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  • Bigslug's Avatar
    Today, 12:47 AM
    Randy, Might have to give that some thought. Since my Pop is not using true black powder, but rather Triple 7 (which is a bit more energetic), the slight reduction in powder volume your system provides might land us close to the regulation...
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    Today, 12:10 AM
    Avoid? Not specifically, but you'd probably cast that one hard for best results. Under heavy acceleration, a long, unsupported nose can slump in the bore if the alloy is too soft. I'd be pondering linotype for something like that.
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    Today, 12:04 AM
    The 311299 is what I refer to as my "Accuracy Without Effort" bullet. Being a round nose, I wouldn't choose it as a killin' bullet, but as a shootin' bullet, it rocks.
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    08-21-2017, 09:34 PM
    I dunno MM. . .little pencil tube like that's probably gonna shift around a lot as it heats up. . .
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    08-20-2017, 06:59 PM
    I would say that the reason why we "can't" is because we don't need to. Expansion of a hollowpoint defeats the need for the nose to start at full bore diameter, and allows for overall greater projectile weight as the bullet can taper away from the...
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    08-20-2017, 06:43 PM
    I'm pretty sure no one here is going to say buying an Anschutz 54 is a mistake. In the long run, going straight to the "not dorkin' around line" will save you spaces in the safe.:drinks:
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    08-20-2017, 12:00 AM
    Pretty sure we're dealing with a non-tapered hull, both by simple appearance on slicing, and their being made for the Flight Control wad - which is basically a rigid plastic cylinder. Sounds like I'll have some 'sperimentin' to do with wad type,...
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    08-19-2017, 01:15 AM
    Well. . .I'm happy to say it seems to work. . . Best results with cast bullets in any platform so far. . .and this is with peep & globe sights. Might have shaved this spread down some with either a ring insert in the front post of by...
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    08-17-2017, 09:49 PM
    I've heard that Singer did such a good job on that small run of pistols that Uncle Sam decided their talents were wasted on handguns (I think they ended up making artillery sights or some such), and that the 500 1911-A1's they made were used for...
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    08-14-2017, 01:26 AM
    1911, no question. For the topic in question, I regard everything else as. . .well, everything else. Partly because it's a REALLY rugged gun to begin with, but also because it's very easy to work on without a lot of specialized whoop-de-doos. If...
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    08-12-2017, 02:54 PM
    We throw 'em away at work after they're fired, so the supply is basically limited by when I stop picking them up. I sliced one open and it's a once-piece, apparently non-tapered body.
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    08-12-2017, 12:11 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 3 or 5 shot Groups? in Factory Rifles
    It all goes over the chronograph in 10-20 round strings. I'm looking for a load that will give me numbers of boring regularity so that I can pretty much take as a given that the flyers are most likely me. And that's a key part of this - honing...
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    08-12-2017, 11:57 AM
    Barrabruce, My experience is with a BSA that was reamed out to .32-20, but as the Cadet bore is larger than the .314" a .32-20 calls for, it's kind of a bastard hybrid. You're checking your bore dimensions, which is the most solid thing you...
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    08-12-2017, 11:37 AM
    If you have the means to pick up an Anschutz, there's probably little sense in screwing around with going cheaper only to pour in more money. If not, bang for buck, you aren't likely to beat a CZ. There's less expensive that shoot well, but you'll...
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    08-11-2017, 09:27 PM
    Heck, that wasn't even one of my particularly atheistic posts; that one is more "The polytheistic Greeks may have had a better grasp on the universe than the Judeo/Christian/Muslim sects do." So more of a question to the pre-conceived notions of...
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    08-10-2017, 09:09 AM
    Sunrises & sunsets: Colorful displays that call attention to the fact that God raised an often inadequate shield of atmosphere and magnetism against the lethal solar and interstellar radiation that God is constantly shooting at us. The...
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    08-07-2017, 09:44 PM
    Ordered the Lee 1-ouncer yesterday, and will be dusting off a Mec press that probably hasn't seen the light of day in 25 years. Metallic is old hat; shotshell is mystic voodoo. Bear in mind I'm primarily after RIFLED barrel info, but will...
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    08-05-2017, 05:14 PM
    Have not loaded shotgun shells for many years, but got a deal on a Mossberg 500 bird/rifled 2-barrel combo I couldn't walk away from. I'll probably be looking into the 1-ounce Lee Foster slug mold and load it into shot cup wads for cheap practice...
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    08-05-2017, 04:25 PM
    Bigslug replied to a thread What is your faith ! in Our Chapel
    I believe in Ammunition. (I guess that would make me a "Leaddite".:mrgreen:) And that's not really a jest. The Second Amendment is about the only thing I regard as a "religious" article, as it's the final line in the sand that protects me from...
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    08-04-2017, 09:36 AM
    16-1 would indeed be better for .44 speeds. As to expansion, consider what the velocity will be AT IMPACT. If Matt's testing is done with a Jell-O block at ten feet from the muzzle, this may not be quite the same result as you would see at 75...
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    08-02-2017, 09:28 PM
    This brings up a couple decent points worth discussing. Action strength is the least of your worries with the Browning/Winchester High Wall, but. . . The .38-55 is typically of a diameter not seen in jacketed flavors. It's a caster's...
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    08-02-2017, 08:52 PM
    Ahhh. . .the joys of trying to find something that's idiot-proof, coupled with the failure to realize that idiots are ENDLESSLY inventive. There's not maintaining the gun AT ALL, for which a Glock is, in truth, one of the better ones. You get...
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    08-02-2017, 01:26 AM
    If you're playing games that are timed events, an 1885 has fewer steps to run than anything save a Martini, so it has that going for it. While the '74 Sharps ARE cool, they're pretty inefficient ergonomically - especially with the addition of DST's...
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    07-25-2017, 01:28 AM
    With guns of this vintage, much will come down to what's in front of you. Assuming you're looking for a smallbore gun with sights as opposed to optics: The 510 series is nice. I learned on one - wouldn't want to be without one. Makes a pretty...
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    07-25-2017, 12:46 AM
    I wonder what Doug Turnbull would charge to undo all of that. :mrgreen:
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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
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