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    Today, 11:06 PM
    Alright, I just couldn't help myself tonight. I got tired of looking at what I thought was crusted over black powder fouling in my bore that I just couldn't get out, and risked it all. I soaked the bore in ballistol, took my bronze brush, and...
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    Yesterday, 12:45 AM
    If you don't have his book, Loading The Black Powder Rifle Cartridge, I highly recommend it. When I decided to jump off into the deep end with this BPCR stuff it was one of the first ones I picked up, and the information I acquired from it, as well...
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    Yesterday, 12:05 AM
    Been running the same Rock Chucker for 12 years, and I'll never get rid of it. I wish the opening in the frame was a little bigger, but that's my only gripe with it. The removable bushing allowing me to run 1-1/4 x 12 dies is also a big plus.
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    07-02-2020, 04:03 PM
    That's a good idea, and I like it. A nice way to figure out what's going on in a pitch to satisfy a curiosity. Ended up ordering some cerrosafe. I think I had 2lbs, but like a lot of stuff, it got lost in all the moving I've done in the last 7...
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    07-01-2020, 11:29 PM
    Well I asked em, and we'll see what they say. I am eager to slug the bore of this rifle. If it starts out at .600, or even .595, and tapers down to .577, I'm ok with shoving a .600 diameter bullet thru it. If it's a consistent .580, .585, or .590...
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    07-01-2020, 06:46 PM
    While it's on my mind I want to ask. Anyone think I'll have trouble with that carbine and the .600 X-Ring bullet? It is my understanding that these carbines don't have the the same style of bore where it starts out large and gets smaller, and that...
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    07-01-2020, 09:48 AM
    Very true. I'd like to hunt with my long rifle this year but it's hard dragging a gun that long thru the thick brush of the East, TX piney woods. It's fine once you're 40' up the tree but getting there is the hard part.
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    07-01-2020, 09:10 AM
    Close country is what it will live in, although I can't guarantee that it won't smack a gong at 2 or 300 yards here and there. I imagine the faster twist and 2 extra grooves makes these little guys shoot great. I'm assuming BSA, as I believe...
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    07-01-2020, 12:47 AM
    Fantastic looking collection. I'd really like a 61 or 63 Springfield to add to the collection one day. I'm always on the look out for the right one. Strange on the twist rate. You have to wonder how that happened? Experiment maybe? Someone got...
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    06-30-2020, 10:54 PM
    70grs will fit in a modern case, but you are right, it does require significant compression. I have loaded 70grs but accuracy was dismal. I find optimal performance with remington brass in the 63-65gr neighborhood, with the cases vibrated, or the...
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    06-30-2020, 10:21 PM
    I love collecting and shooting old rifles. They really make you appreciate the modern technology we have these days, and the level of skill it took to operate these old firearms and shoot them, especially efficiently. The Snider was probably a...
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    06-30-2020, 04:58 PM
    I have no suggestions, out of my league, only to say they are very neat shotguns. They remind me of my Zulu shotgun, built off of French Tabatiere's.
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    06-30-2020, 03:56 PM
    Well I'm happy, and I think it can shoot even better than this. 62 and 63gr charges both showed similar group sizes, about 4-3/4 if you don't count the flyer. This is a very hard rifle to shoot accurately. Lock up time is on the slow side compared...
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    06-29-2020, 11:17 PM
    That's a good idea, and I'll see what I can do. I'm going to try these at 100 yards, or at least the first 5 test loads and see what happens. If they keyhole, or wont group altogether I'll drop back to 50 yards. Britishmuzzleloaders on youtube did...
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    06-29-2020, 10:44 PM
    Got 25 test rounds loaded up, from 60-64gr by weight, using a long drop tube on a No.55 measure, .025 card wad over the powder, 3.1cc of instant cream of wheat, and then a .125 nitrocard over the cream of wheat. I used my expander plug as a...
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    06-29-2020, 11:51 AM
    After roughly 10 years with my Pro 4-20, with an RCBS thermometer, and very likely approaching somewhere around deep 5 digit numbers of bullets dropped, I'm confident in its ability to hold temperature. I can't speak for yours. The rheostat on top...
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    06-29-2020, 10:48 AM
    If you have a Lee die set, track of the wolf sells compression plug inserts for your flaring die that works well. As far as Brass, I came into a bunch of Remington for free years ago and I'm burning thru it, but Starline always gets the nod for...
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    06-28-2020, 04:40 PM
    Their molds are terrible, bar none, you won't convince me otherwise. To say their molds are as good as my vintage 50's, 60's, 70's lyman molds or my custom accurate molds is a bald face lie. NOW, with that out of the way. I have been running a Pro...
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    06-27-2020, 06:42 PM
    That's exactly what I was thinking! Kid of like very risky baseball down at 100 yards. One thing that irritates me with this gun, but I guess it's par for the course, is the chamber has a very mild anomaly, I wouldn't call it a ring. It's a dip in...
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    06-27-2020, 05:23 PM
    Yeah, I'm very happy with it so far. I was a little disappointed that the roundball would fly off by the time it got to 100 yards. A man sized steel dinger was as good as it gets, which is where I'm sure the conical will hold its proverbial feces...
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    06-27-2020, 03:09 PM
    Alright, so I shot this thing today. It actually shoots very well, but the roundballs will not stabilize to shoot well much beyond 50 yards. It took me a few shots to figure out where it was shooting and I eventually had to move down to someones...
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    06-26-2020, 09:07 PM
    I'm not expecting too much. 4" was what I was hoping for after some stringent load development and I think this bore is likely capable of it. What I'm hoping is that the pitting that is there will strip off some lead to fill in the pits, and then...
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    06-26-2020, 06:04 PM
    Cast up about 200 X-Ring 60-530XR's today. I cleaned the rifle as well, and even though it appears to be rust free and clean, it took me a while to get the bore clean. There is some pretty decent pitting midway thru, and I finally got it to the...
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    06-23-2020, 09:20 PM
    I really like SPG. It's expensive, but it smells nice, and it melts easy in the microwave. I keep about 3lbs in a huge mason jar. You are right about wads hitch hiking. I try to wipe lube off of bases when loading with BP to prevent that. With...
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    06-23-2020, 10:53 AM
    The most metal/manly chapstick I have ever seen in my life. SPG on top of the roundball. Going to get all this fire-formed and move onto my X-ring services 530gr boolit as well as thicker wads. I'll report back next week. Here is a picture of the...
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    06-22-2020, 10:56 PM
    Good info. I'm probably SOL on trimming these as I don't have a small lathe. I found that my flaring die actually works well for seating these round balls and it also allows me to get a little bit of compression on the powder column. My X-ring...
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    06-22-2020, 09:22 PM
    10/4 my good sir, thank you. I'm not too worried about accuracy with these. They're just to get the brass fire-formed so I can move on to my X-ring Services bullet. These dang .595 round balls were way pricier than anything I can cast. I'm going...
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    06-22-2020, 08:48 PM
    Seeking guidance from the village elders. The rifle is here, it looks great, and I'm excited. I decided to go ahead and get busy on loading my ammo tonight. I weighed out roughly 60gr of 2F by volume, put a.025 card wad on top of that, and then took...
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    06-18-2020, 01:48 PM
    50 Pieces of X-Ring services 24ga formed 577 Snider brass is here, the 60-535-XR is here, the .595 fire-forming round balls are here, and I got 150lbs of fresh mixed up 25:1 ready to rock and roll. Rifle will be here from Canadiaganistan on Monday....
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    06-17-2020, 08:40 PM
    I don't want to talk about it. My wife could see this some day...
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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
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