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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    The collets seem like a good idea. Do they go down to really small sizes?
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread burnt patches? in Muzzleloading.
    I’ll double check on the lube, but I think only some saliva. I remember when I asked about lube, they said it just gunked up the barrel. I always thought the semolina was to make a seal. Maybe it cleans the bore from the previous shot too.
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    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread burnt patches? in Muzzleloading.
    Maybe you were referring to bird or buck shot. Everyone is using round balls. The other thing is they don’t seem to pack them that tight. The ball and patch can easily be pushed down. Not like a lot of what I see being done on YouTube.
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    Yesterday, 06:14 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread burnt patches? in Muzzleloading.
    What are you meaning “shot load”? Amount of powder? I know they use a lot less than what the gun originally used.
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    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    I have a mini lathe that has really come in handy. However, I find myself making a lot of small parts like screws etc. The jaws are often too big, so I end up having to use a larger diameter piece of stock and cutting it down. I was thinking of...
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    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Barrel length in Muzzleloading.
    I was thinking there might be a difference in the flight of the ball. I didn’t think about the advantage in sighting. That’s a good point. Thanks.
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    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread burnt patches? in Muzzleloading.
    Iím living in France now. Here everyone uses it. Maybe semolina is a more correct term. Equal volume as powder poured on top of powder. I suppose it is to make a seal in place of a wad. If using a patch or not. No lube is used except saliva on a...
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    06-18-2019, 09:56 PM
    Was it down for a second time?
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    06-18-2019, 09:51 PM
    Figuring out a gun is a lot easier than figuring out a woman!
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    06-18-2019, 09:43 PM
    The right thing to do. Now you have to take the responsibility of teaching him how to use it correctly and safely. Supervise it. When I was twelve I did some unsupervised things with guns that weren’t always the safest.
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    06-18-2019, 09:23 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread burnt patches? in Muzzleloading.
    Does anyone use cream of wheat on top of powder ?
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    06-18-2019, 09:05 PM
    Opioids never seemed to help me that much. For short term pain, when I had a hip replacement, Ice was by far the best. I’ve suffered with arthritis for years and Celebrex works miracles for me. If I forget to take it one morning, I sure know it. It...
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    06-18-2019, 08:48 PM
    My 30 cal carbine made by Rockola. It was stolen, so I can’t blame myself, but I really liked it. It would only chamber ball rounds consistently though.
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    06-18-2019, 08:40 PM
    French 1777 flintlock Dragon. Built in 1815. Didn’t go through the wars that many of the older models did, therefore in much better condition. I still had to spend a lot of time going through it to get it as close to new as possible. I plan to shoot...
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    06-18-2019, 08:26 PM
    Talking about accuracy, is length more important in a smooth bore BP gun than in a rifled muzzle loader or cartridge gun? I know a lot of old military flintlocks where long, but always thought that was so the second line of shooters could shoot...
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    06-16-2019, 07:46 PM
    I’ve learned a lot during this post. I recuperate a lot of lead from an indoor range. At the beginning of this post I was thinking, why not see what I can get from the trap range. Now I think I just better let it pass.
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    06-15-2019, 05:26 PM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread What is it in Cast Boolits
    The original Crescent Hammer.
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    06-15-2019, 05:22 PM
    Were you tumbling only the boolits and not the loaded cartridge ? If so did they come out concentric and with the diameter you wanted?
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    06-15-2019, 09:44 AM
    I agree with all the above. Lacquer isn’t a tough finish. I think most industrial furniture produced today is coated with polyethylene. If you’re just planning to use the gun as a wall hanger it should serve well, but any exposure to water it will...
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    06-15-2019, 09:31 AM
    I’ve always heard that arsenic was used in casting shot. If I were melting it, I would make sure I was up wind from the fumes. Not sure if the amount present would be harmful, but it doesn’t hurt to play it safe.
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    06-12-2019, 11:07 AM
    I just saw this and thought I would post it. Please don’t consider me from on side or the other. https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/12/health/glyphosate-cereals-ewg-study/index.html
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    06-10-2019, 06:33 PM
    I had a Lee universal expander, but quickly changed to some from NOE. They’re more precise and I think they help extend brass life.
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    06-10-2019, 04:14 PM
    Why would you want to do it? A .45/70 is enough gun for North America, including Alaska. Sell or keep it and buy another gun, if that’s really what you want.
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    06-10-2019, 03:59 PM
    Sounds like adding more tin and lowering he pot temperature would be the first thing to try. Lee’s moulds aren’t always perfect. You can always try sending it back or hone it a little bit with a split dowel and fine sandpaper.
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    06-10-2019, 03:36 PM
    Iíve been looking at NOEs bushings. I have a bunch of there bushings already. I have always bought the body sizer bushings. Now I want to size down more than the body sizer they have listed, but they have a smaller one in nose sizer. Do nose sizers...
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    06-08-2019, 12:21 PM
    I agree the loss of game probably has a lot to do with, loss of habitats most of all. Probably other things too. The world population is putting a strain on all food supplies. Both land and sea. The agricultural industry is forced to produce the...
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    06-08-2019, 08:50 AM
    Fooled me. I thought you were going to say you went in for milk and came out with a new gun! A little mold on cheese dose not mean the end of the world. A lot of cheese makers look for it to improve the taste of there cheese. That’s what most...
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    06-08-2019, 08:33 AM
    Oh boy that looks good! I often add sausage meat to other meats and I like low heat slow cooked.
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    06-08-2019, 08:24 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Is it a Boolit if in Cast Boolits
    I always thought a gas check still was considered a boolit. You still have to lube or PC it. Are there any competitions that say lead boolits only? What do they say about gas checks?
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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