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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 03:30 PM
    The 28 performs very much like the 20 game. It's really unfortunate the the 410 is considered a good starting gun. It really should be an expert gun only IMHO. The 28 far out performs the 410 and it is gives up very little to the 20.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:35 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Rossi 357 project in Leverguns
    Just an aside to everybody ... I would encourage everybody to re-read the original post. Note there are no requests for opinion. Note there is a statement only for what he is considering doing. Simple no? Like many ... he has considered what...
    33 replies | 607 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 PM
    On the other hand, the old military carbine load of 55 grain 2F Old E powder works well under that LEE boolit in my 1895 JM Marlin. I crimp over the first bore rider but would be hesitant to do so with smokeless. Bet they would telescope back...
    2 replies | 123 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 PM
    Just GRAND!!! Great lookin Shiloh. The Roughrider is my pick as well. If 44-77 is anything as fun as my Remington roller in 43 Spanish is ... then my chamber would certainly be the 44-77. Ive got 5 45-70's so another gubbermint chamber would...
    58 replies | 5585 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    Awsome postings
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-13-2020, 09:32 PM
    Unless I know the person I will no longer purchase used scopes due to the Chinese fakes. Back to tires and the supporting local business. When the local shops close due to the higher costs compared to online where you going to go? Lowest cost in...
    57 replies | 1280 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-13-2020, 07:50 PM
    And that is the problem with online warehouses. They have almost zero overhead and in some case they dropship straight form the manufacture. The local tire shop by comparison has a huge overhead compared to the online warehouse. Online businesses...
    57 replies | 1280 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-12-2020, 09:03 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Rossi 357 project in Leverguns
    Wow! Seems a bit narrow but you didn't ask me. You did however ask opinions and like the nether regions ... everybody has one. Having said this ... your premise of a dedicated 38 special chamber has merit. This way you get a chambered rifle with...
    33 replies | 607 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-12-2020, 07:20 AM
    bigted replied to a thread Load data for .40 - 65 in Leverguns
    I would like to see your cast 160 grain boolits. Do you csst them with your Ideal mold on your tong settup?
    25 replies | 3507 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-11-2020, 09:33 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Load data for .40 - 65 in Leverguns
    I have an old "sporting" Remington Roller in 40-65 win. I use old 45-70 cases and found that I needed to form them just a little at a time till my shell holder bottomed on the size die. Then removing the shell holder, I shoved the cases into the...
    25 replies | 3507 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 11:04 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Chambering Reaming? in Muzzleloading.
    http://www.hahnmachineworks.com/index.html
    29 replies | 499 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 08:21 PM
    Short answer is no proof loads do not weaken the firearm. Almost all material are somewhat elastic and this elasticity allows for a specific cycle life. Oversimplified answer is the more you stretch the material the less cycles you will get before...
    26 replies | 895 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 01:11 AM
    Post #5 covers the why http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?366568-Help-me-understand-arsenic Arsenic affects surface tension for shot. Makes the shot round. Lead Clip on Wheel weights also have arsenic in them. That's why clip on...
    15 replies | 362 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-10-2020, 12:14 AM
    This issue has been discuss to death on this forum. At best the use of reloads MIGHT pose an opening for a prosecutors line of questioning. I have seen people recommend not to use it but I don't remember ever reading NEVER particularly in light...
    8 replies | 302 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 09:10 PM
    Section IV of the SAAMI of each standard deals with SAAMI Proof Load pressures. starts at page 351 for rifle https://saami.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ANSI-SAAMI-Z299.4-CFR-Approved-2015-12-14-Posting-Copy.pdf starts at page 181 for...
    26 replies | 895 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 06:47 PM
    If you want to eliminate the sonic boom of the bullet there is.
    105 replies | 2749 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 05:36 PM
    The OP didn't address intended usage and yardage. Light for caliber bullets are easy to push fast but they shed velocity quickly so as the distance increases what is the fastest and flattest changes.
    42 replies | 1645 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 05:31 PM
    I've never used it so I will not comment on if and how much it improves accuracy. I've chamber and built a lot of AR's with Krieger barrels and most are 1/4 to 3/8 MOA rifles. With a Krieger barrel I have yet to have one not hold 1/2 MOA. I do...
    13 replies | 291 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 11:59 AM
    Certainly could have knocked me over with a feather what with my findings ... and they repeat to be way clean. My old GOEX loads cake up so badly that to get repeatable shots that would group ... I needed to run a 7 to 1 mix water to ballistol...
    9 replies | 404 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-09-2020, 11:43 AM
    These old wives tales are sure hard to put to rest. Amazing how someone writing a "theory" and sounding kinda smart on paper can begin a trend that suddenly become an absolute. Until Larry TESTED for sure pressures in actual pressure vessels with...
    23 replies | 580 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-08-2020, 09:45 AM
    Man I can not say how many hundreds of rounds that I have fired and constantly fought the huge amounts of fouling and the resultant dismal accuracy in all my revolvers and rifles. This is the HOLY GRAIL for me. I have never had such a clean...
    9 replies | 404 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-07-2020, 05:56 PM
    So this after 15 shots through my Winchester 1873 16 inch carbine chambered in 45 Colt. Load was 40 grains Old E 2F black powder. 260 grain Accurate 454260 mold left as cast and run through a .459 lubrisizer using it to apply SPG in the big lube...
    9 replies | 404 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-07-2020, 03:55 AM
    With a good can subsonic are very quite......
    105 replies | 2749 view(s)
  • bigted's Avatar
    08-07-2020, 12:12 AM
    I can see how all this may need to work in 1892's and 1894's but the problem does not exist in a 1873 or single shots. Guess my quest and answer is in customizing a current model such as my winny 1873 16 inch barrel in 45 Colt by relining it and...
    14 replies | 886 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    08-06-2020, 11:09 PM
    Not only nothing special or bold about using smokeless as a kicker under black it is also as long a semi-smokeless and smokeless. The Rowland/Pope record is a good example.
    53 replies | 4884 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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check