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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    Exactly ... if your rifle has the slow 1 turn in 28" twist which is typical of the .40-82 WCF cartridge then longer and heavier bullets won't stabilize at the low velocities typical of the cartridge. It was designed as an "express" cartridge which...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-21-2018, 12:41 AM
    Don't know if the twist on your 1886 in .40-82 will stabilize a very heavy bullet? The cartridge was an "express" round and designed around the 260 grain bullet. If you can source some I would try a few heavier bullets in some test loads before...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 04:11 AM
    If 300 grains would work for what you are trying to do you could always try the RCBS .410 Silhouette bullet ... http://rcbs.com/Products/Bullet-Casting/Bullet-Moulds/Rifle/Bullet-Mould-40-300-SP-CSA-378.aspx
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-19-2018, 01:19 PM
    I built my custom bolt action 7.62x39 many years ago when Interarms in Britain was still distributing the Zastava mini-Mauser actions. I ordered a barreled action in the short Russian chambering, bedded it into a synthetic stock, cleaned up the...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-19-2018, 12:53 AM
    But converting it to centrefire with a .32 S&W Long liner would be a lot more fun and reloadable too ... just sayin' ... ;-)
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-19-2018, 12:49 AM
    Plus the variety of .30 calibre bullets that a handloader can utilize in a .308 is huge ... from 100 grain half jacket "plinkers" up to 220 grain round nose (although in a .308 with a short action magazine the practical weight range is really from...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-19-2018, 12:43 AM
    Years ago when I shot in Black Powder muzzle-loading competitions we built our own brass "range rods" for steady, repeat shooting. We'd buy a long brass rod slightly under bore size and slightly longer than the barrel length and add a brass...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-18-2018, 06:47 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread 25-20 question in Cast Boolits
    I'd be interested to hear about your results. I have a Winchester '92 SRC in .25-20 WCF that I still need to work up some loads for ... :popcorn:
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    06-18-2018, 02:38 PM
    Found this recipe online a few days ago and I haven't tried it yet, but it sure sounds like something that I should try sometime very soon! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it ... Poor Mans Burnt Ends Poor Mans Burnt Ends are a...
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    06-18-2018, 01:55 PM
    I've had this recipe for a while, but finally got around to taking it for a "test drive" a couple of days ago. Made the test loaf and we were busy the rest of that day so I froze it for future reference. Our 28 year old grandson and his good lady...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-17-2018, 09:54 PM
    When I built myself a custom rifle along the same guidelines years ago I started with a Remington 600 action, dropped it into a Browns Kevlar stock, and then took a used Remington 40X target barrel in .308 Winchester that I had on hand and we turned...
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    06-17-2018, 01:47 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    Some days I actually pick up robo calls just to mess with them a bit. Since I'm retired if I keep some scamming idiot tied up on the phone for 5 or 10 minutes before he catches on and hangs up on me then he wasn't calling someone else who still...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 09:49 PM
    I did manage to get down to my shop and run some already cast and on hand Lyman 314299's through a sizer to reduce them down to .311" while my wife was napping. Now I just have to neck expand some brass so that I can load some of them into a few...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 09:44 PM
    I'm fairly sure that this rifle was put together by a target shooting enthusiast for his personal use and that it's not an actual MN rifle. Apparently many '03's with the "star" barrels were purchased for personal use and I'm fairly sure that this...
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    06-15-2018, 09:37 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread Robocalls in Our Town
    If you have a phone with an integral answering machine have a look at the user manual. I only recently found out that our phone system with 3 handsets and an answering machine has a built in call blocker on it! We use the call display and caller...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 06:48 PM
    Keep digging around and I'm sure that you'll find something suitable in a suitable project gun. I plan to resurrect this original old half stock percussion sporter for my wife to shoot a bit. It came from the estate of an old friend and will be...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 12:43 PM
    Sure why not ... I'm getting old and I'm still shooting too! :kidding:
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    06-14-2018, 10:00 PM
    I finally sourced a couple of extra inserts for the Lyman 17A front sight. A post and a large diameter circle that might be a better match to the size of black bull on the targets that I am using. Now I just need to put together some more test...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-14-2018, 09:57 PM
    Did a batch of .45 ACP and .44 Magnum brass in the ss pin tumbler. They're in the dehydrator drying right now while a 2nd batch of mixed rifle brass is spinning in the ss pin tumbler ...
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    06-12-2018, 04:13 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread 92 Winchester .32-20 in Leverguns
    I currently have 2 Winchester 92 rifles in .32-20 and 2 Colt revolvers in .32-20 and love the cartridge. I'm in the process of having a baby Martini action rebuilt into a custom .32-20 as well ...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-12-2018, 04:11 PM
    Modern powders? What are these modern powders of which you speak? :shock:
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    06-12-2018, 03:57 PM
    Reverend Al replied to a thread I love the country in Our Town
    Oh, how I envy you and I wish I could enjoy the same sort of surroundings. I'd love to be a "country boy", but my dear wife is strictly a "city girl" and won't hear of it ... :sad:
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-11-2018, 04:31 PM
    LOL ... it'll be just my luck that after all the time and trouble I went through to finally find a double cavity RCBS .410 RB mould that mine will shoot better with a .39 ball too! Interesting looking wad too. I might have a few somewhere on my...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 05:02 PM
    Very nice! What a great looking rifle. It just shows that if you put in quality time you get quality results ...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 12:56 PM
    So you're using IMR4227 and a similar card and fibre wad stack as shown in the military spec sheets? That's what I was thinking too ...
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-09-2018, 04:57 PM
    You need to find someone with a Kal Max case stretcher that can help you out. (I'm assuming that you're down in the US?) http://kal.castpics.net/CaseStretcher.html
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-09-2018, 03:02 PM
    None of the links on that website seem to be working? When I click on any of the links off to the right I get a "server not found" message ...???
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  • Reverend Al's Avatar
    06-08-2018, 04:51 PM
    There were several types of cordite with different burning rates. In the standard .303 ball cartridges that cordite was close to IMR3031 or IMR4064 in burning rate. I'm thinking that this cordite for the .410 Musket cartridges would probably be...
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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
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