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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    Today, 03:57 PM
    Thanks, Ted. Actually, been a member here nearly as long as you, just not been real prolific about it...LOL. Now that I'm digging in to BPCR, I have more questions than a three year old, and no better place in the world to get answers! I now have...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 08:56 AM
    a feller on another forum had one of these buggered traditions rifles (a percussion gun that traditions retro-fitted to flint) and here's the results of a lotta shooting ... notice the blackened gap around the "bushing" where bp residue...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    another general PPB bore rider question ... is there a direct relationship between the PPB diameter and the alloy hardness of the slick, in terms of upset/obturation?
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 08:42 AM
    so ian, yer patching right to bore diameter for a bore rider PPB? what's yer slick diameter prior to patching? what paper are you using for patching? and how do the PPBs enter the rifling - easy or not so easy?
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 08:17 AM
    relating to brent's above post, i'd like to start a discussion of just what it takes to make an accurate PPB for a given rifle, and how to go about creating it. getting the *right* diameter PPB (meaning the paper wrapped slick) is probably the most...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Pan Lube in Black Powder Cartridge
    when and if i do greasers they're dip lubed and not pan lubed. dipping is faster and easier for me, no waiting for a huge amount of lube to harden. an expanded case with the primer hole enlarged for a pusher dowel makes up the cookie cutter.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 07:24 PM
    joe, i do hear ya on all accounts and i appreciate yer posting on this. i'm a stickler for greasing any and all threads into the tube. just insures it will be easy to remove at later date for ... who knows, maybe no good reason at all? famous...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 07:11 PM
    i patch a JIm443530e slick for my .45-70 sharps, with it's slugged .450 bore and .458 groove, to .4485 and then the rest is up to how i load and aim and push the trigger. sounds like you might need a fatter slick. you have a PM incoming ....
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 06:57 PM
    thanx for your help, much obliged. i'll pass on this gun, ain't worth my time and trouble. truth is, as nobade posted, i have far better onshore trad muzzys anyway.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 06:54 PM
    no worse, or maybe less worse than traditions and cva recalls and accidents ... https://www.chuckhawks.com/dangerous_muzzleloaders.htm ... but then again, jon, you have yer personal agenda with traditions to deal with. good luck.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 05:58 PM
    there is NO WAY i'd put up with a manufacturer that resorts to rube-goldberging their product for their benefit and not for the benefit of their consumer. order cancelled.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 05:39 PM
    *IF* the traditions patent breech is the same as this CVA ... then *IF* it was a cap gun, removing the bolster would allow the patent breech plug to be removed, but there's no way to remove the patent breech if the bolster was cut off and...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 04:08 PM
    newrib, i heartily can recommend the lee shaver super grade sight rear tang (it comes with the very necessary hadley eye cup) and 17a spirit globe front. the Jim443530E is a Killer .45-70 slick!!
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-24-2019, 12:56 PM
    old thread, but fwiw i think the labradar is the way to go IF it's used a LOT and/or you've got $500+ discretionary cash to spend. if not, a pro-chrony-dlx and a remote computer device (smartphone, pad, laptop, etc) gets the job done ... at...
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    03-24-2019, 11:32 AM
    SOLD to M5155 !
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    03-24-2019, 08:25 AM
    Heritage Rough Rider single action .22 rimfire, excellent condition, cocobolo grips, with leather holster. $70 shipped to your FFL from a non-FFL private individual.
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    03-24-2019, 08:21 AM
    New, Excellent condition, never loaded or fired, complete with everything but powder and caps. All accoutrements are new and unused - pre-moulded quality leather holster, brass adjustable powder flask with 15/20/25 nozzles, nipple wrench, brass...
    2 replies | 262 view(s)
  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 09:48 PM
    what i use is a rice barrel company octagon vise barrel clamp, an 18" reed corp flat jawed wrench, and a special socket strictly for offshore plugs (it has a cut out for cap gun bolsters). the reed corp wrench gets leverage from a 4ft pipe. about...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 09:43 PM
    why in the world would any manufacturer want to bush a liner - that's extra work and materials for what? unless the barrel steel is cr@p and won't support a liner. i need to dig deeper into this issue.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 07:01 PM
    what holds the busing in and what's its diameter? got pix?
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 06:43 PM
    that's NOT good, and sounds dumb. what's the need for a bushing? whether a bbl is used for flint or cap, the liner or bolster should have the same threads, as that's cost effective and makes sense. if this bbl liner pressed-in bushing is as you...
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    03-23-2019, 06:17 PM
    with the henry .357 s/s i had, it required the 31# spring and short spring to get consistent primer strikes, and yielded a consistent 3.5# average trigger pull weight. with the henry .223 s/s, it only required the 31# spring. very inconsistent...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 05:54 PM
    i won't ever have a trad muzzy long gun that i can't pull out a breech plug, particularly a new one that will need anti-seize grease. so yeah, this gun is a gamble of sorts. and if the plug is worthy, i'll retrofit a proper touch liner, a real...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 05:46 PM
    CB is kinda like a family for me, and i wanna thank you all for all yer help and offerings, but "minion of george" is gifting this undeserving feller a lyman mould.
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    03-23-2019, 12:56 PM
    a traditions .50 "mountain rifle", whatever that means. i've had more than a few spanish built guns in the past, all kits, and their big bugaboo for me was the breech plug - couldn't remove it with proper pro tools. of course i'll at least attempt...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 11:01 AM
    most kind of you, sir, and most obliged. i might git back to ya ...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 08:59 AM
    WTB: Lee .490 ball mould, excellent condition.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 06:43 PM
    cheap lee 20# ladle pot and a thermometer. period.
    37 replies | 1466 view(s)
  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 05:25 PM
    I had actually considered this one, especially at the sale price: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/868436/rcbs-easy-melt-furnace However, the review comments about needing to leave the fan running for 2-2.5 hours to cool down so as not to...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 04:29 PM
    hah! great minds sorta think alike - i loaded up 15 rounds to test out with 3.2 grains of BE under a 147 grain hi-tek. :) a good part of what i bought and will use deserves a tip o' the hat to you, sir!
    96 replies | 4142 view(s)
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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