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    11-25-2020, 07:23 PM
    I would just carry on melting and fluxing with the pot full of alloy then try using a hardwood stick to do a bit of scraping once the alloy is melted. The oxide layer may gradually break up and float off then can be scooped out of the pot. I get...
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    11-24-2020, 10:11 PM
    It wouldn't hurt to try them. At worst they won't be accurate. I found the Win AA Red wads had petals that were too thick for any slugs or balls I had so petals sheared and accuracy was poor. Also, the gas seals seem to fail easily with slugs....
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    11-24-2020, 08:52 PM
    Is there a casting season? For me... winter, spring, summer, fall or as mentioned above... when I need boolits! I've cast in weather as hot as 100F and as cold as 5F. I prefer cool or cold weather but cast when I have time or need to. ...
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    11-24-2020, 08:43 PM
    Agreed but there is a difference in the with muzzleloader that patch is stretched onto the ball at loading and is trapped all the way down the bore then is directly exposed to the full gas pressure on the way out while still trapped, where with...
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    11-24-2020, 08:23 PM
    Not sure if you guys know about Castpics but lots of good info there. http://castpics.net/dpl/index.php http://www.castpics.net/subsite2/default.html Some seems to work and some not but this is working - Ed's Red: ...
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    11-24-2020, 02:31 PM
    I've shot up to 50 rounds from the bench with that light gun. OUCH! I'm usually somewhat punch drunk after a session like that. I do use some padding on my shoulder but even that doesn't make up for several pounds added to the weight of the gun.
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    11-24-2020, 01:12 PM
    Some just shoot like that. I've never got good bench accuracy from my smoothbores. I had an Interarms 7X57 that wouldn't shoot from a bench, but was tack driving deadly off hand.
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    11-24-2020, 12:59 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Buck surrendered in Hunting with CB's
    Thanks!
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    11-24-2020, 12:59 PM
    What msm said! "A standard 1 ounce slug in a Tracker II makes a 375 H&H seem like a pussycat." Most of my slug shooting has been with an old cut down Cooey single shot that doesn't weigh very much. Hefty loads produce attention getting recoil!...
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    11-24-2020, 12:58 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Buck surrendered in Hunting with CB's
    This is a copy of the hat Charles Bent wore when he was running Bent's Fort. John Stetson also used it as his original pattern, Boss of the Plains. Most hats companies sell under that name, but are nothing like the orginal. 4" brim, 3 3/4 " crown. I...
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    11-23-2020, 09:30 PM
    Did you not get the Lee loading data sheet with your mould? The wads they list should be a reasonable fit for most guns. Here is a link to the PDF: https://leeprecision.com/files/instruct/SM%203529.pdf Another good place to look for loading...
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    11-23-2020, 09:04 PM
    Yes, nice to see something like that available again. I was hoping CVA or someone else who makes single shot shotguns would bring out a rifled version and especially with heavy barrel. The MSRP though is $543.00 US!! Much as I'd like one if they...
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    11-23-2020, 03:05 PM
    Well, some have claimed 3" to 4" accuracy to 100 yards with smoothbore and slugs but I think that is optimistic to expect that consistently. I have as yet to achieve that... consistently. I can say that I shot a group of between 4" and 6" at 100...
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    11-23-2020, 01:38 PM
    Not sure what sort of accuracy you are expecting but I doubt you will get any better than 3" to 4" groups at 50 yards from smoothbore using a hollow base slug. My good round ball groups run 3" to 4" at 50 yards and are better than any other home...
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    11-23-2020, 12:23 PM
    I tried a batch of Rich Pierce's Burlington Chert flints. Good price, they worked. But. I got a LOT more wear on the frizzen than with English or French flints. Chert is harder, and I suspect that is what the Kentucky flints are, as true...
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    11-23-2020, 11:51 AM
    That sounds like a .338 Federal.
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    11-22-2020, 05:05 PM
    Okay, I just wanted to make sure you weren't drifting too far from acceptable data or unaware what a primer change can result in pressure wise. Assuming your pressure is okay, my experience with Lee slugs of both 1 oz. and 7/8 oz. is mediocre...
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    11-22-2020, 04:45 PM
    FullTang: Your experience has been my thought as to what I figured would happen but as you can see there are varying opinions and experience. Did you recover any patches to examine? I can buy into Nobade's patched ball directly over BP as...
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    11-22-2020, 12:34 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Barrel Seasoning in Muzzleloading.
    My point on hot water was it seems to set the fouling harder, than if you use lukewarm water.
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    11-22-2020, 12:32 PM
    For a 300 yard bench rifle, I would go with .38 caliber. Read Ned Roberts!
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    11-22-2020, 12:21 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Turkey recipe help in Our Town
    For a bit of smoke flavor, no matter what I'm cooking on the BBQ, I just cut a few small branches from the nearby tree, and put them on the coals. I can reach a maple tree from my deck, so that's what I use. Makes a great steak.
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    11-21-2020, 05:08 PM
    Yeah... my plan would be to use a plastic gas seal over the powder then hard card wad column. Possibly cutting petals off a wad then putting a couple of 1/8" nitro card wads on top then the patched ball would work too. My main concern is keeping...
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    11-21-2020, 05:00 PM
    Okay... you lost me a bit. When you say "there is nothing between the wad cup holding the 7/8oz slug or .7 oz (15 #4 buckshot) shot. The wad with payload is just pushed down onto the powder." and you mention Aguila mini-slugs I am thinking you...
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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"
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