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  • marlinman93's Avatar
    12-09-2017, 05:55 PM
    Midway finally sent my dies, bullets and brass! So I have two different weight bullets to try and work up loads now. See which weight, and powder charge the Ballard prefers.
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    12-09-2017, 05:53 PM
    .50-70 cases are also much shorter too! Only 1.7" long.
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    12-08-2017, 12:56 PM
    Almost every BP era rifle has very slow twist rates compared to today's barrels. There are many people today trying to fire extremely long/heavy bullets in these old guns, and getting frustrating results form these old, slow twist rates.
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    12-06-2017, 12:24 PM
    I have one here also, but the top tang on mine is marked 1885 vs. your 1878. Same caliber, but the one I have is still an original chamber. I slugged the bore on mine and got much larger at .463" so I need some .464" bullets for it. Haven't fired...
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    12-05-2017, 12:52 PM
    Contact Uberti USA for an answer to where one might be found. They may have one and also tell you a Uberti dealer near you they can ship to. https://www.uberti-usa.com/ But I think I found your problem! I looked at Uberti USA's site and don't...
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    12-04-2017, 07:52 PM
    In that schuetzen style, the only calibers I'd consider would be the .32-20 WCF and the .22LR. None of the other calibers would be a good choice for schuetzen or offhand matches or shooting. That's a great looking gun, and if it shoots well too,...
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    12-03-2017, 05:52 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    I would wonder how the accuracy might be with the .255" bullets and larger .257" bore? But if the hollow base allows the bullets to expand and seal, they might still shoot well.
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    12-02-2017, 09:38 PM
    That's a good looking Roller McClintock! John King is one of the finest single shot gunsmiths around today! Should send the receiver parts off to Al Springer in Montana and have him color case them. He's very good, and reasonable. My #1 pictured...
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    12-02-2017, 09:32 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread Stevens 44 in Single Shot Guns
    Don't have any old Stevens rifles, but I do have a Ballard #3 with a Stevens bore! The gun is in .25 Stevens RF, and marked "Re-rifled by J Stevens Arms" under the forearm, and "25 RF" in Stevens script. This particular bore is like new and measures...
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    12-01-2017, 12:45 PM
    Most modern versions of the Rolling Block are, but most originals were not D&T for a tang sight. None of the original military contract Rollers were D&T for tang sight.
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    12-01-2017, 12:43 PM
    If you're planning on buying one already barreled in .375 H&H, your choices are more limited. The Ruger is easy to find, but I think the hanger on the forearm not only limits barrel diameter, but also has been a point of discussion as it affects...
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    11-29-2017, 12:34 PM
    Cleaning rod or wiping rod are both acceptable. Just not a "ramrod" as I see some people calling them. When I bought my first Pacific at a local auction, the tag said, "Marlin muzzleloader"! It was a clock auction and only 4 or 5 guns for sale, so...
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    11-29-2017, 12:27 PM
    If that sight that LostinIdaho posted is long enough, you might be able to cut the dovetail base off, and then drill it to match the two Remington mounting holes. So it would not require modifying the rifle to use it. Or you could build a base...
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    11-28-2017, 05:11 PM
    I've seen guys solder a aperture ring right into the notch of a typical blade sight. But as mentioned, the hole needs to be larger the farther away from your eye it is. But I like country gent's idea for a rail better! A piece of blank Weaver rail...
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    11-28-2017, 05:04 PM
    A 5 digit serial number is just the beginning of figuring out the year. Prior to 1881 the receivers were marked "JM Marlin" and after 1881 they were marked "Marlin Firearms Co." So if that Pacific #5 is marked JM Marlin it's likely 1880 or 1881, but...
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    11-28-2017, 11:56 AM
    I've never owned or fired a .50-70, and really hadn't ever had a desire to. But I've lusted after this particular Ballard for some time now, and I'm looking forward to the experience of shooting this gun in .50-70! I hope it's as much fun as you...
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    11-28-2017, 11:54 AM
    Your thoughts mirror mine. Since the Ballard is not a high finish gun, I have no problem taking it out hunting, and occasional shooting. Sure don't want to break it, but I doubt that will happen with good loads.
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    11-28-2017, 11:52 AM
    Yes, I ordered more Starline brass from Midway with my bullet and dies order.
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    11-28-2017, 11:50 AM
    Depends on how handy you are with machine tools, or a file. I've seen guys replace the elevated blade on the rear sight with a peep setup by making a peep replacement, or using a spare sight and cutting the blade off and soldering a peep in it's...
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    11-27-2017, 09:57 PM
    Did a complete disassembly and deep cleaning today! Probably never been apart before from what I saw! I got it cleaned up, and then dug out an old Ballard midrange tang sight I had with matching patina. Had to drill out the plug screws with a left...
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    11-27-2017, 04:24 PM
    A few more pictures of my Rollers. This is a #1 I built up from a original Sporting Rifle action, and chambered in .40-65 on a Green Mountain 3.5 weight barrel. Deluxe wood, and skeletonized buttplate. Another #4 a friend built up...
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    11-27-2017, 12:38 PM
    Your picture attachment link doesn't work. All I get is "invalid attachment" when I click on it.
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    11-27-2017, 12:32 PM
    I almost never buy cast bullets, as I have 4 dozen molds. But I decided to first see what the gun likes, so this morning I ordered some 365 gr. .512" bullets after slugging the bore and finding it is almost .511". I also have some bullets a friend...
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    11-26-2017, 08:44 PM
    I'll probably try to start out buying some bullets before I consider getting a mold. I do love to have a mold for every caliber, but until I've fired this one a little and see how it feels, I don't want to buy a mold. And since I own almost...
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    11-26-2017, 06:20 PM
    I advised a friend on buying this Marlin Ballard #4 Perfection about 4 years ago. I wanted it badly, but it was his deal so I couldn't interfere. I did tell him if he ever parted with it I wanted first chance to get it! About 4 months ago he...
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    11-26-2017, 05:59 PM
    If the block wasn't completely closed, the hammer wouldn't drop. There's a small amount of clearance, so even a little bit open on the block, and it stops the hammer from dropping. Sounds like the barrel, takedown pin/lever, etc. to me.
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    11-24-2017, 08:59 PM
    May need to get over the hurdle of a $300 limit for a single shot new. Not much out there anymore that wont be about $100 more than that limit.
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    11-22-2017, 09:07 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    Heck some of the organizations overseeing the BP matches wont even allow guns from the era! A Sharps Borchardt is not eligible in many period matches simply because it doesn't have an exposed hammer.
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    11-22-2017, 09:02 PM
    Out of about 150 powders on the burn rate chart 4350 and 4831 are #118 and #123, so not fast powders or middle of the pack either. 4227, H4198, or 2400 would be more "middle of the pack" powders. 2400 has been many shooter's choice for decades for...
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    11-22-2017, 01:18 PM
    marlinman93 replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    Really? A .44 Magnum wouldn't be my first choice either, but it certainly can be used for long distance shooting if the shooter has a well made gun, and works up his loads properly. I've watched guys hit dingers consistently with a .45 Colt...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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