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    Today, 03:55 PM
    I have this .36 for sale.
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  • longbow's Avatar
    06-23-2017, 07:36 PM
    fecmec: I should have been more specific. I agree that using just card wads is less efficient at sealing having tried it myself. My reference to raising pressure assumed a plastic gas seal and hard card wads rather than a cushion leg. Not only...
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    06-23-2017, 12:48 AM
    Looking good Hal! That 50 yard group looks pretty nice. I wonder if the 75 yard group might be tightened up a bit by roughing up the ball a bit for more grip on the wad... or patching for tighter fit. The wads look good but I wonder if the ball...
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    06-23-2017, 12:36 AM
    Just a word of caution... from what I get looking at load data and comparing the BPI short hull info I have with regular 2 3/4" loads I believe that just shortening hulls, removing cushion leg wads and using hard card wads will raise pressures...
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    06-22-2017, 06:56 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Rough start to the day in Our Town
    When they call and say the call may be recorded, I stop them right there, and tell them they don't have my permission to record me. They have no idea how to respond, and hang up.
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    06-21-2017, 10:05 PM
    BPI lists some short hull loads in there shotgun manual. You might find some in the BPI Load of the Week archives: http://www.ballisticproducts.com/loadoftheweekarchive.htm though seemingly little on short hulls. They do have bulletins though:...
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    06-21-2017, 02:30 PM
    Ha! At our winter sporting and military rifle shoots, cut off temperature is 25 degrees. For the muzzleloader club, no holds barred, if you can stand to be there, we shoot~!
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    06-21-2017, 02:28 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Infuriating!!!!!!! in Muzzleloading.
    Being from Montana, I can say that every wolf you can kill, in any way, is appreciated. RMEF helped bring the damned things back into the state, and they have not seen a cent from me since. We've lost thousands of elk, deer, and moose to them, not...
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    06-21-2017, 12:29 AM
    Can, and will continue building, just going to take longer.
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    06-19-2017, 11:42 PM
    Buy the company, keep me employed. I'm crippled up enough, I have no idea how I'm going to make a living. Can only be on my feet two hours at the most before the pain gets too bad.
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    06-19-2017, 08:30 PM
    If you are punching them yourself you'll likely not have cardboard as hard as nitro card wads so use two or three or maybe even four. Something else that works pretty well is polyethylene disks. The stuff I have is not very thick but stacked 3 or...
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    06-19-2017, 07:01 PM
    I am just finishing the final gun.
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    06-18-2017, 04:53 PM
    Along with the other finishes, there is also a great demand for color case hardening. Just going into the finishing end of the business may feed you better than trying to be a full spectrum gunsmith.
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    06-18-2017, 12:21 PM
    Not an old wive's tale. There was a study done, showing that WD-40 can work into the barrel pores, carrying remaining fouling with it. I've also fixed lots of guns that the owner had used it on the lock or operating mechanism, coated with the brown...
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    06-18-2017, 12:17 PM
    This is a pretty good suggestion, along with bluing. Better to specialize, than to try and be all things to all people. No matter what hobby you turn in to a job, it becomes exactly that, a job.
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    06-18-2017, 11:28 AM
    Be selective on what slug you choose. I started out 12 ga. slug shooting about 45 years ago with slugs cast from shot into cut off CO2 cylinders to make a boolit shaped slug that fit the shotcups but of course no stability from a smoothbore so I...
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    06-18-2017, 11:05 AM
    longbow replied to a poll Am I a youngster? in Cast Boolits
    Just turned 63. Been casting since I was about 14 so 49 years. I used to cast a lot more than I do now mostly because I am much more involved in traditional archery now than I was but still going with casting. I cast for .303 British, .44 mag...
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    06-18-2017, 09:27 AM
    I believe I got it from Track of the Wolf.
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    06-17-2017, 10:33 PM
    I've tried the cigarette roller but found it easier to roll by hand. Different strokes. I don't patch much anymore but was for a while. .30 cal isn't bad to do especially when they're long like a 170 to 200 gr. .303 boolit. I did some 100 gr....
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    06-17-2017, 08:52 PM
    Maybe mentioned but if so I didn't see it... you should pre-heat the mould on a hot plate. Brass moulds like to be used fast and hot... at least in my experience. I pre-heat the mould until the sprue plate lube just starts to smoke which is a bit...
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    06-17-2017, 11:20 AM
    It will be interesting to see if there is any significant difference with slow powder. My gut feel is that the fast powder should (should have) produced higher pressures with the longer crimp. My basis for that is the short hull info I have which...
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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