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    Yesterday, 07:09 PM
    cans on ml's, geez louise. another valid reason for me to completely dislike inline zip guns and all they stand for.
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    09-17-2017, 02:02 PM
    ditto's on the tumble lube. i use white label 45-45-10, lee 158 swc and rn TL moulds, 1:20 alloy, 4.2 grains of w231, for a real nice .357 load.
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    09-17-2017, 01:43 PM
    i don't see why not. pedersolis tend to have a consistent .450 bore and .458 land. if yer loading with real black powder (as you should!) a .443 slick patched with papermill 9# onion will get the fully patched bullet where it should be, slightly...
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    09-17-2017, 08:48 AM
    pump air guns will require muscle to work the pump. gas filled air guns will still require some adult intervention. a .22rf will allow well supervised complete control by the child. bolt actions will be the easiest/cheapest most efficient...
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    09-17-2017, 08:36 AM
    since this is a .22 rimfire forum, you might wanna make a post in the centerfire reloading forum?
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    09-15-2017, 07:30 AM
    just got a 2017 build sp101 .357 - no issues after 425 handload rounds with cast lead bullets, over 100 shot in one session. maybe i got lucky. hah.
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    09-14-2017, 05:14 PM
    original .36 tvm jack garner flinter that bobby hoyt recently reamed out for me to .40 with .012 radius groove rifling. what a great gun, can shoot all day with no fouling control and if my trigger finger and eyes are working reasonable (getting...
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    09-14-2017, 05:08 PM
    rfd replied to a thread .357 in Black Powder Cartridge
    interesting. i'm about to load up .357mags for black powder. will use swiss 3f and as much holy black as i can get into the case to maintain a proper OAL - powder weight don't matter a bit - add a card wad, compress a tad, seat in the bullet with...
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    09-13-2017, 03:51 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Patent Breech in Muzzleloading.
    after-shoot cleaning isn't the issue, it's during shoot cleaning that can be a bugger, particularly if you have a need to shoot out-of-pouch. lots will depend on yer load - the powder type and granulation, and how well the patch, lube and ball...
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    09-12-2017, 01:24 PM
    otis elevator weights? pure lead or some alloy? got 60# or so of these, might as well use 'em in the casting furnaces!
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    09-11-2017, 06:29 PM
    ruger gp100 or sp101 in .357 mag - these are little tanks that take a lickin and keep on tickin. take yer pick for DA or SA. no jams, no issues, fast enuf speedloads.
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    09-11-2017, 01:05 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Scope for .22 in Rimfire Area
    yep, for the most part the simmons 44mag scopes are a value investment. i prefer the 4-12 for it's lesser up front magnification.
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    09-10-2017, 06:09 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Scope for .22 in Rimfire Area
    got a simmons 4-12x44 coming for a savage mkIIfv - i've used those before, good glass for the price tag.
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    09-10-2017, 05:47 AM
    not gonna happen for a flintlock touch hole - unless you remove the vent liner and replace it with a nipple. there is no pressing need to make cleaning any trad muzzleloader difficult. this is an easy chore that can be made far easier by using a...
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    09-10-2017, 05:36 AM
    +1 to what bruce moulds just posted. a straight expander (for new brass only), a compression die, and *maybe* a straight taper die (for the slightest of neck tension to keep the lubed or patched bullet from falling out) are all that needed to load...
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    09-09-2017, 06:51 PM
    8.7 meters, gamo match diabolo pellets, cheap crickett 4x32 scope, 4 pumps each, 5 shots off bench rest.
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    09-09-2017, 06:31 PM
    crescent butts are ok for me until the load starts punching instead of pushing. that usually happens too quick as the load escalates. this is why most bpcr rifles have shotgun butt stocks. a .45-70 ppb cartridge with 80.5 grains of 1-1/2f under a...
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    09-09-2017, 06:22 PM
    i have no need for hammerless wheelies as i like to mostly use 'em SA. i've had a few gp100's and sp101's and currently use an sp101 .357 4" as one part of the home protection plan. i run it with 158gr medium load .357 handloads so that all of the...
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    09-09-2017, 02:01 PM
    fill in the butt plate with a "half moon" piece of wood, buy or make a butt pad. ;)
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    09-09-2017, 01:27 PM
    in my case for the above smoothie, the butt's shape wasn't to my liking and so i took off about 1/4" to flatten the curve. the akton filled butt boot added about 3/8" back. works fine for me. yep, to each their own. ;)
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    09-09-2017, 11:49 AM
    1/2" akton gel pad (from kick killer). all my bpcr guns use kick killer akton powdered butt pads. i can fire off a hundred 80+ grain .45-70 528 grain bullet loads all day long and no shoulder issues (and i do have a bad gun shoulder to begin with).
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    09-09-2017, 08:17 AM
    Perfect, like new, $50/shipped in the con. USA. SOLD
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    09-09-2017, 06:01 AM
    hand up, can i get a witness? 20ga jackie smoothie, 42" OTR w/front sight only, .595 ball in a .015 greased patch, 70 grains of swiss 3f, DRT @ 50 yards if the operator does the right thing. a 7lb lightweight that's joy to hold offhand and...
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    09-08-2017, 06:22 PM
    bob208 - yep, i hear ya - that works fine, as your history with yer gun proclaims. some folks, particularly those who use a hooked breech half stock that gets shot about weekly, don't like taking their barrels on and off as it can be hard on the...
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    09-08-2017, 06:00 PM
    you don't want to use a naked bronze brush - you want it swathed in a cleaning patch.
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    09-08-2017, 04:14 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Patent Breech in Muzzleloading.
    i see absolutely no clear and wonderful ignition advantage to the patent breech for a flint lock gun. i do see there is clearly higher maintenance work for cleaning and fouling control.
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    09-08-2017, 04:07 PM
    after running an oiled patch down the bore, replace the jag with a .30 cal (or so) bronze brush and put an oiled patch on it and oil up the chamber. in essence, with any ante-chamber barrel, both the barrel and ante-chamber will typically need...
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    09-07-2017, 06:24 AM
    fwiw, what i favor these dayze is a "loose" easy load (no short starter, "thumb" seating) that allows decent accuracy with no fouling control between shots. to achieve that with most of my trad ml's typically means a smaller ball diameter and not...
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    09-07-2017, 06:11 AM
    6guns, the easy way - for a greaser cartridge, make up a dummy round that either engraves or barely engraves that postell (the better bullet than the 300 grain). that'll be yer starting cartridge OAL. use calipers and measure how deep the bullet...
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    09-06-2017, 12:59 PM
    absolutely true. i do believe that tightly patched balls, using thick patching that's well pre-lubed (greased through the cotton or linen fibers), and requires both a starter and mallet, along with proper shot-to-shot fouling control, will offer...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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