The Pinjarra Massacre was an attack that occurred at Pinjarra, Western Australia on a group of up to 80 Noongar people by a detachment of 25 soldiers, police and settlers led by Governor James Stirling in 1834. After attacks on the displaced Swan... Read more ...
The Pinjarra Massacre
The Pinjarra Massacre was an attack that occurred at Pinjarra, Western Australia on a group of up to 80 Noongar people by a detachment of 25 soldiers, police and settlers led by Governor James Stirling in 1834. After attacks on the displaced Swan River Whadjuk people and depredations on settlers by a group of the Binjareb people led by Calyute had, according to European settlers, reached unacceptable levels, culminating in the payback killing of an ex-soldier, Stirling led his force after the party.
Arriving at their camp, five members of the pursuit party were sent into the camp to arrest the suspects and the Aborigines resisted. In the ensuing melee, Stirling reported 15 killed (eleven names were collected later from Aboriginal sources); police superintendent T.T. Ellis later died of wounds and a soldier was wounded. Stirling warned the tribe against payback killings and arranged a peace between the warring tribes, but Calyute continued to break it by raiding the Whadjuk until his demise.
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June, 1863: As the American Civil War raged on, a newly made percussion revolver passed the gates of the E. Remington & Sons factory in the small city of Ilion, New York. Exactly 150 years after the old veteran became mine. Now it was time to bring it back to life.
Published: 22 September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
There is a lot of available reloading equipment for the black powder cartridge shooter. Much of it is for the especially interested shooters and most ordinary shooters can do without too much equipment. However, reloading equipment is fun and in many cases it can be time-saving. It may even enhance accuracy.
When I cast pure lead bullets I use the max temperature of the melting pot which is over 1000 Fahrenheit (about 540 Celsius). When I use tin alloys I cast at a temperature of about 750 Fahrenheit (about 400 Celsius). The reason is that the tin in the alloy may evaporate at higher temperatures.
Lead thermometers for bullet casting are produced by, for example, Lyman and RCBS, and can be bought where you buy reloading equipment. Tin alloys can be bought from suppliers of black powder reloading equipment, such as Buffalo Arms.
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Another method is to dip the bullets in molten bullet lube. I have used this method a lot, and it works well. You melt the bullet lube in a double boiler, use pliers to dip the bullets in the lube and set them aside to dry on, for example,on a sheet of newspaper. You can also 'bath'a number of bullets in molten lube and pick them up with pliers and dry them. This method is also messy, and if the lube is too hot the lube will not stick to the greasing grooves when drying. The opposite may also happen: if the bullet is too cold it have too much lube. The latter doesn't matter if you size the bullet after lubricating as excess lube will be removed when sizing. The advantage with this method is that it is relatively fast.
You can also melt bullet lube in a double boiler: place the bullets standing up in tray and pour the molten bullet lube in the tray until the top grease grooves are covered. Let the bullet lube cool and harden. When you remove the bullets the grooves are covered with lube.
Yet another advantage with a lube sizer is that you can adjust how many grooves you want to lubricate. However, a lube sizer is a bit expensive, and it cannot lube heel-based bullets. Sixing dies over .50 calibre is not commercially available, but you can have them custom made up to at least .58".
Wad punch for the reloading press
Simple and traditional reloading tools
In the old days hand-held reloading tools were used instead of the stationary reloading presses we are used to today. Lyman still manufacture the hand-held reloading 310 Tool that was made for the first time over 100 years ago. It was 'nutcrackers' like this that were used by the buffalo hunters that hunted buffalo on the American plains during the 1870s and 1880s.
The 310 Tool is available for all the classical American rifle and pistol calibres. All the things that are described in this article can be purchased from Buffalo Arms.