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    09-21-2020, 06:25 PM
    I had a Colt second Generation 1851 Navy with the square back trigger guard that I bought 36 years ago . I never fired it because it didn't fit my hand. My fat fingers wouldn't fit in the trigger guard and the grip was kind of small for me. But I...
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    09-19-2020, 12:49 AM
    Probably a bayonet retaining socket for a Mosin Nagant M 44 or Chinese M 53. They made two typed of nubs on the end for the M 44. But these match one of my model 44's as well as my M 53
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    09-12-2020, 02:09 PM
    I had a M1 in .256 Winchester many years ago. It was great. I always thought about making one in a .357. But I was afraid that the rifle action would not hold up to the chamber pressure. It might handle most loads , but if it couldn't handle ALL...
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    09-11-2020, 01:02 AM
    ascast calls dibs for the package. Sorry, guys, it's not mine to split up. I'd have grabbed the Lee 45 mold for myself, but he wants it to go as a package, and I owe the guy - he helped me on my first day at my job, where we both still work, 18.5...
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    09-10-2020, 03:12 PM
    Last price drop, $100 plus shipping.
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    09-10-2020, 12:46 PM
    Baking soda mixed with water Neutralizes most Acids. Try washing the parts in the baking soda right after you finish soldering. Dry with Air like a hair dryer , then apply Oil When I remove Bluing or Rust with Vinegar or other acids , I always...
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    09-08-2020, 10:15 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Unknown 45 cal in Muzzleloading.
    Somebody may have had the barrel Relined at some point to .45 from .50
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    09-08-2020, 09:34 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread load for SHARPS. in Muzzleloading.
    Wouldn't that depend on the caliber and projectile ?
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    09-08-2020, 06:49 AM
    The T Handle fitting for my ramrod was actually made out of an old plastic pull handle off an old lawn mower. My ramrods have a 8/32 hole on one end and 10/32 on the other. I just installed a 10/32 screw onto the handle , and I was ready to go.
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    09-07-2020, 09:21 PM
    Are you sure you have all your numbers correct ? A .54 cal usually takes a .530 lead ball. I made a T handle for my rifles that screws into the one end of the ramrod. But I don't know what type of Ramrod you are using or want. I prefer to have...
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    09-07-2020, 07:50 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread .520 round ball in Muzzleloading.
    A question? Has the barrel been slugged to find out where you really are ?
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    09-06-2020, 01:14 AM
    I rarely shoot rifles with Musket caps , so I have not ventured into making them myself. But it may be something I could look into.
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    09-05-2020, 10:43 PM
    To widen out the caps that you make , Just take a piece of 1/4" rod or bolt and spin it in your drill motor and file it down to the size of your nipples. ( Poor man's Lathe ) Then just place the cap on a flat surface and tap the rod into your...
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    09-05-2020, 12:01 PM
    The Copper and Brass worked out great with one minor exception on my end. Like you said , the two make a stiffer cup. I had to make another punch that expanded the brass and copper cups a little bit with a slight taper so the empty cup would slide...
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    09-05-2020, 05:38 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread .520 round ball in Muzzleloading.
    JB only makes two grits if I remember correctly. I use the courses one. I have polished up Rusted bores with 220 grit polishing compound. It cleans the sharp edges off the pits and makes the ball slide in easier. But any polishing compound from...
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    09-05-2020, 02:08 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread .520 round ball in Muzzleloading.
    It may just be me , but I have always Lapped my Hoyt barrels with JB Bore Bright on a Tight Fitting Patch to help smooth them out. I don't think steel wool will remove the burr that are making the barrel too tight. Give the lapping a try while...
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    08-31-2020, 12:21 AM
    I strip the Zinc off with Muretic Acid diluted in water. Than most of them I just Lamp Blued them with a Torch and oil. Others I have blued with cold bluing or slow rust bluing.
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    08-29-2020, 01:40 PM
    It is a little hard to be tumbling powder or going out and shooting up what I made , when it is 110 degrees every day. I limit things like electric fans in my powder working shed. But it should be cooling off soon. But a I am still working on my...
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    08-28-2020, 11:24 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread What is it in Military Rifles
    To me , those marks on the receiver look like Vice Marks like I have seen on other receivers that had the barrel removed without the proper action wrench. ( Which can also cause Cracks or making the receiver ring Out of Round ) To me , it is worth...
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    08-28-2020, 03:30 PM
    Yes , this has been an education for many of us. Good luck , and hope his rifle shoots as well as yours did. You just saved me some money. I will have these barrels Refreshed instead of Lined to a slower twist
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    08-27-2020, 06:40 PM
    Exactly this.
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    08-27-2020, 02:00 PM
    IMO. 1.5 Oz is a safety hazzard
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    08-27-2020, 12:19 PM
    I just sold off two model 67's. They handled anything I put in them , even my handloaded 22 lrs
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    08-26-2020, 07:13 PM
    I swung by Hobby Lobby and picked up a roll of the copper sheeting. Lucky I have two Hobby Lobby's closer than 5 miles from me. One was out of the rolls , but the other store had it. So far , the copper makes a good cup in my primer maker. They...
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    08-26-2020, 06:11 PM
    Price drop to $150 shipped.
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    08-26-2020, 01:14 PM
    I use to use the copper sheet years ago to make my caps. I actually prefer it over Soda Cans or the Aluminum. I have been mostly using the cheaper ( Free) materials lately because I want to post materials that are available to almost everybody....
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    08-26-2020, 12:39 PM
    Thank you. If I end up getting these two barrels Refreshed , then I will plan on using them for mostly Round Balls. I already have two .54 TC's with the original barrels in good shape that I can shoot Conicals out of if I ever get drawn for Elk...
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    08-26-2020, 12:20 AM
    I am following this thread closely because I have two more .50 cal TC barrels that I am going to send to Mr. Hoyt. The barrels I sent to him in the past were in very poor condition. I had them Relined or Rebored to a larger caliber. But the two...
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    08-25-2020, 11:31 PM
    Zinc Wheel weights. I don't throw anything away. I use lead Wheel Weights to cast slugs for my centerfires. There are always a ton of ones marked or that are Zinc mixed in with the lead weights. I also cast up blocks of Zinc , to be used for...
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    08-25-2020, 08:51 PM
    I lap molds using Zinc to cast a slug with a Stem on it. Then I lap the mold by hand turning the stem on the slug by hand. It doesn't take long to lap a mold out .001" So far I have lapped out at least 10 molds from like .308 to up to .316 for...
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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