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  • sailcaptain's Avatar
    09-23-2022, 03:13 PM
    I want to buy a mold for a friend for Christmas. I do know he will ultimately buy an 1835/42 .69 caliber musket ( to match his bayonet). Whether it’s an original rifle or a new version of the same year design is up in the air right now. But I...
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    09-23-2022, 07:27 AM
    I’m not sure if this will help you but I’ll put it out there. I’ve been buying my charcoal (for grilling) from Cranston Coal Co. in Rhode Island for years. It’s clean, burns better than ANY store brand I’ve ever found and is a little known source...
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    09-11-2022, 04:04 PM
    I recently posted, and received great advice and information regarding a bayonet and rifle matchup. Now I need advice on what books to start reading and how to inspect an antique musket from the 1800’s. (1835/42) I have black powder experience...
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    09-11-2022, 03:18 PM
    Thanks, I’ll pass on the gun show information to him. As you might imagine he’s very excited about this news. I’m sure we’ll be heading other shows and that one as well. I’ll definitely post any pictures for all to see. It’s going to be an...
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    09-10-2022, 01:43 PM
    I thought everyone would like to have a follow up to this posting. A definitive answer was received today as to the origin of the bayonet. It is an import model, for a Model 1835 - 1842 .69 caliber musket. And most of these would have been...
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    09-06-2022, 08:53 AM
    My retirement rifle is, has been and always will be 1892 Winchester 44-40. I’m open to a slightly newer year and older as well. It will be for target, hunting and fun. The search continues. I’ve purchased the dies for 44-40. Next is the bullet...
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    09-06-2022, 08:07 AM
    Never used anything but a mechanical scale. I’m hands on, low tech and love it. I make “bullets” for the need. It takes me away. Go hands on and craft your boolits.
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    08-30-2022, 07:47 AM
    Just thought I would follow up on the progress of identifying the bayonet. There has been a news blackout from all the sources we contacted. Not a single word. As it stands now, we are going to go to an area gun show close to us to start, bring...
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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