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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Today, 01:51 PM
    Lyman's 4th edition Cast Bullet Handbook shows a starting load of 16.5 grains of IMR-4227 and a MAX load of 22 grains. This is for a 170 grain cast bullet.The Lyman 49th Reloading Handbook shows a starting load of 24.5 grains of IMR Flavored 4895,...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 AM
    If your Lee mould is a 6 cavity make sure you don't hold the sprue plate handle when filling. Doing so can pivot the bottom of the blocks open....that's how you get variable sized bullets like the .455 ones. Only hold the mould handles. Also,...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 AM
    Thanks Hiwall. I'm researching if any or much difference between the 40/60 Maynard and what is called the 40 Krag. The work will be done by JES so if no real difference I'll just fire form the cases in the new cut chamber. I thank you for the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    With a Lee 158 TL cast SWC bullet which seats pretty deeply at the 1st lube groove 5 gr of Green Dot is well within +P pressures. 4.5 gr is a top end standard 39 SPL load.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 PM
    Standard 45 ACP dies with a 45 Colt shell holder should be the correct dies. The "45 Special" is for use in SAs with a 45 ACP cylinder for use in SASS (CAS) matches. SASS rules require a rimed cartridge. Also, with light loads and even 45 ACP...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    The cartridge was a common conversion years ago to clean up over sized jap 6.5 chambers or to simplify brass availability. It is simply the 6.5x57 cartridge. Very similar in ballistics and case capacity to the 6.5x55 Swede of which load data for...
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    Stay safe over there. I know what it's like having a wildfire close by. Last summer a fire rained burning embers onto my roof and in my yard. Very scary stuff for sure.
    7 replies | 214 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:13 AM
    Nice rifle Ken, I think you are going to enjoy it. I shoot the RCBS 30-165 SIL in mine with the aforementioned 18.5 gr of 2400. For plinking I use the LEE TL314-90 sized to .311 and loaded over 3.2 grains of Bullseye.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 06:53 PM
    Going to test it out in a couple weeks on coyote up SE Oregon way......
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 06:50 PM
    That is a top end 9mm load and ok but I suggest working up to it in your pistol. I use 7.0 gr Herco under a 115 gr Gold Dot for a +P load in my CZ75. Runs 1350 fps. I got the load back in '89 from a "Taffin Tests" article in the Handloader...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 02:34 PM
    12 Ga 870 lives behind the bedroom door, and a 2" S&W Model 10 lives on the nightstand.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 01:42 PM
    My "new" walk about rifle; Contender, 21" carbine barrel in 223. Using 2 loads; 55 gr Hornady SX over 25.5 gr AA2330 with WSR primers at 3150 fps or Lyman 225415 over 2.2 gr Bullseye with WSR primer at 1100 fps (sub-sonic).
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-01-2020, 01:32 PM
    Not an 'A3 but a DHT '03 I built into a pseudo M1903A3 National Match Type II. I put a new (in wrapper and cosmoline) RA 4 groove barrel on it. Has a Lyman long slide receiver sight with 1/4 moa and Lyman aperture front sight. It really likes the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    07-31-2020, 10:56 AM
    Only if the conversion was sloppily done. With correctly center flash holes I've loaded some converted 7.62x54R and 303 cases several times with top end loads of 4895 under 150 gr Hornady .312 bullets.
    21 replies | 424 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    07-31-2020, 10:51 AM
    A small grinder (used for sharpening chainsaws) in a Dremel will fit down inside the rear sight to the left and right of the aperture (cranked to the left or right) to grind away a bit of the riveted part of the receiver staking the rear sight in...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    07-31-2020, 10:15 AM
    That advise should also be adhered to by new reloaders....... especially the new reloaders....... Green Dot is an excellent powder for many cast bullet applications in numerous cartridges. Green Dot is just slightly faster burning than Unique,...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    07-31-2020, 10:02 AM
    swheeler Good to see you edited out your previous statement; :"I would use ANY published load from any manual for green dot, just start at the START load, then work up, duhh." and now, apparently, realize there is some older data which is...
    31 replies | 1177 view(s)
  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-31-2020, 12:18 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread 223 primer question! in Cast Boolits
    Yes they can and very possibly give you better accuracy than a small rifle primer.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-30-2020, 09:30 PM
    Thanks for the link! I especially like this part"Important; the charges given are stated to be NEVER EXCEED and reduce by 10% for starting charge weight (cw). Also BEWARE, different production lots may vary and there have been many lots since 1980...
    31 replies | 1177 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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