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    07-17-2018, 12:10 PM
    I use Hodgdon's "Universal" as being like Unique but metering better in your type application. 1.9 grains of it would be about equivalent velocity to your 1.7 Bullseye. But looking at P Flados' chart gets me thinking i'd like to try that Tightwad...
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    07-17-2018, 11:41 AM
    I have a beautiful 4-cavity LBT that throws a 180 grain flat nose in both gas check and plain base designs. But I find I either want the one or the other when I go to cast and I wish I'd just ordered two moulds to begin with.
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    07-17-2018, 11:36 AM
    As smkummer says -- you have a wee touch of the "Marlin jam #1". Here is a link to a thread where I posted some pictures of my fix using JB Weld and also has input on a heating/bending technique. Fix the dang thing right and you won't have to worry...
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    07-15-2018, 11:39 AM
    Hornady One-Shot cleaner/degreaser is your friend. Spray/clean it good with the One-shot and you also have an excellent rust-resister. Hornady calls for using it on their brand of powder measure before you use it the first time but the little...
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    07-12-2018, 11:34 AM
    Marlin jams happen when the carrier doesn't rise quick enough and you get a little bit of the following shell on the carrier along with the round that is supposed to be there. This prevents the carrier from lifting up the shell toward the chamber....
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    07-11-2018, 12:07 PM
    I am very fond of Lee's copy of the RCBS 200 grainer (which they also make in the 6 cavity). But man, if you are having to load to an exact length because of "Marlin jam #1" you need to fix the jam thing. I fixed mine by JB-welding a bit of metal to...
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    07-11-2018, 02:54 AM
    nekshot, that's a right fine idea you had on coloring those case heads. I don't have confusion with 8mm's of any kind but I have found it is a real pain to try to pick my 38/40's off the ground from amongst my buddies 44/40's. I'm now gonna' color...
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    07-10-2018, 10:40 AM
    I had never thought of powder coating the head of the cartridge. Does that tighten up loose primer pockets? Back in my young and foolish days I'd have been interested in something to tighten up those pockets after a few of those 65K psi loads...
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    07-05-2018, 11:15 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread Lee 309 mold in Leverguns
    I have a bunch of Lee moulds. I just assume the aluminum soaks in some oil and it will take several casting sessions before it is all burned out and I get good boolits right away. Other folks seem to be able to clean their moulds and get good...
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    07-05-2018, 11:06 AM
    I just put in a batch of boolits, spoon in plenty of powder, and let 'er rip for 20 minutes or so. I suppose there are more sophisticated methods?
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    06-29-2018, 11:36 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread 25/20 mold questions in Cast Boolits
    My old m92 has the typical 14" twist but shoots Lymans .258312 well (casts up 90 grains in my mould). I had it out with a grandson yesterday and we did good damage to tin cans from 25 to 200 yards. 8 grains of Lil' gun pushing it around 1700 fps. ...
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    06-29-2018, 11:19 AM
    Longer barrels get you more velocity but the powder that gets the top velocity in the short barrel is probably the powder that will get the top velocity in the long barrel. It'll just get more of that velocity.
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    06-26-2018, 10:52 AM
    I really wanted my Rossi 357 to feed the 180 grain RNFP LBT boolit that my GP100 loves. The length stop on the lifter was OK, the length itself would not be a problem. But as must be the case with your rifle, the cartridge guides wouldn't let the...
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    06-20-2018, 11:26 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread AR-15 1:7 twist in Cast Boolits
    I'll pay a bit more to get the Hornady checks for their crimp-on feature. I usually get them from Graf's. And I also use Linotype for those little fast boolits because I know it works. A number of theories out their about what gas checks...
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    06-20-2018, 12:47 AM
    earlmck replied to a thread AR-15 1:7 twist in Cast Boolits
    No gas check? Well no wonder. Put the danged gas check on and then report back.
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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