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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Today, 11:35 AM
    That Spanish stock looks good, raw honey color almost, I like it a lot. Last stock I finished I used Teak Oil because I had a gallon of it I had used on wooden boat transom ladder, it gave a nice finish.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    Those 205 gr .330" Hornady's are 32 cents each, slightly cheaper than squeezed 338 Speer's! Graf's is where I got .268 Hornady 160 RN for the Carcano, they were bulk packed blems about same price. About a week ago the local Walmart ammo shelves were...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 09:04 AM
    Agree that since you already have the bag of shot then casting bullets with it makes sense if considering the actual cost of selling/trading/shipping etc. as mentioned. True magnum shot will have 3 - 5% antimony in it and no tin. In the past i...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Where's the fun in that?:kidding:
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    I do not have a 9nn test barrel. I have done 9mm "vicarious testing" in my 38/357 test barrel by trimming back 38 SPL case so the case capacity to the case mouth equals the case capacity of the 9mmP case to its mouth The results of just a couple...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 10:47 PM
    Well here's the update. Spoke with Jes. Not able to have this roller rebore to 40-65 Winchester. The problem is the shoulder of the current caliber. The reamer for the 40-65 will not clean up the shoulder in the chamber. No mention about the wall...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 06:43 PM
    I would like to take full credit for this discovery but it is actually the work of a fellow shooter off of Accuate Forum from 2009 I believe, he had already experienced the Hornady "problem" think it was actually Sierra bullets he had the spring...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 04:24 PM
    I do have some .277 Hot Core bullets in 100, 150 and 170 gr, and some Hornady in 130 gr. Sizers in .271 and .266.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 04:08 PM
    I guess I need a couple HORNADY .338 bullets to draw down, then I would know for sure if they spring back, the Speer Hot Core bullets DO NOT by my findings with a verneer mic.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 03:59 PM
    Here is what I find with a mic, Air cooled COWW cast, checked and sized to .335" approx 5-6 years ago measure grew .0005". When I sized them today in a .329" Lee push through sizer they came out a couple ten thousands LARGER than a .338 Speer Hot...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 01:49 PM
    I think maybe the Hornady bullets are more prone to this than Speer Hot Core bullets. I do have 20 loaded with drawn down Speer 200 GR Hot Core and it seems like I also have a box of 50 of the same ready to go from couple years ago. When I get time...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 10:36 AM
    With one mould I size at .225 as those are used to duplicate 22LR subsonic velocities. With the Lyman 225462 and the 225415 which I push to 1800 - 2300 fps I just seat, crimp the GC and lube in a .227 H&I die....basically leaving them as cast at...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 10:31 AM
    Given a quality scope where the POI does not wander as the power is changed zero at the highest power simply because that is probably the power you will use for a longer range shot or when a more precise shot is required given the time to change...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 09:56 AM
    Quite correct; computer generated and estimated BCs of cast bullets are most often very optimistic. I measure the BC of bullets actually fired via an Oehler M43 PBL which can actually measure the time of flight to 100 yards for each bullet fired....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-25-2021, 09:45 AM
    FYI only; In the 45 Colt the measured psi of 35 gr GOEX Cartridge or 35 gr GOEX FFFg under a Lyman 454190 in Winchester cases using WLP primers with an OAL of 1.6" runs 12,000 to 13,500 psi. The same Lyman 454190 seated to an OAL of 1.589"...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 06:43 PM
    Great info you guys. The barrel is currently 27 inches. The barrel O.D. is .658 at 26 inches, a wall thickness of .1675 with current caliber. At 24 inches the barrel O.D. is .681, with a wall thickness of .179 with current caliber. At .681 with a...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 04:54 PM
    I still have some of the same BP "Superfine" fffg. It actually is a fffg BP in burn rate from several pressure tests I've done in several cartridges from the 32 S&W up through the 45-70. It is a very good BP to use in handgun cartridges from the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 04:50 PM
    As mentioned, with "modern" lubes starting with the NRA 50/50 formula it was found the larger lube grooves were not required. Actually, it also was found the larger lube grooves could be a detriment to accuracy especially when the cast bullet was...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 10:13 AM
    I have 7.62x39 R-P cases that take SR primers and I have Winchester and IVI that take LR primers. With full power loads using Lee 155 gr cast the LR primers, given the same load, do generate a bit more psi (measured). However, I also have...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-24-2021, 02:52 AM
    I guess those bullets were'nt big enough sellers to keep making them, they made .268" bullets at one time also, I'm still, shooting some. When they're gone I may try running some .277 Speer hot cores into a .270 push through just to see how they...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 11:42 AM
    Buckshot what bullets you using in that 7.35? Did you make a sizer to draw down standard .308 bullets, I draw down .338 bullets for 8x56R use.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 09:37 AM
    Recently tested data here for 38/44 to 357 magnum loads in 38 SPL cases; http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?415979-Skeeter%92s-357-magnum-load-358156-w-2400-in-38-SPL-Cases
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    01-23-2021, 02:07 AM
    It's not a centerfire.
    25 replies | 8859 view(s)
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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
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