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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:23 AM
    On the fowler I just completed, I did a faux damascus finish, and just let the color go to a French grey, but still showing the pattern. There is a pilgrim in the club who couldn't believe I wasn't going to brown it. When I told him many original...
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    Yesterday, 10:00 AM
    True. That is where lube purging comes into the picture. Less can be more.
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    Yesterday, 12:46 AM
    I went to slow rust browning, and no longer worry about it.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-14-2017, 10:04 AM
    Clean your barrel well, go to a different lube, and report back.
    31 replies | 545 view(s)
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    12-13-2017, 12:07 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Making caps in Muzzleloading.
    I made caps with the Tap-a-can. The toy caps being inserted had a rather disconcerting habit of going off while being seated in the caps. Always made me wonder how it would feel if the rifle went off when seating them on the nipple......
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 03:35 PM
    He is good, and has been a teacher to me for 35+ years of gun building. I'm happy I can teach him a few tricks now and then.
    14 replies | 381 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 11:12 AM
    It's Tim Mitchell, who I will say is a better gun builder than I am.
    14 replies | 381 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 11:10 AM
    It sounds like a lot of inter related issues. One easy answer, no problem with the half cock. Put on the cap, let down the hammer, bring it back to half cock. IF it's only going to half cock, DO NOT drop the hammer on it until the fix is found....
    8 replies | 223 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 10:47 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Shipping cost in Our Town
    USPS DOES track. Here is the info from a package I sent yesterday; Expected Delivery by THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017 by 8:00pm
    26 replies | 593 view(s)
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    12-12-2017, 10:42 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Building a dock in Our Town
    The barrels will work fine. Like has been said, make it wider for stability and space. I'd go 6' minimum, and would prefer 8'.
    27 replies | 568 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-11-2017, 12:38 PM
    Denny is anxiously awaiting a new flinter that one of our members is building for him. I suspect once he gets it, he won't be doing as many videos!
    14 replies | 381 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-10-2017, 09:09 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread The last North Star in Muzzleloading.
    There is a sticky in this section on shooting smoothbores that will answer your questions, I believe. With no rear sight, i generally match or surpass my rifle scores at matches, shooting at the same targets. In most of the shoots in this area, no...
    16 replies | 482 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-10-2017, 07:40 PM
    Last spring, when I was finishing up the last of the orders for North Star West and Matt Denison, I got a idea, and called Matt. I asked him if he would be willing to make me parts for an Early English Trade gun, in exchange for pay of the last...
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    12-10-2017, 12:00 PM
    Boat and Aircraft stripper from Sherwin Williams will work.
    11 replies | 246 view(s)
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    12-10-2017, 11:50 AM
    Better method I came across I've used for the last few guns I've blued. Get a section of 4" pvc, long enough to put the metal in. Get a plumbing flange to fit the pvc. This will be your most expensive part, around $25. Find a pot that this will set...
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    12-10-2017, 12:45 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Tacking a stock in Muzzleloading.
    I'm talking about the hollow domed tacks. What you used are classed as nails.
    24 replies | 680 view(s)
  • masscaster's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 08:52 PM
    I usually use my lead that is suspect for other alloys such as Zinc, Iron, Copper. The weight will vary per alloy outcome, so a 255 gr. boolit may weigh closer to 265 gr. with a softer alloy. More of a WW based alloy will be closer to 255 gr. based...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 07:35 PM
    I don't know if a DD band mold is ideal for a self loader, try it and find out.
    16 replies | 364 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 11:25 AM
    Rifles .358 Win. 8x57 .375 H&H .45-70 .62 .40 6.5X55
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 11:19 AM
    Probably the best solution.
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    12-09-2017, 11:04 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Tacking a stock in Muzzleloading.
    If you got them from Crazy Crow, they ARE steel, that have been brass plated. About the only source for real domed brass tacks, is to find an old steamer trunk, and pull the tacks. Things I learned from 30+ years of museum restoration.
    24 replies | 680 view(s)
  • swheeler's Avatar
    12-08-2017, 01:56 PM
    https://www.brownells.com/gunsmith-tools-supplies/rifle-tools/bolt-tools/bolt-welding-forging-tools/bolt-welding-jig-prod378.aspx It's pictured with the heat sink in place
    41 replies | 996 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-08-2017, 10:13 AM
    I live in timber country, where I still hunt. On the eastern plains in the state, it is spot and stalk.
    54 replies | 1271 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check