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    Today, 01:19 PM
    I've used a lot of shotgun/pistol powders in 308 with bullets ranging from 100g to 200g including the C309-170-RF. Yes Clay Dot is supposed to be Alliant's equivalent of Hodgdon's Clays and for low recoil rifle loads (10g), it's close enough to not...
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    Today, 01:10 PM
    For years my go to powders were 5g Unique or 4g Red Dot for the Lee 401-175-TC in the mid 900's but during the powder shortage, I've been using Titegroup (just want to use it up until I get rid of the 8 pound jug) or my favorite BE-86 which shoots...
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    04-15-2018, 09:56 PM
    Just be sure to do this outdoors or in an area with good ventilation. That smoke you see is from lead styphnate (primer compound). I made some 38 Special hot glue bullets to shoot in the garage but after I saw all the smoke it generated and knew it...
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    04-11-2018, 07:30 PM
    Nice powder, but expensive. The jury is still out as to whether double base powder is harmed by PC but my experience says not enough to make a difference. I store all my loaded bullets lead-up plus I rarely leave loaded rounds sitting around for...
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    04-11-2018, 06:36 PM
    I started my test in November of 2015. Maybe it's time to check them again. My concern was also more about the effects of the powder than on the base of the bullet. If worst comes to worst, you have essentially a bare based bullet, so a gloppy...
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    04-11-2018, 05:49 PM
    Turn on the oven and look at the heating elements. If there is no heat shield over/under the elements, the bullets are looking directly at those ultra hot elements radiating heat directly onto the bullets. The worst thing to do is to put bullets...
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    04-06-2018, 12:46 PM
    FWIW, Since you are supposed to work up a new lot# of powder anyway, it would be a good practice to do so with Canadian Universal. From my readings, it is denser than the old Universal from ADI but that's only really important to shotgun loaders...
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    04-05-2018, 05:39 PM
    I do all my PC'ing outdoors. If you don't have a good fitting bullet, you will get gas cutting of the PC, but unlike lead, it doesn't become a metallic vapor to condense on the barrel, it becomes soot that can easily be swabbed out of the barrel. ...
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    04-05-2018, 01:08 PM
    My current favorite is 2:1 Beeswax:Vaseline. I'm cheap so the Beeswax I got was $9.13/pound (with 40% off coupon) after tax out the door at Hobby Lobby. This is cheaper than anything else I could find including here after you include shipping. ...
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    04-05-2018, 12:21 PM
    No, but I cast all my bullets nowadays with reclaimed shot from the trap and skeet club I belong to. At $25/bag, it's $1/#pound which is about as good a price I can ever find from any reliable source. Sometimes, I see ads for $0.75 or $0.60/pound...
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    04-03-2018, 06:37 PM
    rsrocket1 replied to a thread Shooting Play Doh in Cast Boolits
    Wow this brings back a lot of memories. I must have made a couple hundred pounds of this stuff from the same recipe while my kids were growing up. The last batch I made was probably 10-12 years ago. The trick is not to overcook it. Just like...
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    04-02-2018, 04:46 PM
    Love the 401-175-TC with the 4-20. I usually cast 25-50 pounds in a session, powder coat them and shoot them with my new favorite load of 5.6g BE-86 for 1006 fps pleasant shooting out of my M&P 40
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    04-02-2018, 04:19 PM
    5.0g Bullseye has been the standard 230g hardball load forever. Even when I tested those rounds, I would still get soot all over the place, burning particles landing on my arm and all around "filth" (in modern powder terms). Not a problem if you...
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    03-23-2018, 05:57 PM
    ESPC = Electrostatic (Spray) Powder Coating - using a charged spray gun like the Harbor Freight spray gun to spray charged powder onto the lead bullets. Advantages: very uniform coating, works with many more powders than dry tumbling...
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    03-22-2018, 04:30 PM
    rsrocket1 replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    You'll have fun with those Trail Boss loads, but once you run out of TB, realize that you can use almost any fast to medium fast powder at the ~10 grain level and get the same performance at a lower cost. TB is great stuff but it's expensive (and...
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    03-22-2018, 04:23 PM
    Even if it's pure lead and you wish to sweeten it with some tin, that's a good deal. Buy it all. If you want to harden it up with some tin or Sn/Sb, do it as you cast, don't make a whole batch of mixed alloy with all you buy. That way you'll be...
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    03-21-2018, 08:07 PM
    You could experiment with that but the whole idea of generating static electricity between the powder and the lead comes from making and breaking contact. If the powder cannot move, it's not going to make and break contact, it just sits in place. ...
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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