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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 07:50 PM
    bobby reamed out a GPR .50 of mine to .54 though it could have gone further to a .58 smoothie. bobby is top shelf, he's done a lot of my gun barrels and chambers, and that's more'n i got fangers. ;)
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    Today, 07:44 PM
    why not get a lesser caliber and get the barrel and chambered rebored? that's how i went from .40-65 to .45-70 and got a better chamber and rifling to boot (better cartridge, too!). ain't expensive at all. go call bobby hoyt in PA!
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    Yesterday, 12:47 PM
    get yourself one of these and you will get the job done in fine shape https://www.harborfreight.com/2-in-mini-bench-top-cut-off-saw-62136.html I have cut down .45 basic cases for several years and I have never changed the blade yet and the cut is...
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    I only live 20 miles from the Mississippi River and started with a 14 foot Canadian hull boat and a tent when my wife and I got married. When the kids came around we got a larger tent and boat :) Raised the three kids on the river. No showers...
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    Yesterday, 08:29 AM
    i like accurate plinking, so whatever each rimfire gun likes best. right now that's mini-mags for the autos and cci standards for the s/a revolver and s/s bolt.
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    08-13-2018, 06:29 AM
    ric - outstanding craftsmanship and artwork .... as usual !!
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    08-12-2018, 10:25 PM
    LOL you must have been a plumber like me LOL. ghh3rd in all reality that is one of those Russian drinking fountains....
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    08-12-2018, 12:46 PM
    i have, and use, 50 of the BACO bore wipers for nearly 2 years, i like 'em, they're darned good. observing a friend using brent's gophers this past friday, i'd hafta say the gophers would be better yet - for me.
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    08-12-2018, 09:53 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Pedersoli Hawken in Muzzleloading.
    with all the offshore rifles that are available today, there are some things that might be of interest to bear in mind about them all. they have patent breech ante-chambers. of itself, this is not necessarily a good or bad thing, but it is...
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    08-11-2018, 06:40 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Annealing brass? in Single Shot Guns
    heating a brass case to red is its kiss of death and not good for the shooter, either. to help learn what brass heated color is best, paint a stripe of 475* tempilaq on the case body and observe the change of color to both the neck and body.
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    08-09-2018, 10:43 AM
    There has been several shooters finishing in the top 10 or better shooting paper patch at the Quigley with over 600 competitors.
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    08-08-2018, 09:11 AM
    i hear ya, ed. it's all good one way or t'other, 'cept in the case of H&R and too many others. the bottom line is that NO major manufacturer wants anything less than making a continuous good buck as easily as possible. ditto for the stockholders...
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    08-08-2018, 06:12 AM
    mr ed, large corporations exist for their stockholders, who are the true corporation owners. most stock holders have no interest in products or services, only the ROI and what it takes to increase shareholder values. that, sir, is unfortunately...
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    08-07-2018, 08:52 PM
    mouse fart .45-70 loads for the grandkids - 14 grains of trail boss under a lee 340 grain lubed bullet that's cast with 1:30 alloy.
    26 replies | 583 view(s)
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    08-07-2018, 09:23 AM
    i'm toying with the idea of a utilitarian .44mag s/s rifle such as the cva hunter, stick on a cheap scope, and building bp greaser and PPB cartridges. no particular use in mind, just interesting to me and prolly just fer plinkin' fun.
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    08-07-2018, 09:18 AM
    starline has the russian, special, and mag brass all in stock.
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    08-07-2018, 08:18 AM
    thanx guys, yer answers were as expected.
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    08-07-2018, 06:26 AM
    looks as if the differences with these cartridge cases is just their length. so, can a revolver or rifle chambered for .44 magnum also safely accept a .44 russian and .44 special? if so, are there any other concerns?
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    08-07-2018, 06:20 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Annealing brass? in Single Shot Guns
    i have perfectly fine .45-70 starline brass that has had dozens of full house 80 grain compressed black powder loads under 523 grain paper patched bullets fired in greaser chambered rolling block and sharps rifles. the fire formed brass is reloaded...
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    08-06-2018, 10:51 AM
    It would take a Brooks mould. You would never find one of the over the counter.
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    08-06-2018, 06:35 AM
    bear, for the very most part these dayze, cataract surgery is routine surgery, nothing special. i have no doubt that yours will go just fine, no worries.
    33 replies | 671 view(s)
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    08-06-2018, 06:29 AM
    years ago jerry hartwig, a west coast bpcr master and champ, told me that the best neck tension was none. i think he was on to something. :) however, i do need at least a bit of neck tension with a bore riding PPB, else it can literally fall off...
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    08-05-2018, 11:56 PM
    He later called it a .42-85 and it was on a .45/2.6 case Brian (semtav ) also was working on a .42-85 around that time but I don't think he ever had it made. I think it would be a better round then the .40-82.
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    08-05-2018, 10:24 PM
    Don that was drcook that had one build but Dave called it a 42 Wesson. I shot that rifle at the Sagebrush shoot at Alliance. It shot quite well.
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    08-05-2018, 12:29 AM
    Lead pot replied to a thread Home solar systems? in Our Town
    If you want to get off the grid it takes more then solar alone. It takes a combination of sun, wind and composed. Just composed you can heat water for winter heat and collect methane off the pile to cook your food and heat your domestic water...
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    08-04-2018, 03:54 PM
    note that if too close to the muzzle, recoil can have a way of slapping the barrel off the sticks. when you find a spot that works you can add a strip of tape at the point for location consistency. i made up a simple bench cross sticks that i...
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    08-01-2018, 09:43 PM
    been there and done that for decades with both dry vibratory and wet tumbling, ultra sonic works best of all for me - fast, relatively silent, no muss or fuss, like new clean inside and out both both bp and smokeless loaded brass. i sometimes use a...
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    08-01-2018, 10:05 AM
    When I test alloy or just shoot on a rainy day I get out in the shed and shoot :) These remnants are typical of my patches using 75 or 100 % cotton onion skin paper, or even 25% cotton .0018 to .0020" paper. Using a soft vellum translucent tracing...
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    08-01-2018, 08:52 AM
    i just get a cloud of confetti ...
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    08-01-2018, 08:48 AM
    i know nothing!!!
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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