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Forum: Gunsmithing
01-03-2016, 08:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By Mark whiz

Thanks Nomercy448 - it looks like you got me on...

Thanks Nomercy448 - it looks like you got me on the right track. Did some googling on Arizmendi and other Spanish makers and I found an Isidro Gaztanaga a Eibar "Destroyer" with the exact 3 stampings...
Forum: Gunsmithing
01-03-2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By Mark whiz

The rearmost marking looks like a prancing lion...

The rearmost marking looks like a prancing lion or bull - upright on its rear legs with a long tail forming a "S".
The only slide lock is located directly in front of the grip on the left side and...
Forum: Gunsmithing
01-03-2016, 05:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By Mark whiz

Need help identifying a pistol

This little .25acp belongs to a friend's Mother-in-law and we are trying to identify it's make and model. I'd say it dates back at least to the 50's (maybe earlier) Its only markings you can see on...
Forum: Reloading
02-07-2010, 08:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,398
Posted By Mark whiz

Dang - I need a bigger gun collection! I only...

Dang - I need a bigger gun collection! I only load for what I've owned..... 4 pistol calibers & 1 rifle ............. so far.
Forum: Black Powder
02-07-2010, 01:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,149
Posted By Mark whiz

She might want to consider Archery - maybe even a...

She might want to consider Archery - maybe even a crossbow if allowed in your State.
Forum: Black Powder
01-25-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,640
Posted By Mark whiz

I worked with 2 different weights of them with my...

I worked with 2 different weights of them with my Knight a couple years ago and was not impressed. I was unable to get them to group at all on target - at best what I got was a pattern. I tried...
Forum: Guns
01-22-2010, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By Mark whiz

I know my boys have taken down quite a few boar...

I know my boys have taken down quite a few boar hogs using rifled slugs in my 20GA Mossberg500. Out to about 75yds, the ballistics are close to a .50cal muzzleloader.

My gun really liked the...
Forum: Black Powder
01-13-2010, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,882
Posted By Mark whiz

I use the CCI #11Mags in all my cap...

I use the CCI #11Mags in all my cap guns........rifle and 1858 Rem revolver. The mags have significantly more compound in them than the Standard CCIs I've compared them too.
Forum: Black Powder
12-27-2009, 05:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,077
Posted By Mark whiz

+1 to what Lemoyne said. APP, CleanShot,...

+1 to what Lemoyne said.

APP, CleanShot, Shockey's Gold (it's all the same stuff) does shoot very cleanly - almost amazingly so. But it IS the weakest thing out their as far as 2fg powders go -...
Forum: Black Powder
12-14-2009, 07:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 969
Posted By Mark whiz

Javelina meat???? YUK :eek: From...

Javelina meat???? YUK :eek:

From what I've heard they are more rat than hog. And serious scavengers down in So Texas.
Forum: Black Powder
12-13-2009, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 969
Posted By Mark whiz

I'm sure those are feral hogs like the ones in...

I'm sure those are feral hogs like the ones in FLA. The ones there are the descendants of Ponce de Leon (or at least some of his herd that got loose).

My Youngest took one just about identical to...
12-02-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,872
Posted By Mark whiz

Calling wild Hogs is just like rattling for a...

Calling wild Hogs is just like rattling for a buck.

Rub 2 ears of corn together! :happy0001:
Forum: Guns
11-10-2009, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 754
Posted By Mark whiz

You can always make your own cheap snapcaps for...

You can always make your own cheap snapcaps for use in your shotgun. Just punch out the primer from a spent shell and cut a pencil eraser to size and shape and stick it in the primer hole - trim off...
Forum: Guns
11-04-2009, 08:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By Mark whiz

Dry Fire practicing can work wonders. .22s don't...

Dry Fire practicing can work wonders. .22s don't like dry firing too much, but you can get snap caps even for them. With slow dry fire practice you can actually see your hands pull the muzzle off...
Forum: Guns
10-30-2009, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By Mark whiz

I've used Sweets 7.62 and Barnes CR-10...

I've used Sweets 7.62 and Barnes CR-10 interchangeably.......... both get the job done well.
Forum: Black Powder
10-26-2009, 06:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,796
Posted By Mark whiz

Use either 95gr of RS or 80gr of 777 2fg with...

Use either 95gr of RS or 80gr of 777 2fg with your choice of 300gr sabots and you will have an excellent shooting load. The Hornady 300gr XTPs or SSTs give outstanding results, or if you want to go...
Forum: Guns
10-19-2009, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By Mark whiz

You might have a chemical imbalance there. What...

