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  • Kraschenbirn's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    'Standard' RCBS dies will be just fine but you may need an oversize 'M' die to expand your cases for a .380 boolit. I'm using RCBS, myself, for an Uberti Highwall and several years ago had a member here make up a 'custom' expander that allows me to...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-20-2018, 02:52 PM
    I thought the color around the 231 was blue in the good old days?
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  • Kraschenbirn's Avatar
    07-20-2018, 02:46 PM
    311008: cast from range scrap (+ a touch of tin), PC'd and sized .312 is the only boolit I shoot in either of my .32s. More accurate than I can hold with iron sights so I've never had reason to look for anything better. Bill
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    07-20-2018, 09:26 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread sump pump advise in Our Town
    Stick with a 'name brand' like Eco-Flow, Wayne, or Zoeller. A several years ago I contracted for the installation something over 50 Zoeller pumps for the crawlspaces of a condo complex...should have been put in when units were built but...
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 08:39 PM
    Dang you sound like Dennis Marshall! ;-)
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    07-18-2018, 07:36 PM
    The part of the extractor that folds down over the face of the bolt is the CLAW on a claw extractor, the bevel is the bottom edge of that claw that slips into the extractor groove of the cartridge, notice the shape, very very little at a time.
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    07-18-2018, 07:27 PM
    I've done a couple from BLANKS and they needed extra work to be 100% To tight or not enough rounded off on lower corner, feeding issue, too loose and you are screwed, it can jump the extractor over the rim and you can run it like a push feed, not...
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    07-18-2018, 07:14 PM
    Look directly at the face of the extractor, head on if you will, you will see the bevel on the edge of the extractor. That bevel is what slips into the extractor groove on the cartridge. After you get the extractor to fit down in to the groove in...
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    07-18-2018, 05:48 PM
    This is the best I can do with cell phone. Bolt is in same position as your picture, no cartridge under claw as yours, note the extractor to bolt interface, that is what it should look like. I hope this helps you
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    07-18-2018, 05:31 PM
    Yes and then the bevel on the claw to cartridge head, the cartridge should slip under the extractor with enough force to hold the cartridge in place-CRF. make sure the collar wraps around the groove in the bolt as a slip fit also, especially if...
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    07-18-2018, 03:13 PM
    Maybe this will help, maybe not:-) cell phone pictures not too good. SR extractor on bolt and with cartridge under extractor lip. You may have the wrong extractor or one that has never been fit, maybe even an extractor collar that is wrong?
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    07-18-2018, 02:24 PM
    There's way to much clearance between bolt and bottom of extractor, there is not that much with a cartridge under the lip of one that's correct.
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  • swheeler's Avatar
    07-18-2018, 02:19 PM
    Yes that looks to high and is causing the bind I would guess, once you fit that correctly then the claw/ bevel will need fit to case head. Where did you get the extractor, one of Midways NEW blanks?
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    07-18-2018, 12:41 PM
    Sounds like a blank new extractor that has not been fit to case head yet?
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    07-18-2018, 12:37 PM
    I use a 5 gal bucket with about 4 gal of water in it. I float 7-8 small wet Dollar Store sponges on top of the water, a bullet just tips the sponge and dumps. If you do slash water in a cavity it is gone instantly anyway so no worries.
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    07-17-2018, 02:23 PM
    I've been using it with powder coated gas checked bullets for 3 years now according to the 2015 date on the HBN bottle. I've also added to lube(no value I could determine) and used on a patch to condition the bore, helped with getting HBN back into...
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    07-17-2018, 01:54 PM
    I tried it in 30-06 with 200 gr Lee bullet, nice mild load and reasonably accurate for conditions that day. 15.0 grs was most accurate of 14-16 tested, 5 round groups of 1.5"-100yd @ 10*F Jan 2004, 15.0=1556 fps from 22" Savage 110. WSF(15.0=1555...
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    07-16-2018, 03:24 PM
    No need for any swap, just send me a PM with your mailing address and I'll drop a dozen or so into a padded envelope. Bill
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    07-16-2018, 09:35 AM
    Very nice JB, enjoy it. I made one years ago so the wife and I could get away from the crowds at the range and love it.
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    07-15-2018, 06:15 PM
    Dunno if that would work. Chamber cast (cerrosafe) shows a lot of throat erosion and there's considerable wear on lands...like barrel slugs almost .309 x .3015. Would have to cut almost 1.5 inch off the breech end and rethread before rechambering...
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    07-15-2018, 05:54 PM
    Sam's Club here wanted to scan my DL for a liquor purchase...like I really look under 21...so I offered my CCW as proof of age. They said 'No, State Liquor Control requires that we accept only Driver's License or State ID Card for liquor purchase."...
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    07-15-2018, 12:14 PM
    I've got a my old M700 match rifle sitting in the safe with a few thousand rounds down the tube. Still shoots CBs pretty well but no longer the 'tack driver' it once was with SMKs. Started out thinking, maybe, a rebarrel to 7-08 or .284 Win but,...
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    07-15-2018, 11:16 AM
    Is that 1-12 twist a factory barrel? If not, depending upon the barrel throat, you may run into some issue with seating depth issues with the 165SIL. I shot that boolit successfully for years in a McGowan-barreled M700 but, seated to the base of...
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    07-15-2018, 10:42 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Coffee in Our Town
    Flight Ops coffee at 0430...before the day shift came on duty and brought a fresh themos jug from the messhall. Blacker'n a witch's heart, bitter, and left grounds in the bottom of your cup. Bill
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    07-14-2018, 06:49 PM
    What's your load? At one time, I shot the #68 for NRA Bullseye and recall getting sort of raggedy holes with really soft loads...like down in the low 700 fps range. Could be you need to boost your velocity a bit. Bill
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    07-14-2018, 06:38 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Coffee in Our Town
    I, too, grind my own and five generous scoops of Kenya AA with a light touch of a Bavarian chocolate blend in the drip machine motivates my morning quite nicely. Bill
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    07-12-2018, 08:06 PM
    Looking at some (very!) old range notes, it looks like the RCBS 180SIL, launched at just over 1300 FPS from a 10" Contender (100M zero) should hit around 36" low at 200M. Bill
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    07-12-2018, 04:19 PM
    +1 on the corn cob media...but, then, I've got a cob processing plant about five miles down the road where I buy it off the dock in 40# bags for less than half pet-store retail. Bill
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    07-12-2018, 04:14 PM
    A definite 'thumbs up' for the NOE. Yeah, I had to make my own extended top punch to eject the sized boolits but, other than that, Al's set-up does the job quite nicely. Bill
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  • Kraschenbirn's Avatar
    07-12-2018, 02:11 PM
    "Best option" could include a lot of variables. For my purposes (IHMSA and NRA Hunter Pistol) the 180SIL was, in my mind, the best available mold at the time. It performed well in both .357 barrels for the Contender and I could shoot it in my .357...
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Been shooting since I was 8 and reloading since I was in high school.
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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