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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread I'm sick too. in Our Chapel
    Prayers sent for a quick full recovery.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 09:30 PM
    I'll take them. PM incoming.
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    04-07-2020, 08:56 PM
    Me too. That Remington is the ugliest one of the bottom wrung priced rifles. Ugly as it is, that Ruger American I got a while ago is a very, very good shooter. I can't find any fault with it function wise.
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    04-07-2020, 07:17 PM
    I have an old US Property marked Victory Model M&P, a 2" 10-7 Nickle Plated, a 3" 10-7 heavy barrel blued, and a 4" 10-8 blued pencil barrel. All of them are excellent shooters and are not safe queens! They are definitely among my very favorite...
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    04-07-2020, 06:07 PM
    The .30-06 has some advantages over the .308 where cast is concerned, mainly longer neck and most rifles seem to have a longer throat. I hope this doesn't sound harsh, but this is a dumb question. You have a .30 caliber mold, you have a .30...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-07-2020, 05:40 PM
    dakotaduke I like that you did a comparison. If you choose powders/charges that produce velocities that are in the same range, that is plenty good enough to see that pricier by the pound does not have to mean pricier by the shot. You can refine...
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    04-07-2020, 07:09 AM
    Do you know which RCBS ones will fit and which won't? I have some RCBS ones that work in my 450, but I have an RCBS .430 that will not. Is there a way to tell?
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-06-2020, 01:08 AM
    The wood on that rifle is unusually light colored. I can't really tell in the picture but from where I sit, it looks good. You say you want something you don't now load for and useful as a 200yd rifle. You might consider having it lined back to...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 10:39 PM
    Hey guys, I completely agree. Try casting the mold before moving to the next step. I would. And it would take me about three casting cycles to then stop casting. I would have seen enough. By the picture of the topography on the top of the mold,...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 09:22 PM
    The H-870, or the powder I have AA 8700 (which I'm convinced is the exact same stuff), is so slow burning that I really do not think it's possible to overload it, especially not in a big straight walled case. I started using it with heavy jacketed...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 01:18 PM
    On the cases you did fire, did the firing pin strike dead center in the middle of the primer? If it was a high strike, the fix may not be very hard. It is a "gunsmithing" fix but not hard. However, me knowing what the real problem is a little like...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 11:47 AM
    I and lots of people load small pistol primers in the .22 Hornet, works better than small rifle primers. Many years ago, I grabbed the wrong box and loaded a batch of .38 Special rounds with small rifle primers, don't remember the brand. Anyway,...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 11:36 AM
    The 32-20 and the 25-20 are a case in point. They are rifle cartridges but can use small charges of (often) fast handgun powder. Test and see what works - it is load specific.
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    04-05-2020, 08:27 AM
    I haven't tried to form brass yet, haven't needed to but it seems like if you anneal it, then maybe run the neck over an 8mm case expander first then into a .35 Whelen full length die, it would work fine. I'm gonna do it in two steps like that when...
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    04-05-2020, 08:05 AM
    The Whelen is a neat round, I only have a Handi in it, but an old Santa Barbara Mause is sitting in the rack waiting for me to send it to JES. Question, why are you lubing after powder coating, I thought the whole point to it was that you don't...
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    04-05-2020, 08:00 AM
    I did what you're talking about with my .458, heeding Nobade's advice, I used slower powders for the kicker, seems like I used 5744. Honestly, my accuracy was better without the kicker. I used magnum large rifle primers, the Lyman 500 grain round...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-05-2020, 12:20 AM
    It is a very good SWC in my experience. It was the first mold I owned for the first 38 Special, only because it was the only mold the local gun store has on the shelf. In those days pretty much all my shooting needs were from the local gun shop. ...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 08:35 PM
    Order of operation (mine) Mold half registration: I would tap the pins until the mold halves don't wiggle or move when you press the two together and wiggle them. After that you can work on the top of the two blocks as a unit. Either secure...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 04:09 PM
    I had the benefit of growing up the son of the most avid bullet caster and handloader I ever met, so I knew enough to be dangerous when I started out on my own. The biggest thing I'd do over is buying a quality post from the get go. I fought...
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    04-04-2020, 11:53 AM
    I like it for Trapdoor loads in the .45-70. ABout 31 grains and a 340 grain bullet was a nice, accurate load in my H&R.
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    04-04-2020, 10:39 AM
    I can't really use one, but good one you for doing something cool for your fellow handloaders.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 05:46 PM
    1/30 or even 1/40 is very suitable for 38 Special Wadcutter loads. The last 10-15 years or so I have been using 1/3/96 in my handguns, which is derived from Isotope cores. It's very clean and casts well. As was mentioned, soft lead is perfectly fine...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 05:11 PM
    This is a sample of the two cylinder type expander replacement to a more useful custom size.
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 05:00 PM
    I agree 100% and appreciate your input. It is not really a new to me idea, just new in that I am working on revolver accuracy after about 30 plus years of only having eyes for rifles. Black powder cartridge rifles in particular. I made a new,...
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  • Chill Wills's Avatar
    04-03-2020, 01:27 PM
    Doing some experimentation on bullet hardness and expander size shows me that the stock die set expander diameters may not work well with your alloy (hardness), powder selection and revolver cylinder throats. It is kinda like shoes being sold in...
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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