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Gunsmithing / Re: Bent ejector on a Colt Bisley
« Last post by DeaconKC on Today at 06:56:35 PM »
Coffinmaker, thanks, I was concerned and had not considered that someone had done that.
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1911 & Wild Bunch Shooting / Re: Frame question
« Last post by Professor Marvel on Today at 04:58:27 PM »
Happy to help, my good Deacon
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The Darksider's Den / Re: Pyrodex load data
« Last post by Coffinmaker on Today at 03:30:42 PM »

 >:(  powderhombre   >:(

Please allow me to add.  You may already know this, however:

PYRODEX is a RUSTING AGENT that just happens to burn.  I cannot in all good conscience suggest anyone use it any firearm.  Unless it's a JUNKER.  If it's not a junker, pyrodex will, in short order, turn it into a JUNKER.

It's only good use is as a fertilizer.  Spread it well just before it rains.  Then forget you ever purchased it.

Hide and Watch.
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The Longbranch / Re: 157 Years Ago - Today...
« Last post by powderhombre on Today at 02:27:31 PM »
What if indeed. If you youtube search Matt Atkinson, Gettysburg park ranger, he gives in depth battle walk tours.
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Gunsmithing / Re: mauser c96 pierced primers
« Last post by Cap n Redneck on Today at 02:12:38 PM »
Mr. Fanning,
Are you by chance using primers that are considered soft?  (FEDERAL primers springs to mind...)
If so, you could try changing to a different brand and see if that helps...
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The Leather Shop / Re: The New SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #4
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 02:09:01 PM »
Old timer . . .

I love this. Very nice.
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The Leather Shop / Re: The New SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #4
« Last post by Skeeter Lewis on Today at 02:05:35 PM »
Later money belts were left open at the end. I just prefer the neater look of the all-round stitching.
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The Leather Shop / Re: The New SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #4
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 01:56:03 PM »
The earlier money belts were stitched all the way around. Money was inserted through the gap under the buckle through which the strap is inserted. There's an example on the cover of Packing Iron.
Nice belt, Marshal. It's a period look.
Thanks, pard. I didn't realize the money belts were stitched that way. I'll remember that.
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The Darksider's Den / Re: Pyrodex load data
« Last post by AntiqueSledMan on Today at 01:53:01 PM »
Hello powderhombre,

I have this in a word document, AntiqueSledMan.

HODGDON LOADING NOTES
WARNING - Before loading your firearm, stop and read and understand the instructions furnished with your firearm. If you do not have an owner's manual for your firearm, contact the manufacturer and request one. The owner's manual for your firearm should specify a maximum allowable load. Under no circumstances should this maximum be exceeded.
Make certain that there is no cap, primer or powder in the priming pan of the firearm. Make certain that the firearm is not already loaded.
All charges of Triple Seven or Pyrodex should be measured by VOLUME not weight. A simple, adjustable blackpowder measure is the correct tool for this job. All loads listed in this brochure are measured by VOLUME.
Triple Seven is a high energy product designed to provide the muzzleloading hunter with higher velocities when used in the same VOLUME as blackpowder. To duplicate a blackpowder load velocity using Triple Seven, you must decrease the powder charge by 15%. *See WARNING below.
Pyrodex is lighter in weight than blackpowder and weighs only about 70% as much as blackpowder. However, because Pyrodex yields more energy per pound than does blackpowder, the same volume of Pyrodex gives similar performance to blackpowder. Pyrodex loads given in this manual for muzzleloading guns are measured by volume, not weight.
Triple Seven In Cartridges: Use data specifically developed for Triple Seven FFG only. Cartridge loads should be used exactly as listed in this pamphlet. You may safely use a card or polyethylene wad up to .030" in thickness to protect the base of the bullet. Loading density should be 100% with light compression not to exceed .100". Testing has shown that Triple Seven will perform best when the bullet just touches the powder. Allow no airspace between the base of the bullet and the powder. Do not reduce loads by means of filler wads or inert filler material such as Grits, Dacron or Grex. Do not heavily compress powder charges. The use of filler wads, inert fillers or heavy compression may cause a dangerous situation, which could cause injury and/or death to the shooter, bystanders or damage property. Do not create loads for cartridges not listed. Contact Hodgdon Powder Company for recommendations concerning other loads. *See WARNINGS below.
Pyrodex In Cartridges: The mechanics of reloading metallic cartridges are quite simple, but there is one requirement of the modern shooter that cannot be overlooked. The modern loader must set aside his knowledge of loading with smokeless powders and embrace the ways of years gone by. It must always be remembered that blackpowder and Pyrodex are very inefficient powders by today's standards. The methods described here are consistent with good loading practices for Pyrodex and should be followed without regard to smokeless loading practices.
Pyrodex works best in straight walled cases, but it will work satisfactorily in bottle necked cartridges as long as our warnings are observed.
WARNING: Never allow an air space in any cartridge loaded with Pyrodex. The loading density must be 100% by light compression. 100% loading density may be accomplished in two ways:
The case is filled with powder to a level that will provide light compression of the powder (1/16" to 1/8") when the bullet is seated. Bottle necked cases must be loaded in this manner.
In straight walled cases, filler wads may be used to reduce the powder charge. This is done by inserting card or Polyethylene wads between the base of the bullet and the powder. Wads should be sized to the internal diameter of the cartridge case. The loader must be careful to insure that there are no void spaces in the assembled cartridge. NEVER use any other type of filler material. Be careful as loads are reduced. At some point, the bullet will fail to exit the bore.
When loading cartridges with Pyrodex or Triple Seven, you may use a powder measure designed for smokeless powders. Learn more.
Pyrodex does produce a corrosive residue from combustion. Even though this fouling is softer than the fouling produced by blackpowder, firearms should be cleaned after each use. Hodgdon Powder Co. recommends the use of natural cleaning solvents.
Cartridge cases that have been fired using Pyrodex require special care. As soon as possible after firing, cases should be de-primed and immersed in 50% water and white vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will neutralize the corrosive residues remaining in the case. Care should be taken to limit the soaking time of the cases in the vinegar to 10 minutes. Soaking for a longer time may cause etching of the brass case resulting in shortened case life. Rinse cases with clear water, dry and polish in a tumbler with corncob or walnut shell media.
Flintlock: To insure proper ignition in flintlock systems, 5 grains of FFFFG priming powder should be placed into the bore prior to loading the main charge of Triple Seven or Pyrodex. Consult the loading data in this brochure to determine the proper charge for the caliber firearm used and the chosen projectile. The main powder charge should be reduced by 5 grains to compensate for the addition of the priming powder. While holding the firearm vertically, slowly pour the measured charge of Triple Seven or Pyrodex into the barrel. Seat the projectile firmly against the powder. Make certain that there is no airspace between the powder and the projectile. *See WARNING below.
Percussion Firearms: Select the proper charge from the loads listed in this brochure. Set powder measure as indicated. While holding the firearm vertically, slowly pour the measured charge of Triple Seven or Pyrodex into the barrel. Seat the projectile firmly against the powder . Make sure that there is no airspace between the powder and the projectile. *See WARNING below.
Do not prime the pan on a flintlock or place a primer/cap on the firearm until ready to begin shooting.
*WARNING: Failure to follow the recommendations for use of Triple Seven and Pyrodex could result in injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.
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The Leather Shop / Re: The New SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #4
« Last post by Skeeter Lewis on Today at 01:51:07 PM »
The earlier money belts were stitched all the way around. Money was inserted through the gap under the buckle through which the strap is inserted. There's an example on the cover of Packing Iron.
Nice belt, Marshal. It's a period look.
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