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    04-20-2018, 09:26 PM
    I regularly use a 1/8" card wad (.460) under the Lee .459-405HB boolit with excellent results in my various .45-70 rifles. The small hollow base is actually designed to put the center of gravity slightly forward and has zero expanding capability as...
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    04-14-2018, 10:32 PM
    curator replied to a thread Hogs vs deer in Hunting with CB's
    Here in Florida Piney-woods rooters are somewhat tougher than white-tail deer. Yes, the grizzle-cape on boars is difficult to penetrate with expanding .22 diameter bullets. Shot placement is everything. Cast boolits from 30 to .45 do a remarkable...
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    04-11-2018, 06:07 PM
    Mine shoots cast boolits better than J-word stuff. That may be because I cast them at .288" diameter and gas-check them. My 7X57 roller has a worn but smooth bore. I cast of COWW/Lino and water drop quench. I had LBT make a 175 grain spire-point...
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    03-30-2018, 11:08 PM
    I have an MGM Encore barrel chambered for 221 Fireball/rimmed which is actually .300 AAC/Blackout with a rim, or very similar to the 30 Badger on the .357 Magnum case. I use 360 Dan Wesson brass and trim to .300AAC length for excellent results. MGM...
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    03-30-2018, 11:00 PM
    I experimented for years with various Lee and Lyman moulds for the M1 Garand. I found that as soon as accuracy got better, functioning went down hill, I finally sent a pound cast to Veral Smith at LBT bullet moulds and he cut a 190 grain mould that...
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    03-30-2018, 09:21 PM
    curator replied to a thread .500 S&W Handi in Single Shot Guns
    Been there, done that, not great results. You can do a search on cast boolits and find my original post. Accuracy was good for the first 2 or 3 shots and down hill from there. The Lee 440 grain boolit does not hold enough lube for black powder. My...
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    03-29-2018, 04:10 PM
    curator replied to a thread Mag Spark Nipple in Muzzleloading.
    Contenderman: The MagSpark nipple makes it easier to light Pyrocr@p and other black powder substitutes particularly in cold weather. They are quite popular in Maine and Alaska for this reason. Here in Florida they aren't needed. There is some loss...
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    03-29-2018, 03:48 PM
    I have an AR15 made for 7.62X39. I have no problem launching 125 grain cast boolits at 2400 fps with good accuracy. They do need to be hard (24BHN-50/50 WD COWW/Lino) and gas checked. Even better is a softer (12BHN-AC-COWW) 150 or 180 grain slug at...
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Pre-baby-boomer who left the people's republic of Western N.Y. in search of freedom and sunshine.
Fort Myers, Florida
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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