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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 03:39 PM
    i use gato feo ("crazy cat") as both a cartridge bullet lube and as a trad muzzy patch lube. works quite well, easy to make, cheap enuf. by weight ... 1 part mutton tallow (dixie gun works - mutton tallow won't go rancid like some other...
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    Today, 08:59 AM
    i would always drop tube from a reasonable height as this compacts the bp. vibrating the case is also a form of compaction. doing both would seem the best of both worlds.
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    Yesterday, 06:49 PM
    12 grains of trail boss and a lee 457340f cast bullet. a mouse sneeze load that's fairly accurate to 200 yards or more.
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    12-10-2019, 12:47 PM
    i don't know why it drops so consistently uniformly, i just know and like that it does. perhaps it is the tolerances, the materials, the build - whatever mechanism is employed, it's clearly Precise.
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    12-09-2019, 07:37 PM
    as P&P posted, it's all about a firearm's primary intended purpose. start there, first & foremost. for lotsa folks it's not so much about purpose as it is aesthetics, and then that cool 3" bbl "kit gun", with its 3 finger grip and heavy frame is...
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    12-09-2019, 05:59 PM
    love my S&W 642 centennial #103810 (no internal lock). cheapest i can find now is grabagun for $357/shipped.
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    12-08-2019, 08:17 AM
    point to ponder - a cheap but very reliable EDC is probably better than an expensive but very reliable EDC, because if a "deadly encounter" ever occurs, the EDC in question will be "authority evidence confiscated" and gone for quite awhile, if not...
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    12-06-2019, 09:00 PM
    i'm in accord with ya on all of the above, sir. as to the rod, it should be of good wood, as God intended - not metal (nor of some modern space-age material). i use a brass rod for its added weight only whilst ramming, spearing, skewering, and...
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    12-05-2019, 01:20 PM
    put in some good shooting time with a good load process. probably best initially done off the bench to set the sights, then move to offhand. this will help you on many levels to gain both knowledge and experience of the gun, components, and...
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    12-05-2019, 12:22 PM
    a good and most appropriate question. for the first patched ball of the day, going down a clean tube, the push/tamp should be consistent and easy. this will be mostly true if fouling is addressed for all subsequent loads. if no fouling control is...
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    12-05-2019, 07:57 AM
    don't be too eager to dismiss what may seem like nonsense. in reality it (the bouncing) works quite well, has no negative effect on accuracy, insures no air spaces in the tube, the ball is not "deformed" via the rod, compacts (not compresses) the...
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    12-04-2019, 11:46 AM
    EVERY thing about the henry s/s is great ... except for the trigger pull ... maybe. i had both the .357 and .223 and both were well built and had the potential for near target quality consistent accuracy. but, at least for me, that dang trigger...
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    12-01-2019, 07:36 PM
    if the cartridge is oriented in the chamber, it won't matter what the action is, if the brass is only neck sized (and trimmed, if need be), and fed single shot. essentially, that's fire formed brass, whether straight .45-70 or a necked .30-06. ...
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    11-27-2019, 09:56 PM
    i can't see buying patching of a whole buncha different sizes for shooting ... ok for cleaning, however, but i've got more old cotton t's to rip up for that. currently using joanns red stripe pillow ticking for shooting patch strips and ball...
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    11-27-2019, 06:46 PM
    there is a viable worth to "bouncing the rod" for some guns and shooters, and i will always load in that manner.
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    11-26-2019, 08:24 PM
    the holy black doesn't leak as bad as the BE and 231 but all powders leaked to one degree or too many, and though i still have 2 lee measures i had 4 at one time, each dedicated to a powder type. not worth my time, specially as ya get older and...
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    11-26-2019, 06:22 PM
    i have a few lee powder measures, and both leak fine powders like bullseye, w231, and 1-1/2f and 3f black powder. better quality measures from rcbs, hornady, and lyman rarely leak. my harrell's scheutzen powder measure hasn't leaked either for...
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    11-26-2019, 07:10 AM
    there are powder measures and then there are Superb powder measures. i've had a few each from lee, hornady, rcbs, and lyman. none of those hold a candle to a harrell's. this was a case of getting what you pay for, at least for me. for black...
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    11-25-2019, 09:24 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Taurus TX22 in Rimfire Area
    yes, comes with the threaded adapter for a suppressor or compensator. geez, never thought i'd buy a taurus. will see if it's a hit or miss ....
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    11-25-2019, 06:44 PM
    none.
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    11-25-2019, 09:32 AM
    drop tubes are the easiest to use and make, and will more than suffice ... but, a combo of both tube and vibrate would be best of all.
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    11-24-2019, 08:01 AM
    rfd started a thread Taurus TX22 in Rimfire Area
    Introduced earlier this year, and on a whim, I just put one on order after searching out as much feedback as possible on youtube and elsewhere. Nothing but two thumbs up from all the reviews so far, for what that's worth. There was an issue...
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    11-23-2019, 10:28 AM
    Gato Feo #1 - my fave for greasers and muzzy patches by weight, double boiler melted ... 1 part mutton tallow (dixie gun works) 1 part paraffin canning wax (gulf) 1/2 part filtered beeswax
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    11-23-2019, 09:55 AM
    very cool indeed - congrats! but do attend that brass ASAP, or at least leave it dunked in some soapy water!
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    11-23-2019, 06:45 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Whack a Barrel in Rimfire Area
    NOW you tell me???? :mrgreen:
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    11-23-2019, 06:44 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Whack a Barrel in Rimfire Area
    Oopsie! 4-1/2" cut off = 16-3/8" bbl length.
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    11-22-2019, 08:00 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Whack a Barrel in Rimfire Area
    i tried that once and blew wine all over the place. i ain't that smart, i guess. ;) gonna try an oil filter next! :)
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    11-22-2019, 07:58 PM
    rfd replied to a thread sight pusher in Gunsmithing Tips & Tricks
    wyoming sight drifter. great dovetail sight mover/pusher tool.
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    11-22-2019, 07:51 PM
    lee uses cheap and inferior materials? i didn't realize that. i sure do appreciate the head's up, and i'll be sure to avoid all lee offerings in the future. better see if i can unload all this cheap lee junk i've been buying and using for about...
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    11-22-2019, 05:21 PM
    sounds interesting, good luck at the range!
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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