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Thread: Just for stuff

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    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Just for stuff

    I just got back from the range. I got this here 1895 Marlin, in 45/70. I do like it. Well, I just cast some Lee 405 solids, with pure lead. Large heavy bullet.
    Loaded her up with 65 gns of Pyrodex. All I can say is wow! What a performer! I was firing at clay pigeons at 50yds. With factory sights, dead on. I also fired at the pieces. Again, dead on. POA.
    I only had Pyrodex, not Black Powder.
    Good primer signs. Little flattening, no craters. The cases swelled and filled the chamber, no leak back. No darkened cases to speak of. I got lots of 4895, Varget, 4360, but I had never fired pyrodex in a rifle. I am convinced now. I like the 45/70, lots of versatitility.
    I like. Clean up should be a snap.

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    Boolit Master pietro's Avatar
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    Mar 2008
    New England
    Quote Originally Posted by docone31 View Post

    I had never fired pyrodex in a rifle.

    Clean up should be a snap.

    As long as it's properly cleaned.

    I may be preaching to the choir, but please remember that BP substitutes leave fouling that's as hydroscopic (moisture-attracting) as real Holy Black - so be sure to do a (hot) water rinse before drying, oiling & storing the rifle.

    Experience is a wonderful thing - It lets you recognize a mistake, when you make it again.

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    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    It really isn't just that it is hygroscopic, it is also corrosive. Pyrodex has its issues. I did indeed spend time cleaning the rifle. It was real clean though, no leading, no residue to speak of. I used lots of water, elbow grease, and when dry I did oil the parts. I kept the water very hot when cleaning, and boiled it off with vinegar. The water and vinegar combination, neutralizes the residue in a large way. Lots of bubbles, the hot water made the parts hot, which dried off the parts.
    It did clean up nicely.
    It was a good day today with the beast.

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    Boolit Master
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    Nov 2017
    brisbane ,qld,australia
    Hot water,and keep an eye on the gun in storage,youll be OK.

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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