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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2019, 11:42:04 AM »
Hi Kirk, I keep waiting to learn that you actually did some shooting.  )l_ )l_ )l_

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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2019, 12:00:22 PM »
Hi Kirk, I keep waiting to learn that you actually did some shooting.  )l_ )l_ )l_

Regards,
Richard

Actually I've been quite busy shooting shooting basement pellet guns, centerfire (.44RM) and rimfire (.22LR) at the local indoor range, and reloading most of the .44s as I empty the cases. I really dislike indoor shooting, but it's better than nothing.  8)
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2019, 06:05:44 PM »
I will be sending you a care package soon, assortment of 45-70 boolits, 44-40 boolits and a handful of 44-40 brass along with a couple of other things.

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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #18 on: March 27, 2019, 05:51:47 AM »
 Thank you...you, sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. &\?
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #19 on: March 27, 2019, 06:42:53 PM »
Send me a PM or email when you get the box and we can talk more.

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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2019, 03:10:47 PM »
So, what's more fun than a barrel of monkeys?

Why, a box of brass, of course!

This arrived today; 100 brand-spanking new .45/70 Starline cases for building BPCR loads.
This is so much fun, it should be ag'in the law.



« Last Edit: March 28, 2019, 03:12:23 PM by Captainkirk »
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2019, 04:53:20 PM »
So, what's more fun than a barrel of monkeys?

This is so much fun, it should be ag'in the law.





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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2019, 05:14:54 PM »
I would suggest annealing the case necks of that Starline brass. As it comes, it is still a bit hard (at least it used to be). I sent a few Winchester brass in your care package; you should be able to get maybe 5+ more grains of BP in those as opposed to the Starline. I have only shot ffg or Goex Cartridge in my rifles. Some people cut back to fg powder when shooting the long, heavy bullets. Cuts down on recoil, at the expense of distance. Not much, but some.

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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2019, 11:47:33 AM »
I would suggest annealing the case necks of that Starline brass. As it comes, it is still a bit hard (at least it used to be). I sent a few Winchester brass in your care package; you should be able to get maybe 5+ more grains of BP in those as opposed to the Starline. I have only shot ffg or Goex Cartridge in my rifles. Some people cut back to fg powder when shooting the long, heavy bullets. Cuts down on recoil, at the expense of distance. Not much, but some.
Yes, I've already been forewarned about the Starline brass being harder than others as it's the preferred brass for hot smokeless handloads, apparently. I already have some good info on annealing the cases and intend to do that, though I'm not sure if I will anneal before or after the first firing (planning on using the brass as fire-formed, not full length sized). It's been recommended I use Swiss 1-1/2F and Graf's carries it, so I'll start there.
One of the reviews on the Starline brass stated that he checked volume and Starline held exactly one grain less than the Winchester brass. I'll check this out when your package arrives. Of course, one grain of 1.5F is larger than one grain of 2F, and the reviewer did not mention which powder granulation he was using.
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #24 on: April 11, 2019, 02:44:49 PM »
Forgot to post pix of my new Cowboy dies for the .45/70 Sharps loads; ^j)
So, here ya go.

Purdy brown box differentiates the "Cowboy" dies from standard



Love the look of these things with brass lock rings and all. Note the new shell holder (not included). While I already have one with my standard .45/70 Gov't dies (for smokeless) I like to keep a dedicated shellholder in each die box.



Close-up of the Cowboy dies. These are built to different specs than standard rifle dies to accommodate cast bullets and make easier loading as they size the cases a bit larger.




Cowboy dies for the .44-40 are on their way.
« Last Edit: April 11, 2019, 02:53:07 PM by Captainkirk »
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2019, 05:03:09 PM »
Those look great being brass and blued.

You're a busy fella Capt. .45-70, 44-40, Hope you can squeeze some time in to shoot em'!
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #26 on: April 11, 2019, 08:38:30 PM »
It's on my must-do list this summer.
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2019, 06:59:03 PM »
On the way later this week;
100 new Starline .44-40 cases
250 200gr cast bullets, .44-40 cal
Lee Magnum Melter ladle pour lead pot (for the Postell slugs)
Lyman digital lead thermometer
I hope this list ends before my money does.
On the bright side, with free shipping, birthday discounts and sale prices from Midway, I've robably managed to NOT spend at least 100 bucks this year already.
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2019, 08:03:59 PM »
Thanks for reminding me Capt. I need to order 44-40 cases and bullets myself.
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Re: Gearing up
« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2019, 03:28:21 PM »
"Brown Santa" came today with a bunch of stocking stuffers:

First up; 100 brand new shiny .44-40 cases, and something to put in 'em...





...200gr hard cast lubed bullets for the .44-40



...and then, a new Lee Magnum Melter pot for the Sharps Postell boolits along with a Lyman digital lead thermometer.


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