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    02-13-2020, 01:58 PM
    I tried some 270 grain cast bullets in my .375 H&H with various loads using 2400, 4227, Unique and reduced charges of 4895. For me it was hang-fire city with darn near anything I tried. With the powders I had on hand at the time, the case is just...
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    02-12-2020, 10:28 AM
    It looks like the image is a link to another forum where you need to register to be able to view images. So anyone here who isn't a member on that other forum won't be able to see the image.
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    02-10-2020, 02:23 PM
    Both the .338 Win Mag and .375 H&H are hugely popular here in AK. In fact, my Dad has an old model 70 that he used to take more moose and caribou than I can count since about 1965. My moose gun is a Ruger .375 H&H.
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    02-10-2020, 12:50 PM
    296 will work, but 140 grain is getting on the light side for that powder in my opinion. 296/H-110 is great for getting higher velocities, but when you start going lighter than 158 grain bullets it starts to get really "blasty" with a big fireball...
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    02-07-2020, 10:04 PM
    Other powders that should work well would be Universal, BE-86, Power Pistol and maybe Accurate #5.
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    02-03-2020, 01:03 PM
    Definitely hard to beat a good .38 with a decent load, as long as you don't need to worry about anything with big claws and teeth to contend with. The only issue I have with the .357 mag is that if you ever do need to use it, you may as well write...
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    02-03-2020, 11:46 AM
    For me it depends on what I'm loading. It is definitely dirtier than a lot of other powders, but that's not as much a concern to me as how it meters through my uniflow. I just started using BE-86 this past fall and I'm really impressed with it. I...
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    02-02-2020, 01:43 AM
    Sounds like you've already had some success with the light loads, so congrats. One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is that with light loads you can raise the pressure a bit by seating the bullet deeper. You can do this either to clean up a...
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    01-29-2020, 01:06 PM
    I have a pretty much the same rifle, but with the 20" round barrel. The rifling in mine isn't particularly shallow though. Mine does best with cast sized anywhere from .432" to 434". Pretty sure all the Rossis are 1 in 30" twist rate, even the...
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    01-28-2020, 04:01 PM
    I posted on this thread back in 2007. My level was 19 mg/dl at the time because I'd been drinking coffee while melting wheel weights. When I stopped doing stupid things like that my level dropped to a consistent level of less than 5 mg/dl. What...
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    01-28-2020, 03:46 PM
    One agency I know of used wax bullets years ago with revolvers for training. Vaseline was used in the mix to keep the wax bullets soft enough. Colder winter temps required more vaseline.
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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