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  • smoked turkey's Avatar
    Today, 12:32 AM
    I have a very similar boolit that came from "The Battle of Wilson's Creek". This is a very famous civil war battle near Springfield, Missouri. As my grade school class was getting back on our school bus for the ride home, the bus driver handed it to...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 10:04 AM
    Right now I'm using 6.0 grs of Unique and the Lee 158RF powder coated in mixed 357 brass, mild and accurate. As to the original post wanting to use a small charge of H110 I wouldn't do that.
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  • smoked turkey's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 10:45 PM
    Your point on velocity for the 308 as being satisfactory for your needs is well taken and from a practical stand point, it does make sense. But, for me at least getting to shoot a different rifle is part of the fun factor. Who knows, the '06 may...
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    04-06-2020, 10:37 PM
    smoked turkey replied to a thread First Try in Cast Boolits
    rtyler8140 I'm no expert but from the looks of your new boolits you are off to a good start. In my opinion the art of casting has a pretty long learning curve. If you don't already own a Lyman Cast bullet handbook, you need to buy one and not only...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 07:59 PM
    AA#9 might "help" but it does NOT stop bullet setback. And, that's with a proper 357 Sig case. Reform one from a .40 S&W, and end up with an even shorter neck, and you are barking for trouble.
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    03-31-2020, 09:10 PM
    "megasupermagnum;Did they used to sell other chokes? I have both the original extra full, and the modified chokes, I was not aware they ever had others." It sounds like your TK2000 works great and you have a winning load. I have shot turkeys at a...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 03:14 PM
    In my humble opinion, extruding lead wire for making cores was too time consuming. I spent a lot of time doing that UNTIL I discovered the art of casting lead cores. I can make cast cores faster than extruding and cutting them. The cast versions...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 03:01 PM
    There is not many "cheap" options for getting into swaging bullets. While a used RockChucker (that's the option I use) might be cheap, the add on's are expensive. Custom ram, die sets, core molds, etc...... The swaging of bullets is NOT...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 02:55 PM
    Give this a good read, it should explain a lot for you: From Ingot To Target: A Cast Bullet Guide for Handgunners
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    03-30-2020, 02:42 PM
    DukeInFlorida started a thread Be Patriotic! in Our Town
    When our country called us to duty at the outbreak of WW2 (and other wars!), we all rallied, and did our parts, to the degree that we could. In high school and college, back in the late 60's and early 70's, I worked for a small auto parts dealer...
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    03-30-2020, 02:31 PM
    Yeah. While we still have some work to do (moving the storage shed, etc), I am not going any where near others during this time. Gotta remember that we recently had three thibngs going on, almost at the same time, attracting large crowds:...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 02:27 PM
    The "Go-To" powder for 357 Sig is Blue Dot. However, that powder will NOT stop bullet setback. And, if you over pressure it, it goes off with a BRIGHT flash Bang.
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  • smoked turkey's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 11:00 AM
    Looks good. Those boolits are purty as the old cowboy said. Sure beats mine. Tell us what mould you are using.
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    03-30-2020, 10:16 AM
    I have found that it pays to pattern your turkey gun. With my Knight TK2000, I found better patterns with just a mite less than the extra full turkey choke. I know that sounds wrong, but just give it a few shots on the pattern board and find out how...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-30-2020, 09:51 AM
    CAUTION One of the known issues with reloading the 357 Sig (my current carry chambering, in a Sig P229) is that of bullet set back. That is to say, that the grip length on a proper 357 Sig case is already so short that just installing and...
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  • smoked turkey's Avatar
    03-29-2020, 09:30 PM
    I wish we could use a muzzleloading rifle of some small caliber for our turkey season. Instead we have to stick with shotguns. I do try to use one of my muzzleloading shotguns to bag at least one turkey each season. You have a beautiful 38-55 rifle...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    03-29-2020, 12:15 PM
    I use a Taylor oven thermometer from WalMart, about $5.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    03-29-2020, 11:41 AM
    For cast I use the Lee 312-185R or 314-299 by Lyman sized .313 or .314. You can find plenty of load data on here with cast bullets in the 7.62X54 case, 1800 fps is fun to shoot all day long, enjoy!
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    03-28-2020, 10:34 AM
    franklin with your experience and attitude you will be on the upward swing sooner than most I'd say. Yes you are with an awesome bunch of folks who have a bunch of experience in so many areas that you are bound to fit in perfectly. We are drawn here...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-27-2020, 08:05 AM
    The Corona virus has put an end, for now, to our lawn steel shooting gatherings. The gun club has cancelled all tournaments and matches. However, we had continued to shoot weekly, including last Sunday and again Tuesday. However, while all of...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-27-2020, 07:54 AM
    Hahaha. More of Roy's "cheater bullets"... Sorry, running joke. My preference is for the 358-158 Lyman mold. Lawn steel shooting in Contender with 10" barrel, and S&W model 27 with 8.375 inch barrel, I win my share of nickels with that RFN 160...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-27-2020, 07:47 AM
    I concur. Depends on how you are using it. I have two of these. One is an M9 that I bought new. Says US Government on the side. The other is a 92FS. For me, I found that the original factory grips work really well. Easy to carry in the waist....
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-27-2020, 07:21 AM
    No need for such extreme measures. I always ask folks if they want to try the easy on the wrist version first. Or, if they want the real deal. They know what's coming in all instances. My warning about not dropping the gun is always sternly...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-25-2020, 12:24 PM
    I have a 6 3/8" S&W 500 Magnum, and it's my favorite revolver by far!! There are two ways to load for them..... 1) OoooooooHHHHH!!!! 2) ahhhhhhhhhh!! The Oooooo option uses a powder like Lil Gun, which respresents the factory loads you can...
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    03-24-2020, 11:34 PM
    Dear Lord, You are our strong tower, and a refuge in times of trouble. I ask that you would be that refuge for Bill and Cindy at this moment. It can be a scary time and a time when there are more questions than answers. So I ask that you give...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 02:37 PM
    My daughter, who lives in Coventry, CT, just sent me a text message. The Governor from FL (where I am) just proclaimed that anyone coming from CT, NY, and NJ have to quarantine, upon arrival, for two weeks. So, she cannot come to visit. Worried...
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  • DukeInFlorida's Avatar
    03-20-2020, 06:55 PM
    A 35 caliber gas check will snap right onto the back of any plain base .355 sized (9mm and 380 auto) bullet. IF you wanted to try it
    12 replies | 1494 view(s)
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retired electrical engineer. married 51 years. live on small acreage. Do it yourselfer.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check