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    Today, 11:56 AM
    td, thank you for that confession. It always makes me feel better to know I'm not the only one who killed a trophy chronograph. It was rather amazing what a 520 gr. bullet ahead of 120 grs. of BP did to that little yellow 10 ft.
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    Today, 11:52 AM
    Until you slug the bore you're just guessing at the correct diameter. A chamber cast and measuring the throat never hurts either. Groove dia. + .001-.002 or sizing for the throat should eliminate your leading problem. Powders, I've had good...
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    06-24-2017, 02:47 PM
    I believe Dan hit on what is most likely to cause any problems using 3F. It does have a tendency to "donut" patterns. I'm also inclined to agree with him on the 60 grs. It's easy enough to start there and go up if the need arises. In my...
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    06-22-2017, 04:31 PM
    Ol' Tobe still around? I thought everyone with any sense wrote him off years ago.
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    06-21-2017, 07:08 AM
    It depends. I expect over the years most, if not all of us, have seen markets, tastes and desirability fluctuate in favor of different firearms. Make no mistake politics also plays a role. The AR madness of a few years ago being a case in point....
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    06-21-2017, 06:40 AM
    I have no idea how the inserts for American shotguns perform but the Sempert-Kreighoff einstecklauf I have in my Thieme & Schlegelmilch drilling is easy to remove and install, repeatable upon removal and re-installation and is accurate. Mine always...
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    06-21-2017, 06:22 AM
    BA Wallace, that is another cool old cartridge I want to work with some day.
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    06-21-2017, 06:17 AM
    Good work sir! The 11.15 X 60R is a fun cartridge as well as a good one for medium game. I have a German double rifle so chambered that was a real education to work up loads that regulated. Hope the "A" base swage die works for you. I don't...
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    06-19-2017, 05:43 PM
    Smoke, that is an interesting cartridge. I'm surprised to see it show up!! My favorite is the one I'm shooting at the time. American cartridges the 32-20, 25-20, 45-2.4 and 40-2.5 SS. German/Austrian/British; 8.15 X 46R, 8.7 X 55, 9 and 9.3...
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    06-19-2017, 07:11 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread 1860 Colt .44 in Muzzleloading.
    Battis, what an excellent and extraordinary collection!!! Thank you for sharing it and I'm tickled pink you still shoot them!
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    06-19-2017, 07:04 AM
    I just won a 310 tool with a complete set of 243 Win. dies at $30.00, if that's of any help. Mostly I wanted it for 32-20 as I doubt I'll ever use the 243 dies.
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    06-18-2017, 05:13 PM
    For a British double in 500 BPE on the Shiloh forum? Whooda thunk it!!! I'll try Huvius. First we have to see if PHOTOJUNKET is willing to cooperate. Well horse won't pull up. I'll try again later, I never know what PB, and I...
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    06-17-2017, 11:26 AM
    Huvius, you brought up something I didn't mention. I sized the bullet to .501 and that is absolute, no question as to its size. The 100% rag vellum I found measured precisely .0025. That should have brought the wrapped bullet to .511, .001 over...
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    06-17-2017, 10:55 AM
    A little update on the paper patching in the Reilly double: I loaded 6 rounds, finally. Ol' fumble fingers took a while to get the hang of wrapping the patch. Eventually it came around for me and I had 6 bullets well wrapped. I went to the load...
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    06-16-2017, 07:28 AM
    There's something over 50 molds in the loading room and none of them cast exactly as stamped. Some are close, the smaller caliber mostly. Bigger bullets...never saw it happen and never concerned myself with the small differences.
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    06-12-2017, 07:31 AM
    Dave, the alloy in the best BP grease groove bullet loads has been 50/50, lead, Lino which is about the same BHN as Lyman #2, I think. Food for thought and thank you! Cheer, I don't remember without looking other than one is an old Rapine mold...
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    06-11-2017, 07:38 PM
    As per my second post yes sir, it is a double and is for hunting. Case capacity is no issue. 120 grs. of Ffg is about perfect with a grease groove bullet, lube cookie and a beeswax base wad. The PP'ed bullet may allow me to get closer to the...
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    06-11-2017, 02:00 PM
    Thank you for your response rfd. I read through several threads and from them it appears I should add these are going to be hunting rounds, not for target use from a 130 year old double rifle. I expect there is probably a difference in tolerances...
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    06-11-2017, 01:27 PM
    I'll apologize first for my terrible search skills. No doubt both have been answered but I couldn't find them. I'm old and 'puter's ain't my thing. I'm undertaking my first PP'ed bullets for my 500 BPE. I have the patching part down. The...
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    06-10-2017, 07:49 AM
    Must be my old Pact chrono....or me. I always have to tape a piece of newspaper to the front guides to keep the burning powder and maybe the patch from causing spurious readings.
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    06-04-2017, 07:06 AM
    Stunning, simply stunning. Well done sir! Excellent work on forming the case also.
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    06-04-2017, 06:59 AM
    Been shooting 36's since the late 70's and my go to load has always been 20 grs. of Fffg. The last several years that powder has been Schuetzen. My use is 99.5% squirrel hunting and it's effective to say the least. Head shots are still a must on...
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    06-01-2017, 09:38 PM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread What say ya'll? in Our Chapel
    Isn't the question a fine kettle of fish. When I hear or read a question like that the first thing I want to do is go look in a mirror. Not literally but assuredly to look deep inside me....and that scares me. Maturing as a Christian is a...
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    06-01-2017, 07:30 AM
    sharps4590 replied to a thread Jesus paid it all in Our Chapel
    Amen to all the above. One thing that makes me shudder is can you imagine being a Father sending your Son to a death like that for a people who largely ignore and often despise Him? I am grateful for a love like that but it is beyond my ability to...
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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