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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    As long as the bullet fills the grooves completely you should have no gas cutting, GC or no GC.
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    Yesterday, 05:30 PM
    Yes you could. It probably has a faster twist so could shoot heavier bullets as well. Hornady Great Plains for example. Or you can go a bit 'wild' and shoot something like the Lee .500S&W bullet (450gn). Or even learn to paper patch bullets...
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    Yesterday, 05:14 PM
    That, in a nutshell, is why it is best to slug your throat and bore so you can size your cast bullets to fit your rifle.
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    06-29-2020, 10:21 PM
    Yes it is.
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    06-29-2020, 05:54 PM
    Do both. The bore section touches in the bore and the rear driving bands are engaged into the rifling when chambered.
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    06-28-2020, 10:26 PM
    After shooting .357 Mag in a Contender I can say that it was not that difficult to get 1" groups at 100yd. About the same difficulty as shooting the .223 barrel on the same frame. As stated above, when trying to get better groups than that you...
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    06-28-2020, 10:04 PM
    First, bore riding is a bullet with a nose that rides on the bore, ie, touching the lands but not engraved into the grooves. It 'rides the bore' as it is chambered. The bore is defined by the 'tops' of the lands. Second, yes, the bullet should...
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    06-23-2020, 08:30 PM
    I've had some that were difficult to chamber and they still shoot well. FWIW, I usually determine where the lands are by 'coloring' the bullet with a Sharpie. When my bullets are sized to just fit in the bore the thickness of the Sharpie makes...
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    06-23-2020, 11:58 AM
    Forgot. This is great info too. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?13425-Cast-Bullet-Loads-for-Military-Rifles-Article&p=151130&viewfull=1#post151130
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    06-23-2020, 11:51 AM
    I agree, there is no danger from lead fumes as the vapor pressure is so high. I use a P100 respirator but mainly for dust and fumes from the flux. When casting I don't wear it.
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    06-23-2020, 11:46 AM
    I loved my old Lee turret. Father-in-law and I tried just about everything to break one, including some mild swaging. Never missed a beat. My Loadmaster is great for me, but, it did require some mods to work well, mainly in the primer feed (which...
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    06-23-2020, 07:28 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Average weight in Cast Boolits
    Yep, bulk bullets will do that. I compare my .308 bullets to the Sierra Match Kings and Hornady A-max. The SMK's are usually +/- 0.1gn, the A-max's are +/- 0.3gn.
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    06-23-2020, 07:24 AM
    If you want some light loads... http://www.gmdr.com/lever/lowveldata.htm
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    06-22-2020, 10:23 PM
    Yes, you probably have to seat them deeper. Unless the Lyman manual info is for that exact bullet then the OAL is meaningless. Cast bullets in general vary so much in dia, ogive shape and taper that each one will require a different OAL. I use...
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    06-22-2020, 10:11 PM
    FWIW, I don't think I've ever had a 'bad' powder. I've had some that were 'dirtier' than others, like 2400. But, when they perform well the extra residue doesn't bother me.
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    06-22-2020, 06:03 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Average weight in Cast Boolits
    I've never had cast bullets that close in tolerance. Most of the time mine are a 2 or 3 grain spread. Just as an example, the last batch of 210gn .308 bullets I cast were between 209.5 and 211.8. I sort into groups of .5gn, eg 211.0 to 211.4.
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    06-21-2020, 07:42 AM
    I am a bit cheap when it comes to this kind of stuff. When I needed a new single station press I went to the gun shop we had in Albuquerque and bought a used one. It happened to be a Lee that I got for $20. Despite being aluminum it has done...
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    06-20-2020, 11:21 PM
    Over the past 40 years I've used some from all except Norma and VV. Never really found a 'best'. They all work well depending on what your goal is. I've known about the common powder mfg's for a while, and the rebranding process. Happens a...
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    06-20-2020, 07:16 AM
    The only exception to the 'standard' rule is the upper spin rate. If you have a fast twist barrel then you can spin a cast bullet at too high a rate and it will not fly true. If you are building a custom rifle for cast then I'd do some research...
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    06-20-2020, 07:11 AM
    Note the item listed is for the new Lee sizing system that fits the new upside down press. But, you can get the std push through dies custom made for whatever size you want.
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    06-18-2020, 10:04 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Back from Hiatus in Cast Boolits
    It's ok. I started casting again after 20 years of not much shooting. The thing I like the most is the wide variety of molds available now, and so well made. Second best is powder coating. I don't miss my lubesizer at all. The thing I do miss...
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    06-18-2020, 08:46 AM
    SIG is only closing that one plant. FWIW, the US plant makes all the parts for weapons made in the US so the German plant closing will have no effect on things here.
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    06-18-2020, 08:41 AM
    I loved the 1903 that I had. Such a great shooter, both with the original barrel and with the Numrich replacement. Mine had been refinished before I bought it so I added better sights. Yep, Colt did a great job 'smoothing' the exterior for...
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    06-18-2020, 08:28 AM
    Next session with the A311-210E. I have to say that this bullet seems fairly easy to load for. Most loads go into less than 2" and many are less than 1.5". Also, there is very little change in elevation with these 0.2gn increases in powder...
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    06-18-2020, 08:14 AM
    I'd buy a Lee factory crimp die. They are a collet type that pushes in instead of down on the neck of the bullet. I can crimp into jacketed bullets without a problem. Yes, it means you seat the bullet with one die and then crimp with another one....
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    06-18-2020, 08:08 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Mold? in Cast Boolits
    Have you measured your bore? Most of the Lee rifle bullets are nose rider designs. If your groove dia is .310 or .309 then I'd use the smaller dia Lee bullets. Then the nose may fit in the bore properly. The Lee 309-180 that I have makes...
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    06-17-2020, 03:50 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Seasoning a bore in Cast Boolits
    What you describe is a break in process, not what was referred to as 'seasoning'. mehavey explained where 'seasoning' a barrel came from.
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    06-17-2020, 03:44 PM
    For rifles I have done both ways. I tend to put on gas checks first, size and crimp the GC, then coat, then size again. I have shot quite a few groups trying to compare accuracy of both and right now I would say it is a wash so far. For pistols...
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    06-16-2020, 08:45 PM
    This is actually a common problem with some rifles. I suspect the problem is some kind of interaction between a rest, the stock and the barrel. A possible solution if shooting from a rest of any type, the hand grips the fore end and then the...
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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