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    Today, 06:10 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread 35-30 or 38-55? in Leverguns
    That 405 JES is an intriguing option, but I am very happy with my JES re-bore Win 94 in 38/55. It has become my truck rifle in bear country to supplement the sidearm(s).
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    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    I have tried a couple 250 grain-class bullets with the carbine--the Lee plain-base and Lyman #375248, a gas-check flatnose. At the pressures of the load (22.0 x 4198), a gas check is superfluous, but the bullet still shot very well. The powder...
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 AM
    If you're interested in 9mm or 45 ACP, both are listed in the closeout section at a good discount.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    04-17-2018, 01:40 PM
    There is always a shyster out to pinch profits from the uninformed. Thanks for the warning.
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  • mold maker's Avatar
    04-17-2018, 01:36 PM
    I spent over 39.5 years creating or recreating objects of art. Never considered it work. Hope you retire with the same enthusiasm. It's a blessing to make a living at something you enjoy.
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    04-17-2018, 01:34 AM
    Try 22.0 grains of IMR 4198 for a smokeless duplicator of black powder performance--about 1300 FPS with the Lee 250 grainer in my rebored Win 94 carbine. Pardon my saying so......but a groove diameter of .372" sounds screwy for any 38/55. My...
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    04-15-2018, 02:35 PM
    Was the old #5 cast iron Ideal powder measure made with that in mind or just the way things were made at the time? Since I have one would it be a safer measure to use with BP?
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    04-15-2018, 10:24 AM
    Other than trimming, what dangerous contact with the primer is involved? I have several hundred rnds that the powder has been removed. I've trimed, formed to 45 ACP, and loaded,without incident. I do use a Forster trimmer (collet) rather than my...
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    04-15-2018, 10:07 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread I met a member today in Our Town
    Every one of the half dozen members I've met are top notch. Mostly by lunch appointments and an hr or so spent enjoying good company, discussing common interests.
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    04-14-2018, 09:47 PM
    Internal ballistics (ignition to bullet at muzzle crown) is an exact science. External ballistics (bullet at muzzle crown to target surface) is an exact science. Factor in (or out) the variables, and the result is very predictable with high...
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    04-14-2018, 06:33 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread Still leading in Cast Boolits
    Fully in agreement with Tom Myers' posts in this thread. If accuracy is sound with castings and the leading problem is resolved by use of the full-length cases, the 11* forcing cone modification may be "Nice but not necessary". That re-cut forcing...
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    04-13-2018, 11:37 PM
    I use the Lee 200 grain with the spire-type point in 30-06, cast as a Bruce B Soft Point. "Donor slug" is the Lyman #257420 in pure lead.
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    04-13-2018, 08:48 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread Forster Trimmer in Casting Equipment
    I have used Forster trimmers for close to 30 years now, and they have been accurate, tractable tools for the purposes I use them for--case trimming and neck reaming. The Forster system's "stop collet" is a superior design to the RCBS trimmer's...
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    04-13-2018, 08:30 PM
    OK, I'll take one for the team.......given the O/P's stated goals of target work and decreased recoil, why not try cast bullets? My example in 7.62 x 54R is a Romanian M-44 carbine, and it dotes upon the Lee #312-185 (sized @ .312") atop 16.0...
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    04-13-2018, 03:41 PM
    It appears so. Ah, well--Caliber Wars are fun on a slow day. I am not sure just how much can be "proven" via ballistic comparisons. All of the fomulae we use to calculate relative stopping power between calibers & loads uses one of the ballistic...
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    04-13-2018, 10:31 AM
    Finally finished trimming 6 gals of Mil 556. Both hands and wrist ache, and reg arthritis med do nothing. Next is chamfer and deburring the last half of them. Thank goodness it's a one time deal and will probably last the rest of my life. I'm...
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    04-13-2018, 10:09 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread Gas-Oh-Leen in Our Town
    I filled up yesterday at the cheapest local at $2.49. The last I bought was $2.29 three weeks ago. Even a news item on TV last night. Looks as if we're being scapegoats for another whim.
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    04-13-2018, 09:57 AM
    I'll bet God isn't surprised by anything that happens. Why do some of us try to take credit for what happens naturally? After all, it only took him 6 days to create and only a day to observe and approve of it with time left to rest..........
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    04-12-2018, 05:05 PM
    BobinAus, I'll not spend much time on home brew lubes. Yes I've been there and done that and frankly didn't seen to take a lot of effort to make a workable lube for handguns. However, with high quality lubes such as those from White Label...
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    04-12-2018, 12:22 PM
    Depending on the damage, they might make 300 blackout cases of better value.
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    04-11-2018, 09:52 PM
    MaLar replied to a thread Homemade skin tag removal in Our Town
    I've done it this way and used this spry also. Spray it on a Q tip and apply.
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    04-11-2018, 02:00 PM
    The blanks in 308 make great 45 ACP shotshells.
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    04-10-2018, 04:34 PM
    Some years back, I loaned mine to a friend who had never used one. He tried to size some boolits that were cast with the mold held open and quite a bit oversized. Long story short the top angular piece broke. Lyman had an upgrade kit at about...
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    04-10-2018, 10:40 AM
    mold maker replied to a thread I'm a Grandpa. in Our Town
    You have just experienced the first day of the rest of your life. Make lots of memories and pictures to remind you of the joy you feel along this journey. They become teens and are gone in an unbelievably short time.
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    04-10-2018, 01:02 AM
    I have a Uberti Cattleman in 44/40 WCF x 4-3/4", made in late 2012. It is FLAWLESS, and shoots SAECO #446 right where the sights look at 25 yards with several powders that provide 875-900 FPS--Herco, Unique, and 2400. That last powder leaves a bit...
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    04-09-2018, 08:07 PM
    All of the Ruger Single-Six and Blackhawk convertible models are useful and versatile sporting handguns. I am nosing around for a 22 Win Mag revolver at present, and one of the shorter Single-Six barrel lengths will get the nod soon.
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    04-09-2018, 10:59 AM
    90% of my shooting in 45 Colt gets done using Lymans #454190 and #454424. I have a Lyman #454490 (Thompson-esque 255 grain SWC/GC) that gets a bit of use in "Ruger-pressure" loads. and since my RCBS 45-325 for the 45/70 won't cast large enough for...
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    04-07-2018, 08:00 PM
    I have run 45 ACP with 185 grain bullets to 1100 FPS, but I think 1000 FPS is a better top-end load and will extend the life of your mechanism. 200 grainers I'll run to 925-950 FPS, and 230s get run to 875 FPS to duplicate my carry loads (WWB 230...
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    04-07-2018, 07:16 PM
    This is my usual mode of operation. Fact is--I have done very little casting for the past 4 years, other than some specialty stuff using pure lead or 30/1 lead/tin. I need to do more shooting, to require more casting.
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    04-07-2018, 06:04 PM
    I have fired 3 different examples of the Ruger 1911-series pistols. All were superb in accuracy and function. These cannot come into California due to our state's Handgun Safety Certification poppycock, but friends in the United States own them...
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    04-07-2018, 02:58 PM
    If you like "The Roads Less Traveled" in this hobby venue, it can eat up some time and effort to feed your firearms.
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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