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    Yesterday, 07:26 PM
    Here's a link to an excellent article in Muzzle Blasts that you might find of interest with regards to yer ignition issues ... http://www.muzzleblasts.com/archives/vol4no4/articles/mbo44-3.shtml Also, I'll add - yer rifle has an ante-chamber...
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    06-25-2017, 07:29 PM
    the missing rifling could be muzzle coning. some of the original rifles had coning that went 2", so a 1/4" or so on a pistol is no big deal. coning makes for easier and faster loading, very similar to the reason for the belled muzzle of a...
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    06-25-2017, 07:16 PM
    lewis, pm sent ....
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    06-23-2017, 07:27 PM
    rfd replied to a thread MY holy grail in Muzzleloading.
    that bad boy has a heckuva FAT meplat! i'd assume for hunting the bigger game. but for long range distance, i dunno .... ?
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    06-19-2017, 09:27 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Reline or rebarrel in Muzzleloading.
    refresh or rebore would be my initial choice of action. jeff tanner makes brass ball moulds in any diameter required.
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    06-18-2017, 09:32 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Cleaning after firing in Muzzleloading.
    i pull the barrel and lock on all guns and wick in quality water thin CYA (hobby shop grade such as "hot stuff", "zap", etc) to the barrel channel and lock inlet/mortise - this hardens and seals the wood through capillary action, making a great...
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    06-18-2017, 08:24 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Cleaning after firing in Muzzleloading.
    everyone has their own pet muzzy cleaning process. for full stocks, i never take off the barrel but will always punch the wedges and remove a half stock barrel. lock comes off first, remove the flint and dunk it in a pail of plain water, whilst...
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    06-17-2017, 06:00 AM
    wick in some quality water thin CYA to that crack and it'll be stronger than the surrounding wood. $600? dang, that's a steal.
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    06-16-2017, 10:16 PM
    here's the url for the CB BP PPB board - http://castboolits.gunloads.com/forumdisplay.php?38-Black-Powder-Paper-Patching the need to mess with some measure of waterproofing the paper for hunting versus going full dry for targets/steel is...
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    06-16-2017, 06:32 PM
    oops, perhaps this thread should be in the bp paper patch forum? what are you trying to achieve with yer ppb's and why the need for adding any kinda patching lube? water protection for hunting? fouling control? i don't use grease cookies,...
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    06-15-2017, 06:21 PM
    SOLD to drhall762, thanx dave - watch out bullwinkle and elk, too!
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    06-14-2017, 07:56 AM
    rfd replied to a thread This weekend's shoot in Muzzleloading.
    Rick "Waksupi" Carter ... Rick's horn ....
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    06-13-2017, 05:34 AM
    H&R Ultra .45-70, like new condition w/Tasco Mag 6-24x40 scope. Less than 50 rounds fired through it. Stainless Ultra Hunter with Thumbhole Stock With today’s advancements in flexible-tip ammunition, the 45-70 Gov’t. has been revitalized....
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    06-12-2017, 06:09 AM
    imho, the best of the offshore trad ml's is still the lyman (investarms) trade rifle, .50 bore, 1:48 rifling, percussion. my 13yo grandson handles his flint trade with ease, and he's slight of built. dixie gun works has an investarms .50 cap kit...
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    06-11-2017, 02:03 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Two ?'s in Black Powder Paper Patching
    brent's ppb page may be of assistance to ya - http://www.public.iastate.edu/~jessie/PPB/PPB.htm
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    06-11-2017, 01:35 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Two ?'s in Black Powder Paper Patching
    welcome sir, to the Paper Patch Way. i'm a bit new to ppb's as well, and i'm sure the truly experienced folks will chime in to assist you. however, for my .45-2.1 ppb's powered by black powder i patch to bore diameter or a tad under. i believe...
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    06-11-2017, 09:56 AM
    i use a cornell press mounted wad cutter, and .025" milk carton for wad material. there is no significant visual creasing of the wad edges as i push it down into a .45-2.1 case. when i was shooting lubed bullets, i'd add a pair of .002" newsprint...
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    06-10-2017, 10:05 AM
    pistol = revolver = any handgun. period. always was, always will be. a revolver was a pistol long before semi-autos were a wet gleam in john browning's eyes.
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    06-06-2017, 06:38 AM
    rfd replied to a thread 1874 Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    what brand/model 1874? shiloh? c.sharps? pedersoli? etc? didja adjust the DST set adjustment screw? http://www.bpcr.net/site_docs-results_schedules/documents/Double_and_Single_set_Trigger_Adjustment.htm
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    06-03-2017, 04:42 PM
    the old workhorse 397 got scoped again ...
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    06-03-2017, 06:40 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Round ball mould in Muzzleloading.
    unlike most aluminum moulds (but not all), a good iron ball mould will make good balls for a lifetime. pick any popular commercial brand mould manufacturer and punk down yer $80 or so, or look for a used one.
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    06-03-2017, 06:32 AM
    the current wait is at least 1-1/2 years. ack! :holysheep
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    06-01-2017, 09:59 AM
    though i started off a few years back with water/oil patches, these dayze i do use plain water with patches and bore wipers for fouling control only. when it's time to case up and leave the line, i spray water/oil into the chamber and run two...
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    05-31-2017, 05:52 PM
    thanx, chris - i already emailed him.
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    05-31-2017, 03:14 PM
    i did try making a patch popper last year, wasn't as good as yers. a proper one is not an easy build. where to contact paul?
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    05-31-2017, 11:19 AM
    anyone offering those patch poppers for sale or is it still a DIY affair?
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    05-31-2017, 08:59 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Tried some Round ball in Muzzleloading.
    every rifle is unique unto itself and will always take load testing to bring out its inherent best.
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    05-31-2017, 07:46 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Tried some Round ball in Muzzleloading.
    lewis - stick with yer ppb's, you got that game wired and no need for patched balls.
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    05-31-2017, 07:20 AM
    why would adding some form of oil to the water of a wiping patch or wiper matter for shot-to-shot fouling control? black powder residue is readily soluble in plain old water, particularly since that will be addressed within short seconds of...
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    05-30-2017, 07:49 PM
    i'd pm'd with orville for a few days and then he asked me to call him. we had a good chat about ppb's. his ppb pamphlet was updated in 2006 to reflect some additional info 20 years after the first publishing. but hand's down, randy's book is top...
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