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Self Defense / Re: .31 Sufficient?
« on: January 16, 2014, 09:29:37 PM »
I wouldn't trust my life to a .31 for one reason. Criminals are more likely than they've ever been to be on some sort of illegal, state altering drug. Little guns like the .31 rely on deterrence through pain. A guy on meth ain't feelin' any. I'd rather have a .44 sheriff. Yes, the .36 pocket police is heavier, but not by a lot, and you get sooo much more power. If you decide to tote a .31, load up with 4f behind a conical. Penetration is going to be critical.

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You still need that "shaving". That's what prevent chainfires. If your chambers are .452, you need a .454 ball. Chamfering chamber mouths helps too.

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For Sale or Trade / '84 ASM 1860 army. needs hand.
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:21:30 PM »
As the title says, it needs a hand. It has my homemade barrel wedge, which isn't pretty, but it fits properly and is heat treated to the right hardness. $175 shipped. I will have to e-mail pics on request.

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Introductions / Re: introduction
« on: November 07, 2013, 02:45:47 PM »
Welcome.

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Projectiles / Re: Hollow Base Swaged Revolver Bullet
« on: November 05, 2013, 06:36:25 AM »
I'd buy some, at least to try them.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 28, 2013, 01:49:39 PM »
Yes, at least.

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Projectiles / Re: Hollow Base Swaged Revolver Bullet
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:26:55 PM »
You can get them from cabelas. I believe they're by a company called buffalo bullets.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:24:49 PM »
300 yard shots can be made on man size targets with a roundball. It's just that they lose too much energy to make a clean kill at that range, unless you're talking about very large ones.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 19, 2013, 08:42:00 AM »
Long range, to me, starts at 300 yards. Historically, shots out to 800 yards have been made with round balls, and "chunk gunners" shoot them out to 1000, but they use calibers of .69 to .80. The bigger the ball, the higher its BC.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 17, 2013, 03:32:40 AM »
Roundballs have killed a lot of animals (and other things).  They're just terrible in the long range department.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 16, 2013, 07:49:46 PM »
Once again, if you don't hit vitals, it doesn't matter if your bullet doubles in size and penetrates 40" of gelatin. It ain't goin down quick.

I wouldn't hunt hogs with a pure lead bullet. Those suckers are like small, breathing tanks. The alloy I mentioned would be adeqiate. If you want expansion, get a hollowpoint mold.

Round balls do seem to have more wallop for their weight. They are balistically poor, but that makes them expend their energy more rapidly in the animal. For shots inside 15 yards, It probably works well.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 16, 2013, 02:55:48 PM »
On the subject of bullet alloys, I "cook" the alloy for a good while. I keep skimming the gold-tinted "dross" off the top, until it stops forming. You'll begin to get a thin film on top. you can stop skimming now. The resulting alloy will still be harder than pure lead, but It will be soft enough not to stress the gun too much. I cast 200 grain SWCs. They drop from the mold at 0.455". I size them down to 0.451".  It makes them much easier to load. The lube helps that too.

On the subject of expansion, even a pure lead bullet from one of these revolvers won't expand much. Expansion doesn't kill anyway.  I don't care if you hunt with a 700 nitro express. If you don't hit vitals, that animal won't stay down.  Shot placement, shot placement, shot placement.

Everyone says that these revolvers are no more powerful than a .38 special. I come from a long line of police officers. They can tell you that it's not wise to underestimate a .38.

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Hunting / Re: New to percussion revolvers thinking about hunting with it
« on: October 16, 2013, 09:20:30 AM »
These guns are a bit funny. The chamber builds more pressure with heavy bullets. You may find that velocity is adequate, even with less powder.

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General / Re: What caliber do you prefer?
« on: October 14, 2013, 05:56:05 AM »
I have a pietta cylinder. It fits my ASM perfectly.

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Target & Plinking / Re: Target/Plinking "Post & Boast"
« on: October 13, 2013, 10:39:27 AM »
It's the opposite. Faster rounds need less twist. When a bullet leaves a 1:30" twist barrel, it spins much faster than 1:30". The faster you move the bullet, the faster it spins when it leaves the barrel.

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