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    Remington model 11-48

    No one has responded because there isn’t a 11-84 shotgun. There is an 11-48 and an 11-87, very different guns. Determine which shotgun you are referring to and I’ll bet you get a response.
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    Lots of smoke

    All coated bullets are not the same. If it’s not cured right, it will foul worse than lead. Harder to clean out than lead too. Even with correct curing, some powders burn hotter and can lead to fouling.
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    What are the relative hardnesses of case brass and jacketing metal?

    Bullet jackets and cartridge cases are both brass alloys but with different composition. Bullet jackets are gilding metal, typically 95% copper and 5% zinc. Cartridge cases are made from cartridge brass, typically 70% copper and 30% zinc which makes a much harder alloy. In addition to alloy...
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    Remington Model 11 - shorten barrel?

    The sight needs some elevation. Marbles makes (made) an aluminum screw on front sight island with white bead sight.
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    Need help with a problem AR-15

    From the description of the problem, it sounds more like hammer follow. The disconnector not catching the hammer at all. If the disconnector is catching the hammer but the sear is not, the rifle could operate like a “binary” trigger. Firing when the trigger is pulled and again when it is...
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    148 gr wadcutter bullets

    The alloy will dictate how fast you can push them, unlike hollow base wadcutters which will not tolerate higher velocities For mile, accurate loads, try 2.8 gr. Bullseye or 3.0 gr 231. Adequately accurate from my S&W 52’s but not as accurate as a HBWC.
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    Blast Media to Remove the Oxide of Iron but not Pit the Steel

    I have tried to use an air brush for abrasive blasting without success, go ahead and buy a micro blaster and some aluminum oxide. The brush plating kit mentioned works but you will always be able to see the difference. If you decide to use the plating kit, practice with it before tackling the...
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    1911-A1 Series 70 Slide stop problem. Colt brand mfg. 1980

    I always keep a small chisel/scraper on my bench made from a piece of 1/8” brass rod. I use it to scrape crud from small cavities and push plungers in when installing slide stops and safeties. The brass won’t leave a mark if (when) it slips.
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    Alumahyde II for Makarov

    Bead blasting doesn’t leave the necessary profile for the coating to adhere to. Some type of sharp grit must be used. I use fine sand (in a negative pressure cabinet) before any coating. Ground glass, Black Beauty, or aluminum oxide can be used but sand is much cheaper.
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    Tung Oil Finish is done, but a different final coat?

    A rub down with Brownells Triple-F compound will even up the finish and leave a nice matte finish. Finish off with paste wax.
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    Stevens 325c, Savage 340, Springfield 840 trigger group

    Best bet would be to find someone with the same rifle and look over that trigger group. Not rocket science but not exactly intuitive either.
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    AR-15 Gas key screws sheared

    If the BCG has a history of shearing gas key bolts, something is out of spec. I would just scrap the old carrier, broken screws and all.
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    1886 Winchester Cleaning question

    +1 on using the Dewey bore guide. To prevent crud from falling into the action, screw the brush or patch loop in the breech opening and pull out towards the muzzle. Slower but keeps the action clean. Also, sometime in the past 50 years, I bought some cleaning jags that had a slot in the center...
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    Texas progressive 12 ga shotgun press handle won't pull

    As already said, very similar to the MEC 600. Don’t think they had any type of lockout so probably just rust and gunk. I have not seen a Texan press since the mid 70‘s so it’s not exactly new. I do remember that us MEC users bought Texan charge bars since they had replaceable bushings instead...
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    Lubricant for carbide dies?

    In my 60+ years of reloading I have tried most of the lubes, both commercial and home made. IMO, there is nothing better than the waxes. Hornady and Imperial both work very well and are very economical. When sizing with a carbide die, I dab my finger tip in the wax tin every four or five rounds...
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    Keeping reloads in like new condition

    Fitz and Brasso were both mentioned in responses. These polishes should be avoided on cartridge brass because they contain ammonia which can cause the brass to become brittle.
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    Scope Base Screw Stripped

    For stripped Allens I normally use method 3, but only with a drill press or mill. Be sure to verify the screw size and use the proper drill bit to remove the head without damaging the mount. (#31 for 6-48 screws). Don‘t use method 1, Dremel slot, before drilling. The chances of staying...
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    Cheapest, easiest way to trim a lot of .223 brass?

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned it, the Lee case trimmer is the cheapest out there, especially for one caliber. Total investment, $12.00. It’s not adjustable and the brass must be deprimed but the price is right and it works.
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    Sweet spot for .22LR rifle value?

    CZ 457 is probably the best value out there. Not cheap but a very smooth accurate rifle for the money.
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    What’s going to happen when you get the flash hider off? Will you instantly have an illegal SBR? Most pinned flash hiders are extending short barrels. I will agree with the comments on using Oxy-Acetylene. Need to heat up fast to minimize heat damage, probably should use heat block paste also.