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    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Deprimed a bunch of 30/30 & a full 1 gal baggie of 223 for BO conversion. Reminds me to glue a magnet to my HF saw so I can check for steel cases.
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    Yesterday, 04:58 PM
    If you can cast good boolits with it, use it. Depending on what else is in it, it may cast small. Sn will make fillout better and you may need a little more heat. I shot some 0.7% Zn/pure in 40SW, got tumbling at the target. Had to beagle the...
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    Yesterday, 10:21 AM
    popper replied to a thread 30-30 lead reloading ? in Leverguns
    I get 1300-1400 fps with a 175 gr PB & unique (10 gr) in my 336, decent accuracy but to get 1600 I use 2400 (16 gr is less $ than 21gr). You want a small FN, not the huge one on the 041. 1/2 gr. won't make any difference. I do have an unopened...
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    04-23-2017, 08:39 PM
    popper replied to a thread 30-30 lead reloading ? in Leverguns
    If you can't find proper sized boolits, PC could help.
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    04-23-2017, 08:24 PM
    Thermal ( flir) is best but consider the reliability. ATN (CCD) appears to be good for what it is.
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    04-23-2017, 08:08 PM
    PEPR for all my ARs. Monarch 3 mounts solid, 6 screw cap. Steel mount doesn't move when hot.
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    04-22-2017, 11:51 AM
    If you cut the #2 50% with pure you get COWW Sb. Then add the Cu. I don't use Sn so don't know how it would turn out, the 1:20 is Sn high. Anything with 2% Sb will H.T. I tried some really soft in the 40SW and got leading & keyholes. I used the...
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    04-20-2017, 12:18 PM
    Try seating farther out for the carbine bullets. 150 or so with pistol powder for low recoil and rifle powder for faster but recoil won't be light. You should be able to push a PB to 1600 with accuracy, not with the GC design sans GC. With 150...
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    04-19-2017, 11:26 AM
    popper replied to a thread 300 Blackout Alloy? in Cast Boolits
    I've used BLL in the BO, no problem if the alloy is right.
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    04-18-2017, 03:15 PM
    Bluejay - 31-142C, isocore(96/3/1) with Sn replaced with Cu, ESPC. PC wiped from base, WD after 1/2 hr bake on hot plate. 16.5gr. H110, 18" 1:10 McGowan SS barrel/carbine gas. Avg 2112 ES 47 RCBS powder dropper/ not trickled - Lee die and FCD. ...
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    04-18-2017, 01:55 PM
    popper replied to a thread Boolit Skid? in Cast Boolits
    fan pattern high and left Pic of a target would help. Either mis-shaping the nose on chambering or soft alloy base is getting mis-shaped when firing. Softer lube points in this direction - LG collapses. I've seen it with non-flat base, would make...
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    04-18-2017, 01:40 PM
    popper replied to a thread 300 Blackout Alloy? in Cast Boolits
    If you don't want to use GC, get a PB mould. Then you can start pushing jacketed fps.
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    04-17-2017, 10:45 PM
    Mag problem. Try gen 3 Pmags, maybe lancer.
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    04-13-2017, 10:47 AM
    IMHO testing is a waste of time. Only 'lube' I've had trouble with is the blue stuff on commercial stuff + my first try with LLA. Too many variables between guns. This sold me on PC, HF red, 308W AR from 50 yds, 2400 fps., @ ~ 32F (well maybe a...
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    04-13-2017, 10:22 AM
    It's the MG that gives you trouble with the soft alloy (~1% Sb?). After the group I posted above, shot 20 rnds of 175 PB, same alloy, same boolit design (no L.G.s), same load. Shotgun pattern. The 175 @ the same fps from a normal groove BO did...
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    04-13-2017, 09:43 AM
    popper replied to a thread .300 Blackout Lee mold in Cast Boolits
    Practice with that mould, then get one that works. Virtually no reports of that mould working unless the BT is removed. Yes, mould is not to temp yet and you have to pour pretty fast with the longer boolits, then slower as it fills to get the base...
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    04-12-2017, 08:15 PM
    popper replied to a thread 30-30 lead reloading ? in Leverguns
    powder like 2400 or Rx7, 175-185gr GC from WDWW alloy and a boolit like the RCBS SIL, sized 311 or greater. BLL works fine at that fps for lube. Long, heavy pointy boolits with high BC for competition (probably need to cast your own or buy premium...
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    04-12-2017, 07:55 PM
    Actually IIRC it started in 2010 with much interest in 2012.
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    04-12-2017, 04:20 PM
    Just shot mine today @ 50, 185gr GC ~1600fps, haven't chronyd yet. Soft alloy, 15.8 gr 2400. Sized 311 for my 336 but I nose size ~ 0.1" of the nose to fit the lands. Big improvement. Group is 3x larger without the 'trick'. Seating short has...
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    04-11-2017, 07:41 PM
    Because I want to have them.
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    04-11-2017, 07:39 PM
    popper replied to a thread When I Was a Kid... in Our Town
    Hooray, another 'kid'. Just a rubber band to hit the flys on the lunch table. Clothes pin on a stick! Moved from Ft.Wayne when I was ~4, Dad's B29 project was over and he wanted into sales.
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    04-09-2017, 02:49 PM
    WD from the oven on last coat unless you use a hardball type alloy. Overtemp is not good. Inspect after sizing to verify none is scraped off. Just takes a few bad ones to get the leading started, it gets worse from there. Any that get shaved...
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    04-08-2017, 09:46 AM
    I use a 145gr PB in BO @ >2K fps. I barely can control the base flatness without adding an unlevel PC to the base. I cast some, changed my sprue cut timing and got non-flat bases. Target with those shows an almost perfect circle @ 100. PCd base...
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    04-07-2017, 07:05 PM
    Yes, sort when cleaning. Just keep the lugar HS. Case lenghts are not always the same so you have to over flare or trim pistol brass - ugh.
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    04-07-2017, 12:05 PM
    Turn the compressor pressure down (~15-20), set the 'flow' knob on the gun to max, remove the 'deflector' tip - you want the powder to 'puff' out. Hold the pedal down a few seconds before spraying - it takes a while for the HV to charge up. Hold...
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    04-07-2017, 11:34 AM
    Then there are the 'free' ones offered (lottery?) by the gun industry.
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    04-07-2017, 11:28 AM
    My problem is the clothes washers. Samsung ~3yrs old, no spin anymore. They need to hire some decent designers that understand spin. Trying to control centrifugal force with electronics. Silly thing has $200 attitude sensor, instead of a large...
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    04-06-2017, 01:26 PM
    I dump the sprue in a sauce pan and add them back when I get tired. Prevents adding junk to the melt and lets you reduce the oxides back in.
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    04-06-2017, 01:21 PM
    My 308W AR runs 175K & 194K RPM, 1:10 and does 1 1/2 MOA (bad due to me) - 168gr PC cast GC. The itty bitty 223 boolits have a problem due to low rotational momentum/inertia/mass. Imperfections are a larger % of mass, create larger apparent...
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    04-05-2017, 12:48 PM
    Left is 308W AR, others are 30/30. 40gr of H4895 about the same.
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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