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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    Ive never heard of a shop that rents machines out for outsiders to operate. Machine cost, Power, tooling both long term and expendable, Shop space, electric, insurances, bonding if needed adds up quick. Expandable tooling ( drills, cutters,...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:38 PM
    Texas By God, I have key fob I made its a 50 bmg necked down to 22 cal. I did this on a whim. Had a roller made out of a pope cutter for a job set the case up in the lathe at low rpm and started rolling adding pressure to get to 22 cal.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:45 AM
    crs :)
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    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    crossfiring is kinda like muzzleloader dry balling - it's a question of when it will happen, not if it will happen.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-21-2019, 08:58 PM
    i guess there might be some special target oriented reasons for using a muzzleloader drop tube, maybe with chunk guns and the like. otherwise, i don't see a need at all for yer typical trad muzzy. pour down a measured load, smack the forestock a...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-21-2019, 08:49 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Sharps Powder? in Single Shot Guns
    give aa5744 a chance, i used it a lot and with great success, i believe it's the best smokeless for these 19th century cartridges. sr4759 was another good powder, but it's long out of production. some of the guys i shoot bpcr with are having good...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    01-21-2019, 08:01 PM
    On line metals sells it by 1 foot increments. The 1/2" X .032 will be 7/16 Id and the 7/16 Od x .032 will be 3/8 Id. These would work together with a piece of 3/8" threaded rod. You may have to...
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    01-21-2019, 07:45 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Pan lubing in Boolit Lube !
    Would be a lot of lube in the hollow based bullet if filled. A lube sizer to lube should work ( It does for hollow based wadcutters). Depending on the quantities You could simply finger lube them with a softer lube like spg or emmerts improved. Like...
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    01-20-2019, 10:33 PM
    Finished up the measure tube today. gave it 10 clicks per revolution ( .0041 thousandth per click with the 38 24 thread) Works very nice and clicks are solid. Looks good and is a good "feel" in the hand. Concave end on the rod ( 7/32 radius). Rod...
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    01-20-2019, 09:46 PM
    Thundermaker, There are programs online that will figure bc of a given bullet, all you need are the velocity at 2 distances for the bullet. Given good numbers they can be very accurate. Then a ballistics program with the BC and velocity will give...
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    01-20-2019, 05:46 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Muzzleloader wish list in Muzzleloading.
    lucky me, i have all of what i need in terms of flintlock guns. what i do wish for is that i'll always be able buy the best black powder. or any black powder.
    15 replies | 337 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    01-20-2019, 05:01 PM
    You might also consider a tapered octagon or even half round barrel contour. I have a couple 34" barrels one on a sharps and one on a Hepburn. One is half round and the other is tapered octagon. Both are good stiff barrels ( 45 cal so a .30 cal...
    30 replies | 689 view(s)
  • country gent's Avatar
    01-20-2019, 02:08 PM
    48 tpi aren't very deep. Takes a sharp point on the threading tool. Nice looking job on them.
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    01-20-2019, 11:48 AM
    I have seen this with a lot of manufacturers. The 402 grns to 406 grns does fall into the 1% variance that's some what accepted as okay though. ( Ill bet if you called the maker you would be told that's in tolerance for that weight bullet). In the...
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    01-20-2019, 07:03 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
    absolutely correct = the cheap chore boy imitators.
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  • country gent's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 10:22 PM
    Not only the vibration of rotating the turret but the vibrations of the press stroke will settle the powder into the cavity. I have done some testing with progressives and press operated measures ( never the Lees though). I have found the press...
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  • country gent's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 10:09 PM
    For hunting to 150 yds and under I would consider one of the fixed 1.5X or 2X scopes. These give a bigger field of view at closer ranges making finding the target and the actual placement easier. I have an old weaver 1.5X on my squirrel rifle that...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 08:52 PM
    rfd replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
    "chore boy" is all copper - and not cheap, as a result.
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    01-19-2019, 07:53 PM
    we grow paulownia ("pavlovna", named after a russian tsar's consort queen) in the carolina's, i've used it to rout out electric guitar bodies, super lightweight. it's a weed hardwood tree of sorts. grows about 30 FEET per year.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 04:24 PM
    rfd replied to a thread shelf life of black mz? in Muzzleloading.
    if unopened, most if not all of the smokeless stuff (black mz), lasts "forever", but once opened it can begin a deterioration process that still might last a very long time. however, real black powder lasts forever, even if opened. ...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 02:49 PM
    i was being a tad facetious ... but in fact is obatex a true, real black powder?
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  • country gent's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 12:08 PM
    Those Paper Patched bullets get a lot of stares and questions. I shoot them in 45-90, 45-70 and 40-65, haven't tried them yet in 38-55 do to lack of mould. Sotting on the bench they get long looks from newer shooters and some older ones also. ...
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 10:39 AM
    seeing these at the range usually gets some very puzzling clueless looks as well ....
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    01-19-2019, 10:14 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
    yep, hickok45's de-leading remedy.
    48 replies | 1155 view(s)
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    01-19-2019, 10:11 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Best Lead remover in Cast Boolits
    lotta great suggestions on how to get the lead out. and after the leading is out, maybe give paper patching a try for a no-leading load. :)
    48 replies | 1155 view(s)
  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 10:07 AM
    those kinda comments are just outta ignorance, typically by the ar15/glock folks. a good time to educate them and perhaps spark an interest in them thinking about coming over to the dark powder side for a change of pace. :)
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 07:39 AM
    another reason and use for a henry h015-357mag and cat sneeze .38spl loads. :)
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 07:34 AM
    the cornell press wad cutter (that nobade mentioned) works Amazingly well, i've cut thousands of .40 and .45 wads with mine and would be lost without these great tools. a note to fred cornell might get him to make one for a specific diameter wad.
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  • rfd's Avatar
    01-19-2019, 07:27 AM
    obatex, really? who gives a cr@p? we all have access to lots of flavors of good, real black powder. we doan need no steenkin obewankanobe RSA powder. :holysheep
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  • country gent's Avatar
    01-18-2019, 08:49 PM
    I have made them from 25lb propane tanks. cut length to hold the weight you want. If working with a tank or drum by all means be safe about it. remove valves or bungs, wash with dish soap water a couple times. then...
    25 replies | 487 view(s)
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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
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