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    Today, 07:18 PM
    so i have this .62 smoothbore that i had commissioned jackie brown (gun maker of non-renown) to build for me in the fall of 2016 that arrived at me in the winter of 2017. a simple farmer's gun, nothing at all fancy. i received it in-the-white, and...
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    Yesterday, 06:56 PM
    all the handi's had surface hardened sears. no gunsmith would mess with them. you could only at best polish them as filing could, might, and always would bugger their temper, making them unsafe and require replacing. been there, done that. i...
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    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    i'm not at all concerned about the stock trigger - it's all about what can be done to make a 5-7# trigger lots better. there are fixit tricks and kits for bolt actions rugers and savages, and i've own both brands and it was easy to get under 3# for...
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    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    no matter how smooth a trigger, 5# is waaay too much for me. 3# and crisp is the target, a tad lighter might be better. until the henry s/s trigger issue is resolved, and it IS an issue for me and should be for pretty much all shooters, that...
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    Yesterday, 08:06 AM
    maybe they're not clean enuf? if you haven't already done so, try a brake cleaner scrub. i always leave the mould full, allow to cool, wrap in press'n'seal kitchen food/container wrap. all moulds - brass, iron, aluminum - are then ready to go...
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    09-16-2018, 04:12 PM
    yeah, PPB's are a niche in a niche industry, try dave manson - https://mansonreamers.com/
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    09-16-2018, 03:32 PM
    I've been using it for the last 3 years in my inline. It works fine, I've shot several deer using it. I haven't or would use it in my flintlocks. It does burn very clean and clean up is a breeze.
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    09-16-2018, 06:31 AM
    i used my chargemaster strictly for smokeless and when that white powder passing fancy of 4 or 5 decades ended, i sold it off right quick. it is not meant for black powder, despite my belief in the bp sparking tests. i'm also of a mind to keep...
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    09-15-2018, 06:40 PM
    had the chargemaster when i was doing smokeless, is it good for bp? IMO, the gempro 250 is still the Best .02 grain scale, but yep it's delicate and can be finicky, but when it works it's super fast and accurate. make sure it's on a separate...
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    09-15-2018, 10:10 AM
    personally, i think it's a big mistake to allow bp residue to eat at the brass. i never deprime after shooting, no need for that, but a big need for me to get the brass into soapy water ASAP - outta the chamber, dunked in the jug. back at the...
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    09-15-2018, 09:52 AM
    if a day later yer cases look like those images you posted, so yer not cleaning the brass ASAP?
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    09-15-2018, 09:00 AM
    yup, that's what happens with a PPB bore rider in GG chamber, no sealing. yers looks lots worse than mine was. are you annealing the brass? if you really only wanna load and shoot PPB's, yer chamber can be drilled, sleeved, and properly recut...
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    09-13-2018, 06:14 PM
    i had a roller and its grease groove chamber had a goodly throat/freebore. it was not meant for bore rider PPBs, but i entered into patching with that gun and would get blow back around the case because the bullets were .4495" in diameter and not...
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    09-13-2018, 08:46 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Veggie wad?? in Black Powder Substitutes
    best to contact the manufacturer first.
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    09-12-2018, 06:30 PM
    rfd replied to a thread How about this powder in Muzzleloading.
    real bp is considered an explosive and there are a number of fed requirements for storage and such which, along with less demand than subs and smokeless, make it not cost effective for LGS's to carry it. and we mail order it out ... while we still...
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    09-12-2018, 08:20 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Veggie wad?? in Black Powder Substitutes
    IF the case is full up with a sub, i'd prolly use a wad. depends on the sub and it's requirements.
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    09-12-2018, 06:42 AM
    rfd replied to a thread How about this powder in Muzzleloading.
    for cap guns, the sub cr@p is fine, but not for flinters. why in the world anyone would think that real black powder is "inferior", corrosive, and hard to clean is typically due to incorrect information, lack of experience, total ignorance, or...
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    09-12-2018, 06:35 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Veggie wad?? in Black Powder Substitutes
    for black powder loads their will be no air space 'tween the powder column and the bullet base and a wad card (or wads) is need to protect the bullet base. for smokeless loads there is no need for a wad card and it serves no purpose.
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    09-12-2018, 06:26 AM
    i think the chamber also matters, as those with a throat or freebore for lubed groove sized bullets allow added room when using bore size paper patch slicks that's harder to seal off the gases.
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    09-11-2018, 02:02 PM
    rfd replied to a thread How about this powder in Muzzleloading.
    Alliant Black MZ Muzzleloader Powder - is NOT real black powder.
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    09-11-2018, 07:59 AM
    rfd replied to a thread T5=de÷ee÷÷÷×× in Muzzleloading.
    neatsfoot oil to clean, then i rub 'n buff in some gato feo bullet lube.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-11-2018, 07:58 AM
    jeff's brass ball moulds are Excellent, i've had Many in sizes from .310 to .595 and jeff's moulds are all i use for trad muzzleloaders. nipping the sprue with cutters is no big deal, either, and the resulting balls will be quite accurate.
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    09-10-2018, 12:06 PM
    What do some of you use to clean and condition your leather bags?
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-10-2018, 10:41 AM
    buck then ball.
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    09-10-2018, 05:48 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Wts: .530 ball moulds in Swappin & Sellin
    lee mould sold
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-09-2018, 08:16 PM
    Jeff Tanner solid brass .530 ball mould, brand new, never used - $40 priority shipped in the USA. Lee aluminum .530 ball mould w/handles, brand new, never used - $15 priority shipped in the USA. SOLD
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  • rfd's Avatar
    09-09-2018, 02:06 PM
    normally not an issue unless the charge is at the high end, and buck 'n' ball is similar.
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    09-08-2018, 07:06 PM
    many years ago i had a pair of H&R bc's that served me well with both smokeless and bp. however, since the tang and barrel are on two different moving planes, i didn't stick on a tang vernier.
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    09-08-2018, 05:23 PM
    YES, i did have a problem getting in a .060" x .460" LDPE into the reformed case mouth when the case was filled completely with powder (no space to apply fulcrum to getting that wad in a narrow case mouth). that problem was solved by first slightly...
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    09-08-2018, 04:34 PM
    for me, *everything* depends on the chamber. it will tell me what it wants done. for me and my *tight* PPB chambers, that means no annealing, just clean the fire formed brass, check its length, a VERY slight mouth expand to better accept any wad,...
    91 replies | 2030 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