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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 AM
    Those Bore Wipers push right out the end of the muzzle and drop into a pan of some sort. They don't attach to the rod. Your rifle has an 18 twist barrel, and while that 560 will shoot in it, it's a bit long for the twist. Best to stick with...
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    02-21-2019, 02:06 PM
    Time between shots isn't as critical in a gong match as it is in silhouette or target rifle. So unless you get into one of those matches, patches on a brush work fine. Check out the Bore wiper system Buffalo Arms sells. It's not cheap, but sure...
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    02-21-2019, 02:02 PM
    So long as your lube isn't degraded all should be well. This past August we were having just a fun weekend at the Whittington, and 3 of us were making short work of the infamous white buffalo, after we got the sights adjusted, with loads I had put...
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    02-21-2019, 11:26 AM
    Nylon bore brush pushing the patches thru works pretty well, if you're not using a bore pig of some variety. In that 110 you'll want to figure on a minimum of 2 damp's and 1 dry. 2 1/2 in. patches are the size I prefer in the 45 caliber rifles.
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    02-21-2019, 11:09 AM
    The 110 is an interesting thing to work loads up for. Fouling control gets to be a bunch more critical in these cases that use more than 90 grains. Once you find what the rifle wants then it's just a matter of keeping the powder truck coming to the...
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    02-20-2019, 12:02 AM
    The main benefit from a grease cookie in a target situation is the cushioning affect, but a person can achieve the same thing with a felt wad. In your Shiloh, you're going to want a .446 bullet wrapped in 8 lb paper with at the very least a .060...
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    02-17-2019, 01:33 AM
    You've been given good proven loads for your Shiloh on other forums. You were even provided with pictures of what that bullet in the 110 is capable of at 1000 yards. With the Swiss powder start at 102 gr. with a .060 fiber wad, when you get your...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    02-11-2019, 11:43 AM
    You could certainly try that. Last year at Lodi a fella had a bunch of bad grease groove bullets, his option was to find other bullets or go home. So I had a bunch of extra ammunition, he could of shot in his rifle, but he opted to pull his greasers...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 11:43 AM
    Hey folks, just wondering if anybody has yanked the trigger so to speak , on the newer large grip frame Remington that Dixie offers? I have owned and sold several Remington NMA (New Model Army) in my time and sold them all because of the...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    02-10-2019, 10:38 AM
    Shooting that lever gun you'll need to keep the overall length of the cartridge short enough to cycle thru the action, that means a 2.55 maybe 2.6 tops. Shooting patched thru it, you should be able to drop tube and compress 65 -70 grains of 2f, use...
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    02-07-2019, 10:52 AM
    I would have to see some example of the claim to "very good accuracy" to even begin to consider using teflon.
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    02-01-2019, 12:13 PM
    Next time when you clean the gun , blow a few breaths down the muzzle and up the breech, then pull a dry patch thru, follow that with one just wet with water, and another dry, then you can go to the ballistol, or other solvent. It'll go a lot...
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  • bigted's Avatar
    02-01-2019, 05:53 AM
    Yes the TC Hawken barrels of 1 inch will fit the TC Renegade stocks. I see no reason why a 15/16ths barrel would not work in a 1 inch stock, however the "windage" and depth will need to be taken up with accuraglass or some such bedding goo being...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    01-30-2019, 11:34 AM
    I would like to see Paul build a 2 1/2 inch round popper.
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    01-29-2019, 01:49 PM
    The worst part about using the tubs, is in the windy conditions we shoot in out west , sometimes your container full of properly stacked dry patches empties up pretty fast, and you don't get to use all of them. :)
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    01-24-2019, 06:45 PM
    Most of the folks that shoot the "Mile Match" use an extension on their MVA sights. It's about 3 inches long, it attaches on the bottom in place of the eye disc, and has a hole on the top that it threaded to accept the eye disc. Save a lot of...
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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