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    Yesterday, 09:41 AM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    no, i don't find better accuracy by sizing and expanding and making a tight bullet fit, i find the opposite is better. as you already know, working brass hardens it and will make it fail sooner than later. more powder can be a good thing and not a...
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    Yesterday, 09:16 AM
    right, kurt - don't tick the ticks off so they don't empty their stomach contents fulla nasties into yer bloodstream. sorry to further hijack this thread, but lyme disease is worth talking about a bit for the sake of some folks. hello, my name...
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    Yesterday, 05:26 AM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    been there, done that, doesn't make a noticeable difference. besides, why work the brass and have to deal with annealing, not to mention less room for powder? all ya need to do is give the case with seated ppb a light taper crimp.
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    05-21-2017, 01:15 PM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    i can see where ppb's can be, um, kinda "preferentially meticulous" about their cartridge build. the shiloh #1 due in december was ordered with the orville loomer ppb chamber ream. i think that's the 7* with the smaller diameter throat which i...
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    05-20-2017, 05:34 AM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    not a requirement.
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    05-19-2017, 10:26 PM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    it's been a fun ride with ppb's, and my only regret is not having started decades ago. i'm hooked, no more greasers for me. even the shiloh #1 is getting the OL ppb chamber ream, too. randy's book is tops, IMHO. he lays it all out in a...
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    05-19-2017, 06:40 PM
    rfd replied to a thread PP vs greasrs in Black Powder Cartridge
    i started with ppb's last october and yep, zero leading. if you use grease cookies, you might be able to get away with just a blow tube. lots will prolly depend on that grease cookie, besides the parameters and components of the cartridge build. ...
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    05-19-2017, 05:52 AM
    way to go, lewis! love what yer doing!
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    05-18-2017, 05:25 PM
    for the most part, no. with black powder loads i want a bore rider ppb that's at, or slightly under bore diameter (not groove diameter). my jim443530e drops @ .443 and with two wraps of papermill 9# onion paper i'm getting .449+" fpr the wrapped...
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    05-18-2017, 07:11 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Lyman Customer Service in Muzzleloading.
    as with most businesses, what matters most is who's currently manning the customer service desk and answers your call for assistance. for the very most part, any good business wants repeat customers, and that means treating customers fairly and...
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    05-17-2017, 05:56 PM
    kurt, added bonus is watching the boob tube with the wife while rolling the lead - good "together time" points. :)
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    05-17-2017, 04:08 PM
    what i do too, kurt. uber easy. no jenny craig needed, either.
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    05-17-2017, 06:44 AM
    old thread, but it's about ppb's so it's all good. ;) only way for me to go, i've totally abandoned greasers. ppb's are too easy to build, no real working of the brass means super long life and no annealing, no barrel leading, makes a virtual...
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    05-17-2017, 06:04 AM
    none of the BACO moulds are 'backordered', they're built 'on demand'. just call or email and they'll build and ship typically within a week. mine arrived in THREE days of purchasing. :)
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    05-16-2017, 09:33 AM
    i can only heartily echo brent's two comments ... i'm still a pilgrim newbie to paper patched bullets, but they are THE way to go, and easier to build and load than you can imagine once you get the RIGHT scoop. no need for bullet lube or concern...
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    05-13-2017, 09:58 PM
    need to be a bit cautious with light charges in patent breech guns - need to make sure to at least fill the ante-chamber.
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    05-13-2017, 08:11 PM
    what load to use for any trad muzzleloader will always and forever be up to the gun, the powder type and charge, the patch and lube, the ball, how it's all stuffed down the tube ... and the shooter. wanna know what'll work really Great for your...
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    05-12-2017, 01:37 PM
    mail order, the only way to go for most folks these dayze. here's a few online vendors ... www.powderinc.com www.mainepowderhouse.com www.addictedtoblackpowder.com
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    05-10-2017, 04:52 PM
    you totally missed my points, because with smokeless powder loads ... 1. it's too easy to double charge the brass - can't happen with bp 2. the charge range for smokeless is typically a narrow window that's way narrower when handgun powders are...
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    05-10-2017, 01:25 PM
    the .38-55 can be notorious when it comes to both bore and land sizing - case length, too. slugging and cerosafing are the preferred preliminaries before selecting a bullet diameter and mould. aa5744 would be my preferred white powder choice -...
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    05-08-2017, 10:52 AM
    aa5744 specifies that there WILL be some unburnt powder kernals after ignition. aa5744 is one of the most used long range winning white powders, and for good reason.
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    05-06-2017, 10:15 PM
    the old designs were made for black powder because that was the only viable gunpowder of the day. the modern replicas of today are better steel and can handle smokeless powders. white powders, particularly the double based kind, still require...
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    05-06-2017, 06:18 AM
    some indoor flash pics ...
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    05-05-2017, 07:02 PM
    aa5744 is excellent for these bp guns, and was designed with them in mind. i've used sr4759 and in comparison found that aa5744 was just more consistent, for me. just don't use any fillers or wads, bad juju if ya do. the holy black is still a...
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    05-05-2017, 05:25 PM
    A Lyman/Investarms GPR .54 flintlock kit gun just finished and setup. 32" barrel left in-the-white, 1:60 rifling for patched balls, all iron furniture, double set triggers. The patent breech plug has been pulled and lubed with Nikal anti-seize...
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    05-05-2017, 08:52 AM
    everyone has a their own personal, diff'rent version story about guns like the buff classic. i've had 2 of 'em (or was it 3?), also my first intro to bpcr and what started a long journey that has led to only loading and shooting black powder in all...
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    05-04-2017, 10:14 AM
    you'll be set to go with the postel, good. don't bother buying or making a blow tube. just go to most any hardware store and get a foot length of 7/16" neoprene tubing, that's all you'll need for a blow tube, nothing else but that tubing. the...
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    05-04-2017, 09:42 AM
    fwiw ... for plinking fun, or light loads for kids 'n' newbies, i use the lee 457340 mould, 1:30 alloy, dip lubed, loaded over 13 grains of trail boss. i loaded up a few dozen for a friend and he had a good 4" 2moa group @ 200yds using my current...
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    05-04-2017, 09:32 AM
    the lee 459500-3r bullet worked just barely ok at 200 yards but was a dud for me at 300 yards. trust me, the cheapest yer gonna go for a decent long range bullet is the lyman postel. i cast mine with 1:30 and dip lubed with gato feo, great stuff...
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    05-04-2017, 08:58 AM
    simple lock "tuning" is what i do, nothing complicated. the parts must be cleaned out well, and all bearing surfaces polished (not filed or abraded in any manner). clean is what's needed most, and why after a shooting session a lock needs to...
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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