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    Yesterday, 08:04 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Science of preference in Cast Boolits
    It's quite simple - two identical firearms. . .aren't. First issue is that they're made by humans, and not always the same humans. Second, they're made on machines set up and maintained by humans, and not always the same humans. Third,...
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    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    Sounds like we're running parallel .303 experiments. I just got the 314299GC and 316299GC options from NOE, but have yet to break in the molds thanks to deer season. I had GREAT success with the 311299 version in a .30-06 using 4064. For that...
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    Yesterday, 10:59 AM
    Depends a lot on intended application and availability of funds. My Dad picked up a 9mm Springfield 5" stainless target model - he's pretty much programmed from birth to run a 1911, but arthritis issues are making the .45's uncomfortable. I...
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    10-19-2018, 10:37 PM
    I think if you're looking to dial down the pain factor, a .44's smaller case will prove superior. My Dad's got a few osteo-arthritis issues that we've been having to ponder work-arounds for; light loads for the handguns, 1911 in 9mm, that sort of...
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    10-12-2018, 11:28 AM
    Some secular thoughts on the matter: We are all probably familiar with the saying "If you aren't a liberal when you're a kid, then you have no heart. If you're still a liberal when you grow up, then you have no brain" Every critter on earth...
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    10-11-2018, 11:06 PM
    Hook them on the hard drugs early - good job!:mrgreen:
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    10-11-2018, 11:02 PM
    To me, the Bisley / SAA grip choice is an identical puzzle to that of the 1911 - 1911-A1 flat/arched mainspring housing. It's not just a size and reach issue, but one of grip angle. To me, Bisley's and 1911's naturally point low, while...
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    10-11-2018, 10:52 PM
    Have competed with both. The 1907 is classy, but fussy, fiddly, complicated, and expensive. The OD green canvas is cheap, quickly, easily, and infinitely adjustable. Only real downside I've found to it is the metal clip at the rear is a bit noisy.
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    10-10-2018, 09:20 AM
    I wouldn't try to eak more performance out of a .40 with handloads - the factory loads are pretty much running on nitrous and trying to launch their valves through the hood already. Why heap on top of a load formula that's already got a reputation...
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    10-08-2018, 10:50 AM
    I've got a bit of a love-hate thing with the .308. It's main advantage is it's ubiquity, and it does come in some handy little rifles, however. . . I've been finding the short action for which it was designed a bit of a liability. First, it...
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    10-07-2018, 09:55 PM
    Quickload? Couldn't tell ya. . . But MRAD is shorthand for "miliradian" or, more simply put, a mil-dot scope. Basically, you have a scaled reticle with spaced dots that you use against a target of known size to estimate range. When properly...
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    10-07-2018, 09:44 PM
    Time Killer has largely nailed one of the key points - most of your 9/.40/.45 carry ammo has been optimized for solving a two-legged, urban problem for which the FBI's specified 12-18" of "ideal" penetration for a duty/CCW is highly appropriate. ...
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    10-03-2018, 10:11 PM
    Link not accessible. Not a big deal. We've got a rifle that pretty much works, a big quantity of them, and a massive infrastructure in existence to support it. Time and again, we've seen offerings that might be better, or might not, but nothing...
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    10-03-2018, 09:59 PM
    All the "will" in the world won't carry very far with a 3/8th's + inch hole through it's aorta. One of the more interesting findings from the late '80's-early '90's FBI research was that hydrostatic effects don't significantly come into play until...
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    10-01-2018, 09:09 AM
    I've mentioned it many times, but I think penetration is not something you need to be slightly concerned with regarding solid lead bullets. I've gotten nine milk jugs worth of penetration out of a 230 grain LBT with a .32" meplat travelling at the...
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    09-30-2018, 10:30 PM
    There's some interesting ergonomics at work here. . . Uncle Sam slapped the arched mainspring housing on the 1911-A1 because the WWI gun point-shot low. To me, the A1 is a much more natural pointing weapon (the original 1911 just points low for...
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    09-30-2018, 07:11 PM
    I prefer brass and will go that route whenever possible. Nothing against good aluminum (NOE, LBT), but brass holds on to heat better. I would certainly prefer brass for small size bullets or hollow points / bases. The weight of brass is...
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    09-29-2018, 01:12 AM
    My own penetration tests with cast have been an eye opener, and would lead me to rephrase the OP's question as "When aren't .45LC loads hot enough?" The original black powder loadings were conceived with the intention of not only stopping men,...
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    09-23-2018, 12:19 AM
    I was trying to duplicate the British .38 load with that bullet. In a .357 case and a 2" barrel, 3.2 grains of Unique chronoed at 561 fps, and 3.6 grains at 635fps. Unfortunately, that was in my early casting days, so I couldn't accurately tell...
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    09-22-2018, 06:46 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Taurus 63 revisited in Rimfire Area
    For an extra $150? The Winchester. It would be worth having the discussion if the difference was more like $400+, but a clean 63 at $470 is a good buy. Not even a question for that little difference. You might need a new firing pin (easy)...
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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