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    Today, 12:35 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Swaged bullet shrank? in Swaging
    Something happened (powder bridging?) to get you some extra powder in that case to give excessive pressure. The thing about looking at cases to guage for excess pressure -- it takes something over 60k psi to give pressure indications on the case,...
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    Today, 12:24 AM
    I noted with interest your offer of the brass for sale. I already have my lifetime supply but will pass on your info to a fellow I know. My 30 Rems are a couple of the pumps -- a m14 carbine and a 141 rifle. I would recommend the pump: for one...
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    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    I'll take the lot for $200. pm on the way.
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    10-17-2017, 11:14 AM
    Reg, your baby would have just a scosh more case capacity (maybe 3 or 4%) than a 358 Win and you should be able to find a good selection of low/moderate pressure cast boolet loads for the 358 which would be just a fine place to start in loading for...
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    10-17-2017, 11:04 AM
    I use similar boolets at similar velocities out of my hornet on sage rats, and to get accuracy at velocities of 2300 to 2400 fps you end up using hard bullets. I get good results on the sage rats but they are a much smaller critter than a prairie...
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    10-15-2017, 12:39 PM
    Ignore it -- I also get pooched-out primers in 30/30 with those low-pressure (well below 20k psi according to QuickLoad) loads and have used them in my elderly Marlin for lotsa years. And I'm sure you have noticed that you could double (or even...
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    10-14-2017, 07:59 PM
    You are on the right track. And as far as I can tell, Universal is identical to Unique but throws better from a powder measure. You find a promising sounding load using Unique, I'll bet it works just the same with Universal. And clays, though I...
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    10-14-2017, 02:06 AM
    I wouldn't discourage you from enjoying the pleasure of shooting mild loads, but don't worry about the brass forming part. Making a 25/35 into a 22 Hi-Power is just a single easy sizing operation (single pass through the 25/35 fl sizer). And now...
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    10-13-2017, 11:48 AM
    I will take the 500 Remington cases. PM to follow.
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    10-13-2017, 12:19 AM
    RL-17 does just fine with a standard primer. I use CCI #200's in my '06 with the RL-17.
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    10-12-2017, 01:41 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Best GC installation in Gas Checks
    Yes ewlyon, that is the same way the Star is used, the only difference being that the Star is pushing them down instead of up so you set the check on top of the bullet (I like to poke the bullet down just below the top of the size die before placing...
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    10-06-2017, 07:33 PM
    I'll take them. pm on the way.
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    10-05-2017, 12:54 PM
    H110 is my powder of choice for my hornet and k-hornet with similar case capacities and even lower sectional-density bullets. I'd think it would be a natural in your proposed application, though I have no direct experience.
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    10-05-2017, 12:45 PM
    I'm with Kestrel4k on this -- defective (waaay too soft) brass. To do that kind of damage to a proper case would take -- I don't know, but probably 150k psi? Which would have caused some real rifle damage. And I also have seen some high-pressure...
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    10-05-2017, 12:57 AM
    Does anybody still make 44/40's with a .427 bore? I have two and they are both .429. I'd opt for the replacement cylinder. Near as I can tell a modern 44/40 is a 44 mag with a thinner case and lower SAAMI pressure regime.
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    09-28-2017, 01:06 PM
    Unlike the small rifle/pistol primers, large rifle/pistol primers have different height dimensions. The original Linebaugh's made from 45/70 brass could have used either primer but purpose-built Linebaugh cases are (I believe) built with the...
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    09-28-2017, 02:31 AM
    The loading books generally call for using the magnum primers if you are using a ball powder such as H110. I did have a couple of failures to ignite the powder when using H110 in my .357 with regular primers but have never had another such failure...
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    09-28-2017, 02:11 AM
    You can just unscrew your die from the bushing and put in another die. No problem. You do have to have the press holes filled with the bushings of course, but don't really have to use multiple bushings. Ooops -- I guess the Rancher and I were...
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    09-25-2017, 01:43 AM
    I also use my Lee dies to make 32/40 out of 30/30's: I have a strong preference for the shape of the Lee expanding/decapping pin when doing any case forming that requires neck expansion. I haven't had mine pull out, but I do lube the inside of the...
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    09-22-2017, 08:27 PM
    For us old cast boolit shooters who often have loads which don't even half fill the case, well I don't think there is ever a down-side to using a magnum primer in those cases and often there is a noticeable up-side. You have a real good thing there...
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    09-22-2017, 02:00 PM
    Lee's copy of the RCBS 35 Rem bullet -- a 205 or 210 grainer -- is one of my favorites. And it is one of those they make in the 6-cavity: the only way to go!
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    09-20-2017, 06:24 PM
    I'm with rigger--I always shoot at least once before trimming. Run 'em thru the Lyman "M" die to round out the neck; a bit of champfer, and load and go. But I also seldom crimp my rifle reloads -- you sure as heck won't need to crimp that 25/35 to...
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    09-20-2017, 06:11 PM
    After Wrestler87's head's up I drifted over to "gunbroker". Sure enough there are a batch of 25/35's listed in various configurations. I went for the "sporter" configuration: 24" half-round half-octagon bbl. Should arrive here early next week. ...
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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
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