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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    My load with the lyman postell is 62 grns of 1 1/2F Olde Ensford for right around 1200 fps. I weigh the charge. Drop thru a 3 ft drop tube with a slow trickle in charge. add my .060 rubber fiber wad and compress. This is in fired Starline Brass. I...
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    Today, 01:14 AM
    I use a medium hand full of pet bedding on my pot when fluxing and flux as needed my ladle casting pot is 100+ pounds when full. I let it char a little add a small bit of wax with it and stir it working the lead up thru it to help. I use a big...
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    Today, 01:04 AM
    I put it in panty hose and melted in double boiler and melted it submered in the boiling water The wax melts thru and debris stays in. Several wraps of cheese cloth works also. The better the end is sealed the better it works. Let cool on top of...
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    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    Also check length alighnment on the gas block in the key. Gas rings in the bolt may be a small issue also. Alighnment of the block to gas port and tube to gas block is also important. Also check hole sizes of the gas port block and tube. block...
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    Yesterday, 01:09 PM
    I'm old school when it comes to lapping a mould. If its a 2 cavity mould its a little different procedure than a single cavity mould materials needed are 600 or finer lapping compound ( Aluminum oxide is pefered but Silicon carbide will work) water...
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    11-22-2017, 05:34 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread A close one in Hunting with CB's
    Nice revolver, effective load, nice buck, great hunt and a story well told. Nicely done!
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    11-22-2017, 05:11 PM
    Good story, thanks for taking the time to post it.
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    11-22-2017, 12:57 PM
    The one book I mentioned above Loading And Shooting The Paper Patched Bullet A Beginners Guide. By Randolph S Wright goes into shooting technique and the hows and whys in one chapter. These rifles are finicky about external pressures and forces on...
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    11-22-2017, 11:21 AM
    Sometimes a piece of 3/8" or 1/2" round stock between the move able jaw and part helps to seat the part square. If you have to shimm it definitely allows the part to sit better. This keeps the moveable jaw from over riding the fixed jaw and...
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    11-22-2017, 11:17 AM
    Check the local pawn shops as used machinist tools seem to make there way there quite often. On the finger indicators if used for measuring from blocks check the ball for flat spots worn on it. Also check it for being sticky as this can be a...
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    11-20-2017, 10:52 PM
    How heavy a crimp had you put on the original ammo? Sometimes crimping ( either borderline heavy or due to case length variations) can put a small bulge jut under the crimp that causes a issue. The Lee factory crimp die irons this out. A test if it...
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    11-20-2017, 10:35 PM
    Could it be as simple as anneal, load a charge and wad then fire form and trim to length. If going the forming route I would try 38 caliber ( .375/.380 dia) then 40 caliber (.410 dia) and last a formed expander 45 caliber. Ideally this would be...
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    11-20-2017, 10:25 PM
    The specs and drawings are sent out to manufacturers for bids on x number of units. Then sometimes test units are submitted from the manufacturers and bids are submitted then accepted. Sometimes the test units are omitted from the process. But the...
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    11-20-2017, 08:57 PM
    Buffalo Arms has Swiss, Olde Ensforde and goex in stock in the various granulations. Also you might order a compression stem for your die set. I have found Goex likes more compression than the other 2. Your in for a lot of fun here.
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    11-20-2017, 03:52 PM
    Lead Pot, I use a Meacham bushing die for 45-90, 45-70, and 40-65. My 38-55 is a home made bushing die. ( RCBS machined for the bushing and opn top to lock it in). These are "open topped" since I decap by hand off the press. I size after the bullet...
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    11-20-2017, 03:05 PM
    TXGunNut replied to a thread CB 8pt Buck in Hunting with CB's
    Good job! And yes, deer can be vocal on rare occasions. I've heard deer cry out or bleat at times and heard a buck grunt on my last trip.
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    11-20-2017, 02:58 PM
    Good job! Meat in the freezer and some good times in the field. Hard to beat.
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    11-20-2017, 02:41 PM
    More information is needed here as to powder type Ie true Black powder, substitute powders, or smokeless duplication loads? Ill assume its the true Black powder so that still leaves several choices. Swiss, Olde Ensforde, and Goex ( the main 3). ...
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    11-20-2017, 12:05 PM
    A friend I went to school with owns and runs a medium sized tool and die shop Stamping dies both coining blanking and progressives. Hes constantly complaining that any skilled people he finds are now in their 50s and 60s. He gets very few younger...
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    11-20-2017, 01:41 AM
    A quick way to compress is make a dummy bullet to match the one your loading from brass, aluminum, or hardwood ( hard maple does well) get it as close as possible to shape and .010 under on dia. then use your bullet seater to compress. If the bullet...
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    11-19-2017, 02:16 PM
    AN out of square shell holder will actually push the case heads out of square when sizing. Causing accuracy problems and chambering problems at times.
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    11-19-2017, 11:53 AM
    The standard bullets were the 168 grn match and special ball with the 173 grn bullet when I was competing. I believe the match loads were around 2650 fps. Performed great in most rifles. Battle ammo was a 150 grn fmj. Heavy bullets and or slower...
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    11-19-2017, 11:33 AM
    There are manufacturing tolerences in shell holders same as all things made, this is usually shown on the drawings as mean dimension and +/- it can be off. I'm not so concerned to maker as to squareness and parallel then dimensions. Dimensions...
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    11-19-2017, 11:23 AM
    The local Trade school dropped the machine trades, Machine repair, Welding and a couple other courses a few years ago. Took the shops out and sold all the equipment off. Some really nice Clausing 13"X 36" lathes and Bridgeport mills. Along with an...
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    11-18-2017, 11:52 PM
    The CMP store also has criterion barrels in stock usually. Along with some years of military take offs for those restoring a garand. Not as much in the stores as there used to be now. I can remember when it was back in erie ordance a small office...
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    11-18-2017, 11:09 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New pastime in Cookin' Recipe's
    We see a few on the farm ponds and resivoirs here but those were farm raised somewhere. They were good and didnt need skinned either LOL
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    11-18-2017, 09:39 PM
    country gent replied to a thread New pastime in Cookin' Recipe's
    I did smoked frog legs a few years ago marinated them over night and under 240* with mestique chips then when about done a coating of barbeque sauce and finshed when tender. I think it was a woshteshire sauce brown sugar mix I marinated them in....
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    11-18-2017, 09:15 PM
    If its a "crush" or ding the metal is still there and might be able to be pushed back into place with a hard wood form. Make it from hard maple rose wood is good to to match the grooves angle and close to the radious of the bullet. Make it long...
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    11-18-2017, 02:59 PM
    There are clips for the garand that are 2 round and 5 round but they are also one way use only. With practice you can load 2 rounds pretty easily, cross them in the clip push in and close the bolt. Not easy at first but can be learned. One nice...
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    11-18-2017, 12:22 PM
    The old bullseye standard load was 2.6-2.7 grns bullseye and a swaged hollow based wadcutter. At one time this was probably 80% of the ammo on the lines. It shot good in almost every gun. Work from a solid bench and rest when testing. Use a wind...
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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