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    Today, 08:36 AM
    i've lost count of the hundreds of rounds i've fired off, resized, fired off over and over, using starline brass exclusively in both guns (223 & 357), remington or cci standard primers, varget and w231 powders, sierra MKHP and BBI hi-tecs, with no...
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    01-13-2019, 08:13 PM
    rfd replied to a thread BP data in Black Powder Cartridge
    it's far less complex to create a black powder cartridge than a smokeless cartridge. the only rule is to fill the case up with real bp and leave no air space. in its most basic, simplest, raw form - find the cartridge OAL for the lubed bullet...
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    01-13-2019, 05:54 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Didn't know this in Muzzleloading.
    a small section of one of the 8 videos jim kibler made during his assembly demo of his colonial rifle kit ...
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    01-13-2019, 12:24 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Didn't know this in Muzzleloading.
    i like yers better!
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    01-13-2019, 12:18 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Didn't know this in Muzzleloading.
    filing the BOTTOM edge of the lock plate at a very slight angle. this allows the plate to "snug" into its mortise easier, tighter, and without cracking any wood. it will also allow easier filing of the plate's edging, should that be necessary.
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    01-13-2019, 11:39 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Didn't know this in Muzzleloading.
    it's important to draft the lock plate during fitting.
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    01-13-2019, 09:41 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Didn't know this in Muzzleloading.
    disassemble the lock and fit the plate to the stock lock mortise by first drafting the bottom edges of the lock plate with a file, then blush the plate with candle soot (or whatever, i use prussian blue) and begin fitting it to the stock. go slow,...
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    01-12-2019, 09:07 AM
    i believe brent just stated it's all been lost. maybe someone captured it all and brent can recreate it.
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    01-12-2019, 08:48 AM
    i put the PPBs in a PPB loading block. they don't unravel. i wrap *tight* and *dry*, really pressing down on the base. i suspect some natural hand "oil" helps. this is with fidelity 9# onion, other papers might differ.
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    01-12-2019, 08:38 AM
    i just create a dummy round and see how far out i can seat the 160 grain hi-tecs. currently using w231 as a pistol load but have 2400 and 4227 to make up rifle loads with the 160 bullet. at my 25yd indoor police range i shot this offhand 15 shot...
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    01-11-2019, 07:35 PM
    have it drilled and rechambered.
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    01-11-2019, 06:27 PM
    for starters i'm currently loading BBI 160 grain hi-tecs that are .358 sized. might test out PPBs, too, so might check out accurate molds for slick offerings.
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    01-11-2019, 06:18 PM
    they'll be fine with a 1/3rd covering of the bullet base, left nose up in a loading block. these are flat or concave bases? are you using an over powder, under bullet wad?
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    01-11-2019, 11:48 AM
    i need to try those bristled wipers like brent makes and uses. bristle, felt, washer, and dry patch - seems like the best way to mitigate fouling in one fell swoop.
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    01-11-2019, 10:39 AM
    yes, 1:20 is slow. with my .357mag henry s/s and with its 1:16 i can shoot moa with a 160 grain BBI hi-tec.
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    01-11-2019, 10:37 AM
    i load 'em in an ammo box and fill with water prior to a shoot.
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    01-11-2019, 10:06 AM
    i can only shoot sitting off sticks and for me bore wiper usage during a match is speedy fast enuf - faster than the younger guy next to me blowing the tube for his greasers. it's all laid out for easy access and i use the almost mandatory patch...
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    01-11-2019, 09:46 AM
    interesting! maybe try paper patching?
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    01-11-2019, 08:49 AM
    i use BACO wipers and wouldn't shoot without them, they're that good. brent's gopher's are prolly as good if not a bunch better - a shooting bud has them and i was impressed, might look into making some for meself. some guys like those texas bore...
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    01-09-2019, 08:49 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Hunting rifle @ 1849 in Muzzleloading.
    those trappers heading west out of st. louis more than likely had little coin for a hawken and relied on whatever they could afford, including flintlock brown bess smoothbores. hard to beat the versatility and faster loading of a 20ga or larger...
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    01-09-2019, 09:06 AM
    not bad at all for the $99 i paid when tombstone had it on sale. :bigsmyl2:
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    01-08-2019, 10:32 AM
    i would suggest, that since yer a newbie of sorts to these kinda of guns, take the time to load and shoot it as it is. another thought is that loading PPB cartridges will yield a virtual .45-90 because instead of 70 grains of powder charge you'll...
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    01-08-2019, 09:50 AM
    none of that makes any sense to me. there is no way that black powder in and of itself will leave the barrel moist, but black powder residue is hygroscopic and will readily attract moisture, to the extent of its residue being corrosive and not...
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    01-08-2019, 07:44 AM
    imo heritage, like many bottom feeder firearms, will be hit or miss. bought a heritage .22lr 4-3/4" rough rider 2 years ago and i got lucky - works fine, good cylinder timing, good accuracy, funky "safety" switch ... and for sure it's no ruger...
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    01-07-2019, 08:39 PM
    have you tried seating at .100 and getting more powder in the case?
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    01-07-2019, 10:56 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Ammo Boxes in Black Powder Cartridge
    berry's ammo boxes, $4 ... https://www.berrysmfg.com/item/bab-415-var-50rd-blue
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    01-07-2019, 08:47 AM
    yep, and like bent ramrod correctly sez, it's not really a crimp, doing that could be problematic, it's a "reduction" of the case mouth or a "squeeze" that allows the PPB to easily be turned around in the case and pulled out, yet not fall out whence...
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    01-07-2019, 08:40 AM
    there are advantages with PPB cartridges over greasers, including no OAL or chambering issues since most are built as bore riders and that makes for cartridge chambering reliability in different guns.
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    01-05-2019, 08:55 PM
    i've sampled most bp brands in both flintlock long guns and cartridge guns ... hard to beat swiss, and i doubt there was a better black powder back in them thar dayze.
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    01-05-2019, 08:22 AM
    rfd replied to a thread L&R Lock questions in Muzzleloading.
    the OP's lock condition is NOT typical of lyman - that's a total falsehood. lyman locks - both cap and flint - are amongst the better offshore locks that i've worked on and includes locks from all the italian and spanish gunmakers. ALL the...
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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
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