An introduction to me and my recent history.

I am a 68 year old Yorkshireman now living in SW France. We moved here in 2002 and live in the middle of the Blaye wine region. The house is surrounded by vines.

I have been shooting seriously since 1975 but only started to reload once we arrived in France. This was mainly because in the UK I could only shoot shotguns.

Before leaving the UK I did spend 2 years in the Royal Naval Reserve and 9 years in the Territorial Army where I spent a lot of time both training people to shoot and shooting for the Company and Battalion shooting teams. That was a great time with HM Government paying for my ammo!!

Since arriving in France I have been able to expand my passion for historic weapons and because of that I have been forced into reloading obsolete calibres. In the future I hope to post about all of them from .577 Snider to .476 RIC Webley and also a few ideas that I have had along the way to either save money or improve on an existing idea.

So, for starters, lets see if I can add a photo to this post……….

An introduction to me and my recent history. 1

Well that seemed to work……….My RIC Webley Mk.I in .476  which is marked E.P. which is for Egyptian Protectorate and not, as some think, Egyptian Police.

I also have been looking at Powder Coating recently but to date my efforts have been a miserable failure with the main problem being getting the powder to stick to the bullets. I cannot get Harbor Freight powder here in France unless I buy it through Amazon and the price would be about $86 a pound!! I bought some from a company in the UK and that is the powder that wont work. I obtained a copy of the Product Data Sheet from harbor and sent it to the UK company. They said that the Harbor powder contained a ” chemical nasty” which is banned in Europe but I don’t know if that is the problem. I sent their tech dept some cast bullets to test and I am waiting for their report. More of that later.

Just a point that I should make before I post more…….Being a Yorkshireman I look for a bargain or a less expensive way of doing most things. That is because, according to some, a Yorkshireman is like a Scotsman but with all the generosity kicked out of him!

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Johnthepriest
Johnthepriest

Used to live near Carcassone for nine years.

Johnthepriest
Johnthepriest

I am in italy, same background,Same age. from Gods country” Yorkshire ” for the rest of the world.
Started reloading a month ago , 9mm/ 21 at the momentbut will move to 44mag as i have a Ruger 44mag cabine and ammo is in short supply.

kaisermike
kaisermike

Just found you Sir!
Looking very much to seeing your progress. What help I may be, I’m at your disposal.
I’ve been reloading centerfire nearly 30 years but i’m a novice at casting. Only about 6 months under my belt.
So far, my casts as well as my powder coating have been successful! HF yellow and white so far. Red is iffy.
HF is cheap but others are of better quality to be sure. I’m sure yall have better just as we do here.

Uncle Jim
Uncle Jim

The York /Scott thing was pretty funny.???? Any Hi-Tek coating in France? There must be some kind of trick for PC over there since they must use it in manufacturing. I’d try to talk to someone who actually applies it and see if they have any tips or additives that help.

Dubya
Dubya

Well, Duncan, Welcome to the asylum! I am no expert on powder coating but one thing I do know for a fact is that the bullets need to be absolutely dry. Same for the powder and container. Even humidity seems to be an issue for me. Warming the bullets helps as well. Both dries them and warm bullets tend to hold the powder better. I also use a #5 recycle type container. Not sure you have that system there? warm [~120 F 49 C] dry bullets gives me the most consistent results. Much warmer and it gunks up the powder… Read more »

Loads of Bacon
Loads of Bacon

Welcome aboard Duncan! I’m really looking forward to hearing about some of your obsolete ammo. I’ve been contacted by a couple folks in France that can’t seem to get their powder coat to stick. I have been wondering if there is some sort of chemical difference, some sort of compound missing, as a result of differing laws that has rendered European powder coat useless for this application, or at least for the “shake and bake” method. Do you have more than one type of color or powder coat on hand? This is an odd suggestion, but try mixing two powders… Read more »

NickJ
NickJ

Sorry, overseas can be a problem sometimes with American products. Not only getting them but the price is very discouraging !