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  • Birthday 10/11/1955

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    Atlanta, Ga. / Pembroke, ON Canada
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    Travel, tinkering, Modern weapons, flint lock muskets, cap and ball revolvers, flying machines, farming, physical security, 3-gun, reloading.
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    Buck Filbey

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  1. I have been using the Midway bag for a couple of years. I use a relatively short shotgun so the bag is long and a little floppier than I would like because of the excess length. It would be fine if I would get a longer shotgun.
  2. I have been lengthening the throats on my 9mm barrels for years with a Clymer throater. I first ran into the problem with some 124 grain truncated cone lead bullets. I tried loading short but was not satisfied with the results. It is very easy to re-cut the throat and I see no down side. Re-cutting the throat does not change the chamber or head space. The reamer is $100 and after that the work takes less than 1/2 hour for a pistol barrel and if done prior to assembly the same for the AR barrel. With a extended holder I can ream an AR chamber without disassembly. Honestly it is no big deal, why is everyone so insistent on the factory getting a throat cut for bullets which require a long throat?
  3. I have an old Spikes Tactical. I use Black Dog Machine mags and it has run great with Federal bulk pack. I also have a 50 round drum and it will cycle a quick as I can pull the trigger and as smooth as a sewing machine.
  4. In a short throated barrel the longer bullets probably will hit the rifling. That is why I check the cut and re-throat them as necessary. For a pistol caliber carbine the extra long throat will increase reliability and have minimal effect on accuracy.
  5. I have had this little problem a few times. I use a 3/16" brass rod I got from Amazon. Cut the rod to length and use a hammer to tap the round out. I have used this method with the Armys M-4s, M-16s, Various AR15s and a few others. You have not discovered a new and unique problem here, like Grumpyone said, get medieval with it.
  6. You may have a short throat. The remedy is to ream the throat with a throating reamer or load your rounds short enough to chamber properly. The problem with the short loaded rounds is feeding and pressure. I have recut a number of Lone Wolf 9mm barrels because I shoot a 125 gr truncated cone lead bullet and they hit the rifling at the oal I like. I am hearing that this issue is common with a number of 9mm AR barrels as well. CH makes a throater. Use plenty of oil and go slow. This will not change you headspace because the throating reamer cuts the throat ahead of the chamber, not the chamber.
  7. I am a southpaw and have home-built CMMG lower with a slick top. I wish I had a gas deflector but it has not been an issue yet. I do run the heaviest buffer I could get it to run with.
  8. I may be completely out of touch, especially with scoped service rifle but I shoot three AR 15 service rifles. I have a Armalite National Match flat top with detachable carry handle, The other two are home baked rifles with A2 uppers. All have NM free float tubes which means they are hidden under standard hand guards, A2 butt stocks and iron sights. Everything has to look like a service rifle for this class. Either Rock River or Armalite will come with a pretty descent two stage trigger. Shoot it before you decide you need a new trigger. If you are willing to learn to shoot with irons you can do a lot with one of these flat tops. An "across the course" match is fired at 200, 300, and 600 yards. There are also reduced distance matches fired at 50 or 100 yds with scaled down targets. Go with a 20 inch barrel with 5.56 chamber. I know most will contradict this but the looser throat will keep you from having pressure problems you will get when firing 5.56 in a 223 chamber. The small theoretical advantage you might get with a tighter throat is best passed over until you have shot a rifle a lot and then a new barrel is easy to swap out. And an 18 inch barrel is not going to cut it in Service Rifle class, it has to be a 20 inch.
  9. Welcome, I lived in Moscow during 2008-2009. My apartment was on Tverskaya half a block from Pushkinskaya. I very much enjoyed my time with the Russian people.
  10. I also have a LaRue barrel. They are hard to beat.
  11. YHM, I have had good luck with these.
  12. I load Montana Gold 125 gr. jacketed hollow points. I have been using 13 gr. of AA#9. It's a full power load and shoots very well. The AA#9 fills the case so setback is minimized. My only problem so far is #9 is still hard to find.
  13. All of the above is true enough. One thing not mentioned is you do not have enough pressure to obturate the bullet. After checking you crimp you might up the charge a bit and see if the increased pressure helps. If you have a rough bore you should have gotten copper fouling. You could try polishing the bore with J&B Bore Shine. Leading is a complicated subject. For further understanding read The chapters on lead in the Lee Reloading manual.
  14. The brass in that picture looks fine to me, pretty normal range pich-up. The worst ones I might push a nail set into to round them out a bit but they look pretty good.
  15. I have bee using the same set of RCBS dies for 35 years. I bought a SB set because that is what the book said to use for a semiautomatic. I had a Ruger mini 14. Today I have a Dillon set up with Dillon carbide dies and do not notice any difference. I Still use the old RCBS dies with the single stage press for some bolt gun fodder. I set the die to just bump the shoulder and it seems to work fine. Today I would start with regular dies and only go to SB if I had something with a tight chamber or maybe some hunting ammo. I have not used Hornady dies. I hear good things.
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