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  • earlmck's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 11:16 AM
    I use an old Herter's which looks to be a direct copy of your Redding. Like Hardcast, I use mine without the oil, preferring to see the scale swing about equally above and below the zero. That takes less time than waiting for the beam to settle,...
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    05-10-2018, 12:58 AM
    I happily use .264 checks on .257 boolits, which is about the same percentage size reduction you are talking. I think you'll be just fine.
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    05-09-2018, 01:21 PM
    IMHO the 6-cavity Lee is an order of magnitude nicer than the 2-cavity. My only complaint about the 6-cavity is that it is not available in all the Lee styles.
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    05-08-2018, 11:17 AM
    Sheesh fellers -- one grain of Unique doesn't qualify as a "duplex load": that is just barely an "enriched priming compound".
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    05-08-2018, 11:07 AM
    Yep, been a lot of good shootin' done with WWII surplus 4831. Might as well go ahead and shoot it up -- give her another 75 years and the stuff might begin to get stale.
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    05-07-2018, 12:26 PM
    Heck with the expensive Retumbo. Just drop a grain of Unique at the bottom of the case, fill to compression with your slow ball powder and shoot much cleaner. You can do away with the magnum primer, too. You might have to put up with more...
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    05-07-2018, 12:13 PM
    QuickLoad shows a compressed load of 51 grains (SAAMI length) giving 1475 fps and 18k psi, for black powder velocities and low pressure just as Waters was saying. If you load longer for the big Sharps you may well get another 4 or 5 grains powder in...
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    05-06-2018, 12:20 PM
    I didn't realize that this might well be chambered for 25-20 wcf as per DeputyDuke. That would be no problem: Starline makes 32/20 cases and these readily form to 25-20. Just run the necks over a .312 size button first to make sure they start our...
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    05-06-2018, 12:46 AM
    Low wall Winchesters are wonderful. The 25/20 is great. What a fine, fun combination, perfect for launching small boolits. My low-wall (a k-hornet) has been with me for nearly 50 years and has never had a hickup. I watched some fellows shooting...
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    05-04-2018, 11:50 AM
    Wow! I do that all the time (remelt lubed boolits as a source of flux). Wonder what the heck you had there?
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    05-02-2018, 01:02 AM
    According to QuickLoad, in that very mild load application these two powders are quite similar, essentially interchangeable (26 to 27k psi, a bit over 2000 fps velocity).
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    05-01-2018, 06:54 PM
    If you have a well-polished size die and aren't sizing a great amount you may not need any lube at all. I used to size/gas-check my boolits before powder coating. Then I found that my rifles seem to shoot best if I gas check after powder coating,...
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    05-01-2018, 06:39 PM
    earlmck replied to a thread Is it mold or mould? in Our Town
    I always thought "mold" was proprietary to this particular forum, just like "boolit". I tend to use "mold" and "boolit" when posting on this forum and "mould" and "bullet" for the rest of the world. I hadn't realized Lee used "mold" to describe...
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    04-30-2018, 01:12 PM
    There are just two downsides to the wonderful 35 Rem cartridge: first is that it has almost NO throat in a normally chambered gun. And second is the little short neck. So the first downside means probably your boolit will be real hard to chamber if...
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    04-30-2018, 12:43 PM
    Your proposed load with the 110 grain jacketed bullet is safe enough (SEE is a phenomenon of slow powder in partly-filled cases) but is very wasteful of a fine powder -- you could get the same velocities with 1/3 the powder with Unique, for example....
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    04-28-2018, 11:55 AM
    QL thinks you are right around 1200 fps and 8600 psi with that one depending on where your seating depth comes in, leebuilder.
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    04-28-2018, 11:45 AM
    Dang fine job of casting odette. Them's keepers.
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    04-28-2018, 12:49 AM
    I asked old friend "QuickLoad" your question. QL says 8 grains Red Dot should be about 1260 fps and 19k psi, while you would need 10 grains to get to 1400 fps. And QL agrees almost exactly with Outpost on 6 grains giving 1080 fps with 13k psi. ...
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    04-26-2018, 12:31 PM
    Thanks gent -- you gave us a lot of info there !
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    04-26-2018, 12:22 PM
    Being a good Scotsman I wouldn't toss those "too short" cases. Do like clum553946 suggested -- get a second shellholder and grind off about .04" (I have a couple of these made for certain cases and just color the top red with a Sharpie marker to...
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    04-24-2018, 11:30 AM
    Huh? Isn't this the same mould that was a "group buy" over on and closed a couple weeks ago? I put my name in on that one a while back.
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    04-24-2018, 01:08 AM
    If they are too small for 9.3 then they've gotta' be close to .35, not .375 -- I'll bet if you have a Star sizer it will put those babies on a 35 cal boolit. Heck, if they are just a little too small for the 9.3 I'll bet a Star would put them on...
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    04-23-2018, 12:19 PM
    Oh yeah! I also never saw such a critter and would like to have one. But I have also not seen a bright and shiny 6.5 bore period. I'd take anything that had that! Both my 6.5 Arisaka's have the standard "sewer pipe" bore. And they shoot about how...
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    04-23-2018, 12:13 PM
    Uuuh -- why not try loading the ammo with current set-up and see how it shoots in both? That is the true test and much better than "expert" opinions anyway. My Rossi won't feed the ammo which my revolver likes the very best, but the Ruger revolver...
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    04-23-2018, 12:01 PM
    I'll take the noslers -- pm on the way.
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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