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    Today, 10:30 AM
    I believe thats the same bullet mold I have. I would like to know how many grains that 1.9 Lee dipper holds of IMR 4198, as I have a couple pounds of that too. I used a 1 grain dacron fluff ball also with the SR-4759.
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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    I tried 14.0 grains of SR-4759 with the Lyman 140 grain gas checked bullet and I think I can hit squirrels out to 60 or 70 yards, so that looks promising with 5 rounds fired.
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    Yesterday, 06:41 PM
    I will probably continue to use the 12 gauge shotgun loads using #5 shot for the close-in shots to 30 or 40 yards. So I am going to use the 6.5x55 Mauser for the longer shots, if I can hit them at that range. So, maybe 40 to 80 yards will be my...
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    I suspect that most people back in the 1870's and 1880's just used home-made tools to reload their cartridges. Except maybe a purchased bullet mold they probably bought with their rifles. So, just imagine what it would take to reload maybe a...
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    Yesterday, 12:51 PM
    We have been having problems with squirrels chewing off wires on our cars here on the farm, and I want to develop a "squirrel load" for a Swedish Mauser M38 carbine. I have a bag of new Winchester brass I bought several years ago along with a bunch...
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    07-19-2019, 10:16 PM
    You have a "special purpose" shotgun that requires heavy loads to operate properly, so those really low powered $5 a box shells just won't work for you in that gun. And you have already figured out that loading higher powered shells is a better...
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    07-19-2019, 05:07 PM
    Ok, I have kind of cleaned up the squirrel problem with 1-1/8 ounces of #5 shot in 12 gauge Remington Gun Clubs over 25.0 grains of Herco. And some Winchester copy wads of course. They fly good and kill good at close ranges and through the trees. ...
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    07-06-2019, 05:33 PM
    My current read, "The NRA Book of Small Arms, Volume I Pistols and Revolvers", dated 1946 by Walter H. B. Smith has listings for penetration at 15 feet of 7/8" soft pine boards. So I guess that was the popular means of testing penetration back...
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    07-06-2019, 04:49 PM
    You are the first person I have ever heard of that regularly trims 25 ACP brass. What do you do to your 25 ACP brass to make it need trimming? As for using only Hornady shell holders in the Hornady/Pacific case trimmers, the hole in the center of...
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    07-06-2019, 04:17 PM
    I just checked the cost of dies for the 8mm Nambu and found the cheapest set for about $190. It looks like this one is a non-shooter due to the extremely high cost of reloading for it. I guess the pistol is just a wall-hanger then. Too bad since...
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    07-06-2019, 03:06 PM
    I have used a Forster case trimmer for 25 or 30 years and have always found it to be easy to use with very repeatable case dimensions when finished. Until recently. When I purchased a used Blue Pacific trimmer to go with my collection of antique...
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    07-06-2019, 02:48 PM
    All of these states are using the case length limit to limit range of the round for "safety" reasons. Shorter case, larger diameter projectile, lower velocity, hence shorter range to keep people from shooting out of the county. Range of a typical...
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    07-04-2019, 12:19 PM
    Shotgun loads are really low pressure rounds not like typical rifle/pistol loads where you can substitute powders/primers/bullets and still get reasonable loads. And they are very limited to shell type, primers, powders, wads and shot loads. I...
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    07-02-2019, 08:28 PM
    To light up H1000 don't you need really, really hot Magnum Magnum primers?
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    07-01-2019, 05:40 PM
    Has anybody formed cases successfully for an 8mm Nambu? If you have can you give me some ideas? A friend of mine showed me a very nice Nambu pistol his grandfather got overseas before world war two. It is in very nice unworn condition. He said...
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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