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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    04-08-2021, 09:19 PM
    Actually, shooting a 45/70 lever gun and shooting smokeless after BP, I don’t need to do a water wash. I use a cable, so I pull everything out the muzzle. I use a patch with a liberal amount of Ballistol, a dry patch and finally another with...
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    04-08-2021, 09:03 PM
    When one of my cats was a kitten, he would climb up my pants to sit on my lap. I usually wear Carharts with the double front, so it didn’t make much difference to me. Then summer came around and I was wearing shorts. Had to break that habit fast!
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    04-08-2021, 08:53 PM
    If youíre getting bored with what you have, you need to buy some new calibers to cast for and shoot. Ever consider muzzle loaders?
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    04-08-2021, 11:17 AM
    It could be fun experimenting with the concept, but otherwise I think just going with a gas checked soft boolit is the most practical.
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    04-08-2021, 10:41 AM
    Go for it! BP is great fun. Don’t forget to clean well after each session.
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    04-08-2021, 10:08 AM
    Sorry, but I can’t vote about brass, because I don’t have one, but I never do anything except start casting with steel and aluminum.
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    04-08-2021, 10:02 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Any Trappers in Our Town
    I supported my young family for several years trapping. I’m old and retired now, but always enjoyed it. I think part of succeeding is being really into it. The best advice is to get in contact with a local organization. If you’re lucky they may even...
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    04-08-2021, 09:48 AM
    I’ve had good experience with Yanmar motors. If you are counting on using front forks for lifting much and that’s a big advantage of a tractor, make sure the tractor can SAFELY lift that load. Make sure the accessories you may want are available and...
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    04-08-2021, 07:13 AM
    Cats can be really bad and destroy things. I wonder why we put up with them in the house, but we do.
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    04-08-2021, 07:03 AM
    I don’t see the point. Why not just shoot smokeless, if you don’t want to deal with fouling. However, when I am shooting BP in my 45/70, I often shoot a smokeless round or two at the end and it makes cleaning a lot easier.
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    04-06-2021, 03:22 AM
    Put an add where roofing contractors buy their supplies saying you will buy lead for more than the local scrap dealer. Best to contact the scrap dealer and see what he buys it for and he may have some lead that could interest you. I think you...
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    04-06-2021, 03:12 AM
    Do dentists still use the technology that produces the tin foil? My dentist now always uses a digital system when checking my teeth.
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    04-05-2021, 03:34 PM
    I’m afraid that with what could be a hundred and fifty years of rust, I would twist the tang off before the breach plug gave way. Maybe if I already had experience unscrewing a breach plug on such an old gun, I would be more apt to try it. I can’t...
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    04-04-2021, 11:01 PM
    I’ve tried to chisel it away, but the sides are on an angle, so I think the chisel slips off. If I make a chisel exactly the same width as the barrel I might make some progress, but it is really hard stuff. I’ve thought about meeting the lead...
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    04-04-2021, 09:50 PM
    I haven’t posted about my progress in a while, because there hasn’t been any and I’ve not been motivated since a got an endoscope and got a real look at what was going on. The area around the ball was/is completely rusted solid. I have been able to...
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    04-04-2021, 08:56 PM
    Wasn’t Alox originally used for lubricating steel cables (wire rope) on reels and when going through pulleys?
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    04-04-2021, 08:44 PM
    Don’t forget that you are measuring by volume. The same volume can give you different weights with different powders. I like measures for BP, but am not too keen on them for smokeless.
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    04-04-2021, 09:45 AM
    I think itís more a question of profit margin. They will produce the most they can of what has the highest profit margin, as long as there is demand. And we all know there is demand today!
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    04-04-2021, 09:40 AM
    I was just wondering if you tried an empty, resized case, before you belled it, in the chamber? Did it fit?
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    04-04-2021, 09:24 AM
    It’s always nice to hear a positive story with a happy ending. Congratulations to you both.
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    04-04-2021, 09:14 AM
    Longbow’s first post sums up most things. Although we often call it smelting, it’s not, it’s just remelting recycled lead. Much lower temperatures and the lead shouldn’t vaporize. You are most at risk from breathing fine lead particles or ingesting...
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    04-04-2021, 08:49 AM
    I’ve heard all sorts of things about the use of fillers. Using fillers are a must or you don’t need them at all. I’ve even heard it depended if you were using a jacked bullet or plain lead. This idea does seem a little out there, but a good primer...
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    04-04-2021, 01:31 AM
    For storing molds, I spray them down with Ballistol and keep them in a Tupperware type box in a humid basement. Never any corrosion issues. I don’t store my many Lee molds in their boxes. They are all together in a couple of large Tupperware boxes.
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    04-03-2021, 10:43 AM
    I remember house calls and my father telling me that doctors used to be poor!
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    04-03-2021, 10:24 AM
    What is your preference, experience and why with different materials. I started with aluminum Lee molds because of the price. So far I havenít seen any problems with them. I have a Pedersoli mold in steel that casts great round balls, but also a...
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    04-03-2021, 09:52 AM
    So do you have a source for this alloy at 32 Euros/kilo? If so, it sounds like a good option. When have you heard about the ban on lead boolits taking effect? Is it a ban in all of Europe or only Germany? I ask because I am in France. My shooting...
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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