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    Today, 10:02 PM
    I recall Winchester .22 Shorts for $.41 and .22 Short HPs for $.42. Try finding a brick of Winchester .22 Short ammo now. Mission impossible. In high school, one old lady ran a small country store. She always carried Peters .22 Shorts for $.50 a...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 PM
    I am really enjoying my JES-rebored Win 94 in 38/55. It is the 3-groove form that Mr. Ocumpah considers "OEM", and it has shot very well with plain-base Lee 250 grasin flatnoses and with both the RCBS and the Lyman flatnose 250 grainers with gas...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 PM
    Since it's a S & W, I'd go with a Lyman 358477 PB and have it hollow pointed. You may run into problems with cylinder length with a Keith 358429. Had a Model 28 with a cylinder that would barely take them length wise. Or, pick up a 356156 and...
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    Today, 10:15 AM
    C277-125-R and TL314-85-WC
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    Yesterday, 11:24 AM
    I am likely being over-cautious with my several 32/20 wheelguns. I am loath to strain my Colt Army Special, Bisley, or pre-war S&W M&P with any load that runs a 115-120 grain bullet over 900 FPS. Ken Waters' "Pet Load" for this caliber & bullet...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    06-18-2018, 10:11 PM
    beagle replied to a thread 25-20 question in Cast Boolits
    If it's a factory Marlin M1894, stick with the 257420 Lyman. With its factory twist, the longer/heavier the bullets and you get instability and keyholes./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    06-18-2018, 10:07 PM
    beagle replied to a thread Over lube a bullet??? in Cast Boolits
    Yes. The resulting problem is lube purging fliers outside a normal group. These can't be predicted but are often discussed by cast bullet "benchies". On a 311466, I'll normally lube two grooves and let it fly./beagle
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    06-18-2018, 10:03 PM
    beagle replied to a thread Angled Grease Grooves? in Cast Boolits
    I think we often times get hung up on the amount of lube needed by a cast bullet. We know that Keith's square grooves made release more difficult but at the time was probably necessary due to the lubes available. With the improved lubes we have...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    06-17-2018, 11:29 PM
    Shot some in wooden trays not long ago from an estate sale. They fired fine. Also some old CCIs with no Zip code on the address. Bunch of the odd sized LP primers that were government made (probably through the DCM) and a whole batch of Berdan...
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    06-17-2018, 11:24 PM
    Zip-lok baggie for mine also. Crazy Mark, before he passed spent several days scanning a #1 onto a disk and sent me a copy so I have a digital backup. I spent many, many days with that old manual when I started casting. No mentor....I was...
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    06-17-2018, 11:08 PM
    Now, wait a minute here boys. I've had two Posi Prime tools and both cracked and I sent them back w/o the punches. I have a .22 slide top ammo box with punches in it of all vintages. I know I've used Posi Prime punches in my bench mounted RCBS...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    06-17-2018, 04:30 PM
    I seat all of the Lee TC bullet forms with about .020" of the front drive band exposed, then set a light taper crimp. This regimen has worked with all calibers I load using the Lee TC bullet designs in autopistols.
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    06-17-2018, 02:58 PM
    Ruger and Buckeye Sports (now defunct, I believe) at one time made their Blackhawks with both 32 H&R Magnum and 32/20 WCF swap cylinders. i suspect a Blackhawk so chambered could process the 32/20 HV rifle stuff without a problem. Ruger's very...
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    06-17-2018, 03:32 AM
    The Ruger LCR revolver series is a whole lot of gun for the money. I have only fired a 38 Special version, this right after they were released. The little rollers impressed me--great DAO trigger and quite accurate. Ruger needs to expand this line...
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    06-16-2018, 06:26 PM
    Since my return from NCBS 2018 I have had an attack of the Lazies. So, yesterday I set about storing the unfired ammo and fired brass from that excursion. Today's missions (to commence in a few minutes when the CFL games come on TV in the garage)...
