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    Today, 07:41 PM
    Received my shiny new Webley hulls yesterday. Now that I've got that whole "lifetime supply" thing sorted out, I should be able to sleep soundly.:happy dance:
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    Today, 10:27 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 308 cast loads in Cast Boolits
    I use the same mold for as the practice bullet my Ruger Scout - GREAT design! Ranch Dog really broke out the slide rule to design a dedicated .308 Winchester bullet, and as such, getting it to fit and shoot was really straightforward. As a happy...
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    Today, 10:11 AM
    Randy, There's no shortage of good molds, and in looking at Accurate, you've found a good source. Bullets in the 240 to 275 grain range will serve you well. I'm no longer one to go extra heavy for the sake of a number - the eye opener for me...
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    03-15-2018, 12:07 AM
    Thin Man, I would think a trimming of their .38-55 to length would make you a happy man, though they seem to be taking their .38-55 production seriously enough that a little asking on your part might convince them to do a run of a little shorter...
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    03-14-2018, 11:34 PM
    I've been treated to the primer or .22 in the pot once and come off lucky. Not fun. I have heard that the Tinsel Fairy's name in ancient Gaelic is pronounced "Aiieeegh Suunove Bieech". I was surprised to find that I seem to be fluent in ancient...
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    03-11-2018, 11:35 AM
    Thinking of the purchase as potentially a lifetime investment helps. I'm not saying you shouldn't shop around, but squirrel your acorns for the purpose so that when the target of opportunity DOES present itself, you can suck up the cost without...
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    03-10-2018, 02:48 PM
    I've got three tools for it. One is a piece of roughly 5/8 x 1/4" iron bar stock that I made a wooden handle for that is my general stir/scrape stick. The second is a large metal serving spoon. The bar stirs and breaks the graphite coating off...
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    03-10-2018, 12:39 AM
    Yeah. . .and the notifications on the MP MKIV mold GB haven't gone out yet. . .
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    03-08-2018, 10:55 AM
    I too have experienced the dispersion issue with a 75% meplat, though it was with a 400+ grain .45-70 WFN. Great out to about 150 yards; was coming seriously unglued at 200. I like to joke that Elmer Keith must have been mad at the world when he...
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    03-08-2018, 10:33 AM
    Here you go my brothers! $0.37 to $0.42 each depending on quantity.
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    03-08-2018, 10:10 AM
    You can check erosion at the muzzle by inserting a cartridge bullet-first. The farther away from the case it stops, the less wear you have. Ideally, handguards and such will space things out so the gas cylinder lock screw will start snugging up...
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    03-08-2018, 01:06 AM
    That whole mouse control is a hugely valuable asset, otherwise, think of all the .22 caliber holes in the walls!:mrgreen: Daddy's 15YO Precious Treasure goes to the vet tomorrow for pretty extensive dental work. Fingers crossed...
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    03-04-2018, 11:43 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .45 ACP Lever Action in Leverguns
    As an aside to this topic, it's possible to use a 1911 magazine as something of a speedloader for the loading gate of a .45 ACP-converted single action wheelgun. Might be an added bonus to this lever gun conversion.
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    03-04-2018, 02:48 PM
    I guess I'm mainly concerned with what the field kit of a serious shooter of the day would have consisted of. An appropriate powder measure could be any tube cut to desired length once the rifle's "happy charge" was figured out. Would the...
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    03-04-2018, 09:38 AM
    You'll for sure want to figure out (A.) the bore diameter, and (B.) the rate of twist. As mentioned, Winchester at least marketed the cartridge as a high velocity express round shooting lighter bullets with a slower twist. They are not a launch...
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    03-03-2018, 11:25 AM
    You'd have much better luck selling it to me if you left it alone. I don't know how many I've left on the rack after saying "GAWD******! A REFINISH!" Restoring guns isn't like repainting a car where you sand down one surface and paint another...
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    03-02-2018, 05:17 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Advice on Lyman molds in Cast Boolits
    Left Years ago for MP, Accurate, and NOE You state in your OP that you're on the road to writing off Lyman molds. I'd say you're right to keep driving. I've written off the expense of mine as a learning experience and moved on. We've got...
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    03-01-2018, 10:08 PM
    Yeah. . .those 329's can sting a bit. I picked up the round butt 4.25" Redhawk .45Colt/.45ACP last year. The load I've settled on (for now) is the NOE/Ranch Dog 230 grain tumble lube RNFP at about 1025 FPS. I wanted something that was well...
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    03-01-2018, 02:16 AM
    .22 Mag is a popular cartridge with some of my buddies who are into fox and coyote hunting, but most of them aren't into reloading or aren't nearly as into reloading as most of the novices here. Can't reload it; costs a lot; from what it sounds...
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    02-28-2018, 09:47 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Fun old singleshots? in Rimfire Area
    It took my uncle, my dad, & probably half the kids in their town to wear out a Remington 510 to where the striker wouldn't stay safely engaged. . .and then we had it gunsmithed around 1980 and essentially repeated the process with me on the trigger...
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    02-28-2018, 09:38 PM
    I thought I posted to this thread. . .hmmm. Pre-senior moment, I suppose. When you consider the relative rarity of the K and J frame .22's compared to their .38 brethren, and what they really are when you get right down to it, the $600-$800 they...
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    02-28-2018, 09:27 PM
    Make mine the Ruger for that role. Either are narrow for the carry role, and the extra length won't matter much. I WANT the extra weight when I start touching off .357's. I have always preferred the non-finger groove grips of the SP and the...
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    02-28-2018, 09:19 PM
    I'd be more concerned with the internal ballistics side of this puzzle (the what goes on inside the gun), than the terminal. Unless I was dealing with the parallel-to-bore, elevator-style, in-line feeding system of a replica 1873, I'd be first...
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    02-28-2018, 12:32 AM
    The terminal effects thread I launched gave me a far better notion of what a hit from a lead sphere can do. This brings me to the second bit of roundball tech that's been rattling around in my brain - what goes into making the 300 yard Tim Murphy...
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    02-26-2018, 11:08 PM
    To paraphrase the supporters of the petroleum industry: MILL BABY MILL!:bigsmyl2:
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    02-25-2018, 04:00 PM
    So. . .you're going to end up with a .32-40 that can shoot any and all of your .308 bullets, probably with a high level of accuracy, with virtually no recoil, at the threshold for "easy to achieve" cast velocities, which should be be able to drop...
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    02-22-2018, 09:56 AM
    Sounds like a soft tissue broadside on a moose won't stop one, but an initial bone hit and a long pass through most of a deer will. . .and that weight retention is not a concern. Good intel guys! Keep 'em comin'!
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    02-20-2018, 11:08 PM
    I'm down as a "maybe" I figure after the time it takes to spool up and complete a group buy, waiting on the mail is the least of my worries. The $8 is not a problem; I'd be more concerned with reliability of delivery. I have ZERO experience...
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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