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    Today, 02:04 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread New Service .45 in Cast Boolits
    I am coming to believe that "slugging up" was a pretty big thing with the Brits in this era. Between the bore diameter squeezing down and the powder charge kicking of a few tons of pressure from the rear, the only place for the displaced metal to...
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    Yesterday, 12:24 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .22LR Mosin-Nagant in Military Rifles
    :goodpost: As far as I've been able to piece together, my Granddad ran around Northern France in 1944 spotting for artillery with an '03-A3 in hand. One of my favorite toys as a kid was a mockup Springfield that had a gold painted wooden...
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    Yesterday, 12:11 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 308 boolit mold in Cast Boolits
    Hopefully, you'll get some replies from guys with a little more Savage 99 experience than me. My father recently came into a bit of an odd duck - it was a relatively modern production, but octagonal-barrel gun that Savage dubbed an 1895 (but...
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    05-19-2019, 11:52 PM
    Well, just because your trajectory curves like the edge of a 6-inch teacup saucer doesn't mean it's not a REALLY STABLE trajectory. Mortars can be very accurate if you have the sights to aim them. The Sharps guys do; the '95 Marlin guys don't. ...
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    05-17-2019, 03:51 PM
    It's a fun exercise. . . The long range properties of the .45-70 are well documented. The long range capabilities of a Marlin 1895, however, are not. They're plenty accurate, but considering that the gun is built for <200 yard point blank...
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    05-15-2019, 09:25 AM
    No lightbulb, but perhaps a realistic goal. Some research into how many rounds you typically could go with an American Civil War period caplock rifle-musket before the thing up and quit would make for a worthy comparison. My take has been that...
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    05-14-2019, 09:24 AM
    SPG seems to be the universally recommended black powder lube. Certainly worth investigating - if indeed in my lazy failure to review you haven't been using it all along. I find what you're doing to be fascinating, so don't misinterpret the...
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    05-12-2019, 09:28 PM
    No joy on the attachments to post #90. You have indeed been busy! Filth, it would seem, is simply inherent to these rifles. While it may have something to do with the empty space behind the cartridge providing a "condensation chamber" of...
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    05-11-2019, 11:35 AM
    The trick to that is to (A.) sink a towel to the bottom of your drop bucket, and (B.) cut up a bunch of cheap kitchen sponges into little strips and let them float on top of the water in a fairly dense layer. This slows the fall of your bullet...
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    05-09-2019, 10:02 PM
    I've quit quenching on the drop in favor of batch quenching after oven heat treating. 1. It lets me size them when they're air cooled and softer. 2. I suspect it gets a much more uniform hardness than when the occasional bullet is refusing...
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    05-05-2019, 01:25 AM
    The 452 is the older version without the ability to change barrels - the tube on those is threaded into the receiver Olde Schoole. Bought my hardwood stocked "Military Trainer" version cheap in the mid-'90's when they first started importing their...
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    05-04-2019, 01:24 PM
    Something about the folly of beating swords into plowshares comes to mind, but what are you going to do with three million single shot rifle-muskets in a smokeless repeater world, or five million bolt guns in an autoloading world? Even I'd admit...
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    05-04-2019, 01:00 PM
    Any data/observations with 311299's that have been lube sized and NOT powder coated? Intrigued, but not interested in painting bullets.
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    05-02-2019, 08:18 AM
    Haven't touched it since, unfortunately. Too much real life and other, more practical loading projects. Currently working on non lead casting alloys to hunt in California. :neutral:
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    05-01-2019, 08:59 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .22LR Mosin-Nagant in Military Rifles
    I think it was the first choice because it was probably the easiest. The cocking piece on the back of the Winchester 67 descendant's bolt already looks like a Mosin. All it needed was a straightened bolt handle, and if they wanted to make a...
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    04-27-2019, 10:57 AM
    I like my Ruger revolvers and I like this basic idea. Lose the ventilated barrel shroud and I just might play. I'm not interested in cleaning the crud of the world out of the vent rib on top of a Python's barrel, and I'm not interested in cleaning...
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    04-27-2019, 10:48 AM
    Are you measuring the front driving band, or the base? Elmer Keith's formula ended with three equal length, full-diameter driving bands, with a large capacity, square-bottomed lube groove. His falling out with Lyman was due to their tendency to...
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    04-24-2019, 11:03 PM
    I think I've been getting a STRONGER belief in "Myth" #5 as time goes on. Yes, there was the 1980's fad of the light-for-caliber hollowpoint that pancaked on impact and failed to penetrate worth a ****, but when you get right down to it, there...
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    04-24-2019, 09:01 AM
    I feel your pain B.A. My best advice would be to round up your chronies with similar needs (like on this thread, for instance), and have everybody contact Starline. Starline listens; we were able to orchestrate a run of .455 Webley MKII cases not...
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    04-24-2019, 08:43 AM
    Pre-lube - Temptations cat treat containers. Big enough for about 20 pounds worth, and has a square footprint, so fairly space-efficient on a shelf. Post-lube - the plastic 50-round trays that come with a box of Federal/Speer/CCI .45 ACP ammo.
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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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