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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:10 PM
    Is this an original Winchester or a modern Japan rifle? Those 380 grain bullets caught my eye - 12 twist barrel? 375" or 380" groove? 2.085" or 2.130" case length? A picture of your new prize is always good.
    2 replies | 197 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Nice! I killed a good doe a few years ago with a very, very similar loading in my .45-70, she took two or three steps and fell down. I always wonder why guys think they need to turn the .45-70 into a fire breather, it's powerful even when it's...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    The 23D I just got will be a strictly cast bullet gun used for squirrels mostly, doubt it'll ever exceed 50 yards use, but it's nice to know the .25-20 is that capable.
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  • MOA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 PM
    I went the drill and socket route as well. The setup. The torch and water pan in the sink ready to receive the cases.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    Found this one poking around on gunbroker. Have to admit the .219 Wasp always intrigued me from a historical perspective, but I don't have the masochist tendencies to take it on.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:53 PM
    The .303s aren't that rare and brass is available now (PPU). After that, it loads just like anything else. I highly doubt I'd ever build a wildcat rifle. I might buy one if it was a really cool rifle and the price was right, but I have to go...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    For a milsurp 7x57, it may not work so well, but I found that Lee 135 grain bullet to be a very good design in other 7mms. Their molds are cheap enough that it would sure be worth trying. If you are dead set on plain based, the gas check shank on...
    20 replies | 473 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:50 AM
    Just looked up the 287202, that's an obscure one. I got a plain based 7mm mold a few years back, it was designed for one of the casting machines, with the sprue plate designed for it, but I got a set of handles to fit and carefully indexed that...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    12-14-2019, 09:46 PM
    Buckshot replied to a thread smithy lathe's in Special Projects
    ..............I had the space, but did NOT have the money. I also had the burning desire. I put together enough cash to buy a Harbor Freight combo machine: They haven't sold this thing in years. I was tickled to death to get it, and welded...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    12-14-2019, 07:02 PM
    MOA replied to a thread Speedloader blocks in CNC PRODUCTS Rogerreloader Above is the link to the video of this speedblock in action. I just shot this Video 30 minutes or so ago since I saw your post #4 above. Roger, these are the other two blocks that were cut at the...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    12-14-2019, 06:01 PM
    MOA replied to a thread Speedloader blocks in CNC PRODUCTS
    Roger, which HKS speedloader model number are you using? All my 38's stopped in and speedloader fit on top of bases, a twist of the knurled knob they locked in. Your speedloader should has a number on the knob. How did you try to enlarge the holes?...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-14-2019, 05:45 AM
    Winchester 760 was hands down the best thing going for 100 grain bullets in my 6mm and also with 165s in my .30-06. I don't shoot much of it anymore because I shoot mostly cast, but it is great stuff.
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    12-13-2019, 07:41 PM
    That looks like the one I just got off gunbroker. The scope has external adjustments and a very narrow field of view, but otherwise is workable. Gonna try to work some squirrel hunting it with it this Winter. If I can find one of the side...
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    12-13-2019, 07:37 PM
    Haven't used the soup can, though it would probably work fine. When I got the mold, I intended it to be a practice bullet and cast six pots of bullets with it water dropping them. I size them to .287 and that little rifle eats them like candy. I...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    12-13-2019, 02:20 PM
    Good info Bent ramrod. Rapine - out of business now, made a micro-fine mold prep graphite product that is not spray-on. It was fine graphite in some kind of volatile carrier. Applied with a Q-tip, is great for lubing a galling sprue plate and can...
    16 replies | 607 view(s)
  • MOA's Avatar
    12-13-2019, 07:48 AM
    MOA replied to a thread Garage Find in Canister & Surplus Powder
    I used W760 for many of my 06 loads back in the early 1980's. I kinda remember something like sixty or so grains with 150's or so, almost 3000fps if my memory is still working, lol. Lots of fire out the end of the muzzle.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-13-2019, 12:24 AM
    I shoot cast in the 7x57 a LOT. Get the "Soup Can" mold from Midsouth, works great in mine. I shot up about a thousand of them the Summer before last before developing a deer load with a Lyman 287308 which is hollow pointed. My practice load is...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 08:08 PM
    I'm a fan of Savage 219s and have a few, one of which has a bad misfiring problem. Looking around did not produce a good tutorial on disassembly and guys on here have discussed what a pain they are to take a part. So I did a little more searching...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 07:42 PM
    Nice buck! The .260 Remington is a good round, my oldest boy's first deer rifle is a Remington Model 7 in .260. I still have cast bullets from my failed time with a Swedish Mauser I'm gonna try in it. I'm pretty sure a guy could develop a...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 06:32 PM
    I always look forward to the Fall an the Winter months while casting up some great slugs for deer and pigs. A few in 12 and a few in 20.
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 06:11 PM
    I agree with all of the above DO not use for casting bullets. The graphite is a very course grind and is like gravel in the cavities. Will change as cast diameter. I did not get through one can and found it was better as a lube for things unrelated...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 11:31 AM
    With the exception of not trying vibration much because I had a good system with loads not using any compression, just drop-tubed, my experience is as yours. The sweet spot for accuracy has always been powder to the base of the bullet and then...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 09:12 AM
    The TC could be had cheaper, it seems, if price point were a real huge deal (it isn't) and I like that it has a model 70 style safety, but it sure didn't handle and point as well as the Rugers to me. Seemed a lot heavier too. Getting older and...
    26 replies | 505 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 08:25 AM
    I'm a walnut and steel guy for sure, but have been considering the various bottom price entry level rifles that abound right now. I have almost gotten myself worked up to buying a Ruger American Predator next time the PX runs a sale just to see...
    26 replies | 505 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-12-2019, 12:18 AM
    One of my bucket list guns is a Remington 722 in .222. So far, the only .222 I ever owned is a Savage 340 and it hasn't measured up to the .222's reputation for accuracy yet.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-11-2019, 11:31 PM
    The Kansas Department of Wild Life and Parks denied their existence in Kansas for a long time, but a few have been killed around here now. They aren't common. Someone killed one with bird shot less than 100 miles from me to the northwest. I'd...
    36 replies | 1311 view(s)
  • MOA's Avatar
    12-11-2019, 08:02 PM
    Duke, let me see what I can think up that will allow you to pour for the star without worrying about plugging up the dowel recess. I'll get back with you on this asap
    6 replies | 302 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-11-2019, 07:41 PM
    The 6.5x53R, this is fr the Dutch Manlicchers? What is it formed from, .303 British?
    8 replies | 669 view(s)
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Mobile, Alabama, formally from Arizona Territory.
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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