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    10-16-2018, 06:13 PM
    Tight throats give best accuracy with factory ammo having jacketed bullets. My 1972 date of manufacture .30 Carbine Ruger has .310 throats and shoots everything well, either cast or jacketed. If yours is tight, .310 is a good place to stop when...
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    10-16-2018, 05:46 PM
    5 grains with 250-grain LFP in .45 Colt is as light as Hodgdon recommends: BULLET WEIGHT 250 GR. CAST LRNFP Starting Loads Maximum Loads Manufacturer Powder Bullet Diam. C.O.L. Grs. Vel. (ft/s) Pressure: The force exerted by burning powder...
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    10-16-2018, 05:36 PM
    I use 1:30 tin-lead from Roto Metals about 8-9 BHN in both the .44-40 and the .44 Magnum in Marlin rifles with Microgroove rifling and 1:38" twist, using plainbased bullets at velocities around 1350 fps and have no issues with leading. I have...
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    10-16-2018, 04:25 PM
    I would defer to Larry Gibson on specific loads for reliable function of the M14/M1A. In the .30-'06 about 36 grains is about the minimum to reliably cycle the M1 Garand with a 160-grain bullet. In the 7.62 NATO/.308 Win., I would start at...
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    10-16-2018, 04:13 PM
    They will ALSO return your old parts and any non-factory, after-market parts to you.
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    10-16-2018, 03:29 PM
    Nick, Measuring the throat diameter is easy. The easiest way to measure a .303 or Krag chamber is to take a factory .38 Special soft-swaged lead, round-nosed bullet, drop it into the chamber, and then use a section of squared off, chamfered and...
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    10-16-2018, 01:55 PM
    Over-rotation more than 5 degrees in which the locking bolt engages the cylinder not simply should not happen. If when cocking the hammer cylinder rotation is not stopped positively by engagement of the bolt or cylinder stop with the locking bolt...
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    10-16-2018, 01:09 PM
    I would send it back to Ruger for repair. Doesn't "smell" right.
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    10-16-2018, 11:01 AM
    Around here .32-20 rifles and revolvers are common at estate and farm sales and sell affordably. S&Ws and Savages are very much less expensive than collectible Colts and Winchesters in like condition. Most guns are entirely functional, and well...
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    10-15-2018, 01:15 PM
    Where are you?
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    10-15-2018, 01:13 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 44-40 question in Single Shot Guns
    The RL7 loads will perform well for you.
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    10-15-2018, 01:10 PM
    LesRoss, Why are you shooting such hard bullets? I think THAT is your problem, because the hard bullets will not upset to form a gas seal. I use 1:30 tin-lead, about 8 BHN in my .44-40, .44 Mag. and .45 Colt loads with bullet diameter 0.001"...
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    10-14-2018, 12:38 PM
    The jacketed bullets in factory .44-40 ammo are not .427, but generally .425 so they will shoot fine. If you buy cast lead bullets, then the .427 diameter is correct for the tight bore. With soft bullets and mild loads as you would use in an...
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    10-13-2018, 06:10 PM
    Accurate has several designs for the .38 S&W which follow the form of the original .38 Colt New Police bullet and the British Revolver .380 Rimmed Mk2 which will work fine with speed loaders. When you order you can tweak diameters to fit...
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    10-13-2018, 06:03 PM
    Ruger Blackhawk Convertible will eat that stuff three meals a day and midnight snack with no issues.
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    10-12-2018, 10:28 PM
    Firing GI hardball in the .45 ACP cylinder is interesting too, as the bullet is squeezed so hard that it extrudes a bit of lead "turd" out the base opening, as if giving a weak squeeze to a tube of toothpaste. Normal hardball velocity and decent...
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    10-12-2018, 09:38 PM
    Try casting your mold with straight linotype and they will drop about 0.0015" larger than straight wheelweights. Then use Lee Liquid Alox and load as-cast and unsized.
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    10-12-2018, 02:45 PM
    In my Ruger India Model .380 Rimmed I use Starline .38 S&W brass and load 3.5 grains of Bullseye with the Accurate 36-159H This approximates .38 Special +P, about 900 fps in a 4" barrel using .38 S&W brass in a strong gun. ABSOLUTELY NOT for...
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    10-12-2018, 02:37 PM
    I would treat a Krag exactly the same as I would a .303 Long Lee Enfield of the same period. As Char-Gar says, freebore ahead of the chamber is both long and large in diameter. Barrel bore and groove dimensions are all over the map. Of the dozen...
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    10-12-2018, 02:24 PM
    Very satisfactory and economical load which approximates .38-55 black powder velocity is the #375449 cast from wheel weights, without the GC, simply tumble-lubed with Lee Liquid Alox. In most guns these can be shot as-cast and unsized at .380". ...
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    10-12-2018, 12:31 PM
    In my experience Blue Dot is less than entirely satisfactory for hardball equivalent loads producing 850 +/- 30 fps with 230-grain bullets. You will probably experience unburned powder particles in the action and erratic velocities. Blue Dot does...
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    10-12-2018, 12:21 PM
    We tested original Civil War era Springfield and Enfield rifle-muskets, as well as the Whitworth rifle at Quantico in the 1970s for a scholarly paper which was being written at the Naval Academy. We used a standard 4 ft. by 6 ft. military target...
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    10-11-2018, 09:57 PM
    I have two Ruger .44 Vaqueros built 4 years apart. Also a .45 NM Blackhawk Convertible built between the two Vaqueros. All three guns interchange cylinders. The .44-40 and .44 Mag. Vaqueros have large forcing cones which are big enough for a...
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    10-11-2018, 08:36 PM
    Less than an Ed Brown M1911. You should get one. If ever reduced to ONE handgun, ROA with Kirst Konverter and three cap & ball cylinders would be the one I keep. Knowing what they were proofed with at the factory, and having fitted one up...
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    10-11-2018, 07:54 PM
    I shoot .430 in mine, here are some loads: Typical .44-40 Winchester loads in Rossi Puma with 20” barrel: Ammunition___________________Vel@15ft, Sd, ES Winchester 200 JSP factory load____1158 fps, 18 Sd, 51 ES Handloads in Starline...
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    10-11-2018, 07:16 PM
    Some years ago I did the same thing firing a Ruger Old Army and carrying extra loaded cylinders in speed loader pouches and doing the Clint Eastwood "Pale Rider" reload. I also have the Kirst Kartridge Converter for my ROA and can interchangibly...
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    10-11-2018, 03:31 PM
    Rossi is one turn in 1 metre, or 39.4" It will handle 240-grain bullets just fine.
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    10-11-2018, 03:23 PM
    I use 1:4 ATF-Beeswax for a smokeless powder lube, measuring the parts by liquid volume, blending the ATF into the melted beeswax. MMO is very similar to ATF and can be blended the same way. If you live in a hot climate and want a harder lube,...
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    10-11-2018, 11:18 AM
    More than 50 years ago I had an original Isaac Hollis & Sons 2-band volunteer rifle which I shot patched ball in for hunting purposes, because the pure lead round ball at good velocity shot flatter, killed deer better and was more accurate than the...
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    10-10-2018, 10:52 PM
    It depends more if you are a target shooter firing military bolt matches or if you are a re-enactor wanting something authentic. For range use in target shooting the leather sling is superior. I prefer the heavier duty 54" service sling from...
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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