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    06-30-2018, 07:46 PM
    I can find the whole rifle but not having luck with just the barrel. What would you say minimum barrel length for a muzzle loader should be. This was 22: from the factory but I may go a little shorter. I like how light and handy it is. Especially...
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    06-28-2018, 09:32 AM
    All I have is pewter no straight tin. Up to about 80lbs now
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    06-25-2018, 06:15 PM
    I won't be shooting hollow points. Probably just deer and hopefully bear with flat nose bullets. Maybe they'll hold together enough to give me reliable exits on black bear sized game.
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    06-25-2018, 04:05 PM
    I thought 16:1 was supposed to fall in the 10-11 hardness range
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    06-25-2018, 05:07 AM
    I also am going to get a Marlin 1895 cowboy soon. Im hoping that it will like the 457193 in 16:1. Don't plan on shooting that terribly fast. Probably slightly over bp levels with smokeless.
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    06-25-2018, 03:27 AM
    Seems like most of the lead I find in my area is pure. Either pipe or sheet. I have about enough pewter smelted to make about 1000# of 16:1.
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    06-24-2018, 09:12 PM
    Any of you guys still using 16:1 alloy for .44s? Almost everything I read on here is recommending hard alloys. I plan on using the Lee 430-310 with a gas check at around 1300 fps. Think it will hold up to those velocities?
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    06-22-2018, 06:50 PM
    Never got to use my muzzleloader last year because I filled all of my tags during our regular bow season so I let my brother take it out. He missed a deer with it and said that he cleaned it and oiled it when done. By clean and oil apparently he...
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    06-22-2018, 03:42 AM
    Definitely won't be powder coating any of mine. I took a 6 or so year hiatus from casting and the forum and when I get back everyone is painting their bullets. Kinda reminds me of those "donk" cars where someone takes a nice old Monte Carlo that...
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    06-21-2018, 08:49 PM
    Do you guys size and lube all of your bullets in a big batch or just size and lube what you're going to reload. Just ordered some carnauba blue and am going to start casting for my 44 on Monday. Will the lube stay in the grooves for extended times....
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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