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    Today, 02:48 PM
    QuickLoad will run happily in any flavor of Linux that you can install Wine into. No virtualbox, no separate windoze machine needed, it works great. End of discussion!!!!!! There is a font missing that QL looks for at install. You can stop and...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-29-2020, 07:21 PM
    You can ream the throats yourself, the expense comes in the piloted reamer vs. the solid nose reamer. The solid nose diameter is so much smaller than the throats, it might as well not even have a nose on it, you are pretty much going in blind...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-26-2020, 01:53 PM
    22kpsi in a Colt SAA?? That's why they invented Rugers! Yes it is probably safe and yes it has been done but like Joe B says "Just cause you can, don't mean you should."
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 09:54 AM
    How are you taking these measurements? And what tool(s) are you measuring with? In 6 years of steady turning around cylinders, a couple of thousand at least, I have never seen one cylinder with this drastic amount of wear from shooting, OR this...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-24-2020, 09:35 AM
    You may benefit greatly from researching some H110 loads under your heavier boolits. I did basically the same thing you are doing, loading to tier 2 pressures for a medium framed Vaquero (23,000psi 45 ACP+P pressure ceiling) in 45 Schofield brass. ...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-22-2020, 05:21 PM
    You haven't done enough comparisons if you can make this statement. The heavier boolit requires more energy to overcome the moment of momentum, which takes burn time, pressure has to rise more before the heavy reaches the muzzle. It will hit a LOT...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-22-2020, 11:01 AM
    DougGuy replied to a thread Metal Work in Our Town
    Uhhhhhh NO. If he only takes off .052" the math automatically dictates that it will only remove .026" from each wall as the cross slide on the lathe is only advanced .026" into the work to remove a total of .052" from the OD. The tube in your...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-21-2020, 07:33 AM
    I couldn't wait to venture into the 40 when it became accessible and affordable, but for a handloader it runs out of headroom REAL quick. I built a comp gun on a Para with all the bells and whistles and promptly sold it off. Like they say, it's...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 12:47 PM
    Thank God Ruger didn't take out too much metal. They COULD have made them one size fits all then where would we be? Ok, first rule of gun making (for commercial manufacturers) dictates that they have to make guns that shoot factory SAAMI spec...
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    05-20-2020, 11:18 AM
    DougGuy replied to a thread Robins and Onions Problem in Our Town
    I have had to free black snakes from it before but if you check your garden daily there won't be an issue if one gets hung up.
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 11:16 AM
    +1 was going to mention win mag brass as it's the closest thing so far to what you want.
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-20-2020, 10:16 AM
    Para can be good, all their internals are castings that are not so precision made so swapping in some premium aftermarket parts generally improves them appreciably. Most notably the sear and hammer. I had quite a few of them over the years and...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-19-2020, 10:28 PM
    Fit and finish of the medium framed Rugers is second to none, they are as good as anything Ruger has ever done imho. Lawyer warning was moved to the bottom, thread choke is virtually nonexistent in the examples that have come through my shop. So...
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    05-19-2020, 08:28 PM
    DougGuy replied to a thread Robins and Onions Problem in Our Town
    Bird Block Netting from Lowe's. Put a few sticks like poles for a pup tent, drape it over them place a rock here and there to hold it down. I use this stuff for tomatoes, I build a walk-in cage out of those salt treated 2x2s and staple the bird...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-19-2020, 09:02 AM
    Why? I have had series 80 Colts and never had any issue with the plunger, the wimply little spring doesn't add very much to the trigger pull really. The series 70 guns can be made safer by using either an extra power firing pin spring or a...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-18-2020, 05:22 PM
    Don't laugh.. I actually did this, true story.. I have a 7 1/2" SBH that I use for the Lee C430-310-RF boolit, I think I have that over 17.0gr 2400 but don't quote me on the load. I had the rear sight screwed all the way down, and it was still...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 08:28 PM
    I for one would not regulate a Colt SAA or clone with 200gr boolits. Those revolvers were made for a 255gr boolit at roughly 800fps, they should shoot very close to the sights with this load.
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    05-17-2020, 12:51 PM
    Years ago I had a 1943 Colt, slide numbered to the frame, you could plant potatoes in the pits in the bore, and it shook and rattled like they are so well known for, it would keep 7 rounds in about a 6" circle at 50yds, and kick me in the butt for...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-17-2020, 08:46 AM
    This won't help you develop a handload, but I keep my 500A loaded with 3 rounds of goose loads first before the 00 and eventually a slug or two. 2oz. of shot in high brass inside a dwelling is about as lethal as you can get with the least amount of...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-16-2020, 11:14 AM
    Dan, you just said the immediate problem. Rounds should fall in freely, hence the name of the test, because they make an audible "plunk" when they drop in. NO thumb pressure, gravity only, should spin easily. You want below the hood a few...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 09:40 PM
    ANY measurement over .452" will fail plunk test, which will also fail to go into battery. As Taz has mentioned, he can load .452" anything and they feed in all of the barrels that I have throated for him, and likely feed in the barrels I haven't...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 01:41 PM
    The throat in the barrel will take a Zminus .452" pin gage maybe .200" into the throat, I put a fairly long freebore in them. However, if any of your loads are greater than .452" they won't plunk and will want to keep the slide from going into...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-15-2020, 12:55 PM
    Webs are the same thickness as the outer cylinder walls but the weakest part of any sixgun is the bolt cuppets which are cut right in the center of the chambers so that the thinnest part of the cylinder is under the deepest part of the notch. 5...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-14-2020, 04:42 PM
    Either a flattop new model blackhawk or a new model vaquero would work from ruger, these are current production medium frame guns and imho they are about as good of fit and finish as anything Ruger has ever made. Throats opened up, 30oz. Wolff...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-13-2020, 07:36 AM
    Use the most boolit you can shoot accurately. Gunarea hit the nail on the head. WFN is already a lethal choice. Use the biggest meplat you can find. LBT and similar are the best wide meplat designs for nailing a game animal to the planet beneath...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-12-2020, 09:52 PM
    I use and highly recommend a MITUTOYO 193-201 0-1" .001" DIGITAL OUTSIDE MICROMETER WITH CARBIDE TIPS. $48 on fleabay in the wooden case. This is not the electronic digital, it is mechanical digital, you can see the numbers much like an...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-09-2020, 10:06 PM
    4D Rentals rents the kit, and they have an excellent video tutorial showing how to use it..
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-09-2020, 10:28 AM
    You should send it to me, I offer this service, check out the FB page in my signature.. Send a PM for details. The Manson reamer sold by Brownell's has a .4415" solid pilot on the front of it, which will be probably .001" to .0015" smaller than...
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  • DougGuy's Avatar
    05-09-2020, 06:42 AM
    You might want to have the barrel throated if you plan on loading .452" for it, very common for these to have near zero freebore from the factory. Danged fine 1911 after that!
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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