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    Question KAL .50 TGBS .492" PP mould ...

    So I just bought a very lightly used Rick Kalnyuik (KAL) PP .50 TGBS .492" adjustable mould. I am absolutely new to the paper patching game and wondered if anyone here has used this particular mould and the boolit that it casts to load in .50-70 Govt? I gather it is designed to shoot as a bore diameter patched boolit rather than groove diameter. I have an original New York Militia Rolling Block, and will soon take possession of an original Sharps conversion 3 band military rifle, and a C. Sharps Arms Hartford Sporter both in .50-70 Govt. Have wanted to try PP'ing for years, but this will finally push me "over the edge". A friend of mine has a Shiloh Sharps sporter in .50-90 so we'll likely try some of these in his rifle as well. Any thoughts and suggestions would be gratefully received.





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    I’ve got one of these molds and it casts a great bullet! You’ll probably find that your original rifle and the C.Sharps will shoot a lighter bullet okay. Original sharps PP bullet for the 50 were 473 grains.

    The Shiloh probably has a faster rifling twist and will probably shoot a heavier bullet better.

    I use a bullet that’s 493 grains in my c. Sharps 50-90 and it shoots fine for me. I don’t shoot further than 300 yards and only at 12” steel plates. I use my barrel sights as well.

    Make a bunch and get to patching!

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    A hint passed on to me from Rick himself. There is a set screw for the stem that determines bullet length. Snug until touching and stop. If you bear down on it the stem will skew somewhat and make the skirt thicker on one side.

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