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    10-19-2017, 12:15 PM
    OK, Iíll give it a shot. Iíll put the elements of my first post into it.
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    10-19-2017, 11:34 AM
    Smokeless loadings are helped by underlength cases, since they donít slug up the boolit and there is no potential for pinching them in the leade, raising pressures. For black powder, I donít mind 5 thou or so over the nominal case length, or even...
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    10-19-2017, 01:06 AM
    According to Winston Smith's book, the standard bullet for the .54 (sometimes designated as .52) caliber percussion Sharps was about 475 gr weight with most of the body diameter at 0.53" and the rear 1/8 of the shank at 0.56". Smith says that the...
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    10-18-2017, 10:32 PM
    Ken, You want a review of Sharpe's Complete Guide to Handloading? I could try it; may take some doing to pooch it out to two pages. It has been done, after all.
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    10-18-2017, 05:10 PM
    I had a Literature professor in College who constantly told us that as a student he was headed for a career in Physics when he came across a copy of Moby Dick. He read it, he said, and it "changed my Life." He changed his Major from Physics to...
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    10-18-2017, 04:21 PM
    Here is my incomplete and somewhat modified Perfection loading press, made by Pacific after they acquired the Hueter Bros. design. It was missing all the attachments, except the knurled die on the ram, which may be a neck sizer or a bullet...
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    10-18-2017, 11:40 AM
    That load ought to do 2-1/2-3-1/2Ē, at worst, with those components. Do you pour through a drop tube, and use a compression die? Those help, especially with GOEX. You might try a similar charge of Olde Eynsford 1-1/2 Fg; it seems to do better...
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    10-18-2017, 11:10 AM
    Good advice here. I’m a sucker for old wrecks, too, if they are cheap. The rust has to come off first. Evaporust will take off all but the deepest and worst rusting. I would try that first, and see if it solves the alignment problem. If you...
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    10-16-2017, 11:08 AM
    You have a real competitive advantage there, if the smell doesnít bother you. Why give it up? In high school, there was a kid on our wrestling team who wasnít all that big or strong, and, frankly, wasnít all that great a wrestler, but he won...
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    10-16-2017, 10:42 AM
    I don’t have a Redding, and my SAECO is a very early one. It can use Lyman/Ideal or RCBS top punches; although they come up a little short, the set screw still grips them pretty well. AFAIK, the later SAECOs and all the Redding’s use a threaded...
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    10-15-2017, 11:59 AM
    The early SAECO lubrisizers held the die in with a small set screw behind the die hole. Redding uses the same size dies, but they are threaded at the bottom for a thin nut to hold them in place. There doesnít seem to be any other serious...
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    10-15-2017, 11:38 AM
    IIRC, the Forster setup (and the earlier Goerg hollow-pointer) center boolits in loaded cartridges with a drill guide so they can be drilled slowly and safely with the crank on the Forster trimmer or by hand twisting. Al Goerg was an early...
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    10-13-2017, 11:30 AM
    Donít know how you keep finding this arcane stuff, Ken. That is amazing! The only reasonably modern Ballards I know of that provided shooting stuff were Bill Ballard, who made brass cases for obsolete calibers, and other such accessories, and...
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    10-07-2017, 10:19 PM
    Seventeen days with the anvil hung off the action wrench and the occasional anointing with Kroil, heating with the Bernz-O-Matic, bashing on the action wrench, retightening the barrel in the barrel vise, and, of course, the necessary incantations...
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    10-07-2017, 08:19 AM
    Mine was a Pacific Super Deluxe. It was in 1976, before ammo shortages, when factory ammo was plentiful and relatively cheap, most people didnít shoot a lot, and you could wave a sawski or so in front of a Gun Show table holder and give him the...
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    10-07-2017, 08:02 AM
    I donít have a lot of experience with them, but it seems to me that the few Redding and Hornady shell holders Iíve run across are a little less ďloosely-gooseyĒ in the rim cuts than the average RCBS, C-H or Lee. But then, a lot of brass with...
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    10-06-2017, 12:44 PM
    Thatís a great story, Roysha. The books are worth reading, even if you never make a stock. Lindenís writing is very clear and good, and he had a dry, ironic sense of humor besides. He called himself ďThe old wood butcher.Ē People pay a lotta...
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    10-06-2017, 12:35 PM
    That is some sizing die, alright! Maybe you could make more conventional looking replacements and have someone 3-D print a plastic cradle to fit in the bed of the sizer. Itís too bad that Keith the Perfessor is MIA; making blanks for those dies...
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    10-05-2017, 11:54 AM
    The Borchardt Company ought to be able to chamber a .44-40 cylinder to match your Blackhawk bore dimensions. If you want to explore the nuances of the new caliber, that would likely be the less expensive way to go. On the other hand, an excuse for...
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    10-05-2017, 10:47 AM
    A copy of Cartridges of the World ought to provide the info you want.
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    10-04-2017, 10:59 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Storing boolits in Cast Boolits
    I grab up all the plastic .22RF boxes with sliding lids that I can find at the rifle range. The insert with the .22 holes shakes out and the labels can be removed with a little persuasion. I can get 75 or so .25 caliber, maybe 50 .32 caliber and...
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    09-30-2017, 10:11 AM
    Crater Fireworks also sells black powder by mail order. I got a nice aluminum beer can cozy from them with my order. It's only a brave and committed gun store (typically one specializing in muzzleloaders and supplies) that is willing to comply...
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    09-27-2017, 10:31 AM
    I never saw any prohibitions for chronographs on any range I've been on. I've seen many in use, and have used mine myself on occasion. If it's clear to go forward of the firing line to set targets, it's clear to set up chronographs. Of course, it...
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    09-24-2017, 12:55 PM
    Check the Antique Reloading Tool Collectors Association web site. They have a shotshell reloader data section on their Forum.
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    09-23-2017, 10:13 PM
    I bumped off a pack rat with Super Colibris in my Buffalo SA pot-metal frame revolver. No damage to the gun. Even regular Colibris will exit the barrel on a .22 pistol. The Colibris start getting vertical dispersion past maybe 10 yards, while the...
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    09-23-2017, 09:45 PM
    If you have your Chrony set up on the usual photography or spotting scope tripod, the easiest and quickest method I've found was that recommended by the late, great Ken Howell. This assumes you are sighted in already and your rifle can be cleaned...
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