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    07-05-2020, 02:51 PM
    There are different types of guns for different purposes. Muzzle loading in general is not all about shooting MOA groups unless you buy the best gun for that purpose. There's different powders and projectiles to try, but muzzle loading is mostly...
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    07-05-2020, 02:20 PM
    I've loaded a similar 225 grain .451 BP bullet and sabot that was made by the Buffalo Bullet Co. It's pure lead and you can view the hollow point. --->>> ...
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    07-03-2020, 02:13 AM
    There was a German Roe Deer hunter who used to post about his kills with a Traditions Deer Hunter on the Muzzle Loading Forum a long time ago. The Roe Deer are quite small, and his set up included a scope and PRB's. He could shoot really tight...
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    07-03-2020, 01:11 AM
    IMO acceptable hunting accuracy is being able to reliably place the first shot out of a cold clean barrel on a paper plate at your given hunting distance. Groups don't matter much because deer hunters aren't shooting groups, they're aiming to kill...
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    07-01-2020, 09:10 PM
    Nothing is ever perfect. It has a medium 1 in 48" twist, a 24" barrel which is carbine length for a muzzle loader, and 777 can be a little inconsistent depending on how much it's compressed. Patched round balls will always shoot a little erratic...
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    06-30-2020, 01:54 PM
    The hammer blew back with enough force to damaged a lock part? When the insert blew out, a lot more gas than normal escaped through the nipple? I didn't realize how those platinum cones were made, but thought that a lot of long range competition...
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    06-29-2020, 07:54 AM
    Place the hammer on 1/2 cock and remove the spent cap before ramming. After dropping the powder into the barrel and before loading the ball, hold the gun angled slightly upward with the drum facing toward the ground, and bump or slap the side of...
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    06-26-2020, 05:58 PM
    Well, maybe you did indeed discover that your test results were correct....that the CCI 6 wingers are weaker. On another day, or with another batch of caps, or testing with another gun, the results could be different or they could be the same....
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    06-26-2020, 03:31 PM
    The Argentina gunsmith's name is Osvaldo Reynaldo Gatto and he has a facebook page and youtube videos. He's one of a small number of people who can build a wheellock from scratch in his shop. His shop is named Armas Antiguas Osvaldo Gatto. His...
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    06-26-2020, 02:56 PM
    There was a young man on youtube who built at least 4 pistols basically from scratch. 2 or 3 parlor pistols and a .22 muzzle loading pistol for hunting. He made the action parts and stock himself and had quite a following of other youth who also...
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    06-25-2020, 04:47 PM
    On page 83 of Dave Ehrig's book "Muzzleloading for Deer & Turkey", he lists some information on percussion caps and primers. #11 standard cap - 6.53 cc of gas at 3,024 degrees F when fired. #11 magnum cap - 7.59 cc of gas at 3,717 degrees F when...
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    06-25-2020, 03:39 PM
    I usually always use 3F in sidelocks. The smaller grains make it easier for the powder to flow into the flash channel for better ignition. Magnum caps can also help. If using 777, you won't need as much powder since it's 10% - 20% stronger than...
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    06-24-2020, 02:39 AM
    I'm glad that Ruger took care of it. They did produce the last several hundred ROA's a few years or so ago, so maybe that's when they produced some of the spare parts. You lucked out, and it's worth it to not have to worry about fixing it...
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    06-24-2020, 02:24 AM
    I saw a test of different 209 primers with inlines where a ramrod was placed in the barrel and the distance of how far each exited the barrel was measured as a comparison. On another note, musket cap strength is supposed to be relatively...
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    06-22-2020, 10:04 AM
    This is another company that makes and sells vent liner screws. --->>> https://www.lehighbullets.com/product/vent-liner-for-savage-mlii-and-all-lehigh-breech-plugs/ Some folks make their own vent liners but it can be tough to drill such a small...
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    06-22-2020, 09:24 AM
    I agree that Blackhorn 209 powder has a lot of benefits since it's the only smokeless substitute powder and is totally non-corrosive. It requires regular smokeless solvents to clean when needed. Some folks have mentioned that it can eventually...
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    06-22-2020, 12:24 AM
    Even though some of the information about the ignition system in these threads below are contradictory, there's still some good tidbits of loading info. to be found in them. While not all guns of the same model will shoot the same, it's pretty...
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    06-20-2020, 09:03 PM
    A poster on another forum used a similar hand reamer and had to trim 1/4" off the end to be able to ream deep enough. He was able to finish 3 of 6 chambers while busting 3 of 6 reamer blades, but the results were good enough to shoot about a 2"...
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    06-13-2020, 10:00 PM
    Listed under conversion services, this reputable C&B gunsmith states that he will reline a Navy barrel to .357 for $150. --->>> http://cartridgeconversion.com/Home_Page.php "Re-line Navy Barrel to .357 $150.00 (includes forcing cone, cyinder...
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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