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    Today, 01:55 PM
    Over-rotation more than 5 degrees in which the locking bolt engages the cylinder not simply should not happen. If when cocking the hammer cylinder rotation is not stopped positively by engagement of the bolt or cylinder stop with the locking bolt...
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    Today, 01:28 PM
    Pewter melts at low temps, lead and lead alloys at higher temps. Hotter the pewter is the more the surface will oxidize losing you tin. My guess is the Lee pot adjustment doesn't go low enough for pewter. Zinn is German/Dutch for tin and what...
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    Today, 01:16 PM
    It's just like a lot of things, to get from bad to decent takes much less effort than to get from decent to good, and getting from good to excellent is orders of magnitude more effort. The joy and zen of shooting is trying to repeatedly do a...
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    Today, 01:09 PM
    I would send it back to Ruger for repair. Doesn't "smell" right.
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    Today, 11:01 AM
    Around here .32-20 rifles and revolvers are common at estate and farm sales and sell affordably. S&Ws and Savages are very much less expensive than collectible Colts and Winchesters in like condition. Most guns are entirely functional, and well...
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    Today, 01:30 AM
    Bump for the pewter ingots you know you want to follow you home! Had tested results were: Pb = 7.8% Sb = 5.7% Sn = 85.2% Cu = 1.3% Which is pretty good. Has 85% tin and enough Sb that adding these ingots for tin won't reduce Sb in the...
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    Today, 12:58 AM
    Well I got my batch tested after melting it down. A few of those tubes did not readily melt at around 600* temp of my melt so they went into the trash. Tin alloy should just about disappear when stuck into a melt that hot and it isn't hot enough...
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    Yesterday, 01:15 PM
    Where are you?
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    Yesterday, 01:13 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 44-40 question in Single Shot Guns
    The RL7 loads will perform well for you.
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    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    LesRoss, Why are you shooting such hard bullets? I think THAT is your problem, because the hard bullets will not upset to form a gas seal. I use 1:30 tin-lead, about 8 BHN in my .44-40, .44 Mag. and .45 Colt loads with bullet diameter 0.001"...
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    10-14-2018, 12:38 PM
    The jacketed bullets in factory .44-40 ammo are not .427, but generally .425 so they will shoot fine. If you buy cast lead bullets, then the .427 diameter is correct for the tight bore. With soft bullets and mild loads as you would use in an...
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    10-13-2018, 06:10 PM
    Accurate has several designs for the .38 S&W which follow the form of the original .38 Colt New Police bullet and the British Revolver .380 Rimmed Mk2 which will work fine with speed loaders. When you order you can tweak diameters to fit...
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    10-13-2018, 06:03 PM
    Ruger Blackhawk Convertible will eat that stuff three meals a day and midnight snack with no issues.
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    10-12-2018, 10:28 PM
    Firing GI hardball in the .45 ACP cylinder is interesting too, as the bullet is squeezed so hard that it extrudes a bit of lead "turd" out the base opening, as if giving a weak squeeze to a tube of toothpaste. Normal hardball velocity and decent...
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    10-12-2018, 09:38 PM
    Try casting your mold with straight linotype and they will drop about 0.0015" larger than straight wheelweights. Then use Lee Liquid Alox and load as-cast and unsized.
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    10-12-2018, 06:50 PM
    RogerDat replied to a thread Bad Knees in Our Town
    The shots work to different degrees on different people or same person and different injury or area. Helped my back but only for a month or two however those were very good months. Spine surgeon said that told him that where they put the shot is...
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    10-12-2018, 06:30 PM
    Pat Marlins has huge assortment of sizes including gas checks for plain base that you can punch out of thin aluminum can stock. Good tool well made. The only negative if you want to call it that is it is a two step process. You cut your disks,...
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    10-12-2018, 02:45 PM
    In my Ruger India Model .380 Rimmed I use Starline .38 S&W brass and load 3.5 grains of Bullseye with the Accurate 36-159H This approximates .38 Special +P, about 900 fps in a 4" barrel using .38 S&W brass in a strong gun. ABSOLUTELY NOT for...
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    10-12-2018, 02:37 PM
    I would treat a Krag exactly the same as I would a .303 Long Lee Enfield of the same period. As Char-Gar says, freebore ahead of the chamber is both long and large in diameter. Barrel bore and groove dimensions are all over the map. Of the dozen...
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    10-12-2018, 02:24 PM
    Very satisfactory and economical load which approximates .38-55 black powder velocity is the #375449 cast from wheel weights, without the GC, simply tumble-lubed with Lee Liquid Alox. In most guns these can be shot as-cast and unsized at .380". ...
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    10-12-2018, 12:31 PM
    In my experience Blue Dot is less than entirely satisfactory for hardball equivalent loads producing 850 +/- 30 fps with 230-grain bullets. You will probably experience unburned powder particles in the action and erratic velocities. Blue Dot does...
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    10-12-2018, 12:21 PM
    We tested original Civil War era Springfield and Enfield rifle-muskets, as well as the Whitworth rifle at Quantico in the 1970s for a scholarly paper which was being written at the Naval Academy. We used a standard 4 ft. by 6 ft. military target...
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    10-12-2018, 11:19 AM
    I have to agree with Omega on this one. It wasn't pro reloading therefore those who listen for dog whistles can hear them even in a fairly neutral article. The writer was quoting the person that makes 3D printed guns and makes the specialized...
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    10-11-2018, 09:57 PM
    I have two Ruger .44 Vaqueros built 4 years apart. Also a .45 NM Blackhawk Convertible built between the two Vaqueros. All three guns interchange cylinders. The .44-40 and .44 Mag. Vaqueros have large forcing cones which are big enough for a...
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    10-11-2018, 08:49 PM
    Pewter still here? :coffeecom Very weird.
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    10-11-2018, 08:38 PM
    Covered a lot of ground. With a moderate amount of accuracy and not a whole lot of hype. I was surprised there are 5 million of us making our own! The connection between reloading and 3D printed guns is the guy they interviewed used a custom...
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    10-11-2018, 08:36 PM
    Less than an Ed Brown M1911. You should get one. If ever reduced to ONE handgun, ROA with Kirst Konverter and three cap & ball cylinders would be the one I keep. Knowing what they were proofed with at the factory, and having fitted one up...
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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