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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    I said 45/70. I would have said 45/90, but I don’t have one yet. I always wish I could get more BP into 45/70s. Surprised 45/70 is number three.
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    Today, 12:16 PM
    If you happen to have access to some Mercury, you could soak it. As long as you are not breathing heated vapors from it or eating too much fish that contains it, it’s not dangerous. They used to use it in fillings.
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    Today, 11:54 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread zinc in my lead in Cast Boolits
    As has been said, clean that sprue plate before it causes problems. You are probably cutting the sprue too early. If your mold is getting a little too warm, you need to wait longer to cut the sprue. Take your time and let things cool a little more....
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    Today, 11:46 AM
    You’ve made a good choice powder coating. It’s not the only thing I do, but it’s great stuff and I do a lot of it, compared to other methods. An important thing to know, is to keep your powder 100% free of humidity. Remove all air from thé plastic...
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    Today, 11:33 AM
    I big quality slicer will cost a lot these days. You could always freeze it and cut it with a band saw.
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    Today, 11:29 AM
    Where those brand new cases? If so, I would think it was a manufacturing defect.
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    Today, 11:24 AM
    I use a NOE sizer, but don’t see why à Lee wouldn’t work, as long as the shank/heel on the boolit had the right diameter.
    3 replies | 86 view(s)
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    Today, 11:17 AM
    I was with a friend when he showed his gun to a gunsmith, who specializes in muzzle loaders. After a quick look, he said he needed to heat the hammer and bend it into the correct position. That may have been specific to his gun. There could also be...
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    Today, 03:32 AM
    Wow, that’s great. They have the firing pin plus some other things I wouldn’t mind picking up. Unfortunately, on the contact form it states, « I don’t ship outside the UK. Please don’t ask ». I was afraid I would run into that problem ordering from...
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    Yesterday, 11:33 PM
    Don’t hesitate. Start powder coating. You'll be glad you did. It works really well.
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    Yesterday, 11:19 PM
    That’s a good idea to take out the spring. I’ve never looked at how that safely functions. I never use it. If I opt to use a solid firing pin, can they be bought ready to use or do they need to be specially made?
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    Yesterday, 04:41 PM
    A friend and I were trying to get his suppressed M1A to shoot subsonic. The risk of a very light load, after some research, is that the small amount of powder may get ignited at the boolit end and not the primer end. With the powder burning...
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    Yesterday, 03:59 PM
    I once collected pewter items and then people started giving pieces to me as presents. Now it’s all sitting on a shelf in the barn covered with dust. I’m getting tempted to melt some down into ingots. It sure is expensive when you buy it in ingot...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    I’ve never experimented with it, but have always heard it was very hard. I think arsenic is often added. I’ve also heard that it’s hard to melt down because of the graphite. I think, as Ed said, it’s probably best to slowly mix it into an alloy...
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    Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    Yes I have stuffed a lot of long and fat boolits in that gun. I don’t completely understand the mechanics of how a cartridge too long damages the bolt. Can someone explain that. The bolt doesn’t look like it’s been bashed. It looks like wear from...
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    Yesterday, 10:19 AM
    It took FedEx ten days to fly across the Atlantic. An item I ordered just arrived in France. I hope I get it by Monday.
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    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread zinc in my lead in Cast Boolits
    Congratulations! It looks like you’re getting the hang of it. Yes, I think the bases will improve if you wait longer before you cut them. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Wait longer and longer until it’s too difficult to cut the sprue. Then look at...
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    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread New Caliber in Special Projects
    I wold think that 308 brass should be easy to find too. Could you neck that down to 243?
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    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
    My 45/70 Marlin started having some misfires a while back. A second cock would fire it. I had been shooting BP in it and thought some of the residue may have found it’s way into the bolt and was preventing the firing pin from striking as hard as it...
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    Yesterday, 01:21 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread New Caliber in Special Projects
    What boolit would you use? What weight?
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    Yesterday, 01:08 AM
    If you are going to do that, why not consider a complete paper patch and forget about the lube?
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    11-24-2021, 03:18 PM
    Thé angle plate doesn’t have any webbing, but it’s only three inches wide and two high. The inside is a rough casting. It’s not new. Definitely not from China.
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    11-24-2021, 01:38 PM
    I would like to clarify that the surface gauge and the support/stand for the dial indicator are two different things. I bought what I thought was a more accurate stand for my indicator, but when it arrived, there was no place to easily mount an...
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    11-24-2021, 10:21 AM
    GregLaROCHE replied to a thread Poured some today in Cast Boolits
    I’ve always sat down to cast boolits. Next time I will be wearing an Ace bandage on my wrist ahead of time, to hopefully keep it from hurting later.
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  • GregLaROCHE's Avatar
    11-24-2021, 10:07 AM
    Bullet placement trumps all. Good job. Congratulations !
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    11-24-2021, 10:03 AM
    Shots like that are supposed to surprise you when they go off. Good shooting and congratulations.
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    11-24-2021, 09:57 AM
    Put me in line behind Gar, in case something falls through.
    2 replies | 106 view(s)
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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