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  1. Lube? I have been using "oil conditioner" for...

    Lube?

    I have been using "oil conditioner" for case forming and as a general resizing lube for several years now.

    It is much the same stuff as used in the steel pressing biz. Unlike "normal"...
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    You could go nuts and swap out the 1/4" x 26 BSF...

    You could go nuts and swap out the 1/4" x 26 BSF front screw for a hex or torx "cap" screw if you can find one with that thread.

    Then, you can use an "inch-pound" torque wrench to ensure...
  3. A couple of things: .303 Brit runs some funny...

    A couple of things:

    .303 Brit runs some funny numbers for 'service" barrel dimensions.

    On the original barrel drawings, of which I have seen a few, BORE diameter is .303" + a thou'.

    Because...
  4. Not since the .276 P-13 debacle.

    Not since the .276 P-13 debacle.
  5. Very similar in size and concept to the 7mm...

    Very similar in size and concept to the 7mm Second Optimum / 7mm Liviano of 1950s fame, except with a .277" / 6.8mm bullet stoked to the eyeballs

    NO margins left.

    Yet another weapon / system...
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    As they say in the "classics": There is no...

    As they say in the "classics":

    There is no such thing as "Overkill".
  7. If the rod was officially "deleted", what is the...

    If the rod was officially "deleted", what is the point of restoring it?

    OK, it is an indicator of an event, and I have a couple of Oz-made repro samples here, but how many actually survived...
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    It depends on how "deep' that discolouration...

    It depends on how "deep' that discolouration goes.

    Check out the work of Mark Novak (Anvil) for lots of good pointers for saving wooden stocks without "bubba-fying" them

    Lots of excellent,...
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    Bullet-powered wire cutters? Subtle as a...

    Bullet-powered wire cutters?

    Subtle as a train smash.

    Then again, the artillery types promised much wire cutting but consistently "under-delivered", as many a headstone will attest.

    Vast...
  10. This bloke has a few clues on stock work: ...

    This bloke has a few clues on stock work:

    Anvil 0105: Over/Under stock repair discussion - YouTube

    Conservation 101: Stop the decay! - YouTube

    DAYS of educational videos
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    The French Collection?

    French Enfields: The Navy Arms No. 4s | An Official Journal Of The NRA

    The last "hurrah" in this quantity?
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    Interesting "gunsmith".. In general, rimmed...

    Interesting "gunsmith"..

    In general, rimmed rounds headspace on the RIM, not on the csae shoulder.

    If a factory fresh cartridge will not drop fully into the chamber, there IS an obstruction.
    ...
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    I would guess "bitsa", as well. Nasty marks...

    I would guess "bitsa", as well.

    Nasty marks from the wrong tool on the Knox form.

    It is what it is. Given the spiraling supply vs. demand disparity, it is a case of "get what you can" for a...
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    Infections from wounds, as well as almost...

    Infections from wounds, as well as almost non-existent sanitary practices probably carried off more troops than direct combat up to WW2.

    In the last great unpleasantness, the Allies had bulk...
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    The other brew that removes rust "passively" is a...

    The other brew that removes rust "passively" is a 50 / 50 mix of distilled water and Molasses. The latter can be found found at all good farm supply shops.

    My late Dad used it for years to clean...
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    The appearance may have changed a little during...

    The appearance may have changed a little during an extended "dirt-nap".

    Un-assembled parts sold off as scrap post-war? With the Patchett / Sterling coming on-line, all manner of odd bits were...
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    No "reference" object or "scale" shown, but my...

    No "reference" object or "scale" shown, but my WAG is that this looks like the plate normally seen welded to the butt tubes.

    Any advances?
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    The Viet Minh / NVA / VC were pretty creative...

    The Viet Minh / NVA / VC were pretty creative with bicycles , too. A couple of small, fit blokes pushing a well-built bicycle loaded with a couple of sacks of rice or a few slabs of small arms ammo...
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    Is that electrical wiring on the eaves just...

    Is that electrical wiring on the eaves just behind the soldier's head?

    If so, when was that part of Britain 'electrified?
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    There is "cast" and "cast" Pouring raw iron...

    There is "cast" and "cast"

    Pouring raw iron into a sand mould will produce one type of product; vacuum investment casting of modern alloys is a whole different thing..

    The Ruger "Pine Trees...
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    Sort-of OT: Swiss percussion

    Royal Marines Corps of Drums and Top Secret Drum Corps | The Bands of HM Royal Marines - YouTube

    With a few friends.
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    Just a "jolly" note: These blokes had to buy...

    Just a "jolly" note:

    These blokes had to buy their Leopard from BELGIUM.

    The Oz government ratbags gutted the phased-out Oz fleets and allocated them as park / other monuments to a first-in,...
  23. Classical music!

    Classical music!
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    And, in tropical North Queensland......

    Now THIS is a SHED full of treasures.

    Workshop Wednesday (Mechanics Edition) - PANZER IV D REPAIR - YouTube
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    Interesting workshop!

    Touring the BAIV Tank Restoration Workshop - YouTube
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