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    Today, 12:51 AM
    Don, thanks! I can wait. Just let me know when you are ready and I’ll send you my address. Btw, how short is that base section on your .44 ? Good luck at the nationals. Best, Richard
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    Today, 12:08 AM
    DT, the last few week I have been reading what you and Beltfed (Arnie ?)had to say about two diameter ppbs. Im thinking of getting a mold cut and have a question on the larger diameter section, btw it will be for a .45-2.1. The few photos of two...
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    09-16-2018, 07:54 AM
    Edward, I use the same bullet that you use and am getting around 1.3” groups at one hundred. Like rfd I use a Gempro250 so getting accurate charges are not the problem just the inconsistent powder column heights. As someone suggested I need to find...
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    09-16-2018, 12:19 AM
    Belt fed thanks for the info. One could call that belted section of that two diameter bullet a “driving band”. I wonder what the shortest “band” that would be practical to try. Only inserting the “band” section in the case and as much as possible...
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    09-16-2018, 12:12 AM
    Country Gent, Thanks for that info...I’ll give that a try on my Chargemaster. The wa4ning about BP is probably lawyer speak. Have you seen this? Interesting. http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/sparks/sparks.html Thanks Richard
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    09-16-2018, 12:04 AM
    You are absolutely right Dan! I seldom get to shoot anything, but somehow I did managed to shoot my way into third place last month at a NRA Silouette shoot , only the second time really shooting this rifle in “anger”. So you are spot on when you...
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    09-15-2018, 10:33 PM
    Oldracer, I’ve always used volume in my muzzle loaders in the past, but for no other reason than most, if not all of the competitive shooters, weigh each load from what I gather. Also there is a lot of emphasis on powder compression or lack of it;...
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    09-15-2018, 06:20 PM
    I neglected to mention that the same charge is run through the vibrator/drop tube and that is what is giving me the wide variation of powder column height (PCH). That should, I think, take care of any “fines” that may be in that one charge....
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    09-15-2018, 05:59 PM
    Binski, that’s Beltfed’s bullet and group. Wish it was mine ,lol. Regard, Richard
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    09-15-2018, 01:34 AM
    The way I have been charging my .45-70 case were as follows. Throw the initial charge into a pan, place the pan on the Gempro 250 and trickle up to correct weight. The place my case on a electric engraving pen turn on the vibrator and slowly pour...
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    09-15-2018, 12:44 AM
    Nice shooting! Are you wet or dry patching those two diameter pills. Thanks, Richard
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    09-10-2018, 10:16 PM
    Old Win, I just turned eighty and know about the aches and pains. I have a very bad back but I managed to shoot two Silouette matches a month apart. For me getting on ibuprofen about week before and staying on it till the match is over helps me....
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    09-10-2018, 05:58 PM
    “When it all clicks it is the greatest feeling I've had shooting in matches. A good spotter/shooter team is something to watch and even better to be part of.” I bet it is! Thanks for the insights. Regards, Richard
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    09-10-2018, 04:33 PM
    Great story! It really gives this noobie a feel for a spotter responsibility’s and the pressures of calling for adjustments or lack of. One has to, it seems, develop a sixth sense for this kind of work. Well done DT. Regards, Richard
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    09-10-2018, 08:28 AM
    Congratulations DT! I hope to get to shoot up there next year. Regards, Richard
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    09-09-2018, 10:13 PM
    At this point in my BP loading learning curve is to get consistent powder column height. Right know Im pouring weighed charges into a case and vibrating the case till I get the column height I want, slooowww work indeed. I tried pouring through a...
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    09-09-2018, 09:04 PM
    Rob, why are you putting in so much powder (83.5gns)? I noticed that you then compress that charge .100 and I expect your seating the bullets pretty shallow too. Are these loads for long range like 800, 900 and 1000 yards or do you get your best...
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    09-08-2018, 05:15 PM
    Rob, I misunderstood what you wrote, I thought you were having trouble with inserting the LDPE wads, hen ce my solution for a problem that did not exist. Regards, Richards
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    09-08-2018, 03:39 PM
    I can sure see the problem of inserting a LDPE wad that is about .020 oversized. I think but don’t know that LDPE wads are somewhat visco-elastic and upon firing will be squeezed flatter and the diameter would increase. I agree that at groove or a...
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    09-03-2018, 05:23 PM
    Lot of good info here. When I cast I count in my head. When I insert the dipper into the mold and roll the mold and dipper to the vertical I start the five second count in my head. At five I remove the dipper and make sure it leaves a puddle and not...
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    09-03-2018, 05:00 PM
    I’ll second that! He was kind enough to send me paper samples to try. Regards, Richard
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    09-02-2018, 09:10 AM
    Wilson case trimmer gives consistent results...A bit on the pricey side is the only negative. Richard
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    09-01-2018, 02:08 PM
    Chris, thank you. Very interesting info, thanks. Those MOA and sub MOA groups that are depicted, I wonder if 5hey are repeatable. Regards, Richard
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    08-31-2018, 04:06 PM
    Brent’s reamer is .475 at the neck and is .400 long. Brent states it is specifically for Starline brass. What is a good Cream of Wheat fire form load for my .45-70 ? Just finished my shorter butt stock...sure feels good. Thanks Richard
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    08-29-2018, 10:10 AM
    Chill, Don, that is really good shooting...it is really a good feeling when rifle, load and shooter get their act together. DT, what is your load data for your COW fire form load? Thanks for that info on how you FL size your oversized brass....
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    08-28-2018, 09:55 PM
    I wonder if you have an extractor issue. I’m not that knowledgeable on single shot actions and the way extractors work, but I’d explore that possibility. How much effort do you need to tap the stuck cases out? I need to get, is it Haas’s book on...
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    08-28-2018, 12:45 PM
    Good info Kurt, why do you think it is beneficial to go a thou. Less on rifling depth ? That is a real head scratcher on why you guys have difficulty with extraction can you see any areas on the cases that show excessive concentric reamer marks? Or...
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    08-27-2018, 06:06 PM
    DT, Kurt thank you! It appears there are a number of different .40-65 chambers around. I don’t know if one really needs a short straight neck section on a chamber strictly for ppb’s since in my case very little of the neck would be holding the...
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    08-27-2018, 12:26 AM
    Thanks DT! I just read an piece you wrote over on the Shiloh forum a year ago about your .40-65....”...long freebore and 1:18 twist.” A couple of things are of interest as I contemplate on building up a Silhouette rifle on a .40-65. One is the...
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    08-26-2018, 04:37 PM
    DT, do you use the same loads for Silhouette as you do for long range ? Thanks Richard
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