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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 07:24 PM
    joe, i do hear ya on all accounts and i appreciate yer posting on this. i'm a stickler for greasing any and all threads into the tube. just insures it will be easy to remove at later date for ... who knows, maybe no good reason at all? famous...
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    Today, 07:11 PM
    i patch a JIm443530e slick for my .45-70 sharps, with it's slugged .450 bore and .458 groove, to .4485 and then the rest is up to how i load and aim and push the trigger. sounds like you might need a fatter slick. you have a PM incoming ....
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 06:57 PM
    thanx for your help, much obliged. i'll pass on this gun, ain't worth my time and trouble. truth is, as nobade posted, i have far better onshore trad muzzys anyway.
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    Today, 06:54 PM
    no worse, or maybe less worse than traditions and cva recalls and accidents ... https://www.chuckhawks.com/dangerous_muzzleloaders.htm ... but then again, jon, you have yer personal agenda with traditions to deal with. good luck.
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    Today, 05:58 PM
    there is NO WAY i'd put up with a manufacturer that resorts to rube-goldberging their product for their benefit and not for the benefit of their consumer. order cancelled.
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    Today, 05:39 PM
    *IF* the traditions patent breech is the same as this CVA ... then *IF* it was a cap gun, removing the bolster would allow the patent breech plug to be removed, but there's no way to remove the patent breech if the bolster was cut off and...
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    Today, 04:08 PM
    newrib, i heartily can recommend the lee shaver super grade sight rear tang (it comes with the very necessary hadley eye cup) and 17a spirit globe front. the Jim443530E is a Killer .45-70 slick!!
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    Today, 12:56 PM
    old thread, but fwiw i think the labradar is the way to go IF it's used a LOT and/or you've got $500+ discretionary cash to spend. if not, a pro-chrony-dlx and a remote computer device (smartphone, pad, laptop, etc) gets the job done ... at...
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    Today, 11:32 AM
    SOLD to M5155 !
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    Today, 08:25 AM
    Heritage Rough Rider single action .22 rimfire, excellent condition, cocobolo grips, with leather holster. $70 shipped to your FFL from a non-FFL private individual.
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    Today, 08:21 AM
    New, Excellent condition, never loaded or fired, complete with everything but powder and caps. All accoutrements are new and unused - pre-moulded quality leather holster, brass adjustable powder flask with 15/20/25 nozzles, nipple wrench, brass...
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    what i use is a rice barrel company octagon vise barrel clamp, an 18" reed corp flat jawed wrench, and a special socket strictly for offshore plugs (it has a cut out for cap gun bolsters). the reed corp wrench gets leverage from a 4ft pipe. about...
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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    why in the world would any manufacturer want to bush a liner - that's extra work and materials for what? unless the barrel steel is cr@p and won't support a liner. i need to dig deeper into this issue.
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    Yesterday, 07:01 PM
    what holds the busing in and what's its diameter? got pix?
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:43 PM
    that's NOT good, and sounds dumb. what's the need for a bushing? whether a bbl is used for flint or cap, the liner or bolster should have the same threads, as that's cost effective and makes sense. if this bbl liner pressed-in bushing is as you...
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    Yesterday, 06:17 PM
    with the henry .357 s/s i had, it required the 31# spring and short spring to get consistent primer strikes, and yielded a consistent 3.5# average trigger pull weight. with the henry .223 s/s, it only required the 31# spring. very inconsistent...
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    Yesterday, 05:54 PM
    i won't ever have a trad muzzy long gun that i can't pull out a breech plug, particularly a new one that will need anti-seize grease. so yeah, this gun is a gamble of sorts. and if the plug is worthy, i'll retrofit a proper touch liner, a real...
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    Yesterday, 05:46 PM
    CB is kinda like a family for me, and i wanna thank you all for all yer help and offerings, but "minion of george" is gifting this undeserving feller a lyman mould.
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    Yesterday, 12:56 PM
    a traditions .50 "mountain rifle", whatever that means. i've had more than a few spanish built guns in the past, all kits, and their big bugaboo for me was the breech plug - couldn't remove it with proper pro tools. of course i'll at least attempt...
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    most kind of you, sir, and most obliged. i might git back to ya ...
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    Yesterday, 08:59 AM
    WTB: Lee .490 ball mould, excellent condition.
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    03-22-2019, 06:43 PM
    cheap lee 20# ladle pot and a thermometer. period.
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 05:25 PM
    I had actually considered this one, especially at the sale price: https://www.midwayusa.com/product/868436/rcbs-easy-melt-furnace However, the review comments about needing to leave the fan running for 2-2.5 hours to cool down so as not to...
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    03-22-2019, 04:29 PM
    hah! great minds sorta think alike - i loaded up 15 rounds to test out with 3.2 grains of BE under a 147 grain hi-tek. :) a good part of what i bought and will use deserves a tip o' the hat to you, sir!
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    03-22-2019, 03:38 PM
    I've already taken the plunge into metallic reloading as well as casting for BP a long time ago, but it appears I will need a bigger lead pot (my current Lee Melter is only 4#). Your points are all well-taken, but it appears I will have to drop a...
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    03-22-2019, 03:17 PM
    Thanks for all the info! I agree; without the vernier-type reference marks on the eyepiece block, it really isn't a true "vernier" rear sight, more like a "Kentucky Windage" sight. There are no marks to line up with the scale markings on the...
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    03-22-2019, 03:01 PM
    I've always used the double boiler method with my Emmert's. I had heard the same thing about burning the beeswax. Plus, using the DB/stovetop method doesn't give off the fumes that oven baking does (don't ask me how I know)
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  • Captain*Kirk's Avatar
    03-21-2019, 07:01 PM
    This is the Soule-type vernier peep my Sharps came with. What can you guys tell me about this as far as useful distance, etc? The globe front has replaceable inserts and a bubble level The rear peep is marked as shown. Elevation is...
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    03-21-2019, 03:11 PM
    BTW, if anyone else is in the birthing pangs of BPCR like me, I just found out I could have saved a bunch of up-front costs by buying the BPCR Postell loaded with Swiss already assembled: ...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-21-2019, 03:04 PM
    i use a 404 grain PPB for 200 yards and anything over that, which currently is 400 and 700 yards, is a mandatory 523 grain PPB. but heck, half the fun is testing stuff out and finding what diet yer gun likes best for different distances and...
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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