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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    The EZ-Loader setup I played around with had the regular pie crimp die. I think you would have to go to the earlier "Straight-Line" hand shotshell Loader to get the misnamed "Star" crimp, which was the rolled over the shot card crimp. I packed...
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    06-20-2017, 08:53 AM
    I tried Trail Boss in several cartridges (.32-40 is the only one I remember right now) and found that in general I couldn't get the accuracy I could get with denser smokeless powders with the same boolits. The stuff was expensive compared to the...
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    06-19-2017, 08:10 AM
    That is more or less what I have found generally. People interested in 310 Tools want them in traditional calibers, like .25-20 and .45-70. There, they give a "flavor" of the olden days to the reloading of the old rounds. Every once in a while,...
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    06-18-2017, 11:27 PM
    I remember one brave gunwriter back in the old days sneaking "Herter's stuff may not always work exactly the way it's supposed to, but it sure is cheap!" past the Editor and the Advertising Manager, in an article he wrote in a gun magazine. They...
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    06-16-2017, 07:55 PM
    I take the stickiest case and sacrifice it. I drill and tap the primer hole 1/4"x20 tip, put a longish screw of this thread through the case from the mouth, and secure it with a nut on the outside. I lightly coat the case with Clover 320, chuck...
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    06-15-2017, 06:11 PM
    That's not atypical behavior for a compression die. If the stem had the kind of taper that would allow it to run into the case mouth with ease, even if slightly misaligned, then it would tend to "dish" the wad as it's pushed against the powder...
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    06-11-2017, 08:40 AM
    Any round ball mould. From .25 to .62. If you've seen one, you've seen 'em all. Once the wrinkles are out, there's nothing of visual interest. Next in line in the "Hallelujah it's over!" line is .45 Auto pistol. Cast a supply, put the mould...
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    06-11-2017, 08:31 AM
    The Shiloh forum is very informative if you are a black powder cartridge shooter. Rough crowd there, though; I'm registered so I can see the pictures, but only lurk. Easy to register and get on, although the operators are running a gun factory and...
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    06-10-2017, 12:57 AM
    My Peabody shoots the Bertram brass with no problems. Other than split cases and the usual Bertram problems. How deep is your rim seat in the chamber? Some of the old folded-head ammunition had pretty "thick" rims, which would easily crush down...
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    06-07-2017, 10:36 AM
    You might pose your question on the SASS website. That model, in that chambering, was made for Cowboy Action shooters (by the Italians and by Miroku/Winchester) so they ought to have the experience and info you need.
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    06-06-2017, 11:10 AM
    Bent Ramrod replied to a thread 1874 Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    Take off the lower tang and inspect the triggers. The little setting spring sometimes gets knocked out of position on the setting trigger. Loosening the screw that holds it down, repositioning the spring on the trigger and tightening the screw...
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    06-05-2017, 10:04 AM
    Making a dummy round to check for fit and function will not necessarily show you how the round will work when a stack of them, under spring pressure and jolted by recoil, are going to feed through your lever action. Nor whether the crimp will be...
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    06-04-2017, 02:50 PM
    I bought a Quinetics back in the mid-70's and broke it in a week. I complained to Quinetics and they sent me a new one for free. I used that one for the next 40 years, breaking down lots of grungy factory ammo and anonymous reloads for components,...
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    05-29-2017, 12:09 PM
    Marlinman93, Is that spigot on the front of the action of your Pope-Ballard Harry Pope's patented quick-change barrel attachment? Never saw one in real life before, just the drawings. He also fitted the breechblock with a rim-or-center...
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    05-29-2017, 10:49 AM
    They must have modernized the sights since I bought mine. I'm in the process of changing out the buckhorn rear and blade front mine came with to an easier to see rear notch and a pinhead front. Mine's a great offhand rifle. You ought to have a...
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    05-28-2017, 01:29 PM
    Dakotaelkslayer, That looks like my Pedersoli "Kentucky" rifle, that I bought from Cabela's. The fiber optic front sight is probably aftermarket, and if there are no maker's marks on the barrel, maybe you got an aftermarket barrel as well.
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    05-28-2017, 01:15 PM
    The smell of Ballistol is to the smell of black powder smoke as the smell of Hoppe's No. 9 is to that of smokeless. It means your gun is clean, put away, and now you can catch up on your philosophical loafing. I met somebody once who didn't like...
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    05-28-2017, 01:02 PM
    I've sized 0.314" diameter down to 0.308". I put the lube in the grooves at 0.314", then size to 0.312", 0.310", and finally to 0.308". I use a Lyman 45 for the .314" lubing, a heavy duty Lachmiller (predecessor to RCBS) for the .312"-.310" stages,...
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    05-28-2017, 12:14 PM
    Very nice writeup, Capt. Crossman. Many of George Nonte's case modifying techniques are generally considered a little too recherché in this era of litigatory lunacy, but as you demonstrate, they do work. And, of course, risks are to be...
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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