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    05-16-2018, 11:16 PM
    rbertalotto, During the "conversion", the pin that connected the Lawrence primer mechanism to the hammer was removed so that the feeding system was disconnected. The rectangular cut in front of the hammer was a viewing window so the shooter...
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    05-16-2018, 11:10 PM
    The Lawrence "DISK" primer was not a roll of caps but rather a stack of disks much like a pez-dispenser." The disks were copper foil with the fulminate of mercury sandwiched between two layers of copper foil. They were loaded into the bottom of the...
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    05-11-2018, 11:15 PM
    curator replied to a thread Baker Rifle in Muzzleloading.
    I have a Baker rifle made with original BBC "Sharpes rifles" Indian-made guns and a Ed Rayl barrel. It may not be exactly politically correct but is quite a rifle. Mine has a one in 66" twist rifles barrel and shoots .600 round balls quite...
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    05-10-2018, 10:27 PM
    Lee .690 round balls will shoot quite accurately in my 12 gauge cylinder choke shotguns using plastic wads sans petals, Missionary5155's Cream of Wheat "ballistic filler" and patched with either lubed pillow ticking or denim fabric. Shooting round...
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    05-03-2018, 06:46 PM
    RFD, I believe you have inverted the two drawings in that the one on the right is the Nock's patent breech. The one on the left is the breeching method of Many other flint lock manufacturers including Manton, Mortimer, et al.
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    05-02-2018, 03:07 PM
    Send a throat cast to Veral Smith at Lead Bullet Technology and investigate his Long Flat-nose bullet designs. He will cut a mould for you with the correct weight, diameter and ogive that matches your rifle's throat. Smith is a cast bullet genius...
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    05-01-2018, 09:33 PM
    GreglaROCHE, Find the slowest powder available then use it with the largest boolit you can chamber. My Swedes love WC860 (or AA870) powder and .268" diameter 140 grain boolits cast from 50/50 COWW and Lino. Velocities in the 1800-1850 fps seem...
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    04-27-2018, 08:32 AM
    An overnight soaking in Kroil to soften the carbon ring helps. I use a fired .357 case that has the case mouth belled so it is a very tight fit in the chamber, Then I tap the belled case into each chamber with a plastic mallet. The case is tapped...
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    04-20-2018, 09:26 PM
    I regularly use a 1/8" card wad (.460) under the Lee .459-405HB boolit with excellent results in my various .45-70 rifles. The small hollow base is actually designed to put the center of gravity slightly forward and has zero expanding capability as...
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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