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    Yesterday, 05:24 PM
    To at least 100 yards the 44 mag bests 30-30 IMO, where about 90% of shots are taken in most places East of the Mississippi. It certainly bests it on anything bigger than a deer. Most 30-30 cast bullet loads are around 2000 FPS, and flat pointed...
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    Yesterday, 03:18 PM
    Yea...you think. Maybe you should think again...and consider that the author of the idea of the Category II/III 44 Special pressure divisions now states plainly that L-frame Smiths should be used only with SAMMI spec (15,500 psi) 44 special loads. ...
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    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    Even the eggspurts get it wrong sometimes... From Handloader 236 (Aug-Sep 2005) Handloading the 44 Special by Brian Pearce: "The second category (22,000 psi) includes the Colt Single Action Army, New Frontier SAA, Charter Arms Bulldog and USFA...
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    02-25-2020, 03:43 PM
    I would like to do a postal match like this, and others may as well. Please include any ideas you may have for a target or other distance/rule ideas. Basically the theme is improving practical handgun "field shooting" with cast bullets using...
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    02-19-2020, 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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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