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  • rfd's Avatar
    04-18-2021, 06:23 AM
    Claudio - remember, I already sent you a bunch of .460 LDPE wads along with the Jim444530E PPBs and Seth Cole paper. :)
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    04-17-2021, 07:18 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Match Loads in Black Powder Cartridge
    Sweet!
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    04-16-2021, 06:16 PM
    rfd replied to a thread SPG recipe in Boolit Lube !
    Gato Feo #1 ... the one and only Ugly Cat, and in his words ... GATO FEO LUBE ******************** by weight ... 1 part mutton tallow (dixie gun works) 1 part canning wax (gulf) 1/2 part beeswax
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    04-16-2021, 09:28 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Match Loads in Black Powder Cartridge
    Take that to the bank!!! Some of us went through that with Swiss 1-1/2F.
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    04-16-2021, 09:01 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Match Loads in Black Powder Cartridge
    For me, ALWAYS re-establish a new load every time you have to get a new lot of powder.
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    04-14-2021, 06:39 AM
    I've shot the .38-55 and .40-70ss, and owned a few .40-65s, but I found that the .45-70 is best, even with "reduced" loads which are easy to make with wad stacks and lightweight projectiles that are accurate enuf to win 200 yard matches.
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    04-12-2021, 08:16 AM
    $20 for them all, USPS Priority shipping included. <<------ SOLD
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    04-12-2021, 06:57 AM
    Yes, the powder is important - as is the process. I did my research and chose a powder that guarantees if I do my part with the process it would be instant success. I was right for once. Hooked on PCBs! ;)
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    04-11-2021, 04:35 PM
    Acme Hi-Tek .38/.357 158gr SWC .358, 13lbs 6.6ozs (approximately 576) - $45 USPS Priority shipped USA <----- SOLD BBI Hi-Tek .38/.357 160gr RN .358, 27lbs 5.4ozs (approximately 1181) - $70 USPS Priority shipped USA <----- SOLD Acme Hi-Tek...
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    04-10-2021, 06:16 PM
    I've had many Pedersoli Sharps (and rollers) and one had an OTR bbl, perhaps I had the same one you now have, a good gun for sure. Try paper patching! :)
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    04-10-2021, 05:07 PM
    Got one, new or used?
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    04-10-2021, 10:35 AM
    The 642c (Centenial) has the internal hammer. With mine, I simply changed the rebound and hammer springs that significantly reduced trigger pull and worked fine with standard primers.
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    04-10-2021, 05:48 AM
    It's not about "taper crimping", it's about a careful and slight squeeze of the case mouth so the PPB doesn't fall out, yet can easily be pulled out and replaced. The amount of neck tension achieved is negligent with regards to accuracy.
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    04-09-2021, 06:54 PM
    Gato Feo #1 uses canning paraffin wax, along with mutton tallow and beeswax, to make a very good bullet groove lube and an excellent ball patch lube. "When I first began using canning paraffin, I too wondered why it didn't create the tarry...
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    04-08-2021, 09:01 PM
    There are so many options for patch lube, patch material, and sundry processes for anything and everything trad muzzy. Try as many as you can and decide what's best for you. I bud gave me some bear oil (thanx Ed!) and that makes a fantastic...
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    04-08-2021, 06:38 AM
    rfd replied to a thread ball swedging die. in Muzzleloading.
    A superb device and a labor of love, for sure. But very hard to beat a cheap Lee dual cavity cast ball mould and a cheap Lee 4# furnace.
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    04-08-2021, 06:33 AM
    Part of the lore and concept of traditional muzzleloaders is self sufficiency DIY. Cut up yer own patch strips from cotton T-shirt or fabric store material, and there are SO many kinds of good patch lubes, from spit to moose milk oil blends to the...
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    04-08-2021, 06:26 AM
    I would highly recommend casting yer own, and not buying. It's too easy, lots cheaper, and yer all the more self sufficient.
