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    Today, 06:03 PM
    cookies can help with fouling and gas cutting, but they take up powder space. there is no real need for cookies if yer wiping.
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    Today, 02:15 PM
    BACO bore wipers for a .45 ... made up BD bore gopher for a .40 ...
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    Today, 10:07 AM
    if the barrel is truly rated only for bp why load with smokeless? is this a real 1893 or a modern clone? if really a 19th century gun, i'd stick with black. if modern, AA5744 is a recognized smokeless that was made for 19th century...
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    CM, it will always come down to seeing what will work best for your gun and shooting. i've used both plain tap water and a 1:6 or 1:10 mix of ballistol:water. it's not rocket science, you just wanna wet the bp residue and push most of it out, then...
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    02-18-2019, 08:36 PM
    curious, does it have the obligatory patent breech? cheers, rob.
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    02-18-2019, 08:03 PM
    particularly with a .45-110, you probably gave up too early in PPB load development, and that's too bad. you might wanna seek help with that over at the BP PPB board. i'm sure there are long case .45 folks over there with good scoop for ya. it...
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    02-18-2019, 10:44 AM
    peeps are best for me for iron sights ... particularly since they're mandatory for iron sight BPCR/TR. :)
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    02-16-2019, 06:56 PM
    rfd replied to a thread sizing bullets? in Muzzleloading.
    why not just load patched .530 balls, the way it was very effectively done and used back in the day?
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    02-16-2019, 09:56 AM
    .32-20 cases are readily available for cheap while .32-40 aren't. however, a henry s/s in .357mag should do quite well for bp loads and varmints. :)
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    02-14-2019, 09:25 PM
    in a chamber meant for lubed over bore bullets, with some amount of freebore, the typical difference 'tween bore riders that are lubed and those that are patched is how much of the bullet is seated in the case, and how that amount of bullet reacts...
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    02-14-2019, 08:02 PM
    350 to 400 grain 1:30 or 1:20 cast and lubed bullets that are sized to groove diameter, AA5744 powder (which was made for these kinda olde timey cartridges). a typically very accurate load and one i used a decade ago to win 200yd matches before i...
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    02-14-2019, 09:03 AM
    spot on. this is the way to go if you do a lot of trad ml shooting.
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    02-13-2019, 11:16 PM
    aye, there's the issue and the rub - attempting to achieve a finite measurement of patch cloth is an inexact science, coupled with cloth weave and density. attempting to duplicate precise patch cloth material can put one on a don quixote quest. ...
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    02-12-2019, 07:19 AM
    whatever load is used, specially if the gun is relatively new, check the bore for rough rifling first by running a *tight* patched jag and look at the patch for any cuts or cloth weave pulls. there are a number of methods to smooth out any rough...
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    02-12-2019, 06:55 AM
    greg, what is yer prime goal for building these cartridges - hunting, target, plinking? is your PPB a bore rider as i expect i should be? if so, cartridge OAL don't mean squat. just drop tube as much powder as ya can directly into a clean,...
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    02-11-2019, 03:25 PM
    i really hafta question sub MOA groups @ 100yds with a teflon patch. is this a bore rider or groove rider? what is the cartridge and what was the bullet diameter? if by "teflon" this talk means plumber's tape, and since that tape will stretch...
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    02-11-2019, 10:24 AM
    if the bullets to be used are over bore in diameter, greased or papered, and are to be black powder powered, which means no air space under the bullet, that means making a dummy round to find the max OAL with the bullet either engraving or placed...
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    02-10-2019, 10:06 AM
    for the .45-70 gov't cartridge? that's a fast twist. most .45-70's for long range are using 1:18 or maybe 1:17 to stabilize 500+ grain bullets or slicks. for under 500 grains, more like the typical 400 grain, 1:20 should be fine and why the henry...
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    02-10-2019, 09:58 AM
    greg, you have already been well advised about PPBs by many, and all that will matter for you is what's yer prime reason and use for going the paper patch way.
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    02-10-2019, 08:58 AM
    there are some good things that happen with a bore rider PPB cartridge. there is no max cartridge OALvastly increased case powder capacityno barrel leadingno bullet lube or sizing issuessome will argue for increased consistent accuracy there are...
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    02-10-2019, 08:41 AM
    with the two henrys i bought i found that one (the .223) worked flawlessly with just the 31# spring and the other (the .357) required both the 31# spring and the smaller original hammer spring. experiment!
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    02-10-2019, 07:18 AM
    50 grains is waaaay too little black powder for a PPB .45-70 cartridge and NO grease cookie wanted or needed. all fouling control is handled by wiping between shots, either a wet then dry patch, or a bore wiper with a dry patch is used. i think...
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    02-10-2019, 07:09 AM
    H&R buff classics are easy to adjust weight via the hollow drilled butt stock. i even used a mercury tube in one. the henry s/s guns also have s large hollowed butt stocks for adjusting gun weight to help mitigate recoil and steady the sights for...
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    02-09-2019, 11:06 PM
    i've had a pair if H&R buff classics and their triggers are Hefty ... then i got a 74 sharps with DSTs, then those H&R's got sold off FAST - i don't gun hunt, only interested in BPCR/TR where a good trigger is Important. besides, break open guns...
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    02-09-2019, 07:27 PM
    i so no reason why the henry .357mag can't be reamed out to .357max, should be an easy task as all that's happening is removing forward chamber metal. i've thought of going from mag to max with my henry but so far the mag does what i require.
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    02-08-2019, 08:26 AM
    i'd love to see real world BPCR results at 50, 500 and 1000 yards with teflon tape "patched" PPBs for at least the ubiquitous .45-70 cartridge, and at least a dozen shots per distance. that would be either a crow eating eye-opener or a bogus deal...
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    02-08-2019, 07:17 AM
    i have *NO* need for such a firearm but now i'm gonna get one, too. just because right now, i can. tomorrow may be too late for a lot of things in the USA ....
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    02-07-2019, 06:12 PM
    ... or just wrap with dry paper and slip into pre-loaded cases.
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    02-07-2019, 08:41 AM
    you may be right ... or wrong. we'd both need to know more of exactly what the OP is loading, and the shooting distance. if teflon was a viable if not better slick patching material, the BPCR/TR boys would be using it in droves. ain't...
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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