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    Yesterday, 02:20 PM
    Interesting thought. Most of us use hotplates to get a mold up to temperature so we don't have to waste time pouring lead into them, making reject bullets, until they finally decide they are hot enough to perform adequately. Once it's there, I...
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    Yesterday, 02:04 PM
    Those should work GREAT. I'm tumble-lubing wadcutters from an H&G #50 mold with B.L.L. That bullet was not intended to be a tumble-lube proposition, and they work fine. Given the low pressures such things are subjected to, and the sheer amount of...
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    Yesterday, 01:48 PM
    And that's the conclusion I've come to - that which makes for easiest production of ammo that delivers acceptable results. Ability to make the gun and ammo consistently swat a milk jug at a hundred yards when the operator does everything right is...
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    Private Deitrich: "It looks like some sort of secreted resin" Corporal Hicks: "Yeah. . .but secreted from WHAT?" Aliens, 1986 No question that the plastic revolver is a new take on a really old, established concept, and that pebble is going...
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    12-15-2017, 09:56 PM
    arewethereyet?arewethereyet?arewethereyet? :bigsmyl2:
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    12-14-2017, 08:23 AM
    My stance is that the 1911 market has guzzled several flavors of Kool Aid. It took a while to develop an immunity to it myself. As a kid in the '80's, I felt the pull of the shiny, tricked out, and ultimately fussy Gold Cups as much as anyone,...
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    12-13-2017, 10:05 PM
    You might try pin gauging the barrel to check for frame crush to determine if fire lapping is needed. As I recall, you'll be around .417" on the bore, so start a couple smaller and work up. Be gentle, and have a flexible rod, like the plastic ones...
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    12-13-2017, 09:54 PM
    Yes, but for the same money, you could make quarter-sized groups at 300 yards:
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    12-12-2017, 12:14 AM
    The tolerances of my 1911 collection peak out with a Springfield TRP that I scored secondhand for a tiny bit more than the price of the outwardly similar Parkerized Loaded. It's a really nice gun. I've handled and shot several of the full...
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    12-10-2017, 09:44 PM
    Just make sure if you wear a PAST recoil shield when you shoot this thing, you refer to it as "your baseplate" :bigsmyl2:
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    12-10-2017, 07:58 PM
    Now that you mention it, that is a puzzle. On a solid frame 1885, there's the big leaf spring under the forend that ties into. . . the lever as I recall. Gonna have to get that done another way on a takedown. Hmmmmm. . .
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    12-10-2017, 04:17 PM
    "Grandpa's. . .SHOTGUN???" "Well Ma'am. . .I typically only pay about $50 for an H&R Topper or an old Stevens. Your granddad was clearly a man of good taste, but single shots are hard to move - all the kids want a repeater these days. But I'll...
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    12-09-2017, 02:33 PM
    It's worth considering that, given the same set of sights, the front sight will appear narrower in the notch of the rear when you put it farther away at the end of a longer barrel. Just sayin' that, before you automatically conclude that barrel...
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    12-09-2017, 10:42 AM
    The thing with Ruger DA triggers is to break them in. All I do is the per-instructions disassembly, flush with brake cleaner, lube with a silly amount of oil, dry fire A BUNCH of reps, re-flush and re-lube more sensibly. If there's any obvious...
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    12-06-2017, 10:00 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread .02 cents 22lr ? in Rimfire Area
    :goodpost: A learned fellow I talked to made the point that once you do this, it's very possible that .22 has never been cheaper than it is right now. My folks did a good job of sheltering me from the reality that money was tight when I was a...
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    12-05-2017, 10:10 AM
    Lots of cause to chuckle here: *chuckling about CMP speculating on price when they don't even know what they'll be getting yet. *chuckling about potential customers complaining about potential pricing when they don't even know what they'll be...
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    12-04-2017, 10:26 AM
    My point was that the extra bullet weight past a certain point isn't going to gain you anything (assuming you're casting hard-alloy solids, they penetrate A LOT) and that the extra velocity you get by going with a little bit lighter pill can equate...
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    12-04-2017, 12:23 AM
    Meplat = flat nose. Something in the .32" to .34" diameter works well for a .45 caliber bullet. Creates more of a crush and tear effect on surrounding tissue that a round nose. Rather than severely hamper a .454 Casull's ballistics with a short...
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    12-03-2017, 09:53 AM
    I think the prevailing attitude is "If I have to get in a fight, I'd rather do it with a radio to flatten the problem with artillery, mortars, and aircraft" I suspect that this designated marksman notion of having a couple of shooters per small...
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    12-02-2017, 07:44 PM
    Such was my science on the problem: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?269789-Careful-Analysis-of-Segregated-Range-Scrap-Smelt I know it directly contradicts fecmec and run's posts, but my experience is that jacketed cores act like...
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    12-02-2017, 07:24 PM
    Indeed they are, but they do serve to illustrate the problem. I'm running the 130 TTSX in my Ruger Scout, and while it shoots with amazing accuracy, it did have to get seated farther back from the lands and deeper into the case than I'd like to get...
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    12-02-2017, 06:23 PM
    For what it's worth, I've handled quite a few 14's and other K's that were out of time. How much of that was from sheer mileage, how much from Gunsmithing By Bubba or other abuse, and how much from too-hot ammo, I couldn't tell you, but if I had a...
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    12-02-2017, 06:00 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread Range lead in Lead and Lead Alloys
    That being the case, my experience would suggest that you'll be dealing with something very much like 30/1 lead/tin that won't heat-treat, water-quench, or age-harden in the slightest (you need antimony for that). I just tested an ingot from that...
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    12-02-2017, 05:33 PM
    As much .308 as I shoot, the round is not without it's problems. It was born as the child of more than a little post-WWII nationalism, and the desire to cram the performance of the .30-06 ball round into as small a possible space pretty much...
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    12-02-2017, 05:15 PM
    "Traitor" may be a bit strong of a word, so long as "the tribe" already has one on the hooks. Doing the deed yourself has some distasteful elements, but the way I look at it, EVERYTHING on this earth lives at the expense of something else. Plants...
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    12-02-2017, 04:39 PM
    A public service announcement for my Webley shooting brothers: I inquired with Starline last week about the possibility of a run of .455 MKII brass and received a reply that if their ducks align properly, they are hoping to do a run in early...
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    12-02-2017, 04:29 PM
    You're going to have plenty of penetration with non-expanding alloys in the 250-300 grain range. Penetration testing with cast has shown me that it's helpful to discard your notions of weight requirements that were based on cup & core hollow & soft...
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    11-28-2017, 10:13 AM
    Tang sight. . .you clever boy! The trajectory is such that you should be able to lock on for two reasonable distances and probably not have the rear barrel sight dirty up the sight picture for the tang mounted one. You are headed for an...
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    11-28-2017, 10:02 AM
    While having Hans do your barrel is well worth it for the patterning, I'm thinking that it might not help you out so much with recoil. . .Maybe. . . The low-recoil tactical loads are well inside my personal tolerance level, so consider where this...
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    11-27-2017, 03:05 AM
    I expect it'll end up being a custom cut job, to be sure. I've got to state a mild degree of envy here. I've shot the round in a trapdoor and a rolling block; the notion of that low speed thumper in a much sleeker Ballard or High Wall is...
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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