Thursday, May 06, 2021

Some of the situation has improved,

part has not; hopefully the treatment tomorrow will do something about that.  Or I may wish I had stock in Glenfiddich.

Since I'm not doing much good in the way of writing might as well present something visual.  One of the prettier women Playboy ever convinced to pose, Lisa Marie Scott:

Monday, May 03, 2021

Here's some of the sources I found:

Introduction to Black Powder Cartridge Reloading

The BP Cartridge Rifle Reloading Guide

Loading BPCR Cartridges

Reloading Black Powder Cartridges
This one is from the people at Starline, who make cases for lots and lots of cartridges.  When they're not sold out of most things as they are now.

Throw in the book I mentioned the other day, Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West.  It covers the history of most of the rifles and cartridges that fit that description, information on general shooting/hunting loads, and a section on putting together match-quallity loads.

There's enough stuff out there on this here innernets to drown in, some good and some not.  A few the the more important things I'll mention:
There CANNOT be any space between the top of the powder column and the bullet base.  Empty space can translate to a ringed chamber or a kaboom.  If a load you want to try doesn't fill that space completely, use wads to fill it up.

You have to use a bullet lube designed for black.  With smokeless powder the lube is to lubricate between the bullet and barrel wall; with black it also has to have enough of a grease content to help keep the fouling soft.

For my cartridge cases the process I've been using is to take a old Lee Hand Press to the range with a universal depriming die installed, and a bottle full of water.  I fire a shot, unload, deprime the case, and drop it in the water.  You don't have to do this right away, soon as you get home is fine, but the sooner the better as it'll keep the fouling from setting up harder.  This way, when I've got 15-20 in, I swirl it around and dump, fresh water, swirl and dump(usually twice), then drain and leave them spread out in the bed of the truck to dry.  When home I use water and a baby bottle nipple brush to clean them out completetly, then dry, then tumble.  
One of the things I get from doing it this way is that it makes me slow down between shots.

If the fouling has gotten tough to remove by the time you get to it, you can add some vinegar to the water and let them soak a few minutes, then brush and rinse.

You will find a blow tube handy.  It's a cartridge case with a big hole bored in the base and a tube stuck in.  Just before you load for the next shot you stick it in the chamber and give a few slow breaths; the moisture helps keep the fouling soft.

With a single-shot cartridge rifle cleaning the bore is easy.  Personal favorite cleaner is Ballistol; one of its intended uses was originally cleaning corrosive primer residue.  Put some of it in a bottle, add ten parts water(I think, the formula is on the can), and shake well before use.  Two or three wet patches through the bore, then one or two dry, and that's it.  I'd give it another shot when you get home(because I'm paranoid about rust), and you can also wipe out the action to get rid of any traces, then dry and oil.

On cleaning, lots of ideas out there.  You can use hot water, with or without a drop or two of dish soap added, if you can find it Windex makes a window cleaner with vinegar, or you can mix something up yourself.

Being now kind of cross-eyed from the day so far, I'm stopping now; if I can think of something else useful I'll add it in later.

Speaking of black powder,

I had read about this book, and a while ago got a copy.  If you're starting to shoot such, or just curious about the rifles in question, I'd recommend it.  Lots of information on the arms and loads for them, and a section specifically on developing match-grade loads for them.

Speaking of, I may have mentioned this before but it's worth repeating:
Introduction to Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Loading, by Chuck Raithel.(it's a pdf)
It's a very good piece with lots of information on powders, wads, lubes, and so on.  I'm using one of the homemade bullet lube recipes, and it's worked really well(the one from Paul Mathew if you're interested).

I really need to gather up all the sites and links I've found while digging into this and put them all together.

How tight are supplies right now?

Since I started doing more of the black powder stuff, I've become acquainted with a lot of people who use it in their rifles.  And while black is more readily available than smokeless, everything else?

Couple of days ago an auction on Gunbroker for 50 new Starline .50-90 cases ended with someone paying $250 for them.  Some .50-70 went for almost as much.  More common stuff like .45-70 is not as bad, but still a lot higher than normal.  Bullet molds, gas checks, pretty much everything is either sold out or going up in price.  Or both.

This mess is a pain.  

Saturday, May 01, 2021

That sixth evening again,

etc.  Too tired and hurting for snappy anything.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Now that I've whined about things enough,

I did manage to collect some data for review

Still very light bloggage; the family situation

had a bad downward turn for a couple of days, but is going back up.  The back, however, is very literally a pain and it'll be a week before I can start the treatment that's supposed to help.

I really need a few days somewhere warm and sunny with nothing to do but sit, lay, and relax.

Second thing: Found the racists and bigots

And, unsurprisingly, they're on the left.

They just can't stand a successful black anybody who isn't a leftist.

Two things this morning. First, what crap are your kids/grandkids being taught in the indoctrination centers

posing as schools?
Natalie Fallert, EdD, 6-12 Literacy Speech Coordinator, wrote to all middle and high school principals that parents had repeatedly complained that “we are pushing an agenda,” “we are pushing Critical Race Theory (I had to look this one up!),” “we are making white kids feel bad about their privilege,” we are “stereotyping,” “we are teaching kids to be social activists,” and “we are teaching kids to be democratic thinkers and activists.”

The problem was that, for the first time, parents could see what teachers were telling their children thanks to virtual learning, where assignments were visible for at-home learners in a tool called Canvas.

Fallert’s solution:
This doesn’t mean throw out the lesson and find a new one. Just pull the resource off Canvas so parents cannot see it …

Keep teaching! Just don’t make everything visible on Canvas. This is not being deceitful. This is just doing what you have done for years. Prior to the pandemic you didn’t send everything home or have it available. You taught in your classroom and things were peachy keen. We are going old-school. …

"Just like in the past, don't let the parents know what we're doing."