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    Yesterday, 10:01 PM
    Now that's cool!
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    10-16-2018, 08:01 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    The .358 is a good one, have used it with cast on deer myself, but you don't really need bullets that big to deer hunt effectively. The .30s and .32 I've used worked great. Was a little apprehensive about one this small, but if I haven't tagged...
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    10-15-2018, 07:04 PM
    Nice job! I have yet to kill one with a hand gun, still on my list to do someday.
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    10-14-2018, 11:05 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    It's a good bullet for what I've done with it. I'd be curious to see how it works on game, I kind of figured it was too light, but after seeing how well this bulle that was only 30 grains heavier penetrated, the soup can might work fine.
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    10-13-2018, 09:42 PM
    PPU brass is available and reasonable. Get a set of dies and it reloads just like any thing else. It's better than the .30-30 in that it can use spritzer type bullets if you like. Don't let the nay sayers tell you wrong, it's as easy to have ammo...
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    10-13-2018, 09:36 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread No meat today in Hunting with CB's
    The fawns are weaned now and still have a couple of months of relatively mild weather and good food sources. They'll be OK if orphaned now. That said, nothing wrong with your decision at all. I like to watch deer from my stand and watch a lot...
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    10-13-2018, 12:20 PM
    I like Avogunner's suggestion to mark the brass for specific rifles/pistols. I may start doing that for the rifles I have multiples of to segregate the brass for each I have one Lee Enfield with a very sloppy chamber that requires necksized brass...
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    10-11-2018, 09:24 PM
    Charlie is back making them the last I knew a few months ago. He doesn't post a lot but he is on the forum regularly.
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    10-11-2018, 07:20 AM
    In the high 30s here this morning and finally not raining. Starting to feel like Fall.
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    10-10-2018, 10:02 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    This was 30 grains of IMR 3031. I got the data from the RCBS cast bullet manual for their 168 grain bullet. According to their data, should be a little over 1900 FPS. I've been shooting a lot of the soup cans through this rifle for practice. I...
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    10-10-2018, 09:58 PM
    For the Hornet, NOE makes a 45 grain WFN I have had great success with using two grains of Bullseye. The Lee 113 grain soup can works well in .30-30.
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    10-10-2018, 05:30 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    It does have a generous throat, that bullet base is still in the case neck and it feeds through the magazine slick as glass. That is the alloy I use, I think I would slow it down a bit if I do it again, but maybe not. This wasn't the best shot...
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    10-10-2018, 08:05 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    Could have worked different if the range were farther, the shot was better, etc., but killed quickly which is the important thing. I never found the gas check.
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    10-10-2018, 12:27 AM
    Go to Ebay and make a custom search for dies you are looking for. I do that for specific molds or rifle components when I'm looking for new or used items. I get an email once a day on my searches if a new item is ever listed that meets my search...
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    10-10-2018, 12:06 AM
    The Type 99s are chambered in 7.7x58 (basically .31 caliber like an Lee-Enfield or Mosin-Nagant) and is comparable to 30-06 or 308Win in effectiveness. For reloading, its easier to load for than the Type 38s as you can use trimmed down and reformed...
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    10-09-2018, 10:33 PM
    Congrats. I've used a crossbow to take my bucks the past three years. Archery is the only way to hunt the rut here, and they legalized crossbows during the archery season a few years ago. They are effective weapons, but not like many people think...
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    10-09-2018, 10:26 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    Not a very good picture, left to right, loaded round, 287308 lubed and checked, 166 grains, recovered bullet after going almost lengthwise through the deer, 79 grains retained weight.
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    10-09-2018, 07:35 PM
    I'll take the .35 Whelen brass if you can fit it in a SFRB. PM incoming.
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    10-08-2018, 10:49 PM
    I attended the funeral of First Sergeant (Retired) Albert Curley this morning. I had met him about 20 years ago when I was working in the PAO shop on Fort Riley and getting the Buffalo Soldier monument in Junction City going was a big project. ...
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    10-07-2018, 11:43 PM
    Ideal 31141, cast of straight wheel weights plus two ounces of 95/5 solder in front of 25 grains of the old B-West 36 powder they used to import but no longer do. You could interchange data with IMR 3031, so think 25 grains of that. Not a lever...
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    10-07-2018, 10:54 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57 Ruger #1 in Single Shot Guns
    Yep. I find myself trying to chase perfection less and less. The old adage "perfection is the worst enemy of good enough" is pretty true.
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    10-07-2018, 10:53 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57 Ruger #1 in Single Shot Guns
    I have that mold, but haven't cast any and tried them. I'm thinking cast with a soft nose, it would make a good hunting bullet.
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    10-07-2018, 10:23 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    That 113 grain soup can seems a popular bullet. I used some Dad cast up as a small game bullet, works well. I'll try to get a picture of before and after bullets.
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    10-07-2018, 07:48 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    I cast about six pots of them when I started with it, sized to .287 and with ten grains of Green Dot and now 10 grains of 700X since I ran out of Green Dot, it has been my practice loads and I've used up a 1K count box of gas checks in the past few...
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    10-07-2018, 07:17 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57 Ruger #1 in Single Shot Guns
    Nice! I've been working a lot with a 7x57 and cast lately, just killed a deer with it yesterday. What bullet design is that? How hard are you casting them? Have you chronographed that load to know how fast it is?
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    10-07-2018, 11:03 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread 7x57mm Mauser in Hunting with CB's
    Actually, it did have a very deep hollow point stem, and after reading your advice in another thread, I shortened it to where it's maybe 3/16" deep. The bullet shoots well, the rifle is not a tack driver, but decently accurate. I have been...
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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
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