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    09-10-2018, 11:23 PM
    OldWin, There are some really good people and friends still shooting the matches at Lodi, you guys from Minnesota are among them. It will be a sad day when you and Mike and Tom aren't able to come and shoot with us. Let's hope we all have some...
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    09-10-2018, 07:59 PM
    kid, That's is no small accomplishment, winning the Texas State Silhouette Championship. My congratulations to you! I like the fact that in silhouette they often recognize the spotter of the shooter with the highest score. I know the value of a...
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    09-10-2018, 06:37 PM
    One of the guys shooting paper patch bullets, Jeff Heeler, was using a 2-diameter bullet I designed for his .45-90 Sharps. I say designed but it is really just a .45 caliber version of the bullet I am using in my .40-65. He was beginning to...
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    09-10-2018, 05:41 PM
    There are a few other things that came out of the Lodi match. One is the sticky case problem in my paper patch chamber. Out of the 121 rounds I fired, only 60 for record so you can see how many sighters shots were needed, 2 cases stuck and had to...
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    09-10-2018, 05:28 PM
    Richard, spotting is more fun than even shooting...…….., when it goes well. When you make a mistake, and we all do, it is the worst feeling you can have. When I'm shooting and my spotter makes a mistake I don't hold it against them, I know they will...
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    09-10-2018, 11:30 AM
    I have had a hand in spotting several people to victory at Lodi matches, those are the good times. I have also come out of the scope knowing I should have done better for my shooter, those are the worst times. Spotting is hard work, much harder than...
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    09-10-2018, 09:14 AM
    Kurt, Those tailwinds have been just brutal the last few matches, but they were absolutely the worst I've seen on Sunday. What Bob did in the scope at 1000 yards Sunday morning and then Brent later at 800 were very impressive. Bob actually shot...
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    09-09-2018, 11:39 PM
    The Lodi September 2018 match is in the books. As is always the case it was a well run and fun match. We had 22 shooters although not all of them were able to shoot both days and a couple did not finish the match due to equipment problems. This...
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    08-30-2018, 01:51 PM
    Kurt, That's some good info and really explains some things I've wondered about but never thought all the way thru myself. Thanks for posting it. DT
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    08-30-2018, 10:35 AM
    "Every mold will have a sweet spot - once you find it forget everything else and just cast till you tired of it" Absolutely agree with that. Once I'm casting good bullets I don't like to stop until I just can't go anymore!
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    08-28-2018, 11:37 PM
    Lots of stuff here! I have never annealed my Starline brass. I just cut my full length size die off on the bottom end so I could run the brass farther into it and it would drop into my chamber for the fire forming initially. That left the die...
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    08-28-2018, 07:12 PM
    Kurt, You're talking about the wad expanding the case neck when you compress the powder? I'm only compressing about an 1/8" for my Hepburn with 83 grains. I wouldn't think that would cause a problem. If it did I would just compress without the...
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    08-28-2018, 06:57 PM
    If I were ordering a new Shiloh and knew I wanted to shoot paper patch and could live without greasers I would definitely go with their pp chamber. It is so nice not to have to dink around with brass that needs to be sized or crimped so much. I...
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    08-28-2018, 06:08 PM
    As I just said, I did very well shooting long-range with my Shiloh .45-90 with a standard gg chamber. Very short throat and rather tight for a gg chamber. For those have tried that I know the standard Shiloh gg chamber is about the best gg chamber...
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    08-28-2018, 06:00 PM
    The whole sticky cases thing is puzzling to me. After it became evident a couple years ago that the problem wasn't going away I started marking cases that stuck. Sometimes at a match they would find their way back into the other cases, but over...
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    08-28-2018, 09:52 AM
    Chris, The only meaningful dimension is from the base of the bullet to the leading edge of the patch. Anything else is in the fold over at the bottom and I've never seen any difference in the amount folded under the bullet. Too much folded over...
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    08-28-2018, 09:43 AM
    Kurt, That is very interesting that you have some case sticking issues too, especially since your rifles were chambered with totally different reamers than mine and rfd's. I never size any of my brass once it's been fire formed either. I have...
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    08-28-2018, 08:43 AM
    I don't know enough about designing chambers to say anything about what is best there. There certainly is more than one opinion on what's best and that may be a problem to sort out. It may not be easy to judge which is actually would best. All I...
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    08-27-2018, 06:03 PM
    Road Clam, Switch to a .060 LDPE wad, they are usually as good as it gets. DT
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    08-27-2018, 06:01 PM
    Chris, I agree, it has been my experience that cases longer than the 2.4 can benefit from the use of a lube wad or cookie. I have never used a lube cookie in my .45-70 or .45-90 and never needed to. Absolutely right on the fit. Once I got my...
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    08-27-2018, 10:37 AM
    Well said, Kurt. With long freebore rifles I make the mold to patch to the freebore diameter and that will usually fit the fired cases well. I have 3 such rifles, 2 are playing nice with ppb, the 3rd needs to learn how yet and I'm working on it. ...
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    08-27-2018, 09:07 AM
    Richard, I'm not really a silhouette guy, more of a long-range shooter. When I first got started in BPCR in 1991 I bought the rifle that is now my .40-65 and silhouette was the main goal. Unfortunately there were not then and are not now anyplace...
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    08-26-2018, 11:21 PM
    Kurt, I look forward to hearing how it does for you. I know I am very happy with mine and I am saddled with a 382 grain bullet due to my 18-twist. So far I have shot at 50 ram during matches and more in practice and sighting in and everyone hit...
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    08-26-2018, 07:18 PM
    Richard, I use a .40-65 for silhouette, I think it weighs around 10 pounds. My .45-70 that I was loading for yesterday is almost 15 pounds and would not be legal for silhouette. I'm doing much better with my .40 now that I have switch it over to...
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    08-26-2018, 07:00 PM
    Kurt, I know you go by here every so often in your travels. US2 is about 8 miles north of my place, so you were close. Yesterday the thunder wasn't booming, it was reloading. Today however, I was making some noise, but with leverguns. It's...
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    08-25-2018, 02:25 PM
    I could have taken a few pictures earlier in the process but didn't think of it. I have elsewhere described my loading procedure and thought a few pictures might be helpful. I am loading for the fall long-range match (800, 900 & 1000 yards) at...
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About Distant Thunder
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Been casting my own since 1977 and now rarely use metal jacketed bullets for anything. NRA life member. Paper patch bullet shooter.
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Northeast WI
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hunting, fishing and shooting and anything outdoors.
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self employed/retired

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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