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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 06:24 AM
    i load exclusively with black powder, and i find that the tried and true double wrap of 9# onion paper over a 1:20 or 1:16 slick that's cast/sized (mine are .443 for a .45-70) so that the resulting DRY patched PPB is a hair under bore diameter works...
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    Yesterday, 06:32 PM
    my weigh, er, way, is with scoops and a .02 grain gempro 250 digital scale.
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    Yesterday, 08:14 AM
    good enuf shooting for 100 yards, but imho life for a .45-70 doesn't really start until the target face is at least 200 yards out - or much longer.
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    08-19-2017, 09:24 PM
    tip no longer sells in-the-white guns, they are all at least stained.
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    08-19-2017, 06:36 PM
    there are more than a few other things to consider as well. for starters, "all" the production offshore trad ml's have patent breeches, which is rare with almost all onshore customs that will employ flat faced breech plugs. what's the big deal? ...
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    08-19-2017, 05:22 PM
    as of right now, the only flintlock rifle i'd recommend is the lyman/investarms trade or gpr, both are offered in .50 or .54 calibers. the difference 'tween the two is barrel length (28" vs 32") and trigger styles (single vs double set). these...
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    08-19-2017, 05:44 AM
    rfd replied to a thread New sticks for BPCR in Special Projects
    for fast, easy and durable ... got to be tru-oil for me.
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    08-19-2017, 05:27 AM
    IMHO, sir, unless yer chain yanking, that is unethically insane.
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    08-16-2017, 05:58 AM
    oh goody, christmas must be coming early this year. not.
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    08-16-2017, 05:55 AM
    sure, 3f will work to some degree, only yer rifle and you will find that out. fwiw, i use swiss 3f exclusively for flintlock muzzleloaders, both down the tube and in the pan. i use swiss 1-1/2f exclusively for bpcr rifle cartridges, both ppb's...
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    08-15-2017, 06:01 AM
    http://www.go2gbo.com/forums/index.php
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    08-12-2017, 06:26 AM
    30" barrel, shotgun butt, pistol grip sporter #1, the way to go - got a good half year left 'fore that special letter arrives. :)
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    08-08-2017, 08:25 AM
    any gun by rick is gonna be at least a good one. what's the LOP?
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    08-07-2017, 07:46 PM
    rfd replied to a thread flintlock stock? in Muzzleloading.
    if the crack is big and open, and can be reasonably squeezed/clamped closed, any off the shelf slow set epoxy will get the job more than done. hobby shops have the quality stuff, any brand will do as long as it's slow set (30-40 min). i use this...
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    08-07-2017, 06:47 PM
    rfd replied to a thread flintlock stock? in Muzzleloading.
    unless that stock was chewed on by a large yard dog with a penchant for tasty wood snacks, i'd bet sight unseen it can be repaired without too much fuss. hey OP, got pix to post?
    16 replies | 523 view(s)
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    08-07-2017, 06:42 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Dull flints ... in Muzzleloading.
    years ago i made up a few gun flint pressure flakers, they do work good, i like them best ... of course, TWO were in my OTHER shooting bag and NONE were in the bag i brought the day of the above vid. i need to make up lists to find the lists i made...
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    08-07-2017, 08:59 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Dacron in Black Powder Cartridge
    yep, yer right, i just forgot to add the "personally". in the dim past i've used fillers with smokeless cartridge builds, and i know of folks still using 'em.
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    08-07-2017, 07:58 AM
    rfd started a thread Dull flints ... in Muzzleloading.
    ... suck big time. Or, how to waste time with something that will never work instead of doing the right thing from the get-go. An old "common" (double edged) gun flint with many dozens of good firings finally lost its edge, After 3 failures I...
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    08-07-2017, 07:41 AM
    rfd replied to a thread flintlock stock? in Muzzleloading.
    maybe contact lyman direct, or investarms - www.investarm.com/eng-avancarica.html for the most part, typically even humongous cracks can be repaired stronger than the stock wood itself if the crack can be compressed and reasonably closed. i've...
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    08-07-2017, 07:34 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Dacron in Black Powder Cartridge
    why do you feel a need to add fillers? i would never use loose fillers with black powder. fillers and wads and whatnot with double base smokeless powders are something i'd also avoid (and banned at some matches, too). i see no need for "fillers"...
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    08-07-2017, 07:27 AM
    my sentiments, exactly! :drinks:
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    08-05-2017, 06:28 AM
    another long time brewer and user of gato feo ("ugly cat") #1 formula. used for lubing patches, grease groove bpcr bullets, whatever. straight up mutton tallow (from DGW) never goes rancid and is good for yer skin to boot. the gato feo story from...
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    08-04-2017, 08:54 PM
    what's great about bear grease is that you might think it's great, or heard that it was great, or want to believe it's great. that the stuff goes rancid is too big a negative and there are lots and lots of other far better alternatives.
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    08-04-2017, 06:43 AM
    +1 on bobby hoyt's work, excellent.
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    08-03-2017, 07:17 PM
    ignition shakedown range visit #2 for the latest GPR .50 "screwdriver kit" gun. i cast up a buncha .490 balls, lubed up some .010" cotton patch strips with gato feo, and used swiss 3f down the tube (52 grains) and in the pan. the touch hole liner...
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    08-03-2017, 04:39 PM
    I agree with Lead Pot. For a Front stuffer I would go for the bore diameter. A soft lead bullet should fill the grooves with the patching. Just stick with pure lead.
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    08-03-2017, 10:56 AM
    Received and replied to
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    08-02-2017, 10:18 PM
    I know this is not really a shot gun site but I figured we are all in the shooting sports. I have 2 win model 12 16ga for sale. 1 28" full choke 1940 vintage and 1- 28" modified, 1957 vintage. I have 1 Winchester 1897 16ga with 28" barrel, 1918...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    08-02-2017, 08:46 PM
    with black powder as the propellant, the bullet is wrapped up to bore diameter or very slightly less. therein lies the hardest part (well, maybe a bit hard), finding a good cast or swagged slick and appropriate paper thickness to complete a bore...
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    08-02-2017, 05:37 PM
    dixie gun works also has rebranded pedersoli rifles, just as lyman and cabelas rebrands investarms muzzleloaders.
    25 replies | 1207 view(s)
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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
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