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    Today, 05:54 PM
    c-sharps do aims ta pleeze. :)
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    Today, 09:39 AM
    for urban carry, mild preferred over wild, 125g hi-tec over 5g of w231 for me. easy on everything but its target.
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    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    ed, you mean hammer, right?
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    07-12-2018, 09:40 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Wipe or Blow in Black Powder Cartridge
    i prefer wiping as well. blow tubing hopefully keeps the bp residue soft, whilst wiping removes it for the very most part and therefore is more consistent so that the shooting environment hot/cold/dry/wet climate becomes almost a non-issue. ...
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    07-12-2018, 09:06 AM
    rfd replied to a thread 32 flint or cap in Muzzleloading.
    the crockett .32 is a darned good rifle for the money.
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    07-11-2018, 11:45 AM
    my take is that the offshore pedersoli and investarms guns are good. the barrels are better than good, the locks are fair to good. and, imho, they all "suffer" from that patent breech that requires special considerations. some also have barrels...
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    07-11-2018, 08:21 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Wipe or Blow in Black Powder Cartridge
    no truer words typed, as long as the shooter does his before-match homework.
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    07-11-2018, 07:13 AM
    rfd replied to a thread 32 flint or cap in Muzzleloading.
    i've had and well used both ignition systems with .32 bore rifles. caplocks are not for me and all my trad ml guns are flintlocks. there's nothing problematic with any trad ml caliber, from .25 to .79, but each gun is unique in one or more ways...
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    07-11-2018, 06:53 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Wipe or Blow in Black Powder Cartridge
    honestly, if you don't sort out yer load, gun, fouling and shooting processes before doing so at a match, yer not only wasting your time but the time of others. just get out and get some shooting done, even at a short range of 50 to 100 yards, so...
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    07-10-2018, 06:50 PM
    seriously - i know this will sound frivolous and unthinkable, and totally not doable, but the best thing to do is leave jersey as soon as possible so you can live far freer and/or dirt nap in a state that truly has it's citizens at heart and not...
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    07-10-2018, 06:25 PM
    firstly, that ain't real black powder, it's just yet another version of smokeless. if yer gun is a trad ml, and not some zip gun, i'd always recommend using real black powder over that substitute cr@p. any black powder will do just fine, from goex...
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    07-10-2018, 06:17 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Wipe or Blow in Black Powder Cartridge
    i do both and my nose appreciates the extra effort. [smilie=1:8-) :-D try both, see what floats yer boat best for the gun, and you, and the climate yer shooting in. i used to blow when i loaded greasers but these dayze wiping is not only better,...
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    07-09-2018, 05:37 PM
    the buff classic was the best intro to BPCR on a mini budget, too bad it's long gone as there's nothing out there at that price tag for someone looking to stick a toe into the game.
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    07-07-2018, 11:32 AM
    pedi flinters are by and large good ones. use a good flint and set well to the frizzen face, and make SURE to clean out the ante-chamber and yer good to go. enjoy!
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    07-07-2018, 07:50 AM
    Congrats! Have fun with the build.
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    07-06-2018, 06:59 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Crickett accuracy? in Rimfire Area
    love my older crickett, she's a tack driver out to 50 yards. wish there was a way to add a feed ramp to it - hard to feed the chamber with adult sized fingers. i can attest to the purty walnut stocks, too!
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    07-04-2018, 05:48 PM
    it's all about the money. to make it, businesses of all stripes cut corners. them that put quality before their ROI have a tough row to hoe and may soon be out of business, or are forced to drastically increase prices as a trade off for real...
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    07-04-2018, 06:10 AM
    AM = Accurate Molds, a manufacturer of bullet moulds PPB = Paper Patched Bullet Greaser = a lubed bullet that has grease grooves to accept that lube slick = a bullet with no grease grooves and meant to be wrapped with a paper patching AA5744 =...
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    07-03-2018, 07:16 PM
    RS, i think yer just gonna hafta reside yerself to doing a buncha testing with both powders and bullets, not to mention OAL. there are a lotta variables to consider, for sure. there are also lotsa quirks with that cartridge and white devil powders...
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    07-03-2018, 10:10 AM
    ... and there are some special folks who can drink a full fifth of fine irish whisky in one sitting and walk a straight line thereafter. ;)
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    07-03-2018, 08:25 AM
    i'm a convert from 1:20 to 1:16 alloy, and that does make patching the slick less critical and for better bullets. i use a jig to lay down a lead pencil mark at the optimum point for the patch wrap, then wrap the slick "in the air". overall,...
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    07-01-2018, 08:03 PM
    For my inline, Black powder MZ works great; I use only blackpowder in my flintlocks and percussion rifle.
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    07-01-2018, 05:19 PM
    Hands down for me, the heavy barrel Savage Mark II FV, here with a Boyd's stock and good glass. Excellent trigger, killer tack driver, great quality for a cheap price tag. ... or not ...
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    06-26-2018, 08:28 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Barrel boring in Muzzleloading.
    earlier this year bobby hoyt reamed out one of my .50 GPRs to .54, with a better 1:56 twist and deeper .012 radius bottom grooves. he's done a number of barrel and chamber reams for me and his work is Top Shelf, highly recommended. bobby's in PA -...
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    06-23-2018, 08:26 PM
    randy's principles and basics are spot on for a beginner. his superb personal drawings are crystal clear. i've email corresponded with randy a fair amount, he knows his stuff. his approach to PPB cartridges is simplistic but is specific to using...
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    06-23-2018, 07:27 PM
    +1 for randy's book - an absolute must have for all PPB pilgrims.
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    06-23-2018, 11:16 AM
    that happens all the time. this is all akin to some people asking "what's the best ... ?", when the "best" is actually elusively quite personal and the questioner should just be seeking guidelines as in "please help with ....". in my PPB...
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    06-23-2018, 09:12 AM
    yes DT, time always seems to be the most elusive stuff of all. in comparison, all the other stuff is relatively easy. ;)
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    06-23-2018, 08:12 AM
    all of this is about guidelines. guidelines are just that - stuff that might work for other people. all of this reloading stuff is fraught with some measure of uniqueness. testing stuff out on yer own is where your rubber meets your road, and is...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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
GC Gas Check