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    Yesterday, 05:57 AM
    Nice rig.
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    12-14-2018, 12:00 AM
    Perhaps if a very small, strong mini-magnet were placed inside the hammer cup, it would make contact with the small pistol primer before the cup "lips" hit the tubing. They're made in several different mini-sizes and can be ground down if needed to...
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    12-13-2018, 11:43 PM
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    12-12-2018, 11:49 PM
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    12-11-2018, 09:31 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Powder? in Muzzleloading.
    I use different powders for different types of guns, basically depending on how hard the powder and guns are to clean and whether I want to keep corrosive powder out of any of them or not. Pyrodex P (pistol powder) for .45 & .50 sidelock...
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    12-10-2018, 11:30 PM
    Maybe you have a bad batch. Try some in a different rifle and if they are that weak, then contact CCI and report the defect. They should arrange to have them picked up and replaced since they can cause a barrel obstruction which can be dangerous....
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    12-10-2018, 11:23 PM
    A couple of posts on RFC mentions that carbon build up can interfere with the firing mechanism of Weatherby's: Post #47: "...They like most semi-autos like to be kept squeaky clean or they won't fire. Pay special attention to the inside of...
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    12-10-2018, 10:38 PM
    IMO every barrel and kit are different, and every person may have a different opinion about which method to use to finish the barrel. Not everyone would draw file or defarb the barrel. It really depends on the characteristics of the barrel, a...
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    12-10-2018, 12:41 PM
    I was thinking that too. Even .22 CB's will usually shoot farther than 10 yards, but some can have lower velocity than a pellet gun.
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    12-08-2018, 11:44 PM
    I've seen folks either modify grips or make their own grip panels for guns that have grips that are too small. Especially target shooters who go to great lengths, including having custom grips made. I don't know why some outfit like Pachmayr...
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    12-07-2018, 02:31 AM
    Yes, I believe that Euroarms was bought out by Pedersoli, at least the remaining machinery. It was something that Pedersoli had announced. At the time folks were hopefully awaiting the reintroduction of the Euroarms Rogers & Spencer revolver...
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    12-06-2018, 12:58 AM
    I'm very glad to hear that it worked out. We often take it for granted that a scope mount will be available until we need to find the right one. Now that you found one make a lot of smoke and have fun!
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    12-05-2018, 09:55 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread How much graphite? in Muzzleloading.
    I think that it's added to commercial powder to help it flow better. The thread doesn't specify the exact amount, because most folks prefer not to use it. But a couple who do mentioned inexact amounts and methods for adding it: 1. "Once you...
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    12-04-2018, 11:58 AM
    The REAL bullet doesn't have a skirt but rather a flat base with a slightly beveled edge. REAL stands for "Rifling Engraved At Loading". The Lee Minies have a skirt.
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    12-03-2018, 08:29 PM
    Yes, I'm relatively sure that the Yukon is the same gun just rebranded. I found a 1 piece scope base for the Yukon from many sources but the same one is not listed for the Genesis. However, I think that it's important that the screws fit the...
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    12-03-2018, 03:42 AM
    The Pedersoli manual recommends a .445 ball and a .010 patch for their .45 Kentucky pistol. That would seem to indicate that you should try a .015 patch with the .429 ball in your .44 caliber pistol. You can also use a slightly larger ball...
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    12-03-2018, 03:24 AM
    Here's 2 threads someone posted about the custom drop in .58 barrel that was made by Bobby Hoyt from scratch for his TC Renegade flintlock. It has a 1 in 70" twist and he shows test targets with different loads. He also shows detailed photos of a...
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    12-03-2018, 02:32 AM
    Yes, that resembles the rifle that I've seen at gun shows in the past. But I did not recall that model being made to use a 209 primer. In photo #2, to the right of where it's stamped "made in Italy" there is a circle with a palm tree inside of...
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    12-02-2018, 03:40 AM
    I agree with Loudenboomer in principle. Blackhorn 209 was primarily intended for use in inlines along with sabots. The powder needs a good gas seal and the most direct type of breech plug design to obtain the best ignition. Not only have I read...
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    12-01-2018, 01:59 PM
    Correct, I usually only barely or very lightly snug the nipples of my Pietta Remingtons. From the shape of those cones, it looks like they sent you a set of nipples that should have been rejected. And I've never seen any rejects like the 2...
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    12-01-2018, 01:10 PM
    Most all of the research about lead contamination of hunting meat involves lead particles that spread from bullets that are fired from high powered rifles. Those high velocity bullets tend to fragment and disperse lead to a much higher degree than...
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    11-30-2018, 01:20 PM
    The average case capacity of the .45 acp is approximately 26.7 grains of black powder by volume. If someone where to insert a primed .45 acp cartridge case into the chamber of their .45 acp center fire rifle and then load enough powder through the...
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    11-27-2018, 03:42 AM
    I recall seeing an Italian plunger style inline with a wood stock and a blue barrel that resembled my Lyman Cougar at a gunshow on more than one occasion maybe 5-10 years ago. The Cougar was made by Investarms and was on selling for $150 new old...
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    11-26-2018, 02:45 AM
    My hometown has a wonderful 98 acre park where I grew up living next to that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. I used to know most every nook, cranny and tree in the park as it was very much my playground, like an extension of my backyard....
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    11-25-2018, 06:20 PM
    That's a relatively fast twist for a .50 muzzle loader which pretty much limits a person to shooting conicals with hunting loads. Patched balls can often strip the rifling if pushed too fast. Hornady does make a sabot with .480 round ball called...
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    11-25-2018, 06:04 PM
    Many discontinued guns increase in value. One blue Savage sold for $650 at the end of Oct. on Gunbroker and another SS model currently has a buy it now price of $700 with a $500 opening bid required. The prices seem to be based on demand. I...
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    11-25-2018, 04:05 AM
    arcticap replied to a thread CZ 455 varmint in Rimfire Area
    Thumbing bullets into the chamber is a practice that I've routinely done with .22lr bolt actions when sighting in and during light rifle and other informal .22LR matches. When loading directly from the magazine and then ejecting without firing the...
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    11-25-2018, 03:45 AM
    I don't have a problem with eye relief with a scoped Mossberg 640K because its stock has a longer length of pull, and the rear sight has been removed. I have more of a full length scope but there's plenty of shorter compact scopes to chose from if...
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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