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  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    Today, 11:18 AM
    Char-Gar replied to a thread die selection in Reloading Equipment
    I have bought several dozen sets of used dies on Ebay and only got one bad one. It was an old Pacific 8mm trim die with so many internal scratches it could not be rehabed. It only cost a few bucks, so I pitched it in the trash. I clean the used...
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    Today, 11:05 AM
    Char-Gar replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    Rounded bands not OK. Rounded bands bad. Mold or metal to cold. Try again.
    23 replies | 436 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    Today, 10:19 AM
    One more time....Sugging the bore of a rifle to determine the proper size of cast bullets is an unmitigated waste of time. Whatever number you get will be irrelevant. The size of the throat/leade/free bore ahead of the chamber is the only number...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Cutting the extra long brass down to just short of full cylinder length makes brass that'll carry significantly heavier payloads of shot than any other type of setup with shot loads in the LC. I had one once, and 5 or 6 9.3x72mm brass that had been...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:37 PM
    This question comes up with some regularity, and it surely SEEMS like it'd be a good question. But in reality .... well, I once blew up a Super Blackhawk. It was with the equivalent of a double charge of powder. Won't go over the story again...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    Keith bullets do indeed vary from one mfg. to th enext. I believe I remember Brian also writing once that perhaps the most comparatively authentic "Keith" bullet made today by the major companies, was the RCBS 250K, but even this one is a bit...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    IME, accuracy is a function of the combination of gun, load and shooter. Yes, particular bullet styles MAY come into play, but they're a very minor factor. I once had the Saeco 245 gr. (#441 IIRC?) SWC and a buddy had the Lyman 429421. The Lyman...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:37 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Vz24 35 Whelen in Special Projects
    Good job. A Whelen is an excellent caliber to have around in case something big and burly needs killin'!
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    But that's exactly the problem, Steel. Who knows we won't get hit by a truck and killed, and nobody else will know to pass the info on. And in a court of law, one COULD legitimately be held legally responsible for someone's wrongful death due to...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:03 PM
    Yes they are. I didn't know him back then, but the guy who directed the facility is now a friend of mine. Those are one and all, really great guys. He also has a wealth of experience with various guns they'd get sent with request to evaluate them...
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    Yesterday, 06:48 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Sunrise ...... in Our Town
    Sunrises and sunsets just don't really register well on film. Back when I was trying to be a "photographer," I'd underexpose the film and overdevelop it, and that showed some pretty rich colors that were at least a little like what the real thing...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:12 PM
    Like Tstick, I see things here regarded from angles I'd never quite seen them from myself in the past. THIS, I think, is one of the great benefits of this section of the board. Each of us, I believe, WANTS to see and understand more. This is a...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:07 PM
    Not in my mind, but you'll get disagreement on that from some sources. Personally, I don't take "trick questions" like this very seriously, really, because they're nothing but a question seeking an argument, and I've never seen anything good come...
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    Yesterday, 06:03 PM
    The REAL "heroes" of this world are all around us. Today, the media seem to be determined to make the word "hero" the equivalent of "celebrity," or visa versa, but they will NEVER be remotely related to each other! From the time I was about 3...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:50 PM
    More strong meat! Thanks RL.
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    Yesterday, 05:47 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Thank You Father in Our Chapel
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  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:30 PM
    14.5 to 15.0 is top end loads. Like others 13.5 grains of 2400 is what I load most.
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    Yesterday, 12:17 PM
    Char-Gar replied to a thread die selection in Reloading Equipment
    I have been reloading since 1959 and have used many brands of dies. Today if I were to buy a new set of dies, they would be in order of preference. I would probably buy the brand on which I got the best deal. 1. Redding 2. RCBS 3. Lyman
    19 replies | 274 view(s)
  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:42 AM
    I have shot coyotes with a 22 LR HP, a 300 Weatherby Mag and about a dozen calibers in between. All have done their job and produced dead coyotes.
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  • Char-Gar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    Char-Gar replied to a thread 45 acp dies in Reloading Equipment
    I have been loading the 45 ACP since 1961 and have always used either RCBS or Lyman dies with complete satisfaction. I don't use Lee dies due to a bad experience many years back. Many think Lee is the way to go and others do not hold a positive...
    21 replies | 735 view(s)
  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 AM
    I don't believe it is cracked through to the sizing die. I'm kind of surprised no one has inquired about snatching one of the damaged ones to size powder coated boolits.
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  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:52 AM
    I do have a 32 H&R.
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 07:21 PM
    I'm with Pietro. A conversion to .45 ACP would work, probably, but then, who's to say who'd get ahold of it later, and chamber it for something that would make it a grenade? That would worry me WAY too much to not go the safest/best route, and cut...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 07:11 PM
    For me, the whole reason in having a .454 would be to have the power of it in full loads. But ..... there's no law that says you can't load it down, either! And Char-Gar's right, your load will be aplenty for any whitetail I'm familiar with. ...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 07:05 PM
    This wasn't a registered match, but when I was with Probation, we had our yearly conference at Jekyll Island, near the FLETC "shooting school" for the feds. They graciously invited us to hold our pistol match at their facility, and were VERY...
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  • Blackwater's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 06:57 PM
    I'm not going through that stage right now, but I surely DID way back when I started. Got lots of advice, most of which didn't pan out that well, if at all. I finally just tried trial and error, and knew enough to watch the temp and learn to...
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    07-19-2017, 06:51 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    If you're talking about rounded bases, they may shoot OK, but it's an indication that your metal or mold wasn't hot enough. I always put these back in and remelt them, and try again. I like good, crisply sharp bases on my bullets, but my standards...
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    07-19-2017, 06:47 PM
    Blackwater replied to a thread Coming home in Our Town
    God bless all who stand guard, so we, the protected now, can sleep in peace! Amen!
    5 replies | 338 view(s)
  • Blackwater's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 06:45 PM
    That was neat for it to walk right into his yard and offer himself up, but .... I bet he had to use some heavy machinery to move that thing! I have enough trouble loading up a 160 lb. buck in the back of my truck!
    26 replies | 892 view(s)
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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
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check