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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:42 PM
    Yes it is true the arsenals switched from the recommended extruded powder to ball powder. The residue left by the powder was a calcium/carbon deposit that was very hard. The gas piston of the M16 series is part of the bolt with the cylinder being...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:16 PM
    "Are you trying to say the 14 twist didn't stabilize the bullet and it tumbled causing more damage? Might be where the story of smooth bore M16's got stated." Not stating that at all. I didn't mention anything about a "smooth bore M16" either. ...
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  • labradigger1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:46 PM
    Size B or T in the 3-1/2" with a modified choke. Steel shot does not compress so no full chokes. Hevi-shot is the king but some years ago when the shot went from $7 a lb. to $20+ I was out. 10 gauge and size T shot is the max bore and shot...
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  • labradigger1's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:30 PM
    I can think of no load that would be better with a fold crimp. Roll crimp is much slower to do but it also allows for more uniform ballistics and a better waterproof seal. Usually less pressure also.
    4 replies | 85 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:22 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    My 400 and 500 gr loads for my 450-400-70 Siamese Mauser run 49 - 55 ft/lbs of recoil. When I fire the 500s from a sitting position they roll me over backwards.....lots of fun...... No application? Obviously you've not hunted elk in a pole...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:02 PM
    "When that early Vietnam issue 5.56 ammo was used, and if it performed right, it blew a mighty big hole in the enemie's body that a 7.62x51 wouldn't do." Have to disagree. I was in Viet Nam in early '65 and then on to other target rich...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread What are they? in Cast Boolits
    Appears the cartridge photo's are with the wrong headstamp photo's? The MF FA 83 appears to be 7.62x51 made at the Footscray or Maribyrnong ammunition plant in Australia. The stripper clip on it is of M14 style. Note there is no + with the...
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  • goodsteel's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:20 AM
    goodsteel replied to a thread New to this in Casting for Shotguns
    I hope the pot will work for you. I got it right from a guy that was getting out of the hobby and I haven't tried it yet, but it's a Lyman, and Lyman is good stuff. The advice I gave you was tuned specifically to your interest in round ball loads,...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-15-2017, 10:42 AM
    He certainly is correct about minor alterations of the load having influences on the load. His example especially with the small capacity case of his 'cat. I found that out a long time ago in '74 when I got my 1st Oehler chronograph with the 22...
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  • labradigger1's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 10:14 PM
    Dual violations with migratory birds. One from the state and one from federal. Your friend isn't done yet.
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  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 09:01 PM
    I have way too many to use!
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 07:38 PM
    Use an RCBS X-Die to FL size. You won't have to trim and cases will give many firings.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 07:34 PM
    Using a lathe with a collate and using a drill in the headstock or a counter sink works well. I have used my mini lathe to do so. Getting the hole centered and parallel to the bullets axis is essential to accuracy.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 07:30 PM
    Nope, nothing new......just a lot that most reloaders don't know, especially those who just get load data off the internet........
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 07:19 PM
    44Mag#1 Sorry had to close that last post out before I was finished. Back to your question; assuming you have a Ruger 44 Mag with 7 1/2" barrel and a custom mould that casts a 250 gr SWC. That specific mould is not listed in any of the...
    122 replies | 2985 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 02:20 PM
    And "pleased" you should be.....well done.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 02:13 PM
    44MAG#1 Since no one has brought up handgun data let me be the goofy one. We will take Speer data and Lyman data. In 44 Magnum data Speer they list 9 to 11 gr Unique with Speer cases, CCI 300 primers and the RCBS 250 Keith at a 1029 to...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 10:38 AM
    Any commercial 223 with a 12" twist probably has a SAAMI spec 223 chamber.
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  • BrassMagnet's Avatar
    10-14-2017, 01:25 AM
    I'm easy! Just scratch that and I'll scratch one pf my banked PIFs.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 10:13 PM
    44MAG#1 To answer your questions; Do we know if Speer or Hornady uses multiple factory rifles to test velocity in? If they grab one out of the rack to use to list velocity from how do we know that it isn't a "slow" barrel as you said we know...
    122 replies | 2985 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 06:17 PM
    Guess what you mean by "brass life" is the determining factor. For some years my standard elk hunting in the 30-06 was the Hornady 190 SPBT over a lot of H4831SC at 2733 fps. I developed the load working up to it and never had any indication of...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 02:21 PM
    That is a very good scout type mount for the M39 Finn. Better than any other commercial scout mount replacing the rear sight to dat. Note how low the scopes ocular lens sits over the receiver ring....that's just how it should be. With a Burris or...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 02:15 PM
    By "longer" those knowledgeable in the topic (there are a lot who aren't) are referring to the length of the freebore section of the throat; the length between the chamber mouth and where the leade begins. The 5.56 NATO Spec or "Wilde" chamber has...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 02:06 PM
    Please.....let's not take what I said out of context. Your discussion, though quite correct in essence, constitutes a change of powder. My statements are relative only to the use of the same powder, same bullet, same case and same primer. As...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2017, 01:51 PM
    "Basically as identical has possible yet one was consistently 150 per second slower." Never said there weren't "slower" barrels........there are. What I maintain, until someone shows me otherwise, is a "fast barrel". That means if your one...
    122 replies | 2985 view(s)
  • randyrat's Avatar
    10-12-2017, 09:11 PM
    randyrat replied to a thread I hate you all in Cast Boolits
    45-70 you better hop up the lead search and get ready for some fun. Great thing is the 45-70 is a meat gatherer even at 11,00 ft/sec
    47 replies | 1466 view(s)
  • tomme boy's Avatar
    10-12-2017, 06:57 PM
    He was not the one that messed up. If the place he got it from does not ship then how is it HIS fault? Go get the holster and not take the refund. Send the other back to Midway or sell it here. Someone will want it.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-12-2017, 09:57 AM
    The reason is the manuals load to SAAMI MAP pressure specifications for the .223 Remington. The SAAMI MAP for the 223 is 55,000 psi. All factory 223 ammunition I have pressure tested is at or under that MAP. 5.56 NATO is not a SAAMI cartridge...
    35 replies | 827 view(s)
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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
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