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    06-09-2019, 11:53 AM
    I got a Turk at a gun show for $60. Guy had a table of them and I picked out one that I felt was the most mechanically sound and had the best bore. Black bore as one sees from some milsurps but it shoots well. Stock was unsalvageable. I did...
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    06-07-2019, 10:11 AM
    When shooting the old ones I like cast bullets as they don't offer appreciable wear on the guns. DEP
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    06-02-2019, 11:18 AM
    I built a 20 gauge "smooth rifle" which is a smooth bore with sights and a smaller rifle type lock. Lots of advice was good. Too heavy of patching damages the ball and makes them shoot inaccurately. I measured ball thrown by one mold and got...
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    06-02-2019, 10:45 AM
    My biggest problem with round ball accuracy came from trying Black powder substitutes like 777 or Pyrodex. I have a rifle I used in matches that would only pattern that stuff at 100 yards and tightened back up again using GOEX. It is a 50 cal. ...
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    06-01-2019, 01:38 PM
    I have had a couple of Lee Enfield #4MK1's. I got a deer with one in full battle dress using a bullet as cast weighing in at 208 grains. The velocity was near 2000 fps. Had to sue the ladder sight to get impact at POI but it was a very good load....
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    05-26-2019, 10:42 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Other Leverguns in Leverguns
    The Savage 99 has a very rabid following. I had one in a 300 Savage and it would have been a good rifle if I shot right handed. It had that lever safety that could not be reached with the left hand hold. Its trigger pull was inconsistent. I made...
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    05-23-2019, 07:09 AM
    Used to be an old trick to beat the law in archery season with a 410 as mentioned. Highly frowned on by the game wardens. Otherwise one wonders WHY? DEP
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    05-23-2019, 07:04 AM
    northmn replied to a thread 58 cal smooth bore in Muzzleloading.
    Northwest trade guns were 24 gauge or 58 caliber. 20 Gauge is 615. First try the 24 gauge was. I would order the over powder wads and then use a knife or fingernail to peel off an over shot wad. You might try a 9/16 punch but it would likely...
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    05-22-2019, 04:13 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Faithful .22s in Rimfire Area
    I guess my old reliable is my Henry lever 22 mag. Octogon barrel at 24". It sees more carry than any other rifle. It is a companion when I take out the 4 wheeler or tractor when putting up wood. Sometimes I will take the 357 Rossi or the Marlin...
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    05-22-2019, 04:05 PM
    northmn replied to a thread Bolt action 22 rifles in Rimfire Area
    I did have an accuracy issue with my Axis and its plastic stock. Seems to be an issue with that particular make. Bought a basic Boyds laminated and the issue went away. Also I do prefer a little heavier weight rifle for longer shooting. Sometimes...
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    05-22-2019, 10:06 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Targets in Rimfire Area
    We used to have a match at muzzle loading shoots where we would split the cards. Place sticks in the ground and put the card on edge to split it. Kind of fun and would be extremely tough with a 22. You made me think of them, I am kind of...
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    05-22-2019, 10:00 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Bolt action 22 rifles in Rimfire Area
    I fit into the "older" category as I am retired now. Just bought a Savage left hand bolt action 22. Accu trigger and black plastic stock. It shoots where I point it. I had a Remington 97 Semi auto, it hasn't jammed that I know of and is fairly...
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    05-22-2019, 08:13 AM
    A Remington replica only holds a limited amount of powder and I doubt you can load 40 grains of black. I enjoyed loading about 35 grains in my Colt/Remington replicas. As stated, makes sure the nipples are tight and grease the ball. We used to...
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    05-22-2019, 08:07 AM
    I built a "smooth rifle" a few years ago. It is a 20 ga smoothbore with sights and a rifle lock. Not legal in any matches but they did exist. It would give groups of about 3" at 75 yards if one really paid attention to detail. As has been...
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    05-22-2019, 07:43 AM
    I used steel wads and tried steel shot in a muzzle loader with no problem. Different kind of plastic than most wads. Really don't know why one would need to use them. I was shooting a match and did not replenish my wads enough and ended up...
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    05-21-2019, 10:27 AM
    Back when, when I used to build muzzle loaders many spent time lapping barrels before shooting them. Numrich made a cheaper barrel and there was kind of a saying around that the only difference between the Douglas and the Numrich was a couple of...
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Something of a historian and like to research my areas of interest in shooting.
Northern MN
Obviously shooting, pheasant hunting, dogs and built muzzleloaders
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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
GC Gas Check