The last few trips to the range have made it official: summer has long since gone bye-bye.
The road into my campsite definitely runs
through October country.
I was forced - literally at gun point, HAR HAR HAR!!! … to go to using fillers. My first experience looking into it was grim. I went on the Cast Boolit forum for my info and wound up smack-dab in the middle of a senior citizen's food fight. There's a lot of old boys in Velcro shoes over there and they fight about EVERYTHING. If you go on there and note that the sky is blue, most of 'em will agree as long as you're reasonable about it - but there's any number of old bastards that will contradict you and call you out as an idiot for saying something so blatantly false. Who knows what colour the sky is in their world? I was pissily referred to a particularly long thread about the use of cartridge case fillers - and blew an hour of my life wading through debates, idiocy, and reading about how this old fart used them, and how that old bastard thought he was an idiot for doing it that way. Then some retard would chime in and talk about a friend of a friend who had a great grandfather that blew up is rifle using fillers back in 1936 and they are still finding bits and pieces of him as far away as south America. FFS!!! I sent a private message to one of the moderators and asked for a little bit of practical assistance - and the man saved my sanity. Now I use fillers all the time without an ounce of worry - so here's how I do it. There's other methods, but this one works for me so I don't mess with it.
Don't even think about reloading without a trustworthy manual.
A chronograph is essential too, especiaaly when you go off side and start dabbling
in the black arts.
I look at the velocities. Today I'm getting around to loading some Postell or Money Points - you can't buy these around these parts, so ya gotta make 'em yourself! I use the recommended powder charges with a couple grains of salt - my attention is squarely on the published velocities. When you use fillers they can spike pressures - so my outhouse rule of
Those tufts of green threads are dacron fillers - the old lady
will use this to make quilting and arts n' crafts.
That is going to be our case filler that will take up excess volume in the case,
and hold the gunpowder charge in the bottom of the case
near the primer - where it should be for optimum ignition.
Don't worry about fouling; the stuff gets completely consumed
during the ignition sequence.
Each of those green wads weighs EXACTLY 1.5 grains. You don't want any more than that or you very well could blow yourself up if you went overboard! That's what works for the snipers that moderate Cast Boolits, that's what works for me - so give it a try yourself if you're so inclined. The usual weasel words apply though! I have no control over how you reload, what condition your gun is in, etc etc. I will not take responsibility for anything that happens to you using this data incorrectly! Having said that - if you reload like an adult and use your noggin - you won't get into any trouble.
I pull those tight wads apart, and thin out the tuft of filler so that it isn't lumpy or squashed together. Then I carefully fold it into the case, taking care not to compress it. It is a slow and boring process - don't cheat by pushing the wad down into the case with a pencil or implement! You want as little compression as possible!
Try to let the filler compress itself as you fold in the tuft.
If a little pokes out the top don't worry about it.
Let the bullet do the compressing! You will
get much more consistent and safer results.
And there ya have it - a safe, accurate and handsome round
of vintage 45-70 ammo!
Yannow I take a lot of heat from fags like Quartermain and Pete and WL Emery when we are out robbing African tribesmen of their gold idols, shooting elephants, krauts and man eaters. They've been hanging around creeps like Borepatch and ASM and are stuck on smokeless nitrocellulose ammo like flies on a turd. The strut around with belts of gleaming brass cartridges for their Rigby's, Maxim and Spandau machine guns, showing off for the ladies with all their bling.
For me - love the way using black powder tarnishes the cases to give them a vintage antique look.
Those cases are perfectly clean and fine - they're just tarnished a bit. A little patina
adds charm and romance to my home brewed ammunition... or at least I think so!
To me this ammo looks experienced, refined and distinguished - a suitable accoutrement
for a gunnie stubfart of my obsolete stature.
If you young ones are heading afield this week - good luck out there, eh? Hope you lucked out on the draws, and full freezers to the lot of ya's!!! And have a great Humpday!