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    I have been doing something similar with full...

    I have been doing something similar with full bore ammunition using the French method of making gallery ammunition, using flash paper for propellent and a lead ball projectile.. I have managed to...
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    I am sure we had a couple of these early...

    I am sure we had a couple of these early converted rifles in the Sandhurst armoury in 1970. We certainly had L39s by that stage as this is what I used in the shooting team. I seem to remember that...
  3. Thread: WHITE ALICE

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    We used to use Tropo Scatter to run the military...

    We used to use Tropo Scatter to run the military communication channels between UK and Germany between the late 50s and the 80s. I remember the huge dishes on the hill behind Dover.. everyone thought...
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    For a period in the 2000s Brits deemed it...

    For a period in the 2000s Brits deemed it acceptable to bring back firearms from Afghan provided they were genuine antiques (..no repros) and were legal to possess in UK. I probably should not have...
  5. Thread: 4T's

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    Oh yes.. Dave Wood was an old skydiving buddy of...

    Oh yes.. Dave Wood was an old skydiving buddy of mine...! I have heard the stories of snipers on Tumbledown and having stood on the ridge, can believe how effective one would be in that context..
    ...
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    Apropos of nothing much in particular.. I can...

    Apropos of nothing much in particular.. I can remember on my junior officer visit to Donnington in 1973 seeing huge piles of No4s in cage pallets, just stacked up anyhow. They did not seem to be in...
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    I would suggest the round is more likely for the...

    I would suggest the round is more likely for the 8mm Hotchkiss machine gun... the rifle round had a much deeper groove around the primer for the reason Eagleford says..

    The 8x50mmR Lebel round was...
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    Sounds like the Kirkwall Ba game in Orkney..!

    Sounds like the Kirkwall Ba game in Orkney..!
  9. Thread: Range report

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    Excellent effort.. You really need to get the...

    Excellent effort..

    You really need to get the old girl performing at the ranges she is capable of.. 600 yards for starters!
  10. Thread: Fake Grenade?

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    Well, in forty years in EOD I have seen...

    Well, in forty years in EOD I have seen plenty...! Clearly it is worth the effort for someone..

    I would suspect most of them come from China!

    ... and sorry, how am I supposed to spell "mould" ?
  11. Thread: Fake Grenade?

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    Looks like a Practice M2 Grenade.. It would have...

    Looks like a Practice M2 Grenade.. It would have had a small puffer charge inside the body..

    These have been much copied as it is very easy to make a mould off an original grenade body, hence you...
  12. The point I was trying to make was that in...

    The point I was trying to make was that in brazing, the fusion between the original parts and the braze material is a surface alloying process whereas in welding, the metal of the original part has...
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    That is what we would call in Scotland a "kist"...

    That is what we would call in Scotland a "kist" or chest.. It is what you kept your valuables in the days before locks on doors and reasonably secure houses. They were commonly used to store bed...
  14. The fundamental difference between welding and...

    The fundamental difference between welding and brazing is that welding is achieved by melting and fuzing the original metal forming the joint, optionally adding material of the same type. Brazing and...
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    There is a company called BES Bullets in UK that...

    There is a company called BES Bullets in UK that makes 215gn Mk6 bullets... I only have a phone number for them! (0044)1302330726

    They are a small scale supplier that has invested in a Corbin set...
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    I have a fundamental dislike of rifle grenades.....

    I have a fundamental dislike of rifle grenades..

    From long experience they seem to have an unerring ability to fall into the hands of the squad idiot!
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    To give some history.. Renaissance Wax was...

    To give some history.. Renaissance Wax was developed in conjunction with the British Museum restoration department. It was designed to provide a protective surface but one that would under no...
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    Such a pity they have drilled through the...

    Such a pity they have drilled through the lettering.. a "plug and tig" job can make the holes go away, but trying to match the markings makes it much more difficult to hide..

    Why oh why do people...
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    Not actually true.. Most European armies had...

    Not actually true.. Most European armies had gallery/guard loads before 1900. UK used modified Martini Henry rounds with the bullet replaced by buckshot as a guard load for many years. This is still...
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    Not a proof mark. Proof marks are invariably...

    Not a proof mark. Proof marks are invariably stamped on the pressure bearing parts such as the barrel and the bolt, not on the wood.

    Could be an inspection or acceptance mark?
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    Looking at the issue from the other end of the...

    Looking at the issue from the other end of the telescope.. I am aware that the Australians loaded the .310 Cadet with Mk 7 .303 bullets to arm the housewives of the Northern Territories as an anti...
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    The best thing I have found for clamping stocks...

    The best thing I have found for clamping stocks is the length of surgical rubber tubing that Brownell sells.. You wrap it around the stock and it can apply huge amounts of pressure but leaves no...
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    I think that is very wise.. I also hate to...

    I think that is very wise.. I also hate to destroy ammunition, but there comes a time!

    Bullets should be OK. They are copper jacketed which does not suffer from the zinc problem!
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    Ok.. That is dezincification...! The cases...

    Ok..

    That is dezincification...!

    The cases have been stored in conditions which have lead to the zinc component of the brass being leached out. It effectively weakens the structure of the brass...
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    Hi Guys, Ok.. sounds like someone has been...

    Hi Guys,

    Ok.. sounds like someone has been tumbling loaded ammunition!

    The "copper wash" look is the result of dezincification.. the cases have been exposed to an oxidising atmosphere, both...
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