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    07-08-2018, 09:33 AM
    oldracer replied to a thread Range report in Muzzleloading.
    Great shooting for the first time taking that new rifle out. We get guys with AR-15's and highly powered scopes who can't hit the target backer at 50 yards starting out! Now you get to figure what size ball, type of patch, patch lube, how often to...
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    07-07-2018, 02:34 PM
    As noted, Pedersoli makes some fine rifles and even accessories. I would suggest if you do not have a lot of experience with flint locks then go to a shoot somewhere that has flint lock folks so they can help you get going well. The 32 caliber...
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    07-06-2018, 03:06 PM
    You mentioned you "finished the metal" so did this include blue of the barrel and breech areas? If so there might be a rust build up in the flash channel as I did once years ago when assembling a TC Hawken kit. I had plugged the nipple holes but...
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    07-05-2018, 10:37 AM
    I have the first of two Hawken rifles made for CVA and the first "Mountain Rifle made for them ( all made at end of 1970 and beginning of 1971) as a test to see how they would work and how fancy things needed to be. All 3 have Douglas barrels and...
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    07-04-2018, 07:19 PM
    I don't believe that you will be able to tell any difference. I shoot 540 grain Creedmoor grease groove bullets in my slug guns and group them by weight I.E. 539, 540, 542 and 544 and there is no difference in impact at 300 yards so yours should be...
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    06-30-2018, 11:37 AM
    Just about a Brinks truck. We usually have 25 to 30 people show up and couple of them are vegans for God's sake! The steaks are about 1 1/2 inches thick and take some time to cook and the smell just about drives you crazy. A couple folks also bring...
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    06-28-2018, 03:47 PM
    Our muzzle loader group has our anniversary shoot this coming Sunday followed by T-bone steaks and a huge pot luck lunch. So yesterday during my range safety officer day I broke out one of my Lancaster long rifles to try several shots at 50 yards to...
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    06-25-2018, 09:00 PM
    When you say .308 bullets, is that the diameter and are they muzzle loader pure lead bullets? Who made the barrel and is it a regular muzzle loader barrel? How tight or loose are the bullets when you insert them and what powder brand and load are...
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    06-25-2018, 03:45 PM
    If you live close to a Walmart, they sell that blue/white striped pillow ticking and it is about 0.015 thick. I use spit if not too hot or Bore Butter if over 80 degrees as the spit seems to dry immediately? But a yard of that stuff makes lots of...
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    06-25-2018, 09:36 AM
    The barrel was bought from another shooter in our club and he had it for 15 years or so. He bought it from one of our real old timers who doesn't remember buying it but said he thought he had it for 12 to 15 years? His name was on one of the barrel...
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    06-24-2018, 08:25 PM
    About a year ago I put together a 45 caliber "slug gun" with a gain twist, 1.5 inch across the flats barrel, good lock a trigger and after much searching I was able to get a Unertl scope for a bit less than an arm or a leg! Since it was the large...
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    06-24-2018, 08:07 PM
    Yes, you can sell and/or ship a historic firearm that can not be converted to use a rimfire or centerfire cartridge OR modern reproductions to a person in CA. The CA department of justice covers this but it is hard to find. Some companies just will...
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    06-23-2018, 10:15 AM
    The note about removing the trigger is okay as it allows you to see what does what. You should be able to set the trigger w/o it being in the rifle and then test the front trigger to see how it releases. Be careful sometimes the front trigger will...
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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