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    Today, 07:06 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Lee 401-145 in glocks in Cast Boolits
    I have shot the 401-145 SWC someone called an H&G clone of the 45 200 SWC, not really. More of a clone of the Lee 452-200 SWC. I started shooting this with Javalina and using Unique. I liked the clean holes in targets, brother didn't like it. I...
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    Today, 06:25 PM
    Cast? or cast and loaded? Most of my cast IS loaded, so after counting cases of ammo (roughly estimating I have ammo at both houses) 5K 9mm, 2k 38 Sp., 500 357 M, 250 44 M (wife's new cartridge) 500 41 M, 2k 45 ACP, 500 45 Colt, 2k 223, 1k 300 BO,...
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    Today, 05:57 PM
    I don't know what the SAAMI specs are. Wait, I just searched, there are no SAAMI specs. I know that several powder manufacturers list load data, and Accurate says 30,000 CUP, with other manufacturers also listing data. H4227 as published by Hodgden...
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    Today, 04:34 PM
    Drew, just running the math (fps times 12 divided by rate of twist) tends to favor heavier boolit stabilization with the higher rate of twist. Kind of makes me want a heavier boolit mold, but the NOE 225-62 RN I'm using seems to shoot well enough...
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    Today, 03:19 PM
    I'm hoping he takes it out and bags a couple crows!:bigsmyl2:
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    Today, 02:24 PM
    I wouldn't use dacron as a filler in bottle necked rifle cases with any powder faster than say Alliant 2400, SR4759 speed. I would NEVER use a dacron filler with Traiboss. There was someone on here using dacron with Unique, don't know if he messed...
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    Today, 05:01 AM
    fcvan replied to a thread stirring? in Cast Boolits
    I clean rather well during smelting, but I have also purchased smelted ingots from a vendor here. Either way, I am mostly putting clean alloy into a clean pot . . . but I still flux and stir rather frequently, roughly every 5 pounds from a 10 lb...
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    Today, 02:25 AM
    unused wooden chopsticks are my 'go to.' I use the narrow end for dipping into 2 cycle oil, letting it mostly drip off (or wipe, there will be enough in the wood grain) for lubing the locator pins/surfaces and even the underside of the sprue plate....
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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    Peregrine has been shooting PPU factory loaded 303 ammo and reports it works beautifully, smooth extraction, bolt just slides back slick as can be, I love it when a fine rifle shoots like it should.:drinks: Hum I guess all the ringed chamber, it's a...
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    Yesterday, 05:17 PM
    Wow, I didn’t know the Marlin 44 was such a pain. Is that since the merger or before even. I bought a marlin in 41 mag over 30 years ago, and I didn’t have these kinds of issues. Maybe it is just the 44, but another person above said his 357 Had...
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread .45 colt bullets in Cast Boolits
    The only cast boolits I ever bought we for 45 ACP before my mold arrived. I didn’t get a 45 Colt mold until I bought a carbine chambered as such, and the Lee 452-55 RF is a good one for me. Someone on here might send you some boolits if you send...
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    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    I have two molds, the Lyman 225415, and the NOE 225-62 RN plain bass designed for gas checks. Both are loaded with H4227, a book load from the Lyman manual. I have barrels with one in 7 inch, one in 9 inch, one and 10 inch, and one in 12 inch. I...
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    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread BHN and Gas Checks in Gas Checks
    "Did ya see something I missed while shooting?" Yep, it was the 405 gr plain based PC bullet at 2000 fps from your 45-90, couldn't see round holes in the target at 100!:coffeecom
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    So now your shooting a 44-70![smilie=w:
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    02-22-2020, 11:01 PM
    Not much interest for me but wife and daughters love them, carbines are the norm. I'll take my old bolt action, but if I ever did I think I'd want something longer, maybe 24 inch!
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    02-22-2020, 10:43 PM
    By some if you mean very minimal yes that is normal "for MY revolvers with plain based bullets" I also get some lead on the front of the cylinder also with these same loads which is 158 gr and 4.3 gr w231 those 358-158-rf are cast of coww cut...
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    02-22-2020, 10:35 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Lyman gas checks in Gas Checks
    When the alloy is no longer up to the job plain based and you lead up and accuracy is gone. Many many things can affect where this happens including alloy comp, powder speed, bullet design, barrel condition, fit x100 more. Nobody can say you need a...
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    02-22-2020, 08:26 PM
    barrel throat in a revolver? you mean FORCING CONE??
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    02-22-2020, 07:54 PM
    I haven't noticed that and always assumed slightly large or small shanks was more of an individual mold thing, that combined with alloy and mold temp can change shank dia. quite a bit.
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    02-22-2020, 05:13 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread BHN and Gas Checks in Gas Checks
    You are mistaken. That statement needs to include bullet diameter/caliber and even weight can change things. In my experience PC is a great lube but very little more. Add a little HBN to the PC even better lube
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    02-22-2020, 05:03 PM
    swheeler replied to a thread Lyman gas checks in Gas Checks
    I thought Hornady made the all Lyman, RCBS and Sierra gas checks for them? I have shot thousands of the old Ideal Gunsight Corp brass slip on gas checks, still do in 31 and 32 cal, and never had one stay in the barrel, ever. I've had plenty exit at...
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    02-22-2020, 11:18 AM
    The old Ideal gas checks I have are brass and the new Hornady are gilding metal, I don't remember any made of pure copper. I haven't herd the other about gc shanks being different sized either.
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    02-20-2020, 03:27 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread PC Test in Coatings and Alternatives
    I have 2 ESPC guns having first purchased the Harbor Freight gun. Late, I picked up the Asian copy of the Craftsman blow dryer type gun. The HF gun worked great but required a lot of setup and adjustment of the compressor and such. The blow dryer...
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    02-19-2020, 11:55 PM
    Larry I think it was? escapes me now Bullet Swaging Supply Inc. PO Box 1056 303 McMillan Rd. West Monroe, La 71291 edit-Larry Blackmon
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    02-18-2020, 08:48 PM
    Guillotine type toenail clippers for the pooch works great. Rolling 00 between two steel plates quickly trues up the ball but letting the tumbler do its work without media helps spread the graphite too.
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    02-16-2020, 12:23 PM
    I still have to wonder if your neighbor that borrowed it, couldn't put it to good use.
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    02-15-2020, 03:13 PM
    What he said, they hold their zero . . . That is if the 'lens' is properly secured. I had 2 that the lens shifted upon firing. Talk about frustrating! Once I figured that out, I seated/sealed the lenses on all of the similar open reflex sights with...
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    02-15-2020, 03:01 PM
    Back in the day, I never needed a lube sizer heater, having only used Javalina. But, I started out pan lubing before I got the Lyman. As stated above, melt the lube off and simply resize/lube with the Lyman. I did get a Lyman heater for the 450...
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    02-15-2020, 02:45 PM
    fcvan replied to a thread Glock barrel leading in Cast Boolits
    This is going to be a tad long, please bear with me, I'll get to 9mm through a Glock factory barrel eventually. The first pistol I purchased for myself was a S&W 459 in 1985. I wanted a 357 but my brother had talked it up so much I bought one. He...
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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