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    Yesterday, 10:47 PM
    KenH replied to a thread Rc Tester for lead??? in Cast Boolits
    Randy, sorry I've not checked this thread in a few days and missed your post. As far as calibration, there is none involved. Just measure the diameter of the indentation made by the 1/2" ball, which I Know is pressed with 150 KG because that's how...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    I took a Stevens 311 and cut the barrels off to 20" with the intention of building a double rifle style gun. The gun came out looking good but it didn't shoot very well and the Stevens design has some major design flaws that make it difficult to...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    I think you're on the right track on the attached plastic wad idea. Maybe even making it hollow base so it will expand to fill the bore for a better gas seal. I think old man Brenneke was way ahead of his time. He even gives out key chains. ...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:11 PM
    When you consider just how powerful a 1 oz (437gr) slug that is traveling at 1300 fps is and compare it to other calibers you will surprised, like I was, just how a 12 ga stacks up against a .45-70 or .375 H&H or even a .458 Win Mag. The Taylor...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:31 AM
    My possibles bag is made from blanket material. All my shooting bags are leather. The Metis and Ute did wool shooting bags, and there are examples from a few other tribes. Whites generally used a bark tanned leather.
    52 replies | 6352 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:28 AM
    I'm betting you will need to have a machinist make some for you.
    1 replies | 85 view(s)
  • mold maker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Time to go ? in Our Town
    Oh! The memories that just came flooding back. Be strong and calm to reassure her and don't take anything personally. This will all be a pleasant memory soon.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 11:24 PM
    LB: I've been curious about those DGS slugs. I was given 5 of them by the outfit that originally made them from Italy at the SHOT Show a few years ago. They are identical to the DGS Slugs that BPI sells now but the wads are Red. AT Front Sight...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 11:11 PM
    My Standard Round Ball Load is also my Standard Trap Load. It is an old style AA hull with 20 gr of Green Dot, Win 209 and WAA12 wad with either 1 1/8 oz of shot, or a .662 round ball with a 1/4" felt wad or 9 00 balls. The shot column is the...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 02:41 PM
    Have you seen the "Ravin Crossbow?" They advertise 3" groups at 100 yards! which for a Crossbow is unheard of. I'm pretty sure we can get that good with our Smooth Bore Shotguns, we just have to find the right projectile. The problem with...
    115 replies | 2163 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 01:32 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Santa Fe, NM in Our Town
    I stayed at some friends hacienda a couple blocks off of Canyon Road for a few weeks. I didn't even know there was a "new" part of town until I was nearly ready to leave. I did find one interesting place, I think it is called Jackalope. I remember...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 01:27 PM
    I've had the same experience. When a business advertises as Christian owned and operated, I've learned to not do business there, because sure as shooting, they will try to screw the customer.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 01:01 PM
    Lance, would you please start using smaller font? This is hard to read.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 11:01 AM
    I've heard it called everything from lama spit to camel dung, but "plastic" sure sounds better. Remove any traces possible before adding to any pot. The smell will run you and the neighbors away from the job at hand, not to mention the mess left...
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 10:40 AM
    Yet another gifted and knowledgeable member taken from our midst. Condolences to the family and friends.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:21 PM
    Sheesh: the gun weighs 9.25 lbs empty. When full it is more like 11-12 lbs. It doesn't kick very much at all. Randy
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:10 PM
    I will shoot my 20" Mossberg at 100 yards with Federal Low Recoil Slugs off the bench and see what it does. I got 2.5" at 50 yards offhand so maybe there's more there that I just don't know about? Really the good thing about these shotguns is...
    115 replies | 2163 view(s)
  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:57 PM
    Ditto on the above. For what you want to do that bullet will work just fine. The moulds are inexpensive and work well. Hard to argue with all that. Randy
    18 replies | 273 view(s)
  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:51 PM
    Watkibe: put a .040-.050 chamfer on the chamber mouth and the gun will feed anything. I have posted this here many times. Randy
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 04:41 PM
    Reloading on a progressive loader is pretty much the same thing as running a Turret Lathe. The end result is a completed part. The rule in the machine shop for producing parts is, "Find out what works,,, and do that." The same holds true for...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 04:11 PM
    I got to play with another one of these guns at an LGS the other day. I got to really look at it close, and fondle it. The reason for the short stroking is the position of the fore end in relation to the Pistol grip. It is closer than a...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 03:47 PM
    That 2.5" group Faustus shot was pretty good in my estimation. The problem you run into is not so much the gun but the shape and consistency of the projectiles. But we have to keep in mind, these are shotguns and not rifles. We've talked about...
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:15 AM
    Sheet lead has lots of surface area per weight. If stored or used exposed to the atmosphere there will be lots of oxides. As with all pb oxides, lots of fluxing will reclaim most of it. Don't be in too big a rush to skim and discard them. You...
    12 replies | 589 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 12:00 PM
    That wouldn't be a bad idea. It appears half of the threads were removed, leaving little for that vent to hang on to.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 09:28 AM
    So many of the recognized old timers are graduating. Glad they shared their knowledge. with us. Sincere condolences to the family and friends.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 09:53 PM
    LB: I was at one of my LGS's yesterday and saw a Mossberg Shotgun, and was showing the girl behind the counter (Nice fully armed girl, named Julie) the difference between how it runs and a Rem 870. She understands the differences and pitfalls now,...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 09:43 PM
    I have some Federal .410 slugs that are 125 gr and running 1775 fps! That is above most .357 Magnum loads. I also have a bunch of Thug Slugs I got from BPI that are 125 gr with attached wads so they should be relatively accurate. I have a...
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  • Ben's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 07:01 PM
    Ben replied to a thread Fs - ideal 358425 in Swappin & Sellin
    The mould is yours ! I have returned your PM. Ben
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  • Ben's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 04:19 PM
    Ben replied to a thread Fs - ideal 358425 in Swappin & Sellin
    One more bump for a very nice bullet mould. Ben
    8 replies | 497 view(s)
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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