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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    W.R.Buchanan replied to a thread Round balls? in Cast Boolits
    Rebel: Those shots were at 50 yards offhand in about 10-15 seconds. Gun was actually shooting to the left of POA about 1"-1.5". I'll re-sight it in after it gets the Vang Comp Barrel work done and get it dead nutz at 50 yards and see how much...
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    Yesterday, 03:30 PM
    I think it was a typo. I think he meant LCP, and in Ruger LCP. Randy
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    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    W.R.Buchanan replied to a thread Round balls? in Cast Boolits
    Pumpkin Ball loads for shotguns are a great way to get excellent performance from Reduced Recoil Loads. Or you can run them hot too. I load .69 caliber round balls in my Standard Trap loads with a 1/4" thick felt wad in the base of the shot cup....
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    I have a couple Camillus knives. I started out with a double blade lock back Trapper, that has been my hunting companion for many years. I was able to dress and skin an elk and four deer, and it was still sharp. Knowing myself, I have a tendency...
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    If you have trouble getting an earplug to stay in your ear, this may be a way to insert if more effectively. :bigsmyl2:
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Shipping cost in Our Town
    I will say for USPS, I have shipped around 200 guns through them, with no loss or damage. UPS, on the other hand, managed to break the stocks on two rifles. One appeared to have been run over by a truck.
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    Yesterday, 12:19 PM
    As soon as I heard he was shooting a throat burner like a .300 RUM, I would have discounted any firearm opinion from that point. Anyone who thinks a .35 Whelen is not enough gun in hunting, adds to that view that he is a bit foolish.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:52 AM
    If it weren't for junk mail, my mailbox would always be empty. A man needs some junk mail to keep the cobwebs cleared.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    12-15-2017, 08:56 PM
    The same separator that rids your brass of corn cob or walnut gets the pins out, especially under water. It rinses the acid out at the same time.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    12-15-2017, 04:50 PM
    OK Captn, that thing is cool !!! definitely thinking outside the box. Randy
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    12-15-2017, 03:52 PM
    I am of the mind that anything more than is necessary,,, is pointless and a waste of time and energy. The original 400 gr Trapdoor Carbine load ran at about 1300 fps and was designed, as stated above, to completely penetrate a Horse in any...
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    12-15-2017, 02:42 PM
    Ditto: Randy
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-15-2017, 10:23 AM
    On the fowler I just completed, I did a faux damascus finish, and just let the color go to a French grey, but still showing the pattern. There is a pilgrim in the club who couldn't believe I wasn't going to brown it. When I told him many original...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-15-2017, 10:00 AM
    True. That is where lube purging comes into the picture. Less can be more.
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    12-15-2017, 12:46 AM
    I went to slow rust browning, and no longer worry about it.
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    12-14-2017, 10:04 AM
    Clean your barrel well, go to a different lube, and report back.
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 07:15 PM
    got the other gun yesterday and tore it apart and cleaned everything up so it runs real smooth now. I also installed the 18" bbl and Mag tube and plastic furniture I had from my previous gun. The gun came with a 28" removable choke barrel with a...
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    12-13-2017, 12:07 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Making caps in Muzzleloading.
    I made caps with the Tap-a-can. The toy caps being inserted had a rather disconcerting habit of going off while being seated in the caps. Always made me wonder how it would feel if the rifle went off when seating them on the nipple......
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 03:35 PM
    He is good, and has been a teacher to me for 35+ years of gun building. I'm happy I can teach him a few tricks now and then.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 11:12 AM
    It's Tim Mitchell, who I will say is a better gun builder than I am.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 11:10 AM
    It sounds like a lot of inter related issues. One easy answer, no problem with the half cock. Put on the cap, let down the hammer, bring it back to half cock. IF it's only going to half cock, DO NOT drop the hammer on it until the fix is found....
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    12-12-2017, 10:47 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Shipping cost in Our Town
    USPS DOES track. Here is the info from a package I sent yesterday; Expected Delivery by THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017 by 8:00pm
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    12-12-2017, 10:42 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Building a dock in Our Town
    The barrels will work fine. Like has been said, make it wider for stability and space. I'd go 6' minimum, and would prefer 8'.
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    12-11-2017, 03:36 PM
    Does anyone have a method, other than "seat of the pants," whereby I can produce a meaningful test to show what the before and after results are in this experiment ??? With some empirical numbers it would put this to rest once and for all. ...
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    12-11-2017, 12:38 PM
    Denny is anxiously awaiting a new flinter that one of our members is building for him. I suspect once he gets it, he won't be doing as many videos!
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    12-11-2017, 11:37 AM
    Once upon a time, long long ago, during the LEE group buy era, Midway had them LEE 6c handles for $11. ea and free shipping. I bought a doz pair and still have 3 unused. I've made them fit every mold I have except one. At $28 to $40 a pair for...
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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