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  1. Dphar1950

    Kentucky or Hawken

    Its what you want. If you want a Kentucky and want a kit that will make a traditional rifle that is shaped like a real PA/KY or even a Southern Mountain Rifle you might look to Kibler. Chambers kits are top of the line as well. You might look to the The Hawken Shop or Don Stiths kits which are...
  2. Dphar1950

    Pyrodex Cleaning issues?

    People might want to read my posts with a little more care before making snide remarks. Snide remarks cannot change facts I might also add.
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    Legal Question Black Powder

    Where are you?
  4. Dphar1950

    Pyrodex Cleaning issues?

    I have done testing. I have used the stuff in company guns. I have examined guns used with the stuff. I have had people I trust tell me things. LIke the freind who knows how, who shot the stuff in an original 1869 Springfield and it took a YEAR to get the after rust stopped. Finally pulled it...
  5. Dphar1950

    Flintlock Plaines Rifles.

    What we would call a percussion cap was not invented until the late 1820s. Previously they were reloadable iron cups (and various other pill/tube/scent bottle etc) and reloading these things with a detonating compound should scare the hell out of anyone. Or the scent bottle for that matter. The...
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    Flintlock Plaines Rifles.

    The lack of a cut is meaningless after 1800-1810. English locks with "French" cocks stopped the cock with the fence. Like this Manton V pan lock. http://www.ctmuzzleloaders.com/ctml_experiments/mantonlock/manton_pics/lock_front_open.jpg
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    Bummed About Rabbits

    Rabbits can be very cyclical. So get a predator call and shoot the fox and coyote you might have. In poor rabbit years the Bobcats will move out looking for prey. So far as the lawn chemicals, release them and give them 2-3 years and don't worry. Unless you start finding rabbits with 3 eyes or...
  8. Dphar1950

    Pyrodex Cleaning issues?

    Living in Arizona helps since the hunidity is so low. Also when BP fouling is white it is barely corrosive if at all since it contains little water. Thats why its hard and won't wipe away easily. Fouling from the perchlorate will suck up water at any percentage in the air. BP fouling also sucks...
  9. Dphar1950

    Pyrodex Cleaning issues?

    Just don't use it. I bet I can see the results in the BPCR you used it in given the opportunity to check. Does it still have bluing in the bore? Few due if used much with it. Pyrodex needs warm/hot water and lots of it, soap if you want but then rinse out the soap. If shooting "naked" bullets...
  10. Dphar1950

    Pitted Barrel Project

    Some of these factory guns have dovetails so deep that reboring would worry me.
  11. Dphar1950

    Pitted Barrel Project

    These are best quality barrels with gun barrel quality alloy steel. This is what I would do. Just don't shoot replica powders in them. Get the 66 twist version. https://www.trackofthewolf.com/List/Item.aspx/648/1
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    Pitted Barrel Project

    You should be able to get a replacement barrel for it.
  13. Dphar1950

    Stand up brass tube flask,safe on shooting bench?

    A brass tube powder flask, unless the tube wall is VERY thin, is basically a hand grenade. There is a reason the old flasks were made of such thin material and the seams soft soldered. Heavy material, strong flasks, contains the pressure until it is high enough to burst it. A thin, weak...
  14. Dphar1950

    Barrel Length

    Most original Flintlock rifles and many percussions were "4 foot" in the barrel. But this could be anything close to 4 ft. 40-44 is typical BUT there were shorter rifles even during the colonial period. But remember they were called long rifles for a reason and there are 1/2 stocked Hawken...
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    Pitted Barrel Project

    You cast a fairly long lead piece, a lap if you will, in the barrel to give a good representation of the rifling. Then one groove impressions (its the raised portion of the rifling on the lap, I call it a lap since its identical to the casting used to lap a barrel) is cut down deep enough to put...
  16. Dphar1950

    Gun Powder "substitutes"

    None of the "replica powders" are "new". All of them, in some form, were tried in the 19th c trying to get a non-fouling propellant. But some, like the sugar powders, tend to suck up water like a sponge. I.E. Some of the recent iterations would actually liquify if exposed to the air long enough...
  17. Dphar1950

    Gun Powder "substitutes"

    According the Bill Knight the chemical reaction of burning Pyrodex produces low levels of cyanide. I believe Bill. And remember there are things in the stuff that they don't list and I don't think anyone actually tests it to see if the MSDS is actually accurate.
  18. Dphar1950

    On casting roundballs......

    My Lyman book is falling apart as well. The trans-sonic range is very high drag for any bullet. There are many factors but the way I have seen it explained the TIME LOST by the bullet determines wind drift. A bullet started at 1050-1100 will lose less time than if its launched at 1250 and runs...
  19. Dphar1950

    On casting roundballs......

    Find data that says they do. I can shoot solid base 350-400 gr 40 cal bullet that are .010 under and they work fine shoot VERY well. But its in one of those unmentionables. So I understand bullet upset and can quote chapter and verse on elongated bullets and their ability to fill a bore before...
  20. Dphar1950

    On casting roundballs......

    Hardened lead will shoot as well as soft in a RB rifle. BUT the ball when alloyed will cast larger diameter than the pure lead and a thinner patch might be in order. Also barrels with wide lands will require more force to start the ball with hard lead. Narrower lands, such as found in Green...
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