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  • indian joe's Avatar
    11-27-2020, 04:50 PM
    use a triangle file and grind or stone one side of it so it wont cut (safe edge file) use a small engineers square in the bottom of the dovetail to keep it aligned go slow!!! this aint hard but it do require patience and care
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    11-26-2020, 02:39 AM
    indian joe replied to a thread Barrel Seasoning in Muzzleloading.
    overnight works ok most times - but I wont use a case - only have the ordinary soft vinyl gun cases - and they WILL rust a gun overnight - bad news those things - I have a couple of suede leather bags for my good guns ........................
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    11-24-2020, 09:14 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Barrel Seasoning in Muzzleloading.
    ok ----got me on a technicality (I was one of the neutralisers) neutralise as in render inneffective ------so water dissolves and flushes out salts we end up at the same place despite the technicality difference ....... "Hot water dissolves salts...
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    11-24-2020, 08:41 AM
    Nothing wrong with putting a better tyre on that wheel!!
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    11-21-2020, 09:27 AM
    I made mine from 348 winchester (was the base case for the 50 Alaskan) Uberti Rifle - check rim dimensions in your rifle before you go messing with that - mine fits fine (I suspect the repros might have been made for the modern brass) Rim diameter...
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    11-21-2020, 08:58 AM
    mine was ok at 100 yards but they fell over sideways somewhere between there and the 200mark - about covered the target paper (2Foot square) . Wano power was part of it those loads only doing about 1050fps --- when you on the edge just a few more...
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    11-21-2020, 08:37 AM
    Maybe I do -----cant see that hole at 200 is a bit of a problem for me.....................;-)
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    11-21-2020, 02:05 AM
    magnum primers were all the rage for BPCR 20 years ago - the rage seems to have faded over the years - been there tried both couldn't notice a difference. I like Federal LR primers they seem to be a bit softer - (need less of a whack to set them off...
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    11-20-2020, 03:52 AM
    fffft tink, and 50 yards is fine!, our problem was at 200yards with a combo that was well tried in close.
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    11-19-2020, 12:12 AM
    the "more tars" thing makes sense - but its cleaner in my guns than the old last century Goex or Wano - good velocity - nice consistency - aint broke dont fix it I reckon. Wood is hybrid willow (tradenamed "Austree" I think) a cross of Black...
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    11-18-2020, 11:52 PM
    We've been shooting a CBE boolit designed for the toggle guns for years - meplat is .310, crimp groove to nose .258 -.260 has worked fine in two 66's, an original 73, two 92's - mostly blackpowder but the crimp groove is located right for...
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    11-18-2020, 12:02 AM
    :awesome:
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    11-17-2020, 11:58 PM
    Up to date I have chickened on tempering springs but reading says the lead pot is ideal temperature to temper at - does that work? I used to watch the guy in the engineer shop in town retempering car and truck leaf springs - he used to run a...
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    11-17-2020, 11:48 PM
    I tend to cook on the cool side - I think ! - 50 gallon fire drum, about six different size cans up to 10 litre size, gets kind of busy and I am impatient, its very much guesswork based on how much smoke is coming out the vent hole I try to...
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    11-17-2020, 11:30 PM
    50 Ak base diameter = .553 458 w base diameter = .513 - the band is still only .532 ----just a tad small to work?
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    11-17-2020, 11:23 PM
    Scuse me butting in here --Starline 50 Alaskan was advertised a while back at pretty reasonable price - I almost bought some on the excuse I could reform them to 45/75 - but I have enough of that already and 50 AK brass sitting there unloved...
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    11-17-2020, 01:52 AM
    Twist rate is only part of the story on stability ---RPM's on muzzle departure is the other part - a lot of unstable loads in slower twist barrels can be fixed with a couple grains more powder (that also has a limit = pressure or your shoulder)
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    11-17-2020, 01:44 AM
    yeah but we dont do this stuff cuz it makes sense ........? do we ?
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    11-16-2020, 12:00 AM
    Would you take a bet that your mate Doug did not put his milk carton wads in the same way each time ?? :bigsmyl2: Most fellers that shoot that well are absolutely consistent with the way they do stuff (even if they seem to be not thinking about it)...
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    11-15-2020, 11:46 PM
    If you have to set the trigger before you can cock the hammer - its not set up quite right - the trigger is leaning on the sear bar in the uncocked position - (Mooman76 got it) either shim the trigger plate out or bend the sear bar (need to heat it...
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    11-15-2020, 11:22 PM
    When I started down this track I think there was about 60 pages on the thread - after some reading I decided Fly's info/advice made the most sense so I followed that and didnt become distracted by others (not that the others were wrong just there is...
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    11-13-2020, 11:11 PM
    I havent done much (four sets maybe over the years - plus a couple muzzleloaders - but they had the barrel channel cut) I found the forend for a winchester more difficult than the buttstock (before I got the mill/drill) I would use an end mill...
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    11-13-2020, 05:22 PM
    ARRRRRGGGGGHHH - I wish you blokes would stop tormenting me like this --- already done a couple searches for 50 alaskan brass -- proly gonna have to ban meself from here for a month :bigsmyl2::bigsmyl2:
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    11-13-2020, 05:17 PM
    do you have a vertical mill ? can use it for a lot of woodwork just a PITA cleaning up after . one of those ball end carbide cutters is ideal for making the magazine tube channel in the fore end .
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    11-12-2020, 10:35 PM
    Well nobody gonna accuse you of not using enough gun!!! My son used 90 grains in his two bander - but that was a coarse slow Chinese powder more like a Fg burn rate - we switched it to homemade Fg - so we about where you would be with 75 grains...
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    11-11-2020, 08:33 PM
    We differ on the breech plug deal (had this conversation before I think :-D) only time I ever pulled one was on a ruined barrel a bloke gave me to see if I could resurrect it - never saw the point in pulling the plug on a decent gun that was working...
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    11-11-2020, 08:02 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Barrel Seasoning in Muzzleloading.
    I'm thinking price might be the biggest deterrent to using castor oil ? - on the range anyhow - moose milk (cutting oil and water) is about as good as it gets for competition PB shooting and is cheap. For cleaning -- the corrosive elements of BP...
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    11-11-2020, 04:36 PM
    correct ! Tough stuff too I made up a jig to oil bend a couple of ML stocks that were too straight (used to pound my cheekbone) the "Brailian walnut" worked fine and I had watched a video of an old master gunsmith bending a proper walnut stock...
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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