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    09-18-2019, 07:03 PM
    Richland arms and Hopkins & Allen both offered those kinds of imported kits in .36 and .45 caliber in the early 70s. The give-away was the breech plug with allen wrench recess and the straight tang. They were inexpensive kits and somewhat...
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    09-17-2019, 03:50 PM
    If it were loading all-brass cases for my damascus barrel shotgun, I would start with 70 grains of Fg black powder, one 11 gage .125" card wad, a 3/8" fiber cushion wad, also 11 gage, 9 #00 pellets, and a 10 gage, 1/16" over shot wad glued in with...
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    09-12-2019, 09:58 PM
    Guy La Pourge: What is happening is your slightly longer cases are buckling (bulging) when you try to seat the bullet and crimp at the same time. Experienced reloaders ALWAYS crimp as a separate step. If you are attempting to crimp at the same time...
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    09-08-2019, 11:49 AM
    MGM also makes the "30/221 rimmed" barrels with fast twist to shoot .300Blackout/AAC or .357 magnum brass necked to .30 caliber. Extremely versatile with both subsonic and super sonic loads. The MGM extractor seems to work equally well on rimmed or...
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    09-08-2019, 11:42 AM
    When shooting black powder, a low grade "explosive", air space between powder charge and bullet can cause a rapid pressure spike. Whereas with no air space and a lightly compressed powder charge, black powder acts more like a progressive burning...
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    09-02-2019, 08:49 PM
    Hi to the smoke-belching brethren! I have recently come across a Lyman mould # 575602 which appears to be a 400 grain hollow base minie' type slug. Any one on this august board have experience with this particular minie' design? I have the Lyman #...
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    09-02-2019, 06:48 PM
    Thanks Larry! I will be sure I stick with my 5-6 grains of Goex 4Fg black powder and the Lyman 77 grain LRN boolit in my S&W top break revolvers. They may lack in ballistic performance but they make up for it in a good loud BANG and lots of smoke.
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    08-26-2019, 04:03 PM
    Mark, #311284 was originally designed for the .30 US Krag rifle with a 1 in 10 inch rifling twist. If your .308 is also made with this twist rather than the usual 1 in 12" twist, it will be accurate with this long, bore riding boolit. From my...
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    08-25-2019, 10:42 PM
    curator replied to a thread Still getting rust in Muzzleloading.
    VERAL: Ok, what type of powder are you shooting? Pyrocr@p? Clearshot? Shockey's gold? 777? Real black powder rarely causes this degree of after rust. A thorough cleaning with warm water and soap removes about 95% of chlorate (corrosive) salts...
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    08-25-2019, 09:25 AM
    Koger: I load my M1A ammo using Lake City brass, IMR 4895, CCI Mil-spec primers, and Sierra 168 grain match kings. This combo is a winner for long range accuracy.
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    08-21-2019, 05:34 PM
    curator replied to a thread Is this Ok in Black Powder Cartridge
    Lostinidaho: If this rifle was an original rim fire, you might need to use a "heeled" bullet to get it to shoot well. A heeled bullet will have a rebated base section that will seat in your .45 Colt case but a larger nose section that is groove...
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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