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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 PM
    I never knew there was a target model. a quick google search found one "vintage"set available for $70
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Not a stupid question...the posts are there. I'm not sure why it happens? But it has happened a couple times to me, where the default value changes for "Thread display options" and "show Threads from the..." it's near the bottom of the page for...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:34 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe started a thread Bummed out in Our Town
    The local gunshow was this weekend, I always have a table there. VERY VERY low attendance, record low attendance, and very few of those few attendees were buying. The only buying/selling I was seeing was between those with a table. on the plus...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:21 PM
    shot the barrel loose? WOW ! Ruger couldn't fix it? WOW ! again. As DougGuy says, .431 seems like the size to use, if it'll fit. Hunting load, I'd use H110, work up a load for your gun, starting at Hodgdon's recomendation for a start load.
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    Yesterday, 09:37 AM
    I have fond memories of cleaning up a case of SKS rifles back in the first clinton era.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 11:36 PM
    For handguns? I like the RNFP for all my big bore revolvers...500 is no different.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 11:27 PM
    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I'd bet it will not make it. Now, I don't know much about willows? but I do know friut trees, and the loss of bark around the base, near or completely and well into the sap wood is a death sentence. It may...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-22-2017, 02:55 PM
    It would seem cost effect to buy a different rifle, with your desired specs (especially since there are so many 223 bolt guns available, used or new) and keep or sell your Ruger slow twist...which should be the cat's meow for cast boolits. I am a...
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    09-20-2017, 11:53 AM
    I'll take it 3. RCBS #18906 - 45ACP SWC - good shape, minor exterior rust - $20
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-20-2017, 11:40 AM
    I have a set of Lyman Dies that I could part with. 6.5 jap x 257 robt they look like new, inside and out, comes with box and photocopies of load data from Lyman? manual.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 09:29 PM
    I could offer up some numbers, of what I think is enough...but everyone's "status" is different, also the status for the same person can and will change. I use to shoot two different summer leagues, I burnt up a lot of pistol ammo as well as...
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    09-18-2017, 05:26 PM
    I'd be interested in your analysis of load manuals (when you do the write up). I only searched out and posted the Max loads from My two favorite manuals and Hodgdon, because 25.5gr stuck in my mind... as that's my pet load for a CZ-527 chambered...
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    09-18-2017, 12:57 PM
    That's interesting, I don't doubt you, but I recall it being more, as I've used H335. I dug into a few manuals. Lyman 49th Has 27gr as Max for the only 55gr jacketed bullet listed. Nick Harvey's manual also lists 27gr as MAX. Hodgdon paper...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-18-2017, 12:21 PM
    I stand corrected. My 96 had a groove diameter of .2675 I used the Hornady Carcano bullet 160gr (.267) I shouldn't have generalized.
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    09-16-2017, 08:16 PM
    I bought one of those mini crock pots...I think it's 1.5qt ? It is perfect for Bachelor chili. Bachelor chili There isn't much to it, I use whatever leftover meat is in the frig, roast pork or roast beef prefered. One 15oz can of chili...
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    09-16-2017, 03:39 PM
    Yep...every chance I get.
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    09-16-2017, 03:33 PM
    I have the NOE 270469 (149gr RN) mold... Mine also has a undersized GC shank, I had one of the GC makers, make me a custom check using .017 alum and his 270 dies (not his 6.5 GC dies).
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    09-16-2017, 12:37 PM
    Lots of good advice here, and I second using The Captain for a source of lead. fair price, and good quality.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 11:47 PM
    Jthomas, welcome to the forum. Loading cast boolit ammo for Rifle is kind of an advanced form of reloading. If you were to start reloading something much more forgiving, like 38 special, you'd be miles ahead of the curve to then tackle Rifle...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 11:02 PM
    I'm following this with interest. I've bought two different Midsouth cruise missile molds at two different times. The first one I bought (before 2013) as a fat .272 with a fat nose. It didn't work in my Jap T38 custom. After 2013, when Lee...