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    04-07-2021, 07:47 PM
    Base down is the way to go for me. Using surgical gloves insures I won't deform or even mar the alloy - I like pristine bullets that are as perfect as I can produce, mainly with the big ones for the .45 rifles. If you left a bare spot from using a...
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    04-07-2021, 02:04 PM
    Bravo Claudius!
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    04-07-2021, 10:12 AM
    I had a 193, good bullet, would prefer the lighter 124 ... but might come back to the 193. What's your price shipped to NJ?
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    04-07-2021, 09:55 AM
    Got one?
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    04-07-2021, 09:07 AM
    I'm a PC newbie, too, and have already coated hundreds of .45-70 bullets in the 346-420 grain weight range and a 20:1 or 30:1 lead:tin alloy. I use Eastwood Ford Light Blue and Full Gloss Clear powders. A <type 5> plastic container does the static...
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    04-06-2021, 07:35 PM
    All I'm doing is shake 'n' bake ... preheat the oven 400F/10min, coat 'n' shake for about 30 seconds, stand up the coated bullets, cook 400F/20min.
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    04-06-2021, 07:22 PM
    Yep, sure sounds like not enuf heat and cooking time. Preheat to 400F for 10 minutes. Pop the cookies in @ 400F for 20 minutes. You'll be amazed as I was. :)
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    04-06-2021, 06:56 PM
    The .327 Fed Mag is a great round! I really liked shooting it and the resulting accuracy, but the .38spl got my nod since that cartridge is pretty ubiquitous and I can get all the once fired brass for free at my local cop range. :)
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    04-06-2021, 06:32 PM
    P&P has the good scoop in his posts. As to .38spl or .357mag, it's .38 for me and no .357 wanted or needed. That's a lotta horsepower to hold with such a lightweight handgun. For the most part, I address the snubby as an easy concealed carry,...
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    04-06-2021, 06:10 PM
    Interesting. Were your bullets Very clean before coating? I'm a PC newbie and have only coated big .45-70 30:1 and 20:1 cast bullets with Eastwood Ford Light Blue, standing them base down on either anti-stick foil or silicone sheets. These...
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    04-06-2021, 05:34 AM
    To each their own, mate! Cheers! :drinks:
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    04-05-2021, 08:20 PM
    PC works Extremely well ... for me. I can even size a bullet, shake 'n' bake, and minutes later resize ... all with minimal effort and time. That polymer coating is well bonded to the tin:lead alloy as proven by a smash test I do for every bake. ...
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    04-05-2021, 06:48 PM
    Is Hi-Tek better than PC or ... ?
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    04-05-2021, 09:42 AM
    Until a few weeks ago I never did any bullet coatings. Investigations pointed me to the simplest method, powder coating. That's the route I took. It works amazingly well for me, right from the get-go. One shake, one bake, done. I see no need to...
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    04-05-2021, 09:37 AM
    rfd replied to a thread Stuck Round Ball in Muzzleloading.
    If it was my gun, and that would be a real long shot (pun not intended), I'd pull the bbl, pull the breech plug, and whack that damned ball out the bbl's butt. Then I'd get Bobby Hoyt to put it back to what it needs to be - a flintlock musket, as...
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    04-04-2021, 08:31 AM
    What yer trying to do is reinvent a wheel that don't need re-inventing by starting off with a cartridge that's not as appropriate as it should be. Sticking with the tried 'n' true basics of a good PPB cartridge would be the better way of getting...
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    04-03-2021, 07:42 PM
    Is the PPB shallow seated (.1") in the case? With a greaser chamber you want as much of the PPB into the rifling as possible. Does the PPB fit snug into the bore? Sounds like it doesn't and I agree to increase the patch paper thickness. This...
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    04-03-2021, 09:02 AM
    Don't underestimate the strength of that 5/8" birch dowel - it will easily lift 40lbs, and then some. I did change the dowel to a center mounted door handle on a hardwood block, to make it easier to open a Sharps lever action when the gun is...
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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