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  • John in PA's Avatar
    07-08-2019, 12:25 PM
    Some thoughts: Mac, if you like the Red Willow Ballard's configuration, want to work with the caliber and cartridge, and the price is attractive, just buy it. I've had one of the Red Willow Ballard Pacific models since new. .45-70 caliber. I...
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  • John in PA's Avatar
    07-07-2019, 05:41 PM
    I've had an antique Marlin Model 1894 rifle chambered in .44-40, gorgeous mint bore, in my collection for 25+ years. Never fired it, just a safe queen. I dug it out a few weeks ago, went to chamber a cartridge, and found it wouldn't take a properly...
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  • John in PA's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 09:00 PM
    Remember that weight of powder adds to recoil energy. A black powder load will always recoil more than a smokeless load with the same bullet and the same muzzle velocity. A load with Unique or Blue Dot will let you use 1/4-1/3 total weight of...
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  • John in PA's Avatar
    06-19-2019, 08:49 PM
    Is the midrange trajectory measured or calculated? A bullet with double the ballistic coefficient will easily retain velocity and therefor shoot flatter AT RANGE than the design with substantially more drag. If the ballistic coefficients are...
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About John in PA
Casting, rolling, and shooting my own since 1976
Hollidaysburg, PA
Church activities, Moto Guzzi motorcycles, Shoot Civil War artillery in competition, N-SSA member,
provide healthcare services for pets


John Wells in PA

Peabody's and Peabody-Martini's wanted
Also shoot a 10-PDR Parrott Rifle in competition


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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