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  1. You need to measure the chamber throats, too, either by slugging or with pin gauges. I doubt they could be smaller than .356 but if you’re after accuracy with cast bullets, you need to know. A quick test is to take the bore slug and see if it will fit through the chamber throats. Cast bullets need to be just a hair smaller than throat diameter. What make is the gun and how many grooves does it have? An odd number (like S&W) can’t be measured with a regular slug & micrometer. The slug won’t have opposing grooves and will measure smaller than actual groove diameter.
  2. Yeah technology isn’t Verals strong suit. I suggest you call or email. He responds very quickly.
  3. Interesting, I had been thinking the same thing (hammering). BTW, what’s the thread pitch of a yoke screw?
  4. I’ve done it on several revolvers using the LBT compound and excellent instructions from Veral Smith. It was kinda fun, though messy, shooting the lap loads. The bullets are so slow you can see them in flight.
  5. Very timely post, I just came here looking for a fix to the exact same problem. One would think Smith would be smart enough to recognize it’s a stress point, and it’s a lot easier to replace a shorn-off yoke screw than a crane, and thus make the plunger from a softer steel. The use of shear pins to prevent damage to critical parts is kinda Mechanical Design 101.
  6. I want one with a unicorn, since that’s what the revo-shooters are these days.
  7. Anybody else here old enough to remember “Western Day” at school, when boys came to school dressed for a CAS match? Oh the fits they would have today!
  8. I handled one and the trigger felt like a ton of bricks. I have an MC 10mm that’s got a pretty good trigger, especially since shimming things up. Smoothness and weight wise, it’s about as good as a duty-tuned S&W, but it’s sooo long.
  9. The second number is the SN and the AUS prefix dates it probably about ‘84-‘86.
  10. For your purposes I’d go with the current 66-8 for a couple of reasons: Easily replaceable front sight. Older guns have an integral front sight and that 1/8” ramp just about completely fills the notch. Later versions are pinned and can be replaced. 66-3 (integral) 66-6 pinned. Replaced with Protocall Design 1/10” fiber optic post. Far easier to pick up quickly, especially shooting an indoor IDPA match. The second reason is your desire to shoot magnums. The older K-frames had a cut at the bottom of the forcing cone and was notorious for splitting with prolonged use of magnum ammo. Look at the flat spot at the bottom of the forcing cone from this 66-3: Here’s a 66-7, where the 2-piece barrel was introduced (at least on the M-66). There’s no flat at the bottom. I haven’t examined a 66-8 yet, but I think the forcing cone might be even thicker. Yes, I know, both of these guns need to be cleaned. I love M-66s and think they’re a better choice for IDPA than the 686.
  11. The throats on my new 625 PC are a very tight .451. A slug run through the bore won’t make it through the throats. Not a good setup for shooting cast. The cylinder is off getting its throats honed to .4525.
  12. I’d rather see a 6-shot 10mm L-frame. On an N-frame, might as well go .41/.44/.45.
  13. Instead, how about you show the LNL how to feed Winchester SPP, because that’s where the problem lies.
  14. Update: my primer feed woes have been isolated to Winchester SPPs. CCI 500, Federal SPSs, and CCI 400s all feed without a hiccup. Hornady says they’re unaware of any issues with Winchester primers but are sending a new slide & tube. Hope this fixes it, or there may be several thousand WSPPs appearing in the classifieds soon.
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