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    This screw won't budge!

    One of my New in Box Italian clones came with pre-rusted nipples, saved me the trouble! Since then I completely disassemble, clean, tune and lube anything I get before going to the range. Tuning avoids that ugly cylinder bolt stop Scraaaaape!!! scar that one of my first “factory tuned” clones...
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    Greetings from Southern California

    Sent you a DM ;-)
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    Greetings from Southern California

    Sent you a DM :)
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    Cannon ball skip??

    Napoleon liked bowling English Squares :-)
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    Greetings from Southern California

    Welcome! Lots of free advice here, most is pretty good too! If you’re anywhere near Piru, look up Burbank Muzzleloaders, we have the nicest range for miles around!
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    Just a show of hands, how many make their own ammution?

    Been casting over 35 years, (except for .22s) haven’t bought factory ammo since. I did buy a box of .490” and .495” balls when I built my first frontstuffer. It likes .495” Now every caliber I build I buy 2 Lee roundball molds. Two TOTW Hawkens like .535” balls while my first Kibler SMR tested...
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    Glad I found this place

    A teacher in California with a gun?!? Oh my, that might be life without parole...
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    Help with stuck bullet

    I used the braille method pulling guns outta the safe, got all geared up for Springfield musket shooting opened the sock at the range to find a trapdoor. That was a short day... now I bring at least 2 guns to the range A club member who makes range rods likes to tap two holes in the handle, one...
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    If you can't get real Black Powder

    A full case of Goex (25lbs) plus hazmat ($25) has finally reached $20 per pound Olde Eynesford a little more, Swiss a lot more Of course if you only buy one pound of Goex it’ll be $45 plus tax
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    Stripped screw help

    Kroil is a good tool, so is a “blue wrench”. Those nipple wrenches are pretty soft, I ended up making my own by dremmeling then filing out the center of 1/4” drive sockets, 5mm or 6mm I think.
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    Patch Lubes

    TotW mink oil is excellent in sub-freezing temps. ...come to think of it, I’ve never seen a frozen mink - otter pops yes, but never mink
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    Touch holes

    Lovely fowling piece, even though it’s not a flinter. :doh: I blame the cannon guys for the touchhole mess, They started it!!!
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    Lube for conical out of a rifle

    Them scrubby things are great, although I don’t use the green ones cuz I’m not sure of their grit. Here’s 3m’s chart of their aggressiveness I use the white, light gray, dark gray, maroon and brown on metal, wood, whiskering, rubbing back aqua fortis and rubbing in final Oil finish Beats real...
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    Unbreakable ramrod

    Oi Oil allows wood to breathe; paint, varnish etc, don’t. An old timer once told me “never paint a wooden ladder” because it will dryrot. Hickory makes a great ramrod. One Muzzleloader supply house has a clever sales trick for ramrods “it costs the same to ship one rod as it does a dozen” I...
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    Misaligned percussion hammer - can this be fixed?

    Look for a hammer with a shorter throw, that one has a long way to go to work. Check the hammer screws threads too, they’re probably metric. One of my 130 yr old Belgian clunkers had the same problem, one hammer backed out every shot, two shots and the screw hit the dirt. Someone had replaced...
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    Dont forget your powder.

    I hope she has “that New Wife smell” for many years!
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    Hello from Ca

    Hi Stevie... there’s a few of us hiding under rocks here Come join us at Burbank Muzzleloaders (est 1933) in Piru, less than an hour and a half north. We’re there Wednesdays and Sundays. Bring whatever you have, we have the rest! You’ll be greeted by grumpy old men grousing and grumbling...
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    Melting lead

    35 plus years ago I did everything in a Lyman 20 lb electric. Later I did my smelting on a Coleman stove pouring alloy into muffin tins. For awhile I used a scary old phone Co beast that sounded like an F16 afterburner. Now I smelt with a turkey fryer and cast boolits with a new Lyman Mag 25...
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    One Shot

    My second covid build, also a Tracks’ Bridger. Either their kits are getting better or I got lucky. Still not as accurate as HawkenShop or DonStith
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    1860 Army Question

    Somewhere I saw a SASS guy’s tuneup procedure for modern repros. The Uberti involved use of a Dillon Locator Button for their shellplate. I forget which number Button is the size of a Colt arbor but picture a thumb tack- the shaft is about 1/8” diameter and the head a good 1/8” plus. You drill a...
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