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CAN I CONVERT MY RIFLE FROM PERCUSSION OR FLINT?
No, this will require modification to the stock which cannot be converted back to its original condition. You would also need to purchase a new lock assembly and barrel. It actually would be less expensive to purchase a new rifle.
CAN I HAVE TARGET KNOBS INSTALLED ON MY RECEIVER SIGHT?
Unfortunately we do not recommend converting the sight to target knobs.
CAN I SHOOT PYRODEX IN MY LYMAN RIFLE?
Yes, you can use either Pyrodex RS or Pyrodex Select by volume. We do not recommend using the pellets however, as this will cause ignition problems.
CAN I USE MUSKET NIPPLES ON MY RIFLE?
No, we do not recommend the use of musket nipples on our rifles.
CAN I USE THE UNIVERSAL LUBE HEATER ACCESSORY ON THE OLD STYLE 45 SIZER?
There are no mounting holes drilled for the 45, however you can drill into it as long as you stay away from the heating element-this goes in straight from the cord.
CAN NYLON TIPPED BULLETS BE MOLY COATED?
Yes, the moly coating process will not damage the nylon tips.
CAN YOU RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR BULLET LUBRICANT FOR A GIVEN APPLICATION?
Each lube is recommended for different purposes as follows:
Super Moly Bullet Lube: All purpose, high performance lubricant. Has Molybdenum Disulfide added for increased velocity. Works in lubricator/sizers without a heater. Recommended for any shooting situation.
Black Powder Gold Lube: Specifically formulated for black powder shooting. It has a high melting temperature which makes it ideal for long range shooting. This does not require a heater when sizing and lubricating.
Orange Magic Lube: Great lubricant for high velocities with lead bullets. It has a low smoke output which makes it perfect for rapid fire pistol shooting. Recommended for use with a lube heater.
Alox Lube: Best all-around lube, good to approximately 2000 fps. Made up of 50% Alox and 50% Beeswax. This is the standard NRA formula.
Ideal Lube: Best for low velocity pistol shooting to 1200 fps.
DO I MOLY COAT CAST BULLETS BEFORE OR AFTER SIZING AND LUBING?
Cast bullets should be sized without lubing, and then moly coated. The moly coated bullets can then be lubed normally.
DO THE BARREL WEDGES GO INTO THE RIFLE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT OR FROM RIGHT TO LEFT?
They are installed from the right to the left. This is true for both right and left handed rifles.
DO YOU HAVE ANY OLDER SIGHTS OR SIGHTS AVAILABLE FOR MODELS NOT INCLUDED ON YOUR WEBSITE?
All the sights and their recommended applications are included on the website
DOES THE 4500 LUBE SIZER WORK WITH OTHER BRAND SIZING DIES AND TOP PUNCHES?
RCBS dies and top punches will fit the 4500. (Lyman dies and top punches will also fit the RCBS press.) Other brands such as Saeco do not fit.
HOW DO I DETERMINE WHICH FRONT SIGHT I NEED?
First take some measurements. You will need the amount of impact deviation from the target in inches, the range you are shooting (again in inches), and the sight radius (the distance between the front and rear sight) in inches. Take the impact deviation figure and divide by the range. Multiply this number by the sight radius and this number will be the amount you will need to raise or lower the front or rear sight.
HOW DO I KNOW THE DIRECTION TO MOVE A SIGHT TO CORRECT THE BULLET IMPACT?
To move the bullet impact to the left, either move the rear sight to the left or the front sight to the right. To move the bullet impact to the right, move the rear sight to the right, or the front sight to the left. To elevate the bullet impact, elevate the rear sight or lower the front sight. To lower the bullet impact, either lower the rear sight or elevate the front sight.
HOW IS THE MUSTANG BREECH PLUG REMOVED?
It is removed using a common 1/2" hex socket wrench.
I AM HAVING TROUBLE COATING SOME JACKETED BULLETS. I COATED CAST BULLETS WITHOUT A PROBLEM. AM I DOING SOMETHING WRONG?
