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    01-24-2020, 03:51 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Hull vise? in Casting for Shotguns
    You might do a search of Petander's posts. he made a very simple plywood clamp. He cut a narrow strip of plywood, drilled a hole to suit the metal head on the hull at one end, slit from the other end (handle end) to the hole. Works like tongs but...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    01-24-2020, 11:07 AM
    You are doing something wrong if you can't get a group as good or better with cast.
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    01-23-2020, 08:42 PM
    BB: If I could get that Marlin 512 across the border i would take it off your hands! Unfortunately that can't happen. Too bad! I hope someone appreciates that gun! And I am sure you will have a buyer in no time. Good luck. Longbow
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    01-23-2020, 12:02 PM
    I have several rifles I built that have never had a jacketed bullet in them. As long as you have good fit and lube, the cast will shoot fine without any special process.
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    01-23-2020, 11:57 AM
    One reason they may have not had much to say, they may have not known much. When I worked for a company doing AK47 compliance conversions, I was the ONLY real gun guy in the shop. It was a job for trained monkeys, and that was what was working...
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    01-22-2020, 12:39 PM
    The more you shoot them the more accurate they (you) are. I have a Ruger .22 semi auto that I can go out to my hundred yard rest, and hit an 8X10" gong pretty much of the time. We shot our .44's and .45's at a 960 yard target during a break at a...
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    01-22-2020, 12:29 PM
    I worked for three gun companies. Don't expect to make much money. There aren't many true custom shops anymore, as the younger generation seem enamoured with black guns now. Learning to actually build guns takes a long time. I've been at it for 40...
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    01-19-2020, 06:29 PM
    Yeah, you are right, I was thinking those obturator seals were the ones with the holes through. My mistake. I was looking at the same ones Uncle Dino uses not the ones you showed. Hadn't finished my morning coffee so my eyes weren't fully open! ...
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    01-19-2020, 06:27 PM
    My Marlin 1894 slugs at 0.4315" and I use no less than 0.433" and up to 0.435" boolits generally as cast with no chambering issues and good accuracy. I will say that the Marlin seems to have a large/sloppy chamber and I have taken to "neck sizing"...
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    01-19-2020, 01:06 PM
    That's the gas seal I linked to. Tried to order some from Canadian BPI and somehow they couldn't figure out what it was even though I used the part number. Never got them. That and some buffer and maybe with Teflon or Mylar wrap should work. I...
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    01-18-2020, 12:36 PM
    That's why I suggest the buffer. So the grommet centers the ball when inserted and the buffer supports the ball at firing. Things change shape when subjected to 10,000 PSI accelerating them out a barrel! I agree, rubber will squish and the ball will...
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    01-17-2020, 11:04 AM
    +1 for try it. If it is inside the shotcup it will not be exposed to any significant gas pressure and no heat. There's always a little blow by but not enough to do damage. If you can find a grommet with a small enough hole and thick enough to...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    01-16-2020, 12:37 PM
    I found his method works well with flintlocks, too.
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    01-15-2020, 09:24 PM
    As mentioned, some people seem to have success when cutting wad petals to the ball's equator but I am not one. So far I have been a complete failure at getting 0.690" RB's to shoot accurately. I have tried: - cutting petals - naked on hard card...
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    01-15-2020, 04:12 PM
    While it seems a popular method of dealing with oversize RB's/thick petals, it hasn't worked well for me. Mind you, I didn't play very much. You may have to try a little long to a little short to compare accuracy. The goal is to keep the RB...
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    01-15-2020, 01:22 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread windows 7 is done ? in Our Town
    When I got my new computer, I took it to the shop before I even turned it on. Had them scrub every trace of Windows and install Linux. Zero problems since then.
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    01-14-2020, 12:47 PM
    What I have collected but not used yet: From Slug R Us for Hammerhead slugs (432 grs. to 463 grs.): http://slugsrus.com/Load-Data-12GA.html The last load listed is for Green Dot though not one of your powders of choice. Some info I...
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    01-14-2020, 11:37 AM
    Leather dye will work, assuming the ramrod isn't too oily. I use ferric nitrate on new rods to darken them. You would do yourself a favor to find a split hickory ramrod if you want it to last.
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    01-14-2020, 11:31 AM
    Well covered! I agree, the lock is the key. I have one rifle I kept track of, and on the first flint got 176 shots from it before it got too short to use in that particular rifle any more. If the lock geometry is correct, they last a long time. You...
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    01-14-2020, 11:22 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Light rust in bore in Muzzleloading.
    I'm starting to think that color is from the WD40. That's the color it turns when it oxidizes a bit. With that little bit of discoloration showing, I wouldn't even worry about it.
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    01-14-2020, 11:20 AM
    Pretty much any hardwares store that carries plumbing supplies should have them.
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    01-14-2020, 11:17 AM
    I used a company in Florida years ago to blue a stainless rifle. Can't remember the name. It didn't really come out blue, more of a murky looking blue-grey. I didn't care for it. Never heard if the customer liked it or not, but that's what was...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    01-13-2020, 07:19 PM
    Faustus: These guys have a variety of full bore slug moulds: https://tatvcanada.com/?product_cat=moulds and here is a "standard" Foster slug mould that may be a bit shorter to better suit your space limitations: ...
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  • MBTcustom's Avatar
    01-13-2020, 06:55 PM
    Exactly. That's what I'm doing now too. I'm curious though, How sweet would buckshot be if it were cast of premium metal and then nickle plated? I've never messed with nickle plating before, but it sounds interesting.
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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
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