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    Yesterday, 08:56 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Meplat? in Cast Boolits
    I don't think I've ever heard it pronounced... I've read it in print a gazillion times.... When I see it written my little brain says "me plate". Being Cajun French the word seemed familiar ....I did some looking around.... low and behold...
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    Yesterday, 08:26 PM
    RCBS Cast Bullet Manual #1 30-40 Krag, model 1898 , 21 " barrel , RCBS #30-180-SP-GC , sized .309. Red Dot - starting load : 11.0 grs. @ 1430 fps. Red Dot - maximum load : 13.0 grs. @ 1558 fps. RCBS says to start at 11.0 and do not exceed...
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    Yesterday, 10:48 AM
    Handloader is published 6 times a year...every two months...so getting the first issue can take a while and since it's 6 issues a year, long time between issues. I do like sjacobs and get subscription to Handloader and Rifle magazine...that way...
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    02-16-2019, 11:33 AM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Enfield in Military Rifles
    How much are they asking for it ?
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    02-16-2019, 09:42 AM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Ingot mold size in Casting Equipment
    Too much of a good thing ? .... Thanks , I didn't think about the weight . 50 pounds would be too much weight to handle easily even if the pan was reinforced . Forget the 18 loaf size , that's a bad idea ...they still make the 8 loaf pan .
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    02-15-2019, 04:28 PM
    I would be tempted to make a crude mould of plaster of paris , see utube videos, (my dad would make fishing lures like this) He would buy a lure from the store...since he fished in brushy spots he lost a lot of store boughts , make a mould and...
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    02-15-2019, 02:24 PM
    The Pasties I'm familiar with didn't need cooking..... Saw them often in New Orleans in clubs on Bourbon Street..... Adorning the young ladies who worked there . Gary
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    02-14-2019, 06:18 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Dies in Reloading Equipment
    Brand of dies are a secondary consideration.... all of them work. Usually rifle dies come in two die sets used to reload jacketed bullets. Seating die can be adjusted to apply a crimp or not...read die instructions carefully. Lead boolits...
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    02-14-2019, 05:54 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Ingot mold size in Casting Equipment
    The Wilton baking pan co. not only makes aluminum mini muffin pans but they also have a mini loaf pan. The Mega Mini Loaf Pan makes 18 rectangular bricks/loaves that are 2 3/8 " wide x 3 3/4 " x 1 1/2 " deep. Should be perfect stacking little...
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    02-14-2019, 05:20 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread what size boolit? in Cast Boolits
    I would go with .432 ...that sounds right to me . Gary
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    02-14-2019, 05:18 PM
    Some used the resulting tiny bump to orient the location of the boolit/round in the chamber . I've even heard you were supposed to use your thumb nail to remove the tiny bump prior to chambering and firing it so the bump would not cause any...
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    02-13-2019, 06:50 PM
    I wanted a 9mm 124 gr. TC with a gas check....very little interest in gas check 9 mm . It was in the store catalog but not in stock . I joined the site , went on the forum and every place I could post ,I posted a request for a run.... I started...
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    02-13-2019, 06:48 PM
    I wanted a 9mm 124 gr. TC with a gas check....very little interest in gas check 9 mm . It was in the store catalog but not in stock . I joined the site , went on the forum and every place I could post ,I posted a request for a run.... I started...
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    02-13-2019, 06:32 PM
    Baked on alox , beeswax or that black Frankford Arsenal Mould Prep. spray , Acetone and a tooth brush....it may take soaking and a couple scrubbings but the crud will come off . Synthetic Two Stroke Oil , the kind for weed eaters , that's the...
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    02-13-2019, 06:21 PM
    I found my Lee Hand Press so darned Handy... I bought a second ! The Lee Hand Press is one of Lee's best products...no more making noise with the Whack-A-Mole loader...load in the house or at the office...disturbance free. Gary
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    02-13-2019, 06:14 PM
    At the moment you can purchase about 42 or 43 currently listed top punches from Lyman. The discontinued top punches for moulds no longer made would probably be easily twice that number and probably more . There are a number of moulds and top...
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    02-13-2019, 05:19 PM
    A 4 cavity mould and a hard alloy , even just COWW , if you let it harden just 2 seconds too long will take a fair amount of effort to bust open. Two and three cavity moulds aren't as bad but I have to open the 4 cavity just as soon as the sprue...
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    02-13-2019, 05:10 PM
    You powder coat and then apply BLL to the powder coated boolits ?
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    02-13-2019, 03:59 PM
    We just replaced some old 24" x 48" lay in fixtures with Metalux Flat Panel LED fixtures....they have no bulbs and are about an inch thick, lots more light. Electrician said they were not expensive , the whole panel lights up . I don't know...
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    02-13-2019, 03:28 PM
    RCBS Cast Bullet Manual #1 is available in print and I think a free pdf version can be had. The RCBS manual , Lyman #4 and Lyman #3 are my main cast boolit books. Gary
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    02-11-2019, 02:42 PM
    It might seem tedious but inspecting every case, everytime it's going to be reloaded is a very smart thing to do....you can catch a lot of things that way. There are no awards given for speed in reloading eyeball each case . Gary
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    02-11-2019, 02:22 PM
    Wilton aluminum mini muffin pan works great . These are pressed aluminum , not coated and they don't stick . Gary
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    02-11-2019, 02:07 PM
    If you buy a used one....wash it real good.... you know where the doctor sticks them things right !
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    02-09-2019, 09:21 PM
    I have never tried the Lee TL356-124-TC in my Walther P38 , mine has a generous throat and generous chamber...every boolit tried so far would feed just fine . I don't seat my lead boolits out real far and size them .357 . If the boolit is...
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    02-08-2019, 07:08 PM
    Go with the load data for the similar designed boolit of the same weight ....in Lyman #4 it's a truncated cone but you have to start somewhere . In 9mm Luger nose shape isn't that critical , OAL will be different but the powder charges will be...
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    02-08-2019, 06:56 PM
    Agree , after some extensive testing on South La. hogs and two deer , HP's are not necessary with a air cooled boolit , 50/50 COWW and lead . Hard boolits do not yield the same results...too brittle, they break up . Gary
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    02-07-2019, 05:20 PM
    gwpercle replied to a thread Good Gumbo in Cookin' Recipe's
    Hitting LIKE button !
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    02-06-2019, 06:06 PM
    160 grain cast wadcutter , Lyman # 358432-160 , or NOE's recreation , 38 special +P load of 5.2 grains Unique . The flat wadcutter nose hits hard and cuts a full diameter hole. Get an NOE hollow point mould and you have a good SD boolit....
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    02-06-2019, 05:56 PM
    In these situations the extractor holds the case so the firing pin can hit the primer. The case is not headspacing on anything really....if the extractor is worn ...the gun wont fire. Shooting rounds that are similar , in guns not chambered for...
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    02-06-2019, 05:25 PM
    5.2 grains of Unique , cast 150 to 160 grain boolits in +P-38 special or 357 magnum . When shot out of a Ruger Blackhawk , 6 shot groups were about the diameter of a quarter . If the charge was dropped to 5.0 or below...accuracy suffered. Unique...
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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