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    Today, 01:00 AM
    country gent started a thread Air Force texan in AirGuns
    Been looking at the PCP big bore air rifles for a short time now. I am finding them interesting to say the least. The Air Force Texan in .458 caliber has caught my eye. I'm new to these rifles and am curious what to expect as to using and...
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    Yesterday, 10:24 PM
    I mostly 168 grn and 173 grn for 600+ and the 1-10 was a better choice for those at longer ranges. The newer VLDs were not avaialable when I built this rifle but the sierras 168 grn International and matchking and the surpluss 173s were and they...
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    Yesterday, 10:14 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Stainless knife in Our Town
    Rehardening can be done but its can be tricky. Heating a finished blade to temps to harden will ruin the finish. The knife needs to be disassembled or handles may burn. Last a hardened and quenched blade is to hard usually. The blade needs to be...
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    Yesterday, 06:07 PM
    My very early RCBS charge master ( it uses the separate setting and measure with infared pick up to the scales. HAs worked great since I bought it. Ive used it for long range ammo ( 1000 yds) and its performed great. I got in the habit on rifle...
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Very few are recommending the inserts from 30-06 to 308 now. They work but make for a very long "throat" as there is a big difference in the oal of the 2 cartridges. How true the insert goes in is another critical point. One that cocks or is off...
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    I would experiment here trim 1 case length to 45-75 length and fire form measure again and see how much it shortens from expansion. Add this amount to the next one and try again. Measure it and if it right or very close ( it should be very close to...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:27 PM
    I found when loading 22 cal pellets in 22 hornet cases ( I was testing various makers primers in std magnum and match by chronograping velocity of the pellets) loading the 22 cal pellet skirt forward worked better for me. Other wise a skirt would...
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    Yesterday, 07:50 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Lyman Great Plains 54 in Muzzleloading.
    you have a very fine rifle, congrats. i've assembled about 8 GPR's from kits, .50's and .54's. the keeper for me is a .50 that bobby hoyt custom bored out to a .54 with a 1:56 twist and .012 radius groove rifling. i swapped out the lock for an...
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    Yesterday, 07:12 AM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    geez, ya wooda saved a heapa typing if ya stated that from the get-go ......
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:25 AM
    My load with the lyman postell is 62 grns of 1 1/2F Olde Ensford for right around 1200 fps. I weigh the charge. Drop thru a 3 ft drop tube with a slow trickle in charge. add my .060 rubber fiber wad and compress. This is in fired Starline Brass. I...
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    Yesterday, 01:14 AM
    I use a medium hand full of pet bedding on my pot when fluxing and flux as needed my ladle casting pot is 100+ pounds when full. I let it char a little add a small bit of wax with it and stir it working the lead up thru it to help. I use a big...
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    Yesterday, 01:04 AM
    I put it in panty hose and melted in double boiler and melted it submered in the boiling water The wax melts thru and debris stays in. Several wraps of cheese cloth works also. The better the end is sealed the better it works. Let cool on top of...
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    11-23-2017, 07:43 PM
    sounds/looks like they're attempting to fill the defunct H&R gap. IF that's the same 'traditions' company that hawks those spanish built trad muzzleloaders, beware.
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    11-23-2017, 01:40 PM
    Rifle 57 replied to a thread Marlin 375W in Leverguns
    The 375 win is a great round and the Marlin 375 is a must have for any lever gun fanatic.
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    11-23-2017, 01:21 PM
    Also check length alighnment on the gas block in the key. Gas rings in the bolt may be a small issue also. Alighnment of the block to gas port and tube to gas block is also important. Also check hole sizes of the gas port block and tube. block...
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    11-23-2017, 01:09 PM
    I'm old school when it comes to lapping a mould. If its a 2 cavity mould its a little different procedure than a single cavity mould materials needed are 600 or finer lapping compound ( Aluminum oxide is pefered but Silicon carbide will work) water...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    11-22-2017, 05:57 PM
    heresy. just get a cheap lee mould and cast yer own, it ain't rocket science, a sprue flat on the ball don't mean squat, and there is no such thing as the oxymoron "round ball". :)
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    11-22-2017, 05:19 PM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    if matches will be part of yer s/s shooting thing, do take into consideration that some events won't allow rifles with pistol cartridges, nor with jacketed bullets. only guns of the era and lead bullets. some will have max overall gun weights, and...
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    11-22-2017, 02:23 PM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    of course .44mag will do for long distance silhouette, gong and paper targets, but NOT competitively, and that was my point and why i specified "bpcr/bptr".
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    11-22-2017, 12:57 PM
    The one book I mentioned above Loading And Shooting The Paper Patched Bullet A Beginners Guide. By Randolph S Wright goes into shooting technique and the hows and whys in one chapter. These rifles are finicky about external pressures and forces on...
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    11-22-2017, 11:21 AM
    Sometimes a piece of 3/8" or 1/2" round stock between the move able jaw and part helps to seat the part square. If you have to shimm it definitely allows the part to sit better. This keeps the moveable jaw from over riding the fixed jaw and...
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    11-22-2017, 11:21 AM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    then yer really not into a bpcr/bptr gun for long distance cast bullet accuracy. it's all good and that's ok, too!
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    11-22-2017, 11:19 AM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    thanx andy, i love building ppb's!
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    11-22-2017, 11:17 AM
    Check the local pawn shops as used machinist tools seem to make there way there quite often. On the finger indicators if used for measuring from blocks check the ball for flat spots worn on it. Also check it for being sticky as this can be a...
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    11-22-2017, 10:15 AM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    what single shot rifle??? what's the gun's mass weight??? what caliber/cartridge??? what kinda load??? those are all important criteria for understanding recoil. FWIW ... i shoot only black powder s/s cartridge rifle replicas, both sharps and...
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    11-22-2017, 09:40 AM
    and make it GOOD mould, too. it's all about the bullet. they ain't cheap, but they are necessary.
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    11-21-2017, 08:48 AM
    rfd replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    sure can, why not? but what cartridge, what load, for what kind of s/s rifle, and for what purpose?
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    11-20-2017, 10:52 PM
    How heavy a crimp had you put on the original ammo? Sometimes crimping ( either borderline heavy or due to case length variations) can put a small bulge jut under the crimp that causes a issue. The Lee factory crimp die irons this out. A test if it...
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    11-20-2017, 10:35 PM
    Could it be as simple as anneal, load a charge and wad then fire form and trim to length. If going the forming route I would try 38 caliber ( .375/.380 dia) then 40 caliber (.410 dia) and last a formed expander 45 caliber. Ideally this would be...
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    11-20-2017, 10:25 PM
    The specs and drawings are sent out to manufacturers for bids on x number of units. Then sometimes test units are submitted from the manufacturers and bids are submitted then accepted. Sometimes the test units are omitted from the process. But the...
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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