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
Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Portuguese Kropatschek
Replies: 7
Views: 7929
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Re: Portuguese Kropatschek

Nice rifle. Do you know of a parts source for these? I picked up one of these a few months back with a bayonet. Only thing wrong with it is the rear site spring is broken. I can't find one anywhere. I have bought parts for mine on E-bay. But it may take a while, I needed the spring under the cartri...
by les1234
Sat Oct 07, 2017 9:37 am
Forum: M1 Garand
Topic: Help! I had a D'oh moment
Replies: 14
Views: 4979
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Re: Help! I had a D'oh moment

I don't know how strong your chain is. I had a bore snake get stuck so tight once, I had to tie the string end to a stationary object and yank the rifle with both hands to get it through.
by les1234
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: Italian Rifles
Topic: Unspeakable Caliber
Replies: 10
Views: 6207
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Re: Unspeakable Caliber

Unfortunately, My Vetterli has been sporterized long ago-Barrel shortened about 3-4", original sight re-mounted, and stock shortened, but it looks good as is, so I'll probably leave it as is. Whoever did it had a good eye for proportion, the wood looks right for the new barrel length. Didn't have ti...
by les1234
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: Italian Rifles
Topic: Unspeakable Caliber
Replies: 10
Views: 6207
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Re: Unspeakable Caliber

Horsefriend wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:52 am
I still have not crossed into the shadows, but I will if a reasonable example tempts me.
SWIHARTMARK, if 7.35 is unspeakable, what about 10.4 ? :)
Shhhh.... don't mention the 10.4...or that I'm going to be working up something for mine a little later today..... :shhh:
by les1234
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: MAS 36 reloading
Replies: 3
Views: 1962
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Re: MAS 36 reloading

If the OP isn't interested in that brass, I would be!
by les1234
Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:59 am
Forum: French Pistols
Topic: 8mm Lebel Pistol Ammo
Replies: 6
Views: 8903
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Re: 8mm Lebel Pistol Ammo

I just marked the approximate length with a sharpie, held them with my fingers and cut with a dremel, but you have to cut quick before the case gets hot to touch. Then expand what's left of the neck, and trim on a Forster trimmer.
by les1234
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Minimum Loads Safe ?
Replies: 9
Views: 6146
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Re: Minimum Loads Safe ?

Kurt: you may have a problem with excessive firing pin protrusion, or a rough tip on the firing pin. As to case lengths, once the shellholder contacts the die, that's as short as it gets. Turning the die in farther will just stop the ram sooner, but not make the case any shorter.
by les1234
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Gras
Replies: 2
Views: 4982
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Re: French Gras

Nice Gras! I'm waiting for the same run of dies to come through for mine. My Gras is made up of two rifles, I bought one years ago that had a really bad, near un-repairable stock, and missing front sight and bayonet bar, and then last year I ran across a parts gun, and bought it- had a nice stock an...
by les1234
Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Pistols
Topic: BP revolver help
Replies: 7
Views: 6080
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Re: BP revolver help

The screw doesn't need to be removed on these, it's there to keep the wedge from falling completely out(at least that's how it's supposed to work) You may need to whack the wedge with a brass or plastic mallet to get it apart, but it should not be that tight when re-assembled properly. No need to re...
by les1234
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:26 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Pistols
Topic: Armi San Marco Colt 1851 Navy
Replies: 1
Views: 4396
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Re: Armi San Marco Colt 1851 Navy

The load you mentioned should be fine. You can't put enough real black powder in it to "blow it up", however, the brass frame isn't as strong as the steel ones, and can wear prematurely from constant heavy loads. I use the same measure for both my 1860 .44 and my 1851.36, about 22grains, but it's a ...
by les1234
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Italian Rifles
Topic: Cavalry Carbine Issue
Replies: 22
Views: 13550
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Re: Cavalry Carbine Issue

Kraggman, my understanding is that the 268 bullets must ONLY be used with the powders and charges worked up by Hornady to go with them, they should not be used with any other loads meant for .264 bullets!
by les1234
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:35 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: What Model Berthier Is This?
Replies: 3
Views: 4572
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Re: What Model Berthier Is This?

Maybe....somebody had a Berthier carbine missing the front band, and since they're hard to find they just found something else that could be made to fit.
by les1234
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: General Firearms Topics
Topic: Any thoughts on these rifles
Replies: 10
Views: 6441
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Re: Any thoughts on these rifles

Bottom is a Truppe Special Carcano, but I can't say exactly which model. Middle is a nice condition Berthier M1916 Carbine. I don't know much about the Mannlicher carbine on top. If the bores are decent and they're fully functional, I wouldn't call any of them in "poor" condition. Just a little bit ...
by les1234
Sat Jul 08, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: British Empire and Commonwealth Pistols
Topic: Webley Mark IV package
Replies: 13
Views: 6742
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Re: Webley Mark IV package

I wonder what the diameter of those FMJ bullets is?
by les1234
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: French Pistols
Topic: 8mm Lebel Pistol Ammo
Replies: 6
Views: 8903
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Re: 8mm Lebel Pistol Ammo

I haven't needed to anneal it yet, I have used both new brass, and used 32-20 with damaged necks. the last I made, I whacked it off with a cutoff wheel in a dremel, then run it into the expander die a little bit, then do the final trim on my Forester trimmer. I've made about 60-70 so far and only lo...

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