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    07-18-2018, 11:21 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread 777 question in Muzzleloading.
    I try to limit the use of 777 to smaller calibers like the .36 that use smaller powder charges which creates less powder fouling. The 777 residue tends to get a little more sticky inside the bore compared to some other powders, and can create sort...
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    07-14-2018, 03:17 PM
    Perhaps he imported them himself or made a deal on overstocks from the maker or a major importer or distributor. Also, there is not any mention about the production date which can be established by the proof date code that's stamped on every...
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    07-13-2018, 06:25 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread 32 flint or cap in Muzzleloading.
    There's a new product to make your own percussion caps & priming compound. The priming compound needs to be mixed & added to the home made caps that can be punched out with the provided die. There's a youtube video showing the process on the...
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    07-13-2018, 06:00 PM
    Okay! :grin:
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    07-11-2018, 03:20 PM
    Go to https://www.ironsighter.com They have a scope base that reportedly fits on to the screw holes of the rear sight base of the TC Hawken after it has been removed. They sell the base with or without rings and also have see through mounts. ...
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    07-11-2018, 01:52 PM
    Barrel temperature can also affect point of impact with both target rifles and pistols. Having shot .22 Bullseye matches in freezing cold ranges where no warm-up shots are allowed, I would wrap my pistol in a hot gel pack before leaving the house...
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    07-11-2018, 01:14 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread 32 flint or cap in Muzzleloading.
    Since you're asking, I only shoot cap guns myself so I'm biased. And my smallest caliber is a .36. That may be because I also enjoy the .22 rimfires. However, I have enjoyed shooting BP smoothbores down to the .410. They give the option of using...
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    07-11-2018, 12:50 PM
    The returns don't seem to greatly diminish until after loading 50 grains. (26. inch barrel) P.S. By mistake, I left out the distance of the dead coyote head shot with a .32 round ball, which was about 150 yards. According to a source, a...
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    07-11-2018, 03:36 AM
    There's a fellow on another forum who said that he shot a coyote in the head and killed it at about 150 yards with a .32 Traditions Crockett rifle. Here's some ballistics data for a 26 inch barrel. That Pedersoli looks like its barrel is over 26...
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    07-11-2018, 03:15 AM
    It seems that it most resembles the 1st Model or variation of the Colt Walker. The photo in the ad for the auction shows that it has the oval cylinder cutouts and square back trigger guard. Overall it's still a great deal.
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    07-07-2018, 03:36 AM
    Pyrodex P works better than RS in just about any gun, especially if the gun has a narrow powder chamber which doesn't allow the large RS powder granules to flow into it. Magnum caps may also help but really shouldn't be any more necessary than...
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    07-05-2018, 05:30 AM
    Segregating each ball into groups of balls having the same weight might provide an important psychological advantage especially when shooting them together with a purpose. That's one way to psych out any demons and competitors as well as to improve...
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    07-05-2018, 05:08 AM
    I believe that the Douglas barrels do not have "made in USA" stamped on them. But rather the Spanish made barrels would have Spanish proof marks on them as required by Spanish law. USA made barrels are not required to be proofed. This sales ad...
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    07-04-2018, 05:28 AM
    I know a senior, 100 yard outdoor prone league competition shooter, who shoots among one of the best Anschutz model target rifles, with a very high power scope, and a barrel tuner, that's tuned in to fire what is among the very best Eley ammo, that...
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    07-04-2018, 04:36 AM
    Right. There's nothing to disrespect about a private firearms museum in the hands of a private collector. Whether a person has heirs or not, some folks choose to will their antique guns to the NRA. Some guns are so ornate that they are true works...
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    07-04-2018, 03:55 AM
    I don't see why Miniť balls can't be paper patched in order to help them fill the deeper rifling grooves of modern barrels. And some modern barrels have deeper grooves than others. AFAIK, paper patching bullets is fairly specialized and may also...
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    07-01-2018, 05:33 AM
    That's great news. A custom brass round ball mold can be ordered from Jeff Tanner in any size that you desire for a reasonable price. Round ball mould page: http://www.jt-bullet-moulds.co.uk/moulds.html Home Page: ...
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    06-30-2018, 08:20 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Ruger 77/50 barrel in Muzzleloading.
    I don't think that there are very many .50 cal. inline muzzle loaders with barrels under 22". If you can replace the rifle, then experiment with a lighter profile barrel on your old gun, shorten the barrel by only 1 inch, or keep/sell it for...
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    06-30-2018, 08:00 PM
    My Marlin 62 is amazingly accurate at 100 yards with PMC ammo which the previous owner had told me about before I bought it. I once bought a new Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine and an unfired round would repeatedly back out of one of the...
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    06-30-2018, 07:50 PM
    The CZ452 is a very accurate rifle and not picky about ammo. When cleaning the bore, it also seems to be tighter than the other .22's that I've owned.
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    06-30-2018, 07:36 PM
    arcticap replied to a thread Ruger 77/50 barrel in Muzzleloading.
    In the meantime I would continue looking, one is bound to turn up eventually. Keep searching the internet on a regular basis and checking all of the gun auction sites that you can find.
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    06-30-2018, 07:23 PM
    Remington 1858. I read a lot about both before I decided to buy. I knew that I didn't want to get involved with gunsmithing at all if I could help it. I didn't like dealing with barrel wedges on the Colts that I have handled. I'm very...
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    06-30-2018, 04:18 PM
    You are asking for a lot if info. I wouldn't be surprised if it was made by Pedersoli since Navy Arms used to be a major Pedersoli dealer and may still make a DB 10 gauge shotgun. However their updated model has removable Invector chokes which I...
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    06-30-2018, 02:00 PM
    I haven't tried that new Black powder product mentioned in the original post. But I do use different sub powders in different guns and for different purposes. I like to use 3F American Pioneer Powder in my cap & ball revolvers. I do highly...
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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
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HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
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