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    Yesterday, 05:11 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    Nice! I'm not a great shooter either. I get 3-3.5" groups with whatever projectile I use at 15 yds shooting in a sort of Weaver-like stance.
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    Yesterday, 01:47 AM
    No wad needed at all. I assume you are lubing the grooves?
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    Yesterday, 12:41 AM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    That's what I did until the ole lady taught me something. I was dumb but determined! I'm curious what molds or designs you are considering.
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    01-20-2018, 10:39 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    Don't get into an ultralight backpacking forum then! What kind of molds are you considering? Oh, be certain to clean your gun once you get home. If for some reason you just don't have the time use some form of oil. Swab it liberally down the...
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    01-20-2018, 04:52 PM
    I only sell .454 RB's for use in the Walker, since .454 is the recommended size. I also cast heeled 185gr. SWC Conicals for the Walker, these are sized and lubed @ .452. The same boolit is sized to .454.5 for the ROA. Jeff
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    01-20-2018, 04:32 PM
    If the sizing die is square where the GC/boolit enter the die then it will shave copper and sometimes even just lead, especially if the boolit is slightly larger than the die itself. You can pick up a decent hand reamer at Harbor Freight, or other...
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    01-20-2018, 02:54 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    I've never had an issue igniting Pyrodex P or RS, or 3F T7 in any of my guns. I've used Rem #11's (just one tin with Pyrodex), CCI #11 mags for a few tins as these didn't fit well either needing two strikes often, and Rem #10's for hundreds of shots...
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    01-20-2018, 02:01 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    Oh, good point Mike! Forgot that one. I bent mine the first trip out! Luckily it wasn't too bad and I was able to bend it back straight enough. I looked and found there were no replacement parts back then (someone had someone else make a run of some...
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    01-20-2018, 12:32 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    Did you get the nipple wrench too? If not a 3/16 nutdriver works perfectly, which is what I did. Same with a ratchet. Greasing the chambers just makes a mess from what I've read, though I've come across a couple of guys on forums who make their...
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    01-19-2018, 08:28 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    Very odd. The first time I've come across anything that stated the cartridge for revolvers was opened and then discarded, as well as using a ball (assuming it is indeed a ball). Every paper cartridge I've read about used a conical. And the original...
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    01-19-2018, 02:21 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    Powder on one side of the wad cannot possibly ignite the powder on the other side without a trail along the side. I'll need to read that article. Paper cartridges during the Civil War for cap n ball pistols didn't have the paper discarded. It was...
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    01-19-2018, 11:49 AM
    rodwha replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    In a recent multi-chainfire incident it was shown to likey be from the cylinder's ability to move fore and aft with nipples that way have been slightly too long this hammering 5 of the caps against the recoil shield and firing those 5 of 6 chambers....
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    01-19-2018, 08:20 AM
    rodwha replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    I've seen this before. I must say that I find it rather difficult to believe that lead can be engraved by a grain of black powder like that. It just doesn't seem plausible to me. Being much harder it would just push it back into the chamber to my...
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    01-18-2018, 07:08 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    My father had a chainfire while using felt wads. No way that came from the front.
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    01-17-2018, 10:29 AM
    I've been feeling a .32 (Crockett) needs to find its way to me. And I've wondered just how much thump a conical would give one and how far it might shoot well to. What distance(s) do you intend to shoot at? Will you be using a felt wad with...
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    01-10-2018, 09:18 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread muzzleloader ? in Muzzleloading.
    The cheapest and also about as energetic is Olde Eynsford by Goex.
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    01-10-2018, 05:37 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread muzzleloader ? in Muzzleloading.
    I've read people are fond of Black MZ as well. A lot cheaper than BH209, but not as energetic either.
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    01-09-2018, 12:44 AM
    rodwha replied to a thread .31 revolver balls? in Muzzleloading.
    A sprue turned 90* will shave off in a cap n ball situation.
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    01-08-2018, 06:59 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Minie for hunting in Muzzleloading.
    Interesting. I did not know these could be manipulated like that. Always read how important it was to check to ensure they hadn't migrated off of the powder charge before pulling the trigger. What is the typical groove depth on rifles meant for...
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    01-08-2018, 12:48 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Minie for hunting in Muzzleloading.
    I'd be concerned about shooting undersized conicals as they move off of the powder charge easily. When I'm hunting I want to only be oncerned about the hammer and trigger, which is why I went with a Lee REAL. I'm not aware of any conical that will...
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    01-08-2018, 12:44 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread .31 revolver balls? in Muzzleloading.
    Why would you prefer the sprue? That's one thing I like about my ball molds from Lee.
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    01-07-2018, 06:02 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread .31 revolver balls? in Muzzleloading.
    mooman is right. Think the Lee 00 buckshot mold is about all you'd find without going custom. Of course you could also go with a conical... https://leeprecision.com/00-buckshot-mold.html
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    01-03-2018, 11:46 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread Lee real .54 300gr in Muzzleloading.
    Is that a 1:48" twist? I have a .50 cal 1:48" twist Lyman Deerstalker and saw nearly touching results with 70 grns of something I had on hand to try (I had been breaking my rifle in with Pyrodex P and RS my father gave me which I disliked, but...
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    01-02-2018, 02:12 PM
    Strength of the cap firing is something I don't know about. I'd venture to guess the magnum caps are the hottest. But the Remington caps state they are 40% hotter. Regardless Rem #10's have never failed to fire Triple 7 or Pyrodex which need a...
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    01-01-2018, 03:21 PM
    My ROA nipples didn't fit the old Rem #11's my father gave me with the gun. They needed pinched. Rem #10's fit extremely well and are hard to pry off. Unless you are intending on buying a new nipple I'd try #10's or even standard (non magnum) CCI...
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    12-31-2017, 09:23 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread .54 Derringer in Muzzleloading.
    I'd certainly like to see some ballistics gel results. As I recall the derringer used on Lincoln didn't seem to penetrate that deep. The derringer used in the book I have that I gave results for penetrated 1" of pine board, which back then was...
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    12-30-2017, 11:32 PM
    rodwha replied to a thread .54 Derringer in Muzzleloading.
    That is way too cool! I like the large caliber as well! Will you be firing it? I'm a bit curious what such a short barrel could produce. The .44 cal Philadelphia derringer seems anemic from what I recall. Often wondered what a slightly longer...
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    12-30-2017, 10:04 PM
    Something about the things we can make that make them special.
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    12-30-2017, 09:13 PM
    I have a custom short starter made by a retired machinist that has a bore protector on it. I also had him drill a 1/2" hole in it to work as a palm saver. He also made me a couple of custom punches and a ram rod. His prices were exceptionally...
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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