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    Today, 08:48 PM
    Have you shot it? Does the rqm slide into the chamber easily when the lever is lowered? How are the chambers and the bore - any pitting or rough spots? Thanks. Jim
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    Today, 11:59 AM
    Payogrande - I'm glad you posted on how you did it! When I saw his post, the first thing I was thinking was what a chore it must be to cut the threads on such a delicate part. It's been many years since I've cut threads on a lathe but I KNOW I...
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    Today, 11:49 AM
    Started for me yesterday and I'm still getting it this morning.
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    Yesterday, 08:56 PM
    I use the Lee FCD and like 'em. One thing you don't mention - and I may have missed it - are you using all the same head stamp brass? You put the possible blame on to plating thickness but if you are using mixdd head stamps, you are probably going...
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    Yesterday, 05:08 PM
    Do you know who made this one? Thanks.
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    Yesterday, 11:58 AM
    The same thing can happen and a guy will end up dry balling his gun. Things happen and that's why it is important to "pay attention". A good rule is to never bother someone when they are loading but we all know it happens. A good reminder that if...
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    Yesterday, 11:51 AM
    I looked and all I have with me here in AZ are my steel tongs. I rarely use my aluminum tongs so I'm going from memory but IIRC, isn't there a "lip" on the adapter? i.e. so that when it screws in it "bottoms out". I would think that if you had a...
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    Yesterday, 11:38 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread been on a roll!! in Our Town
    Certainly not an easy path that you have had to tread but hopefully it will all get better over time for you. Sounds like it was a good thing you called the Dr. and he was there to meet you at the hospital! Take care of yourself and allow yourself...
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    Yesterday, 11:26 AM
    I have nothing to do with this but perhaps it might help those who are considering your box to give the size of the cartridge - i.e. 1/2", 9/16", etc. and the distance between the top of the hole board and the surface of the board below it - as well...
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    11-19-2017, 08:14 PM
    Are these lubed? thanks.
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    11-19-2017, 12:40 PM
    If the cavity is toast or you don't like the boolit it drops - or can't figure out a fix - you at least still have a single cavity mold to use. I know it drops your production in half on a double cavity but at least you can still cast with the...
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    11-19-2017, 12:33 PM
    And being used in a shower it should be "clean" lead! :-)
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    11-19-2017, 12:31 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Unknown bullets in Cast Boolits
    Kind of sounds to me like you already know what you are going to do with them so why even ask? Everyone has "free will" . . . if you choose to shoot them then it's on you if there is a problem with them . . . . that's a decision that nobody else...
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    11-18-2017, 01:31 PM
    I posted a WTB advertisement in the WTS/WTS section as I was looking for a heavier octagon muzzleloading barrel for a "chunk gun" build that I have planned. rhbrink was kind enough to send me a PM with an offer of a barrel that he ha that would...
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    11-17-2017, 11:45 AM
    THAT is what our country is all about. Thanks for posting . . . like smoked turkey, it got a little hard to see to read . . . Duty . . . Honor . . . . Country . . . . .
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    11-16-2017, 12:13 PM
    I don't shoot CASS but I'll cast a vote for Red Dot as well. I've used real BP, Bulls Eye, Unique, Green Dot and Red Dot out of my Uberti 7 1/2" Cattleman and have had the best results with Red Dot. 6.0 grains of RD under a Lyman 454-190 boolit in...
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    11-16-2017, 11:50 AM
    Sorta gives new meaning to "lead in your pants"! LOL Hey, sometimes good things just happen to good people and it sounds like the stars and planets were aligned for you! Congrats on your good luck . . . and if I were you . . . I'd buy a lottery...
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    11-15-2017, 09:34 PM
    I wouldn't know what to do if all of my head stamps matched. LOL I don't trim either. On 38 special I just load 'em and shoot 'em until they wear out - which takes quite a few reloadings.
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    11-15-2017, 12:37 PM
    For your first stock, I also think that poplar is not a bad choice as you will be learning many new things - and it's supposed to be a learning process. It's soft enough to carve and work easily but as mentioned, it will be hard to keep sharp lines...
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    11-15-2017, 12:18 PM
    I've never shot a Pedersoli 1861 but have shot many 58 caliber rifled muskets - both originals and reproductions. There are a variety of molds out there. IMHO, you you are looking for "authentic", then I'd suggest a Lyman/Ideal 575-213 OS (old...
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    11-14-2017, 08:18 PM
    I don't believe that a 1:22 twist was a standard H & A barrel however - and the H & A under hammers had Numeric barrels - known for their undersize. A year ago I sort of "restored" a H & a underhammer - ie. the stock was broken, etc. That one...
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    11-13-2017, 03:11 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread WTS Molds in Swappin & Sellin
    I wasn't familiar with the NOE 326-407. My search shows it is a flat nose 190 grain? Can you verify if it is a 140 gr as you show or a 190gr? Thanks.
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    11-13-2017, 11:41 AM
    Interesting! I've never seen one nor remember running across one at a gun show. Obviously they are out there so now have an idea of what to look for. Thanks Ken.
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    11-13-2017, 11:19 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread Mechanic overalls in Our Town
    I'm guessing that a fellow has the right to wear whatever he wants to . . . but maybe the bigger question is how long do you expect to remain married? LOL Like most things in life, there is a "time and a place" for everything.
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    11-12-2017, 12:17 PM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread 38 Squib loads? in Cast Boolits
    Welcome to the forum! I've never used the powder you are using in my 357 Handi Rifle - I stick with Unique, Bulls Eye and Red Dot. I shoot everything from 115 grain to 200 grain boolits out of mine. I've used 38 Colt Short, 38 Colt Long, 38...
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    11-12-2017, 11:55 AM
    Congratulations to you both! 45 years and counting for my wife and I and even though we both are growing older, I can't think of anyone I'd rather follow that path with than her. Enjoy your anniversary and treasure what you have as there's...
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    11-11-2017, 09:36 PM
    Just curious why you are posting this in the WTS/WTS section. To your question about anybody selling lead anymore - the answer is yes - just look in this section that is intended for WTS, WTS and WTB postings and it is listed on a pretty regular...
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    11-11-2017, 12:21 PM
    Let's see . . . . for probably several hundred years "bag molds" were used to cast round balls and the sprue cut off with the handle cutter - leaving a small "ridge" from the cutter . . . and they shot just fine. Everyone has their "own way" when...
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    11-10-2017, 09:44 PM
    I have a set of the Eagle gunfighter grips on my 357 NV - love 'em. Made all the difference in the world for me. These are a very fair price for someone looking for a pair. Good luck! another bump!
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    11-10-2017, 08:11 PM
    Good Cher - now that brought back some memories! The first rifle I built was in 1964 or thereabouts. The barrel was an original one off a broken and discarded muzzleloader - not the best bore but it worked! The furniture was off of old rifles but...
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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