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    Today, 12:38 PM
    What is with Wolfe Publishing?! A back issue isn't available for digital download, even for recent years, and a single print back issue of Handloader (from 2018) cost a staggering $10! Then to add insult to injury they charge a RIDICULOUS $9.90 for...
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    Today, 03:12 AM
    A fellow named Ken Mollohan who wrote for LASC (which presently only has articles against fire lapping written by Mike Bellm) described a clever way to fire lap yet save the throats and seems like it would be especially effective on revolvers. I...
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    02-17-2020, 01:35 PM
    Sometimes your hand is forced, Larry. In my case the throats were nicely consistent at .432+ (none would take the .433), but the only Lube-sizer dies available are .429, .430, and .431. So I got a .431 and told Arsenal to make me a Lyman 429421...
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    02-16-2020, 06:30 PM
    I heard of that pencil lead trick only recently; haven't tried it yet. Seems like a good idea though!
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    02-16-2020, 04:57 PM
    How is that possible? My understanding of fire lapping and the nature of abrasives is that the most ABRASION will happen immediately forward of the case mouth (the throats). The abrasive will break down and be less sharp as it travels down the bore....
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    02-16-2020, 01:51 PM
    Yes, this approach is no doubt sound, but I would prefer purchasing ONE sizing die an no others. That is why I want to know what the rule is regarding throats. The throats are consistently .432+ Should I get a .432 sizing die? Or a .433? Probably...
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    02-16-2020, 10:51 AM
    You better hope your throats are larger than the groove diameter of the barrel. If they are not they swage the bullet down and it is undersized for the rest of the trip down the barrel. With softcast bullets and most thin jacketed bullet in...
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    02-16-2020, 12:56 AM
    I never really paid much attention to this sort of thing until recently...when I read an article in Handloader that reccomedned sizing bullets to match revolver cylinder throats. Makes sense to me. I pin gauged my S&W 624 (44 special) and all six...
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    02-15-2020, 12:57 PM
    Yes! I suspect that the usual 1:10 twist rate on 30 caliber rifles (what most people are talking about when talking cast bullets in rifles) flings off lube. The more leisurely twists and velocities of larger bore handguns results in lower RPMs and...
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    02-13-2020, 02:34 PM
    I think this is kind of a dumb poll in that it really doesn't mean anything. If you most accurate Handgun is a Contender, and you only shoot basically fast rifle powders in it then what's that tell you? You didn't even have AA1680 listed in the...
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    02-13-2020, 02:17 PM
    Regarding grease grooves in handgun cartridges. I am beginning to think the agonizing over round/square/depth/volume is pretty pointless. One of the surprises I've had with shooting ballistic gel is that you get a snapshot of a bullet post-muzzle...
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    02-13-2020, 01:11 PM
    I have found excellent service in the Lyman 358429. It and any of its clones seem good. MP Molds are in my opinion the best made molds presently available. I've been waiting on an 8 cavity version in the group buy like for a year now. I have the HP...
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    02-11-2020, 03:19 PM
    These are a few things that can be helpful with brass HP molds that I've learned: 1 Clean the heck out of it. When you get the new mold scrub it with hot tap water and dishsoap and a tooth brush. Take apart the whole thing and let it dry. 2 Hit...
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    02-11-2020, 01:22 PM
    I have never known Glocks to have any reliability issues once they got their magazine issues sorted out about 25 years ago. Certainly I wouldn't worry about one made in the last 20 years. That said they are ugly. I don't care what anybody says. They...
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    02-10-2020, 12:51 PM
    This bears repeating. I've tested a lot of gel and a very consistent take home message is that impact velocity between 800-1100 FPS sees a steady improvement in performance with cast hollowpoints while after about 1200 FPS IMPACT velocity the...
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    02-09-2020, 02:42 PM
    Is the testing not in the real world? Gel is real stuff. Look, I process about as many deer in a season (I do it semi-professionally with my wife who doesn't hunt) as some hunters will take in a lifetime. Granted, now that Indiana has moved to...
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    02-09-2020, 02:14 PM
    Specifically is there any evidence of the other claims such as lubricating and reducing fouling being true?
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    02-09-2020, 12:13 AM
    Anybody use Puff-Lon ballistic filler? Stuff snake oil? Or worthwhile? Seems Handloader magazine has a writer or two that have supported it (for what that's worth, Handloader is and always been a little shilly). It seems like like a sound...
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    02-08-2020, 03:04 PM
    Says who? I've done the testing. Only JHPs can deliver comparable performance (a direct result of the copper jacket, which reduces expansion allowing for deeper penetration). Every cast 357 HP has not penetrated to the depth I think is optimal for...
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    02-07-2020, 02:27 PM
    35W....excellent data there. It's amazing to me how closely gel data is corroborated by the genuine article. What alloys were you running (if you remember)? One of the great take home messages I've gotten from gel testing so far has been that pat...
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    02-07-2020, 01:25 PM
    Wow thanks. I think will be be getting MPs version of the 503. Maybe I should get Arsenal's clone for a solid and MP's HP. I've been burned so many times with used lyman molds off ebay. I think there is a reason why they are on ebay... I am...
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    02-07-2020, 01:17 PM
    I've been shooting my 2016 produced M442Pro using almost exclusively Federal 130 grain HST and Lee RNFPs ballistically matched to that load (as well as I can). I shoot around 25 round per week. It's nearing 1000 rounds with zero problems. I don't...
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    02-05-2020, 01:12 PM
    Another thing about Titanium is that it reacts adversely with graphite, a common additive to smokeless propellant and some cast bullet lubes (like Moly-Bee).
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    02-05-2020, 01:01 PM
    Yea, I read that already. Seems like they are all basically the same, and load data should be nearly interchangeable between the H&G 503, 429421, and RCBS 429-250K. SEEMS LIKE. But I don't know. Glen doesn't provide relevant details that matter,...
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    02-03-2020, 01:34 AM
    Why is the H&G 503 clone better than either the Lyman 429421 or the RCBS 44-250K? I am not talking quality or stuff like custom diameters. I am just talking design. When I look at the 503 it seems an awful lot like every other SWC. It seems to have...
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    02-02-2020, 08:56 PM
    I too enjoy Paul Harrel, but the so-called "meat target," which also includes various citrus fruits, is PURE RUBBISH methodology and a profound waste. It's a pity too because the guy is spot on with most things. For 50 bucks the guy could be...
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    02-02-2020, 03:05 PM
    Have you actually tested them, though? I have on homemade FBI-spec calibrated gelatin. The truth is that you CAN get cast bullets to expand, and they expand pretty much at 800 FPS or greater reliably if the alloy is soft enough. That isn't the...
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    02-01-2020, 11:22 PM
    Based on Brian Pearce's article about the 44 special the GP100 should be able to handle the category III (25,000 PSI) loads. He says the 696 and the 396 can, as well as the post-war N-frame Smiths, Ruger Blackhawks, Freedom Arms revolver, etc. ...
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    01-31-2020, 02:12 PM
    I second that. In general I don't like anything Ruger makes. It's like they deliberately make things ugly, even though I do recognize some of their stuff is very nice. The 77/44 is one neat little rifle, for example. I had a MKII and liked it a...
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    01-31-2020, 01:47 PM
    I don't know about any of T/C's other products but I have a T/C made contender, a T/C made G2, and a S&W G2. The S&W G2 I've had most problems with. Cracked stock from the factory. The rimfire pin in the hammer fell out. When I sent it back to S&W...
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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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