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    08-16-2017, 08:13 AM
    Casting hot and keeping the base-pin hot is important with the Lee slug moulds. I use pure lead with about 1/2% tin added--just enough to get better mould fill-out. You may find that the addition of a 20 gage over powder wad in the bottom of the...
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    08-13-2017, 11:44 AM
    curator replied to a thread 303 british in Military Rifles
    There are some "stickies" on cast in the .303 british rifle. Fire-forming the brass with zero headspace and neck sizing will help significantly with case life. Using range pickup and once fired commercial brass pretty much limits case life to 4 or 5...
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    08-12-2017, 10:01 PM
    curator replied to a thread 1873 45-70 in Single Shot Guns
    Battis: Your trapdoor Springfield is a Model 1873 based on the type of rear sight in the picture. The serial number will be on the receiver just behind the breech block. From your pictures, the gun appears to be heavily scrubbed or buffed. No...
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    07-29-2017, 09:25 PM
    Keep in mind that .32 Short & Long Colt have smaller case diameter than .32 S&W short and long. Most .32 Colt cartridges are also loaded with heeled/outside lubricated bullets. Colt and S&W cases are not interchangeable. .32 Rim-fire were mostly...
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    07-28-2017, 07:07 AM
    curator replied to a thread Lock Bolt placement in Muzzleloading.
    John, A flint lock should have two lock screws. One should be at the forward end between the end of the mainspring and the end of the lock plate. Pay attention to your ramrod hole as the forward lock screw can intersect there causing problems....
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    07-24-2017, 08:45 PM
    LBT .454/280 LFN and 10 grains of Unique. .45 Colt hammer of Thor. Good for Black bear, big feral hogs, and medium to wimpy wht tail deer from a lever action rifle (Not winchester 73 safe!)
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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