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    Yesterday, 09:18 PM
    ofitg replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    Agreed. I suspect that the word "ball" was commonly used in those days in reference to any type of projectile, spherical or not. I noticed that the loading instructions for the Sharps carbine also mentioned "the ball". Not sure what to think...
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    01-18-2018, 09:50 PM
    ofitg replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    1861 Manual of Arms - https://web.archive.org/web/20140530064404/http://ehistory.osu.edu/uscw/library/books/carbine.cfm No mention of wads or lube - the soldiers were training with cartridges (probably non-combustible cartridges, since they...
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    01-16-2018, 02:42 AM
    ofitg replied to a thread Sks in Military Rifles
    Maybe it's just me, but the SKS seems to come to my shoulder and point more naturally than the AK or the AR.... I guess it depends on what you grew up on.... the safety is definitely located better than the AK's. Ten rounds on semi-auto is a nice...
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    01-14-2018, 11:52 AM
    I took another look at my 15k-ft Thommen - it provides a direct read-out of Station Pressure down to 22.5 in-Hg. That would only cover from sea level up to 7650 feet altitude (with a "standard atmosphere"); I believe the 21k-ft model is the same. ...
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    01-14-2018, 02:14 AM
    A guy on Ebay is offering a used Thommen 21000-ft pocket altimeter for $67.95 plus shipping - https://www.ebay.com/itm/THOMMEN-EVERST-21000-ALTIMETER-VERY-GOOD-CONDITION-7865/232606766362?hash=item362871951a:g:FkYAAOSwxzdaPq3v I've owned a...
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    01-09-2018, 10:11 AM
    You might even try the "paper mache" material used in old-fashioned egg cartons. It punches out into little discs more easily than felt, and it absorbs a reasonable amount of lube. If you're already buying eggs, the material is "free".
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    01-02-2018, 10:05 AM
    John.k, for what it's worth, I have heard about one type of sugar-based blackpowder substitute which was actually available commercially (a few years ago in South Africa) - called Sannadex. ...
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    12-29-2017, 02:23 PM
    I wouldn't be surprised if your .30/95-gr slug at 2500 fps drilled right through body armor and then tumbled its way through the gelatin...... that could cause a devastating wound.
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    12-27-2017, 10:16 PM
    Acidia609, have you considered testing these zinc slugs' performance against body armor? This guy - The Chopping Block - has presented a few videos/trials involving hard and soft armor, but I don't believe he has tried cast zinc - ...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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