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    10-18-2017, 07:08 PM
    A T/C Encore is an inline muzzle loader. It has an easily removable breech plug assuming that it has not rusted in from neglect. Once the plug is removed, pour out the powder and push the bullet out either end. Many times the breech plugs on these...
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    10-17-2017, 10:37 PM
    Removing lead deposits without scratching your guy is easy using bronze wool instead of steel wool. Bronze is softer than steel, won't remove the bluing, and cuts through lead nicely. Use it dry for lead removal or add a drop of oil if removing...
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    10-17-2017, 10:14 AM
    asmith80, BEFORE buying bullet moulds, make a throat slug for each gyn. Bore diameter is less important than the diameter of the throat where the chamber meets the rifling. Boolits need to be no less than .001" smaller than the throat or you are...
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    09-29-2017, 10:37 PM
    Thanks to all who offered information. I poured off the top 1/3rd and found it mostly dry. I put it in cookie trays about 1/4 inch deep to let it dry as necessary. The next 1/3 from each jug came out a bit damp and I spread it out in more cookie...
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    09-28-2017, 09:52 PM
    Kevanakg: M1888 trapdoor rifles tend to be a bit larger bores than M1884 or M173 rifles, Most that I have slugged were in the .461-464 groove diameter instead of .460-461 like the earlier models. The Lee .459-406HB mule usually drops slugs near...
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    09-27-2017, 05:58 PM
    WoW!!! Good to know. Now, how to keep it from blowing around. Thanks guys!
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    09-27-2017, 03:28 PM
    Our recent brush with the Hurricane put about an inch of water in my workshop. Two plastic jugs of pull-down W231 sitting on the wet floor appear to have had pin holes in their bottoms allowing water to seep into the contents. Now, 2 weeks after I...
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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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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