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  • bigted's Avatar
    03-23-2019, 12:59 AM
    Good to see ya here Cap. Depending on your desires with the rifle ... directly predicts the direction of pursuit and equip needed. Example thusly ... cheap satisfying accuracy to " hunt " animals ... both steel and flesh ... can be built very...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-20-2019, 10:38 PM
    You'll want to replace that tang sight with a long range, either the regular or the buffalo soul from MVA. All you'll have to do is swap the sights in the base. That front sight would do well to be replaced with either a Baldwin or a Distant...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-20-2019, 08:48 PM
    You'll need a black powder cartridge rifle , loaded with black powder and a bullet capable of shooting to 1000 yards, along with cross sticks, or a wrist rest, shooting mat, spotting scope etc. The first 2 days are the Creedmoor cup match, you'll...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 12:28 PM
    bigted replied to a thread H&R huntsman? in Muzzleloading.
    I bought a 58 cal Huntsman ... shot it 5 or 6 times ... sold it ASAP. Cotton picker belted me harshly and I just figured I was too young to take such a beating. Functioned perfectly tho
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    03-19-2019, 12:07 PM
    bigted replied to a thread Lee REAL in Muzzleloading.
    You beat me to the punch here. I recently purchased the Lee Real mold as I also recently cut down an old CVA Zouave to a 20 inch barrel and carved the stock to corespond with a musketoon profile. Still waiting to give her a try. What is...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    03-19-2019, 11:59 AM
    Only thing I would add is that instead of PULLING to measure, I always PUSH to measure. I use the very same system tho and it always tells the facts. I always do three or four measurements to ensure a factual finding.
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    03-19-2019, 11:39 AM
    Oh that is just cool. Thanks for posting them
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    03-19-2019, 11:31 AM
    That is awesome. This has always been a project I wanted to do. Very nice work and looks like she shoots nicely as well. Cant wait to see your pictures.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    03-18-2019, 01:23 PM
    MORE PICTURES MY MAN!!! that is a very nice lookin rifle from what I see. Did you do the work? How long is the barrel? Much more info is needed ... come now ... no teasing
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 03:26 PM
    Shoot well at Oak Ridge Brent, it sounds like it's going to be a fun match.
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    03-17-2019, 02:04 PM
    One of the most notable things I heard at the 2018 nationals, was when you told Jack in those switching winds, " well it looks like in these conditions each shot is like starting a new match". Truer words have seldom been spoken, and it's just...
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    03-17-2019, 12:56 PM
    I think Chill Wills hit it pretty good on the twist thing in post 26. I have no experience with a 16 twist in the 45-70 but I have rifles in 45-90 with 16 and 18 twist, and outside of the difference in the chambers between the two allowing for...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 11:00 AM
    Not necessarily Kurt, I will agree that familiarity with a given rifle is a plus, but if you watch those shooters that consistently are in the hunt, with or without spotters, they spend more time in the scope than they do in the gun. Wind and mirage...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-17-2019, 10:11 AM
    I really enjoy the "Creedmoor Cup" style matches. The ones at Lodi and Byers are a great challenge. I do have to note tho that usually the shooters in the high end of scores in the "Cup" are usually the same ones battling it out in the top of the...
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    03-13-2019, 08:18 AM
    Greg I wonder if those two out liars in the velocity string could of been sorted out by weighing the rounds ahead of time? My CPA needs to have the barrel wiped out with a dry patch after every 25-30 rounds to maintain it's best accuracy.
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    03-12-2019, 10:11 PM
    Now I think you're going to make me spend a bit of money on my next mail order... This lo wall I had made with a 14 twist might just like that heavy bullet. It doesn't like the regular Aquila match as well as a couple of my other rifles, but it...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    03-08-2019, 03:47 PM
    That boolit is a close likeness to what the military adopted back when. They adopted it when they needed a round to penetrate a horse and kill a feller hiding on the other side. This was pretty pure lead boolits shoved down range with black...
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    03-08-2019, 03:27 PM
    In Alaska I have seen first hand how ol humpy acts with scent. They always come in from the down wind direction when called. The only time the come straight in is when there is lotza bulls around and the cow gathering contest is fierce. ALL...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-05-2019, 02:17 PM
    Sounds like your front aperture is too small, and the big hole in your Hadley may not be big enough.
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    03-05-2019, 12:05 PM
    Get in touch with Bent Ramrod, he's from your area, and knows a good bit about actually shooting patched.
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    03-05-2019, 09:57 AM
    Unless you just really have to make your own, why not just get a mould from Accurate moulds? He has quite a selection of good designs already, and delivers in a short time.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 10:00 PM
    Paper patch bullet moulds don't cost any more than grease groove bullet moulds. And a roll of patching paper is way cheaper than a pound of lube, and will cover a bunch more bullets.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 02:28 PM
    you might be shocked at how much lead that isn't in there comes out if you run a flannel patch soaked in pure gum spirits of turpentine on tight jag down that barrel.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-04-2019, 01:11 PM
    I've heard this stuff about jacketed bullets taking the lead out of barrels,,, but no one has ever said what sort of jacketed bullets they are using that has a sharp and hard enough edge to scrape that lead out. Jacketed bullets will take the lube...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-03-2019, 11:20 PM
    Shooting jacketed in a barrel after lead only irons the lead deeper into the lands. Shooting a 45 pistol bullet will probably give you copper fouling on top of any lead you left in the barrel..
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    03-02-2019, 06:11 PM
    MVA, Baldwin or Hoke on the rear, Baldwin on the front. A midrange sight with a low front like the Baldwin might just give you enough to reach 1000 yards, but you won't have much to spare if you get into a headwind situation. But if you think...
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    03-01-2019, 10:00 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread reloading 44-40 in Leverguns
    The cartridge is not hard to reload at all. The necks are a bit thin, and if you loose attention to detail during the process it's not hard to bugger up a case mouth. Reloading recipe's have been around for over 100 years. The biggest problem...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    02-28-2019, 07:34 PM
    Something else for you to think about. As what you're going to be using that rifle for is the gong matches, those are all shot sitting, so why not just ditch the scope , go with a good quality tang sight. MVA, Baldwin, or Hoke, and a Baldwin front...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    02-28-2019, 01:49 PM
    You might call Shiloh and visit with them about your options. They're good folks to deal with and will give you the best word As to all the add on stuff on the stock, that won't be a problem at any of the gong shoots. It wouldn't be a problem in...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    02-27-2019, 10:41 PM
    Does that rifle have a shotgun butt or the military butt plate. If it's a shotgun butt, you can add on a pistol grip. If it's the military butt, you're best bet would be to send it back to Shiloh and have them fit it with a #1 or LRE stock
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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