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    Crivvens! Beowulf brass is *gone*; the place that backordered me last week isn't even accepting backorders now. I ended up ordering a hundred cases directly from Alexander Arms. Suckers got me for $16 shipping, too.

    They were also the only ones listing any loaded ammo. I guess the feeding frenzy hit the Beowulf guys as well.

    A couple of places mentioned that the brass is actually made by Starline, but they don't list Beowulf on their web site.

    When I started this project a couple of months ago Beowulf brass was plentiful, and cheaper than .45-70, most places.

    If Beowulf vanishes entirely I can order some 11.2x72 Schuler brass from Midway; it's listed as "special order", but available. Ark. Urg. Ahem. [cough] $63.99+shipping for 20 cases. At least turning it into Beowulf brass would be easy enough.

    Well, at least I have forty-odd pounds of lead, a brick of large rifle primers, and plenty of assorted powder on hand.

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    I called the ATF office in WV again yesterday and got through to Mr. Roberts. He said that a three-hole receiver would definitely fall under the "machine gun" regs. He didn't know about an acceptable semi-auto demill procedure, but he said if I would address a letter to him, he would hand-carry it to the guys who make those decisions. I'm finishing up the letter now.

    The Tantal 5.45 magazine showed up. Nothing I can do with that until the brass gets here. The Green Mountain barrel showed up. I didn't quite realize how hefty a 1.1" straight barrel is. To heck with building an AK, all you need to do is creep within range and swing...

    The money for the chambering reamer is burning a hole in my pocket, but I'm still waiting for the brass so I can double-check the dimensions. Argh!

    I was looking at the reamer order again, and realized "12.7 Schuler short" is a wimp name. I'm wavering between ".500 Boomstick" and ".500 Cowbell."

    "Boomstick" is self-explanatory even if you never saw "Evil Dead 3", but "needs more cowbell!" would get a lot of blank looks.

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    It looks like the neck/mouth is .525 and the base is .535. What was the dimensions for the reamer at these points? If you don't mind me asking.
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    Most places list .535/.525; the information looks like it was all block-copied from the same source. Then there's the Alexander Arms dimensioned drawing dated 2001, which I can't find the URL for at the moment, which had slightly different diameters, and various threads on Beowulf fora claiming there was an error in the information used to make the early RCBS dies. All of which has my reamer on hold until I the brass and die set come off back-order.

    With my luck .535/.525 is correct, but at least I'll know for sure.

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    I have 100 cases back-ordered from Impact, and another 100 supposedly shipped from Alexander. Midway, Cheaperthandirt, and the rest of the Usual Suspects were SOL on Beowulf, though they all claimed to have it in stock back in March.

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    Starline doesn't list Beowulf on its web site. Apparently they only sell to Alexander Arms, who resells to the usual vendors.

    The barrel is shiny-like-chrome on the inside. The outside is just rough-turned.

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