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    Yesterday, 09:47 AM
    swheeler replied to a thread New law? in Our Town
    Started as April Fools joke and they forgot to take the sign down!
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    04-26-2017, 11:13 PM
    IMR 4198, AA2015, or AA5744. 4198 produces the best groups...>2 MOA out to 300 yds...from my Uberti Highwall but the other two aren't that far behind and the AA2015 might shoot even better but I've got a quite a bit of 4198 on hand and have never...
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    04-23-2017, 12:38 PM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Lead type in Cast Boolits
    For 'cans and paper plates' in those handgun calibers, you can probably go 2-to-1, Pb to COWW, without any issues. I've been loading 2-to-1, range scrap (Bhn 8 +/-) to COWW for years in .32-20, .38 Spl, .44 Spl, and .45 ACP up to 1000-1100 fps...
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    04-23-2017, 12:23 PM
    Should've had a "wife cuts it" choice. My wife got her beautician's license taking summer and night classes while she was in high school and earned her pocket money in college doing hair for the girls in her dorm. (btw: she graduated with honors...
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    04-22-2017, 10:37 AM
    My Lyman old Lyman Cast Bullet Handbooks have 700X load data for just about everything. Post your cartridge and boolit and I'll scan and PM whatever I can find. I've often used minimum charges of 700X for case-forming and bore-lapping. Bill
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    04-21-2017, 11:09 AM
    Kraschenbirn replied to a thread Gander Mountain in Our Town
    Gander is closing here, too. I stopped by the first day of their "Going out of Business" sale and around a third of their gun rack/counter display slots were vacant. Looked like most of their popular models had been transferred to one of the...
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    04-18-2017, 07:41 PM
    Nuthin' here in East Central Illinois but the wife's got the feeder sitting on the kitchen counter beside a bag of niger thistle for the goldfinches. Bill
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    04-17-2017, 05:03 PM
    I've been using exactly the same formula for all my handgun rounds as well as smokeless loads for my BPCR cartridges (.45-70, .38-55, and .32-20) for several years. No leading (properly lubed/sized or PC'd), no accuracy issues, and no feed problems...
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    04-16-2017, 01:13 PM
    You might try checking around for police trade-ins. They may show some holster wear but most have been shot (comparatively) very little. A couple years back, a local shop here latched onto a dozen 4" S&W 65s...K-frame, .38/.357, fixed...
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    04-14-2017, 06:36 PM
    25-06 in 71 or so then on to 7.65 Arg, 8mm,6.5-06, 35 Whelen, 270, and 7.7 jap probably forgot a few too.
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    04-14-2017, 04:26 PM
    My G96/11 really likes the Lee 309-200, PC'd and sized .310. Never tried 4227 but my best load, to date, uses AA2015 with IMR4198 coming in a close second. Bill
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    04-14-2017, 04:06 PM
    Looks like Jared done good for you and I think you're gonna like it. Last fall, I purchased one of his 360-162RFs (essentially the same profile with a longer body) and, once I shoot all the Lyman 158356s I've got on hand, it's probably going to be...
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    04-14-2017, 12:19 PM
    Amen, Brother!! Day before yesterday, I was testing some .308 loads in an M700. Seven of my first 200-yard group went into just over 2" with two called flyers and one "Wha...?". Second target, same load, ten shots inside the 3" bull. Final...
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    04-14-2017, 11:47 AM
    I swing both ways. On my library bookshelves are reloading manuals/mfg. pamphlets going back to the late 1960's...all well-thumbed and dog-eared with post-it tabs marking specific calibers for quick reference. Above my reloading bench, are Lee's...
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    04-14-2017, 10:11 AM
    I think this is just another "old wives tale" because Winchester introduced the 264 Win Mag in 1958 and rifles and ammo were readily available, then 4 years later in 1962 Remington introduced the 7mm Rem Mag. They did indeed just neck up one...
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    04-11-2017, 02:15 PM
    My 1982 IHMSA "Reloading Guide for Handgun Accuracy" provides NO load data for cast boolits so I doubt Elgin Gates did much in way of CB development. All .44 loads in the IHMSA manual were for jacketed from 220 to 265 gr. with velocities in the...
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    04-10-2017, 07:35 PM
    That is possible as WC846 was a flattened ball powder
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    04-10-2017, 07:31 PM
    I take it you've never seen AA3100, or MR 3100 or as it was originally marketed as Mag Rifle(not in any way to be confused with Win Mag Rifle from 1990's) AA3100 is an extruded powder very similar to IMR 4831 in appearance, kernels are of VERY...
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    04-10-2017, 07:23 PM
    Fertilizer. It sure looks like WC860, 872
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    04-10-2017, 07:18 PM
    The ladle looks like someone dropped a penny or two into the melt, thats how it turns.
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    04-10-2017, 07:16 PM
    Looks like blue wax was dropped on the ingots while still hot, seems some ran down the sides too?
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    04-10-2017, 04:57 PM
    Do they make it in a handgun?
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    04-10-2017, 12:06 PM
    Got to agree with TC on this one. The SovBloc stuff, even current commercial production, seems to be all over the place. My first 7.62x39 was a very nice 1952 Tula SKS that would barely hold a full magazine of steel-case milsurp in the bottom of a...
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    04-10-2017, 10:48 AM
    Back in the heyday of the original (Elgin Gates) IHMSA the accuracy standard was 2" groups @ 50 M. from a rest. This (theoretically) would translate to 8" groups at 200M which would keep your hits on body of a ram silhouette. And, believe it or...
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    04-06-2017, 07:04 PM
    Yup!! BIL gave me a USPS-marked 4th Model S&W .38 Double-Action that had belonged to one of his uncles who had been Postmaster of a small town in Wisconsin. Some holster wear but, internally, didn't look like it had been shot much. Came with half...
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Been shooting since I was 8 and reloading since I was in high school.
East Central IL
Shooting sports, biking, canoeing, and about anything else that takes me out into the boondocks.
Ex-renovation contractor; semi-retired and doing insurance property inspections on contract basis.


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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