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    Today, 11:37 AM
    BLACK LABS MATTER!:bigsmyl2:
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    Today, 03:27 AM
    I have a Taurus TCP380 that I could hit soda cans at 25yds on my first outing. It is as small as my Berretta .22lr tip-up barrel outside dimension, but thinner than the Beretta. When the Glock 42 came out (.380acp) I bought one, and had no problem...
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    Today, 02:59 AM
    You poor soul, you will soon be consumed by this obsession. I however have not not been overtaken one bit. I started casting in the 1970s (dad taught me) I only have two melting pots, several large smelting pots, a dedicated stainless steel ladle...
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    Today, 02:34 AM
    There are numerous online resources available such as older reloading manuals online and of course here. I have the Lyman 49th edition which says . . . (since you didn't actually give the mold number, I will guess based upon boolit weight. Also,...
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    Yesterday, 06:54 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    Back in the 1980s I shot a lot of .454 RB through my 1858 Remington copy and a few conicals as well. I cast my own from dead soft lead. Back in the 1970s, an old timer showed me how to load the cylinder with Pyrodex and corn meal filler so the ball...
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    Yesterday, 06:27 PM
    For 300 BO, I started out with the Lee C312-155 RN and initial tests were good using 50/50 Lee Liquid Alox/Mineral Spirits. When I started ESPC coating, I was using Harbor Freight Black which went on thin. When I switched to better powder...
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    Yesterday, 04:29 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Customer service in Reloading Equipment
    Back in the 1980s, I bought a Lyman 450 lube/sizer. I loaned it to a buddy who broke the handle. He ordered a new handle and a new lube/sizer for himself. Various parts along the way were ordered and received promptly. The only problem I had was it...
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    Yesterday, 04:04 PM
    I bought an NOE 150-SP-3R GC mold originally for use with 300 BO. That cartridge generally goes 2000fps. I make my own gas checks with dies. I started loading this boolit on .308 and 30-06, and am running 2250fps with 1.5/2.0 MOA at 100yds. These...
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    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Ruger Old Army in Muzzleloading.
    I haven't shot a Ruger OA in 40 years but it gave me the bug to buy a percussion revolver. CVA 1858 copy has many happy rounds down range. It liked 30 grains of Pyrodex with grease to prevent chain fires, never had one. I bought a Lee round ball...
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    Yesterday, 02:19 PM
    You'll have to excuse the cell phone pictures, they suck but I can't save the pictures from my digital camera.
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    Yesterday, 02:12 PM
    I found I could increase production when my oldest daughter was 3, she got to pull the lever. Her youngest son is 5, that boy needs to learn how to help Papa! BTW, when I size upside down, I'm using a Lee hand press and watching TV
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    Yesterday, 04:48 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread Sighting in in Our Town
    The military uses a sighting target to zero for 300yds using a 25 yd target with grid marks and adjustment instructions. You get 9 rounds; 3 for windage - adjust; 3 for elevation; and 3 to confirm. You are allowed 18 rounds so if you don't get it...
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    Yesterday, 04:31 AM
    For over 30 years I have heard the argument over using re-loads for defense rounds. For over 30 years I have been waiting to read about this issue ever having actually been used in a court of law. My reloads are generally just below power and...
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    01-19-2018, 06:50 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread 25 cal from 22mag and 17HMR! in Swaging
    Looking sweet there Brian. Your projectiles look like they would be perfect in a 25-45 Sharps!
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    01-19-2018, 03:57 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Marlin 44 seperating cases in Leverguns
    I have no experience with a Marlin 44, but do with an 1894 in .41 Mag. I have not had your experience either. I have read however that the head spacing can effect case life. It sounds as though the mouth of the case is gripping the chamber wall and...
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    01-19-2018, 03:44 PM
    I have a couple of buddies who like to test their limits on longer shots and use a range finder. However, they both look at the target, estimate the range, and then check it to see how close they guessed. The use the tool to improve their skill at...
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    01-19-2018, 03:12 PM
    Biscuits and gravy. Yum! Once, we were at the lake for the weekend, Aunt and Uncle, Grandma, Mom and Dad and all us boys. It was getting towards lunch and we were talking about what to fix. My cousin comes into camp with a stringer of fish and a...
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    01-19-2018, 03:01 PM
    I tried plating about 6 years ago, same basic process but hanging the boolits as opposed to tumbling. I definitely found that 1.5v at 300ma worked best for me. I was plating Lyman 225-415 boolits with copper wire in the plastic tank, and a copper...
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    01-19-2018, 04:29 AM
    I use both iron and aluminum molds, and a Lee 10lb 'drip-o-matic.' I made a lip for the furnace from a tin can lid which covers the top but has a cutout for the operating rod. As I am heating up the pot, I place the molds (iron or Al.) on the lid so...
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    01-18-2018, 09:18 PM
    I hope you win!;-) Since I suggested it, if you win we split it, RIGHT!:bigsmyl2:
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    01-18-2018, 08:51 PM
    I have never ringed a chamber using dacron, and have used a bit of it, but use it as described above by Larry. I do remember reading at least one article in the 1980's about several 308 chambers being ringed in one season of cast bullet competition,...
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    01-18-2018, 11:51 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread Well, It Happened in Muzzleloading.
    Sounds fun, 300 grs of black does make a lot of smoke!:shock:
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  • fcvan's Avatar
    01-17-2018, 07:21 PM
    I don't have a dog in this fight, I fon't own a progressive press. I have used Dillons and Lee 1000s, but I started loading single stage on a Pacific 'C' press. I had a Rock Chucker that I never used (bequeathed to me) which I in turn passed on to a...
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    01-17-2018, 05:41 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Computer test in Testing Area
    passed with B-, if you had thrown in some color or emocons could've been an A!:kidding:
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    01-17-2018, 05:34 PM
    I load some in 45 auto, never a problem with it.
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    01-17-2018, 02:37 PM
    I finally got it after looking at the bottom picture by OP, South Pole!
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    01-15-2018, 10:52 PM
    Larry, you have exceeded your PM limit! :bigsmyl2:
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-15-2018, 10:41 PM
    Uh huh, late to the ball game you are Try 24.0 grs AA5744 for 1643 fps and 1.8" 5 at 100 or 28.0 gr I 4895+ dacron for 1696 fps and 2.3" 5 @ 100 or 30.0 gr Win 748+ dacron, mag primer for 1580 fps and 2.4" 5 @ 100
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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