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  • Harter66's Avatar
    Today, 10:48 PM
    Harter66 replied to a thread 25-06' what to do ? in Cast Boolits
    Not likely . I filled my first deer tag with it too . 350yd of flagstone like granite above the tree line bang ..............flop , beautiful textbook neck shot . 135 lbs cut and wrapped . 22" spread on a near perfect 44 mulie .
    3 replies | 28 view(s)
  • Harter66's Avatar
    Today, 10:13 PM
    As with everything I seem to get into there's more to it than meets the eye . History . The rifle was purchased in 1970 by my Dad . He bought 2 on his FFL the other for what was probably his best friend . Bing passed away from cancer in in...
    3 replies | 28 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 06:30 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Mirror Lube in Boolit Lube !
    I have to look and see what I got in the shop. I bought a bunch of lube which came with a Star machine set up for .45 ACP which I got, and also the bullet sizing machine. Can't remember if it was Mirror Lube or Perfect Lube. Used both back in the...
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 06:16 PM
    So does my 1943 Long Branch.
    7 replies | 149 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 PM
    For loads with NO GC, check out the listings of .30-'06, 170-grain loads at this link: Other powders are listed, but showing Bullseye data here as example: 30-06 Springfield ...
    19 replies | 162 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 05:05 PM
    I'll also endorse this advise.
    19 replies | 162 view(s)
  • Nobade's Avatar
    Today, 04:51 PM
    He'll be around here shortly...
    2147 replies | 542578 view(s)
  • Nobade's Avatar
    Today, 10:12 AM
    Yes, I found the wad stack makes a way bigger difference than the powder does. Once I started using cardboard wads like the stickey above explains I got much better patterns, and it all just started to work.
    6 replies | 169 view(s)
  • Harter66's Avatar
    Today, 10:00 AM
    My casting sessions vary widely . It's pretty easy to get into a groove with 4,5,6 cavity moulds with 60-150 gr bullets and pour 30+lbs and end up with a lot of bullets . On the other side of the road when the 45s come out with 1,2,3&6 cavity moulds...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    Maybe a bit much for your intentions but... The intent of the design is to assure that there are no ricochets. Another design that works...
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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:36 PM
    There was a "sticky" but I cannot find it, so it must have been deleted. A condensed version which applies to your .30-30: To determine the correct cast bullet diameter for a rifle, the groove diameter of the barrel DOES NOT MATTER. INSTEAD...
    19 replies | 346 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:43 PM
    Okay, that's a good bullet. Yes 16 gr of 2400 may fire form the cases, especially if a Dacron filler is used. I suggest 18 gr with the bullet seated out so it is firmly seated against the leade when the cartridge is chambered. You may also want...
    23 replies | 461 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread .32S&W dies? in Reloading Equipment
    You can crimp .32 S&W Longs with .32 S&W or .32 ACP dies, but not the other way around.
    12 replies | 167 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:21 PM
    If you want ACCURATE .30-30 loads over the full range of velocities possible in the .30-30, correct bullet FIT is crucial. While you could go through a succession of inexpensive mass production molds and perhaps find one by sheer accident which...
    19 replies | 346 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:46 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread .32S&W dies? in Reloading Equipment
    Yes they can. You could also use .32 ACP dies with the correct shell holder, backing off to compensate for the difference in case length.
    12 replies | 167 view(s)
  • Nobade's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 AM
    I use whatever leftover homemade powder I have laying around for the shotguns. Some of it is even bigger than 1F, more like Goex Cannon grade. It all works, patterns are the same with whatever I use. Shotguns are so easy to get to work well.
    6 replies | 169 view(s)
  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 07:51 PM
    I grew basil last year. Tough part was drying all of it.
    12 replies | 348 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 12:16 PM
    If you have a Ruger Blackhawk Convertible with the .45 ACP cylinder, 9 grains of Blue Dot with a #454424 SWC gives full charge .45 Long Colt ballistics in the ACP case and a clean burn. DO NOT use this load in an M1911 as it is a frame cracker!
    35 replies | 1182 view(s)
  • Harter66's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 11:55 AM
    Probably not a lot of help . The 230 is just too much of a good thing . The little 97 gr bullet is a fun little 22LR/mag replacement . The 165 gr Ranch Dog is a nice bullet and with IMR 4350 will reach jacketed full power load levels .
    19 replies | 346 view(s)
  • lar45's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 11:48 AM
    That sounds great, I'll have to go scrounge some flea markets. I've just been using pliers and vise grips for now.
    35 replies | 796 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 10:52 AM
    I D&T'd the front 2 holes as I have a Forster jig. Shouldn't cost too much for a gunsmith to D&T the 2 holes. A jig is really need as the "receiver" is actually part of the barrel so lining up the 2 new holes vertically with the 2 rear holes is...
    10 replies | 289 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 10:45 AM
    Or about a cast bullet in the 223 for coyote hunting? Perhaps some "caliber wars" are simply subtle suggestions (sometimes not so subtle) that what is desired may not be appropriate or the "best" choice based on numerous factors......?
    69 replies | 1248 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 01:17 AM
    Diameter will depend upon as-cast diameter, alloy, hardness and amount of springback and changes due to cellular preciptation or recrystallization in the alloy. It is normal for bullets being reduced 1% in diameter by sizing to emerge about...
    15 replies | 467 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 01:09 AM
    Aluminum Lee Enfield No.4 buttplate, apparently missing trap door and spring, correct for No.4 Mk1* Cdn. Long Branch or Savage Lend-Lease 1943-44, earlier buttplates in UK production were cast marine bronze
    5 replies | 212 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 12:49 AM
    Is barrel for K-, L- or N-frame? What is major diameter and length of threaded shank? TPI of thread would be nice to help ID it..
    6 replies | 390 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-14-2018, 12:27 AM
    I search gun shows for 9.3x74R fired brass. I expand to .40 cal. and load full-length with Federal 410SC plastic shot cup and 1/2 oz. of shot using 15.4 grs. of Alliant #2400. The fire-forming loads are tapered enpugh to fit in my H&R .44...
    20 replies | 433 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 10:08 PM
    Caliber wars are mostly "mental masturbation." Truth is: Any gun is better than no gun. If you can't carry a gun, due to "work rules," I can tell you from experience that Klein electrician's pliers or Channel Locks make an effective...
    69 replies | 1248 view(s)
  • lar45's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 07:08 PM
    Excellent pics. Those are way beyond my skill level currently. I bought a book on knife making and I'm about 1/3 of the way through it.
    35 replies | 796 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 05:52 PM
    I have two of his in .30-30 for .32 ACP and .32 S&W Long which I am very well pleased with.
    16 replies | 558 view(s)
  • Outpost75's Avatar
    08-13-2018, 03:09 PM
    I'm REALLY surprised that nobody has identified the correct failure mechanism or recognizes what is actually happening. Your photos show the typical leading result caused by commercial cast bullets which are too hard and undersized for the...
    60 replies | 1594 view(s)
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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