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  • Alferd Packer's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 04:46 PM
    Shot many weapons in Viet Nam. The 30 carbine among them. I asked about the stopping power as I had heard WW2 vets say it was " no damn good". The SF Sergeant, they are all Sergeants and above, said this to me. The guys you heard from were just...
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    06-30-2020, 06:14 PM
    They were made at one time, but your best bet is to get two moulds and two sets of handles and alternate filling and emptying the two sets of two cavity moulds. With a rythm you can cast a ton of bullets. That's what I have done. Then when you...
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    06-30-2020, 05:17 PM
    Another thing is when you read a reloader say that this size bore riding nose works perfect for him. That only pertains to HIS firearm. Yours may be the same caliber, but each firearm is a law unto itself. You reload for your own.What works for...
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    06-30-2020, 04:49 PM
    A round ball that is a bore rider should be able to be shot as a catsneeze load powered by a primer only. There is no body on a round ball to engage the rifling. However, shot with a heavy enough load, the bore riding round ball can be made to...
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    06-24-2020, 08:20 AM
    Maybe back out the whole die a quarter inch and run the seater rod.back down a quarter inch and see what happens. I dont know if this is doable.
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    06-24-2020, 03:43 AM
    Anymore, when powder has been sitting I roll the canister and turn it end for end to break up the powder clumps. I have also poured it into a mixing bowl and ran a couple spaced apart wooden chopsticks to check for clumps. That's why you want to...
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    06-24-2020, 03:24 AM
    Unique powder was developed first if I remember right. Then bullseye was the fines that were left when they screened Unique to get out the powder dust and pieces of Unique that were smaller than the size Unique needed to be to burn uniformly. They...
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    06-23-2020, 07:08 AM
    My walk about rifle is my scout rifle My 03 with iron sights and a few catsneeze loads with one up the spout. I feel safe whatever I encounter. I also carry a few regular loads in my pocket. It suits me fine.
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    06-22-2020, 09:09 PM
    Those round ball lead bullets that were shot with a primer for basement practice are fitted the exact size of the bore or slightly smaller. Otherwise, if it engages the rifling, it needs a helper charge of fast burning shotgun powder. Sometimes...
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    06-22-2020, 08:26 PM
    I keep a .25acp empty pistol case to slip over the end of a cleaning rod to push out a stuck cast bullet. It doesn't hurt to put some oil in the bore to help it slide out once you break it loose. Sometimes a cleaning rod without a flat tip or jag...
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    06-22-2020, 04:37 PM
    Will the kind people at Ruger Gun Manufacturing please make a .25 acp revolver. I think the Wrangler single action would be a suitable firearm to market in .25 acp without a lot of retooling. Keep the cartridge the same. Just modify the...
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    06-19-2020, 03:13 PM
    I have used lee and like them, but RCBS makes a priming tool with a long handle attached to a little rocking tool post that takes RCBS shell holders. A couple tubes for large and small primers each hold 100. You push down slightly an a primer is...
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    06-19-2020, 02:24 PM
    A lot of the old timers liked to use a chronometer when they became available to incorporate velocity as a check and kept records to note a change. Also their loads were cautious " medium" pressure loads to start the record of velocity. They...
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    06-15-2020, 07:41 AM
    A small reload kit for cat's sneeze loads for 30-06 consisting of: Three cases fired, but unsized in your rifle, 100 lead balls already sized and aloxed, 100 primers, a leatherman tool, a decapping punch,a 1/4 lb. Bullseye, a .22 LR case with a...
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    06-14-2020, 06:51 PM
    When I remember, it's always good to wet the bore with a lite coat of grease or Crisco on a patch before firing. No leading and helps cleanup.
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    06-07-2020, 04:12 AM
    Anyone tried vegetable shortening like Crisco? I also use it for bullet lube on light cast bullet loads like the subsonic loads.
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    06-05-2020, 04:14 PM
    That is what a double load does!
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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