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    Today, 12:20 AM
    Try rubbing the surface of the barrel with cosmoline or a heavy dark grease. Maybe the grease will help darken the light grey finish. I bought a NOS new old stock 03A3 bbl and it was still in the wrap and prior to wrapping it had been heavily coated...
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    Today, 12:07 AM
    Frank46 replied to a thread 45/70 cast bullets in Cast Boolits
    Think I still have a couple of the 486 grain gas checked boolits in or around here somewhere. I recently got a set of pin guages and will try again. And thanks to all. Frank
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    Yesterday, 11:59 PM
    If the potassium nitrate is not pure when it is mixed with the sulfur & charcoal, it will contain potassium chloride. Therefore, the foul in the bore will contain a small amount of the potassium chloride with the potassium bicarbonate. BP foul...
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    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    Just call the store and ask them!
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    Yesterday, 09:12 PM
    No When you flux the melt in your pot, put stir the melt with the with your ladle - it will clean the dross also. Q: What is the melt temperature when the ladle spot plugs up? PS: First ever post with this issue!
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    05-20-2015, 05:14 PM
    Go to the Hodgdon website and read using Trail Boss reloading data to emulate a black powder load. Triple Seven? Using this powder is a candidate for a ride in an ambulance!
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    05-20-2015, 12:06 AM
    Char - Excellent Post! If I may add 3 items to your list: * Never be interrupted when reloading. If your called to dinner - finish what you were in the process of doing * Never reload if you are tired, especially late in the evening doing a rush...
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    05-18-2015, 09:20 PM
    The Lyman #55 ... http://www.midwayusa.com/product/703838/lyman-55-powder-measure I use it's 'father', the Lyman #5 to charger BP 22LR cases with 4.5gr of Swiss Null B ... every crank of the handle is 4.5grs! And the Lee perfect Powder Measure is...
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    05-17-2015, 11:22 PM
    When I was a guest of uncle sam's navy they used what looked like a single shot rifle much like the previous pics. When we did our westpac cruise some of the jokers on our ship when doing high lining for supplies and other goodies would wait until...
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    05-17-2015, 11:11 PM
    Frank46 replied to a thread Get those pesky moles! in Our Town
    Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure. Still like the caddyshack movie with bill murray when he used plastic explosive to get one critter. Frank
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    05-17-2015, 11:07 PM
    Frank46 replied to a thread Local Gun Show in Our Town
    Down here we've always had beef jerky, fancy candles, swords and stuff. Since the places that have had gun shows next town over has changed as they just don't have the room that the other two locations had. Gun show on saturday is like bargain day...
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    05-17-2015, 12:21 AM
    W.R., been following your progress in getting your #4 to shoot. One thing to look out for is that redfield did make the adaptor plates for their high end target sights. I have a few. The one for the martini is basically a flat plate so that means...
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    05-16-2015, 11:40 PM
    Frank46 replied to a thread Get those pesky moles! in Our Town
    Moleasses,sorry had to do it. Never saw one down here. But few rabbits, and snakes. Frank
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    05-15-2015, 11:41 PM
    Frank46 replied to a thread 45/70 cast bullets in Cast Boolits
    Thanks for all your input. I have 4 45 cal rifle molds and every one casts undersized. Only the lyman 486 grain gas checked bullet comes close at .459 on the groove dimension. I shot some out of my ruger #1 and groups were not anything to write home...
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    05-15-2015, 12:10 AM
    Got to thinking today and was wondering about the nose or land riding portion of a cast bullet for the 45/70. Lets take the lyman 485 grain gas checked bullet for example. We all know that we have to size the groove section to about .002 over the...
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    05-12-2015, 09:11 AM
    Are you a bulls eye match shooter? If so, chamfering the ID of the case mouth is an option. The only chamfering I do is on rifle brass that is shot 200yds plus. With BPCR reloads, 0.001 to 0.002 neck tension and no crimping - just the bell tapped...
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    05-11-2015, 11:27 PM
    I have a 6" colt trooper III that I bought some years back. Think I paid about $375 for it. Shoots great when my eyes work like they are supposed to. Back when E bay allowed you to buy gun parts I managed to buy almost a complete set of III parts...
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    05-10-2015, 08:15 PM
    John Boy replied to a thread 38-55 brass in Single Shot Guns
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    05-10-2015, 01:28 PM
    http://www.lehighvalleylube.com/history-of-black-powder-production.html And BTW, the 'Original patented Lehigh Valley Cleaner & Lube' is back on the market Available at Track of the Wolf and Dixon's Muzzleloading Shop...
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    05-10-2015, 12:59 PM
    I gave up scrounging WW's a long time ago due to tire dealers & shops adhering to EPA regulations and more zincs being used. Regularly survey the local recyclers for lino and sheet lead only. Then can alloy nearly percentage except pure lead and...
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    05-10-2015, 12:05 PM
    Aluminum Molds: * Break in the mold by heating to 350 - 400 degrees. Let cool to room temperature. Repeat 2x to 3x times more Then when casting, heat the mold to a temperature so it takes 5 seconds to frost the sprue puddle Any aluminum mold,...
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    05-09-2015, 10:34 AM
    This being your objective, buy the Lyman #2. Then mix 3 parts Lyman #2 with 7 parts pure Pb. Why? This 1:16 alloy is one the better alloys to provide a better slump of the bullet in the grooves - improves accuracy
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    05-08-2015, 10:04 PM
    You might to consider the Mini Groove bullet designed by Dan Theodore. The 535 or 550 gr bullet will shoot the snot out of targets out to 1000yds. Dan designed it originally for Dr Keith Lay. He shot it at the Raton National BPCR Match after it...
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    05-08-2015, 11:36 AM
    Take a look at this post ... http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?264844-Lyman-319289-what-for&p=3080919&viewfull=1#post3080919 I shoot the 319289 and it is a very accurate round in my Stevens 44 1/2 seated with 1/8th of the base exposed...
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    05-07-2015, 11:28 PM
    IMR 4895 back about 1967. I had ordered a 1917 30-06 enfield while i was in the navy and mom got the box and didn't tell dad as he probably would have had a stroke. All my reloading stuff back then would have fit in a 20mm ammo can. Frank
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    05-07-2015, 11:22 PM
    :groner: Another one of these meaningless threads! Mauser - go load bullets instead of seeing how many posts are run up BTW, I charge powder but the 1st powder I dropped, on the bench, was Goex FFFFg back in the 60's
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    05-07-2015, 06:25 PM
    Sprinkle a 'pinch' of black powder on the melt - sparkles and then flames up! :D
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    05-07-2015, 12:13 AM
    David, you may be interested ... I'm putting back together a JM Marlin Ballard, #2 Sporting Rifle, which was originally chambered for the 44WCF. Presently am gathering all the needed parts for it. Will be relined with TJ's 1:18 liner. Talking...
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    05-06-2015, 11:58 PM
    14 out of 25 rounds. Has to be several 'One Holers' in that ragged group
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    05-06-2015, 11:33 PM
    To unfreeze that pin, soak it in a solution of 50:50 ATF & Acetone. Let it sit for a few minutes, then work the handles slowly back and forth ............................................... Machinist's Workshop magazine tested penetrates for...
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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