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  • indian joe's Avatar
    02-17-2018, 09:12 AM
    did you read my post ? I talked about a plugged barrel - I took my splintered post hole gun to an engineer I knew (out of curiosity because I was struggling to believe what I was loooking at) asked his opinion - which he gave as "in excess of 100k...
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    02-17-2018, 08:51 AM
    Its not difficult - time consuming but not so hard - there is a thread on here (in the muzzleloader section) runs almost 100pages - all you need to know to get a feller like you going on it - very satisfying once you get it worked out.
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    02-17-2018, 08:45 AM
    Thanks for the thought but I will stick with black - was always my preferred option in this rifle anyway - and its working well - loading is easy - velocity is good ---getting 1500FPS with my 335 grain boolit - absolutely nothing to gain from...
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    02-16-2018, 11:19 PM
    Here's what I did: the innernet gurus seem to agree that the Uberti repro can do 28 000 PSI. I'm running a 350 gr. FN boolit, seated on 40 gr. of IMR3031. That load, in a 45-70, generates somewhere around 16,000 PSI with a 380 grain boolit and...
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    02-16-2018, 11:06 PM
    Thats all well and good and needs doing - not gonna be enough tho with a 32 + small diameter nipple drum + small ignition channel + homemade powder == you can easy get bridging across the nipple channel that puts you out of action --- a few smart...
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    02-16-2018, 05:25 AM
    ah - huh! you'll figure it out - just gotta take more trouble loading - smack it half a dozen times to vibrate that powder right down through the channel to the nipple base think about screening it finer too - thats an option
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    02-15-2018, 09:43 AM
    friend of mine runs FFFF in a 357 magnum case through a colt lightning repro - a nice solid load no problems - 26 grains I think . 158 grain LEE boolit on top
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    02-15-2018, 09:40 AM
    Black powder is a weak powder ? .......hmmm - under normal circumstances - yeah............... This ole cowboy blew the nipple out of a 3/4 inch wall post hole gun with a half charge of powder - just shredded the metal and tore the nipple right out...
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    02-15-2018, 09:11 AM
    friend of mine runs FFFF in a 357 magnum case through a colt lightning repro - a nice solid load no problems - 26 grains I think . 158 grain LEE boolit on top
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    02-15-2018, 09:03 AM
    1)Just whack it good on the side five or six times when you dump the powder down - if you have not been doing it thats probably enough to get you going - its a good habit to get into with any front loader - wont help at all if the channel is full of...
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    02-15-2018, 12:10 AM
    Guy I asked the same question ages ago and got recommendations to do so - start with trapdoor loads was the story Being the suspicious nature that I am --- I decided to check things first There are two questions 1) its generally accepted...
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    02-12-2018, 04:57 PM
    Buckshot iIf you are into the fun part ? ... yr missing a major part of the fun ....shoot some real gunpowder in it - the cleanup issues are largely in peoples (smokeyless shooters) imagination ..cleanup after real blackpowder is not that big of a...
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    02-12-2018, 07:14 AM
    If you are not, when you load the powder tap the breech of your gun on the opposite side of the powder drum. It helps get a little powder in the drum area for more reliable ignition. YES YES YES! I believe you are thinking like a flintlock...
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    02-10-2018, 08:12 PM
    We actually tested screened vs compressed powder and found that the compressed powder shot consistently 3-5% faster than the screened. I am sure there is a formula out there that would explain it but that kind of thinking makes my head hurt. And the...
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    02-10-2018, 03:11 AM
    I was quite happy with my screened powder in the muzzlelloaders - so long as you load it by WEIGHT - have given some to mates in the club and they give good report too - I rammed the powder before I loaded ball (dont usually do that with bought...
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    02-09-2018, 06:21 PM
    Fly Do we need 5% ?????? The first batch of dextrin I cooked thats what I used and it seemed to work ok second time around (think I must have cooked the cornstarch better or somethin) I used the 5% Dextrin again and it was like working with...
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    02-09-2018, 08:27 AM
    ooooops .might be that works with a marlin -- dont think its a clever plan with a toggle gun --not a good model for hotrodders .
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    02-08-2018, 09:50 PM
    Deuce Is that fer sure a 76 trigger set ??? the mainspring looks like out of a 73 or 66 - is held with a screw ---I thought the 76 took a different mainspring - no screw but just slipped in that retainer notch on the rear tang - thought UIberti...
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    02-08-2018, 09:42 PM
    Overmax the winchester double set was different - if ya look close at the pics posted earlier ya notice there very little room between the two triggers - nobody gonna get a finger in there to pull it back - no - those ones hung close like that ya...
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    02-08-2018, 04:07 AM
    mmmm its a thought - theys a lot of little fiddly parts in that assembly though - the trigger on my uberti was atrocious when I got it - bee u tiful lookin rifle - almost unshootable because of the trigger - gotta wonder about people sometimes -...
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    02-07-2018, 11:35 PM
    it be 45/75 or 38/40 - ya left most of the good calibres off the list!
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    02-07-2018, 11:33 PM
    I choose 44/40 - too bad if ya didnt include that in the options - I have shot the "dash" cartridges since I was ten years old - the supposed disadvantages of the proper rounds in winchester rifles is an illusion - a figment of the overfertile...
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    02-06-2018, 06:36 AM
    Ahhh that would be nice ! what Calibre?
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    02-06-2018, 02:36 AM
    Mine is same without the buttpad (45/75 uberti) Modified a LEE 405 HB mold back to 335 grain (wider flat nose - flat base and shortened by one groove) and it gets 1480 to 1500FPS with 68 grains of FFFg Same mold modified (wider flat nose and no...
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    02-06-2018, 02:15 AM
    Eddie upgrade your sulphur - the other 10% in that mix you have is DIRT - get yellow dusting sulphur 99.9%pure elemental sulphur - should be able to find it in the garden store or a horse supplies/hobby farm place.
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    02-06-2018, 02:11 AM
    KNOH ??????? potassium hydroxide ......................ahhh .......................NO ..................that stuff will burn holes in you .........you want potassium NITRATE ........KNO3....... Eddie I had an old meat grinder (hand powered)...
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    02-04-2018, 10:59 PM
    Joe LEE makes a 535 mold - Double Cavity 90456 - that would be middle of the road fit - I like their round ball molds - no sprue to bother with - I tumble all my round ball in a canvas bag with a pinch of graphite in it - rounds off any...
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    02-04-2018, 09:40 AM
    Joe Thanks for posting that - has me wondering now if the GM boys have drifted their specs a bit over the years? - like I said that 54 barrel of mine is 20years old - I tried a 530 hornady ball and ticking patch (18thou) - that would be a stiff...
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    02-04-2018, 07:59 AM
    No matter what you do or how you do it you will get a range of sizes from mill dust up to whatever size screen you are using (assuming that the oversize stuff goes back in the crusher for further reduction) - this is just the nature of the beast -...
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    02-04-2018, 03:53 AM
    Graphite on powder There are likely a number of reasons for this - NONE OF WHICH IMHO - is anything to do with better performance in a rifle -- 1) the biggie - graphite dressed powder runs free-er into a measure - or out of a can/horn - many moons...
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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
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