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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 11:15 PM
    I use a mecham tool bushing die for the 45-70-45-90 and 40-65. I have bushing a few thousandths either side of what I want for both PP and geasers. I also load waiting to size until bushing is seated and then just enough to set bullet tension, but...
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    Today, 08:48 PM
    Plasti lube was the bolt lube of choice for the garands and M14 M1A this was the lube recommended by the army and marines. Its a very thick lube so working it into tight enclosed areas may be an issue, I have used it on other bolt actions to...
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    Today, 08:25 PM
    I very lightly wipe the sides of the patch with JoJoba oil before hand seating it. I do 4-5 and then remove the excess with a cleaning patch. a drop on finger and thumb does about 5-6 bullets. Spin bullet in the same direction as the wrap is. I...
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  • Knarley's Avatar
    Today, 07:38 PM
    First: A Pedersoli "Quigley" in 45-70 Second: I'm also a SASS cowboy shooter, and one of my outfits is a confederate artillery guy. I'm kinda waiting for some protesters to come and try to remove me, then I get to shoot 'em:Fire:
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    Neck tension is actually set by the expander belling die the sizing die sizes small and the expander opens it up to the right size. You need to break the air seal the lube is producing to stop this. (On grease cookies a pin is pushed thru the...
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    Today, 03:19 PM
    Look for paper in the 7-9lb range. I have forund several tablets of tracing paper at Wallmarts ( Paco brand I think) that worked good. Also business max had a 25% and 100% cotton tracing paper that was very good. These were in a "Pad to the top...
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    Today, 11:00 AM
    In 45 cal I use a 443 dia slick sided bullet and 2 wraps of rolled drafting paper or onion paper at .0018 thickness for a bullet dia of .450. Use enough Black powder to fill the case to the base of the bullet with the wad stack and .090 grease...
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    Yesterday, 03:58 PM
    When starting out for a new cartridge ( rifle or pistol) sometimes even before I purchase it, I go to my library of loading manuals and look it up seeing what the most popular powders for it is. If a certain powder is listed in all of them and...
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  • Knarley's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    It depends on how spendy you want to get. Track of the Wolf, Dixie Gunworks, and Midway USA will all have decent BP measures. Most of them are for muzzle loading but will work well at the loading bench. I have any # of BP measures, have been...
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    I use an old Belding and Mull measure for black Powder. No plastic in them all cast iron aluminum and brass, and a little piece of glass in the window. Lymann makes a 55 in a black powder version, Hornady makes one of theirs in a black powder...
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    Working up new load................ 1st time using Old 'E'..........I had to start some where.
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    Yesterday, 09:34 AM
    I load between 500 and 550 grn bullets cast from 20-1 to around 1150-1200 fps and they will take rams down at 500yds. If you want heavier bullets in a traditional style the lyman 457-125 500grn govt round nose. For a better BC the lyman 535 postell...
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  • Knarley's Avatar
    08-19-2017, 09:27 PM
    I forgot to mention that there were 5 breaths thru my blow tube between each shot............oops
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    08-19-2017, 08:38 PM
    Back from the range, 10 shots no wiping. 70 gr./ weight FFG Old Eynford,.43 Compression, .030 veg. wad, 20:1 alloy, Lyman # 457125 boolit, SPG lube 100 yards, off bench, 9" plate. First shot, clean barrel fouler ticking plate @ 7:00, second shot...
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    08-19-2017, 08:24 PM
    Knarley started a thread test in Testing Area
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-19-2017, 06:59 PM
    FWIW the standard primer seems to give the lower ES in your small sample.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    08-19-2017, 04:45 PM
    You have 2 different cases there win and fed. The difference may be in the cases case capacity. Also the difference in nickel and brass Plating adds a little more to the case and also may decrease case capacity. A more accurate test would be to use...
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    08-19-2017, 04:40 PM
    I mix ballistol 10-1 with water. Also windex multi surface with vinegar is a great BP cleaner Ive used it on bores at the range for years. I would recommend trying it on a piece of scrap brass first though. put some on a small piece of brass or soak...
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    08-19-2017, 04:27 PM
    I have used GOEX, Swiss, and Olde Eynsforde. GOEX ( muzzleloaders and some in cartridge guns) it was the main one available here for years. GOEX likes more compression and is dirtier with a little harder fouling at times. It may take a little more...
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    08-19-2017, 03:58 PM
    Lightly wipe down with a used dryer sheet works. I also have wrapped one around the bottom of the hopper and top of the casting holding in place with a rubber band this helps with static for a while. I have heard of some wiping down with a liquid...
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    08-19-2017, 03:52 PM
    When ladle casting sawdust, Kitty liter, or wood chips get in the ladle and plug it up. On a bottom pour your working from the bottom of the pots contents and not disturbing the top layer. Ladle casting ( My techniuque) the ladle goes thru the top...
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    08-19-2017, 03:40 PM
    Old Eynsforde 1 1/2 has worked well for me in 45-70 and 45-90 with around .090-.125 compression. With a 500grn bullet your trapdoor should do well. I'm currently using starline brass in all 3 rifles but in 45-70 if you can find it Winchester holds a...
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    08-19-2017, 03:30 PM
    Most factory ammo is loaded with powders not available to reloaders. Trying to "guess" a powder type by looks and sight is pretty tricky. What would be better would be to pull the bullets and weight 10-20 of the powder charges randomly taken thru...
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    08-19-2017, 02:43 PM
    Oops, sorry. Can't link the seller's site any longer, will need to take some pics.
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    08-18-2017, 10:58 PM
    Ive read where several of the turn of the century (early 1900 or Pope era) shooters had low speed agitators on their pots to constantly agitate and or stir the lead while they were casting. I'm thinking of making one to run slow and just agitate...
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I was a NRA High Power rifle competitor for 20+ years with the service rifle also Long Range. I am widowed and Have Multiple Schlrocis. Im just getting into Black Powder Cartridges and cast rifle bullets now. Also have shot alot of handguns Ipsic and Bowling pins with cast bullets.
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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