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    05-20-2019, 01:42 PM
    While it may be a replica, I would bet on its being an original based on the damascus barrels and the St. Etienne marking and the maker's name on the right side lock. My guess is 1840-1850 French double barrel traveler's pistol. Is it rifled or...
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    05-16-2019, 11:53 PM
    Mickbr: I have the Rhineland .45ACP conversion for my No.4Mk1 Lee Enfield rifle and really love it for low cost, reasonably quiet short range shooting. I do use .45 "Super" brass from Starline just to be on the safe side since I mostly load a...
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    05-15-2019, 09:14 AM
    Soft .458" diameter slugs can be easily sized to .452" using one of the Lee push-through bullet-sizing dies. I do this to paper patch them for use in a .45-70 rifle that needs .460" diameter slugs and for use in a .50 caliber CVA Wolf inline using...
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    05-07-2019, 10:17 AM
    My experience with the .43 Spanish cartridge using FFg Goex was without compressing the powder. I use a drop tube to get the powder settled than a tuft of Kapok fiber to keep it there. 70 grains does not fill my Buffalo Arms reformed brass cases so...
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Pre-baby-boomer who left the people's republic of Western N.Y. in search of freedom and sunshine.
Fort Myers, Florida
Shooting, reloading, astronomy, growing cactus, Boy Scouts Venture crew, NRA Instructor Trainer
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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