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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-16-2018, 09:56 AM
    That's the right way to do it. Also notice the notch on the front of the cock. If you guns don't have that, get out a file or Dremel and do it. It directs fragments away from the eyes, and helps split the fired cap for easier removal.
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  • longbow's Avatar
    06-15-2018, 07:48 PM
    Well there you go! A guy can learn something every day! And here I thought the 429422 was somewhat different in form not just HB. I wondered why 5 grs. lighter for the "same" boolit. Not sure if it is the case here but my understanding is that at...
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    06-15-2018, 10:50 AM
    Yep, they do that. People around here open the hoods of the vehicle when camped in the back country. The pack rats prefer enclosed spaces
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    06-12-2018, 09:26 PM
    I've got no particular interest in the Keith boolits but have seen this discussion, and sometimes arguments, about what is a true Keith style boolit and whether Lyman or H&G is it. According to the "history" here: ...
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    06-11-2018, 09:50 PM
    If that Lyman 385 gr. is the 457124, my old 1895 liked it with smokeless or BP. I shot a lot of them. Wish I still had that gun! It was a 1970's vintage Marlin and was a victim of my need for money to go to college. It shot well and liked that...
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    06-10-2018, 12:40 PM
    As bedbugbilly says... if it ain't broke, don't fix it! It doesn't matter why it works if it works. However, being a curious sort, I like to know why. My opinion only is that if dimpling does improve accuracy it does it due to closer ball to bore...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 11:30 AM
    I didn't find much, if any difference in the roughened balls. Both the smoothbores I have at the time shoot like rifles, so what would I do with a bit more group tightener? If I am on target, they are going to hit.
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    06-10-2018, 11:10 AM
    Okay then I missed something. In your post #7 you said "12S3 wads + .662" RB +.140" card = one tight fit!" Not sure how a 0.662" RB naked can be a tight fit in a standard wad. I've never used the Federal 12S3 wad because they are not locally...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-09-2018, 08:55 PM
    I don't think it was made for trade, as the gun has much nicer engraving than the Chief's grade guns.
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    06-09-2018, 08:43 PM
    I'll say petals are shearing in the choke... my thought anyway. The only petals I've had shearing are with 0.690" RB in my 12 ga. Generally petals do well. So, I have to think that the forcing cone isn't an issue as I've had good results with 0.662"...
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    06-08-2018, 08:09 PM
    If you have a light payload don't skimp on Blue Dot. It likes a heavy payload or heavy powder charge. I found that 36 grs. under a 1 oz. ball left unburned powder in the bore. I'd look to a faster powder for light payloads rather than...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-07-2018, 10:36 AM
    Steel wool will not cause a problem, as long as you let the previous layer of finish dry completely before rub out.
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    06-06-2018, 07:56 PM
    Try cloth patching the ball into the hull with wad inserted... much like patching for muzzleloader. I pre-tear square patches from an old cotton shirt that runs around 0.010" when slightly compressed. The ball/patch/wad fit to bore is a stiff push...
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    06-04-2018, 09:18 PM
    Is the Tri-Ball load legal there? Not really sure what you would call it... is it "buckshot", multi slug load or multi ball load? If they call it buckshot then it has to fit legal buckshot size but if multi slug/ball load does it? I mean if...
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    06-04-2018, 12:14 AM
    Okay then... Hogtamer pointed out a mistake I am making. I always clean my guns after use. Can't help it. Must be a genetic defect. Now the tape idea I like and I think I may have some friction tape. If the chamber was clean and shiny before it...
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    06-03-2018, 10:19 AM
    I'll go with a "fat" slug. Make the hull bulge to fill the chamber and that's likely the best you will get. I'm also leaning towards a "fat" slug in the bore too for much the same reason. Shotguns have bore diameters all over the place (smoothbores...
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    06-03-2018, 01:48 AM
    I've tried the "stay on" paper patching but it gets shredded in the bore so has a rough uneven surface. For me it didn't work. Better to shed the patch I think but smoothbore shotguns are not BP paper patch rifles so there is no rifling cutting...
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    06-02-2018, 11:54 PM
    I honestly do not know... but I suspect the damage is done before the slug reaches the choke. My enlightenment came after recovering quite a few soft lead Lyman Fosters from deep soft snow. Every one had a different shape ~ noses were cocked...
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    06-02-2018, 10:33 PM
    Yup! that seems to be the standard size range. Too big for shotcup and way to small for bore. I'd be inclined to get the mould bored out to suit your barrel, either bored straight and leave a bit of a shoulder or have 3 or 4 driving bands bored to...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-01-2018, 11:50 AM
    I seem to recall some models of Toyota had a sludge problem. Do a search for it.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    06-01-2018, 11:42 AM
    What are they being installed on? If a gun, bad juju could be in your future.
    12 replies | 683 view(s)
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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