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    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    No one’s mentioned it, but Gato Feo’s #1 is hard to beat as a patch lube, cap and ball wad lube or cartridge lube. It’s an old, resurrected Winchester lube that was republished in the NRA magazine in the early 40’s. Mutton tallow has the advantage...
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    12-01-2022, 06:40 AM
    I installed a Fire Sight a few years ago to use with a tang and changed it back to a squared front. I couldn’t see a crisp front post because of the color “bleed” around the edge. Can’t remember if it was red or green, but it was fuzzy. I like a...
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    11-30-2022, 04:45 PM
    I’m partial to Marble’s tang sight. It gives a longer sight radius than a receiver mounted aperture and is “click” windage and elevation adjustable. Sits solid in the mount, unlike Lyman’s tang.
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    11-30-2022, 02:43 PM
    Again, what do the primers look like?
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    11-29-2022, 06:07 PM
    My goodness, I hit a touchy spot! To answer you question what kind of idiot would….? The world is full of them. I only submitted a different view. Since I read the article 5 years ago, I’ve followed his technique and have avoided any chain-fires....
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    11-29-2022, 07:01 AM
    The idea is that follow-on loads make the cylinder greasy to the point that when charged again, the powder can cling to the chamber walls. If the ball is loose as described by OP a powder train can be set by the grease not letting the powder to be...
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    11-28-2022, 08:48 PM
    Castaway replied to a thread Rossi 92 on sale in Leverguns
    Rossi doesn’t make 94’s. That aside, given the same caliber and a choice between a 92 or 94, I’d go the 92. The 92 is inherently stronger due to the two locking lugs either side of the bolt as opposed to a small block at the back end of a 94. ...
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    11-28-2022, 03:42 PM
    When’s the last time you cleaned the cylinder? 20 grains is at the upper end but not excessive What do your primers look like?
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    11-28-2022, 03:36 PM
    Castaway replied to a thread hat stretching in Our Town
    Dusty nailed it. Another choice is to take it to a “Western” shop and they’ll more than likely have a stretcher in the shop. It’s a routine thing
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    11-28-2022, 12:08 PM
    Is it the same two cylinders always or random? If it’s the same two, it points to oversized cylinders. If random, you’re deforming the ball with pressure from your loading lever and pinching it to the point it grabs the ball and pulls back. If...
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    11-26-2022, 08:54 PM
    Contact member DougGuy and have him open your chamber throats to .4525". Also check for thread choke where the barrel screws into the cylinder frame. Your chambers are a tad large, but not terribly so. You may want to increase the pressure of your...
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    11-25-2022, 11:52 AM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread 223 brass in Military Rifles
    When ATK (Federal's parent corporation) was running the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, they would frequently use overrun 5.56mm brass for commercial ammo. During that time it was fairly common to buy Federal ammo with crimped primers and military...
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    11-25-2022, 11:43 AM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Headache Pain ? in Our Town
    I have zero experience with legal marijuana, but I would just add one thought. It is my understanding that as far as the ATF is concerned, use of marijuana makes a person ineligible to OWN firearms, period. Not just have a CCW and hunt, but to...
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    11-22-2022, 04:59 PM
    Wayne, bad link
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    11-22-2022, 02:48 PM
    Your load is relatively light. You can do two things. Go up a bit in powder and/or anneal your brass
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    11-21-2022, 09:20 AM
    Castaway replied to a thread Iguana Airgun Devastator? in AirGuns
    Interesting post. I was stationed in Panama 86-89. Somewhere there’s a video of my boys sitting on the dining room table arguing over the last drumstick from the iguana I shot with my RWS 48 springer with a 0.177 pellet. Please post Recipes for...
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    11-16-2022, 07:22 PM
    I know you mentioned you were loading a Hornady XTP, but for the sake of this forum, it’s hard to beat a Keith Style bullet over a generous load of 4227. For some reason, the 45 Colt and 4227 combination are easy to work up accurate and powerful...
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    11-15-2022, 06:11 PM
    Castaway replied to a thread Poly Wads in Black Powder Cartridge
    Thanks to all. Ordered 0.06” wads from BACO
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    11-15-2022, 05:14 PM
    You can get your black powder barrel cleaner and faster than smokeless. Just make sure you dry and oil it afterwards
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    11-14-2022, 01:20 PM
    Have you tried a drop of oil?
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    11-14-2022, 07:09 AM
    Castaway replied to a thread Poly Wads in Black Powder Cartridge
    Grief! I didn’t know this would be that complicated.
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    11-13-2022, 09:14 PM
    Castaway replied to a thread Poly Wads in Black Powder Cartridge
    Am aware BACO has them. Interested in what’s available to punch my own
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    11-13-2022, 08:32 PM
    There’s some Unique powder that’s been sitting in a jar of distilled water for 123 years. Periodically, some is removed and tested against current powder for consistency. Age doesn’t make it deteriorate, the conditions of storage will.
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    11-13-2022, 08:21 PM
    I’m wanting to try poly wads in my loads. Currently, I’m using a waxed milk carton wad, topped with newspaper. I’ve had good luck with this combo but I understand there’s a bit of base deformation with the cardboard that the poly wads don’t have....
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    11-11-2022, 08:48 PM
    Some folks recommend batting gloves, but I haven't tried them. I've got a couple of guns that are much more pleasant to shoot with padded gloves, and it's about time for some new ones.
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    11-11-2022, 07:52 PM
    nicholst55 replied to a thread Fellow Veterans in Our Town
    To all of my brothers and sisters in arms, past present and future! May today bring you peace and relaxation, and may your inner demons be still.
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    11-10-2022, 07:36 AM
    475AR, the point is very few people use a 45 GAP. If a cartridge is good, the popularity will spread and stay with us a few years. Other than from devoted reloaders, you’d have a hard time going to WalMart and buying a box. On another note, it...
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    11-10-2022, 07:21 AM
    If your 1879 style buckhorn sights are attached to an original rifle and you’re using large pistol primers, as Forsyth mentioned, your breech face isn’t as hard as it would be on a modern rifle. The pistol primers are shorter than rifle primers and...
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    11-09-2022, 07:00 PM
    Another designer cartridge and the only apparent advantage is to sell rifles. If you get one, you may find a spot for it in your safe next to your 45 GAP pistol
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    11-08-2022, 05:20 PM
    JTodd, any of the combinations you mentioned certainly would be good enough. Wheelweights, range scrap, 2% tin to either or starting from scratch with a 1:16 or 1:20. At the velocity you’re shooting for, I think you’re worrying too much about...
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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