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    09-22-2018, 08:26 AM
    As noted, the tang rear and globe front sights will help you a lot. The Hadley Eyecup by Lee Shaver can be adjusted for light conditions and is a good addition. I really, really like the Heilman sights. Three rifles have them. There may be a...
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    09-20-2018, 08:01 AM
    A forum member PCed some bullets for me so I could test before buying the material. I gave him 50 new cast bullets from a Beagled mold that had been sized to 0.380". When they were coated they measured between 0.382" and 0.3865" with the majority...
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    09-18-2018, 08:55 AM
    First thing I thought of was paper patching, sperm whale oil and jojoba oil. I know a dab of the two oils were often used on paper patches. They could have been mixed with bees wax for a "grease". The two oils were excellent lubricants, resisted...
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    09-14-2018, 08:24 AM
    Years ago a very elderly gentleman (Battle of Saipan Marine) got to talking with me at the range because I grew up on Saipan in the 50's. He noticed that I crimped my reloads for my Garand and asked me "Why?" I told him that I read where semi-auto...
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    09-14-2018, 08:10 AM
    I went looking for someone to pc some bullets for me so I could test the idea. Odfairfaxsub was kind enough to do the task for me, and a good job he did too. The as cast bullets measured 0.3800". After coating they measured 0.3835". For the...
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    09-12-2018, 04:30 PM
    Toymaker replied to a thread Help with brass...? in Cast Boolits
    Hornady had a real simple system that worked quite well for small batches. I have one, but it's been discontinued. Check it out - you can see that a socket of the proper size would work just fine. As for a machine, just Google "Annealing Machine"...
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    09-03-2018, 06:05 PM
    Strippers tend to raise the grain of the wood, which isn't bad but needs a good sanding when you're done. Easier, and needing only a light sanding, is to remove any rubber or plastic fittings and spray the stock with carb cleaner, wiping with shop...
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    09-01-2018, 12:24 PM
    It's gotten to the point where I use Lyman #2 (BHN 15) for everything except the front stuffers. Well, the RB 45-70 likes pure lead in mild loads too. Anyway, you can buy it at a reasonable cost from Rotometals. I have lots and lots and lots of...
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    08-27-2018, 06:07 PM
    Toymaker replied to a thread Cammind device in Single Shot Guns
    Kokomokid, I ran across the reference to Steve Rhoades and the Arizona Sharp Shooters. I knew a Steve Rhoades who lived in Phoenix, but I don't know if they are the same. I've also tried finding a web site for the Arizona Sharp Shooters without...
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    08-26-2018, 06:02 PM
    Toymaker replied to a thread Cammind device in Single Shot Guns
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    08-26-2018, 05:55 PM
    Toymaker replied to a thread Cammind device in Single Shot Guns
    You nailed it, marlinman93. The one I was loaned looked a little different and was made of brass but served the same function. Now I have a name. Too bad it's not back-orderable, but maybe a search will come up with another. It was...
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    08-26-2018, 12:12 PM
    Toymaker replied to a thread Cloth patch cutter in Muzzleloading.
    Buddy of mine has used the modified hole saw cutter for years also. I use both sides of a square patch for cleaning and strip patching for loading so I don't waste anything.
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    08-26-2018, 12:05 PM
    At a BPCR match on Saturday I'd gotten my OAL just a little too long and had difficulty "thumbing" the rounds into the chamber. One of the other shooters loaned me a brass device to cam the rounds into position. It was a brass oval with a pins on...
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I'm a long time muzzle loader so I've been casting round ball for some time. Got interested in BPCR and started casting for that too. Compete locally, regionally, territorial and nationally, but the only person I have to beat is me.
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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