Lead and jacketed bullets should not be tumble coated in the same bowl. Once lead bullets are used, the bowl and media are contaminated with lead residue and will no longer moly coat jacketed bullets properly. This contamination can also be caused by jacketed bullets with large areas of exposed lead tips. It is recommended that separate bowls be used for lead and jacketed bullets. There is no way to decontaminate either the bowl or the media once lead has been introduced.
I HAVE A GREAT PLAINS RIFLE. CAN I JUST PURCHASE THE HUNTER BARREL TO CONVERT IT TO SHOOTING CONICAL BULLETS?
Yes, the stocks are the same. The new barrel will come with a matched tang which will need to replace your existing tang on the rifle.
I HAVE A MODEL 45 LUBE SIZER. WILL THE CURRENT SIZING DIES AND TOP PUNCHES WORK IN IT?
Yes, the current ones will work on your early 45 sizer.
I HAVE LOST THE APERTURE DISCS FOR MY OLDER RECEIVER SIGHT. ARE REPLACEMENTS AVAILABLE?
Yes, these should be threaded the same as the current sights. We have both a hunting aperture, 1/2 x .093 and a target aperture, 5/8 x .040 available.
I NEED A RECEIVER SIGHT (OR PARTS) WHICH ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE FROM YOU. CAN YOU RECOMMEND A SOURCE FOR THESE?
We do have a few sources for the obsolete sights and parts. They are as follows:
383 Yorkana Road
York, PA 17406
1007 Howard Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
I SEE THAT THE 4500 LUBE SIZER IS OFFERED WITH OR WITHOUT A HEATER. HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THIS?
A heater would be used with harder lubes such as Lyman’s Orange Magic. The heater warms the lube/sizer which makes hard lubes flow easier into through the sizing die and into the grooves on the bullet.
IS THE STOCK ON THE MUSTANG REAL WOOD?
The Mustang has a hardwood stock covered with an "Ultra Grain" wood finish.
MY GREAT PLAINS RIFLE CAME WITH TWO WEDGES. ONE IS SLIGHTLY LONGER THAN THE OTHER. SHOULD IT BE?
Yes, the longer wedge will go into the rear, the shorter wedge fits into the front.
MY GREAT PLAINS RIFLE SHOOTS LOW AT 50 YARDS. WHAT DO I DO?
The Great Plains and Trade rifles come with a blade type front sight which you can file gradually to raise the bullet impact.
SHOULD MOLY COATED BULLETS BE WAXED?
Some shooters coat moly bullets with carnauba wax after they are moly coated. Some claims have been made that the wax coating can add to barrel life. The main purpose, however, is to keep your fingers clean while handling moly coated bullets. Since our Super-Fine grade moly coats so very well, little rub-off occurs during handling. We therefore feel that the time and expense of wax coating is unneccessary.
WHAT ARE THE CLICK ADJUSTMENTS ON THE RECEIVER SIGHTS?
These are 1/4 minute clicks.
WHAT ARE THE TWO READINGS ON THE MAG 25 TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER?
The lower number is the temperature setting that you would select. The upper number is the actual temperature of the lead in the furnace.
WHAT IF BULLETS ARE DIFFICULT TO MOLY COAT?
If moly does not seem to be adhering well to the bullets, they may need to be degreased. Any oils, including those from your fingers can prevent moly from adhering to the bullet. Bullets can be degreased with alcohol or by tumbling them in clean, untreated corn cob media.
WHAT IS SUPER-FINE GRADE MOLY?
Moly is commonly available in three grades. These are Super-fine, Technical-fine, and Technical. The finer the moly is, the better it works. Lyman uses Super-fine Grade Moly in this kit, which has a median particle size of 1.5 microns. It is much more expensive than the other grades, but works the best. Technical-fine has a median particle size of 6 microns and Technical is 30 microns.
