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    06-16-2018, 02:45 PM
    all interesting comments and dialogue. that's good and that's about all. with a black powder PPB cartridge the bottom line to me is that once a slick and patch mate well, and are harmonious with the bore, all is good 'n' happy and load testing for...
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    06-16-2018, 12:58 PM
    i used a simple propane torch on that offshore hammer, it did the job.
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    06-16-2018, 08:22 AM
    it also depends if that misalignment is vertical or horizontal. if vertical, moving the drum/bolster up or down to square up with the hammer's cup would be the easiest to fix, but typically, it ain't that easy and then out comes the torch .........
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    06-16-2018, 06:59 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Bought a metal carport today. in AirGuns
    a simple .22rf bullet trap is both cheap and extremely effective. i've been using a champion trap at 5 to 15 yards for the last 8 years, works just fine.
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    06-16-2018, 06:42 AM
    PPB cartridges work extremely well. they win matches against greasers. i only load my bpcr guns with PPB cartridges. there are distinct advantages with a PPB cartridge. i stopped using greasers years ago. how the PPB cartridge is built is of...
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    06-16-2018, 06:31 AM
    i had that misalignment of hammer and nipple with a .32 crockett kit 3 years ago. propane torched the hammer red hot and bent it with a vise grips 'til it hit the nipple square. worked just fine.
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    06-15-2018, 06:55 AM
    having owned a gaggle of 1911s, including ruger and remington, the springfield armory mil spec stopped my search ... and it's a 70's series, too. everyone should have at least one full size real 1911 in its real deal .45acp chambering. but for ccw...
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    06-14-2018, 07:25 AM
    i hear ya IJ, you like what ya have and just wanna tame recoil. you've added the weight, now add a good butt pad and be done with her, mate.
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    06-14-2018, 05:56 AM
    geez louise, like trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. i'd sell the dang thing and start all over with a more proper gun, but i see that be too late for ya now. if you've got it up to 10lbs, and gave the stock a make over, then doing...
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    06-13-2018, 09:19 AM
    the wear and tear of life doth show its effects as one gets longer in the tooth, eh? ;) been there and done that with a .40-65 and the difference 'tween that and a .45-70 is maybe 10 grains of swiss 1-1/2f. not much perceived difference to me or...
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    06-12-2018, 09:22 AM
    we're getting way off the OP's topic, and i do apologize if that matters to anyone. boz330 brings up an important core topic for us shootists. as another 72 years young USA citizen shooter, i totally agree with him. gone are the dayze where...
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    06-12-2018, 05:55 AM
    yes, there is a reason for new somewhat younger members joining the NMLRA, but it ain't about trad muzzleloaders.
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    06-11-2018, 05:46 AM
    i started out with the magnum past pad ... and suffered. you really want the kick killer butt pad.
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    06-10-2018, 06:42 PM
    that's fine, just not for bpcr. i gave up on bpcr greasers and prefer paper patching. for handguns, i've moved on to hit-tec coating and no lube mess from dipping or tumbling - less smoke and barrel residue, too.
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    06-10-2018, 04:20 PM
    with fouling control, what's most important for me to dry off is the chamber. for fouling control, better yet one of the bore wiper types, with a dry patch tagging along behind it. the idea is that it's never gonna be after-shoot put-away...
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    06-09-2018, 10:28 AM
    with the advent of the colibri and super colibri .22rf cartridges, there is no need for an air gun. this ammo can be used in an urban household without the need for suppression, too. as such, a .22 bolt rifle can now run the power gamut from air...
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    06-08-2018, 06:05 PM
    nope, no friendship this year for me. in fact, no more NMLRA for me. to each their own.
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    06-08-2018, 11:34 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Range Box in Special Projects
    delrin fouling rods, as seen in the bottom pic.
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    06-07-2018, 07:58 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Range Box in Special Projects
    a range box is easy and cheap enuf to make.
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    06-06-2018, 07:46 AM
    rfd replied to a thread wads in 45-70 in Black Powder Cartridge
    bpcr wads - another subjective matter that requires personal testing that might take up a lotta time and trials. it could all start with a simple .025" milk/juice carton over powder wad, compress, insert bullet, no more and no less. i always added...
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    06-05-2018, 03:53 PM
    yep, one manufacturer and different rebranding. like lyman, DGW and cabelas trad ml rifles - all made by investarms.
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    06-03-2018, 08:13 PM
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    06-03-2018, 05:58 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Mould selection in Black Powder Cartridge
    indeed it is, and for good reason.
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    06-03-2018, 05:02 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Mould selection in Black Powder Cartridge
    actually, mostly interested in 300, but a bonus would be out a tad farther. i do have the JM443530E.
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    06-03-2018, 09:00 AM
    request that ... https://www.henryusa.com/henry-firearm-suggestion-box/
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    06-03-2018, 06:02 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Mould selection in Black Powder Cartridge
    the width as it drops with 1:20 is .443, the width in the below drawing is listed as .451
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    06-02-2018, 06:17 PM
    i think these henry s/s rifles are great news. they appear to be well built, USA walnut stocks, and in a decent cartridge assortment. they ain't no H&R. i prefer the steel ones, with pistol grip. i also agree with another poster on this thread -...
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    06-02-2018, 10:20 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Mould selection in Black Powder Cartridge
    i honestly think tom's moulds are a huge bang for the buck. it's also an absolute pleasure to cast with a big block aluminum mould. i can attest to their accuracy and used his 45-405P for winning 200 yard matches. i used a wad stack, to boot ...
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    06-02-2018, 07:25 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Mould selection in Black Powder Cartridge
    the new tom ellis slick mould arrived yesterday, $81/USD shipped, will cast with it today. should drop near 490 grains w/1:20, .443" diameter, 1.22" long, ,187" meplat, parallel bearing surface is a long .92". will get patched with fidelity 9#. ...
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    06-01-2018, 08:07 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Muzzleloader shopping ? in Muzzleloading.
    for patched balls you'd want the slower 1:60 twist GPR not the the faster 1:32 twist GPH (conicals). it's hard to beat a .54 for versatility as it can be loaded up and down with different powder granulations and charges, and different diameter...
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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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