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Forum: Outdoor Sports July 29th, 2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,603
Posted By DarrellA
We'll be picking up the wife's Accord later today...

We'll be picking up the wife's Accord later today from Annapolis Honda. They replaced vacuum and fuel lines the squirrels chewed through.

I went out to the car last Friday, smelled gas, didn't...
Forum: Outdoor Sports April 29th, 2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,042
Posted By DarrellA
Today I've seen at least a dozen boats heading...

Today I've seen at least a dozen boats heading down Stoney Creek to the Bay. Some of them even looked like they might be going fishing. When the weather finally breaks for good I'm hoping for...
Forum: Outdoor Sports March 16th, 2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,397
Posted By DarrellA
The ospreys showed up here last Wednesday. ...

The ospreys showed up here last Wednesday. "Here" is just south of the Key Bridge.

For me, that's officially the announcement of Spring.
Forum: Reloading March 8th, 2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,798
Posted By DarrellA
Rolled around in a dish towel, then onto a cookie...

Rolled around in a dish towel, then onto a cookie sheet. Then into the oven at 170 in the winter, or out in the sun in the summer.

KISS
Forum: Reloading February 12th, 2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 943
Posted By DarrellA
I build one following the instructions in this ...

I build one following the instructions in this video. A fun project and works as advertised.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0xE-6bSwME
Forum: Rifles August 20th, 2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By DarrellA
IMI 7.62x51 150g FMJ

I've shot a lot of this ammo and like it. Shoots fine, reloads fine, priced reasonably. But it seems to have been discontinued and/or replaced by Samson - IMI.

Does anyone know the story of this...
Forum: Reloading August 1st, 2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
I sheepishly return with an update. :blush: ...

I sheepishly return with an update. :blush:

I'm no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but not a total noodle arm either. But before putting a 4' cheater on the press I decided to really lay into it. Way, way...
Forum: Reloading July 31st, 2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
K31 - I've tried RCBS Case Slick, too. But don't...

K31 - I've tried RCBS Case Slick, too. But don't know if that is lanolin based.

John From MD - Ha! On my first attempts I leaned on the handle so hard the table was coming up off the floor. I...
Forum: Reloading July 31st, 2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
I measured a few pieces of the 1x fired Lapua;...

I measured a few pieces of the 1x fired Lapua; they are running between 0.345 and 0.350. They're not very round at this stage of the process.

The 2x fired FGMM brass was averaging 0.3452 at the...
Forum: Reloading July 31st, 2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
The mystery continues. I tried running a 1x...

The mystery continues. I tried running a 1x fired piece of Lapua brass, no go. Fresh, unfired Lapua from the same batch runs fine.

In the attached pic is the Lapua brass I tried to resize. You...
Forum: Reloading July 31st, 2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
Thanks, HERMYJOE. I may take you up on that...

Thanks, HERMYJOE. I may take you up on that offer. But first, I have a batch of 1x fired Lapua brass I'm going to check. And I know exactly which rifle I fired those out of.
Forum: Reloading July 30th, 2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
I checked with the case gauge and it showed what...

I checked with the case gauge and it showed what (I think) I should be seeing. Fired, unsized brass is just a tad high at the head and just a tad shy at the mouth.

After FL sizing Id expect the...
Forum: Reloading July 30th, 2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
I do have a case gauge, so I will check that. In...

I do have a case gauge, so I will check that. In the meantime I checked and compared some average dimensions on new brass to the 2x fired FGMM brass. 5 pieces each, selected at random.


...
Forum: Reloading July 29th, 2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
I hadn't, but just did on your suggestion. Even...

I hadn't, but just did on your suggestion. Even took the expander ball out entirely. No dice. But, thanks for the idea. At least we've eliminated that issue.

Ran another factory fresh...
Forum: Reloading July 29th, 2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,999
Posted By DarrellA
Brass resizing problem

I have a batch of 2x fired brass that started life as FGMM factory rounds. And a batch of 4x fired Norma brass. I deprimed and cleaned and started on the full size resizing.

For some reason I...
Forum: Recreational Shooting July 9th, 2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,480
Posted By DarrellA
And, a variety of steel targets and a target...