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    09-15-2017, 10:44 PM
    I would call Al, the number is at the bottom of his website. I see he has Zero stock of any C311 Ranch Dog molds, that's a popular one, I'm sure if he is asked he'll make time to squeeze it in a batch.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 10:30 PM
    try casting some boolits, then measuring the boolits with your LBT tester. waiting 24 hours should be enough to give you a pretty good idea what the hardness will be, but waiting 2 weeks is better.
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    09-15-2017, 10:19 PM
    As many times as PID models has come up in conversation here, I seem to be the lonely one, who chose the JLD-612. I chose it specifically for the detailed manual, while it's not simplified for a non-techy type, it isn't a Chinese-English...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 09:54 PM
    Hornady is on sale at Midsouth....they also have Lapua at nearly 3x the price of Hornady. If I was ordering some today, those would be my choices...just depends on what you want to spend.
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    09-15-2017, 04:18 PM
    I have experienced many broken taps (usually 6-32) in my field of work (not gun related) when drilling/tapping mounting holes for electrical components. When the hammer-punch method fails, as you state in your case, I would just cover it up as...
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    09-15-2017, 03:46 PM
    JonB_in_Glencoe replied to a thread Wow! in Our Town
    Our Ace Hardware (5 blocks from my house) just closed, the owner retired and he couldn't find a buyer :( They never had any reloading stuff or ammo, but he sold me a case of Johnson's One Step no-buff (liquid) wax :) well as all the...
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    09-15-2017, 03:36 PM
    BZimm, welcome to the forum. I know you didn't ask this, but since you mention smelting and aluminum, I think it should be mentioned that using a pot made of cast Iron, or Stainless steel, or plain steel would be a wise choice over aluminum. ...
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    09-15-2017, 03:27 PM
    Echo started a thread Wow! in Our Town
    Went to the range this AM to shoot some 7mm RemMag's, and during a lull, sat & chatted with another shooter. He had loaded some stuff for his 30 M1 carbine, and in chatting, he mentioned that he had also bought some 2400 powder. Wow, says I, Where...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 11:53 AM
    Last year I bought a second hand (OldFeller GB) single cavity 6.5 170gr mold, it cast too small for my rifle and I sold it. There were no markings on the mold, it came with original box and a Dim. drawing of the boolit. I didn't keep a copy of the...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 11:29 AM
    From what you said, it sounds like the lubesizer isn't aligned perfectly. You should be able to see this mis-alignment, when you look closely at the Die opening, when you lower the top punch into the Die. If the lubesizer is mis-aligned, you have...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-15-2017, 10:47 AM
    This shouldn't be happening, either you need to work on your casting technique with that mold? or there is a mechanical problem with your mold... alignment pins? or handle interference? or ??? If I were to guess? I'd suspect that heavy Iron 4...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-14-2017, 11:19 PM
    .429 isn't undersized for a 429421 mold my best guess, if you were to add 2% Sn to your COWW alloy, you might gain .0003 or .0004 ...and you can play with mold temperature as well and maybe gain another .0001 ? maybe? Give it a try, and see...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-14-2017, 10:19 PM
    More than once, I have come across a boolit-rifle combination which "required" seating deep (where the boolit base extends below the neck). They shot just fine. >>>With that said, as a general practice, I try to avoid that condition.
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-14-2017, 10:01 AM
    You mention Lee, so I assume you are using a Lee rifle seating die. First I should say, I am not about to Bash Lee, I load a lot of calibers and I use Lee die sets (with a rare exception) on Lee presses. I like Lee products. With that said,...
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    09-14-2017, 09:47 AM
    I always pronounced it, just like Mr Jenning's pronouces his first name. listen at 1:50
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-14-2017, 09:27 AM
    Our S&S has a lot of activity, there is usually 10+ new threads for various casting related items every day. When Lead is listed below a market price, it will sell quick, usually within 24 hours. If you are in the market to buy, then watch S&S...
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  • JonB_in_Glencoe's Avatar
    09-13-2017, 10:19 AM
    Yes, Lee molds are usable. Sometimes you do get one, that turns out to be a problem child, but most times those problems can be worked out, if you are handy with tools...some people consider a Lee mold as a partially assembled kit, that needs to...
    31 replies | 762 view(s)
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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