Well, the board is either fixed, or it's going to run terribly. Cross your fingers and hope for the best. I'm at my technical limit right now.

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by nrobertb
Tue Aug 01, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Portuguese Kropatschek
Replies: 7
Views: 8250
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Portuguese Kropatschek

Here are some photos of my Portuguese Kropatschek, model 1886, cal. 8x60R.
by nrobertb
Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:36 pm
Forum: The Krag
Topic: My U.S. Krag
Replies: 15
Views: 10245
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My U.S. Krag

Here are some photos of my U.S. Krag, cal. .30-40. DC2 is stamped on the stock in five places.
by nrobertb
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: Gewehr 1871/84
Replies: 8
Views: 6702
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Gewehr 1871/84

Here are some shots of my old German Mauser which is lots of fun to shoot:
by nrobertb
Sun Jul 23, 2017 10:14 pm
Forum: French Rifles
Topic: French Gras
Replies: 2
Views: 5132
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French Gras

Here is my French Gras rifle, manufactured at St. Etienne in 1881.

I am part of the group buy of dies from Lee's custom shop, which has been dragging on for months. Hopefully they will be delivered in the next couple of weeks,
by nrobertb
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Military Bolt Action Rifle General Topics
Topic: M1895 Dutch Mannlicher
Replies: 8
Views: 7909
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M1895 Dutch Mannlicher

This is my M1895 Dutch Mannlicher made in 1914.
by nrobertb
Sat Jul 08, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Veterans Stories, Range Reports, Hunting Stories
Topic: End of an era?
Replies: 3
Views: 4802
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End of an era?

Today was the big annual Cherry Festival parade in Traverse City. For the first time there were no WWII veterans riding in the parade. Sadly, I guess we've come to the end of an era.
by nrobertb
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Depriming by hand
Replies: 8
Views: 9908
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Re: Depriming by hand

The dies for some of the large cases like ,577-450 are for full length resizing. I only fire them in one rifle, so don't want that constant reworking of the brass. I take out the decapping rod and just run the case far enough into the die to firmly hold a bullet. Then I decap by hand. I only do 25 a...
by nrobertb
Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: British Martini
Replies: 12
Views: 7719
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Re: British Martini

No, not much recoil.
by nrobertb
Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Reloading
Topic: Depriming by hand
Replies: 8
Views: 9908
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Depriming by hand

From time to time I see a U-Tube video that talks about using a ground down nail to knock out spent primers. This method certainly works and I used to use it myself. I think there is a better easier way though. Go to the hardware store and buy a 1/16" pin punch, It is just the right size to pass thr...
by nrobertb
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:12 am
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: British Martini
Replies: 12
Views: 7719
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Re: British Martini

I fired 25 of the Blue Falcon .468 bullets and got a good group at 50 yards. Next time I'll try them at 100 yards. I was using Trail Boss powder but will also try black.
by nrobertb
Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: British Martini
Replies: 12
Views: 7719
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Re: British Martini

There is a youtube video by Iraqveteran8888 on loading the Martini. He used .468 lubed bullets from Blue Falcon because he didn't want to fool around with paper patching. I just got a box of these from Gunbroker and loaded them up. I'll be trying them at the range this week, They stretch the necks q...
by nrobertb
Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Stock Care and Replacement Stocks
Topic: Repaired a duffel cut. Feedback welcome.
Replies: 10
Views: 6375
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Re: Repaired a duffel cut. Feedback welcome.

I'm curious as to how you handled the brass screws. Did you turn them into one set of holes and then grid off the heads? Did you make the other set of holes oversize and then just epoxy them in place? Have you fired the rifle since?
by nrobertb
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: British Martini
Replies: 12
Views: 7719
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Re: British Martini

What size bullet are you using Tidewater? I tried .459 and it was a failure. Some of the videos on Utube recommend .468.
by nrobertb
Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:55 pm
Forum: Veterans Stories, Range Reports, Hunting Stories
Topic: Then and Now
Replies: 5
Views: 7389
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Re: Then and Now

Okay. Then = radio-teletype operator in 82nd artillery in South Korea, 1962. Now = the blacksmith shop where I volunteer at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
by nrobertb
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: Antique Cartridge and Black Powder Rifles
Topic: British Martini
Replies: 12
Views: 7719
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British Martini

Can you hear the howls of the charging natives? At 100 yards, volley fire, present...aim...fire! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-lDY02DThk In the past I've played around with both a Francotte and a Gahendra Martini from the Nepal cache but they left a lot to be desired from a shooting standpoint. ...

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