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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 PM
    I can't get a picture to post . Probably my location . What we need is a ball of nominal dia . .375 , 451 , 454 , 458 etc . It needs to have a generous lube groove . It needs to have a flat or hollow base of nominal or a tapered base . IE a...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 12:56 PM
    Similar to but not the same as the old Ideal 457127 at 210 grs. Closest I could find. There used to be a lot of quite lightweight boolits available for the big bores. Not so much anymore. I see quite a few similar in old catalogues but nothing...
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 12:44 PM
    Here is some velocity data for factory .44-40 loads I've tested: .44-40 Factory and Group 2*(+P) loads fired in two Ruger Vaqueros, with 19.5" H&R Single Shot rifle for comparison: Hand loads assembled in fireformed and resized Starline brass...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 12:11 PM
    Assuming one shot, one kill! I think I'd rather have a pump or side by! I like the Zombieland rules and especially: Rule 4: Doubletap: Carrying a gun is a great idea but it should never be your primary weapon. When you do end up using it for that...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    Yeah... that's a little more than my budget will bear! Maybe not a bad price for the gun but... I won't be buying one any time soon. Way better price than an H&H Paradox gun though! I'd have to sell my house to buy one of those! I've been looking...
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  • rockrat's Avatar
    Today, 11:30 AM
    I would say it is a metallurgical problem with the gun. slight chance of an SEE, with that powder charge. I don't know if a defective/weak primer might cause minimal ignition and a pressure wave is started as part of the powder ignites then burn...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 10:58 AM
    No expert here and no experience with that boolit but I'd say it is a good candidate for PP'ing. What is your bore diameter? The general rule of thumb I've read and followed is that the boolit should be bore diameter or a hair over then patch to...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 10:38 AM
    Looks good! What is groove diameter? Are you going shoot as cast? Sized to size to groove? Over groove? a little under groove? I'm curious because some slugs seem to be sized a little under groove diameter and the old Kynoch Paradox slugs were...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 10:29 AM
    I do like that Paradox rifling! That is more or less what I plan to produce with my rifled choke tube... if and when I get back to it. I'm trying! I've been rethinking how to get it all done since I don't currently have a gun tapped for choke tubes...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:24 AM
    When I returned home from active duty the only rifle I had was an M1 Carbine. The 30 Carbine cartridge was legal to hunt deer with then in my home state. Since having used the M1 carbine in the SE Asian war games I had no problems using it for...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 09:59 AM
    I just used one that fit out of my coffee can of odds n ends nuts and bolts...........but I measured it for you; 0.079"
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    No. I even use just COWW + 2% tin for my practice bullets because, with the harder alloy, I can shoot them all day w/0 cleaning the barrel as accuracy remains constant. The hunting alloy cast a heavier bullet but HPing them pretty much evens the...
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Today, 07:46 AM
    If you want one brought up to apex action slick and closed up tolerances talk to the guy at Goons Gun Works . He roams through here occasionally as 45 Dragoon I believe . It's $180 I think and he sets them glass trigger under 4# , fanable timing ,...
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:55 PM
    Original Colt cap & ball cylinders were plain carbon steel, perhaps 30 points of carbon, annealed for machining, then quenched and tempered, perhaps 80-90 Rockwell B scale at very best, exactly the same as blackpowder frame Colts and pre-1918 S&W...
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:10 PM
    Not even close to Larry's experience . ..... At 1050 fps a 454424 (or the NOE Larry noted I have both) 452-255 RNFP will pass entirely through a hog at 135-165# from shoulder to off side ham and ribs to ribs from feet to 50 yd for sure . As I...
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  • BNE's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:08 PM
    BNE replied to a thread That's a wrap in Cast Boolits
    Good luck with the new job. Hope it works out for you!
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  • tomme boy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:59 PM
    Its a Taurus. Nuf said
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:45 PM
    You probably had a barrel twist problem of were pushing the 325s too fast for the bullet. Frankly I don't see the necessity (unless that's just what you want) for a 325 of even a 300 gr cast 45 caliber bullet for general or deer hunting. A 250 -...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    I have found the COWW + 2% tin then mixed 50/50 with lead to be an excellent alloy for most of my hunting bullets for deer, pigs and elk. I AC them and lube with Javelina or , now, 2500+. I also HP them with the Forster 1/8" tool to a depth of...
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    About 750-780 fps
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:34 PM
    Years ago I had an original Colt 1860 Army reworked by the late Patrick W. Felker. He uniformed the cylinder throats to .453", reamed the barrel forcing cone to 11 and recrowned the barrel, as well as adjusting the timing. With .457" ball cast...
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  • missionary5155's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:19 PM
    Good afternoon I will buy Lot #1 45 Colt and Lot #2 44 brass. PM follows & will ship to ILLinois. Mike in Peru
    2 replies | 299 view(s)
  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:15 PM
    I did mention lapping to match vs cutting meat out of walls .
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    Grooves . Now understand that a 6" Sec 6 in 357 and an old M10 will out shoot the 36 . The 58's are pretty good for what they are .
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    A fellow here a few years ago did a test with an adjustable 45 cal mould and a 16" twist and it seems like he reflected that the mould went out to like 1200 gr and it stopped being even remedially fun but still making round holes up around 850 gr . ...
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:44 PM
    A Remington 58' I slugged had 4 different sized chambers . The barrel was .426.440 . The chambers now match @.448 which with a conical is less than optimal it made that one shoot well with RB . There is also an ASM Dragoon repro with a .445...
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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:43 AM
    I have a 1-32" twist and the 1050 fps load for the 7.5 Ruger went everywhere on a 30 line of departure between 78-82 yd . The solution was to slow the load down from 1270 to 1050 . It is my belief the the trans sonic can be beat with the 16" twist...
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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