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    Today, 07:41 PM
    Jugulator, Reloading Unlimited has 24 gauge brass shot shells on sale right now. Link:
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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    Thanks kenton, John Taylor et al. I will keep all this in mind when I get the gun and try it out. I will report back to the forum with a "range report" and my impressions. I expected to "bob" the hammer and possibly add a vernier rear sight. I want...
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    07-18-2018, 10:58 PM
    I have several .44 Magnum rifles that do not shoot accurately with boolits over 240 grains due to their 1 in 38" rifling twist rates. I have wanted a nice single shot .44 Magnum rifle with a faster twist barrel for 280 and 310 grain boolits. I have...
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    07-18-2018, 07:41 AM
    The Lee "phonograph needle" boolit works OK in my 30/221 Encore with a 1 in 8 twist barrel at about 1100 to 1200 fps. Any load with more velocity is less accurate. I have even tried fixing gas checks on the boat-tail base and applying lube in...
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    07-15-2018, 08:51 AM
    curator replied to a thread Please help me in Single Shot Guns
    The Rossi and H&R break-open rifles should not be dry fired. A broken firing pin will result. Not necessarily the first time, but sooner rather than later. Having a spare firing pin or two is a good idea.
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    07-10-2018, 07:29 AM
    Check the various gun-auction sites regularly and you will find .43 Spanish brass reasonably priced every now and then. You can make brass from .348 Winchester cases but these will need to have the heads swaged smaller and the rim modified for...
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    07-10-2018, 07:03 AM
    Jugulator, Nepaleze Sniders can be fun or frustrating. They were made with the special "Enfield" rifling that has grooves deeper at the breech and tapering towards the muzzle. Getting a conical to shoot well in one of them is a combination of...
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    07-09-2018, 08:23 AM
    I have the T/C Pro-hunter in .500S&W. It eats cheap scopes for lunch! I have found Tasco and Bushnell 4X fixed power scopes hold up very well. Variable power scopes do not. I have an old Weaver K-4 that has served for 40+ years on various heavy...
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    07-03-2018, 08:47 AM
    Abitnutz: Minie' bullets do not obturate sufficiently to seal the bore on a rifle with deep grooves. A "Kentucky longrifle" would almost by definition, be rifled with deep (.008 to .012") grooves for accurate shooting with patched round ball. A...
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    06-28-2018, 12:02 PM
    CharGar has a point about SR4759 being "bulky", but that is why it is a good powder for cartridges that were originally designed for Black powder. (like the .32-20WCF) I have found that using small pistol magnum primers helps reduce the small amount...
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    06-21-2018, 04:02 PM
    Oldbrowngun: You might try a bit softer boolit or a slightly larger one or both. Lee Alox acts both as a lube and it slightly enlarges the boolit diameter by its presence as does powder coating but powder coating won't burn. The smoke is an...
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Pre-baby-boomer who left the people's republic of Western N.Y. in search of freedom and sunshine.
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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
GC Gas Check