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    Yesterday, 12:09 PM
    It's one of the lead oxides, which go from a light yellow color through red to brown to black. Or a mixture of them. Make sure you scrape around the sides and bottom of your pot when you flux. That will bring the loose stuff to the surface,...
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    07-21-2017, 08:14 PM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Early powder in Vintage Ammo
    I think Sharpe's book has some of the history of "Bulk-for-Bulk" powders. The early rifle types were DuPont No. 1 and 2 and (IIRC) Schuetzen. They could be loaded bulk-for-bulk in a narrow range of small-to-medium black powder calibers from the...
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    07-20-2017, 09:58 AM
    Don, The fouling didn't seem much different. Since I've gone the bore-pigging route, the swabbing is so thorough that I don't get a feel for how hard or soft the fouling is any more. With wet/dry patches, I used to be able to sense that Swiss...
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    07-20-2017, 08:14 AM
    I had gotten 5 lbs of the new 1Fg grade Olde Eynsford powder at the Quigley to see how it would work with paper patch boolits. My first successes with paper patched all came with Swiss 1Fg, although, as mentioned in another thread, 1-1/2Fg is now...
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    07-19-2017, 11:23 AM
    Shiloh Products started out in Farmingdale, NY, making accessories for Civil War reenactors and shooters of the old guns. I have one of those four-cavity ball moulds in the box. I think the diameters are 0.454", but I'd have to dig it out and...
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    07-19-2017, 11:04 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread surplus rifles in Military Rifles
    You might check out the Michigan Antique Arms show in Novi. I'm about 12 hours away from it (air and ground travel) but I go whenever I can. Lots of good stuff to see and compare. I do very much fear that you were born about thirty years too...
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    07-19-2017, 10:19 AM
    I have most of the books on the subject, and all are interesting in one way or another. Frequently, a reloading or casting "kink" will show up that nobody has ever tried or discussed anywhere else, even on the Internet. Obsolete reloading tools...
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    07-16-2017, 09:22 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread Annealing shells in Swaging
    I just put a bunch of them on a sheet of tinfoil, wad it into a ball, and put it in the charcoal grill after the burgers are done. Pile the coals and ash around the ball, let them burn out, retrieve the ball the next day, empty and wash, or...
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    07-15-2017, 10:33 AM
    The reason Rifle and Handloader (and, for that matter The American Rifleman) were so good back in the Glory Days was pretty much the same reason that Internet sites are so much more interesting than the magazines these days. None of the three...
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    07-14-2017, 06:06 PM
    The Marlin Firearms Company purchased the Ideal Reloading Tool Company from John Barlow early in the twentieth century and then dumped it shortly before the US entry into WWI. It languished in the wilderness under a guy named Phineas Talcott until...
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    07-14-2017, 05:05 PM
    David Dardick patented a rather interesting firearm back in the 1950's that combined the principles of a magazine pistol and a revolver, using an open chamber cylinder for which the top of the chamber to be fired was the lower part of the revolver...
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    07-14-2017, 04:49 PM
    Here's the picture, with No. 11s for comparison.
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    07-14-2017, 09:34 AM
    The .38-55 was a very competitive benchrest and offhand target cartridge back in the black powder days. Unless something is wrong with your barrels, boolit/bore diameter matches, or loading techniques, they all ought to shoot fine.
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    07-13-2017, 10:36 PM
    Thanks a lot for the info, bob208 and bedbugbilly. I'd never seen anything but No. 10s and 11s, except for musket caps.
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    07-12-2017, 11:15 AM
    It's a fantastic design, that transcends all makers, materials and conditions. Whoever made them and whatever condition they are in, if the parts are all there, the little gun just loads and loads and shoots and shoots. I have an 06 beater with...
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    07-12-2017, 11:01 AM
    You might try CCI Magnum percussion caps. They're as powerful as it gets in No. 11 size, and should ignite anything quickly. I use regular BP, but when a regular No. 11 misfires for some reason, my first move is to reprime with a Magnum cap.
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    07-12-2017, 10:44 AM
    I would say it depends on your level of expertise in loading. If you have managed to get decent results with regular GOEX, your techniques ought to transfer easily to the Olde Eynsford, with better results on the target. I had some fairly...
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    07-11-2017, 02:36 PM
    They have no wings. Just oversized cups and (one hopes) more priming compound to cover the larger diameter. Haven't tried to fit them on a musket nipple yet. The cans don't look that old. Standard Remington white cans with the green tape...
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    07-11-2017, 11:52 AM
    I regularly take a vow that as soon as I've shot up the last bunch of odds and ends of percussion caps I got a "good deal" on, that I'll permanently switch to CCI No. 11 Magnums. Inevitably, another "good deal" comes along, and I'm back to shooting...
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    07-11-2017, 10:55 AM
    I found one ANIB for reasonable and thought I would set it up permanently for the .30-40 base and rim size. Got a few of them primed and then spent the rest of the afternoon picking primers off the floor, having to separate the spent ones that...
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    07-09-2017, 11:54 AM
    rfd, sounds like you are doing well. The 80 gr of 1-1/2Fg Swiss seemed to shoot as closely as the 1Fg for me, although the shots consistently went higher. I'm going to reload a couple Silhouette matches' worth of that load and really wring it out....
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    07-08-2017, 09:39 AM
    I bought an incomplete Hand Primer at a Gun Show. Called them up asking to buy the Small Primer Rod and the clear plastic top for the Primer Tray. The lady said the parts were free under Warranty, and the Warranty followed the tool, not the...
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    07-05-2017, 09:35 AM
    You can order cases direct from Captech Int'l. They make the (former) Jamison brand cases, and the .25-20SS and .44-77 I've bought of them are good stuff. Also, better go to Midway and buy one of those shell catchers that hang over the ejector...
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    07-04-2017, 09:35 AM
    A friend drops off his used gun magazines to me, knowing that I'm a print junkie and will look at anything that has words in a line. I was surprised to see that Firearms News (formerly Shotgun News) has well written articles on historical military...
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    07-04-2017, 08:46 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread .32-20 recipes? in Cast Boolits
    Elmer Keith mentioned a load of 10 gr. 2400 behind the standard 115 gr boolit to convert the .32-20 into a ".32 Magnum," for large framed pistols only. I chickened out at 9.0 gr. behind either the Ideal 3118 or the 115 gr. Group Buy Keith boolit of...
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    07-03-2017, 09:08 AM
    I wouldn't trust any of those sites. They'll all be "free" until you get your whole life on them, and then comes the ransom note. Mwah-Hah-Hah-Hahhhh!!!! I can't see why anyone bothered with Photobucket anyway. When you went to the site, the...
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    07-02-2017, 09:58 AM
    I am embarrassed to say that in my .40-3-1/4" Hepburn, smokeless loadings have been more consistently accurate, range session to range session, than black powder loadings, which will give a promising group one time and be "there or thereabouts" the...
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    06-30-2017, 10:32 AM
    There's a Mossberg Collectors' Association. You might get an idea of value (and spare parts) from their members. A late friend was a member and he used to lend me his Newsletters. The Targo system was always a hot item for discussion whenever...
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    06-29-2017, 10:30 PM
    They look like Thompson-Center moulds to me. Round balls and Maxi-Balls. The hollow-point version I've never seen before, however.
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    06-29-2017, 11:21 AM
    I mostly shoot obsolete and obsolescent cartridges. Being able to buy factory loads reduces the interest for me. Probably, the one I shoot the most (now) is the .25-20 Single Shot. Versatile (in a strong rifle you can go from .25 Short Rimfire...
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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