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    05-20-2020, 09:02 AM
    I used JB Weld to spot bed a Plastic stock on one of my #4's to make it fit better. I just used paste wax for a release agent.
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    05-19-2020, 01:00 PM
    The major caution was to be aware of cotton balls or cotton patches that have the acid on them and dry out. I could not believe how they reacted to minor sparks. I have made Gun Cotton for a Cannon I once had. These dried cotton balls with the...
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    05-18-2020, 10:45 AM
    I agree, The part was Way To Hot. And that was because it was the Wedge Pin. Held in Pliers which act as a heat sink. To heat it up with a Flame, To bring the shank up to Temperature and not to have it Cool Down right away it got overheated....
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    05-18-2020, 10:29 AM
    They look mostly like Mauser 98 parts. Funny thing is , I have almost the exact collection of parts . There is a market for them , but you need to be sure of their Identification to sell them for what they are really worth. Buyers want to know...
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    05-18-2020, 09:49 AM
    A Fire Extinguisher is very important , and I have several around the shop. But My Point , Was to let others know that a fire can errupt by putting chemicals on Heated Metal. There does not need a Flame to be present at the time of ignition. Just...
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    05-17-2020, 08:45 PM
    It is a cold lunch. So you are good.
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    05-17-2020, 03:52 PM
    This weekend I was Browning a TC Renagade. I made a mistake and overheated one of the parts. When I applied the Browning Solution to the metal , the cotton ball held in Hemostats caught fire. That wasn't too bad. But sparks flew off and hit the...
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    05-17-2020, 02:52 PM
    I think your stock looks great. Thank both of you for sharing your work. And As you see by the comments , I am sure you inspired others to try this also. Plus , others shared their methods to give us more options. But don't limit your market to...
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    05-16-2020, 11:15 PM
    I have seen stocks that were done by soaking a cotton line in Red Man Chewing Tabacco mixed with water to make a stain. Then the damp string was wrapped around the stock and left to dry and stain lines on the stock. I saw them back in the 80's at...
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    05-16-2020, 06:46 AM
    I powdercoat 7.62x39mm myself, but I don't drive it to insane velocities either, no problems, have run them through SKS, vz-58 and now a BREN 2 MS pistol with decent luck. 21gr AA 1680 gets me about 1750 FPS, IIRC. Boolits are double coated and then...
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    05-15-2020, 10:03 PM
    A few years back , I converted some 8x 56R berdan cases to Boxer primers for a friend so he could reload them. It works and isn't that hard to do if you have berdan cases.
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    05-15-2020, 09:50 PM
    I had a stock that I wrapped with copper wire. Then lightly burned the surface of the wood with the copper wire wrapped tight, and used my propane torch. The flame went between the coils of wire and left nice stripes. Give it a try on a scrap...
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    05-15-2020, 01:27 AM
    I remove rust from barrels using Washing Soda and a 12volt battery charger. But , I mostly do the whole barrel not just the bore. But I see no reason why you can't just put the Washing Soda mix in the bore. But most Barrels that I have seen that...
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    05-14-2020, 11:45 PM
    What is the Bore on your cannon ? My late cousin had a cannon , that he made a Hollow base projectiles for his cannon to make a lighter slug , and thus use less powder. I don't know if he ever took my suggestion and cast his out of scrap Zinc...
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    05-12-2020, 10:01 AM
    Lucky for me , the range by my house is still open with some restrictions. I hope to get to the range this week again. I did up 10 lbs of powder durring this slow down. Now time to cast up some more lead balls for the 5 calibers I shoot.
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    05-11-2020, 12:33 AM
    How many coats of Browning did you put on ? The barrel might look good Browned also .
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    05-10-2020, 06:05 AM
    And I did. 4 out of 5 now at 200 yards.
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    05-08-2020, 11:49 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread New to muzzleloading in Muzzleloading.
    I think you are going to be happy with the re line. I have two more barrels , a 50 and another .54 that I too plan to have Relined. But this .54 may get a Faster Twist for shooting Projectals durring Elk Season.
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    05-08-2020, 12:19 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread New to muzzleloading in Muzzleloading.
    I just had a TC .54 Renagade re lined to a 1:60 twist I shot it the other day for the first time. At 50 yards it was holding a 2" group. I was not going for accuracy right now because I am totally refinishing the rifle and am going to Brown or...
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    05-07-2020, 11:24 PM
    Sidebar, after approximately 400 rounds of cast lead handloads a close up inspection was done of the piston head, (separate part from the gas piston itself), and gas port area. Lead was cast approximately 17 BH, and double powdercoated. What appears...
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    05-07-2020, 11:18 PM
    Tell your brother, thank you. I have the gas check version and love it. Shown are results at 50 yards and 200 yards with 11" barrel BREN 2 pistol, braced, iron sights.
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    05-07-2020, 09:33 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread New to muzzleloading in Muzzleloading.
    Hoyt can also Re Line them back to their original caliber. And you can select your Twist Rate to suite you shooting. I have had several done Both ways in the last two years.
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    05-07-2020, 06:14 AM
    i used both of the Lee boolits, and they just didn't do it for me. I lucked into an NOE 129gr .314 mold here, and that boolit is the bees knees, powder coated.
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    05-05-2020, 02:09 PM
    I just got back from the range today. A friend of mine had never shot my powder before. He just Upped his load by 15% and couldn't tell the difference between it and the store bought stuff he has. He also said it burns as clean as the factory...
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    05-05-2020, 02:00 PM
    I don't put Dextrin in my Corned powder either. But if I have Screened powder with Dextrin , then Re mill it , then Corn it , it will have Dextrin in it. It doesn't seem to make any difference in how it Corns . I only Re Mill Screened powder that...
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    05-04-2020, 08:28 PM
    I second Indian Joe's opinion. The only reason I Press Powder , is if I intend to store it for a long time. Being denser , it does not tend to turn back into powder again being shook around and sitting for years. But most of my powder will get...
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    05-04-2020, 11:41 AM
    My construction experience , is more towards the Dirt that the Road base covers. But Compaction Principals are all the same. Just plain Gravel will compact to 80% just by Vibrating. But you need Fines or some kind of Binder to Retain that...
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    05-04-2020, 11:36 AM
    I don't put Binder in powder intended for Pressing. But stuff that I screened and gets Repressed does have Binder in it. Seems to make it harder grains , but doesn't increase the weight. Still works the same. But here in Az. , I don't get the...
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    05-03-2020, 06:43 PM
    There have been times where I accidently added too much water to my mix , to the point where it turned it to a thick black slimy Mud. I just let it dry out a bit. Then Extruded it thru a screen or strainer. I let it dry some more , then ran it...
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    05-03-2020, 06:29 PM
    I see no relationship with it raining and compaction. Maybe if it is moist or humid outside you might just mix in a little less water. Mainly because the moisture in your powder will not evaporate as quick. But where did the washing out or...
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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