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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 11:01 AM
    If your going to use the BLC-2 with that bullet then I'd suggest a dacron filler. Most often BLC-2 doesn't burn efficiently with the lighter loads needed to keep that 170 gr cast bullet under 1950 fps for good accuracy. The dacron filler helps it...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:54 AM
    "Ran speeds from 1400fps to 2400fps, with and without gas checks and just terrible." Pray tell what loads? What GCs? What lube" That bullet should do very nicely in the M94 at 1400 - 2000 fps and even down to 800 fps.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 10:46 AM
    Almost all 9mm carbines are blow back operated and are made to function with standard 9mm pistol loads including +P with their attendant time/pressure curves. If one does come up with a "rifle load" (presuming that to mean some sort of slower...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15 PM
    I use a Taylor oven thermometer from WalMart, about $5.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 AM
    For cast I use the Lee 312-185R or 314-299 by Lyman sized .313 or .314. You can find plenty of load data on here with cast bullets in the 7.62X54 case, 1800 fps is fun to shoot all day long, enjoy!
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-28-2020, 04:15 PM
    I set the barrel back on my M98 Rhineland so it buts up against the internal barrel stop (Kuhnhausen calls it an "internal barrel torque shoulder") as a Mauser is supposed to and then tightened the barrel nut. That set the barrel back 0.125. I...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-28-2020, 03:45 PM
    Seems to be a problem since about 2000. I have run across numerous such cases that fit as described or won't fit at all in Lee and RCBS shell holders. Seems manufacturing tolerances on the extractor groove have slipped a bit.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-28-2020, 03:35 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread speer bullets in Boolit Lube !
    If you have Lee's Liquid Alox that will work just fine. just put a very light coat on the (as per Lee's directions) and let thoroughly dry before loading. No need to size again. 45-45-10 is usually a home made concoction, although it is...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    03-26-2020, 11:00 AM
    My mold is a Lyman Sabot Slug. I have some original Winchester Red wads WAA12R. Herco and blue dot are my usual powders. I fill the cavity with hot glue and stick a 20 ga nitro card on the base while glue still hot.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-25-2020, 04:08 PM
    I've done considerable testing of BB vs FB cast bullets of the same design in 38, 44 and 45 calibers. Testing was done in 38 and 44 with revolvers and with revolvers and semi autos, all from a Ransom Rest with target at 50 yards . in every test...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 11:06 AM
    fatelk I've pressure tested some old 32 S&W factory which had BP in them. The R-P load ran right at 14,000 psi and the WRA (had about 4 gr of what appeared to be 4f BP) ran at 16,000 psi. I loaded some 88 gr lead bullets over 7 gr GOEX 4F and...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 10:50 AM
    I shot a lot of cast in a Ruger Deerstalker years ago that belonged to a friend. It didn't do well with the 429421 but did extremely well with the 429215. Back then I didn't quite understand the slow twist (30 something inch twist0 and the longer...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 10:40 AM
    Might remember with some old Lyman moulds that Lyman made custom dimensional alterations at customer request back in the day. Your could be one of those or it could be mismarked. However, if not a custom mould that design (GC'd with a small...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 10:27 AM
    That's ok GONRA, I haven't had them either but then I got my casting education from studiously reading Lyman manuals......not the internet......
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    03-24-2020, 09:41 AM
    It will take at least one stick to fill the lower part of the lube reservoir, and another to fill the tube. That particular Lee boolit has very shallow lube grooves, one stick would go a very long, long way. To be honest with that boolit (and just a...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    03-23-2020, 02:51 PM
    Taylor, you look so lonely here all by yourself.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-23-2020, 01:23 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread H&i ??????? in Casting Equipment
    The H and the I stand for nothing other than on the parts list the parts are listed A through (?) with the sizer body being listed as part "H" and the sizer rod being listed as part "I".
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-23-2020, 10:41 AM
    Yes, a mat should be used in a tactical situation. Poncho doesn't work too well but an old shelter half works pretty good. Actually the dust gets blown to the side and back so it doesn't really interfere with the shooter's perspective that much. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-23-2020, 10:31 AM
    Could be as there is a lot of wide open space there, typical of southwestern Mohave desert. Never was stationed there as I wasn't a Marine. Shot a couple service rifle NMCs there though. We (my SF B Team) were using Camp Wilson as an AOB...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-22-2020, 10:12 AM
    I shot 50 shots out of my Mini Mk X of the 2.7 gr Bullseye/90 SWC once with the same case (IMI case with WLR primers) and didn't get any shoulder set back. That's not to say it wouldn't happen with other brands of cases. Suggest trying some with...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-22-2020, 10:01 AM
    As mentioned the 30-115-SP is excellent for use in the 30 Carbine. It would also be excellent in your M1903 for casual plinking and small game. Cast soft, left unsized with no GC and simply TL'd in LLA then loaded over Bullseye (4 - 6 gr) to a...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-22-2020, 09:52 AM
    It is a slower burning powder as mentioned. It also is best used with a magnum LR primer of with those made for ball powders such as the WLR. It also performs best when used in the .308W with heavier jacketed bullets such as 180s, 190s and 200 gr...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    03-22-2020, 09:39 AM
    Use an RCBS X-die and you won't have to trim if the cases are once fired and have not yet been sized. Unless for a really tight match chamber the standard 223 X-die is what's needed, the small base and "AR" X-die are not needed. Yes, I know the...
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    03-21-2020, 09:17 PM
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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