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  • mehavey's Avatar
    Today, 09:41 AM
    So far in an AR action: 223/556 308 Win 350 Legend 50 BeoWoooof All have served me well with cast/multiple moulds each/Lyman#2(gas-checked)/thin ALOX/pretty much near-full velocities/spotless bores.
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    07-09-2020, 11:29 AM
    QuickLoad doesn't show an AA#11 either HANDLOADER sees AA #11FS as a flash-suppressed/slightly slower W296 --> WC297 https://www.handloadermagazine.com/propellant-profiles-12 Sometime in the early days of this century, the Olin Corporation,...
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    07-04-2020, 10:07 AM
    Gas-checked Lyman #2 (BH_15) is plenty hard for 2,500fps/mid-30 thousands psi/full-functioning. See http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?368459-223-cast-bullets-w-ar15&p=4472544&viewfull=1#post4472544
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    07-02-2020, 12:08 PM
    mehavey replied to a thread Lyman 457193 Weight? in Cast Boolits
    Lyman 457193FNPB Cast in 1:30 -- 422gr Cast Lym#2 -- 412gr
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    06-29-2020, 07:21 AM
    Dapaki.... Load/Rifle/Range details please (!) (Inquiring minds want to know) :bigsmyl2: post: nice dial calipers.
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    06-26-2020, 09:33 PM
    See http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?387647-350-Legend-and-Cast-Boolits&p=4806699&viewfull=1#post4806699 is 350 Legend/240gr/357 cal OK?
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-20-2020, 08:45 PM
    ...or it "could" be that PC'g protects the base/edges of the bare gas check shank, whereas ALOX'g leaves the base/shank exposed. Be that as it may, I find gas-checking no big deal since I have to pick the bullet up to size it anyway, and ALOx'g a...
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-18-2020, 07:16 PM
    Boundary value results as we say in the trade (I think I'll stick w/ GC & ALOX)
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    06-18-2020, 08:24 AM
    Then my apologies for the confusion. But today (rain willing) we'll see if PC protects the base on par w/ gas check. (I'm not concerned w/ body/shank, as ALOX has already proved itself there)
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-18-2020, 06:31 AM
    No, the issue in that question was centered an ALOX coated bullet. I've never had an unexpected failure up to/including mid 40's ksi -- as long as the base was protected with a gas check. We're going to see if -- all other things being equal --...
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-17-2020, 10:29 PM
    Threw some naked-based/ALOX'd Lee 200's into the oven this evening. If it stops raining, `will shoot them tomorrow PM. Film at Eleven..... FWIW: QuickLoad led me to Norma 200 and I've never looked back.
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-17-2020, 09:26 PM
    OK, I'll try it bare -- still shanked but no GC. (ALOX'd variant)
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    06-17-2020, 09:12 PM
    I also shoot the 358-200 to good effect, but gas-checked/ALOX'd. Is that a commercially available plain base variant, or did you ream the gc shank out? (BTW: How fast were you pushing it?)
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    06-17-2020, 09:03 PM
    Details please. Inquiring minds want to know.... :2_high5: (and I'll try it myself)
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    06-17-2020, 08:58 PM
    Your problem is the Ruger cylinder throat(s). They are invariably way undersize, and need to be uniformly reamed out to a standard .4525" See...
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    06-17-2020, 08:03 PM
    Someone post the 100m+ results/targets of 357 caliber/plain-base bullets: - 180@2100fps or 200@2,000fps - Accelerated from a carbine-length barrel - Any lube/coating - Any alloy. . . . . . and lets chat.
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    06-17-2020, 06:09 PM
    Question was: in response to . . .
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    06-17-2020, 04:33 PM
    So you're saying I can run my 180gr Cast#2/ALOX at 2,100 fps/41,000psi as a plain base ?
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    06-17-2020, 04:14 PM
    mehavey replied to a thread Seasoning a bore in Cast Boolits
    Someone's going to have to point to a source that later 19th-century barrels (save for canon) were made of cast iron. (I do know that mid 1800s Springfield's were supposedly Damascus/mandrel wrapped), but Bessemer's process opened things up after...
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    06-16-2020, 09:05 PM
    You're going to be hard pressed to exceed the 120,000 RPM threshhold See http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?395190-350-legend-advice&p=4816659&viewfull=1#post4816659 (1:16 twist) Both are two (out of three) of my standards in the...
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    06-16-2020, 07:35 PM
    Let us know..... I'll be very interested in a successful high-speed (1,900-ish) plain base.
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    06-16-2020, 07:06 PM
    mehavey replied to a thread Seasoning a bore in Cast Boolits
    It's a mythological muzzle-loading term wherein newbies are told they don't have to clean the barrels after a shooting season if they use Brand-X] combo of olive oil and beeswax. Needless to say, the bore looks a badly-laid gravel pit covered...
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-16-2020, 05:44 PM
    Gosh.... Good luck. (what other high-velocity/relatively short-barrel rifles are you loading plain base?)
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  • mehavey's Avatar
    06-15-2020, 11:07 AM
    Clean/sharp-edged/uniform base will buy you quite a bit of improvement. And I've never gone higher than Lyman #2 in anything from high-speed (2,500fps) 223, to larger (2,000 fps) 30 caliber.
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    06-15-2020, 10:59 AM
    IF you actually have a plain-base L358-200, then Lyman#2 w/ the barest/thinnest ALOX coating will still work out best (~2,000fps out of 16" using a gas check) But if you're actually shooting the Lee w/ the rebated gas-check shank naked/exposed...
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    06-15-2020, 08:51 AM
    See https://thefiringline.com/forums/showpost.php?p=6772223&postcount=57 The 358-200 was designed for use with a gas check -- which also serves to give you a clean/uniform base upon muzzle exit.) (Don't leave home w/o it) [smilie=s:
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    06-11-2020, 08:47 PM
    mehavey replied to a thread Crimping Trobles in Cast Boolits
    Seat the bullet without any crimp at all. Is it still loose in the case at that point?
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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
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