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    Today, 12:49 PM
    Okay, that makes sense but... more questions... Are you sizing the lead for each different bore diameter or using same diameter smooth boolit and changing paper wraps and/or thickness for each bore diameter? Have you got a lathe or access to a...
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    Today, 12:30 PM
    Remove the wood, boil or steam like a rust blue. Turn it into bluing.
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    Today, 12:24 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Tobacco Seeds in Our Town
    I don't know if I have any seed left here or not. I was growing three varieties. They do take a lot of care to start. This is a bit late in the season, but you could probably get them to produce well yet. Look for a tobacco growers forum....
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    Today, 12:20 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread 2020 Census in Our Town
    Being a Luddite, I was waiting for the paper copy. However, so far I have received three mailings telling me there was going to be a census. No kidding? Why didn't they just send the damned thing in the first place, rather than wasting the paper and...
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    What diameter are you looking for? It'll obviously be no smaller than the O.D. of the driving bands in the mould and likely at least a couple thou larger by the time you machine/ream out the lube groves. Are you planning to swage down after...
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    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    You can buy reamers from McMaster Carr in readily available sizes at 0.357", 0.3575", 0.358", 0.3585", 0.359", 0.3594", 0.3595", 0.360" for about $15 to $30 and use a drill press then hand turn to remove a gas check shank. Ben has posted info on...
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    Yesterday, 12:49 PM
    Before you start to grind on anything, try different followers. That can solve the problem many times. They all may look alike, but they aren't. Maybe one from a Spanish Mauser that had been chambered for .308 would work. Also be sure to ram...
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    It seems that the leak was the problem. Who leaked?
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    04-03-2020, 11:21 AM
    Save your bear oil for cooking. When I spent a summer experimenting with various lubes, bear oil fouled out fairly quickly. The one that surprised me most was whale oil. I had seen it mentioned fairly often in old journals. It fouled VERY...
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    04-02-2020, 03:21 PM
    On that basis I wonder if 0.678" or 0.662" RB's might do even better both being lighter. 0.678" is a "convenient" size in that it is just right for many standard shotcups. 0.662" is a bit undersize but patching or paper wrap solves that. Mind...
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    04-01-2020, 09:39 PM
    I doubt solid slugs or round balls obturate at all even if cast from soft lead... at lease none I have recovered show any signs of obturation but hollow base slugs cast from even fairly hard alloy do obturate! I even had some thick skirted slugs...
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    04-01-2020, 09:30 PM
    "Pain is temporary. Memories are forever!" BT the pain part is probably right but you may be rethinking the "Memories are forever!" when you get a little older... Wait, what was I saying? Did you call me or did I call you?
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    04-01-2020, 12:27 PM
    For hunting, a dried moose milk patch works fine for your first shot.
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    04-01-2020, 12:24 PM
    Go back over it with 320 and stop there.
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    04-01-2020, 10:37 AM
    Yes indeed, very nice!! Wouldn't a 0.715" RB be a better size for patching? I guess thick cloth on the 0.690" should work fine too. One fellow posted here that he had patched 0.690" RB's into shotshells like muzzleloading and they shot well. I...
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    04-01-2020, 10:05 AM
    Yes, after H&H introduced the Paradox gun there were several makers that copied the idea and/or made fully rifled versions. I'd have to look back to check but there were variations in rifling, twisted oval bores and other. Some of the makers: ...
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    03-31-2020, 10:18 PM
    Well I guess I have old timer's disease! I'd swear I posted and I am sure I wrote a post but maybe didn't submit???!!! Or maybe I post it in the wrong thread??? Oh well! Anyway, to carry on some with the Paradox and rifling info... I have...
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    03-31-2020, 06:03 PM
    Velocity is close enough to the .375 H&H, it would most likely fit the bill. You WOULD be firing more than just a few rounds.
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    03-31-2020, 02:42 PM
    I'll second comments about pre-heating the mould and keeping pins hot (as in cast fairly fast and steady). Hot boolits drop of hot pins. I find that cold pins result in sticking but boolits drop right off hot pins with my Mihec moulds... even...
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    03-31-2020, 02:25 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Breech Strength in Muzzleloading.
    Never say never but...you might want to read chapter 22 of The Complete Black Powder Handbook by Sam Fadala. He had a test barrel made up in .58 cal. at only 1" across the flats and worked up to 500grs. of FFFg BP and three 600 gr. Minies with no...
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    03-30-2020, 07:38 PM
    Duplex load... slingshot??? Tell me more!
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    03-29-2020, 05:33 PM
    bluejay75: Just a reminder... I'd like at least one set of extra 0.080" skirt pins for sure. If they aren't stupidly expensive I'll get 2 sets. That's for #2 on the list ~ thesmiths at telus dot net Thanks, Longbow
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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