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  • Posted in thread: 1842 Harper's Ferry ram rod on 11-14-2013 at 02:30 PM
    Get a short, fat rod - bigger that the parts you're fitting, and long enough to hold them.
    Drill a tapping thread hole all the way through, reasonably close to center. Then drill a snug
    hole to fit th...

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning a rusty rifle? on 02-20-2013 at 10:20 PM
    I've cleaned surface rust off a few barrels, using a tip I got from one of Brownells books. Rub
    the barrel with a hard, round, metal shaft. Once I used a screwdriver blade, but since then
    I've been us...

  • Posted in thread: Ball stuck in barrel.... on 02-01-2013 at 10:47 PM
    I had one the exact same way. Hole in ball, everything. I screwed the puller back in. Put in
    some powder from the flash hole and pushed the ball on to the powder. It came out just fine. If
    you don't w...

  • Posted in thread: Powdered sugar ? on 02-01-2013 at 10:38 PM
    Don`t believe everything you hear or read, Black powder is fairly safe & easy to make. (Just be
    Careful)A good standard black powder:..100 parts saltpeter + 18 parts coal + 16 parts

  • Posted in thread: CVA 50 cal Mountain percussion on 11-01-2012 at 11:23 PM
    I shoot a .495 roundball wrapped in a .012 ticking patch, pushed with 60 rains of fff. It's
    real tight to start with, and I don't need to make it any harder. I run the dry patch just in
    case, and to e...

  • Posted in thread: CVA 50 cal Mountain percussion on 11-01-2012 at 01:56 AM
    I used the bucket of hot soapy water method for years, and still do ever so often, but have
    found a much easier method. After shooting at the range most of the day, I cap off the nipple
    with a little ...

  • Posted in thread: Newb question- Best ammo type for hunting on 04-03-2012 at 01:37 AM
    I agree w this. I have seen deer shot w 45, 50, 54, and 60 cal smoke poles and of the all
    sabbots have done the best. A 280 barnes 50 cal sabbot out of my 54 tc contender will roll
    small deer off thei...

  • Posted in thread: 209 primers and Round ball. on 09-23-2011 at 10:33 PM
    I replaced the barrel on my TC 50 cal Hawkin with a slower twist, more suited to round balls -
    made a noticeable improvement. I cannot remember the name of the company right now, but it's
    associated w...

  • Posted in thread: Ruger 10/22 Sporter Contest on 07-14-2011 at 11:24 PM
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  • Posted in thread: Are black powder rifles and pistols fun to shoot? on 08-09-2010 at 02:32 PM
    Cleaning a bp rifle is not a big deal. I used to pull the barrel (50 cal TC), stick the breech
    into a bucket of hot soapy water, and plunge repeatedly with a patched jag until it stopped
    squirting bla...