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    Yesterday, 07:04 PM
    S&W model 67-5, a new old-school .38spl, love it ...
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    01-26-2020, 09:18 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Murphy's oil soap in Muzzleloading.
    if you load with real black powder, there truly is no need for soap, alcohol, peroxide, antifreeze, smokeless powder solvents, urine, and myriad other nasty commercial concoctions, chemicals, and "treatments". waste of time and money, and most have...
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    01-25-2020, 09:20 PM
    for my .357 smiths, they all get starline .357 brass, though the loads depend on the gun's weight and will range from mild (snubby) to mediumish (k-frame). but i Vastly prefer a good .38spl smith and my fave is my k-frame model 67 with 3.8 grains...
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    01-24-2020, 06:14 PM
    Got it a few weeks ago, topped it with a Sig Romeo5 (awesome red dot!) and had one indoor range session with it so far. Hand loads only, 80 rounds of 4.2 grains of W231 over Precision 125 grain hi-tec bullets, range brass and Federal SPPs. So far...
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    01-23-2020, 10:55 AM
    yep, a total reality check for sure. don't get old, don't get debilitated, and keep packing a .357 or .45 - yeah, right. hah. doh.
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    01-22-2020, 08:33 PM
    there is no "best" and hardly any "perfect" 'cept in the mind's eye of the beholder (or shooter/owner). it's all subjective in too many ways. personally, i like my .38spl pistolos best of all, but have a soft spot for the .357mag and the...
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    01-18-2020, 04:00 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Dixie Gun Work Kits in Muzzleloading.
    i've put together 2 Traditions, 3 DGW, and 5 GPR kits. as long as ya know which end of a screwdriver to use, it'll get built and it'll function.
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    01-18-2020, 07:54 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Dixie Gun Work Kits in Muzzleloading.
    built one of the DGW cap gun kits, too.
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    01-18-2020, 07:51 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Dixie Gun Work Kits in Muzzleloading.
    if you mean DGW trad muzzy kits, they're made by investarms, same manufacturer that makes the lyman GPR gun offerings. i've built three DGW flinter kits and they're quite good for the price, and for what they are. these are "screwdriver" kits that...
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    01-17-2020, 02:24 PM
    The High Wall is one of the strongest actions ever built. I have fired factory smokeless ammo through my .45/70 High Wall with MV at 1330fps...I have also fired smokeless handloads at MV's of nearly 1900 fps with no detrimental effect other than to...
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    01-16-2020, 02:28 PM
    4-500 yards would be fine, actually. In fact, my local rifle range is limited to 200 yards for paper targets and I'm searching for a longer range with gongs anyway. For those super-long shots I have a Pedersoli Sharps with a vernier tang sight....
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    01-15-2020, 04:39 PM
    No such plans. I shoot for the smile factor...:bigsmyl2:
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    01-15-2020, 02:44 PM
    i have dutch's ebook and while there's some good stuff in it, it's aimed specifically at percussion guns, no flintlocks, with very tight loads, for target accuracy.
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    01-14-2020, 11:50 PM
    Thanks...I could live with that. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for one.
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    01-14-2020, 09:27 PM
    L&R RPL (replacement) flint locks are (or were) specified by the gun brand and model. there is no drilling or tapping required. there WILL be some amount of inlet work for fit in the gun's mortise. the bottom line is that if yer shooting a fair...
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    01-14-2020, 07:43 AM
    unlike cap guns, the heart of flintlock long guns is the lock itself. with flint locks (that is, the lock and not the entire gun), you will almost always get what ya pay for, and even so there will usually be some work to be done on the lock to...
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    01-13-2020, 02:34 PM
    I have a Browning High Wall in .45/70 and a Contender in .35 Remington (14" ported). Both are keepers in my book. The Browning is the highest quality rifle I own and shoots like a dream.
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    01-13-2020, 02:27 PM
    Not surprising, and kinda makes sense as the Browning version of this gun has been out of production for some time. I will watch eBay to see if one becomes available, otherwise...back to Square One!
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    01-12-2020, 07:24 PM
    fwiw, they're smokeless loads, not bp.
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    01-12-2020, 12:32 PM
    OUT OF STOCK. and you'd almost have to believe in the tooth fairy to think it'll get restocked any too soon. RCC is the only source i've found for .45-120 brass - IN STOCK, because they make it on order demand.
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    01-12-2020, 10:12 AM
    for the very most part, the difference in ignition time between 4f and 3f, and sometimes even 2f, is inconsequential for most flint guns/shooters. coarser pan powder can be beneficial in humid/wet climates, too. it's also nice not to absolutely...
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    01-12-2020, 07:21 AM
    available @ rccbrass, $9.73 each, 50 case minimum order. :shock: https://www.rccbrass.com/product/45-120-sharp-3-1-4/
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    01-12-2020, 07:12 AM
    you will. it's inevitable IF you shoot on a fairly regular basis, particularly in the company of friends and/or other shooters. actually, it's a rite of passage and means "you have arrived". looking forward to having you join the club....
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    01-11-2020, 06:38 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Lee 459-500-3R in Black Powder Cartridge
    way back when, i had that lee 469-500-3r mould and cast up many dozens of 1:20 and 1:30 alloy greasers for an H&R buffalo classic. for most any kinda 100-300 yard plinking it was fine to okay. later on when i acquired numerous sharps and rollers...
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    01-10-2020, 02:29 PM
    You will love it! If you choose, factory Remington ammo launches at around 1330fps with a 405gr FN jacketed bullet. I shot these out of my High Wall before reloading and found accuracy outstanding...3 shot groups at 100 yard I could cover with a...
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    01-10-2020, 12:36 PM
    they offer a direct and unfettered (no slot or hex relief) access to the chamber, and are well coned on their insides. these liners come in both stainless and iron, where the iron blends in quite well with the barrel steel to better emulate an 18th...
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    01-09-2020, 11:09 PM
    I saw it on the Buffalo Arms site but it was marked "out of stock"
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    01-09-2020, 04:59 PM
    dry balling can be, and usually is, more of a problem with a flinter than a cap gun. if a flinter employs a chambers white lightning touch hole liner, there is no way to easily remove such liners. for liners with slots or hex holes, there's the...
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    01-09-2020, 04:42 PM
    It does. I think the FP1885 will mount to the top of our receivers with no additional drilling and tapping using the scope base mount screw holes...but I will find out. Thanks for the many pix...they do show it can be done! EDIT: Also, the product...
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    01-09-2020, 04:38 PM
    GF, I did not see a target sight listed for the BHW rifle. The only Williams sight I saw was the FP1885...BACO was out of stock. There are a few ladder dovetail sights that *might* work...marginally...but the ladder sight on my Winchester '66 is a...
    35 replies | 1016 view(s)
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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