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    Today, 05:29 PM
    Just tried it with a piece of small diameter tubing and it works well. I had one misfire out of three primers and that was due to misalignment on the nipple. The #11 nipples are a tight fit into the anvil side of the primer and if it doesn't align...
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    Today, 02:25 PM
    Great tip, wonder if it would work on a rifle? Think I have a couple packs of magnum small pistol primers left, I'll give it a try on my CVA Hawkens.
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    02-13-2018, 10:49 AM
    Good luck, you are going down a rabbit hole ;)
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    02-12-2018, 03:34 PM
    I got a funny look last time I was over at the public range shooting a muzzle loader. After about two hours of shooting black powder I began to pick up some of the brass around my shooting stall. A couple of the guys shooting center fire seemed to...
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    02-11-2018, 04:59 PM
    I was able to get some weights on my powder today. I used a 100 grains volume measure and took the weight of charge in grams. Goex 2f and 3f both weighed in at 6.15 grams. My screened mix which had not been compressed while damp weighed 3.85...
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    02-11-2018, 11:00 AM
    Clockwise is good, it tightens the threads on the brush. Also don't buy the cheepo cleaning brushes with aluminum tips, they can pull apart in a tight bore.
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    02-10-2018, 04:51 PM
    Just finished the second 1/4 lb batch and combined the two together for a total of 1/2 lb of compressed then screened when damp powder. Don't know if it will make any difference but the powder granules are harder than the just screened powder and...
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    02-09-2018, 10:57 PM
    Just picked up a Traditions Kentucky caplock pistol in .50 caliber. Don't think the thing had ever been shot much, the finish is almost perfect and it shoots great. I was able to hit the bulls eye at 25 yds off of a rest 3 out of 3 shots. Free hand...
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    02-09-2018, 07:35 PM
    Hears a dumb question, I compressed my first batch in a puck maker made out of three 1/2 inch thick aluminum spacers which I bolted together that have abut a 2 inch hole through the middle of them. I got decent compression with a 5 ton bottle jack...
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    02-09-2018, 02:36 PM
    Thanks for the tip about using a binder. I'm starting to lean to compressing the powder into a puck just to increase the density of the final product. This first batch is just an experiment to see if I'm getting it correct so far and planning my...
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    02-09-2018, 10:22 AM
    I ran the ball mill for 6 hours last night. The mix looks real fine and a small scoop flashed and burned quickly. Next is taking a small amount, damping it and screening it. I think the powder is ready for the next step. I've enough stuff kicking...
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    02-09-2018, 10:13 AM
    I've been using the Graf's brand of 3F and really like it. If you order more than 5 lbs the hazmat fee is only $10.00 along with around a 8 dollar handling fee. They also have 1000 packs of #11 caps for a lot less than my LGS.
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    02-08-2018, 06:12 PM
    Fly, good to see you are back. I've had to take a break from other forums "Just Because" also. I just tried the powder that was screened and dried under a lamp and it went Poof not fizzle. I'm cautiously optimistic that everything is working right...
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    02-08-2018, 05:13 PM
    Quick follow up, I picked up the sulfur and stump remover from the store today. Also ran by Good Will and found a full sized mixer for five dollars which worked great on grinding up the potassium nitrate into real fine powder. The sulfur already...
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    02-07-2018, 03:15 PM
    So far the ball tumbler is doing a nice job on the charcoal. I just sifted the charcoal and have about 3 ounces that has a consistency of confectioner's sugar. 3 ounces is enough for a pound which is my target amount.There are a few slightly larger...
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    02-07-2018, 01:18 PM
    Eddie2002 replied to a thread 45 TC Hawkin in Muzzleloading.
    That's pretty, nice job on the refinish. I've refinished two or three front stuffers but have never come across such nice grain as your's. I usually end up with one of the stocks that is made out of white wood like beech and end up staining it...
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    02-06-2018, 10:05 PM
    potassium nitrate, my mistake looks like I've forgotten my high school chemistry. The 90% sulfur is all that is available around here, I've looked everywhere. If the test batches work I'll place an order to DudaDiesel but right now I'm testing my...
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    02-05-2018, 05:47 PM
    So far the charcoal is turning out well. After the charcoal had cooled down I broke it up into smaller pieces and then bagged it in quart freezer bags. These got crushed in a vice two or three times which reduced the chunks into much smaller pieces...
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    02-05-2018, 02:20 PM
    After reading the thread twice and paying almost $30.00 for a pound of Goex I decided to give rolling my own a try. It looks like my local Lowe's has stump remover and the 90% sulfur powder in stock which is all I need right now to get my feet wet. ...
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    02-03-2018, 09:02 PM
    The tape method works, I've used it for one of my 7.7 Japs with a large chamber. Try running the FL die down part way on the case and see if it will chamber. Keep moving the die down a little at at a time checking each time till it chambers. You...
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    02-03-2018, 02:23 PM
    I don't know if this is the proper place to post this but there is a BP shooting club called The Central Florida's Muzzleloaders that meets every third Sunday of the month for a fun shoot. They meet at the Central Florida Rifle and Pistol club...
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    02-02-2018, 11:36 AM
    I've paid more for a rifle that needed a lot of work before it could be shot. The Frontier is pretty much a plain Jane with very little brasswork or bling on it but it appears all there with no problems. I'll probably pick it up if it is still there...
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    02-01-2018, 05:06 PM
    That's nice, love the way you did the spout.
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    02-01-2018, 02:19 PM
    I'm thinking about going for it. It would match up nice with the brown barreled CVA Hawkins I rebuilt last year which has become my main shooter. I could refinish the Frontier to match the Hawkins and end up with a matched set of brown barreled CVA...
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    02-01-2018, 01:22 PM
    Man, I need to stay out of pawn shops. Just for a whim I stopped at a pawn shop and spotted a CVA Frontier Carbine caplock in .50 caliber. It has the flat butt stock, no patch box, only one guide for the ramrod and has a single trigger. The finish...
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    01-28-2018, 07:53 PM
    Just got back from the rendezvous and skipped the wood walk. It was blowing about 15-20mph and it took two days to fill the 25,50,100 yd shoot. Ended up shooting pistol at 25 and 50 yds instead of doing the wood walk. I learned not to wear a loose...
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  • Eddie2002's Avatar
    01-21-2018, 07:27 PM
    Got my first lever action last year, a family piece I bought off my older brother. It's a 1893 Marlin Deluxe breakdown model 30-30 built in 1897 and came with a carrying case that looks as old as the rifle is. I'm a little nervous to shoot it.
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BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
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