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    Today, 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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    Today, 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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    02-07-2019, 07:16 AM
    i'd say having the patch ride the bullet down to the target is not a good thing. we want the patch to strip off fast, right at the muzzle ...
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    02-06-2019, 08:02 AM
    rolling patches onto slicks is easy after a bit of trialing to see what method works best for you. i always use dry patches, to insure they'll leave the slick at the muzzle. rubbing on beeswax to the exposed patching of completed cartridge...
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    02-05-2019, 07:57 AM
    rfd replied to a thread vent on caplock rifle? in Muzzleloading.
    i believe the "clean out screw" is actually a safety valve. unlike flintlocks, cap guns are more like grenades. ;)
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    02-04-2019, 05:22 PM
    there quality variations on all flints as each rock is unique whether french amber or black english. besides the rock, there's the hardness of the frizzen AND the geometry of the lock. there are also two general types of flints, 'common' and...
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    02-04-2019, 09:53 AM
    Looking for a Williams FP-H&R peep sight with target knobs ... got one for sale or trade?
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    02-03-2019, 08:27 AM
    sorry, sold.
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    02-02-2019, 08:08 PM
    it's a fast food world, particularly for the urban social media zombie young'uns, who's mantra is "why work at making something why ya can just use mom & dad's bank account to buy it ready made". ugh.
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    02-02-2019, 07:14 AM
    i no longer bother casting handgun bullets. i've ordered greasers from penn, missouri, badman and lotsa others. never ordered less than 500, typically in the thousands at a time. no bad experiences with any manufacturer. all were fine for their...
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