WHAT IS THE INSIDE DIAMETER AND DEPTH OF THE BIG DIPPER ELECTRIC CASTING FURNACE'S POT?
It is 4” in diameter and 2.45” deep.
WHAT IS THE INSIDE DIAMETER AND DEPTH OF THE MAG 25 DIGITAL FURNACE'S POT?
It is 4.4” in diameter and 4.65” deep.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF PULL OF THE GREAT PLAINS RIFLE?
It is 14”.
WHAT IS THE MAX TEMPERATURE OF THE MAG 25 FURNACE?
It is 850 degrees.
WHAT IS THE THREAD SIZE OF THE NIPPLE ON MY LYMAN PERCUSSION RIFLE?
Lyman Percussion nipples are 6 x .75mm. The touch hole liner (for flintlocks) are the same.
WHAT IS THE WATTAGE OF THE MAG 25?
It is 850 watts.
WHAT SIZE CAP DO I USE FOR MY LYMAN PERCUSSION RIFLE?
All our percussion rifles use a #11 cap.
WHAT TYPE OF SCOPE RINGS DO THE BASES SUPPLIED WITH THE MUSTANG ACCEPT?
They will accept any "Weaver" type scope ring.
WHERE ARE THE LYMAN RIFLES MADE?
These are made in Italy, by Investarm.
WILL MOLY BE TAKEN OUT OF THE BARREL DURING CLEANING?
No. You may see excessive moly on your cleaning patches, but moly will not be completely removed.
WILL MOLY COATED BULLETS CHANGE VELOCITY AND PRESSURE?
Moly coated bullets will decrease friction, so they will generally lower velocities and pressures somewhat versus the same load using uncoated bullets. We have found, however, that the amount of change will vary from caliber to caliber, gun to gun, load to load, etc. It is safe to use existing load data developed with uncoated bullets with moly coated bullets, but not the other way around.
CAN THESE PACHMAYR SNAP CAPS BE CYCLED THROUGH THE GUN?
Yes, but this will shorten their life. For function testing, we recommend our A-Zoom brand of snap caps.
DOES CORE DESIGN REALLY MATTER IF I SELECT A SOFT PAD?
Material softness is only part of the recoil absorbing formula. A solid soft pad does not absorb recoil like a design with cores. The core design enhances recoil absorption and maintains the pad’s stability when under recoil.
A core design that is not stable will collapse at too fast a rate causing undue pain and fatigue to the shooter. A core design that is too stiff to collapse under light recoil is almost of no use at all. Due to the design, the pad will not deflect the recoil forces.
The Side Core design with the XXXX configuration is the ultimate in recoil absorption because of the "shock absorbing" effect offered by the compressing "X" pattern. These pads have a solid base and are the best choice for those who may prefer a soft sided pad, particularly for collar bone sensitivity.
The Bottom Core design is softer in the middle and has firmer sides to absorb the sharpest recoil. A classic appearance and availability in Decelerator material makes this design the most popular and most copied Pachmayr design.
HOW DO I DETERMINE WHICH PAD I NEED FOR MY APPLICATION?
You will need to think about what you need the pad to do for you. Think about the face shape, core design and face texture which will benefit you the most.
HOW DO I KNOW WHICH SYNTHETIC STOCK ADAPTER TO PURCHASE, AND IF I NEED ONE?
Synthetic stock adapters allow recoil pads to be fitted to synthetic stocks. Many synthetic stocks are hollow and therefore may not have material in the proper location to mount a pad in the traditional manner. If you are installing one of the medium or large pads, purchase the large stock adapter. The small stock adapter will work only with the small pad.
HOW DO I SELECT THE PROPER FACE SHAPE?
The recoil pad faces are shaped to provide a contour designed to work with the face texture for optimum performance. Sporting clays pads are domed to prevent hanging up on the shoulder. Trap pads have a large pronounced curve to help position the pad on the shoulder firmly in exactly the same location every time. Field pads provide a combination of convex and concave shapes designed as a compromise for fast mounting and positive control.
