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by Deadeye Bly
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:03 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON loading 45-70
RepliesCOLON 2
ViewsCOLON 1990

Re: loading 45-70

I've been loading some 45/70 cases since 1992. They have been fired dozens of times and are still good. I've lost a few from different causes but not enlarged primer pockets.
by Deadeye Bly
Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:10 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Ideal .40 cal weight.
RepliesCOLON 32
ViewsCOLON 8348

Re: Ideal .40 cal weight.

I shoot a Shiloh 40/65 with a 16" twist and I shoot a Brooks Creedmoor style bullet with a reduced front band. It weighs 416 grains cast from 25:1. I have another 16 twist rifle with a Green Mountain barrel and it likes the Saeco #740 at 412 grains in 30:1
by Deadeye Bly
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:40 pm
ForumCOLON Rifles and Shooting Accessories
TopicCOLON Kelley Sight Glare
RepliesCOLON 27
ViewsCOLON 7458

Re: Kelley Sight Glare

Have you tried tilting the sight forward a bit. It may not be best vertical. While looking thru it tilt it forward and backward to see if the picture gets better or worse. Just a thought.
by Deadeye Bly
Wed Jan 25, 2017 8:31 pm
ForumCOLON BPCR Gunsmithing and Other Projects
TopicCOLON Best companies/gunsmiths to work for specializing in BPCR?
RepliesCOLON 6
ViewsCOLON 2300

Re: Best companies/gunsmiths to work for specializing in BPCR?

Check with Johnson's Sporting Goods in Adrian MI. They do a full line of gunsmithing and have Steve Durren, one of the best BPCR/antique gunsmiths in the business. I don't know if they would take an apprentice but it is worth checking.
by Deadeye Bly
Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:26 am
ForumCOLON General Discussion of BPCR
TopicCOLON Newbie advice requested
RepliesCOLON 11
ViewsCOLON 2972

Re: Newbie advice requested

Choose the caliber for what you will use the rifle for the most. I know your choices may change after you own the rifle. The 45/70 will do everything for you. 45/70's did well at last years 1000 yd match in Phoenix and they do well at Lodi also. Yes, the 45/90 may be a better choice for 1000 yd shoo...
by Deadeye Bly
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:19 pm
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Cleaning bullet molds
RepliesCOLON 5
ViewsCOLON 2452

Re: Cleaning bullet molds

I use Brakleen and scrub with a toothbrush. It usually does an excellent job.
by Deadeye Bly
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:06 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Sprue Dimple
RepliesCOLON 17
ViewsCOLON 5235

Re: Sprue Dimple

Your sprue plate is too loose. Tighten it up some and as Brent says, let the mold cool a bit longer. It could be that the cutting edge is not sharp enough. Countersink it a little deeper and stone the surface that contacts the mold to remove any burrs. That should help the appearance of the bullets....
by Deadeye Bly
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:29 am
ForumCOLON General Discussion of BPCR
TopicCOLON 38/55 seating dies.
RepliesCOLON 2
ViewsCOLON 3285

Re: 38/55 seating dies.

As a general rule harder lead alloys contain antimony and will cast a larger bullet than straight lead/tin alloys. Look for a shop with a honing machine to enlarge the seating die for your larger bullets. It will be quick work with the proper machine and honing mandrel. Industrial shops or automotiv...
by Deadeye Bly
Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:02 am
ForumCOLON Beginners Tips - Anything Useful for the New BPCR Shooter
TopicCOLON 45/70 bp reloading steps
RepliesCOLON 4
ViewsCOLON 2654

Re: 45/70 bp reloading steps

If the belling is only enough to get the bullet started it generally won't be a problem and cartridges will chamber OK. If the bell is too large to chamber you can run the loaded cartridges into the full length sizing die with the decapping stem removed only enough to remove the bell. Use just enoug...
by Deadeye Bly
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:49 pm
ForumCOLON Beginners Tips - Anything Useful for the New BPCR Shooter
TopicCOLON 45/70 bp reloading steps
RepliesCOLON 4
ViewsCOLON 2654

Re: 45/70 bp reloading steps

When you expand your case necks you need to set the depth so that you get a slight bell right at the mouth of the case to make starting the bullet into the case easier without shaving lead. You don't absolutely need a wad but it may shoot better with one. You will need to seat the bullets with a sea...
by Deadeye Bly
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:01 am
ForumCOLON General Discussion of BPCR
TopicCOLON old eyes, open sights, and groups
RepliesCOLON 21
ViewsCOLON 6339

Re: old eyes, open sights, and groups

I think you should use a black bullseye target instead of red for open sights. Red works OK for scopes but irons work best with black. Use a post front sight and a 6 o'clock hold. Yes, a tang sight may probably tighten your groups but not as much as you might think. A hunting tang sight should be sm...
by Deadeye Bly
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:08 am
ForumCOLON General Discussion of BPCR
TopicCOLON Too frequent annealing
RepliesCOLON 2
ViewsCOLON 1410

Re: Too frequent annealing

Brent, like you I only anneal when I feel the brass needs it. I neck size my cases in a Lyman neck die and I can detect a difference in the force to required to pull the handle. I set any cases aside that require more force than usual and when I accumulate an amount worth the time to anneal, I annea...
by Deadeye Bly
Tue May 03, 2016 7:36 pm
ForumCOLON BPCR Gunsmithing and Other Projects
TopicCOLON Bone Charcoal
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 3270

Re: Bone Charcoal

I knew a guy who built high value muzzle loaders with beautiful color hardening and he said he used aquarium charcoal intended for filters in fish tanks. His work was always 1st class. Check an aquarium supply store for it. It's probably available in Australia.
by Deadeye Bly
Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:37 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON 40/50 SS cases from .303 British
RepliesCOLON 10
ViewsCOLON 3031

Re: 40/50 SS cases from .303 British

The full length 303 brass shrinks about .080" when fireformed in a 40-60 Maynard chamber making it too short for the 40-60 Maynard. If you would trim to about .090 longer than your anticipated finish length before fireforming that should leave you some to square up the case mouth and get your finish...
by Deadeye Bly
Thu Apr 21, 2016 5:50 am
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON 40/50 SS cases from .303 British
RepliesCOLON 10
ViewsCOLON 3031

Re: 40/50 SS cases from .303 British

Firing with the 38 pistol bullet gave a good fill out of the case in one firing. With a soft filler like cream of wheat, grits, etc the case was not fully formed in the middle and needed a second firing with a bullet to complete the process. I used a short piece of 40 caliber barrel screwed onto one...