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    Yesterday, 12:00 AM
    Soooo. . .#9 snakeshot then? :kidding: I dunno. . .if you're worried about exits more than effective performance, I've kinda always felt that carrying may not be for you. The "what if this other guy kills me" is a much higher priority than the...
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    07-14-2018, 10:59 AM
    Well. . .maybe. . . While what you say of loading mags and racking slides is true, those are things that are done ahead of the time of need, while running a double action trigger in a system with springs beefy enough to be reliable can be a...
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    07-06-2018, 01:15 PM
    The British used wadding of various flavors in the Snider and Martini cartridges - both to serve as a gas check, and to reduce volume for lighter carbine loads. The British Muzzleloaders You Tube channel goes into this at some length.
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    07-04-2018, 10:05 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread 38wcf or 44wcf in Leverguns
    Having had moderate exposure to '73's in both chamberings, I think it's sort of like debating 55 or 62 grain bullets in a 5.56 - there just ain't enough difference between 'em to make the buying decision on performance alone. I honestly don't know...
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    07-03-2018, 10:43 PM
    FWIW, I'm trying to drum up interest for an inventory run of NOE's 314299 and 316299 to bolster their gas checked version inventory, being in a similar boat myself. Regardless of diameter, this design seems to be one that shoots well without a lot...
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    07-03-2018, 10:09 PM
    Never mind the handloads - plenty of good 1.25 ounce magnum slugs out there for this job. The .300 is simply the wrong tool; a 500 yard elk rifle where what you need is a trench gun.
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    06-30-2018, 09:02 PM
    BELIEVE ME AL. . .Chassepottery is like any good train wreck: healthier to view from outside than from within.:veryconfu I had a summer where I went through a fascination with the atlatl - mankind's first mechanical "arm extension" used to...
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    06-30-2018, 09:46 AM
    NOE has Postell molds in .461":
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    06-30-2018, 09:22 AM
    I've got it and like it a lot, though don't really use the ACP option much (Moon clips are a PITA). The round butt I think is a big improvement over the older square, but I'm waiting for the aftermarket industry to catch up with something that...
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    06-30-2018, 09:14 AM
    Cerrosafe not necessary:
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    06-29-2018, 01:47 AM
    Make mine the 6-jugger. Might even decrease the amount of pure in your WW, or even eliminate it entirely. WW at 12 BHN should still expand, might likely group better, and poke a little deeper.
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    06-25-2018, 09:42 PM
    .357 Mag, because it's potentially the most like a real rifle round when I want one, and can be turned into a poppy little subsonic when I don't.
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    06-25-2018, 09:37 PM
    Your ignition will almost certainly improve once you get the case packed tight with powder. Judging from your pushed out primers, it's obvious that the stern of your cartridge is flexing forward under impact. No different than firing a metallic...
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    06-25-2018, 08:49 PM
    12 rounds for group from sandbags today: Keep in mind that 3-4 inches is about all I'm good for at 25 yards with GOOD sights, these 4-5" samples with fliers are more about the shooter than the gun or the load. 3.2 grains of Red Dot seems to...
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    06-24-2018, 01:18 AM
    That would appear to be pretty reasonable math based on what I've seen. It seems that you could multiply your jug penetration by 0.6 +/- .05 and hit the gelatin result somewhere in that range. The ointment-diving flies of course being that with...
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    06-23-2018, 12:53 PM
    Unfortunately, there are some dimensional issues to sort out with the new construction technique - that which chambered snugly, but willingly in the workshop two weeks ago SIMPLY WOULD NOT at the range yesterday. Probably time to bite the weenie...
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    06-23-2018, 01:20 AM
    We just finished up the group buy with MP Molds for this lovely reproduction of the British .455 MKIV: Fresh from Slovenia with HB and solid base pins, a pair of Cramer rods for each pin, and a steel nose punch. I understand Miha usually...
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    06-21-2018, 12:42 AM
    Fired mine up tonight using renderings from jacketed range pickups, estimated to be 25-1 or 30-1, pouring in the 885F ballpark. Needed to add some extra tin for fillout, so estimating it to be roughly 20-1. Dropping right in there for diameter and...
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    06-20-2018, 01:03 AM
    Bigslug replied to a thread AR-15 1:7 twist in Cast Boolits
    Ditto. You're running WAY too hot and WAY to fast a twist for an unchecked bullet. The check is not only about sealing; it's also about "keying" the bullet into the rifling and preventing the softer lead from stripping out in the lands
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    06-17-2018, 06:06 PM
    The problem with short actions. . . You decrease bore size in the hope of gaining ballistic coefficient and sectional density with similar weight bullets, but you end up making the bullet longer and running out of space at the front of the...
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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