HOW IMPORTANT IS FACE TEXTURE?
A shooter should choose the face texture of a recoil pad based on the anticipated need or usage. Pachmayr pad face textures are placed in three classifications, light, medium and heavy. These descriptions refer to the amount of "bite" the pad gets into the shoulder when firing.
A lighter face texture is desirable for the quick mount. If the position is not right, minor shifts can be done without removing the gun butt from the shoulder. A heavy texture should be chosen when small pad movements on the shoulder can cause a target to be lost, or where recoil is such that movement can cause injury to the shooter.
Light face textures include Leather and Ribbed.
Medium face textures include Line Checkered and Stippled.
Heavy face textures include Basket Weave, Grooved and Pigeon.
I HAVE A CURVED STOCK, CAN I STILL PUT A RECOIL PAD ON IT?
Yes, but the stock must be trimmed flat first.
I HAVE A PACHMAYR RECOIL PAD ON MY SHOTGUN. HOW DO I KEEP THEM LOOKING THEIR BEST?
The best product to maintain the appearance of the pads is Armor All.
I HAVE A POLYMER FRAME SEMI-AUTO THAT I AM NOT REAL HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE GRIP FEELS. SINCE THE GRIP AREA HAS A MOLDED-IN TEXTURE AND IT DOES NOT HAVE SEPARATE GRIP PANELS, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
A simple solution for this would be our Grip Glove slip-on grips. These are easy to install and come in a variety of sizes to fit most semi-auto pistols. Unlike many slip-on style grips, Grip Gloves are designed to fit a particular pistol, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.
I HAVE A SMALL COMPACT REVOLVER THAT NEEDS AN AFTERMARKET GRIP DESPERATELY. HAVE YOU ANY SUGGESTIONS?
The Compac grip will be your best option for this. It is small enough to not compromise concealability, while still providing a grip large enough for control. These grips have covered backstraps and a secure non-slip surface.
I HAVE SOME PACHMAYR GRIPS. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO KEEP THEM LOOKING THEIR BEST?
We recommend wiping them with Armor All.
I HAVE VERY SMALL HANDS. ALL THE REVOLVERS I TRY DON’T FEEL RIGHT AS THEY FEEL SO CUMBERSOME. HAVE YOU ANY GRIPS THAT CAN HELP?
For individuals with small hands, your best selection would be either the Gripper Professional or the Compac Professional. These are the smallest Pachmayr grips available. These have an open backstrap and the overall shape has been downsized 10%.
I LIKE THE LOOK OF THE WOODEN GRIPS, BUT I REALLY LIKE THE FEEL OF RUBBER GRIPS. IS THERE A COMPROMISE BETWEEN THE TWO?
I LIKE THE TRADITIONAL LOOK AND FEEL OF WOOD GRIPS. WHAT DOES PACHMAYR HAVE TO OFFER?
Pachmayr has our Renegade wood laminate grips for both revolvers and pistols. The revolver grips are available in either smooth or checkered finishes and in Rosewood or Charcoal Silvertone colors. Pistol grips are available checkered and in either Rosewood or Charcoal Silvertone colors.
I NEED A GRIP FOR A REVOLVER THAT FULLY COVERS THE BACKSTRAP. I’M INTERESTED IN RECOIL REDUCTION AND CONTROL. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
The ideal grip for this application would be either the Diamond Pro series or the Gripper model. These both offer a covered backstrap, finger grooves, a slight palm swell and are textured for control. The Gripper Decelerator model is a softer rubber material which is excellent for recoil absorption.
I NEED A GRIP SPECIFICALLY FOR A SEMI-AUTO THAT WILL PROVIDE ME WITH CONTROL DURING RAPID FIRE. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Our Signature grips would be ideal for this application. These offer a full wrap around design (except for 1911 models which have a grip safety) with steel inserts to maintain its shape.
