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    Yesterday, 02:58 PM
    I don't currently cast for rifle so cannot comment on those. For handgun, I don't worry about a couple of grains here or there. Changes in my allow would more than account for those. I only watch for good fillout and no wrinkles. Anything I cast...
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    Yesterday, 09:22 AM
    One slight detail is incorrect. The type three does extend beyond the case but does not necessarily result in a heavier projectile. It just leaves more room inside the case for powder and thereby reduces pressure somewhat. It allows for a full power...
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    09-23-2018, 04:29 PM
    I will run a mop through the barrel of a handgun if things are looking very dirty or if I think leading is a possibility. Easier to tell if there is a problem if the dirt is out of the way.
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    09-23-2018, 04:17 PM
    I tried 148 grain wadcutters in my 9mm S&W 929 by loading them way out of the case. I used light loads for safety and fun. They worked like a champ. No recoil and decent accuracy. I don't think they would stay accurate very far given how I had them...
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    09-23-2018, 04:10 PM
    Glad to hear it. Enjoy the press. It is an excellent tool.
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    09-23-2018, 04:04 PM
    I used to use an old, dried out, osage orange log(hedge) for a backstop for handgun shooting. The log was about 30 inches in diameter with a layer of soft white wood about 1 inch thick on the outside. I shot light wadcutter, full power jacketed,...
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    09-23-2018, 12:24 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Savage Axis Grouping in Factory Rifles
    I have a Savage 112 varminter in 223 that did that. The plastic stock was fairly flimsy and was causing problems as the rifle heated up. I purchased a Boyds laminated stock for it. No more problems. I can put rounds through the rifle until it gets...
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    09-23-2018, 12:18 PM
    Anytime I am using a number of boolits of close weight for a handgun such as what you mention, I develop a powder charge for the heaviest boolit and then use it for all of them. It works for me since I am too lazy to work up individual loads for...
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    09-22-2018, 10:16 PM
    Exactly. You do the best you can with what you have. All anyone can do.
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    09-22-2018, 09:01 PM
    Sounds like a plan. I use almost any pistol powder in my 45acp 200 grain loads at one time or another. They all work well. The cartridge and boolit weight combination is very forgiving of changes.
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    09-22-2018, 08:57 PM
    I haven't been able to get the 105 swc to work reliably either although some on this site have. The TL series for the 9mm can be problematic. In some pistols, they don't grip the rifling well enough to properly stabilize the boolit. I have my best...
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    09-22-2018, 08:31 PM
    Given the option, I would prefer the bad guy or animal has two holes to bleed from rather than just the entry. In and around my house, pass throughs are not really a problem. Nearest neighbor is quite a ways off. In a crowd or public place, I...
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    09-22-2018, 07:44 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Low Light 22 scope? in Factory Rifles
    I got tired of not being able to see well though my 22 scopes and switched to 1 inch high power rifle scopes. I have an old Weaver 4 power on my first 22lr rifle(Winchester 72A purchased used in 1963). I sighted it in over 30 years ago ago and...
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    09-21-2018, 05:21 PM
    It has to actually have a sliding friction grip on the rod in order to work. The square hole, that the little square piece fits in to turn the turret is inside the top of the plastic clamp. The little plastic square must grip the rod enough to seat...
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    09-21-2018, 12:18 PM
    I picked up a pre model 14 target masterpiece a couple of years ago. It was in good but not great condition. Mine was made somewhere around 1950. It shoots great. I shoot nothing heavier that standard pressure 38 special loads in it. Mostly...
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    09-21-2018, 12:04 PM
    When I first got the LCT, I mounted the primer feed incorrectly and it interfered with the turret rotation by contacting a die locking ring. This, of course destroyed the little square and changed the indexing on the rod. After correcting my...
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    09-21-2018, 07:17 AM
    That little square ratchet part will soften and wear faster if oil is applied to it(ask me how I know). It works due to friction between the rod and the ratchet part. Remove the friction and it doesn't work any more. Somewhere out there, probably...
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    09-21-2018, 07:08 AM
    tazman replied to a thread Sizing die compression in Cast Boolits
    Hickory is correct. I will add that having all the lube grooves full of lube is not needed in the vast majority of 38 wadcutter uses. Over the many years of full wadcutter usage in 38 special, it has been found and repeatedly verified that lubing...
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    09-20-2018, 09:28 PM
    My FCD dies do NOT size my boolits. The carbide ring barely brushes the sides of the case if it touches them at all.(perhaps I have some unusual FCD dies). I really like the crimp it produces and the ease of adjustment it provides. I don't have...
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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