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    Today, 07:31 AM
    there's the bullet weight, and then there's the type of powder and it's charge weight, and then the reason for the load used. with a hefty payload weight, perhaps a lighter charge weight will both get the job done and be kinder in the matter of...
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    Today, 07:26 AM
    without a doubt, it's always best to have a one-on-one local mentor who knows what they're doing with regards to bpc loading. it also helps to first get some knowledge about the different ways to load, the kinds of components required, and the...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Today, 06:42 AM
    there's a large weight difference 'tween a .535" lead ball @ 235 grains and a lead REAL @ 380 grains = more recoil. using T7 ain't helping, either ... try real bp 2f instead.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    The rolling block is a fun rifle to shoot and easier prone than some others. The 38-55 is a easy cartridge to work with and is easier on powder and lead supplies than the bigger cartridges. Slug your barrel and buy your mould accordingly. Know the...
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    Yesterday, 11:27 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Greetings in Cast Boolits
    Welcome to the site, I shoot a CPA 40-65 with 400 grn bullets. Ask questions and keep us posted.
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    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    The external adjustment scopes are usually set up for 7.2" or 17" ring spacing. Ring spacing is what determines the movement of each click. It also allows for movement of the tube in the mounts. The adjustments...
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    Yesterday, 04:27 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Lyman GPR in September in Muzzleloading.
    i got a .50 GPR kit in late last summer ... after assembly and finishing, i sent the barrel to bobby hoyt to ream it to .54, with .012" radius groove rifling and a 1:56 slightly faster patched ball twist. i happen to have an L&R rpl05 lock...
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    Yesterday, 11:49 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Lyman GPR in September in Muzzleloading.
    i still think that the GPR is the better offshore trad ml value and worth the wait, indeed.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:45 AM
    Depends a lot on the equipment. wood working tools seem to go reasonable. ( Table saws, radial arm saws, wood lathes belt and disk sanders, band saws, jointers and planers) On the other hand the metal working equipment seems to bring a premium...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:13 AM
    "accurate molds" are really quite good, i use the aluminum ones, a pair for .45-70 and one for .40-65, they really work great for what they are and they're quite cheap. but a BACO mould, or similar, is what's needed for real long distance.
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    03-15-2018, 11:01 PM
    country gent replied to a thread 9x19 boat tail in Cast Boolits
    Section a case in half you may be getting into where the case starts to taper into the head portion causing the "boat tail" This heavy of a bullet ( think length) may greatly reduce powder capacity in a 9mm case when loaded to OAL required. Be...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 10:34 PM
    Another thing is bullet alloy may affect the actual size of the bullet. Lyman moulds are supposedly cut for size and weight with lyman #2 mix. Flux well and run at a good cadence casting and not trying to sort or admire those shiny new bullets, save...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 10:27 PM
    After figuring out the mould and what it wants I seldom weigh bullets. A new mould I will weigh bullets to verify my technique is right for it and its casting consistant bullets as to weight and size with the alloy. Yes I do measure them with mikes...
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    03-15-2018, 09:40 PM
    country gent replied to a thread burlap bags in Swappin & Sellin
    Also check the local fabric stores for burlap cloth they sometimes have it and it might be easier to work with. I found some burlap fabric at walmarts in the sporting goods section, it was a big piece for using in blinds and such
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    03-15-2018, 11:04 AM
    rfd replied to a thread All about bison in Black Powder Cartridge
    good share, interesting read, thank you.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    03-14-2018, 08:30 PM
    Yes I could also "chuck it up" and make it. I could make it from brass, steels, aluminums or other materials bar stock Square or round. The thing is here I very much doubt there was a chuck or any "set-up" involved in the part. Having worked in...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    03-14-2018, 02:59 PM
    I believe it also slows the cycle rate down some.
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    03-14-2018, 02:58 PM
    That type of ringed surface or a fine thread is often used for one of 2 reasons. To reduce friction on a pressed in part that may vary a little, and to reduce glare or reflections. So the rough surface in question may be an intentional thing....
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-14-2018, 10:48 AM
    using wads with smokeless powders (double based in particular) is unnecessary, a big no-no, a prescription for disaster, and not allowed at the quigley match due to previous accidents.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-14-2018, 09:56 AM
    keep looking for a good used s&w or ruger ... 4 years ago i picked up this beauty for $300 ...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    03-14-2018, 09:46 AM
    a "smooth rifle" would be a smoothbore with rear sight!
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    03-14-2018, 09:36 AM
    good job. accuracy improvements are always exciting and encouraging!
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    03-14-2018, 09:32 AM
    one thing with greasers is to use a newsprint wad or two 'tween bullet base and the real wad(s), to make sure the wad(s) don't go downrange with the bullet.
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    03-13-2018, 10:52 PM
    In all honesty the casting was fixture on the rough outside of the casting for the machining, These appear to be a sand casting and they can vary quite a bit on the rough castings. My guess would be that they are chucked on the end where the 7/8 14...
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    03-13-2018, 01:31 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Beginner corner in Cast Boolits
    Once the pot is back up to temp it shoul flux back up to a nice shinny mirror surface. I use sawdust and paraffin of beeswax both to flux on my pot. A small amount of sawdust sprinkled on the surface and when it starts to char add a little paraffin...
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    03-13-2018, 10:24 AM
    strictly black powder, which will be easier than attempting to load with smokeless due to both case capacity and neck tension issues. with bp, the open mouthed and fire formed case is loaded full up, with a pushed-in ppb and zero to very slight...
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    03-13-2018, 07:01 AM
    this is the current cover of randy wright's PPB cartridge book .... i found it to be the best treatise on building good ppb cartridges for hunting (with grease cookie) or target (single wad). very easy to understand the ppb cartridge build...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    03-12-2018, 10:31 PM
    On the old heavy jacks the threads were square or acme form ( even on the better c-clamps) this stopped the binding spreading effect of the Vee form thread under loads. A lot of these smaller machines are actally more comfortable to run if they are...
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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
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