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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Today, 03:50 AM
    I did some developments for my ancient carbine which was a Martini 303 carbine barrel on an 1896 Lee Enfield action. Now this barrel is worn like the rifling is rounded and the bore quite large and remember that in those days the bores were cut to...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Today, 01:53 AM
    303Guy replied to a thread Shotgun insert in Cast Boolits
    Welcome aboard Leeroy. :drinks: I'm with Leeroy. I want to do the same thing but my preference would be something based on the 303 Brit case, like a 40 or even 44. Then again, I have a 410 single barrel that is sitting there calling for an...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:30 PM
    Aah yes. The king bush. Thanks.
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    Fat and heavy cast boolits seem to align in the bore very well. Even my rifle that puts a bullet skew will align a heavy (240gr) well. I'm super fast with a Remington 22lr sportmaster. Not so much with my Lee Enfields - I catch each case as...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:24 PM
    I have a two-groove No4 that shoots Privi Partisan 180gr boat tails very accurately. They are .310 for a bore of .304 IIRC. Those privi's have the ogive further forward than larger diameter Hornady's or Speer's. I did recrown that rifle - by...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 AM
    :drinks: Good to hear! Now we need photos. [smilie=1:
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:46 AM
    I've now found that oiling the abrasive pad patches works better. I used ATF which has a detergent in it, for better or worse. I gave my pig gun the treatment as this was leading with every shot, even low pressure loads. Now it doesn't. The...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-20-2018, 10:51 AM
    I usually loaded mine down to .45-70 levels. With Rugers, you may want to check if it was a model where the bolt locks when on safety, or not. I had a .338 WM that didn't, and found when in rough brushy terrain, the bolt could be pulled open...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-19-2018, 06:25 PM
    At least the sun is shining! I thought you retired?
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 11:54 PM
    303Guy replied to a thread 6.5x55 mm in Smokeless Paper Patching
    Looking forward to your results. :Fire:
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 10:59 AM
    A few years ago, I had already shot smoothbore for score, and for fun went with a group of friends to shoot the course again. Being a bit of a smart ***, I shot the course left handed, and still beat the others scores! They are still whining about...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 10:57 AM
    I just take any scrap wood, and rough one out when needed. As we know, files and rasps aren't cheap. The ones I use most cost from $50-70 each. I also use Bogg's for sharpening.
    45 replies | 1049 view(s)
  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 06:23 AM
    My friend who is a gun dealer was at the range today, showing one of the members a couple of Ruger rimfire pistols. One was just marked Ruger and had a tapered barrel and the other one had a heavier barrel with not such a pronounced taper and was...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-18-2018, 03:45 AM
    The brass wool would not polish the steel. My bores are mostly rust roughened, hense my attempt to polish them up. I plan on loading up and taking an interesting gun, a martini 303 carbine on a MkI action with a lightweight sporter stock.
    33 replies | 1132 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-17-2018, 10:48 AM
    If it's like one company I worked for, it would consist of inserting the barrel into a catch trap, and pulling the trigger.
    35 replies | 1010 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-17-2018, 10:45 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Spring? in Our Town
    I'd mentioned that a while back, warning those along the Missouri River to be prepared with sandbags. There is a LOT of snow in the mountains.
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-16-2018, 04:04 AM
    Photos of the abrasive pads.
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-16-2018, 02:36 AM
    No you can't, it's an indication only but some powders are more interchangeable. ADI make some of the Hodgdon and IMR powders.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-16-2018, 12:43 AM
    For those who leave a vent pick in while loading, if they will just give the gun a couple light slaps, or bounce it lightly on the ground a couple times to settle the powder properly, that is unnecessary, and gets the powder as close to the vent as...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-16-2018, 12:38 AM
    Most experienced flintlock shooters will not use lead wrapped flint. Several makers will not warranty their locks if it is used. I am one builder who won't warranty a gun that the owner uses them.
    21 replies | 524 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-15-2018, 12:04 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Spring? in Our Town
    I went west from Kalispell yesterday for a shoot. The snow is going away in my area, but I was amazed at how much snow is still on the ground just a little way west. And no one is giving Donald Trump any credit for ending global warming!
    41 replies | 645 view(s)
  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-15-2018, 03:52 AM
    I would suggest trying two things - changinging powders and larger boolits. If a larger boolit will chamber in his rifle then why size them smaller? Have you recovered any of his fired boolits? I'm wondering whether gas erosion is occuring...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-14-2018, 09:54 PM
    I think it will. I have had alloys that will bump to groove less paper thickness.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-14-2018, 08:41 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Winter projects in Muzzleloading.
    This current gun is right on 8.5#. I would estimate the small profile barrel to make into a rifle of around 7 - 7.5#.
    33 replies | 884 view(s)
  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-14-2018, 03:32 PM
    Probably both. Also, the bore might be polishing up a little. Does that 3031 leave the bore dirty, as in sooty? I use clays for subsonic load testing and it is so sooty. It might be lubing the bore. There is a trick you might try and that...
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  • 303Guy's Avatar
    04-14-2018, 03:31 PM
    Sorry to take so long to reply to your question. I had to go down and do it again to remember what I did. Well, I did several things, the first was to fire a special fire-lapping bullet down the bore. That's the one that took out all the rust...
    33 replies | 1132 view(s)
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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