And, a variety of steel targets and a target frame for your paper targets at 500 yards. I was there in May and had a great time finally getting to shoot beyond 200 yards. My first 4 or 5 shots...
Forum: Rifles May 1st, 2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,315
Posted By DarrellA
Yep. I did that and added an adjustable gas...

Yep. I did that and added an adjustable gas block. Made all the difference in the world.
Forum: Outdoor Sports March 26th, 2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,397
Posted By DarrellA
Been here for a while, too. They seem to show up...

Been here for a while, too. They seem to show up almost like clockwork on St. Paddy's Day.
Forum: Rifles March 18th, 2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,076
Posted By DarrellA
Sure. JP Enterprises High Pressure Bolt Assembly...

Sure. JP Enterprises High Pressure Bolt Assembly and the Tubb flat wire buffer spring.
Forum: Rifles March 18th, 2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 11,076
Posted By DarrellA
Yes, AR10s/AR308s can absolutely be sub-MOA. ...

Yes, AR10s/AR308s can absolutely be sub-MOA.

I'm resurrecting this dead thread for 2 reasons:

1) I'm pretty full of myself right now and am feeling a bit cocky.
2) Wanted to give a shout-out...
Forum: Outdoor Sports December 27th, 2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,781
Posted By DarrellA
Not illegal as far as I know. However, on some...

Not illegal as far as I know. However, on some of the boating forums I frequent there is the occasional snowflake that finds it offensive. All the more reason to fly one.
Forum: Gunsmithing December 11th, 2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Update - I have a cheap endoscope and took a look...

Update - I have a cheap endoscope and took a look at the barrel extension. The display is crappy, but from what I can see, everything looks OK.

The new JP bolt and Tubbs spring arrived yesterday....
Forum: Gunsmithing December 8th, 2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Ah, yes. That is likely a bridge too far for me.

Ah, yes. That is likely a bridge too far for me.
Forum: Gunsmithing December 8th, 2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Nope. Straight Varget, all the time.

Nope. Straight Varget, all the time.
Forum: Gunsmithing December 5th, 2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Gas key bolts look OK. The barrel extension...

Gas key bolts look OK. The barrel extension inspection and, if necessary, replacement, is going to be a more involved deal.
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
On order! Thanks

On order!

Thanks
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Just realized I didn't answer this question. ...

Just realized I didn't answer this question. Outrider58 noticed possible galling on the lugs so I took a closer look. There are some concerning wear marks, but could that have been from me beating...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Yes, you do see what looks like galling on the...

Yes, you do see what looks like galling on the lugs, especially on the ones either side of the extractor. Possibly a result of beating the BCG out of battery?

Can't say about bevels being...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
You got me to thinking so, just for grins I...

You got me to thinking so, just for grins I pulled a sampling of my handloads and checked. All good. Whew! But I think I'm going to put this step into my SOP anyhow.

Thanks
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
No, I don't. Actually, never have! Except for...

No, I don't. Actually, never have! Except for the earlier AR10 that had the ejector swipe problem, I was checking rounds when trying to track down that problem, which was solved with an adjustable...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Pics of the back of the lugs. I did have a...

Pics of the back of the lugs.

I did have a problem with ejector smears on another AR10 (Good recall!). On the suggestion that the gun was over gassed, I installed an adjustable gas block and that...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Here's a pic of the bolt face. Yikes! Is that an...

Here's a pic of the bolt face. Yikes! Is that an imprint of the case head around the firing pin? I didn't notice that at first.

I am running Heavy Buffers AR10R-XH Buffer and Spring, maybe the...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
Bullet left the barrel. Handloaded, 43.6g of...

Bullet left the barrel.

Handloaded, 43.6g of Varget, well within the safe range.

I've run maybe 500 rounds through the rifle before this so I suspect headspace should be OK. I do have the...
Forum: Gunsmithing December 4th, 2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,454
Posted By DarrellA
AR10 - Jammed while in battery

After running 15-20 rounds with no issues, the rifle jammed while in battery. I couldn't pull the charging handle back to save my life.

Dropped the lower receiver and could see that the bolt's...
Forum: Reloading November 3rd, 2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,210
Posted By DarrellA
I reload 7mm-08, .308 and .223. Because I enjoy...

I reload 7mm-08, .308 and .223. Because I enjoy the tinkering.
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