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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    armoredman replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    Not yet - I am new enough to the sport that I am trying to pay VERY close attention! :)
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    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    I know - I've lusted for a stainless 8 inch ROA for years...but my stainless 1858 takes a lot of the edge off that pain. :)
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Nifty!
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  • LAGS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:53 PM
    While I am waiting for the other parts I ordered to arrive, I decided to fabricate another Extractor out of metal from one of those Black paper binding clips. I have made springs out of that metal before. But you have to be careful when you heat...
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    Yesterday, 02:57 PM
    Well so far it seems like the Extractor I made will work. I need to get the rest of the parts to see if the rifle will fully function. But the saving grace with the extractor is, This is a Semi Auto Rifle. For the most part the extractor isn't...
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    Yesterday, 02:44 PM
    I agree on not using Teflon. I had a friend that worked in a machine shop. When they drilled Teflon parts , they had to wear a gas mask because of fumes being Toxic when the Teflon was heated up.
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    Yesterday, 01:36 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    Most of the dry balling I removed was just with removing the nipple and drizzling the powder in then putting the nipple back in and firing it. That was at the range. But at my house. In the back yard , I built a Test Firing Chamber out of an 8'...
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    Yesterday, 11:24 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    Thank you Sasquatch 1. I too have never charged anyone to unload a dry balled rifle. But I do it while they watch so they learn what to do.
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    Yesterday, 06:56 AM
    I have to throw in here that I have had two cap and ball revolvers worked on, one an 1851 Navy 44 by Pietta that was halfway reliable, then worked on by a guy called the Outlaw Kid. He did a fairly nice job on it and it turns smooth as butter. ...
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    Yesterday, 06:53 AM
    Yes it did, which is much more than I can say for it when I got it. It was used when I bought it, and it gummed up quickly. Super Sneaky, I just have to get used to a front heavy revolver again, after shooting my plastic wundernines so much. :) ...
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    Yesterday, 01:16 AM
    Thank you guys. Thru my life I haven't found many things That are broken , except a Relationship that I can't fix. And that is because I don't break relationships. Thank you 725 That pistol build for you was a nice project. And I am glad you...
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    Yesterday, 12:55 AM
    Ah, the brass hammer - my son uses it to seat balls in the .54 caliber rifle LAGS rebuilt for him... We gotta be careful - this is going to become a "LAGS can do anything" thread...well, he CAN, but that's beside the point. Looking forward to...
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    10-02-2022, 10:36 PM
    Like I always say, " Why Buy , When you can Build " I even built the small but heavy brass hammer that I am using to forge the springs and other parts. I built it out of a brass pull handle off a storefront door that I replaced years ago. I...
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    10-02-2022, 09:09 PM
    This guy is flat out amazing. If he had been on the SS Minnow, they would have been back in port same day. Seriously - I've seen some of the stuff he makes out of practically nothing, and it's better than factory original.
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    10-02-2022, 08:19 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    For lead, I use to get it from the Roofers on my jobs. But after I retired , I would cruse my neighborhood and watch to see if anyone was having their roof replaced in old houses. They gave me the lead roof jacket and some lead sheet flashings....
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    10-02-2022, 07:31 PM
    If you need the steel from used wiper blades and don't want to buy new wipers. Just go down and look in the trash at a Auto Parts Store. Especially the day after it rains. I have also used Banding steel straps from shipping pallets to make some...
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    10-02-2022, 12:39 PM
    That steel strips from Windshield Wiper reinforcing bars is a mild type of spring steel. For some parts I harden my parts with Kasenit that I still have. For springs I heat it up to red hot and quench it in motor oil . Then Temper it by letting...
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    10-02-2022, 11:39 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Sizing conicals... in Muzzleloading.
    I feel that Sizing Conical for a rifle might help with consistant loading. If you check your just cast slugs, You will see that the do vary in Diameter and sometimes Out of Round. But that is just a minor issue. I had a rifle that was for...
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    10-02-2022, 11:22 AM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    Sasquatch 1 I guess I am A world class Fibber. I have Never Dry Balled any of my rifles. Mainly because I have seen so many people do that , and them come to me to fix their problem.
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    10-02-2022, 11:12 AM
    I think the Extractor should work now. I ordered a new Magazine from GPC. And since I had to pay shipping on that part, I added a bolt handle and a Ejector from them on the same order. These two parts for the Cooey 64 look like they will fit the...
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    10-01-2022, 11:27 PM
    Those are the type of rifles that I look for or ask my friends to buy them for themselves. I am not concerned it there are problems with the guns , since I do my own rebuilding and restoration.
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    10-01-2022, 08:08 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    .50 cal uses either a .490 or .495 ball with a patch. The patch can be between .010 to .020 thick. I usually use a .015 patch with either sized ball. Now as far as powder. I start out with 50 gr of either 2F or 3F Then I increase the load by...
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    10-01-2022, 06:15 PM
    LAGS replied to a thread Where to start in Muzzleloading.
    For my BP rifles , I make the T handles from old lawnmower pull handles with either a 10/32 or 8/32 screw set in them to screw onto the ends of the cleaning rods. I also made a couple for friends out of Elk Antlers and a screw. Trust me. The T...
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    10-01-2022, 05:52 PM
    I checked the parts a GPC. They almost all match the American model Savage and Winchester. The Extractor is Totally different. It is made out of thin spring material held on by a screw to the bottom of the bolt. None of the GPC parts match this...
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    10-01-2022, 01:25 AM
    Does anybody have a line on where I can find parts for a Sears 6 C 22lr made in Canada by Cooey. The rifle has the Bolt handle , Magazine, Extractor , Ejector missing. I should be able to make the Bolt Handle. But I have no pictures of the...
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    10-01-2022, 01:05 AM
    One thing I found that works pretty good for making more 2 and 3 F per batch is. The stuff you sift out and won't pass thru say a #10 screen or what is 1F. Don't run it thru your grinder. Instead, Put it back in your tumbler Without any Media...
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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