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by horseman308
Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:19 am
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Are my cases ruined?
RepliesCOLON 5
ViewsCOLON 3276

Are my cases ruined?

So after a day at the range, I totally forgot about my empties that I had left sitting in a water and dish soap bath. I mix up some soapy water to drop my empties in after each shot and just have it in old milk jug. But I blanked and left them in there for over a week before I remembered. :shock: Th...
by horseman308
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:29 am
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Looking for feedback on first casting results
RepliesCOLON 5
ViewsCOLON 968

Re: Looking for feedback on first casting results

Thanks again. I've had a few free minutes this morning and did essentially what you just mentioned after reading several other folks say the same. I cast a few dozen tapping the mold joint between each. While the out-of-roundness improved, it didn't go away. I got down to about .0015" out (.4585 one...
by horseman308
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:52 am
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Looking for feedback on first casting results
RepliesCOLON 5
ViewsCOLON 968

Re: Looking for feedback on first casting results

Thanks Brent. I checked Las night and do indeed have lead splatter on the mating surfaces. I mic'ed my bullets and they're out of round by about .003", so I'll melt them down and start over. The splatter didn't come off when I heated the mold, but I want to be careful. How would you suggest I clean ...
by horseman308
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:23 pm
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Looking for feedback on first casting results
RepliesCOLON 5
ViewsCOLON 968

Looking for feedback on first casting results

I just finished my first batch of cast bullets, and I'd love some thoughts on what I could do to improve. I'm loading for a Pedersoli Sharps in .45/70. The alloy I mixed was 20/1 lead to lead-free solder (95/5 tin and antimony) - I basically mixed 20lb of scuba weights and roofing flashing with 1 lb...
by horseman308
Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:08 am
ForumCOLON General Discussion of BPCR
TopicCOLON Black powder in combat
RepliesCOLON 6
ViewsCOLON 2111

Re: Black powder in combat

Someone more knowledgeable can correct me, but in the era of Napoleonice tactics (i.e., late 1700s to early 1800s), armies got relatively close to one another before opening fire, they would fire volleys, and ranks would take turns firing, reloading, and advancing toward the enemy. The end result I ...
by horseman308
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:10 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Let me get this straight
RepliesCOLON 15
ViewsCOLON 5039

Re: Let me get this straight

Thanks guys. I made one single round last night to make sure I was good with the process. I used one .03" wad over the powder and compressed .15". Doing do, I had no issues using the upside-down case to cut the cookie. In fact, I dropped the case by accident when turning it over and had no issues. I...
by horseman308
Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:06 am
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Let me get this straight
RepliesCOLON 15
ViewsCOLON 5039

Re: Let me get this straight

I'll add onto this thread, hoping that my question is in the same vein, rather than a hijack. I'm about to load my first rounds with BP, using a supply of 300 grain cast bullets. (I know that's not a preferred weight in my rifle - same one as the OP - but they were free). Since the bullets only have...
by horseman308
Sat Mar 19, 2016 2:42 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON What consistency for Emmert's
RepliesCOLON 4
ViewsCOLON 2494

What consistency for Emmert's

I just made my first batch of Emmett's and realized I'm not certain what it's supposed to feel like. I did the 5/4/1 ratio of beeswax, crisco, and canola oil, and it came out nice and smooth in texture, which I assume is good. After letting it cool, it feels much firmer than I expected, though. If I...
by horseman308
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:21 am
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Choosing the right bullet
RepliesCOLON 10
ViewsCOLON 3157

Re: Choosing the right bullet

Thanks for the tips. Chris, my rifle is a Pedersoli Sharps in .45-70 with a 30" bbl. So it's a pretty common rifle. I live in central Maryland, so most of my shooting opportunities will be under 300 yards, more often 200 and less. I may be able to get out to shoot 400-500 yards once a year or so. So...
by horseman308
Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:52 pm
ForumCOLON Bullets and Lubes
TopicCOLON Choosing the right bullet
RepliesCOLON 10
ViewsCOLON 3157

Choosing the right bullet

I'm curious about y'alls process for identifying the right bullet for your loads. Assuming that most, if not all, serious BPCR shooters cast their own, do you start with buying pre-cast in various weight and design and then buy a mold that matches what works best? Or do you just buy a bunch of diffe...
by horseman308
Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:05 pm
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Good reason not to use 3f?
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 2784

Re: Good reason not to use 3f?

Cool, thanks y'all. Just wanted to check. I'll give it a shot, as it were.
by horseman308
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:25 am
ForumCOLON Cartridge Loading Tips, Techniques, Questions and Ponderings
TopicCOLON Good reason not to use 3f?
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 2784

Good reason not to use 3f?

Forgive the potentially dumb question; I'm still very new to BPCR and and researching the best way to get started with reloading. I see that most sources I have read and most folks here suggest/use either 1 1/2 F or 2F powder for their 45-70 loads. While I've read a few that use 3F, it doesn't seem ...
by horseman308
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:40 am
ForumCOLON Duplex and Smokeless Loads
TopicCOLON a little guidance for first time reloader
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 9930

Re: a little guidance for first time reloader

Thanks Brent. So when making the lube, is this for grease cookies or just to lube the grooves of the bullets? The bullets I have now have one large groove near the base with a red-colored substance that I think is some kind of lube (probably for smokeless), but it has flaked off pretty easy on a cou...
by horseman308
Mon Jan 11, 2016 4:46 am
ForumCOLON Duplex and Smokeless Loads
TopicCOLON a little guidance for first time reloader
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 9930

Re: a little guidance for first time reloader

Thanks y'all. My goal right now is simplicity; just being able to load a straightforward cartridge without tons of "unnecessary" extras. Thing is, I don't really know what's considered "unnecessary" (and I know what's necessary is relative to what you want to accomplish). That being said, what's the...
by horseman308
Fri Jan 08, 2016 8:26 pm
ForumCOLON Duplex and Smokeless Loads
TopicCOLON a little guidance for first time reloader
RepliesCOLON 7
ViewsCOLON 9930

a little guidance for first time reloader

( I think this is the better forum, but mods please feel free to move if needed ) I recently got a Pedersoli Sharps in .45-70, and a friend/mentor who was cleaning out some of his stuff gave me a Lee Loader and a box of 300 grain cast lead RNFP bullets. http://leeprecision.com/lee-loader-45-70-govt....