I WANT A BASIC, HAND FILLING, TRADITIONAL STYLE GRIP FOR MY REVOLVER. DO YOU CARRY SOMETHING LIKE THIS?
Our original Presentation style is the perfect match for you. The Presentation grip offers classic styling with deep checkering for control.
THE HOLE SPACING IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE PAD I JUST PURCHASED AND THE PAD THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ON MY GUN. WHAT DO I DO?
The hole spacing will vary from model to model. We are unable to provide all possible variations in all pads. We recommend filling your existing screw holes in your stock with a wooden dowel rod and drilling new holes.
WHAT ADVANTAGES DOES G10 GRIPS OFFER?
G10 material is super tough and durable. It is impervious to moisture, weather or chemicals. Since the grips have multi layers of different colors, machining will also produce attractive patterns in the grips.
WHAT ARE SPACERS AND HOW ARE THEY USED?
Spacers are used to add length to a stock. They are placed between the stock and pad, and are ground to size. They are available in black or white.
WHAT ARE STOCK SPACERS AND HOW ARE THEY USED?
Spacers are used to add length to a stock. They are placed between the stock and pad, and are ground to size. They are available in black or white.
WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF 22LR RIMFIRE SNAP CAPS?
These can be hit 10 to 20 times depending on the firearm used
WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF CENTER FIRE SNAP CAPS?
Snap caps can stand up to over a thousand hits.
WHAT MAKES PACHMAYR GRIPS BETTER THAN OTHER BRANDS OF GRIPS?
Fit, feel, appearance and strength. Pachmayr offers a variety of grip styles for many applications and hand sizes. Our innovative Diamond Pro series offer a one piece design that slips over a revolvers frame, eliminating any seams or gaps. Their soft feel and “diamond plate” texture gives you recoil reduction as well as complete control.
WHY SHOULD I BUY A PACHMAYR RECOIL PAD RATHER THAN ONE OF YOUR COMPETITION?
Our recoil pads are made of rubber which has many benefits over the competitions'.
Others use either Noserex or Sorbothane which are much more difficult to grind than rubber. These others also have a much lower melting point than rubber. Sorbothane melts at 150°, which the interior of a car can easily reach particularly in summer months.
Remember: a pad which feels soft to the touch will also bottom out much quicker under recoil than a pad which is designed to give gradually such as the Pachmayr patented side core "XX" pattern.
WHY WOULD I NEED AN AFTERMARKET RECOIL PAD? THE ONE THAT CAME ON THE GUN SHOULD BE ADEQUATE OTHERWISE THE MANUFACTURER WOULD NOT HAVE SOLD IT TO ME.e title
The correct recoil pad can actually improve your shooting. Both in comfort and scores. The wrong choice could make the opposite true. With the broadest selection, Pachmayr recoil pads give you the correct choice, regardless of the type of shooting you do.
WHY WOULD I WANT A SLIP-ON PAD?
These are ideal for fine or collectible guns with a metal butt plate where mounting a new pad would ruin the value. They are also an easy way to temporarily increase the length of pull. They could be used during the summer, when light clothes are worn, and then removed for winter months, when heavy clothes shorten the length of pull needed.
WILL THE PAD THICKNESS BE IMPORTANT?
Pad thickness can be important as this will affect the length of pull. If the pad that came on the gun originally is the proper thickness for you, select a pad where the thickness is similar. If you need additional length to obtain the proper length of pull, we recommend the addition of Stock Spacers which are available in three styles, Black (.25"), White (.06") and Black and White (.25"). You can add up to 1" in length with these.
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ARE SIDESADDLES AVAILABLE IN BOTH 12 OR 20 GA.?
Some 12 and 20 ga. models are available. Sorry, no 16, 28 or 410 models are available at this time.
ARE TACSTAR GRIPS DIFFICULT TO INSTALL AND ARE THERE SPECIAL TOOLS REQUIRED?
All necessary mounting hardware is provided for the rear pistol grips. Only a hex key is needed to install the rear grips. Forends will require some basic disassembly to install.