You might have a chemical imbalance there. What type of stain (oil, polyurathane, etc) and what type of clear coat (enamel, oil, etc) was used. Check the labels and make sure they are compatible with...
Forum: Reloading
10-19-2009, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,404
Posted By Mark whiz

Out of my Springer GI model 1911-A1, I've found...

Out of my Springer GI model 1911-A1, I've found that AA#5, Red Dot, and IMR 700-X gives me my best results with 230gr bullets of varying types. AA#5 also does a bang-up job on 200gr bullets as well....
Forum: Reloading
10-06-2009, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Mark whiz

I'm not really sure barrel length is that big of...

I'm not really sure barrel length is that big of an issue with rifles, although I have found with pistols that faster powders tend to do better with the snub-nosed barrels.

With that in mind,...
Forum: Guns
10-01-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 580
Posted By Mark whiz

I have a first year (1961) .308 model. I like the...

I have a first year (1961) .308 model. I like the gun and it came with some beautiful wood - once I got the old finish off that had been left by the previous owner.

Devil dog has got it right...
Forum: Black Powder
10-01-2009, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By Mark whiz

Thumbs up +1 on the choreboy/girl strands wrapped around an...

+1 on the choreboy/girl strands wrapped around an old copper bore brush. This works like magic on my pistols after shooting a bunch of cast bullets thru them.
Forum: Black Powder
09-21-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 817
Posted By Mark whiz

80gr of 777 and the 300gr XTP Mags shoot like...

80gr of 777 and the 300gr XTP Mags shoot like nobody's business out of my Knight USAK. I haven't hunted with that load yet, but I wouldn't hesitate to do so out to 125yds. With my 22" barrel, this...
Forum: Black Powder
09-18-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,351
Posted By Mark whiz

Feed that Wolverine a 300gr sabot like an XTP or...

Feed that Wolverine a 300gr sabot like an XTP or SST over 80gr of 777 (90gr of Pyro) and you'll knock the fire out of anything within 100yds with tremendous accuracy.
Forum: Black Powder
09-18-2009, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,351
Posted By Mark whiz

I'd jump on the Wolverine in a heartbeat - that...

I'd jump on the Wolverine in a heartbeat - that gun will be a shooter right out of the box. Anything you can do with the .45, you can do with the .50 - only with a bigger bullet. :)
And with the...
Forum: Black Powder
09-09-2009, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mark whiz

I really don't think the heat/humidity had that...

I really don't think the heat/humidity had that much to do with it. I've shot up to 50 rounds in a 2 to 3 hour session back in FLA with the temps in the 90s and humidity 90+ and never saw my accuracy...
Forum: Reloading
09-07-2009, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,627
Posted By Mark whiz

Midway packages several different bullets in...

Midway packages several different bullets in their own packaging - apparently as was said they buy in bulk and split them up. The Core-lokts have never been considered "premium" bullets so there will...
Forum: Black Powder
09-07-2009, 01:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,143
Posted By Mark whiz

It might well be some small pits or burrs in the...

It might well be some small pits or burrs in the metal that your patches aren't hitting good enough. You might want to try some bore paste (like JBs, Iosso, Flitz,etc) and work a few patches of that...
Forum: Black Powder
09-05-2009, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By Mark whiz

I've had the Knight See-Thru scope mounts on my...

I've had the Knight See-Thru scope mounts on my USAK now for 9 years and I've never had a second's problem with them. Sight in the scope, sight in the open sights and learn how both shoot at...
Forum: Black Powder
09-04-2009, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By Mark whiz

If you're using Black, 777, Pyro, APP, Shockeys...

If you're using Black, 777, Pyro, APP, Shockeys or anything but Blackhorn 209 you can just use a spit patch (lick both sides of the patch), or others use Windex or an alcohol solution. I just use...
Forum: Black Powder
09-03-2009, 06:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By Mark whiz

+1 to what nchawkeye said. Loose is the way to go...

+1 to what nchawkeye said. Loose is the way to go as far as I'm concerned.
:cool2:
Forum: Black Powder
09-02-2009, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 823
Posted By Mark whiz

I'm a "B" kind of guy. Overfill the measure...

I'm a "B" kind of guy. Overfill the measure slightly, give the measure 1 good thump with my index finger, slice off the extra and load 'er up. This is when using 777 and Pyro. If I was using a really...
08-27-2009, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By Mark whiz

And I thought some of the 4-horned goats were...

And I thought some of the 4-horned goats were wierd looking.
Forum: Black Powder
08-25-2009, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,456
Posted By Mark whiz

(trying not to stumble while taking my bows)...

