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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Today, 10:46 AM
    Yep, that's why I sold off my 1903. Such great plinking pistols.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Great Plains in Muzzleloading.
    All may not be lost. If you put a felt and card wad behind them with a stiff load of powder it will upset into the grooves just fine. Slip fit is how I shoot all the conicals out of my .50 cal Lyman GPH, including the paper patched stuff. Like...
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    Yesterday, 11:04 AM
    Yep, I am another fingernail polish fan. Carried over from fly fishing and then other fishing lures. Great colors. If you want clear then the Sally Hansen is the way to go.
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    08-21-2019, 08:41 AM
    Some out here would use them as follow up on bigger game like elk. Heavy pistols. If I had to carry one I'd probably put a shot load in it for snakes. I used to carry a cap and ball for the same kind of reason. It was a short barrel Remington...
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    08-20-2019, 07:47 PM
    What bothers me is the number of people who will use this data to go into bear country with smaller calibers and not know how to use them to stop a determined bear attack. Yes, just as with people defense, any gun is better than none, but some...
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    08-20-2019, 01:49 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Great Plains in Muzzleloading.
    I think you will like them. They cut really nice round holes in things :) ML version of a SWC.
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    08-20-2019, 07:50 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Great Plains in Muzzleloading.
    The commercial version shoots well for me, but, I have to use a wad under it and size it to bore instead of engraving when loading. Then use a large enough charge to upset it into the rifling. For my Lyman Great Plains Hunter that was 100gn...
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    08-18-2019, 03:52 PM
    Not at all. Some of us have carried semi-autos in the field a lot more often than revolvers. My current 'fishing' pistol is in 9mmMak. Cheap and accurate. I don't have to worry about it getting wet or ruining the finish. 9mmMak is not a very...
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    08-12-2019, 11:53 PM
    FWIW, sizing serves an important function in material. The sizing makes the thread not stretch as much, so weaving and sewing can be done with greater precision. When I sew with cloth that has been washed I will sometimes use spray starch to...
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    08-09-2019, 06:24 PM
    I would agree that it is just about perfect for a patched round ball, complete with deep rifling.
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    08-08-2019, 03:29 PM
    I have the Polish Radom P-64. Decent carry gun, especially for the price. As a plinker it is accurate enough, just not very pleasant to shoot. Recoil is just as bad as, and sometimes worse than, any of the small 9x19 pistols I shoot.
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    08-07-2019, 04:46 PM
    If you do use a REAL I'd recommend a good tight fitting card wad behind it. You have some fairly deep rifling to fill. Based on that the real probably will not fill to groove dia unless "bumped" by a heavier charge of powder. The card wad will...
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    08-06-2019, 09:47 PM
    ^^^this. Black powder velocities and bullets .577 Black Powder Express, 570gn at 1700fps. You can make black powder push bullets at speed. And, yes, the bullets I shoot are good to at least 300yd and are semi-wadcutter design (.50cal). Big...
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    08-06-2019, 07:22 AM
    Ok. And I missed the part about this being for a double rifle. Terminal effects are a give and take. Yes, a round ball will probably dump energy well, but, a flat front bullet cuts a better hole which will bleed faster. A round ball of .50 cal...
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    08-05-2019, 10:20 PM
    I guess I would ask why try to make a round ball shoot like a bullet when you can use a bullet? I would think a Minie would be a good match at that caliber.
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    08-05-2019, 05:21 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Estate Sale in Muzzleloading.
    Unfortunately I have had to have a few estate sales in the family. YES, it is picked over by the family. I would hope that your kids/family pick through your stuff before putting it out in an auction. PS sorry this is at a bad time. At an...
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    08-05-2019, 05:17 PM
    Golf balls are so much better now days. Heck, I could play an entire round with one ball and never have a slice in the cover or even a dimple. Many of you probably don't even remember the days of thin covers over the "rubber band" section and the...
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    08-04-2019, 08:05 PM
    I thought that was what we were doing. At least that is what I consider the definition of a Kit Gun. If my Colt 1903 was not so rust prone, then it would have been an ideal kit gun for many as well. More accurate than I was with the .32ACP and...
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    08-03-2019, 04:24 PM
    That's exactly what I was looking at. I only use adjustable sights when I change loads. With the .357s the POI is dramatically different with .38spl loads and then magnum loads. For really light loads the Python's sights won't even adjust far...
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    08-03-2019, 12:00 PM
    I loved my Ruger SP101 for that role. 3" and .357 The only drawback for me was the fixed sight, but, with my std .357 loads it shot to point of aim at 20yds. I would keep snakeshot in the first chamber. Sorry I got rid of it. Right now I...
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    08-03-2019, 11:39 AM
    The twist and load will depend on caliber. Larger dia ball is more mass, so takes more effort to spin up. Typically round ball twist rates are very slow, 1:60 kind of thing for 50cal. It does not take much movement to stabilize a ball so slower...
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    07-31-2019, 06:12 PM
    I used to buy old brief cases at garage sales. Rip out guts and put egg crate foam inside. Nice for pistols. Tool bags work nice too. I like the hard side golf club case idea.
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    07-30-2019, 06:18 PM
    I guess I am a bit different then. I want to have less than MOA groups with my front stuffer. I am under 2MOA now. I would be happy with under MOA with my .308 using cast as well. Thanks to Ron I have the Lee .50 S&W mould, size to .496, paper...
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    07-29-2019, 03:19 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Black guns in Factory Rifles
    Sportsman's has a sale on Windham 7.62 rifles ($500 off). Any good?
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    07-29-2019, 09:22 AM
    I suspect this is why. If I have a pistol that misfires I lose my concentration just a bit. Sent from my SM-P580 using Tapatalk
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    07-25-2019, 11:14 AM
    I did not see where changes during a loading session or size of powder charge are mentioned. Some powder measures have a baffle inside to let them throw a consistent charge no matter how much powder is in the hopper. Many do not. My Lee's (I...
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    07-24-2019, 09:14 PM
    This was my experience too. I had RCBS dies and they had very specific instructions for initial forming to make sure the headspace was properly set at the shoulder. I remember the initial fire forming load had to be tight enough that the barrel...
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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