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  • GBertolet's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 11:33 AM
    I am a fair weather BP shooter. I mostly shoot modern firearms, shooting BP now, for a temporary change of pace. Being so, I load and shoot right away at the range. I just mixed up some moose milk to try, at the recommended 7 to 1 ratio, and soaked...
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    04-02-2020, 02:02 PM
    I had used the Lyman 358311 158 gr RN in my 1911 9mm for USPSA shooting. It shot quite well, but I had some of the issues mentioned earlier to resolve. The bullet has a long bearing surface, so it had to be seated fairly deep, which conflicted with...
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    03-30-2020, 02:24 PM
    I recently rediscovered my 45 cal 1970's T/C Hawken. I inquired in a previous post about the percussion caps, and I have since ordered 1K of mag caps, and a couple of pounds of 3F powder, to offset the hazmat charge. I have the maxi ball mold, and...
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    03-29-2020, 07:24 PM
    Turning when necessiary, gives much more consistent results. The case is turned concentric with the inside of the neck. The pilot insures this. The neck thickness is even all the way around. In almost all cases, this is more desirable. You may not...
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    03-27-2020, 11:04 PM
    Powder coating adds to the dimensions of the bullet in all areas. Therefore, there has been a buildup on the part of the bullet that enters the leade of the rifling, adding both length and diameter, that sizing does not touch. Increasing the seating...
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    03-26-2020, 01:36 PM
    I inherited mine about 40 years ago. It just sat in the sock drawer, until I rediscovered it last year. I spent more money on it, than the gun is worth. I just can't stand to have a gun that I cannot shoot, although not cost effective, I will spend...
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    03-26-2020, 12:06 PM
    Looks like you have the bases covered. Please let us know your results.
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    03-26-2020, 11:12 AM
    I will get some photo's. One mold is from Accurate Molds, and the other is from Old West. I never used the Old West mold. It's a brass one, and still in the wrapper. Both single cavity. The bullet weighs around 95 grains. I originally thought my...
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    03-26-2020, 09:28 AM
    Unless marked differently, I am inclined to believe your revolver is chambered in the 32 S&W. Many revolver cylinders of that era were typically bored straight through. Designers of these revolvers typically floated from company to company, so...
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    03-21-2020, 08:33 AM
    I almost bought one of those back in the 1980's. They were hyped up to be the new standard for progressive loaders. Unfortunately they never caught on. If I remember right, they had some strange manual indexing for the cases. I suggest also, that...
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    03-20-2020, 11:38 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Another airgun beef. in AirGuns
    I find the 12 lb airguns more pleasurable to shoot. Easy to cock, smooth firing sequence, and most accurate at these power levels. In the U.K., their firearm sport organizations, compromised their gun rights, for "common sense" regulation, again and...
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    03-20-2020, 11:18 PM
    Thanks all. If I see both std and mag available, I will get the mag ones.
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    03-20-2020, 12:19 PM
    I just dug out of the safe, my T/C Hawken 45 cal cap lock rifle. I bought it new in the mid 1970's. Hardly ever shot. I haven't shot it in years until this week. I have some 3F powder and Pyrodex, with T/C Maxiball and .440 RB projectiles. I am...
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    03-20-2020, 12:05 PM
    GBertolet replied to a thread Pumps are fun! in Rimfire Area
    I have one of those. My father bought it for me in 1964, the year of Winchester's great debacle. It is a cheaply made rifle, built to a price, not a standard. It's not even close to it's predecessor, the 61 Winchester in quality. The action on mine...
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    03-13-2020, 08:14 PM
    The MEC bottle supports are great but pricey. Despite the cost, if you use the large bottles, they would be a worthwhile investment. Having the neck of a large full shot bottle, accidently tear off, or the bottle threads on the press strip, it would...
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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