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  • Gunlaker's Avatar
    Today, 09:40 AM
    I've owned a number of Miroku built 1885's and they were all quite accurate. I've never owned an Uberti 1885, but I've heard more than once of people getting rifles that won't shoot. If I had to choose only between those two I'd pick the Miroku...
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    09-11-2018, 05:55 PM
    The burnt residue on the case mouth is from an inadequate seal which allows pressure to leak past the case mouth back toward the case head. Annealing might make it go away. Sometimes it just seems to be due to a powder with a lower burn rate. ...
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    09-08-2018, 07:08 PM
    I think I worded my reply poorly. I did ditch the 0.463" wads for the 0.460". I've also played with 0.450" and 0.454". For Dan's chambers you don'y really need to do much. Just a full length size followed by squeezing the necks own a little...
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    09-08-2018, 02:57 PM
    Yeah the 0.463" wads are a very tough fit, and of course they don't sit very flat with a .454" inside case diameter. When Dan was working with his PP chambers ( same ones I'm shooting ) he believed that a wad that sat flat in the case, and was...
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    09-08-2018, 01:54 PM
    RFD, I sometimes compress with a 0.030" wad before adding the LDPE for basically the same reason. I also use LDPE wads that I cut myself. The ones my Cornell press mounted cutter makes are 0.460" while the wads I've bought from BACO are often...
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    09-01-2018, 09:23 PM
    I'm using an older RCBS trimmer and it's not very consistent either. Chris.
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    09-01-2018, 09:22 PM
    Richard none of them are quite minute of angle, but many are getting close to that in vertical. I'd say those groups are not really atypical if I'm having a decent day (i.e. not pulling shots) and wind/light conditions are good. I have shot worse...
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    08-31-2018, 10:59 PM
    Richard I would just fireform them with a regular load. If you look at this link and scroll to the photo at the bottom you can see how well one of my .45-70's shot with new brass. http://www.bcsingleshot.com/DansStuff/DanPaperPatch.html ...
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    08-31-2018, 09:53 AM
    Kurt, you are close for the PP reamer specs except there is no freebore. He also had a .45-2.4" reamer spec for groove diameter PP bullets which had freebore. Chris.
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    08-30-2018, 07:18 PM
    RFD, I guess I could give my input on your other questions. -what rifle action type? ( 1874 Sharps & 1885 Winchester ). -brass brand? ( Starline ). -do you need to reform new brass to fit the chamber before loading? ( I size them and...
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    08-30-2018, 07:15 PM
    I have a few rifles with Dan's PP chambers including .45-70 like Keith's. I don't remember ever having cases stick. I use 0.060" poly wads and often anneal. Dan's chamber design is quite different than Brent's. Chris.
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    08-29-2018, 09:50 AM
    Sounds like you and I are doing pretty much the same thing. When I cut my patch strips I use a thick aluminum plate with some spacers and a straight edge so they are pretty consistent. Before wrapping bullets I mark where the top of the patch...
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    08-28-2018, 09:00 AM
    I just had a thought. When you guys say you have a patch width of 7/8" do you mean that this is the width that you cut the patch? Or is it the distance along the parallel shank that you patch to? I measure the distance along the bullet shank...
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    08-27-2018, 10:05 PM
    Don, I just realized that you are using 7/8" wide patches, or 0.875". That is longer than the shank length on my BACO 446535 Money bullet. I actually patch to 0.760" on that one :-). On the 446545 Money bullet I patch to 0.860". I guess we...
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    08-27-2018, 06:37 PM
    Interesting. That's quite different than mine for sure. My C. Sharps rifles had around 0.1" freebore. Chris.
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    08-27-2018, 05:05 PM
    It was actually pretty enlightening. The load did not lead when I wiped with a mixture of water + oil, but as soon as I tried it with pure water as a wiping solution then I noticed it. Not a lot, but during cleaning tight patches would come out...
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    08-27-2018, 04:13 PM
    I think you'll be able to find a good load with any of those granulations. I use Swiss 1.5 but just because use it in most of my rifles. It was pretty easy to find good loads for my .45-70 Shiloh Sharps rifles. If I wanted to shoot long range with...
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    08-27-2018, 04:07 PM
    Possibly less resistance in the bore? Just a guess. Be a little careful with short patches. There was a time several years ago when there was a lot of talk on the Shiloh forum that short patching was the way to go so I gave it a try. They...
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    08-27-2018, 04:04 PM
    I also agree with much of what has been said. Jack up that powder charge to fill the case. A very clean/dry bore between shots is super important when shooting PP if you want top accuracy. Are you seating it very shallow, like 0.1" in the...
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    08-24-2018, 04:27 PM
    Don although I only have a half dozen or so PP molds I keep a lot of grease grooved ones around too. I want to make sure that if Dave G. needs a new truck he's never going to be short of funds :-) Chris.
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    08-24-2018, 10:09 AM
    My C. Sharps rifles have always had fatter chambers with some freebore. I've always found it easier to get good accuracy from my Shiloh rifles. All of my .45 cal Shiloh rifles shoot the Buffalo Arms 458535M bullet very well. This bullet will sit...
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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