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2 questions

Posted by Ian on Sunday, 17 May 2009, at 5:36 p.m.

I am new to the trapdoor stage and I have a few questions. I have read the 45/70 book a couple times so I am familiar with it. In the book it says to use mag primers but I was wondering if any of you guys have tried the regular primers since the mag ones are so hard to get. I am also sizing my bullets from the lyman 457125 500 grain mold at 459. I think my bore is 461 but I am not to sure because it is a little hard to measure an odd number of grooves but if it is 461 is 459 bullet going to expand enough? When I clean my rifle after a 10 shot string weather it be smokeless load or B.P. I get shards of lead on my patches. I dont see any leading in the bore and the bore is in really good condition. I was wondering if this is normal or not. Thanks for your help


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