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    Today, 01:02 PM
    You probably are not assembling the firing pin assembly into the bolt properly. Sounds like you haven't screwed the bolt Schroud all the way in. To do that. You have to have the cocking piece locked back with the safety before you screw the...
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    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    If you can not find another spring, You can stretch out that spring and Re Temper it by setting it in a pot of molton lead for a half hour or so. You cover the spring and let it sit till it is cold. You might have to do it a couple of times.
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    11-26-2020, 10:37 PM
    Mosin Nagant barrels should work too and have a .312 dia. Also. Check McGowen Barrels. They were making replacement barrels for the Mosin Nagant You got to choose between .310" and .312 bores. Plus several profiles and I think one was a Bull...
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    11-23-2020, 07:04 PM
    A cotton ball will stop the Cerosafe. But it can also act like a Pillow and cushion you ramrod so much that you can not drive the casting out of the chamber. In school , they called it "Over Ragging The Barrel"
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    11-23-2020, 05:29 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Kit guns in Muzzleloading.
    Check out Pecatonica River kits. I just got a Blunderbuss Flintlock from them , and it seems pretty nice , even for the bare basic hardware I ordered.
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    11-21-2020, 01:45 PM
    Most people don't know or have never heard of a convertibles because most shooters are either into Flintlocks or Percussion , and don't shoot both
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    11-21-2020, 11:28 AM
    Good point Nobade. My inletting skills a really good. But I may bed the tang just because this is .75 cal and the stock is going to take a lot of recoil shooting round balls. The tang inletting that they did on the stock is Good. But it doesn't...
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    11-20-2020, 09:39 PM
    Today I started working on the musket on and off part of the day. I pulled the breech plug and fit the barrel to the stock. The inletting I had them do is pretty close so far. Now it is time to inlet the tang and finish the barrel channel. My...
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    11-19-2020, 08:33 PM
    I did receive my kit from Pecatonica today. I am happy. The only thing I don't like is. When I called to order the kit , I was told that it was a Flaired Bore at the muzzle and a Flaired Cannon Style Muzzle. The barrel is a Straight .75" bore...
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    11-19-2020, 11:16 AM
    I know that a gun having Two locks is Doable. I have seen them before. But it takes a little work to get everything to like up when you change from one format to another. The flash pan is usually on the flintlock lock. A Threaded flash hole...
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    11-19-2020, 01:02 AM
    I would like to build a Blunderbuss that is set up with two locks. One percussion and the other Flint. That way I can change the lock out depending what kind of shooting I am doing that day. I would prefer a percussion for hunting and plinking.
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    11-19-2020, 12:08 AM
    The lead pot is a simple way of tempering springs. If you want, find a new spring. Then ,Try to temper the old spring you have. That is the "Safe Way" to do things you are not sure about doing things the first time. But I have had good success...
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    11-18-2020, 09:08 PM
    Looks nice. I wish I still had my lathe. What kind of lock are you going to use ?
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    11-17-2020, 09:14 PM
    My friend brought over a M14 magazine for me to compare it to the bottom of the receiver. To get the magazine to fit into the bottom of the Mauser receiver , you would have to grind out the receiver so thin that I would feel it would not be...
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    11-17-2020, 03:10 PM
    Can you Re Temper the existing Mainspring ? It isn't that hard to do if it isn't broken or severely rusted.
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    11-17-2020, 11:48 AM
    I spoke to my friend and asked him why he wants a Detachable Magazine on a Mauser. He said he wants it to be like a Parker Hale M 85 that used a M 14 magazine. I tried to explain that a M85 receiver is a Heavier Receiver and opening up the bottom...
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    11-16-2020, 12:59 AM
    Thank you. These are the exact things I have been talking to my friend about. But , Hay , it is his rifle and wallet.
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    11-15-2020, 09:44 PM
    My friend has AR 10' s and 15's. He just wants to make a Unique rifle out of this one. He got it from me a few years back. I had cut the barrel and stock back because the end of the bore was all pitted from a wasps nest. I made a new nose cap...
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    11-15-2020, 07:10 PM
    The bottom metal looks exactly how I figured I would have to build it. But the magazines look like single stack that fits between the rails on the mauser receiver. But to use a M14 magazine, I will have to widen out the guide rails on the...
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    11-15-2020, 06:00 PM
    A friend called me , and wants me to convert a Turkish 98 Action to use a M1a /M14 magazine. Does anyone know if this has been done before or is doable ? I know already that I will have to totally redo the magazine and trigger guard on the mauser....
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    11-15-2020, 03:54 PM
    The same thing happened when I tried to make charcoal out if cotton fabric. The powder burned fast . But it just isn't worth the trouble to make the small amount of that charcoal. Plus you have to be careful that you don't turn your Charcoal into...
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    11-15-2020, 01:50 PM
    I like the CVA Blunderbuss. The barrel is Flaired nicely. But the difference between it and the Traditions is. The CVA has some detail to the end of the barrel. It is sculped with the rings and looks a lot less like a Trumpet. That is one...
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    11-15-2020, 01:41 PM
    I think the issue is. For over 100 years , Willow Charcoal has seemed to be the best for Firearms Black powder. But I too experiment with other charcoals to find a good Fall Back charcoal in case Willow is not available or others live in areas...
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    11-14-2020, 08:57 PM
    I have come across several areas where I hunt here an Arizona where I found Red Chert and some Flint. I don't know if it would be the Quality you need for a Flint lock stone. Now that I am buying my second flintlock in the past 40 years , it might...
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    11-14-2020, 04:46 PM
    Call Pecatonica They are VERY helpfull. I think he said the 4 bore kit was like $1100.00 That is not out of my price range , but it just wasn't what I am looking for right now for THIS build. Keep us posted if you order one of their kits.
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    11-14-2020, 12:44 PM
    A Bronze barrel would be nice. Maybe on my next build. Which I think will be a Shorter bigger bore Blunderbuss , possibly a pistol format.
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    11-13-2020, 05:35 PM
    Hmmm. Bronze Plating. More durable than Brass , and will look old like an original barrel. Maybe I can find someone to do some engraving on the barrel before getting it plated.
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    11-13-2020, 02:16 PM
    I just saw a video on a blunderbuss contest they had at Ben Avery Shooting Range that is not that far from me. It was back in 2012 , but once I get my kit put together , I will look into if they have another scheduled. Sounds like a good way to...
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    11-09-2020, 07:46 PM
    Spray and pray is actually a better term. But that is reserved for people with AR's and Uzi's
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    11-09-2020, 12:10 AM
    Good luck on your treatment. I did loose my dad to lung cancer two years ago.
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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
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