(trying not to stumble while taking my bows) :patriot:

davemhughes:
This was just a quick way to clean the brass for those without a tumbler. And since we're only talking about just a few pieces...
Forum: Black Powder
08-18-2005, 12:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,356
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: fff and ff powders

Simply put................the more "f"s there are - the finer the powder granules are, and the finer the granuales, the faster burning the powder is. On average, you can expect a 3fg powder to be 10...
Forum: Black Powder
08-14-2005, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Thanks to Mark and Ryan Elk ML

Like the others have said, Powerbelts typically aren't the best choices for Knights. Although, I have gotten accuracy results very acceptable for hunting something as large as an elk when using the...
Forum: Black Powder
08-13-2005, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Precision Bullet

Yeppers, Paul.......................I'm here too. Like ZZ Topp - I'm Nationwide! :D

I love the PR bullet offerings.................especially the QTs - my Knight just shoots them like nobody's...
Forum: Black Powder
07-30-2005, 10:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,431
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Big drop from 50 to 100 Yards...

I use the higher see-thru sights on my Knight and with all my loads, I tend to see that the gun will hit dead center on the bull at 25yds and then starts rising from there. Usually I will be about...
Forum: Black Powder
07-30-2005, 10:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,307
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Powerbelt Accuracy & Load Question

Like has already been said.......................try more bullet & less powder.
I shoot the 348gr aerotips with 90gr of loose 2fg 777 and get sub2" groups at 100yds out of my Knight. A 100gr 777...
Forum: Black Powder
07-15-2005, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: pellets vs. loose powder?

What Skeeter said. You have to find the best load for your gun and then learn to reproduce that load with consistency from that point forward.
Forum: Black Powder
07-14-2005, 11:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 571
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Other good Muzzleloading forums?

Here's where I spend some time at:

http://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php?Cat

http://modernmuzzleloader.com/phpBB/index.php?sid=c6d2888b64dbe9d626b4e82b8498cbc9

...
Forum: Black Powder
07-14-2005, 11:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: pellets vs. loose powder?

I always found that loose powders shoot better for me than pellets. But that may just be my gun too, since it seems to like odd loads at times. Loose does allow you to customize the load exactly...
Forum: Black Powder
07-13-2005, 12:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: solvent

Cayugad is dead on again with his advice. :)
There is one thing you need to remember when using a dedicated black powder solvent................they are usually water-based, not petroleum based. So...
Forum: Black Powder
07-13-2005, 12:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: T/C Shockwaves and Pyrodex

Personally, I'd steer clear of the magnum powder charge. I shoot the 300gr SST/Shockwaves over 80gr of loose 777 and get one hole accuracy and 1500fps at the muzzle. Pushing the 250 with 150gr of...
Forum: Guns
07-11-2005, 08:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 942
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: David Tubbs bore finish?

I used the Tubb system on an old Win Model 100 that has seen much better days. It coppered fouled horribly with accuracy to match. After running all the bullets through it, the fouling stopped- or at...
Forum: Black Powder
07-11-2005, 12:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: new guy with a few questions

KBacon.........

Forget the concept of "Seasoning" a barrel. That applied to the old cast iron bores of history, but not the modern steel of modern muzzleloaders. Break-in should be just how...
Forum: Black Powder
07-11-2005, 12:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 779
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Does Triple-7 out perform Pyrodex

Which ignition do you have in your Knight, MD Piney? My USAK still uses #11 caps and I have no problem with the "ring" at all. I think it is more of an issue when using the hotter 209 primers.

...
Forum: Black Powder
07-10-2005, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 779
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Does Triple-7 out perform Pyrodex

Like cayugad said, loose 777 powder is more powerful than loose Pyro (per volume), so unless you compensate for the difference, 777 is going to punch you harder. However, the Pyro & 777 pellets are...
Forum: Black Powder
07-08-2005, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: new guy with a few questions

Welcome to the wonderful world of smoke, Snowman. :D

I think the Optima Pro will do you just fine and may well be the only BP firearm you'll ever need or want (unless you catch the "bug" like...
Forum: Guns
07-08-2005, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 994
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: gun cleaning question

I agree Jason, when it comes to copper removal, Hoppes is best used as cologne. :D

Sweet's 7.62 and Barnes CR-10 both do a great job on copper - I use both interchangeably................just...
Forum: Reloading
07-08-2005, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Posted By Mark whiz

RE: Brass start to finish

I will throw each day's brass in walnut media to tumble for a couple hours to give them a good cleaning. Then for straight wall pistol brass, I go ahead and resize them, bell the mouths, clean the...
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