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Re: For Jim from Ken

Posted by Ken on Thursday, 1 July 2010, at 12:08 p.m., in response to Re: For Jim from Ken, posted by Jim Stewart on Thursday, 1 July 2010, at 10:49 a.m.

Hi Jim, My intentions for the Japan wax was to be historically correct and for fouling control. I am reproducing the original Arsenal loadings following Spence Wolf's book. In the 20 years I have been doing so, I have no complaints at all in the rifle or the ammunition. The .45/70/500 Government is a fine cartridge loaded to it's original specifications, and the Springfield rifle is as fine a rifle as can be had in 19th century workmanship. These rifles are a testament to the pride people took in what they did then. Can't say that for too many nowadays. So far, what I have done with the Japan wax does not seem to have had any effect on accuracy. I wish I could find historical documentation on just exactly how the Frankford Arsenal used the Japan wax; what they alloyed it with, or if it was in a different form, all that. The wax I have compares to a bar of soap and just as hard. There is no way it will go through the sizer as is. My plan for today is to load another 20 rounds using the beeswax/Japan wax/ olive oil mixture mentioned in my last communication. Hurrinupcane Alex is supposed to drift across southern New Mexico tomorrow and Saturday, so that may put a kink in the shooting until next week. But I will sure keep in touch and let you know how it goes. Regards, Ken P.S.-- Larry Sunday, are you still alive out there?


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