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    Today, 01:18 PM
    A perfectly fine solution so long as you are willing to stick to plain base velocities. Which for me seems to be around the 1400 fps level with 30 cal. boolits. Threads like this make give me warm fuzzy feelings for my old Star which pops the gc...
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    Today, 12:58 PM
    You're shooting my favorite 35 Rem boolit there so we should be able to figure out what is happening. I don't see this lead coating in my loads -- my first guess is that something in your loading procedure is getting the lead there. Are the cases...
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    Today, 02:49 AM
    No, I was using QL's 327 Federal stuff. Just for grins I tried a .357 with 125 grain bullet. QL predicts 6500 psi for that one and 550 fps with that short barrel. I haven't used Blue Dot for a long time and so do not have any experience with...
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    Yesterday, 01:39 AM
    QL thinks your load would generate just 15k psi, but also predicts a velocity 200 fps below what you are getting. I have to plug in 7.5 grains of the Blue Dot before approaching the velocity you are getting with just 6.2 grains. And QL thinks that...
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    12-11-2017, 02:16 PM
    I gave my 25-06 to a grandkid who had taken a shine to it, but before that I did quite fine for tin can plinking using the Lyman 257312 at about 90 grains with (according to my notes) 17 grains of 4759 for around 1800 fps. With my supply of 4759...
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    12-11-2017, 01:57 PM
    It's great how your nice offer brought all these hornet shooters out of the woodwork. I have a hornet on the Sharps-Borchardt action which likes the Lyman 225462 and a K-hornet on Low Wall Winchester which doesn't like my cast very well but is OK...
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    12-10-2017, 01:35 PM
    Oh wow! I'd sure like to see a "grandpa's shotgun" like that come my way. What a treasure.
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    12-10-2017, 03:58 AM
    Well par-don me
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    12-09-2017, 06:52 PM
    Oh yeah, it'll work. Not very well but it will work. By the time you seat it deep enough to feed and chamber, the gas check and most of the grease groove are gonna' be back in the boiler room. And you've got no crimp groove to help the case hold...
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    12-08-2017, 02:45 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Savage 99 in 25-35 in Leverguns
    I'm with OverMax -- if it has a usable bore just take it and shoot it. Hornady is selling brass and cartridges so you don't have to go to extremes to get ammo. You can certainly make them out of 30/30 brass but you will probably need to turn the...
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    12-05-2017, 02:27 AM
    My 30/30 fc die also works for my 32 Special (they must build them with considerable slop). Just possible the '06 fc die will crimp the 8mm/06 without further ado. You have any buddies with a '06 die you could try?
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    12-04-2017, 01:56 PM
    Thanks for that link tomme boy. Very interesting... I stand somewhat corrected. That said, if CCI sr primers were only built for 22 hornet pressures they couldn't sell very many: how many folks are shooting 43k psi loads these days? And I do have a...
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    12-04-2017, 12:44 AM
    You've got it backwards: they use the same cups for regular or magnum but the magnum does have more "stuff" to give a hotter flame. The magnum primers are needed with harder to ignite powders (usually slower ball powders with considerable deterrent...
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    12-02-2017, 12:49 PM
    Sorry Don. I was loading 357s back then but the only handgun powders available in stores around here were Unique or Bullseye. And 2400 for magnum performance though I didn't use much of it since Unique did everything I needed for a lot less $.
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    11-30-2017, 01:38 PM
    The Shooters World powder burn rate chart shows this as quite similar to 5744 which is a great cast bullet powder but at the high end of the price scale. If this Buffalo Rifle powder performs like 5744 it is going to be very nice stuff to have...
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    11-27-2017, 01:40 AM
    Do I understand you correctly that you own four different brands of moulds and they all produce gas checked boolets whose bases are too small to hold onto the check when pressed on with your fingers? So you just place the check on the die, the...
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    11-23-2017, 02:10 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Quickload help? in Our Town
    In that 45/70 load the use of IMR 3031 instead of H4198 makes rather a huge difference. The QL thinks the 3031 would run 30.5K psi and 1500 fps (24" bbl) which I'd guess would be safe in most anything newer than trap door Springfield; the 4198 at...
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    11-23-2017, 12:49 PM
    I think we can call that the "20 faster-Fazer".
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    11-22-2017, 12:58 PM
    I have five of the 35 Rems in pumps and levers. The Lee 6-cavity feeds them all: I size .359 but could go .360 if I wanted (I no longer own a microgroove Marlin). Wouldn't trade my Lee for any of the others.
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    11-20-2017, 01:28 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Quickload help? in Our Town
    38 Special, 5.6 grains Power Pistol, OAL 1.445, Lee 158 grain SWC O.665" long, 6" barrel: 14.6K psi, 950 fps. Note that if your actual bullet measures longer than this it could raise pressures rather dramatically in this case. 45/70 530 grain...
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    11-17-2017, 01:32 AM
    Time to heat up the 32 Spcl mould.
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I prefer levers, pumps, and single shots, but don't feel too abused when stuck with a bolt or auto..
Prineville, Oregon
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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