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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Today, 11:29 AM
    4.0 grains of Clays should fit the bill nicely with that boolit, assuming it's for 45 ACP.
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    Today, 09:30 AM
    I sure can't explain it. I have always had the best accuracy in the range of about 95% to 105% capacity. I avoid heavy compression. I know that heavy compression can produce accurate BP loads as well. National match records (accuracy) have been...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    I think it is the bullet design causing this. All body and short nose. I know the bullet design you are using. It takes up powder capacity, but that does not sound right. I would think you might get another 7 to 10 grains under it with no...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    +1 on pure soft lead, sometimes I will add a tiny touch of tin. Stick on WW works pretty well too.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    De lubing bullets is a lot of trouble, especially when several people on this thread have told you they can be shot over 1000 FPS without leading. Tumbling them in LLA like Larry said will take 30 seconds plus the drying time and will be as good a...
    25 replies | 560 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:26 AM
    The part I enjoy the most is when my load development comes together for a particular gun. Bug hole groups make me happy, I love accurate ammo!
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 09:52 PM
    PM inbound.
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    04-23-2019, 08:32 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread western book author in Our Town
    Elmore Leonard wrote some entertaining stuff as did Louis Lamour, though I never really thought either was a great writer. Lamour was an interesting dude, and in my opinion, Last of the Breed really stands out among his works, very good book. ...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 07:37 PM
    I've been shooting a lot of 311466 bullets in a few things, including a Savage 340 which shot it well, but looking for a hunting load, so I want something with a flat nose. If the Ranchdog doesn't do it, though I think it will, I'll go back to...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 07:29 PM
    Yep, swaged not cast which means very soft but does not necessarily mean leading at moderate velocities. Hate to point out the obvious, but you have them loaded up, try them and see if they lead and or shoot badly, why take some stranger's word...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-22-2019, 10:58 PM
    The Savage 219 would make a good squirrel rifle, in fact, my go to fox squirrel gun is a 219 in .22 Hornet. Been thinking a load like this Ranchdog load and then a load with the Lee 113 grain Soup Can and about 8 grains of 700X or thereabouts and...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-22-2019, 08:39 PM
    I am fully on board with the "his rifle, he can do what he wants with it" mentality, I truly am, but that is still painful to look at.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-22-2019, 08:31 PM
    These Ranchdogs were cast from that same 50/50 + 2% tine, but I water dropped them, so harder than I should hunt with. That same bullet and alloy, but air cooled worked quite well on a good buck a few years ago in a .308. The 219 I shot this...
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    04-22-2019, 06:14 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Too much ammo in Our Town
    What are those funny looking coppery things loaded into all that brass? Since I got a place of my own to shoot, I'm shooting more, seems hard to find the time to reload as much as I'd like. During Winter when I don't have day light after work, I...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 10:36 PM
    Yup. I am learning. I am just using room temp H2O now and for sure - standing up the box and barrel. My bore and rifling are looking good thankfully so no problems that way. I will be starting my 50-90 half round barrel this coming week and I...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 09:54 PM
    I tried to capture it in pictures but I can not get the light correct to show what I am talking about. The pictures just show what looks like a nicely blued octagon barrel. The detail is hard to capture. I would describe the imperfections as small...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 07:54 PM
    A couple of months ago, I impulse bought another Savage 219 and like it a lot, turned out to be quite a good shooter with various cast. The barrel was drilled and tapped for a scope so that helps. Anyway, looking around, between the son and I we...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 01:32 PM
    True as far as the tools change with technology. I'm old school by virtue of my age and era. In 1971 there were not many choices of quality small reliable defense capable handguns that were not based on revolver design. Most of the small automatics...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 12:53 PM
    Carding really did clean up the surface a lot. Things are looking OKAY. Not great but the barrel is passing the three foot test. Close inspection shows a lot of fine imperfection. Maybe two more cycles will fix some of this. Overall I am happy...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 11:17 AM
    This is a stand alone die made by RCBS for the sole purpose of seating and applying a tapered crimp only. Does anyone know if it can be used to apply a tapered crimp on a 380 acp cartridge? Thanks.
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  • MOA's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 10:34 AM
    Yes. Thus was the first handgun I owned. I was pretty ticked when it was stolen, since I felt sure who did it, but had no proof so could not get a search warrant issued. I think I kept the second mag as a reminder about human nature an even seemly...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 10:21 AM
    Yes, I did find out that the steaming pan of water was too much plus in talking with two of the guys at the match yesterday that have done some of this, having the barrel in the box horizontal was not the thing to do and they said to turn the...
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  • MOA's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 10:09 AM
    Got a Browning 10/71 back in 1972 but lost it in a burglary in 75. I never got rid of the second magazine all these years. Came across another one recently an said why not, now I can put that second mag to good use after 44 years. Many have never...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    04-21-2019, 10:08 AM
    I like the 429421 or similar weight (240-250 gr) with 8.5 gr of Unique for a nice accurate plinking/target load, and 18.5 of 2400 for a mid-range load. I also like the Lee C430-300-RF with a stiff charge of W296 for a heavy load. I have to say that...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-20-2019, 08:13 PM
    I just used up the last two or three ounces in a can I got in my Dad's stuff. Looked OK, had load data for .38 Special and a bunch of bullets and cases lying around. Took about 170 rounds to use it up. Good stuff, metered well and accuracy was...
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    04-20-2019, 01:54 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Turkey hunters in Our Town
    Nice! I have never turkey hunted and have always meant to eventually take it up. We sure do have a lot of them around here.
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    04-20-2019, 02:10 AM
    ...............About 15 years ago my next door neighbor Ralf called. He was a construction super for a fairly large outfit. I worked night shifts at this time so he told my wife about some free lead I should come and get. I was asleep at the time...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    04-20-2019, 01:47 AM
    ............. A long range match type rifle (Gibbs Type) built from a kit Pecantonica used to offer. The barrel is a Green Mountain 34" long 45 cal with an 18" twist. The original tang was too short for a vernier sight. I cut it off and...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    04-19-2019, 06:32 PM
    I love that Aguila 22 Pistol Match ammo. It shoots great in two of my guns, a Marvel 1911 conversion, and in my OM Single six. Maybe once it gets broken in, try it again. It is STD Velocity, so your stock spring may be set up for HV. My Marvel...
    1 replies | 100 view(s)
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Mobile, Alabama, formally from Arizona Territory.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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