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    06-15-2018, 01:38 PM
    I have had to "adjust" a couple of hammers once on a TC kit and once on a parts kit for a long rifle I bought years ago. My mentor said to remove the hammer and make a tool that will grasp the striker end. Then mount the hammer in a vise and move...
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    06-15-2018, 01:31 PM
    At our monthly muzzle loader matches we have several "original" rifle shooters and one has been regional champ, national champ and so on. I am not sure where he got the smoothbores from as he keeps that info close to his chest. The 75 caliber...
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    06-14-2018, 09:30 AM
    I have had to "adjust" the throw of the hammer a couple times and did not need to heat them up. I removed the hammer and held it in the large vise I have and made the bends. I left the lock mounted to the rifle so I could check the adjustment as I...
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    06-12-2018, 02:43 PM
    oldracer replied to a thread Range box in Muzzleloading.
    Well as I progressed from center fire AR-15 rifles into Sharps BPCR's I found the need for more and more stuff. These things are powder measures, screw driver set, punches/hammer set, cleaning patches (50 and 45 cal), wet patches, CO2 ball shooter,...
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    06-09-2018, 10:50 PM
    When I had my Sharps and a Rolling Block I used Buffalo Arms .458 Creedmoor grease groove bullet molds, 540 grains in pure lead. In my Pedersoli Gibbs I use their mold and they are like the Creedmoor bullet with the nose cut off so only 520 grains...
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    06-02-2018, 10:18 PM
    One thing you have to check is the length of the threaded portion of the nipple that goes into the threaded hole drilled & tapped into the bottom of the barrel. All of mine are too short to come even with the bore so after shooting 20 rounds or so...
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    06-01-2018, 07:39 PM
    oldracer replied to a thread Loose cock? in Muzzleloading.
    As long as the cock hits what it is supposed to I would not worry about it. We have some shooters in our monthly matches that are shooting original 1800's and even a 1790 or two and they wobble all over but the flint sparks and they go BANG!
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    05-31-2018, 09:20 AM
    My under hammer goes "braless"! On the one I made it use a Mag Spark 209 adapter so there is very little if any flash soot out of the fore end and into the trigger opening. I have shot mine out to 200 yards now that I figured out the load somewhat...
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    05-23-2018, 11:51 AM
    A "chunk Gun" usually is a percussion or flint lock rifle with a long, large diameter barrel that can be upwards of 2 or 3 inches across the flats. They usually have a tang and globe sight or possibly a scope such as a Unertl. Since they are heavy,...
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    05-22-2018, 06:30 PM
    With my chunk gun, 50 caliber and 1 in 48 twist the round balls shoot very well out to 200 yards. Groups are the same for 50, 100 and 200 yards of course I have a Unertl 12 power scope on it. I use 80 grains of Goex FFG and if I shoot mini's then I...
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    05-21-2018, 09:46 PM
    When I think about it and doing several range trips. the lock nut does adjust the hammer but as it gets lighter the trigger pull gets easier also. With mine I polished the action and wrapped the breach area of the barrel with tape so I would not...
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    05-20-2018, 12:24 PM
    I use one on the slug guns I have that use a scope as those Unertl scopes need to be taken care of. Very little soot gets up there with one of those cups.
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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
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