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    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    Numrich gun parts has some parts. You need to search a bit.
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    11-16-2019, 08:56 PM
    Can do. 8x56 brass will be no charge. They will fit in a $7.90 flat rate box. Going to your PM next.
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    11-16-2019, 03:20 PM
    Selling is: 1. Lee three die set for 7/08. Decap/size, seating die and factory crimp die. No shell holder. Near new used to load about 150 rounds. Excellent condition. $15 plus actual shipping cost to your Zip. 2. Lee two die set for...
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    11-16-2019, 02:58 PM
    I recently powder coated some .50 maxiballs for a renegade. I have a .501 Lee push thru sizer and used that after PC. There was very little sizing needed. I lubed them just like you would do with uncoated lead bullets. At the range I saw no...
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    11-16-2019, 02:47 PM
    You guys with machine shops in your garage kill me! :-) Might be a tinge of jealousy there too. On another site I saw a method that I have not tried yet but seems like a good idea. Get a cheap plastic funnel and cut the lower tapered portion...
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    11-16-2019, 02:40 PM
    That's what I do too. It works fine. It's nice to have the bard firmly held while doing it so as to keep all your fingers. :oops: The other thing I like to do is to use a board thicker than ball size. That way everything is inside the board and...
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    11-16-2019, 02:34 PM
    Ok, I see now what you are referencing.
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    11-15-2019, 08:57 PM
    I don't get where you are coming from regarding your "offshore" statement. 1:48 has been around for years including the Hawken brothers rifles and many others made before and after that point in time. Offshore rifles brought into the country...
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    11-15-2019, 08:45 PM
    If you like pre cut, it works pretty well to cut squares of a uniform appropriate size. Gives you control over your patch size and quality.
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    11-09-2019, 03:12 PM
    Yes it's as simple as anything else to shoot all day without wiping. Low humidity won't effect it the way it can with some of the miracle lubes. I have shot some respectable scores by Loading a well slobbered on patch without wiping all day.
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    11-09-2019, 01:54 AM
    Glad it's working out for you. It's just my experience with one GM drop in, but it shoots better with heavier charges.
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    11-08-2019, 04:16 PM
    That's what is commonly, and incorrectly, referred to as a "patent breech". It's only similar to the actually patented Nock's breech. But that's neither here nor there as regards this discussion. If the picture is of a Lyman 15/16" barrel...
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    11-08-2019, 03:15 PM
    My first attempt at PC was with HFR. The shake and bake worked but I didn't like the coverage. Looking at the bullets done by others with other powders convinced me to give the HFR away and move on (up?). This brings me to my question. I see...
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    11-08-2019, 02:58 PM
    I remember reading something by Veral Smith where he said the gradual softening of HT WW can be substantially slowed down by storing in a freezer. So far it looks like water dropping from the PC oven even with up to an hour soaking at 400* is not...
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    11-08-2019, 02:45 PM
    Congratulations! You did so many things right!
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    11-05-2019, 06:55 PM
    That doesn't seem to resemble a GPR patent breech. It's what a CVA/Traditions breech plug would look like but the Gpr looks like this.
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    11-04-2019, 09:58 PM
    Hoyt does i regularly with TC barrels. I'm not sure why the patent breech would be a limiting factor?? Most barrel makers make a .58 with a 1" ATF blank.
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    11-04-2019, 05:47 PM
    Hey Brewer, I'm thinking about taking the rear sight off one of my guns and practicing shooting with just a basic and low front sight. With practice it should be pretty effective at least out to 50 yards.
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    11-04-2019, 05:27 PM
    I just sent three off to Hoyt. One is a 54 that is a bit iffy because someone drilled and tapped for a scope. Generally to get to a 58 the barrel needs to be 1" wide. Probably are exceptions to that but just leave it for Hoyt to decide.
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    11-04-2019, 05:13 PM
    There was a guy who had a shop in Granby that was some sort of old timey shooting shop and he sold BP. Probably long gone. You might look into joining the Fort Lupton Muzzle Loaders club. A good way to check them out is to attend one of their...
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    11-03-2019, 03:40 PM
    Bass Pro used to have it. I don't know if they still do but a call would clarify. Also, give a call to the mountain man shop in Manitou Springs. Some of the local clubs do some group buys but I'm not sure which. I mail order mine.
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    11-03-2019, 03:33 PM
    Track of The Wolf has the 54 drop ins in stock. You can make a drop yourself with not much effort. That way you can pick the exact barrel that you want. It's not a money saver though. Cost of the components to DIY is a very few dollars less...
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    11-03-2019, 02:50 PM
    I'm wondering what to expect in terms of hardness when PC'd WW boolits are dropped from the coating cook into water. I have oven hardened ww castings in the distant past with great success but if memory serves they soaked in the oven for about an...
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    10-29-2019, 04:05 PM
    Well, I'm going to mess around with the Lee mold and see where it goes.
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    10-25-2019, 09:16 PM
    Bridges was a paid sponsor for several ml companies. I think he was with savage and got wind that they were going to dump him or maybe already had dumped him and somehow he managed to blow up one of those Savage rifles that used modern powder. ...
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    10-25-2019, 09:01 PM
    I did well with 180 cast .429 and 200 grain cast .429 out of a TC .50 with 1:48 twist. I bought the Hornady green sabots and it was a good fit. Very fast and accurate over 90 grains of goex 2f. It broke 2000 fps with the 180.
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    10-25-2019, 08:56 PM
    There's this for the 300 from Lee https://leeprecision.com/mold-dc-tl309-230-5r.html Don't know what you could expect in your K31. I've never loaded cast for mine bu can see the throat problem. This one would have to be down into the case and...
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    10-25-2019, 03:35 PM
    Make your muzzle loader decision early because it's a draw only tag whereas the elk 2nd season tag will have many units available to purchase an either sex elk tag. Deer tags are also by draw so for a combined hunt you will need to draw for...
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    10-24-2019, 04:10 PM
    I would wait for the 2020 big game brochure to be published. Season structures and regulations change every five years and 2020 will be the first year of a new five year period. Nothing radical but an area of focus is the SW corner of the state...
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    10-23-2019, 12:37 PM
    My 30-30 PC bullets (Lee 180) cast from WW and air cooled seem to hold up pretty well at a (guessed) velocity of 1900 to 2000 fps but I have only been able to fire a few shots before retreating due to a firing pin problem. And with the 45-70 I...
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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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