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    01-17-2020, 12:02 AM
    Interesting. "Burn dirtier". Thanks Indian Joe. Also thanks for your replies to my queries on that other thread. Take care, Vettepilot
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    01-16-2020, 03:40 AM
    I've read that you can mill your finished powder with bits of Levi material and graphite to polish and finish it. Note that apparently the graphite will slow the burn rate. Also, personally I would only do it with pressed powder; not screened. ...
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    01-15-2020, 10:51 AM
    Common misconception. Regarding velocity and pressure it's the pressure curve that counts; not just peak pressure. Vettepilot
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    01-14-2020, 01:19 PM
    Just for my own education, are pressure concerns the big "bug a boo" against duplex loads? If not, what are the concerns? I will be loading BPCR for 45-70 for a gun that will tolerate 40,000 psi, so I am not too concerned with BP pressure. ...
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    01-14-2020, 01:10 PM
    Hi there Indian Joe, good to hear from you and hope you had great holidays. I ALMOST managed to make my first batch of powder before the holidays, but ran out of time. And now, for various reasons, I am still not yet home from my holiday...
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    01-12-2020, 10:05 PM
    I would be willing to bet money you'll find Willow there. Whether it is the coveted "Black Willow" will be the question. Regarding Tree of Heaven, if you don't find it around Cottonwood, you might try looking along the river up towards Jerome. ...
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    01-10-2020, 02:45 PM
    Yeah, I understand. At some point in the (hopefully near) future I will likely be moving back to northern Az., and will be able to have a look along the Verde River as well. Man, don't ever go camping along that river! I did, exactly one time. ...
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    01-10-2020, 02:29 PM
    All great answers and info guys! Thanks so much! I have the ability to modify that mold if I end up wanting/needing to do so. I am not necessarily against duplexing.... just cautious and considering it. I'll read up some more on it. How...
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    01-09-2020, 06:47 PM
    Lags: Did you ever make it to Cottonwood? According to this, there should be Tree of Heaven there too... https://cals.arizona.edu/yavapai/anr/hort/byg/archive/treeofheaven.html Vettepilot
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    01-09-2020, 02:33 PM
    Thank you everyone for the great information. I REALLY appreciate it. I am limited as to what I can do right at this moment. I am caring for my 75 year old sister that has terminal cancer, and believe me, that's a full time job! (She is...
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    01-08-2020, 09:18 PM
    So, regarding that duplexing. Instead, what of my idea of shooting a BP lubed smokeless powder round through every once in a while during a session to blow out the fouling??? Maybe with a .060" stiff wad under the bullet to help? Vettepilot
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    01-08-2020, 09:13 PM
    Thanks guys. I think I have the loading part down... studied hard and took notes, memorized all the "no-no's". I'm pretty good, and dam careful and a perfectionist at loading. It's the maintenance during shooting that has me bothered. ...
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    01-08-2020, 07:55 PM
    As a matter of fact, I had already read your thread/post, before starting my thread. For whatever it's worth, from my studies and experience, in your case I would try filling the hollow base with soft lube, and use a stiff wad. Worth trying. I am...
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    01-08-2020, 07:49 PM
    I did find this, and found it quite interesting: http://www.longrangebpcr.com/Controlling-Fouling.htm Vettepilot
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    01-08-2020, 07:45 PM
    Well, actually I have honestly been studying studiously all over the web, but can't seem to find the answers to the questions I posed. It seems quite hard to find info for BPC beginners, especially those that are not into competing. There's lots...
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    01-08-2020, 06:06 PM
    Ok, yes, new to BPC and boy do I have questions, but first a little background. I am already a fairly accomplished hand loader, and while I have not (quite) loaded Black Powder yet, I have several general BP manuals, (Lyman and such), that I have...
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    12-29-2019, 04:41 PM
    Holy Cow!!! THANK YOU! You have made my Christmas extra special. I don't know what to say; I am kind of speechless. Thanks SO MUCH! Vettepilot
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    12-29-2019, 04:25 PM
    Yeah, I spent hours searching for a download for it, using Google, Yahoo, and even Bing. Any of them that apparently have it turn out to be false leads when you follow the links. I found it at a used book store for 35 bucks, but just can't afford...
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    12-28-2019, 03:38 PM
    Yes, all reports I've read indicate Cottonwood burns dirty. (Stinks when burnt too.) But I know Cottonwoods need a bunch of water, and I have found that Willow often grows where there are Cottonwood. And there are a lot of huge Cottonwoods near...
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    12-28-2019, 03:21 PM
    Thanks everyone. I have the Lyman Cast Bullet Manual, and Lee's manual, but would like to have the RCBS as well. You can never have too much info/data. Thanks again.
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    12-28-2019, 03:47 AM
    Anyone have one they'd sell a poor old disabled guy cheap? I've looked for hours for a free download, but no dice... You would think there would be considering that it's 34 years old, but nope! :sad: Thanks.
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    12-28-2019, 01:32 AM
    Not sure which one, but one of the specialty companies sells a plug with an "O" ring on it for stoppering the primer hole for measuring case capacity with water. Some people use alcohol because it has less surface tension and thus is easier to get...
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    12-27-2019, 10:46 PM
    Well, yeah. I want to find a source of wood.... I am all geared up to make my own charcoal. I could use some good charcoal for now, but with the outrageous cost of shipping these days, shipping the wood would cost a bundle. Vettepilot
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    12-27-2019, 04:48 PM
    Yeah LAGS, I bet you find some in Cottonwood. https://cals.arizona.edu/yavapaiplants/SpeciesDetail.php?genus=Salix&species=gooddingii Vettepilot
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    12-27-2019, 04:12 PM
    With Arizona being so dry, the problem is often "seasonal wet areas". Willow type vegetation needs year round water sources, and many "wet areas" of Arizona dry up; anywhere from months, to sometimes years! San Carlos Lake itself, and others in...
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    12-25-2019, 11:10 PM
    Yeah, you're right. Some people strip campgrounds bare naked scrounging firewood. Hopefully it'll still be all right out in the "boonies" where the city slickers are skeered ta go.... [smilie=f::-P Vettepilot
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    12-25-2019, 11:01 PM
    Well, here is some info for your area. Might need a lawyer to help decipher it all. You can just substitute the county in the middle of the URL for other Az. areas. https://firerestrictions.us/az/az-maricopa-county/ Vettepilot
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    12-25-2019, 10:47 PM
    Hmmm.... well, things change, and never for the better with the government. On my last two camping trips to the forest with my daughter, (both within the last year), we didn't encounter any problems with wood gathering, but then we always camp far...
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    12-25-2019, 10:41 PM
    In any case, I don't think anyone would bother you for taking a few laundry baskets full of dead Willow limbs, which is what we would want. Now a wood trailer with a cord of wood or two with chainsaws and axes on top would be a different...
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    12-25-2019, 10:35 PM
    They might if you catch the right person. Sometimes the rangers are really helpful, sometimes not so much. One of the University botanical or biology departments would probably know. I am not up on the Arizona wood collecting laws any more. It...
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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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