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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 08:06 PM
    Load a few dummies with the as-cast and unsized bullet. If the dummies chamber easily in your rifle without forcing the action closed, and you can extract the loaded round without severely marking the bullet or rubbing the cartridge case, they are...
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    Today, 02:56 PM
    I have no pics. Two canisters were dug up from an old stone house being restored, dating from War of 1812 near Ft. Washington, MD on the Potomac. Smithsonian got one, the other went to Naval Ordnance Station, Indian Head, which is where I got to...
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    Today, 10:57 AM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 45 ACP leading in Cast Boolits
    If leading with LLA a bullet of adequate hardness (12-143 BHN) does not fit the barrel, and is likely too small, or could be too soft <12 BHN. Have you cast your chamber? What is the largest bullet diameter which will chamber freely and feed in...
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    Today, 10:45 AM
    The solids weigh 155 grains and the HPs 147. With the .15" diameter core pin and 15 degree draft angle the cavity would be a cone of max depth potentially 4 times diameter or 0.6" if extended completely to the interection of lines in a sharp...
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    Yesterday, 11:23 PM
    The issue with the Lyman/Ideal HP molds is that the cavity geometry is incorrect to expand well at low velocities. The quality of current Lyman product is not up to snuff. IMHO you would be wasting your money. Re-read my earlier reply which...
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    Yesterday, 08:18 PM
    w30wcf was indeed the late John Kort who wasthe great mentor to us of all. Thanks for posting the link to his black powder .38 Special thread. I enjoyed reading it again after all these years. You can take the contents there as gospel. The most...
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    I have used British musket powder dating from the day of the Brown Bess, removed from its original lead canister which was still good. The full canister as carried on a packhorse in its canvas sack weighed 25 pounds, containing a wee bit over 3...
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    07-13-2020, 10:14 PM
    Furthermore it is often done wet with a water soluble lubricant such as Johnson 700 wax-draw. If you had an old-style Ideal roll crimper designed to be used in a drill press you could have the punch machined to a full-radius hemisphere and just use...
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    07-13-2020, 09:52 PM
    The 1861 date is when the original muzzleloader was made. The breechloading conversion dates from early 1870s depending on the mark. Very common for long guns to be cut down for shipboard, artillery and cavalry use. The London gunmakers also made...
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    07-13-2020, 01:15 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Federal #100 SPP in Cast Boolits
    Back in my Bullseye shooting and PPC days those and the Remington 1-1/2 were the preferred primers. They tend to be more sensitive and are better choice for target or PPC guns having light replacement springs, bobbed hammers and other nonsense...
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    07-13-2020, 01:00 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 1873, 1892, 1894 in Leverguns
    The key to getting long case life reloading .45 Colt for these modern guns with pregnant chambers is NOT to use a modern FL sizer die! Instead, only decap the fired using the Lee Universal decapper. Then lightly flare with an expander plug which...
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    07-13-2020, 12:43 PM
    If the receiver is marked DP it isn't always a hopeless case. It depends upon why it was marked for Drill Purpose. I have seen Long Branch DP receivers which Magnafluxed fine, had no cracks and the lug seats in the receiver were not buggered up,...
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    07-13-2020, 10:49 AM
    I agree with NoBade. I would caution you that most of what you read in the various prepping and survival forums regarding loading black powder for TEOTWAWKI is pure entertainment fantasy, written by Walter Mitty wannabe bar room commandoes who do...
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    07-13-2020, 10:34 AM
    Nobade is correct, but to clarify your other questions. Pure lead is more difficult to get well-filled out, defect free castings because it requires a higher melt temperature which increases oxidation and which does not flow as well to fill out...
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    07-13-2020, 05:52 AM
    FISH4BUGS replied to a thread price of lead in Our Town
    I have no idea what lead costs. I still have some 1500 lbs or so of wheel weights (free when a friend sold his tire shop) and 250 lbs of linotype and 150 lbs of stick on ww's. I think I am all set for a while. :)
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    07-12-2020, 07:44 PM
    In my Ruger .45 ACP revolvers and also in the S&W M1917 and Colt New Service I use Accurate 45-240H1, which has a long nose and reduced seating depth to maintain maximum powder capacity. This bullet casts 240 grains in Lyman #2 alloy which is...
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    07-12-2020, 07:24 PM
    Getting 800+ fps with a 158-grain bullet in .38 Special using modern solid head cases and black powder I don't think is feasible, but .357 cases would hold the full traditional 21-grain black powder charge which was contained in the old balloon-head...
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    07-12-2020, 04:51 PM
    Cases are not of uniform length, so that the long ones are getting crunched by excessive crimp. TRIM all your cases to 1.280-1.285, the same as new Starline brass, then set up your dies and the problem should go away. Older factory .32-20 cases...
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    07-12-2020, 01:33 PM
    ^^^^What Larry said!^^^^ Also size .309 for the Ruger revolver.
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    07-12-2020, 11:54 AM
    When the black powder is compressed in seating the bullet, it fills the hollow base. Using an HB bullet permits you to load a few grains more powder, but accuracy in heavy loads will not be as good if the skirt blows. I prefer solid-base bullets...
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    07-11-2020, 02:34 PM
    For black and Pyrodex I would mix 50-50 Crisco and beexwax or olive oil and beeswax. But you could also try blending some of your 50-50 Alox-beeswax with equal parts by melted volume with Crisco or tallow and use that. I have done that for small...
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    07-11-2020, 12:47 PM
    Agree that because you already load for the .44 Mag. and have a rifle in that caliber, a .44 revolver makes good sense. I would also like to point out that a firearm doesn't need to be run at full-power all the time any more than any other machine....
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    07-11-2020, 12:19 PM
    The late Maj. Bruce M. Wincentsen referred to the early M43 as the "Civil Service Gun", i.e. "it seldom works and you can't fire it."
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    07-10-2020, 08:56 PM
    Why not find a 3-inch Model 13 barrel and install that? The only "required" barrel marking is the frame serial number. I wouldn't worry about the factory rollmarks cutting off the barrel, but it is helpful to leave the caliber designation...
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    07-10-2020, 10:09 AM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 44 mag subsonic noise in Leverguns
    Ruger 77/.44 my hunting buddy uses 6 grains of Bullseye with 260 Keith for 1050 fps and is very quiet using Gem Tech Tracker supressor Without the can is loud pop, like a cowboy load, not a crack.
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    07-09-2020, 05:53 PM
    I need to sort out some fired Berdan-primed cases from my range brass. I can find a dozen or so no problem. PM me your mailing address and I'll get them to you ASAP.
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    07-09-2020, 05:46 PM
    In the Ruger revolver 7.4 grains of AutoComp. Seating out to OAL 1.24" is CRITICAL as increasing seating depth causes a dangerous pressure spike in a small case like the .40 S&W! The long nose of Accurate slug fits length of revolver cylinder but...
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    07-09-2020, 01:03 PM
    A single ball will shoot low as to point of impact, but OK for close work within 30 feet or so. TWO balls will group closer to the sights. You can load three balls in a .357. One grain of Bullseye and one ball makes a quiet plinker. I...
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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