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    Yesterday, 10:15 PM
    I perfer to let them air cool or compressed air thru them slowly. Light moisture dosnt seem to hurt. I seen a set up once for cooling barrels that used an air pump for an aquarium or minnow tank. air pump fed into a 2 liter pop bottle below the...
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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    The other weekend at the club I was testing loads for thenew BPCR rifle. A High wall in 38-55, was chronograping load for consistancy and to get velocity drops. A father and son were to the right a few points shooting. The son ( 12 or 13 years old)...
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    At the local matches here both BP and smokless duplication loads are allowed and used with good results. Unless you are shooting a match that specifys powder type then the choice is yours as far as Im concerned.There is alot of good natured...
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    Yesterday, 03:30 PM
    One thing that is often overlooked in stability of a projectile is velocity. With you hollow pointed bullets ( cast from thesame mould) they are getting lighter as thehollow point gets deeper. If loaded over the same load velocity may be slightly...
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    Yesterday, 12:49 PM
    I ran the bridge port converted mills at work and dpms mills with the Southwest conversions on them. Our bridgeports didnt have x axis but the DPMS did. Easy to program and edit the program. With a little practice basic programs can be done right...
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    07-26-2016, 12:36 PM
    Alot depends on caliber and bullet weight. One thing is to start and stay super sonic or sub sonic transtioning from super sonic to sub sonic part ways down Induces a transition that can and does affect accuracy. With modern cartridges ( 308,30-06,...
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    07-25-2016, 10:51 PM
    Paint will rub off on your hands just about as bad as the bare aluminum will. If there is a shop that does chrome plating near you you might consider having them flash chromed. A light blasting and powder coat heat baked on my be good. If you have...
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    07-25-2016, 10:45 PM
    If there is a building supply or contractors store near you (even some farm supply, hardwares and such) they have corn cob and walnut by the 50 lb bags and in diffrent grits also. Its untreated but can be treated with Iosso brass polish, Dillons...
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    07-25-2016, 10:33 PM
    We always buthchered in late fall early spring when temps were running 35* - 40* so they could hang over night or until family could be present to help cut up and wrap. Its a big Job and alot of work just getting things ready to go. SHarpening the...
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    07-25-2016, 09:00 PM
    Loading blocks can easily be mde from wood plexi glass plastics or metals with just a drill press and a simple fixture ( if you want to several). A simple lay out and punch mark for a start can be done, this iseasier with a set of heremphradite...
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    07-25-2016, 08:39 PM
    Best guess is 190 minutes for the Lyman and a bit less for the Money. I didn't chrono my second load and I put a very slight crimp on the first load so that data is questionable as well. Second load likely started out at least 100fps faster than the...
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    07-25-2016, 08:17 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 348 Winchester in Leverguns
    Here is an interesting comparison. My loads with the 348 will use the 250 grain slug and a projected 60 grains of powder. My 30/30 is pretty happy with a 170 grain slug over right at 30 grains of powder. The 348 was a true magnum in its day. -Scharf...
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    07-25-2016, 02:41 PM
    I have made many caliber specific pullers for use in loading presses. From copies of the old super fast push thru puller to modified pliers. I have tken slip joint pliers and cut the jaws back to allow for new stock to be welded into them, This...
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    07-25-2016, 02:24 PM
    One way tht may help you with just the drill press is to maintain the "alighnment of the cavities perfectly. This is hard to do with a drill press. I would make a little jig up. Same size as blocks with the alighnment pin holes and cavities sized...
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    07-24-2016, 11:58 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 300 Savage vs. 30-30 in Leverguns
    Welcome to the forum, Hunter5567! Do you have any 3031 lying around? It does a fine job pushing CB's out of my Savage.
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    07-24-2016, 11:49 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 1895 Winchester Redux in Leverguns
    I think on a good day I may be able to see those tiny sights. Shot three rounds of trap in the 100 degree heat before heading to the rifle range so today wasn't a good day for irons. Time for some new glasses.
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    07-24-2016, 09:04 PM
    Obtain a piece of 3/8 key stock the length you need plus. File one end of the key stock down to .360-.365 square 1" - 1 1/2" back from end. Cut 4 pieces of 1/8" by 2" .360 wide solder or weld these to the cut down end. Thus making a square socket...
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    07-24-2016, 06:42 PM
    Old soldier shot quite well today, functioned perfectly once I learned how it worked. Quite an impressive rifle. 136 years young. Very impressive. Just wish I could see the sights.
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    07-24-2016, 06:36 PM
    Looks like Scope went well indeed, Chill Wills. Congrats, well done!
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    07-24-2016, 06:17 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 1895 Winchester Redux in Leverguns
    Wow; worked great, shot great! Just wish I could see the sights.
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    07-24-2016, 11:55 AM
    Annealing softens brass and also relieves stress. On a lot of brass that has started to crack other cases may have small stress cracks that arnt visible to the eye already forming, annealing wont save these but the rest it may help. On my BPCR...
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    07-24-2016, 12:49 AM
    Good to know, my theory was just the opposite. Figured it would have a long throat. My load chambers just fine, will see how it shoots in the morning.
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    07-24-2016, 12:45 AM
    Let me guess, winds? That high power range looks tricky on a calm day. Have a lot of respect for shooters who know how to read it. I was in the pits in Raton when the BPCR guys were trying the 1000 yard range as an experimental match. Very...
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    07-23-2016, 10:41 PM
    How much bullet is in the case? What weight bullet? and what loading. Some of my bpcr bullets loads are soft seated BUT the powder wad stack holds them in place at the correct overal length. Shorter bullets loaded long may not have much in the...
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    07-23-2016, 08:57 PM
    Good info indeed! I suspected the last three digits was some kind of code for the nose profile but hadn't been able to decipher it yet.
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    07-23-2016, 08:49 PM
    I also agree with the above posts the light engraving at the muzzle is ussually very close indicator but It dosnt beat good accurate measurements either. Also watch for a small radious between front band and nose riding section as this may give a...
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    07-23-2016, 08:46 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 1:1 ww-pure in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I use 50-50 for most hunting loads, for the faster loads I HT the boolits if it benefits accuracy. I usually add tin to get better fill-out, generally 1% or less.
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    07-23-2016, 07:34 PM
    If you think your shoulder will put up with more than the 50-90 has to offer you could always give the 50 Alaskan a hyphenated name, lol. Wouldn't be surprised if someone already has. ;-) Looking forward to progress reports and pics.
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    07-23-2016, 07:20 PM
    Beautiful rifle, thanks for letting us follow your project. Nicely done! Are you going to shoot it?
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    07-23-2016, 07:01 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread 300 Savage vs. 30-30 in Leverguns
    I don't recall what OP wound up with but seem to recall it was the Savage, maybe both. Yes, the 300 has a slight edge on paper but in most hunting situations the deer would likely never be able to tell the difference. If given the choice (after my...
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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