Note: when installing the front grips, keep in mind they will be tight fitting over the magazine tube. This insures stability.
ARE THE AR-15 GRIPS EASY TO INSTALL?
Yes. The rear grip is attached with one mounting screw and the front grip simply clamps onto a Picatinny rail.
DO I NEED A SIX SHOT OR A FOUR SHOT SIDESADDLE FOR MY SHOTGUN?
If your shotgun is equipped with a TacStar, Pachmayr, or a short defense type forend, the Six Shot SideSaddle will work. If you have a field grade forend that extends over the sides of the receiver, you will need a Four Shot SideSaddle to prevent interference with the forend.
HOW DO I ATTACH THE TACSLING TO TACSTAR REAR GRIPS?
These have a built in loop to install the sling on the rear grip. For the front we recommend the Barrel/Magazine Clamp and Quick Detachable Swivel.
HOW DOES THE AR-15 FRONT GRIP FOLD?
There is a release button on the side of the grip. Simply press in this button and rotate the grip 90 degrees. It can be rotated to the front or back. It then locks into place when the button is released.
HOW LONG IS THE FOREND ON THE RUGER TAKEDOWN MODEL?
The forend is 12 ¼” long.
HOW MUCH ADJUSTMENT DOES THE COMB ON THE AMRS STOCK HAVE?
The comb allows for up to ¾” of height adjustment.
HOW MUCH DOES THE RM4 STOCK WEIGH?
It weighs approximately 2 ½ pounds.
HOW MUCH TRAVEL DOES THE RM4 ADJUSTABLE STOCK PROVIDE?
The stock provide 4” of adjustment.
IS ANY ADHESIVE RECOMMENDED FOR SIDESADDLE INSTALLATION?
We recommend the use of Loctite 242 on the tips of the screws. This is not a permanent glue and will allow the gun to be taken down when needed.
IS THERE A MINIMUM BARREL LENGTH RECOMMENDED FOR CERTAIN SHOTGUN MAGAZINE EXTENSIONS?
Yes, recommended minimum barrel lengths are as follows:
7 shot extension – 18" barrel
8 shot extension – 20" barrel
10 shot extension – 26" barrel
THE 7 ROUND EXTENSION DOES NOT ADD 7 ROUNDS TO MY CAPACITY, IT APPEARS THAT THE SPRING IS IN THE WAY?
The extension will add to the already existing capacity of the shotgun, increasing it to a total of 7 rounds. Keep in mind, capacities include one round in the chamber. The 8 shot and 10 shot extensions will increase the total capacity to 8 or 10 rounds.
WHAT GAUGE SHOTGUNS WILL TACSTAR GRIPS FIT?
These grips are for 12 gauge shotguns only.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF PULL FOR THE AMRS STOCK WITH THE STOCK INSTALLED?
The length of pull is adjustable from 13 ¼” to 14 ¼” long.
WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF PULL?
The adjustable stock provides length of pulls of approximately 14 ½”, 13 ½”, 12 ½”, 11 ½”, and 10 ½”
WHAT IS THE OVER-ALL LENGTH OF THE RM4 STOCK?
It is 34” long with the stock fully extended.
WHAT TYPE OF BUFFER TUBE IS NEEDED TO INSTALL THE AMRS STOCK?
The stock is designed for use on rifles equipped with A1/A2 style buffer tubes.
WHAT TYPE OF FOREND WILL THE AR-15 FRONT GRIP MOUNT TO?
It will fit any AR-15 equipped with a Picatinny rail.
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WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM DISTANCE THE AUTO ADVANCE REMOTE CONTROLLED TARGET STAND CAN BE USED FROM?
It can be used up to 200 yards away.
WHAT MATERIAL IS USED FOR THE TARGETS?
Targets for the Auto-Advance Target Stand are made from vinyl. The material was chosen for its strength, tear resistance and providing a clean hole when shot.