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    11-12-2018, 01:10 PM
    I should have mentioned I always order the "M" die for the shortest cartridge I am going to use it on, otherwise Lyman will give you a setup that won't work on shorter cases until you cut some off the bottom of the die body.
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    11-12-2018, 01:01 PM
    It is an old one for sure. I'd certainly try it before I worried about any O rings -- my old Star (a blue paint one so not as old as yours) only gets a little lube ooze if I get the lube too warm. And when I do that I get lube dabs on the nose area...
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    11-12-2018, 12:51 PM
    The only way to tell if your rifle will handle the Sierra 100 grainer is to try it. My elderly 250 stabilizes the Remington 100 grain bullet but doesn't really shoot it well. I have gone to the 90 grain Sierra that kaiser recommends as it does well...
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    11-11-2018, 08:00 PM
    I have one .225 M die I use for all my centerfire 22's from Hornet to Zipper.
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    11-11-2018, 02:19 AM
    I tried both ways and decided it worked best for me to PC first, so that is how I do it. But when I was trying both ways I just cleaned out my size die good (I use a Star) and didn't have any sticking problems when checking a bare boolit. Might have...
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    11-08-2018, 01:33 PM
    You're right Bill -- that is puzzling. I've been chronographing cast boolit loads for around 40 years, often using IMR 4227 and have never seen that kind of velocity jump with that little powder increase. I looked at your load with QuickLoad and...
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    11-04-2018, 12:13 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Whitney Kennedy in Leverguns
    One of my fellow shooters at our monthly pistol-caliber levergun match shoots a 44-40 Whitney Kennedy. He uses only BP loads and he is though to beat! And he for sure wins the "cool factor" trophy.
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    11-04-2018, 11:59 AM
    Verrry interesting Alan. You really need that chrono data now. And thanks for that link Hick -- that has lots more powders than I had seen on other sites.
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    11-03-2018, 12:21 AM
    There ya' go Alan. I looked at QuickLoad and it thinks your 47 grain load should be around 3000 fps and dropping to 37 grains of 4320 would be around 2400 fps. But if the 37 grain load gives velocities up around 3000 fps you would have another beast...
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    11-02-2018, 01:09 PM
    Ha! So Alan you have a good range of "advice". I'd probably start by pouring it out into one of the wife's big measuring bowls and making sure the stuff is a uniform stick and not a mixture of "leftover stuff". Then if it all looks like a 4320 stick...
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    11-01-2018, 11:17 PM
    The fellow you got this stuff from did use 4320. If the mystery powder looks like 4320 it probably is 4320. Find a 4320 starting load for a likely rifle, reduce it 10%, and go fire some over a chronograph. That's why God invented bolt-action...
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    11-01-2018, 10:48 AM
    You don't say what cartridge you are shooting, but if it is a 303 British you should be at a velocity where you'd expect the thing to shoot without the gas check. Give her a try, and if it shoots but not real well, reduce the load a bit more. I'm...
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    11-01-2018, 12:58 AM
    A mystery powder 20% denser than 4320? I don't think such a powder exists. Maybe find a fair sampling 2% denser, but not 20% denser. I think 4895 might run 2% denser and most of the Reloader series. What does the cannister look like? Might be...
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    10-30-2018, 11:32 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread 22 TCM Rifle in Cast Boolits
    You're talking essentially a modernized 22 hornet there as far as case capacity and twist are concerned. My hornets (both 16" twist) like Lyman's 225462 which comes out almost 60 grains for me. I use H4227 and shoot around 2400 fps which is quite a...
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    10-26-2018, 01:35 AM
    I use 11.2 grains of TrailBoss or 9.7 grains of Green Dot for 1780 fps with 90 grain Lyman .258312 boolit. Turns the Savage 99 into a 25/20 and the brass is easier to find in the grass. I also like 10 grains of TB with 87 grain jacketed for about...
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    10-22-2018, 07:45 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Shoulder replacement ? in Our Town
    I had my shootin' shoulder replaced 3 years ago. I had put it off way too long and the muscles had deteriorated a lot so the doc had to use the "reverse replacement" strategy which puts the ball on the socket side and vice versa. Apparently they can...
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    10-21-2018, 08:00 PM
    Verrry interesting. Much thanks for all the work and attention to detail Larry.
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    10-20-2018, 12:43 PM
    Got mine ordered -- going with 5 cavity, gc. These should really whistle along out of my Rossi and gp100.
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    10-20-2018, 12:35 PM
    My guess is (for how ever little that is worth!) that the Hornady die has to be setting the shoulder back too far for your rifle in the sizing operation. Dies always try to return fired cases to minimum dimensions or slightly below, and our rifles...
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I prefer levers, pumps, and single shots, but don't feel too abused when stuck with a bolt or auto..
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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