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    Today, 05:12 PM
    I have actually been shooting multiple 4 shot groups, just in order to rule out the odd flier. I also have been only changing one thing, then going back out to try loads again. That may be lost in the translation. I do shoot 3 shot groups when I...
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    Today, 04:57 PM
    It may not with cast, seems to with the jacketed though. It is interesting for sure.
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    Today, 02:00 PM
    I had a lightbulb moment. What if I am pushing these lee boolits too hard? I still need to try and trap some one of these days, but what if I am just pushing them harder than they can take. I suppose I could try to cast some out of pure lino or...
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    Today, 11:16 AM
    Update from over the weekend. I have to say I am honestly back on the fence about this gun at this point. I still think its a good deal for what it is, but before someone rushes into it they should know what to expect from it. I read all the...
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    01-12-2018, 08:51 PM
    I would highly recommend the gun, and I’ll be getting more in other calibers. I honestly probably should not have pushed it up to 22 grains. I don’t like hot rod loads much. Maybe like you, just one here and there. I think that I’ll start...
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    01-12-2018, 09:56 AM
    Ok, I'm stumped. Not entirely, but enough to make me scratch my head. I got home yesterday and worked on my bench to make it better for getting in a proper position behind the gun. I really didn't move it much, but it was enough to make a...
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    01-11-2018, 03:00 PM
    Well, after doing some reading I guess 2" might not be too bad for the gun at 100 yards. I think I will sight the scope in at 1"-1.5" high at 50 yards. I am willing to bet at 50yd I will be holes touching. I guess most people start at the 50yd...
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    01-11-2018, 12:11 PM
    I got to shoot yesterday. Not much time to play. Here are the peliminary results. I first shot 3 of the 20 grain loads. They were way low on the target board(not shown), of course, because they were the first shots with the new scope. ...
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    01-10-2018, 11:36 AM
    Thanks guys. I had thought about not using a crimp, but I was not sure if it helps with the powder burn? I might try it just to see what happens.
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    01-08-2018, 10:29 AM
    I got the new scope in and worked on that over the weekend. After taking off the base I am glad I decided to go ahead and bed it to the barrel. The base was only making contact on its two edges, and not the entire edge at that. While I know this...
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    01-08-2018, 09:53 AM
    I will give it a try. I have heard that the Lee 310 sure is hard to stop. I know sand will stop it for sure, I just don't know if it will also disfigure the boolit enough to not be able to see. I'll try it both ways and post the results. I did...
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    01-05-2018, 09:21 AM
    There is one other thing that could be happening. I wonder if the gas checks may not be just a hair bigger than the boolit, springing back a small amount after going through the sizer. That might give just enough clearence for a small amount of...
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    01-04-2018, 10:27 AM
    More updates. I figured I would show a picture of the fixed power Simmons I put on it originally. I really like the idea of fixed power, but I think the coming 2x7x35 will do just great. I decided to go ahead and try something last night...
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    01-02-2018, 10:43 AM
    Just to update this experience, the first scope(fixed power Simmons) I put on broke - the ocular lens came completely loose. The second scope(3x9x50 Simmons) I put on kept moving in the rings. It was one I had lying around so I figured I would use...
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    01-02-2018, 09:03 AM
    Yes, powder coated and gas checked. I am definetely expanding the necks, and crimping in a different step. The lead on the case mouth is for sure from gas cutting. I'll try pulling a boolit to see what it measures at, it may very well be...
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    01-01-2018, 11:31 AM
    You putting any across a chrony? How hard are the boolits your using? That is a really good looking gun. I think I can see many CVA’s in my future.
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    01-01-2018, 11:25 AM
    Thanks for sharing your experience with this kind of thing. I got some W296 and played some with the harder boolits yesterday. The powder is gonna be much better than the 4227, but I’m wondering if I might have to go even harder with my boolits. I...
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    01-01-2018, 11:17 AM
    I got to play some yesterday myself. I think I’m on my way to figuring it out. Usually I have more time to do things at a more rapid pace, but I’ve been busy with other things. I have to say that the gun is way more fun to shoot than I had...
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    12-28-2017, 10:37 AM
    Thanks for the link. I had completely forgot about ranchdog's testing. I had used his data before when working up loads for my 30-30.
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    12-28-2017, 10:36 AM
    Mine slugs in at .429" groove, and ~.420" for the lands. I triple checked this. The lands are harder to measure, but the groove measurement is within .0005" I am sure. It's nice to have that tight of a bore I guess, even with those super soft...
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    12-27-2017, 11:10 AM
    Did some shooting yesterday. My plan, as stated before, is to shoot the Lee 310's from this gun only(unless it just won't shoot them in the end). I had 50 I cast up, hand picked through, gas checked, and powder coated. I got IMR 4227 to work with...
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    12-25-2017, 10:39 AM
    I have always wanted to do something like this. Very nice. What do you mean by “hung it” on the 410 barrel lug? Got any close up pictures of it?
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    12-23-2017, 07:21 PM
    I got some of the Lee’s cast up, checked, and baking their coat in the oven. I’ll hopefully get to play with them tomorrow. I had to try the 240’s I was loading in 44 spec in the 44 mag cases. I loaded them with 22 grains of 4227. Shot nice,...
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    12-23-2017, 12:11 PM
    I checked again this morning and it really seems like the barrel is slugging right at .429" for the grooves and .420" for the lands. I am going to do it one more time soon as I get a better slug to work with. I used a 45 cal round ball the first...
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    12-23-2017, 11:53 AM
    Yep. :) I took them off, cleaned them up, then put a dab of locktite on them. Last year I got a torque driver in order to be able to do things "proper", so I tried to look up the torque specs and could only find that the base be set at 25 and the...
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    12-22-2017, 10:41 PM
    Picked it up today. I’m really happy with it. I got the scope mounted, but ran out of time to develop some loads. The gun feels great. Going to be a perfect woods gun. I had some 44 special I loaded for a friend. I had some extra so I decided to...
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    12-20-2017, 04:51 PM
    Might could add this to the list. I just found it the other day. Its the parent directory which you can then drill down and go to the different links. Not sure if it would be better to have them all different individual links, or this one main...
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    12-20-2017, 09:18 AM
    I actually have thought about using 4227 because I do have a little in stock for my 308 cast loads. It seems to be popular around here also, but hopefully it will show up soon. If the W296 doesnt work I'll give it a go. When I first decided to...
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    12-20-2017, 09:04 AM
    I hear ya, but I do have my reasons for wanting to go bigger - I just hope that I don't find that it shoots better with the lighter ones. I know that a 240 grain boolit is all I "need" for most of my hunting, but I got the gun specifically because...
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    12-19-2017, 05:24 PM
    I sure hope it does. I have come to the conclusion that I will just have to start with 110/296. I can get other powders, but would have to order them. Those two are the only ones I have available locally. I have read enough now that I feel...
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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