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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:31 PM
    If you do mix up some #2 alloy odds are it will spoil you. The difference in the quality of the bullets between straight WWs and #2 is remarkable. You should see a marked improvement in the quality just by adding the tin. Enjoyed the conversation...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:50 AM
    As nekshot mentions you'll run out of case capacity in the x39 with anything less than a 175 gr bullet, maybe a 180 gr. That's because it takes a certain level of psi for LeveRevolution to burn efficiently and correctly for the time/pressure curve....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:46 AM
    Outpost75 has given some good loads. For standard 38 SPL psi's Unique is your best bet with 3.6 gr being max. Start at 3.2 and work up. I've not tested it in a short barrel but it might make it into the low 700 fps. Only takes a couple more...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-28-2017, 11:55 AM
    358430 came in 2 weights; 150 and 200 gr.....which do you have? Larry Gibson
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    04-28-2017, 10:12 AM
    As mentioned weight is the issue. A good stiff leather belt 1 3/4" + wide is best with a "pancake" style holster that holds the revolver tight so it doesn't flop/move around is what I've found to be best. My 4" Colt Anaconda is big and it is...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-28-2017, 10:04 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 788 Again in Factory Rifles
    A Lyman 311466 or the NOE version is the best bet for a "classic" target bullet. The NOE 30 XCB would be a better choice though. All three will give better accuracy most often than will any bore rider. If a heavier bullet is desired there are...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-28-2017, 09:57 AM
    Your Mauser barrel should have typical .005 - .006" deep grooves which were Mauser spec. Those are obviously deeper than the typical .003 - .004 grooves of most other rifles barrels, especially commercial rifle barrels. As recent tests recovering...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-26-2017, 11:25 PM
    Top die is a Herter's Universal Neck Sizing die. It was the original "bushing die" as different neck sizing bushings could be bought for many calibers. You could also get full length "plugs" to FL size in the same die. There was a universal...
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    04-26-2017, 12:23 PM
    I prefer a base with separate rings. Many times one peice base/rings don't allow proper scope placement for proper eye releif with many scopes. The adjustment housing always seems to need to be where the front ring is. With seperate rings they can...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-26-2017, 11:52 AM
    Lyman says they are intended to be sized .309 as they still suggest .001 over groove. Shiloh, I've had a long standing offer on Lyman moulds. Ship to me, I test, if it doesn't cast to nominal diameter I buy for what you paid plus shipping. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-26-2017, 09:15 AM
    Not a good idea to try the 38 ACP die, it is a straight wall case and the die is too small for the 9mm. What press are you using? I too have loaded a couple thousand 9mm with the Lee dies w/o problems. My guess is the range pick ups are the...
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    04-25-2017, 10:14 PM
    Always a pleasure to help where I can. Larry Gibson
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-25-2017, 09:16 PM
    That's why your bullets are under size. Lyman moulds, newer ones the last 10 +yesrs, are cut for #2 alloy. Try adding 2% tin to your WW alloy and you should get close to nominal diameter. Or use the WWs to make #2 alloy which should give you...
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    04-25-2017, 07:14 PM
    What alloy are you using? Larry Gibson
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    04-24-2017, 01:52 PM
    I'm done here. Edward, thank you for the sincere comments. After 42 years in the military I probably should have learned something, eh. Having served in the infantry, armored cavalry and Special Forces which included a lot of training on...
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    04-24-2017, 12:24 PM
    Like TCFAN I found Bullseye to be and excellent powder with DEWCs in 357 cases just as it is in 38 SPL cases. I've also used 231 and 700X with equal results. I used 3.2 gr Bullseye in the 357 case. Larry Gibson
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    04-24-2017, 12:21 PM
    As mentioned there is no readily available case to easily form 7.62x54R. I have the assortment of cases Josh mentions but most of mine are Norma cases. I've some Norma cases that have been in use since '69 and have gone through many reloadings. I...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2017, 10:58 AM
    "Acceptance standards for M80 ball are exactly the same as they were for .30 M2 ball." That is an "acceptance standard" meaning that the 7.5" mean radii translates into right at 4 moa at 600 yards. That applies to M2 Ball as well as M80 Ball. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 05:55 PM
    In a larger case such as the 30-06 each type and burning rate of powder will require a certain load density level and pressure level to ignite and burn efficiently. Also with the slow end of medium burning powders (that's where 4064 is) and slower...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 05:43 PM
    It's all about sufficient and correct data input. Muzzle velocity must be correct. Screened velocity is not correct but can be close. Guestimated velocity is useless. BC of bullet must be correct. Height of sight center above bore...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 02:37 PM
    I worked with a SOF weapons NCO on a mission who assisted with that debacle some years back. He said they had to link the M72 because it was the same as M1 Ball which would function the MGs we were giving the CONTRAs. They couldn't find any M2...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 02:24 PM
    Start at 28 gr, use dacron filler and work up to 32 gr. Best accuracy in the 1800 - 1900 fps will come in that load range. Larry Gibson
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 12:33 PM
    An interesting note is my "limited test" (do we know of anyone who has conducted an "extensive" test of M1 Ball lately?) of FA 28 Ball ammunition was quite interesting. The specified velocity for M1 Ball is 2640 fps at the muzzle. The FA28 M1 Ball...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-23-2017, 11:57 AM
    Not sure where MG gets his "facts" from. He can't even manage to get Dunlap's (Dunn?) name correct.........since MG doesn't apparently believe Dunlap to be correct perhaps he should carefully read Col Whelen and Col Hatcher......Col Whelen was in...
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    04-23-2017, 11:37 AM
    That is exactly what Scharfschuetze and I recommended to Char-Gar (the OP). We suggested at least to use the Winchester 147 gr FMJBT or, preferably, the Hornady 150 FMJBT (Both basically M80 bullets). Both those bullets are more accurate in M1903...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-22-2017, 10:37 PM
    Since the thread has been revived, though without any additional information to speak of I should add that M2 AP was not on average (all things being equal) as accurate at ranges up to 600 yards as was the M2 Ball. The acceptable Mean Radius of M2...
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    04-22-2017, 02:44 PM
    I use 700X in rifle loads. 700X is a lot closer to Bullseye/Red Dot in burning rate than to Unique. I just bought an 8 pound keg of 700X. I use it mostly in pistol cartridges (32 H&R, 38 S&W, 38 SPL, 44 SPL, 45 ACP, 45 CBA, 45 Schofield and 45...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-22-2017, 11:54 AM
    More reason why I recommend adding 2% tin to todays COWWs. Also to RL where the majority is from jacketed handgun bullets. If some hard cast is also in there the % of antimony will be greater and usually sufficient to balance with the tin. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-22-2017, 11:47 AM
    I wouldn't waste time weighing the rest of that 1000? bullets. I'd throw them in the pot, remelt and recast taking it as a "lesson learned". The problem you are having is one that many who are just starting with a Lee 6 cavity mould have. You...
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    04-22-2017, 10:28 AM
    Absolutely no problem Josh, didn't figure you were ignoring me. I've been trying to track down confirmation via any official Tsarist, Soviet, other combloc or Finnish sources that the M91s were brought to zero with the bayonet fixed for probably...
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
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