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  • longbow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    I missed out on this one for a variety of reasons but am interested in other's results. In particular I'd like to hear about field results using the 0.678" (in shotcups) and 0.732" balls in rifled barrels or rifled choke tubes. I'm a...
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Computer video download in Our Town
    I repeat, Chromebook 14 will not support video download from SD cards. This platform runs off of apps and cloud. There has been no program developed for handling video downloads from a camera card. Looking for an alternative computer, not a work...
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    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Computer video download in Our Town
    Nope, that doesn't work. I've been working on this for two months, and it can't be done, according to tech webpages.
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    Yesterday, 01:26 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Computer video download in Our Town
    I already checked, the Chromebook 14 doesn't support this, with no time line for having one available. I'm leaning real strongly towards a Dell Inspiron 15 3000.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:52 PM
    I have a question for you. What do you run for a computer? I got a Chromebook 14 recently, and can't download video to it from my sd card. So, I'm stuck with going to the library and using their antique windows machine, that takes forever to...
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    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    Sharon Barrels did testing many years ago on over loads in their barrels. Heaviest charge was 1400 gr. powder, with 14 patched round balls over that. No failure. The only damage they were able to do on barrels was by separating the ball from the...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:08 PM
    They aren't hard to do, but are not a fail safe. I had one rifle with double cross bolts, that still split. A good idea with a heavy recoil rifle, though.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-20-2017, 12:29 PM
    I wonder what happens with the modern substitute powders? I have no knowledge of the detonation rate of that fake powder. I guess if you overload one, you will be notified by parts of the gun leaving the area at high velocity.
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    11-20-2017, 12:27 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Barrel forging in Muzzleloading.
    A question for the metallurgists in the group. Forging steel with a coal forge adds carbon content to the steel as it is forged. Would the same happen with a propane forge? If it does indeed add carbon to metal by forging, would wrought iron be...
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    11-19-2017, 10:13 PM
    I have pics I downloaded several years ago but they are on my back up hard drive which has yet to be reloaded after a Windows 10 meltdown then a virus meltdown. Lots 'o fun! Anyway, here is a link showing Rapine moulds. Scroll down to the bottom...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:50 PM
    Yep. a soft wood like poplar is a wooly bugger to checker. A good hard wood is needed for good definition.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:47 PM
    I fire lapped a Douglas barrel with LBT lapping compound. Low velocity loads for a half dozen shots, clean, test fire again. I had to fire around 18 rounds to get the accuracy where it should be. When I was cleaning the barrel between trials, I...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:43 PM
    It certainly isn't ideal, however I have had several barrels over the years with very rough grooves. They shot very well, although there was the expected fouling build up.
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    11-19-2017, 01:35 PM
    Dean, I have always figured a .30 bore starts at 180 gr., and goes up from there. I think a 200-220 gr. bullet is probably optimum.
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  • longbow's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 10:18 AM
    There does seem to be a lot of mystery and opinions on lapping barrels. Some say all you are doing is wearing out the barrel. I don't buy that at least for cast boolits, and some reasons, like yours, to repair "damage". Better to try lapping than...
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    11-19-2017, 09:50 AM
    longbow replied to a thread Already ruined a mold in Cast Boolits
    Use wood or plastic if trying to get cold lead out of any mould. Aluminum of any kind is easy to damage with metal tools and Lee moulds are soft aluminum so even easier to damage. The advice to heat the mould until the lead starts to melt is...
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    11-18-2017, 11:15 AM
    Lyman mould numbering explanation here: http://castpics.net/dpl/index.php/the-library/moulds/283-lyman-mold-number-faq
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  • longbow's Avatar
    11-17-2017, 08:38 PM
    Lots of info in the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook for .308 and .30-06 load data. Oddly the Lyman manual references NRA work with this boolit in .300 Winchester Magnum but they do not list load data. In any case, "J" bullet data should be fine.
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    11-17-2017, 08:25 PM
    I have to think cost and the process. For most people shooting within maybe 50 yards if they weren't working up good loads I doubt they saw much difference in accuracy with or without rifling (a guess on my part). Not sure how hard it is to swage...
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    11-15-2017, 09:25 PM
    I hope they have two! I want one too!
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    11-15-2017, 12:04 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Rb patch material in Muzzleloading.
    Blue strip ticking is the standard. I always find the proper mold to work with the ticking, rather than juggling patches.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 12:01 PM
    You picked a good piece of wood to learn on. Poplar will be a bit soft, and be a little difficult to keep sharp, well defined lines, but should cut easily. I do all my octagon barrel inletting with chisels, and a homemade scraper. Takes me around...
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    11-14-2017, 08:53 PM
    You are right on the swage die and I suspect that when the grooves are swaged into the slug it swells to larger diameter. With equal width ribs and grooves if the grooves are 0.010" deep the ribs should displace about the same so a slug that casts...
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    11-14-2017, 08:44 PM
    I have pretty much the same article downloaded but it has pics. It may have followed the info you posted. IIRC I PDF'd that one but it is currently on the back up hard drive with many other things I should reload on the PC. I was also told...
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    11-13-2017, 11:11 PM
    Nice work! Remember to save the chips!
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    11-13-2017, 11:08 PM
    To follow BT's line... and surgical sutures. While the catfish thing could be, I think it does mean a household cat. People had somewhat different views of animals and their uses not that long ago. Wait a minute... weren't we talking about round...
    37 replies | 1312 view(s)
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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