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  • indian joe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    My muzzle loaders are slow twist ball guns - open sights - they will do the job as far out as I can ethically hit - my 54cal weighs 7 pound neat - 120 grains of FFg - its fun and pretty darn effective!
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    Yesterday, 05:03 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    Charlie if it dont hurt its fun (of course) ................. but a 45/100 with a big boolit has some potential to hurt in a light gun ....I have a good chiropractor but I dont wanna become friends with him .
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    Yesterday, 08:48 AM
    Yup! thats what I have with 348 cases necked up to 45/75 - little donut where the crease of the old shoulder was - not a problem until I load longer boolits (405 grain) then the donut interferes with the boolit .
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    04-01-2020, 11:27 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    Shootin that load in an 8 pound gun might not be fun long term for some of us! I had a little sharps carbine that used to jar my spine (shot prone) with a 500grainer over 65 grains FFFg .....that thing would have bit seriously with a 100of Swiss in...
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    03-30-2020, 11:20 PM
    I used the LEE 180 grain GC in a 94 years ago, it shot fine - ran it full throttle though - old action had been rebarreled with a piece of a 308 match barrel (so the guy told me)
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    03-30-2020, 11:12 PM
    indian joe replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    Mate ------- nothing is impossible to the willing student (read that in an ad somewhere years ago) Take that TC New Englander Barrel, fill it halfway up with FFF tightly packed , now fill the rest of the barrel with tightly rammed dirt - just...
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    03-30-2020, 10:56 PM
    yes to that !!! Pedersoli comes close but five times the price - cast iron - not near as easy to use - The lightweight of the LEE is very kind to my wrists.
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    03-30-2020, 10:44 PM
    Moose milk shot a little damp beats all for target events or plinking - can shoot all day without swabbing between shots or fouling out and needing to clean. Some guys are using MM or Ballistol mixes and drying the patches before using - yeah maybe...
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    03-24-2020, 08:15 PM
    thanks ! The brass knobs have some "cool factor" but shoulda been steel for better wear
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    03-24-2020, 05:05 PM
    mine are right around 2.260 "
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    03-24-2020, 09:11 AM
    yeah we had a rather good day there! cant do it consistently about twice that size is more normal (and still not so bad) that Uberti has a darn nice barrel.
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    03-24-2020, 12:48 AM
    some of us have gotten spoiled with aluminium molds (particularly the twenty dollar tag on LEE molds) Not a case of one or the other being better - but they work differently for sure (my molds are about half each with a couple of cast iron ones as...
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    03-23-2020, 10:10 PM
    I made this for mine (not the eyepiece thats a parker hale I scrounged at a shoot for ten bucks) Sometimes (not often) when we get our stuff together we can do this Pulled one a little high and right - a habit I have been unable to...
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    03-23-2020, 10:08 PM
    yeah mine is 28 inch - if I fill that mag up with 405 grain loads is about all I can do to shoot it offhand! theres a lot of weight out front for a little guy (5'8" and wrong side of 70)
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    03-23-2020, 09:51 PM
    Yes it made a nice boolit - carries plenty of lube - I shoot blackpowder exclusively in this gun so dont need a crimp groove - the nose is too long to use it for smokeless - I wuz gonna do that and I cut a batch of cases short so I could crimp into...
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    03-23-2020, 01:27 AM
    You fellers have got me hooked what possible "Genuine Reason" could I have for wanting a 50/95? (we need to have a Genuine Reason for licencing downunder!) some 45/75 test numbers - yeah we off thread but this will make me feel better:mrgreen:...
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    03-18-2020, 09:41 PM
    I have a pocket navy in 36Cal (the stepped cylinder one) made a trigger / bolt spring for it from a piece of alarm clock spring - didnt think I had the skill required to temper a spring so I drilled the screw hole with a diamond burr and shaped the...
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    03-15-2020, 08:34 PM
    1) I started with an ancient Nuttal lathe (pre ww2) flat belt drive - only came with a 4jaw chuck - that was good - it made me learn to set up stuff correctly with a dial indicator - that old girl paid for itself doing farm machinery repairs ...
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    03-15-2020, 08:02 PM
    I even barred myself from the local gunshop for three months so someone else could take that lever gun away ------wandered back in one day and there it was hangin on the wall .....just waiting..................................I really needed an 1886...
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    03-15-2020, 04:53 AM
    yeah so did I till the next one came along.
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    03-15-2020, 04:51 AM
    I built a nice little 45 flinter for a mate of mine (no fancy stuff just used cheap parts) we were about the same build and I built it to suit me - 40inch 13/16th barrel - when he passed I inherited it - it shoots nice and I do ok with it. I like em...
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    03-12-2020, 06:42 PM
    With time for a bit of Googling I found this to be a common problem. But, I cannot justify buying a $900.,00 rifle with a floppy barrel. /QUOTE] hmmmm never seen this nor heard of it before - must be twenty Uberti's in out local BP club. ...
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    03-12-2020, 06:35 PM
    Its a one piece affair - these are not the best arrangement but I wanted to keep to what the rifle had originally - the whole thing is just cut out of a solid piece of steel - then shaped (lots of filing and polishing - but took less time than you...
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    03-11-2020, 07:57 PM
    I had an older rossi 92 in 357 -- the front sight was part of the barrel band on that one - missing when I got it - I made one from a hunk of 1/2inch flat - made the blade wider than standard then just cut a decent size square notch in the back...
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    03-10-2020, 11:11 PM
    We proly gonna see as much variation in pressure and velocity between (say) Swiss and Scheutzen (of same kernel size) .....as we will see between FFFg and FFg in any one brand ..its not that critical for normal loads in a modern gun.......however...
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    03-10-2020, 04:20 AM
    yep after being lost in the forest for a good number of years - looks like theys gettin back towards where they were thirty five years ago when they made a couple of really good proper muzzleloaders.
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    03-09-2020, 01:15 AM
    Fly I bet our hair has turned from black to grey (or fell out) since those conversion cylinders were a hundred bucks - I've been interested in them for ages and I reckon the first price I saw was around 250 - most of the price of a cheap capgun at...
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    03-09-2020, 01:08 AM
    I am shooting High DensityPE wads (cant locate the Low density stuff downunder) would you expect the same - similar - less - nil - effect? Grease boolits though
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    03-07-2020, 08:21 PM
    Mike A friend of mine had this problem with a new (then) 44/40 Rossi ------it was the cartridge stop - I think the spring behind it was jammed up with shipping grease or something like - If the stop is functioning properly it will not release a...
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    03-07-2020, 08:11 PM
    Yeah I never heard of a headspace problem with these - hard to imagine that - dont believe its a factor at all. But I have personal experience with the fail to fire (and heard others with the same) the firing pin deal fixed it - maybe a thorough...
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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
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