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    06-16-2018, 06:15 PM
    Zero experience with either the 7.92 x 33 or the 7.62 x 39. I can't be much help in dealing with this class of rifle calibers. They intrigue me a bit, as does the 6.8 x 43 SPC--but not enough to spend cash on rifles or ammo. I have enough...
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    06-15-2018, 06:04 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread is .360 too big? in Cast Boolits
    It ain't broke. Don't fix it.
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    06-15-2018, 04:02 PM
    Oh, perish the thought! :-) AA-9 is VERY close to many lots of surplus WC-820 in burn speed and pressure yield, IME. My experience has only been in straight-walled revolver calibers like 30 Carbine, 32/20 WCF/high-pressure rifle, 357/41/44...
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    06-15-2018, 09:31 AM
    I'm looking to buy/trade for 20 guage wads (WAA20F1). Need 500-2,000. These are the discontinued Winchester/Western wads for 1 ounce loads. Anybody have a stash they're willing to part with PM me. I have moulds/brass/some 310 tools/dies to...
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    06-14-2018, 06:35 PM
    That has always seemed like a shag-nasty bullet design to me--along the lines of the KTW bullets.
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    06-13-2018, 05:24 PM
    WC-860 has been a strangely useful propellant for me. 100%-density loads in commercial 6.5 x 55 brass (55.0 grains) gives 1896-level ballistics in my Ruger 77R of that caliber with 140 grain jacketed bullets--2450 FPS and SUPERB accuracy. I have...
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    06-13-2018, 01:30 PM
    Mark-- Late to the party, sorry about that. I have one of the Lee C309-200 2-cavity moulds, and mine is a total delight to use for casting--and loses no love when the castings are assembled into 30-06 cases for my commercial Mauser 98 so...
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    06-13-2018, 01:13 AM
    I have been rolling around the idea of a 45 ACP/AR wheelgun for a while. The manner in which the Ruger Blackhawk 45 Colt/45 ACP convertibles handle the casing question--by saving the owner the trouble of choosing between clips and Auto Rim for...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    06-12-2018, 10:10 PM
    SIG-Sauer P-220 offers LW Commander size & weight, great ergonomics, and extreme reliability. It is my default setting in 45 ACP.
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    06-10-2018, 03:19 PM
    I just landed one of these Lyman 452423s at NCBS last week. I am having a lot of trouble talking myself out of a 45 ACP wheelgun. I did have a S&W Model 25-2 x 6.5" in the early 1980s, and it was a pleasure to reload and shoot for, though its...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    06-10-2018, 03:24 AM
    357 Magnum cylinder lengths can vary considerably. One of the more unusual situations involving S&W 357s is how cylinder length in K-frame (medium-sized) 357s is longer than the cylinders found in Model 27, pre-27, and Model 28 N-frame 357s, which...
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    06-09-2018, 07:11 PM
    I follow the doctrine that Petrol & Powder laid out, because Murphy's law gets no plea bargains--and in matters concerning propellant and its firearm interactions, Murphy can be naively optimistic.
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    06-09-2018, 02:06 PM
    I have made roundball loads for 38 Special and 357 Magnum by sizing down .375 RBs twice--first through a .367" H&I die, then through a .359" H&I die. A drop of gun oil on each ball prior to size-down is a big help. I seat these over 2.0-2.5 grains...
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    06-07-2018, 10:51 PM
    Love love love the 10mm. The Pipple's Respoobleek of Kalifornistan does not allow any of the Ruger self-loading pistols within its borders as approved/certified, or I would very likely have one each of their Commander-length 45 ACPs and a...
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    06-07-2018, 05:04 AM
    The 32 S&W is one of the few 30/31/32 caliber handgun chamberings that I don't load. Love them thar mid-calibers, I surely do. It might have been me that brought up the subject of "Man marker" vs. "Man stopper" in the context of the lighter &...
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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