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    Today, 11:37 AM
    bigted replied to a thread 73 winny 45 Colt in Leverguns
    Nice lookin rifle there Bob. Is it a 45 Colt or the 44 WCF? I have been in the same frame of mind however ... always nettled me that I couldn't get my pistol chambered rifles to shoot with black powder. Always been convinced its fouling control...
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    Today, 11:16 AM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Thanks 35, I have noticed that if I keep my rounds under 1.6 inch, they work thru my actions well. I have loaded and fired 45-70 duplex loads of 4 or 5 grains IMR 4227 under 58 grains 2Fg GOEX ( pretty dirty fouling powder ) and with the duplex,...
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    Today, 07:57 AM
    bigted replied to a thread 73 winny 45 Colt in Leverguns
    So can not help myself, here she is. What a handy rifle/ carbine. That hunk o leather on the butt is to elongate the LOP for my looooong arms and to save my nose from being battered when I forget to tuck my thumb over on the right side of the...
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    Today, 07:53 AM
    bigted started a thread 73 winny 45 Colt in Leverguns
    Yes I do like 73's and 92's. Except for taking apart and reassembling, they are the shiz niz for this old kid. At any rate, I took the old 38 wcf out for a test drive yesterday and figured ... heck why not ... take my short barreled Miroku 73 in...
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    Yesterday, 11:42 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread BP recoil in Muzzleloading.
    Yep for felt recoil it's makes a notable difference. I own a Marlin Guide Gun, a Browning 1886 carbine and a Browning 1886 rifle. All in 45/70. The 86 rifle has a crescent butt plate and it brutal with anything over mild loads. The carbine has a...
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    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    I would welcome these facts as well. Seems time to begin factual provable facts rather then Idle speculation. Personally I would prefer all would abstain from using 4 Fg powder, aside from prime in a flintlock, till some real facts are established....
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    Yesterday, 11:15 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread BP recoil in Muzzleloading.
    Yes, it's no different than the mass of the powder hitting a muzzle break. For the rocket motors orifice size determines the velocity of the ejectorate http://www.jacobsrocketry.com/rocketry_overview.htm "There is one more component...
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread BP recoil in Muzzleloading.
    Pressure doesn't directly create recoil. A theoretical example would be if the bullet was locked in the cartridge. When the cartridge is fired it would just be a pressurized vessel with zero recoil generated. The reaction to the pressurization is...
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Yes, whomever shortened the barrel did the deed with the front dovetail being very close to the barrel muzzle. Yesterday I removed the blade front and replaced it with a bead which looks betta up there. Also shoots better and my eye picks it up...
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    Joe ... yes those original loads were for sure not lite weight rounds. It is testament of the why of the US army asking and getting a lighter load in 45 Colt being (I believe anyway) 35 grains powder and a 230 grain boolit ... still stout enough in...
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    06-23-2019, 11:36 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Pictures if they come thru
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    06-23-2019, 11:12 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Cool. Every bit of info is taken into consideration. Thanks Joe
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    06-23-2019, 10:14 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Also what is your OAL of the loaded rounds?
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    06-23-2019, 10:08 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    35, how do you keep your boolits from thumping back into the case as neither one has a crimp groove?
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    06-23-2019, 10:05 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Guess I was typing when you fella's were posting. I certainly do like this rifle and wonder about its history
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    06-23-2019, 09:55 PM
    bigted replied to a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    Been eyeballin the 401-215B boolit mold from Tom at Accurate bullet molds. I would have Tom cut the second crimp groove deeper for a second grease groove instead of a two crimp boolit. Anybody use this boolit? Should be a great deer boolit with...
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    06-23-2019, 08:48 PM
    bigted started a thread 1873 38 WCF rifle in Leverguns
    I have this old rifle in pretty good shape mechanically. Barrel is fair to good ... describe it as a healthy 6 or 7. Action closes up nice n tight and wood is sound. No deep pitting that bothers anything anywhere. I have loaded 175 Lee TC's...
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    06-23-2019, 08:18 PM
    So getting back here ... srry for the tardyness ... I went back up and read the original post and indeed we are answering the original question ... pertaining to 4Fg powder ... not the n.1 swiss ( do not know what N.1 is ). My impression is a...
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    06-23-2019, 08:02 PM
    Yes you are reading to much into it. Winchester 1890 & 1906 pump guns are fine rifles but they were never intended to be competition target rifles. Match chambers and match ammunition have there place and they do have advantages for specific...
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    06-23-2019, 06:51 PM
    Beautiful rifle. Nice job!!!!!!!!!!!
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    06-23-2019, 05:59 PM
    I am not aware of any major weapons system adoption that did not have some teething issues. I sure it was the same with the 1911. GAO report here https://www.gao.gov/assets/220/210461.pdf pages 10,14, 15 and 16 are interesting. "The first...
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    06-23-2019, 05:31 PM
    The 92 slide failure was a very real issue with standard M882 ball when it was first issued. After the issue first came up we had to track round count and replace slides a 3K. Old slides were returned. Not sure if they did anything else but...
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    06-23-2019, 03:40 PM
    I own and work on a lot of different pistols. I have been a 1911 fanboy for a very long time and that has not changed. About a year ago I picked up a CZ 75 Tactical Sport Orange. That is an incredible pistol. I liked it so much I picked up a CZ...
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    06-22-2019, 11:42 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread BP recoil in Muzzleloading.
    My guess would be the weight of rifles is different. Stock design will be different also and stock and butt plate shape will greatly effect perceived recoil. The RB in pure lead should be around 460 grains with pure. I have never owned a 69 cal...
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    06-22-2019, 09:15 PM
    Man this just keeps gettin betta and betta. Keep em coming folks, my blood is boilin to go squirrel huntin. Weapon is equal temptation between my old scared up 10-22 and my old 45 TC Hawkins muzzleloader. I even have learned a new call for em ......
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    06-21-2019, 07:42 AM
    Thank you for your memories. These are cool and great stories. I look forward to many woods walks just to see what can be scared up. Just the thought of simple pleasures has me chomping at the bit. In my imagination, I see a small fire with a...
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    06-20-2019, 10:17 PM
    Ahhh fish! Yep ate my share of .22 sinker trout. Even roasted a steel head a time or two. My first salmon was snagged on a .22 lure.
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