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    06-12-2019, 08:51 AM
    Recent posts on another web forum claims that the fired 7.62X38 Nagant pistol case needs only shortening to perfectly fit the .310 Cadet chamber. Supposedly PPU is offering new brass for this size as well. This might be worth looking into for those...
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    06-09-2019, 02:07 PM
    After a shooting session with my .40-65 Browning BPCR, I usually shoot two or three smokeless powder loads using the same boolit and LBT "Blue" boolit lobe. This leaves the bore almost perfectly clean. A quick swab with Ed's Red and paying attention...
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    06-04-2019, 11:28 PM
    curator replied to a thread My New Toy in Single Shot Guns
    I have one myself. Great rifle for long range shooting with black powder loads once you figure out what works. For best results, check with the expert: texas mac. her is a link to his website:
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    05-29-2019, 03:03 PM
    curator replied to a thread Lesson learned in Military Rifles
    The bright ring at the shoulder of the one that was loaded "too long" is an indication of it being bulged right there. Crimping when also seating bullets will sometimes cause this if a case is a bit too long. For best results crimp as a separate...
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    05-29-2019, 12:37 PM
    I did my .30-30 H&R Handi-rifle in .30-30 AI (40 degree shoulder) about 20 years ago. A little extra powder room can make for additional 150 fps at same pressure as factory loads. Brass life is much improved. In fact, I have reloaded many of these...
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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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Pre-baby-boomer who left the people's republic of Western N.Y. in search of freedom and sunshine.
Fort Myers, Florida
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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