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    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Projectile question in Muzzleloading.
    . IDK about conicals, but I used .535" PRB's in my T/C .56SB (smoothie) - which was plenty enough accurate & powerful to take deer to at least 100yds (I hunt in tight quarters, aka buck bedrooms - where 50yds is a long shot) .
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    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Float the carcass across...…………. BT, DT - NTS. Just stick a couple of large balloons (un-inflated) in your pocket B 4 hunting. Then, if you get a deer, field dress the deer, insert balloons inside the body cavity & inflate them as much as...
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    Yesterday, 11:06 AM
    Muzzle rain guards (aka: medical finger protectors): https://www.traditionsfirearms.com/product/muzzleloading-rain-gear-a1330 https://www.cvs.com/shop/cvs-health-rubber-finger-protectors-30ct-prodid-310269?skuid=310269 Nipple rain...
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    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    IF you decide to keep it, IMO you have a few different options - but they all require some work. 1) The barrel can be shortened & re-crowned. (except for bench shooting, I wouldn't want a barrel 40" long anyway - YMMV) 2) The barrel can be...
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    Yesterday, 10:32 AM
    . A nice triple-header, for sure ! .
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    07-19-2019, 10:41 AM
    pietro replied to a thread My latest project in Muzzleloading.
    . Could you please explain why you changed the stock bottom line at the toe ? . :) Was the recoil pad too short to continue the line through the pad ?
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    07-18-2019, 10:47 AM
    pietro replied to a thread 327 & 32H&R magnum in Single Shot Guns
    . Just like a .22RF, shooting ammo that's shorter than the original chambering will eventually do two things: 1) Build up a crud ring that will make chambering/extracting the original/longer cartridges much harder, if not impossible. 2) The...
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    07-18-2019, 10:42 AM
    . The 1870-1900 Stevens Tip-Up action was a one-piece steel casting with integral upper & lower tangs - but it's center section is thin. All Tip-Up barrels were made with extra metal under the chamber area to accommodate the pivot pin &...
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    07-18-2019, 10:29 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Reboring a 1899Sav in Leverguns
    Thank you...….. :) .
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    07-17-2019, 11:11 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Reboring a 1899Sav in Leverguns
    . Actually, IMO there's nothing a .38-55 can drop that a .30-30 cannot. I use my .303 Model 1899-H, which has .30-30 ballistics (and a .308" boolit), and has taken everything I shot it at...… .
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    07-14-2019, 09:15 PM
    . You might want to look into mounting a set of wheel on one end of the case...…. ;) . :D .
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    07-14-2019, 09:13 PM
    . I cap my percussion rifles, add a plastic cap guard (which seals the cap between nipple body & cap edge from moisture) if rain is expected; then place a piece of leather between the (carefully lowered hammer and the cap (the leather will fall...
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    07-13-2019, 09:03 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Slop in trigger of 94. in Leverguns
    It's normal, as the trigger was designed to float so that the trigger safety plunger (actuated via closing the lever) would positively engage/block the trigger. .
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    07-13-2019, 08:54 AM
    . Nice job ! Now U R a gunsmith...…… :D .
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    07-12-2019, 11:50 AM
    . IMO, provided normal safety procedures are followed, new or antique muzzleloaders can be safely shot at any distance they can reach, and/or can accurately impact the intended target (IOW, not miss by a wide margin, downrange). IME, as a...
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    07-12-2019, 11:35 AM
    . IIRC, the extractor doubles as a bolt stop when the bolt removal process isn't done, and so you may have a worn extractor/sear assembly, or something inhibiting it's full travel. If you watch the extractor as you pull the bolt back, you'll...
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    07-11-2019, 09:45 PM
    FWIW, AFAIK the .45 Colt, .454 Casull both have bores that use .458" boolits. IMO, your accuracy issue is caused by using boolits that are under bore size, and more viable for a .45ACP than a .45 Colt/.454 Casull. A smaller diameter pure lead...
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    07-11-2019, 09:36 PM
    . Be sure to test fit the sight you intend to install, as (if it's not new) it may not fit the female dovetail slot very well - and support the female dovetail's side while the sight is drifted in/out. If the sight blade goes in too tightly,...
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    07-11-2019, 09:30 PM
    Yeah - use a BCS (beer can shim ;) ) I camo any visible edges of mine with a black Sharpie. .
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    07-10-2019, 10:24 AM
    In that case, since the patchbox itself has gone walkabout (the inletting for one indicates it's a Hawken stock), the issue brass has most likely been darkened with cold blue (BT, DT - NTS) - which can be polished off/bright. .
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    07-10-2019, 10:13 AM
    . I don't have a pic, but I removd the barrel band on one of my #3's and reshaped the forend into a duplicate of the Ruger #1's Alexander Henry schobble tip (below) I simple reshaped the FE tip to match, and refinisged it - but left the FE...
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    07-09-2019, 10:38 AM
    . You've most likely gotten a T/C Renegade stock. The T/C Renegade, similar to their Hawken, was issued with blued/blacked furniture and no patch box or forend nosecap - a Hawken in it's working clothes, if you will.
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    07-08-2019, 06:41 PM
    pietro replied to a thread Rossi slug gun in Single Shot Guns
    All Rossi break-open single shot buttstocks are interchangeable within the same action size. .
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    07-08-2019, 06:32 PM
    . I've routinely made my own barrel dovetail slot fillers from just about any old longleaf rear barrel sight, which I usually buy a bunch of from a gunsmith who usually has a scrounge box full of them.
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    07-07-2019, 11:09 AM
    . At least you've got the "E" on it already.... ;) .
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    07-07-2019, 11:02 AM
    pietro replied to a thread Sling suggestions in Leverguns
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    07-06-2019, 09:54 PM
    Yeah, but.....yeah, but.... was it a .300 Savage ? :D .
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    07-06-2019, 11:23 AM
    FWIW, it will help to avoid that issue if the revolver is allowed to roll back in recoil for each shot - E-Z-Peazy with a SA revolver.. If the cap issue is from a loose cap fit, the usual solution is to install Treso nipples; as they are of a...
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    07-06-2019, 11:03 AM
    https://www.muzzle-loaders.com/accessories.html?manufacturer=96 .
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    07-06-2019, 10:56 AM
    pietro replied to a thread 22-243 loads in Leverguns
    . The .22-.243 is based on the .308 Winchester family of cartridges... Here's a good article on it, including handloading for it: https://www.ballisticstudies.com/Knowledgebase/.22-243.html .
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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