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    Today, 10:50 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Lyman or lee in Casting for Shotguns
    I use my MEC Sizemaster when loading slugs and the wad fingers do the heavy lifting even with full bore slugs They generally go in pretty easy. Can't say whether fold crimp or roll crimp allows more hull reloads as I kinda mixed mine some and...
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    Today, 03:35 PM
    He is good, and has been a teacher to me for 35+ years of gun building. I'm happy I can teach him a few tricks now and then.
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    Today, 11:12 AM
    It's Tim Mitchell, who I will say is a better gun builder than I am.
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    Today, 11:10 AM
    It sounds like a lot of inter related issues. One easy answer, no problem with the half cock. Put on the cap, let down the hammer, bring it back to half cock. IF it's only going to half cock, DO NOT drop the hammer on it until the fix is found....
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    Today, 10:47 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Shipping cost in Our Town
    USPS DOES track. Here is the info from a package I sent yesterday; Expected Delivery by THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017 by 8:00pm
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    Today, 10:42 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Building a dock in Our Town
    The barrels will work fine. Like has been said, make it wider for stability and space. I'd go 6' minimum, and would prefer 8'.
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    Yesterday, 08:34 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Lyman or lee in Casting for Shotguns
    Yup! I cut the gas seals off some Pacific Verelite Blue wads for over powder seal (better to buy gas seals if available) then hard card wad column to set the ball at proper height (1/2" hard card wads from BPI) with 1/8" nitro card wads as required...
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    Yesterday, 12:38 PM
    Denny is anxiously awaiting a new flinter that one of our members is building for him. I suspect once he gets it, he won't be doing as many videos!
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    12-10-2017, 10:02 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Lyman or lee in Casting for Shotguns
    In my experience 0.735" RB over a hard card wad column with a plastic gas seal over the powder produces pretty consistent 3" to 4" groups at 50 yards for sure and possibly 10 to 20 yards further still being pretty good. By 100 yards it is a...
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    12-10-2017, 09:09 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread The last North Star in Muzzleloading.
    There is a sticky in this section on shooting smoothbores that will answer your questions, I believe. With no rear sight, i generally match or surpass my rifle scores at matches, shooting at the same targets. In most of the shoots in this area, no...
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    12-10-2017, 07:40 PM
    Last spring, when I was finishing up the last of the orders for North Star West and Matt Denison, I got a idea, and called Matt. I asked him if he would be willing to make me parts for an Early English Trade gun, in exchange for pay of the last...
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    12-10-2017, 06:11 PM
    Okay then... I didn't read carefully enough! "and about .388 inside the case mouth" so not .416 Strauss but likely .375/.303 which I have to think is somewhat different than .375 flanged express. Seems to me JeffinNZ has written about .375/.303.
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    12-10-2017, 06:01 PM
    Yes, thanks for that! It is always good to add more info to the library especially when it is is "different" info like this. Variety is the spice of life! Longbow
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    12-10-2017, 05:58 PM
    Yup! Looks like a bit of wobble going on there alright. I'm surprised the tail wads would separate. How tight is the fit into the hollow base? Maybe some epoxy into the cavity then the tail wad would help? Hmmm, epoxy might be too brittle so...
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    12-10-2017, 12:47 PM
    Hah! I was way off base then! I obviously didn't realize this was a muzzleloader. I thought it was one of the break action single shots. Oops!
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-10-2017, 12:00 PM
    Boat and Aircraft stripper from Sherwin Williams will work.
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    12-10-2017, 11:50 AM
    Better method I came across I've used for the last few guns I've blued. Get a section of 4" pvc, long enough to put the metal in. Get a plumbing flange to fit the pvc. This will be your most expensive part, around $25. Find a pot that this will set...
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    12-10-2017, 12:45 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Tacking a stock in Muzzleloading.
    I'm talking about the hollow domed tacks. What you used are classed as nails.
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    12-09-2017, 08:07 PM
    What is the caliber? I've shot round balls in my .44 mag Marlin 1894 but prefer my relatively lightweight Accurate mould 43-165B at 165 gr. The balls seemed to go a little squirrely with anything other than very light loads. The Accurate boolit...
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    12-09-2017, 06:34 PM
    Might be .416 Strauss: http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2009/05/30/416-strauss-a-303-wildcat/ There's been a few discussions on .303 wildcats over the years and the Aussies seem to have the market on most. I thought about blowing them out...
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    12-09-2017, 01:08 PM
    If lead is sticking likely the lead and/or ladle are too cool... that is if the lead is freezing on. If you are getting a dangly bit of "skin" then dross your pot. Put some flux in and stir vigorously. You can use flux (commercially available),...
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    12-09-2017, 12:58 PM
    Those hot melt glue boolits are being shot with mouse fart loads as far as I understand. Full pressure loads squeezing that glue against a shotgun bore will leave you with a bore full of glue in my opinion. Of course trying a shot or two would...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 11:25 AM
    Rifles .358 Win. 8x57 .375 H&H .45-70 .62 .40 6.5X55
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 11:19 AM
    Probably the best solution.
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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
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