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  • rfd's Avatar
    08-17-2019, 07:22 AM
    the issue of the completely unrealistic henry USA single shot 7 to 9 pound trigger pull is more of the design than pandering to litigation concerns.
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    08-17-2019, 05:30 AM
    the henry single shot rifle has been beat to death in this quite extensive thread ... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?365404-Henry-Single-Shot-Initial-Impressions i've owned a pair in .223 rem and .357 mag. the basic issue with...
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    08-13-2019, 09:48 AM
    i queried the CB mods about putting up site forum links to/for informational purposes and they approved as long as there's no shilling or selling or for-profit orgs.
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    08-13-2019, 07:18 AM
    thanx shooter and jonb.
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    08-12-2019, 08:33 PM
    links to other non-profit forums or websites?
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    08-12-2019, 07:57 PM
    what are the rules regarding posting links to other sites, whether commercial or informational?
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    08-12-2019, 07:10 PM
    ... where is this listing?
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    08-12-2019, 05:33 AM
    The Traditional Muzzleloading Association - we are 101% traditional muzzleloaders - the TMA is dedicated to preserving the rich and fascinating heritage of the traditional muzzleloading firearms of early America - no inlines, no cartridge guns. ...
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    08-10-2019, 06:09 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Who knows? in Black Powder Cartridge
    yes, by all means get the cataracts taken care of first and foremost. you will see your world open up in clear, focused living color as it did for dorothy's visit to oz. nothing like getting a brandy new pair of acrylic lenses to replace the ones...
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    08-09-2019, 06:05 AM
    how does the muzzle crown look through a magnifying glass?
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    08-08-2019, 02:39 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Patch thickness #2 in Muzzleloading.
    what "patch lube"? there's lube and then there's LUBE. ;) i pre-lube patch strips with gato feo #1 - rubbed in, melted in with a heat gun. no muss, no fuss, no greasy kid stuff. to each their own, we were all trad muzzy pilgrims at one...
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    08-07-2019, 08:08 PM
    that'll work as is but it'd be a tad touchy for fine adjustments due to the jam nut. i'd drill and tap the die body for a set screw, then you'd get fine adjustments without the need for a jam nut. then at that point, basically you've have made...
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    08-07-2019, 04:15 PM
    i think you'll find the #90133A017 oil resistant washers to be not as stiff as the #9013A012 weather resistant ones, and afford a better squeegee action in the tube.
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    08-05-2019, 07:04 AM
    Brent's .45 bore gophers work Great. Wiping between shots is really the better way to go for PPBs and greaser alike. Just a post on how I make these critters and the parts used. Getting the forward felt onto the Dewey brush is just an easy...
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    08-04-2019, 05:07 PM
    the problem i have is that a full reformed or fire formed starline case of powder, nearly to the case mouth rim, will be a bear to finger set a .060" LDPE wad. the reason is that the LDPE is attempting to *compress* the powder. in the process of...
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    08-04-2019, 04:53 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Patch thickness #2 in Muzzleloading.
    yes, every gun is different - usually, sorta kinda, and it all depends on what the shooter requires with both loading parameters and shooting consistent accuracy.
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    08-04-2019, 07:24 AM
    i'd say that going from 101% trad muzzleloader for many decades to admitting inlines and cartridge guns in early this millennium purty much waters down the NMLRA focus, but not their goals for retaining friendship. this is why the www.TradMA.org...
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    08-04-2019, 07:20 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Patch thickness #2 in Muzzleloading.
    i cheat a bit with using a knife to press down the patched ball just past the muzzle, particularly with this russell rifleman's blade that i scaled and brass pinned ... ;)
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    08-03-2019, 06:57 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Patch thickness #2 in Muzzleloading.
    i'm with waksupi - i have no need for so tight a patched ball that i can't either thumb it or knife handle it past the muzzle. i never use a "short starter" and 3f works fine for both tube and pan. heck, even 1-1/2f works for both just as well,...
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    08-03-2019, 05:23 PM
    chris, no, this jim (and his son david) are PA machinists who have always made the press mounted wad punches for fred cornell. fred retired and sold the rights to his press punch design to jim, who makes them and wholesales directly to BACO. ...
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    08-03-2019, 04:28 PM
    i was being facetious, i know when the NMLRA changed their focus and policies ... and why.
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    08-03-2019, 03:48 PM
    and here i thought the NMLRA/friendship was strictly trad muzzleloaders. :(
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    08-03-2019, 03:47 PM
    dropping to 78.1 grains makes it easy to press in a .460" diameter x .060" LDPE wad. 80 grains is tough, 82 grains is impossible. for the 80 or more, i typically need to resort to using a .020 card wad in order to compress and make room to push in...
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    08-03-2019, 01:23 PM
    chris, i just talked with jim who builds the press wad punches for fred, or used to now that fred's retired. jim still build the punches for sale at BACO. he told me about .454" punch and it's offered by BACO. they're in stock and i'll give...
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    08-03-2019, 12:53 PM
    this thread is months old and the BACOs are long gone.
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    08-03-2019, 09:50 AM
    i use a fred cornell .45 press wad punch that creates LDPE's at .460 and since we're running the same PPB chamber with reformed brass that .460 is a BEAR to get down past the case mouth. what diameter are john's smaller LDPE wads and do they seal...
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    08-02-2019, 05:45 AM
    rfd replied to a thread BACO paper in Black Powder Paper Patching
    what's gonna matter most for me is the paper thickness as it applies to the slick's diameter. i want the patched slick fit to the bore close to .450", yet still allow the patched slick to easily chamber without harming the paper. mostly, we'll...
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    08-01-2019, 05:52 AM
    rfd replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    for the 19th century s/s cartridge rifles, i prefered 5744 over 4759. that was a long while ago. now i prefer black powder, which may become a political dinosaur, too, so i'm well stocked for my future. ;)
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    07-31-2019, 06:55 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Round Ball Patches in Muzzleloading.
    as mentioned - round or square, doesn't much matter ... or maybe it does. i prefer to either cut at the muzzle or use a ball board - either insures perfect patches. ball boards make for faster loading.
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    07-29-2019, 10:44 AM
    adding one is better than none. good job, boz!
    12 replies | 698 view(s)
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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