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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 07:44 PM
    I've not really used a lot of 4064 for many years in my M1A/M14s and none with cast bullets. Even back then I preferred 4895 for use with match bullets and cast bullets. However, that's not to say 4064 won't work with your cast bullet in your M1A....
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    Today, 04:10 PM
    Ruger would replace the trigger parts with NM parts (transfer bar) and would repair the over rotation if that did not fix the problem.
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    Today, 04:06 PM
    I don't want to shoot any high velocity loads may not be compatible with shooting longer, heavier cast bullets in a 1:38 twist. To stabilize those bullets may have to be driven fast. A 240 - 250 gr SWC at 1050 - 1100 fps over 8 gr Unique will...
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    Today, 04:00 PM
    Concur. Titegroup is a fast burning, easily ignitable powder that does well with reduced loads. The "safety margin" involved is the danger of a bullet not exiting the barrel. Just make sure to use enough for all bullets to positively exit the...
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    Today, 11:32 AM
    BCB Not sure if GL allows/computes use of MRAD adjustments(?). However, I much prefer the finer .25 per click adjustment of most MOA scopes vs the .36 per click of most MRAD scopes. With a precision rifle of sub moa accuracy the courser...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 11:14 AM
    Given the larger the case volume along with the smaller the expansion ratio of the 45-70 case the less any appreciable increase in psi will be found between standard length cases and the Hornady FTX length cases. As several have mentioned they've...
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    Yesterday, 09:02 PM
    It is my experience that the Lyman listed weights with the specified alloy is "as cast"....without GC or lube. My 375449 mould gives weights with #2 alloy at 265 gr.....one gr over what Lyman says with their #2 alloy......close enough for...
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    10-14-2018, 04:50 PM
    You're welcome....
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    10-14-2018, 11:37 AM
    +1, agree 100+% with Hamish........
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    10-13-2018, 10:14 PM
    I squirreled away, some time back, some Winchester 190 Silver Tips (intended for the 303 Savage). They are .308 diameter. I plan on using them in my 24" M94 30-30 over LeveRevolution powder.....just haven't got around to developing the load...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2018, 09:21 AM
    Checked a uberti twist rate chart that states the 45 colt at .442-.450 with a 1 in 16 twist for there rifles. Suggest you actually measure the twist. Many early rifles had slower twists. Could be with the low end velocities and heavier bullets...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-13-2018, 09:02 AM
    Pressures are measured with special equipment and test guns. It is expensive. Even with factory measured pressures there is no guarantee that, even if using the exact same components, you will get the same psi in your gun. It may be lower...
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    10-13-2018, 08:34 AM
    ElCheapo; "I'm itching to get my CZ Hornet and Marlin 30 30 back into action! I want to come up with some reduced power loads for small game with both guns, and I love the killing efficiency of flat pointed bullets. Can anybody recommend me some...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-12-2018, 06:49 PM
    I have years ago. Suggest you start with 2.0 gr Bullseye and work up to 2.7 gr.
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    10-12-2018, 06:46 PM
    Got the bullets sized and lubed and the GC put on the GC'd bullets. Going to test 8 shot strings (18 test strings) in 3 rifles; 30-30, 308W and 30-06. Will test 3 different powders in each rifle with each style of bullet; Unique, 2400 and RL7. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-10-2018, 05:16 PM
    From my treatise on my 45-70 trapdoor loads; PART III: I had several reasons for developing duplex 45-70 loads. Maintaining accuracy w/o cleaning between shots or every 10 shots or so was foremost as I didn’t want to carry a lot of cleaning...
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    10-09-2018, 08:11 PM
    gishooter I've been using the Lee TL314-90-SWC for 20+ years. Prior I used RBs and commercial swaged 32 WCs and SWCs for subsonic "cat's sneeze" and small game loads. I also used GC'd 105 and 118 gr cast for higher velocity loads for varmint...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 01:48 PM
    The Lyman SME receiver sight or the M48 sight fits the M96 as well as the M98 because the rear receiver ring is essentially the same ssize on both.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 11:38 AM
    Really? 6 pages of posts on what powder to use in the 45 ACP under a 200 gr SWC......goes to show what a wonderfully versatile cartridge John Moses Browning came up with.......:-) I still prefer 5 gr Bullseye........
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    10-08-2018, 11:34 AM
    Lyman 377449 cast of COWWs + 2% tin, WQ'd, sized .377, lubed with 2500+ or NRA 50/50, Hornady GCs and loaded over 46 gr IMR4895 with a 1 - 1 1/2 gr Dacron filler. Runs 2150 - 2190 fps out of my M70 Winchester (24" barrel) with excellent accuracy. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 11:21 AM
    I concur that the RCBS 30-150-FN is an excellent lighter weight bullet in the 30-30, especially M94s with 12" twists. Your 300 Savage should also have a 12" twist and the RCBS bullets should be excellent. I was also using H4895 in my M94s with...
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    10-08-2018, 11:09 AM
    I've shot numerous 311291 bullets cast from old and new Lyman moulds, including my own 311291 mould which I've had since the late '60s, and never had a chambering problem when seated and crimped in the crimp groove of properly trimmed 30-30 cases. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 10:54 AM
    If you want a cast bullet that will, after zeroing, regulate to the range settings on the rear sight then the 311359 is the best choice. At 1850 fps it can do extremely well matching POI with the rear sight range settings to 300 yards.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-08-2018, 10:40 AM
    "I think the twist rate is the killer." That would be correct. The "odd flyers" are the result of the bullet exceeding it's RPM Threshold. The first load at 1515 fps is running 136,350 rpm....The heavier loads are obviously pushing the RPM over...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-07-2018, 11:15 AM
    Good luck, good hunting, hold hard and shoot straight.....if you bag another a similar detailed report would be much appreciated.
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    10-07-2018, 11:01 AM
    Speaking of 7x57 psi's; I have pressure tested numerous factory and milsurp (going back to DWM 1918 headstamp) in my M1895 Chilean Mauser with the M43 Oehler. Federal factory ammunition of known factory measured psi was used as "reference"...
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    10-07-2018, 10:43 AM
    Excellent job. For a factory HP stem performance was as I would have expected because the HP is very deep and the 7mm bullet doesn't have the diameter mass that larger caliber bullets have. I found years ago, with the factory HP stem, that even...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    10-06-2018, 10:20 AM
    I've shot a lot of RBs, "button" cast bullets and 210 gr "shuttlecock" Rapine bullets in my H&R carbine and Officer's Model TDs. I found Bullseye to be a much better powder than Unique for such bullets.
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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