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  • Eddie2002's Avatar
    02-14-2019, 10:48 PM
    I just has a small idea, how about zinc as a tumbler medium. Readily available, harder than lead and costs less than brass or copper. Just a thought and another rabbit hole to go down. ;)
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    02-14-2019, 10:18 AM
    I'm using 2% dextrin in my mix also, forgot to mention that I add it along with the other components in the ball mill. Some people add it at the end of the mix but it's just as easy to toss it in at the beginning. "Deer"- the incredible edible...
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    02-13-2019, 11:23 AM
    I'm in total agreement that consistent kernel size makes for better accuracy even though I screen my powder instead of corning and grinding. With screening I've found that using a larger mesh size to screen with helps. I'm currently using a #8...
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    02-12-2019, 11:20 PM
    I've been using an older beam gram scale for the BP components and also for reloading smokeless. It's calibrated down to one hundredth of a gram but only goes up to 311 grams which works well for my 1/4 lb batches. A freshly minted nickle coin...
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    02-08-2019, 08:36 PM
    Not enough boom for an entire pound of powder, maybe around a 1/4 pound or less. A full pound would of cleaned off the ground down to bare earth. Still nothing to laugh at, it would do some serious hurt.
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    02-06-2019, 07:47 PM
    Here's my small ring Mauser, already posted it but here it is again. It's a 1915 Erfurt Kar 98 small ring restamped with the 1920 Versaille Treaty date. It's been changed over to .243 Winchester and has the bolt turned down and the stock cut back...
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    02-06-2019, 03:29 PM
    Markhan, I'm using a home made ball mill/tumbler. I worked in the medical profession as a repair technician and pack ratted a lot of old parts pulled from different equipment. Ended up with a bunch of 24 volt DC gear reduction motors that turn...
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    02-05-2019, 11:40 PM
    I've stopped telling people that I make my own powder, even other BP shooters tell me that I'm nuts and going to blow myself up. Most of the time I get that weird look and get told how dangerous it is. My basic rules are be careful and cleanup any...
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    01-30-2019, 08:03 PM
    I never made it to the Charlie Knight's place, it was before my time. Been going for about twelve years and love it. I had to pack out Friday right before the big rain but the rest of my group over at Georgetown Commons, Putz and Wolftrack, stayed...
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    01-30-2019, 07:38 PM
    I'm on my fourth pound of stump remover which will give me about five pounds of screened home grown which is plenty for what I shoot right now. Just wanted to get a formula and procedure together that is repeatable and check it off my bucket list....
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    01-30-2019, 04:10 PM
    I've been using a mix of different sized lead balls as a tumbling medium with no problems. I've noticed that the balls get a thin coating of the fine powder on them which I would think prevents them from wearing down while tumbling. I've only made...
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    01-30-2019, 03:59 PM
    I've always made my black powder over a lot of layers of newpaper on the work bench and anything that gets spilled is rolled up and disposed of as I go along. I've found out that keeping the work area clean is really important. Just burned up my...
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    01-30-2019, 10:58 AM
    I started with an old second hand wedge which was a lot easier to heat but the canvas started to rip and was too rotten to repair. Got the wall tent which has a lot move volume but is harder to keep warm and a little more work to set up.
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    01-29-2019, 08:17 PM
    I would join the club, they shoot every month, but I'm about 130 miles away over by Daytona Beach which is a bit too far away to be an active member. Still the yearly trip over is well worth it for all the fun. The trick with <1840 camping is to...
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    01-28-2019, 10:17 PM
    Eddie2002 replied to a thread Tc big boar 58 in Muzzleloading.
    Picked up a Navy Arms Buffalo Hunter in .58 caliber about a year ago.Have only shot it a couple of times and it shoots great.
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    01-28-2019, 07:25 PM
    I've been there when the water buckets get iced over, Wisconsin Frisbees is a new one to me but I get it. I would rather be a little cold instead of too hot while camping. Still need to try the 200 yd Boone's shoot and wood walk, too much to do...
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    01-28-2019, 03:52 PM
    "Chilly? Really?" yeah, well low 40's at night is plenty chilly enough for me, guess I'm getting used to Florida weather ;). We always seem to get at least one good day of rain along with blustery wind, this time it was Thursday for the weather. Had...
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    01-28-2019, 11:23 AM
    Just got back from the Alifia rendezvous and had some fun target shooting. My main rifle is an older CVA Hawkins cap lock in .50 caliber, pretty much of beater which cost me a whole $75.00 a few years ago and took a few months to get right. Well the...
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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