPDATE POST#9
Replies: 13
Views: 601
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Re: Winchester Garand

It obviously makes a difference if you have a history and trust with the seller, but you are correct that you will have to have another M1 that you can actually shoot. Ghoulardi is also correct that the CMP is hands-down the best place to buy a M1 Garand if you don't have a line on a sweetheart deal...

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