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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:22 AM
    there's a valid reason for using a muzzle protector. evolving military weapon requirements are just that - military needs of the business, a broken rod means out-of-business - and that came to dictate a rod that can take more than a beating, thus...
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 10:08 PM
    Lead pot replied to a thread Ladle weirdness in Casting Equipment
    I have never seen yellow dross on the ladle or top of the alloy but Gray dross is pretty common. You don't want that to get pored into the mould to cause an unbalanced bullet. Here is what you can do to keep the spigot of the ladle clean even if...
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    05-29-2020, 08:27 PM
    correct with one exception - if the measuring is done in a controlled manner it becomes an "experiment of one" that will only matter to the experimenter. been there, done that for over 65 years of muzzleloading.
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    05-29-2020, 08:17 PM
    i'll stand by my experience and that of the target folks - tight patched loads that require a stout short starter and a brass rod win the vast majority of matches. period. HOWEVER, tight loads are simply not my style with a flintlock long gun. ...
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    05-29-2020, 07:09 PM
    what ed and bent said - tight mic the cloth and use that as a *guideline* because all cloth is different, sometimes even within the same lot. when you find a cloth that works well for ya, buy up as much as you can and yer set for that gun and that...
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    05-26-2020, 10:57 PM
    I'm, not sure what the wood is. It has a Oak type grain but I thought it looked nice in the Catalog :) In my eyes the black stocks will never replace good wood. I have only one rifle in my safes that has a composition stock and that is a 700 Rem...
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    05-26-2020, 10:26 PM
    It's a Fajan. I got it from Herters around 1961 Here is the rest of the wood.
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    05-26-2020, 09:57 PM
    Don't get me wrong, I liked the .220 but I did have the pressure problem with having to slap the bolt sometimes. I replaced it with the .22 Varminter I build a year before joining up in the service on a Czech VZ 24 98 Mauser action it has shot many...
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    05-26-2020, 07:46 PM
    Oh Man...now your taking me back to the late 50's :) I had a Mod. 54 ? Winchester with in the .220 and I loved that rifle shot very well and busted the Fox too much for selling the hides but the ears had a $5. bounty on them. What I found with...
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    05-26-2020, 04:14 PM
    There will always be disagreements and I been doing it for many years comments on this subject. I don't know what the load combinations were except they were reduced loads. One rifle was a Win 64 in a .30-30 caliber and the other was a Ruger all...
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    05-26-2020, 12:55 PM
    A light load with the double base powder is just as dangerous as an over load. A light load has a good chance getting flashover from the hot primer igniting the whole load instead of a progressive burn load. I have seen two rifles that fragmented...
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    05-26-2020, 07:56 AM
    A .220 Swift is even worse for pressure spikes necking down .270 brass I used before the .25-06 was a factory load. Makes for sticky bolts if you don't trim the necks.
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    05-26-2020, 07:46 AM
    That little saw will be the best investment you will ever make cutting down cases. I also use it for cutting copper tubing for making jackets for swaging. The saw is a little tight for working with it if you have big fingers :) but it's a fine...
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  • Lead pot's Avatar
    05-25-2020, 09:42 AM
    I have a couple tapered bullet moulds and one is from Tom Ballard. I like to shoot without fouling control and with the tapered bullets I can do this. Also my tapered bullets are made for the more or less standard chambers now used that have the...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    05-23-2020, 09:05 AM
    rfd replied to a thread .45 cal. Patch Size? in Muzzleloading.
    i prefer either prelubed patch strips or ball boards - makes for perfect loads every load, and no specific patch diameter needed (but yes - patch thickness absolutely needs to be predetermined and well tested).
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    05-23-2020, 08:32 AM
    rfd replied to a thread .45 cal. Patch Size? in Muzzleloading.
    what ed said. what kinda load does yer shooting needs require? the matter of the load itself, in terms of loose or tight, is solely dependent on cast ball diameter and patch thickness. a .445 ball will work just fine, it's up to you to get...
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    05-17-2020, 06:35 AM
    great article, wayne. plenty of good scoop for all tumbler fans. lee's SSE magazine is one of the best, if not the best out there for all things BPCR. highly recommended to all, go get yerself on the SSE mailing list! i finally chose to go a...
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    05-16-2020, 10:53 PM
    I run two tumblers and one has the mix of the pins and ceramic. I started this when I came back home after two months on the road out your way and Montana shooting matches. I normally don't clean the cases till I get back home. I take 2000 rounds in...
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    05-15-2020, 11:50 PM
    I use a mix of SST and Ceramic in my Tumblers Tumbler mainly to get the primer pockets cleaner.
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    05-15-2020, 11:05 PM
    Wayne, I use Cascade and SST pins and my cases come out very clean and bright. I don't see a problem with peening and I use a Tumblers Tumbler as well as the Frankfort Arsenal tumbler that turned faster than the tumblers tumbler and it does not...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 08:07 PM
    going afield, i like the ubiquitous .38spl centerfire round. that's why months ago i bought a model 67 as the big brutha to my model 642. yes, it's got a fat bbl with a few more added ounces to heft around, but that's ok by me. having vision...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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