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    Yesterday, 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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    01-15-2020, 04:39 PM
    No such plans. I shoot for the smile factor...:bigsmyl2:
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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-12-2020, 07:24 PM
    fwiw, they're smokeless loads, not bp.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    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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  • rfd's Avatar
    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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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    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...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-09-2020, 02:30 PM
    not at all true unless you qualify yer talking strictly about a cap gun - flinters are a totally different story and there WILL be times when pulling the breech is required. which brings up the point about using anti-seize lube to anything threaded...
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    01-09-2020, 12:44 PM
    Thanks for the replies, all! The Marble sight looks like it might be what I'm looking for, but in the instructions PDF there is a mention of centerpunch, drilling and tapping. I don't wish to do any permanent mods to this rifle. I posed the...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-09-2020, 11:41 AM
    think smart about dry balling a muzzy, and be prepared. we all will dry ball eventually. and if we shoot a lot, sometimes we do this dry balling over and over again, particularly as we advance in years and decline in smarts - guilty as charged am...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-09-2020, 09:04 AM
    try the simple method first - put a ball screw worm on the end of the ramrod, drive it into the ball, screw it in, and attempt to retrieve the rod and ball. lacking the ball screw worm, powder can be forced in behind the ball. if it's a cap gun,...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-08-2020, 09:32 PM
    an interesting dilemma of sorts and i asked that of myself awhile back and came up with this answer - i have an S&W 642 j-frame snubby .38spl 1.875" w/frame rear sight for EDC, and an S&W 67 k-frame .38spl 4" w/adj. rear sight for range and target...
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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
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