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    Yesterday, 09:35 AM
    Very nice JB, enjoy it. I made one years ago so the wife and I could get away from the crowds at the range and love it.
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  • beagle's Avatar
    07-15-2018, 09:51 PM
    One of our old members once experimented removing moisture from black powder and BTW, he received some interesting results from the dry stuff. His method was to place powder in a .50 ammo cans with desiccant bags and recycle the bags in an oven. ...
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    07-15-2018, 09:44 PM
    Eagan use to make tapered nose sizers that were very handy for this purpose. I attempted to make a .300" nose first sizer for the Lyman 450 out of a smaller sizer reamed out to .300. The holes were left naturally. The bullet went in fine. ...
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    07-10-2018, 12:59 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread S&W Model 14 soured in Cast Boolits
    What I said in Post #29.
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  • beagle's Avatar
    07-10-2018, 10:17 AM
    Kind of what I was figuring. I knew there was a metal thickness difference but I expected the priming compound to be about the same. Since I am not a hot rodder with my loads, I should get by fine. Thanks for the responses guys./beagle
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    07-10-2018, 01:07 AM
    Once upon a time, the loading manuals recommended small rifle primers for the .357 Magnum cartridge. This practice has fallen by the wayside over the years. I've always used small pistol primers in the .357 Mag and .38 Special with good results and...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    07-09-2018, 06:36 PM
    Persistence FINALLY paid off, it seems. A customer really shouldn't have to resort to such lengths to obtain decent service, but you did what was necessary to achieve your goal. Good on ya. I hope the resolution to the issues is done to your...
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    07-08-2018, 03:44 AM
    The last 5 years of my career, I used a Beretta 96 as my uniform duty sidearm. I liked the pistol, and REALLY liked its caliber--40 S&W. 40 caliber pistols tend to collect in my safe, so the Beretta 96 went down the road not long after I retired. ...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    07-07-2018, 12:12 AM
    Over the years, I have shot thousands of swaged HB wadcutters. The hollow base in them is very deep and any hot rodding of the loads asked for "blow through" although I have never seen one. I have even loaded some backwards with standard loads for...
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    07-06-2018, 11:58 PM
    Boys, I apologize for starting this row over eagles. Just stating what Keith wrote. I appreciate seeing an eagle now and then but the ones we see here in KY are baldies. Never saw a golden but Keith wrote that they played havoc with the lamb...
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    07-06-2018, 10:27 PM
    The 327 Federal probably beats out the Tokarev-level 7.62 x 25, bullet-weight-for-bullet-weight. Using that same barometer, the CZ-52-level 7.62 x 25 is about a dead heat with the 327. All of them are louder than Purgatory's Drum Line. It's for...
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    07-06-2018, 08:27 PM
    The original-strength 45 Colt was no joke as a blackpowder caliber. With 40 grains of good BP behind it, the 255 grain bullets were designed to shoot through a cavalry mount and wound the "hostile" using that mount for cover. Velocity was on the...
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    07-06-2018, 04:36 PM
    I shoot a whole lot of "Skeeter's Load", or its equivalent put up in 44 Magnum brass (8.5 grains of Unique or 9.0 grains of Herco). The half-lug GP-100 is a NICE-LOOKING revolver.
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    07-06-2018, 04:16 PM
    It doesn't get any better than THAT! In 2013 when I elected to have my Win 94 x 25/35 with ringed chamber rebored to another larger caliber, I thought long and hard about having the rifle done up in 32/40. The 32/40 did not offer any attribute...
    18 replies | 2049 view(s)
  • beagle's Avatar
    07-06-2018, 01:20 PM
    beagle replied to a thread 32-20 mold in Leverguns
    I used a Pat Malin .30PB GC on my 311008HP and it did well./beagle
    8 replies | 195 view(s)
  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    07-06-2018, 03:21 AM
    IME, Yes. In 357 Magnum, it has been my most-used bullet design. Lyman #358430 (195 RN) is a distant second, and a Group Buy round flatnose gas check of 180 grains is a more distant third, that mostly in the rifles. It has been accurate from 1000...
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    07-06-2018, 01:51 AM
    I had an incident similar in nature to the O/P's experience that schooled me on thievery succinctly at age 9. The first and ONLY time I stole anything from anyone, and to this day I thank that good old service station owner for imparting a kind but...
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    07-05-2018, 07:02 PM
    I am lusting in my heart for a S&W Model 48 x 6", and as luck would have it one of the local toy stores that Buckshot and I habitually infest has one on display--one of the current Classic Series examples. The thing just doesn't look "right". ...
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    07-05-2018, 01:58 AM
    All of that "protection" has done the same things for predators that soft sentencing, short prison terms, and indulgent parole/probation terms have done for human predators--minimized the threat matrix and incentivized their depredations. Don't get...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    07-04-2018, 05:38 PM
    I have owned 3 Ruger Blackhawks in 41 Magnum. In all 3, the throat and barrel groove dimensions were PERFECT, and all three revolvers shot wonderfully. Much less fuss & bother than Ruger 44s and 45s, which can be dimensionally-poetic, let's just...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    07-03-2018, 10:48 PM
    S&W will need to do A LOT BETTER than the recent products I have examined from that maker, if they expect me to spend money with them again. The prices of existing pre-MIM S&Ws keep rising for a reason. My newest S&W was made in 1990.
    42 replies | 1534 view(s)
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    07-03-2018, 10:17 PM
    6.0 grains of Unique or 6.5 grains of Herco under a cast #358429 give about 975-1000 FPS in my S&W 686 x 4". 357 Magnum cases are used. These make up about 90% of my 357 Magnum shooting these days. Tractable recoil, reasonable bark, and a bit...
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    07-03-2018, 09:59 PM
    I have one of the China imports that I got c. 1990 from Federal Ordnance. I had them reline the bore and clean up "the windows" a bit, and it came back in decent shape. It functions reliably, though its accuracy is a bit poetic. Still it has...
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    07-03-2018, 09:48 PM
    A #429421 into a shark head is fine by me. Sharks and rattlesnakes are two classes of creature that make you wonder what God was thinking about when He cranked them out.
    60 replies | 1950 view(s)
  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    07-03-2018, 09:30 PM
    The 180 grain cast bullets in the 357 Magnum are intended for hunting venues where deep penetration on game species is desirable. It might be the single-best bullet weight for 357 Magnum rifles. In a handgun for sport shooting, you are taking on...
    6 replies | 160 view(s)
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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