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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    Today, 03:26 PM
    PCed boolits size easily. Just don’t forget a little lube to make your life easier.
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    08-04-2020, 10:51 PM
    I bought my Marlin in the mid Eighties for bear protection in Alaska. I was cutting a lot of trapline at the time, through sometimes heavy brush. After the second time the original sight got torn off, I went for the Williams peep sight and never had...
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    08-03-2020, 06:24 PM
    My son bought a stainless Marlin Guide Gun a couple of years ago. He started out with a scope, but now wants to go to iron sights. I suggested a Williams peep sight like I have on mine from the Eighties. Is that the still the best bet? Do they...
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 06:39 PM
    Make sure the firing pin is in good shape and long enough.
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    07-31-2020, 11:52 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread New burner? in Casting Equipment
    For those following, that are considering melting lead scrap, a dutch oven is a great way to start. A sheet metal ring around the burner and pot really makes a difference.
    60 replies | 1647 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 05:40 PM
    I may be wrong, but I would never heat a mould and quench it in oil for fear of warping it.
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 02:50 PM
    I think you have a tough nut to crack if you are really looking to harvest meat. Nothing better than a .22LR for a head shot on those those critters. If they don’t stay still long enough, think .410 shotgun. On the hand, if it’s pest reduction,...
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 02:33 PM
    “If you are using a bolt gun, buy a bushing die because trimming sucks.” Can someone elaborate on this statement. I don’t understand how a bushing die keeps you from having to trim.
    19 replies | 1016 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 02:27 PM
    I agree with bangerjim. I don’t light the smoke from fluxing and I often use “whatever”. I’ve been known to use Quaker Oats. As long as it’s organic, you’ll get the carbon needed to do the job.
    20 replies | 444 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-29-2020, 12:38 AM
    This I understand Is important when the powder is not compressed, but when compressed it seems to me that there are no longer individual grains. It’s just one solid block with all the air squeezed out.
    17 replies | 457 view(s)
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    07-28-2020, 11:15 PM
    When loading .45/70 cases with BP, Iím always trying to get the most powder I can fit in, depending on the different combinations of wads and grease cookies Iím trying out. I always compress the powder. I donít see any difference in the amount of...
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    07-28-2020, 10:23 PM
    GregLaROCHE started a thread Sako Brass in Cast Boolits
    I just came across an advertisement for Sako brass. They say their brass is a higher quality than all others. Has anyone had experience with it? Is it really longer lasting when reloading? I haven’t seen any prices yet. Maybe it’s out of this world...
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    07-27-2020, 05:52 PM
    That’s what I do now. The only problem is the oven is small and I find it hard to set them up all the way in the back. I think I am going to try putting them on a second metal sheet and sliding it in on top of he normal tray. There should be less...
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-26-2020, 04:18 PM
    What shape do the grains of Unique have? Granules, flakes or other. How well does flake powder work in a powder measure?
    17 replies | 515 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-26-2020, 03:49 PM
    Iíve used Tu 3000 before. Never got a complete powder burn. They used to make Tu 2000, which should be faster, but it is no longer available. Tu 3000 is also about twice the price.
    17 replies | 515 view(s)
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    07-26-2020, 07:57 AM
    I’m looking for an inexpensive powder for plinking with a 1980’s .45/70 Marlin. Where I am, the least expensive powder is Vectan. I’ve been wondering if I can use a simple base powder like Vectan AO. It’s roughly half the price of complex powders. ...
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    07-26-2020, 07:45 AM
    So many times when I went to slide in a tray of PCed boolits, it would stick a little causing boolits to fall over and often the dreaded domino effect. Subsequently, I have been placing all boolits on the tray in place. This ends up being very...
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    07-17-2020, 04:43 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread New burner? in Casting Equipment
    Don’t forget that the greater capacity for melting you have, the more ingot moulds you will need. It’s a shame to be burning a lot of propane, just to keep the lead in the pot hot, while you are waiting for your ingots in your moulds cool down and...
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    07-17-2020, 04:31 PM
    It’s important to keep track of your lead levels. Mine spiked very high one when I did something I shouldn’t have. A month later they were way down and six months later, the same as someone who normally works with lead. A high spike for a short time...
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    07-17-2020, 08:20 AM
    If you try to dump out your ingots before they have cooled enough, they will break in half and look like that. When it happens to me I usually remelt and re-pour them. No reason you have to, just what I do to keep everything the same.
    17 replies | 870 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-12-2020, 11:50 PM
    There are a lot of good suggestions here. Also, try shooting a few without crimping, to see if you’re getting a bit of a roll crimp, that could be scraping off some PC.
    20 replies | 2132 view(s)
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    07-12-2020, 11:31 PM
    I find using a good sized grease cookie helps a lot for reloading, but as Rfd said, you give up powder space.
    43 replies | 1369 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-09-2020, 02:02 PM
    I’ve gotten the parts moving freely with Ballistol and thought disassembly would be the best way to do a good job. Now it seems like it’s pretty completed. Maybe I’m best off trying solvents and not getting into a complete tear down. I wish I had...
    8 replies | 364 view(s)
  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    07-09-2020, 02:45 AM
    As to why I want to disassemble the bolt, I’ve shooting BP and some found it’s way into the bolt. The firing pin doesn’t move freely and I get a lot of misfires.
    8 replies | 364 view(s)
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    07-08-2020, 05:48 PM
    Can someone tell me where I can find information on disassembling the bolt from a 1980ís .45/70 Marlin. Some info on how to start and in what order to proceed. Maybe with an exploded diagram. I A Good video on the subject would be great. Thanks
    8 replies | 364 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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