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    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    I am surprised your bore is that tight. Marlins are known for "fat" bores though I can't say for sure they go over the SAAMI spec of 0.431" much or often, though my .44 mag. Marlin bore slugged at 0.4315"... but tenths of a thou are a bit elusive. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:36 AM
    While maybe not applicable, my experience to date is that slugs or balls in shotcups should be a fairly easy push through the bore or the petals tend to crush and/or shear. You might actually be better off with the 0.690" RB and if necessary...
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    02-23-2018, 09:39 PM
    I was a bit concerned about 0.735" RB's in 12 ga. So used a dowel and mallet to drive one through the bore of my gun... it took very little effort to start then almost none after. There is not much meat at the equator of a ball. I've shot those...
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    02-23-2018, 09:33 PM
    Yes! Drooling all over myself sums it up! This is impressive stuff to say the least! Cap'n Morgan is definitely on the cutting edge. I'll be eagerly waiting (and drooling) waiting for range reports. Longbow
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    02-23-2018, 01:00 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Buffalo in Our Town
    It tastes like - buffalo! One of the only meats I know that is better eating right from the carcass still warm, than hung and cooled.
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    02-23-2018, 12:42 PM
    That would be your cartridge case, wouldn't it?
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    02-23-2018, 12:48 AM
    Has anyone tried two 0.610" RB's in a 2 3/4" hull? I have a recipe for two 0.690" RB's in (IIRC) 2 3/4" hull but haven't tried it. I got it off nitroexpress.com. Cross referencing to very heavy shot loads it looks acceptable but... Two 0.610"...
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    02-23-2018, 12:33 AM
    Ajay is that a modified Lyman Foster you paper patched in that pic? I used to use the old brown paper shopping bag paper to patch up my Lyman Fosters they were so undersize ~ over 0.020" under bore! Ridiculous! I still paper patch home made...
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    02-23-2018, 12:23 AM
    Not many here using 10 ga. and slugs or round balls but you might look up Bikerbeans posts. He has a 10 ga. slug mould that turbo1889 designed. Seems to me accuracy was pretty good with the slug. From my experiences with 12 ga. full bore and...
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    02-21-2018, 09:49 PM
    I don't have a lot of faith in game biologists. We have a couple here that can't tell a grizzly from a black bear, and insist the flying squirrels we have here don't exist in Montana.
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    02-21-2018, 09:39 PM
    Ammunition clean of lubricant before firing?
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    02-21-2018, 08:44 PM
    Okay but your small bore is 0.715" which is another 0.005" smaller. That is well outside their tolerance. You should slug the bores then check with a micrometer. That will give you a better reading... just to be sure.
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    02-20-2018, 09:16 PM
    What boster and waco said! And luckydawg! I don't ever do much of anything except pre-heat the mould then start casting. Never had a problem with iron, aluminum or brass moulds. My Accurate mould is right up there with Mihec and NOE. Beautiful...
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    02-20-2018, 09:12 PM
    Those will be nicer and much more consistent than my hot melt glue tail wads for sure. How long do they take to print? I think I'd be looking for a little larger than the skirt of the slug as the Lee slugs have too much taper (in my opinion)......
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    02-20-2018, 08:55 PM
    I think you should be getting significantly better accuracy than you are if the fit to bore is good as you say. Something else has to be amiss. Did you recover any wads? Wads will tell a story. If the gas seal is burned or split you won't get...
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    02-20-2018, 12:39 AM
    Now that is pretty slick! Good thinking and good work! What plastic are you using? What diameter is the tail wad? The innovation around here is amazing!
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    02-18-2018, 05:57 PM
    Yes, I'll be curious as to what Pedersoli says. Might be easier to paper patch a Lyman Foster up to bore diameter from 0.705". Different thickness of paper or more or less wraps would do it for both bores. While I haven't tried the Federal...
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    02-18-2018, 01:57 PM
    Well, again, I am surprised there is so much difference in bore diameters. I would figure the bores would be reamed to final diameter which should put them withing a thou or two of each other. Even if the barrels are made from drawn tubing the...
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    02-18-2018, 12:06 PM
    Cap'n Morgan has hit on something there! My biggest problem is air bubbles and shrinkage with the hot melt glue. Using an old press or sizer as a piston pump should provide enough "oomph" to squirt melted glue (or plastic) into a form, though it...
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    02-18-2018, 11:33 AM
    Interesting! I have not seen those before. I have seen the cartridge adapters and I think there are other manufacturers of those but I have not seen the muzzleloading adapters or their "reloadable cartridge". Not quite sure why you couldn't...
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    02-18-2018, 02:57 AM
    If you want a light weight plinker take a look at the Accurate Molds site. I asked Tom to scale down a .45 design to 0.433" it's his 43-165B... a .44 cal. 165 gr. TC design that shoots well from my .44 mag Marlin. Its a great little boolit and fat...
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    02-18-2018, 02:51 AM
    Help me here. So you are using a single shot break action shotgun as a muzzleloader? I used to have an H&R Huntsman .58 that was a converted single shot break action shotgun with rifled barrel and stainless steel breech plug that pushed in. The...
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    02-18-2018, 02:42 AM
    Turbo1889 liked Steel and a few others here have used it. I haven't tried it yet but may if I find some. A search should get you some info. Longbow
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    02-18-2018, 02:40 AM
    Yes, the hb pin is removable. The old style were riveted on place but the new style have a screw. Problem is the drive key... the hb pin has a slit milled in it so a new hb pin would be needed. Not only without a slot but with a shape to suit the...
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    02-17-2018, 08:46 PM
    I'd think you'd want something like 0.010" to 0.018" patch. There's some compression going to happen and more with a thicker patch. But if you have 0.715" bore then you'd want the ball around 0.695" I think. That's close enough to 0.690" to try...
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    02-17-2018, 08:29 PM
    I just looked the Piledriver slug data out for another fellow so thought I might as well share it here too: This was my basis for loading most slugs over 500 grs. I used Fiocchi 2 3/4" hulls, Winchester 209 primers (mild) and built up wad...
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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"
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