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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    Amazon has em for $4.
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    04-05-2020, 08:08 PM
    If you ever get a chance to compete in a "rattle battle" match with an M1, you will find out how quickly and easily it can be reloaded and the target(s) re-acquired. The 8 round clip is genius. For it's time, it was a wondrous infantry weapon.
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    04-05-2020, 07:59 PM
    I size down Lyman 575213's to .568 and use them to make Pritchett-style cartridges. They shoot pretty well like that. Other than being historically somewhat incorrect, when wrapped up as a Pritchett cartridge, they are easy to load and shoot. Never...
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    04-05-2020, 07:53 PM
    fgd135 replied to a thread How to shoot minies? in Muzzleloading.
    Don't use a wad under the bullet, as you want powder gases to hit the skirt directly and expand it to the rifling.
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    04-02-2020, 12:38 PM
    My 1884 TD rifle is pretty accurate using 5744 and a 415 grain plain base boolit. No filler, no wads. Iirc, I began by using the starting load for the 405 gr cast boolit in the AA on-line Trapdoor rifle data. Is it any better than other reduced...
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    03-31-2020, 11:46 AM
    fgd135 replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    At least the PH rifles were all proofed by the government proof house before being sold. I cannot remember the proof load but it was very substantial.
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    03-30-2020, 04:19 PM
    Great idea! I already have the powdered graphite; I use it to lube the inside of case necks when resizing. Thanks, Mr. Frog.
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    03-29-2020, 03:38 PM
    I use a Lyman 55 BP measure to load BP cartridges; it's very precise, especially with 3fg and 2fg powders. When I'm finished for the day, I empty it of powder, take off the rotor, wipe everything down with a soft cloth to remove remaining powder...
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    03-15-2020, 02:22 PM
    Not a theory, this is in fact very true. The Gras rifles were first sold to Imperial Russia in WW1, then sold by Stalin along with other obsolete and current small arms, planes, tanks, artillery, etc., to the Spanish Republicans, in exchange for...
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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