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    Today, 12:15 AM
    I think "HOT" is required for the Lee buckshot moulds. I dont use a thermometer and am a ladle caster from a pot on a propane stove. However, I know the characteristics of the lead and what is hot. My brass moulds and NOE moulds like much hotter...
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    Yesterday, 08:51 PM
    Can't help with the trajectory thing as I have not compared heavy weight trajectory with middle weight boolits. I couldn't seem to get any sort of decent accuracy past 50 yards or so with boolits over about 280 gr. (keyholes at 100 yards) so...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    I am getting interested in this myself. I've been chasing smoothbore slug accuracy for a long time... or I should say longer than 50 yard slug accuracy, with mediocre success. Some of the Tri-Ball results are pretty impressive to say the least. I'm...
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    Yesterday, 11:38 AM
    Can they be totally disabled? More stuff to go wrong.
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    03-24-2019, 11:12 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread ? scam in Our Town
    Hackers can set up a random number generator to do a million combinations in a blink of an eye. Then they just need to dump the numbers into a system, and see what they hit. That's also how they get your passwords, and telemarketers find you.
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    03-24-2019, 11:01 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Help Needed in Cast Boolits
    I always needed to add a bit more tin to get good fill on the smaller diameters.
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    03-24-2019, 10:50 AM
    It sounds like they may have not neutralized the bluing salts. Scrub it down with Coke or Mt. Dew, and see it it stops.
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    03-23-2019, 09:49 PM
    Randy: Both these slugs shot not badly from smoothbore as is, though as I said, some Nesslers went a bit wild! The TC slugs seem quite consistent and "okay", though not excellent, in the accuracy department through smoothbore. I am ordering a...
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    03-23-2019, 04:59 PM
    Okay then, far from giving up, I have more slugs to test but since results were mediocre with Brenneke'ized Lee slugs I thought I'd try full bore slugs this time. Unfortunately I ran out of hard felt so used one hard felt disk on each and one...
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    03-22-2019, 08:30 PM
    I find it hard to argue with round balls! I like round balls. I have no idea why really but I have always liked the simple lead sphere. So, if it is working for you what's not to like? Considering that they are .58 cal. and no-one seems to think...
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    03-22-2019, 11:44 AM
    Even hard cast bullets expand. Hard cast is just marketing hype.
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    03-21-2019, 07:24 PM
    No quitting here! Just a bit of rethinking and resetting. I will be ordering a Colonial rifled choke tube to put on my single shot to try that just because. I still maintain that one of the biggest hurdles we face is consistency in the wad...
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    03-21-2019, 12:36 AM
    longbow replied to a thread H&R huntsman? in Muzzleloading.
    I had a .58 Huntsman back in the 70's. It shot well. Only two issues I had were the fouling in the breech area which I solved by using a chainsaw file to file a small vent across the breech face of both breech plug and barrel to vent the blowback...
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    03-20-2019, 09:05 PM
    I am beginning to think I am trying too many things! I've tried many types of slugs but so far only a very few that seem to shoot well enough to try again. As you say "...every gun is different." I'm thinking I should pick a slug that "should" work...
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    03-18-2019, 10:13 AM
    May all the ups and downs in your life be under the sheets!
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    03-18-2019, 10:08 AM
    I ask people to throw a tennis ball at a wall, and draw and shoot it before it gets back to you. That's how fast a bear moves, and the size of the brain you have to target.
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    03-17-2019, 11:31 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread shedding in Hunting with CB's
    My old Chesapeake would do it. After I would find a fresh one in the spring I would show it to her, and for the next month or so she would go out in the bush and bring them back pretty regularly.
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    03-16-2019, 09:26 PM
    Well, live and learn! I have not used spherical shot buffer so no experience here. I would not have guessed it would deform hard lead though. Your balls look like they have been roughed up (that may sound rude but really isn't!). Some muzzleloader...
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    03-16-2019, 09:20 PM
    Not 20 ga. but also a surprise. This morning I found a Taofleadermaus video (2 actually) I had not seen. He tested a .73 cal. jacketed HP slug and a .69 cal. Minie in a shotcup with rifled choke tube. Both showed perfect stability in slo-mo! I...
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    03-16-2019, 05:18 PM
    Did you dimple the balls or is that from impact? Looks like the intentionally dimpled round balls I have seen for muzzleloaders. That really is a nice tight group at 40 yards! Maybe makes a better choice than a slug? Have you shot them...
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    03-16-2019, 12:33 PM
    I made the Ed Smith gas check maker but use a mallet, not a loading press (so far anyway). I use 0.019" old gutter material for checks. They extrude a bit but easy to make with a mallet. Might be a bit much for a loading press at that thickness. Not...
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    03-16-2019, 12:25 PM
    That's interesting. I am in the process (long. long process) of making a slow twist rifled choke tube suited to round balls or "square" slugs (as long as diameter so... stubby) having maintained for a long time that modern rifled shotguns and...
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    03-16-2019, 11:52 AM
    I am with you on shot! A crude (or any) smoothbore with large shot is likely a better choice for medium to moderately large game than a poorly formed slug. Again, my opinion only. As you say, shot can be made from many things though probably...
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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
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