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    05-07-2021, 03:46 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Drilling a flash hole in Muzzleloading.
    @waksupi That is exactly how I set up the liner on the Blunderbuss Kit I am building. It works good. My Flash Hole center is about 1/16" ahead of the breech plug face.
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    05-06-2021, 09:58 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Black powder bug in Muzzleloading.
    That isn't too bad of price in today's economy. I just sold a 1851 Colt Navy second generation unfired for $600.00 to a family member since I am not into Modern Style B P stuff.
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    05-06-2021, 09:53 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread T/C Hawken service in Muzzleloading.
    If you don't care about the Bluing or the rust has ruined the bluing , then just soak the parts in Vinegar. I have found that spending the time and expense to Reverse Electrostatic remove the rust also removed the bluing. There is also Bluing and...
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    05-06-2021, 01:14 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread T/C Hawken service in Muzzleloading.
    The Lock springs and plungers are available on E bay to tune up your locks.
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    05-06-2021, 12:47 AM
    I have used the Stump Remover before and have 4 bottles left that someone gave me. It works good after it is ball milled before you mix it with the other chemicals , then ball mill it all together. I found out that the guy who gave me the 6...
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    05-04-2021, 11:04 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Black powder bug in Muzzleloading.
    I didn't mention the In Lines that I saw. Those are not my style , but they were Dang Cheap and in good condition. Just take a look at what they have , then get a friend to go with you and check them out. Or just take pictures and let some of us...
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    05-04-2021, 10:01 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Black powder bug in Muzzleloading.
    If you want to start off cheap, then check your local pawn shops. I do that and then do a little restoration on them. The last three Thompson Renegades and Hawkens I bought were less than $150.00 each. One was in not too bad of shape. One was a...
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    05-04-2021, 08:47 PM
    Mesquite wood works ,but is very DIRTY. Bummer because I have two Mesquite trees at each of my houses. I have not tried any wood from my Palo Verde trees yet. But it is worth testing since I already have the tree. I should have tried the wood...
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    05-02-2021, 09:37 PM
    Check with your Craft Stores. I have found pigments for fiberglass resins that works the same. One other place I use to get resin pigment was Boat Repair shops or Marine Supply Shops. Lots of them had tubes of pigment left over from jobs that...
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    05-02-2021, 07:55 PM
    Very nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing.
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    05-01-2021, 02:17 PM
    I too like experimenting with other Retorts. But I have found that a Paint Can Retort will produce all the charcoal that I need to make the amount of charcoal needed to make all the powder I need.and working in smaller batches is more consistent....
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    04-29-2021, 10:54 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Ceracoating a barrel in Muzzleloading.
    I think I am going to pass on Cerakote on my Blunderbuss barrel. I got little response to my question about what others think. Probably because there are not too many Cerakoted barrels in the BP shooting community. On a site on line , the two...
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    04-29-2021, 06:41 PM
    You did a far better job on both boxes than I have ever done.
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    04-28-2021, 08:44 PM
    I have a Belgian " British Bulldog " that it will chamber a 38 S&W cartridge. But , The bore of the barrel measures to only .340. dia. I take the .38 S&W's and size the casing down with a crimper on my die. I then size down cast Boolits to .342....
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    04-26-2021, 06:54 PM
    A magnet stickers to every COWW. The clip is Steel. I check all my WW's with side cutters. Lead ones dent easily or actually cut. But the Steel or Zinc ones barely scratch if you try to cut them. I am not one of those that just dumps them in...
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    04-26-2021, 06:49 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Ceracoating a barrel in Muzzleloading.
    I figured that it would burn off over time. But I can always make a brass flame sheild that wraps the barrel in that area to protect it.. But it must be somewhat durable , or Traditions wouldn't sell their flintlock mountain rifle with a Cerakoted...
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    04-26-2021, 03:10 PM
    I am finishing up a Blunderbuss that has a steel barrel. I was thinking about having the barrel Cerakoted in a Bronze color to make it look more traditional. I did notice that "Traditions " does offer some of there rifles with a Brown Cerakoted...
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    04-23-2021, 01:13 PM
    I have had good luck with 124 gr Lee powder coated over 4.4 - 4.5 gr of Unique. But my Browning HP with fixed sights shoots high with Jacketed bullets. So the cast is more on target with my pistol. With Jacketed Ammo , I aim at 6 o'clock on the...
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    04-21-2021, 09:36 PM
    The Zinc WW will work to cast into you copper tubing for tumbling media. That will save you using up all your WW lead.
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    04-16-2021, 11:11 PM
    And that is the best thing about making your own BP. You bank away knowledge that can make you independent from the trends in our economy and politics. You still retain the ability to buy factory stuff if you need it. But for most BP shooting ,...
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    04-16-2021, 02:09 PM
    I think you might be going in the right direction pressing your powder if you shoot cartridge guns. You density and weight per volume will be higher . But for front stuffers , screened powder works great.
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    04-16-2021, 11:24 AM
    It sounds like you want to Jump in with both feet all at once. You can start off slow , and build up your new hobby as you go. Find the three materials and don't worry about wondering what is Top notch until you confirm how involved you want to...
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    04-15-2021, 11:27 PM
    What distance do you intend on shooting these rounds ?
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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