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  • Forrest r's Avatar
    11-16-2017, 08:15 AM
    just another opinion: Mixed head stamps ='s different case volumes and more importantly, different neck tensions on the bullet. Couple that with different #'s of times fired/work hardening of the cases or same # of firings and differences in neck...
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    11-15-2017, 08:52 AM
    Agreed ^^^^^ I tend to put in any post I do that has a single group on a piece of paper: "Not hand picked/cherry picked by any means, the target is nothing more then the test target used to test that load" As far as the rpm/alloy/can/can't...
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    11-15-2017, 07:21 AM
    Hard not to find an accurate bullet for the 44spl's, shot a lot of different designs over the decades. Shot anything from the keith's already mentioned to the thompson designs like the 429215/429303/h&g#142. Any wc bullet does extremely well in the...
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    11-04-2017, 07:02 PM
    The Ness bullet has a huge hp. The is extremely long/deep, it extends to the top of the bottom drive band. It's pretty hard to get these bullets to mushroom + stay intact. I had only fair results with 10bhn alloy when driving these bullets...
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    11-03-2017, 06:51 AM
    Lyman 35870's (fn hb) that are just as long as the lyman 358311's. A 10-shot group @ 50yds with a mn 1911 chambered in 9mm. The lyman 35870 (.695" long/red) next to a mihec 125gr (.595" tall/green) hp for the 9mm. Both loaded to the same oal ...
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    10-31-2017, 03:01 PM
    It's been in this order for me for 30+ years. 1st: reliability 2nd: point ability/control ability 3rd: accuracy If a firearm isn't reliable it's no good If you choice in firearms doesn't point naturally for you, you will struggle to...
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    10-27-2017, 06:50 AM
    +1^^^^^ Had the same lee 6-cavity mold start to do the same thing the op pictured above. Got the mold extremely hot and put it in a vise and and tightened the vise up tight leaving the mold to cool. Doing so ended the finning. Used that mold for...
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    10-22-2017, 08:03 AM
    It's hard to beat the lee 6-cavity molds for the 30cal's. I use/shoot a lot of the lee 160-312's in my 1 in 10 and 1 in 11 30cal's. I pc this bullet and use mostly pistol powders for 1600fps to 1800fps loads. Another bullet that does extremely...
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    10-22-2017, 07:39 AM
    Not for leading but it is excellent on "SS steal only" firearms for removing the carbon build-up on the front of ss revolver cylinders/frames/top straps/etc.. Do not use this on any blued firearm. It will take the blueing off!!!
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    10-22-2017, 07:30 AM
    I've shot/owned a lot of different revolvers in several different calibers over the decades. IMHO accuracy has more to do with the lead bullets design and the alloy hardness. The other thing I found is that the less you swage your bullets down when...
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    10-22-2017, 06:38 AM
    9mm brass makes some pretty good thumpers for the 357's. Don't own any 40 cal's but making bullets for the 40s&w out of 9mm brass is caveman simple. A side note: For some reason the jacketed bullets made with the brass cases get higher...
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