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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Today, 12:13 PM
    Sharon Barrels did testing many years ago on over loads in their barrels. Heaviest charge was 1400 gr. powder, with 14 patched round balls over that. No failure. The only damage they were able to do on barrels was by separating the ball from the...
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    Today, 12:08 PM
    They aren't hard to do, but are not a fail safe. I had one rifle with double cross bolts, that still split. A good idea with a heavy recoil rifle, though.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-20-2017, 12:29 PM
    I wonder what happens with the modern substitute powders? I have no knowledge of the detonation rate of that fake powder. I guess if you overload one, you will be notified by parts of the gun leaving the area at high velocity.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-20-2017, 12:27 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Barrel forging in Muzzleloading.
    A question for the metallurgists in the group. Forging steel with a coal forge adds carbon content to the steel as it is forged. Would the same happen with a propane forge? If it does indeed add carbon to metal by forging, would wrought iron be...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:50 PM
    Yep. a soft wood like poplar is a wooly bugger to checker. A good hard wood is needed for good definition.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:47 PM
    I fire lapped a Douglas barrel with LBT lapping compound. Low velocity loads for a half dozen shots, clean, test fire again. I had to fire around 18 rounds to get the accuracy where it should be. When I was cleaning the barrel between trials, I...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:43 PM
    It certainly isn't ideal, however I have had several barrels over the years with very rough grooves. They shot very well, although there was the expected fouling build up.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-19-2017, 01:35 PM
    Dean, I have always figured a .30 bore starts at 180 gr., and goes up from there. I think a 200-220 gr. bullet is probably optimum.
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    11-15-2017, 12:04 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Rb patch material in Muzzleloading.
    Blue strip ticking is the standard. I always find the proper mold to work with the ticking, rather than juggling patches.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-15-2017, 12:01 PM
    You picked a good piece of wood to learn on. Poplar will be a bit soft, and be a little difficult to keep sharp, well defined lines, but should cut easily. I do all my octagon barrel inletting with chisels, and a homemade scraper. Takes me around...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 08:18 PM
    I agree with the previous replies. Especially the suggestion to read the Fryxell book! The basic concept is, "The slower the bullet goes down the barrel, the softer the alloy needs to be, and the faster the bullet goes down the barrel, the harder...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-13-2017, 01:02 PM
    So, I have been given the ok to add buys for the other sizes of the 500 S&W mag boolits. However, even though some of the designs are similar, they all use different cherries to cut the cavities. So, each will be it's own group buy. I'll post those...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-11-2017, 07:57 PM
    Your balls will likely shoot better than you are capable of, all factors considered. Our monthly club shoot was today. We have some very good shooters in the club, and no one could hit their *** with both hands today. Some days you are good, some...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-11-2017, 09:43 AM
    I just added my name to the list. Can't really afford a mold at the moment, but the time to get a mold is when they are being made. My elderly buddy in Maine just gifted me his war trophy Japanese Arisaka Type 38 ( 6.5 X 50) and this mold will...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-11-2017, 01:35 AM
    49 days is the maximum before adopting. That is the point that they imprint on an individual. After that they will be harder to train.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-10-2017, 12:01 PM
    Flock shooting? Uhhh......
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 02:27 PM
    I'm getting the same error: This video contains content from SME, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds. You have to pay a licensing fee to do any videos with copyrighted music in it.
    19 replies | 419 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-08-2017, 11:23 AM
    I much prefer shooting steel!
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 02:04 PM
    Congrats, Brian! You have, once again, made us all proud. Swage on, my friend!
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 01:54 PM
    I echo the same answer: Get the setup from BT Sniper. I have quite a few of his die sets, and they all make what even he considers to be HIGH VOLUME production.
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 01:51 PM
    I prefer BT Sniper's version of the ejector. One of the things I have found saves the ejection pin from bending is to apply very slow pressure on the ejecting bullet until the suction in the die is relieved. You cannot do that with a mallet.
    3 replies | 315 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    11-07-2017, 11:53 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Dovetail base???? in Our Town
    Contact Skinner Sights, Andy may have what you need.
    4 replies | 178 view(s)
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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