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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Today, 08:42 AM
    Is that one of the 7.62x39 bullets? Tumble lube or std grease groove version? I had thought about ordering one of those just for grins cause of the 6 cavity mold.
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    Yesterday, 08:52 PM
    Generally I agree with above. Most 5yr olds do not have a good enough attention span to shoot with the proper thought processes. Yes, you can sit them down, place the gun in position, let them hold and pull trigger and then you can load another...
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    09-17-2019, 07:43 PM
    Don't know about your gun and gauge, but, your situation brings up two things. First, damascus barrels. Are they from a reputable maker and proofed? Do they have a choke and how much? If full choke I am not sure I would shoot buckshot in...
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    09-16-2019, 05:14 PM
    Loaded up some of the Lyman 311299. Decided to try IMR4895. 30, 21, 32 and 33gn. The 30gn load got me a just at 1" and the others were worse than that. Based on bullet drop at 200 the velocity of the 30gn load is about 2100fps. I am going to...
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    09-14-2019, 08:52 AM
    In case you don't know...when seating the ball you should get an even shaving of lead all around the bullet. If you don't, go up in size. Many .44's used .451 round balls, but, there were a few out there that needed .454. And do learn how to...
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    09-13-2019, 06:35 PM
    Loaded up some more of the 165SIL bullets. Got the same results for the most part, just at 1" at 100yd. I also shot some at 400yd, trying to stretch things a bit. The two groups measured just at 4" each. Very happy with this so far.
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    09-12-2019, 08:32 PM
    Fun in a 105mm gun on M60 tank too :) Even more fun was old stock ammo. The HE would explode as soon as it armed, about 50yd in front of the gun!
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    09-12-2019, 01:31 PM
    If you are still trying to remove copper get som KG12. It will get all the copper out with less fuss than most. For reduced loads I tend to go with heavier bullets as well. But, you can find the right mix for reduced loads if you juggle powder,...
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    09-11-2019, 12:16 PM
    Well, I guess the price won out over trigger pull weight. And I had an error in there. The LCP was not striker fired. It has a hammer that is held at kind of a half cock. The trigger pull moves the hammer the rest of the way back and releases...
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    09-11-2019, 11:22 AM
    Don't mean to be rude, but, if you wanted a 1911 feel then why didn't you get a 1911 style pocket pistil? The LCP is like many others and is striker fired so you get more of a DA revolver feel from the trigger. No side safety is needed for the...
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    09-10-2019, 08:58 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Great Plains in Muzzleloading.
    Nice group. You might also try it with a card wad. That made a big difference in my group sizes. Best for me is a card wad with felt wad on top and then the bullet. I use the veggie card wads from BACO.
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    09-10-2019, 09:19 AM
    I love using the One Shot case lube. Given the product descriptions the only difference I see is one is listed as a cleaner and lube vs just a lube. So, maybe you can get the cases cleaned as well as lubed :) I will try some with my .223. ...
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    09-10-2019, 07:40 AM
    That's why I suggested an expert weigh in. The empty space thing is not nonsense, just that some extra space will not cause an explosion but a lot of empty space might. A few conditions have to be met to exceed the yield strength of a barrel. ...
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    09-09-2019, 08:47 PM
    We really need an explosive expert to describe the details of how black powder behaves. Suffice to say that igniting loose black powder in a confined space is bad as an explosion (not a detonation) is the result.
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    09-09-2019, 07:50 PM
    I'd not hit it with a hammer unless you can confirm it is not a cast piece. I would grind on the handle if you need the scope that low. Like stated above, replacement bolt handles are relatively inexpensive so you could get one and experiment....
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    09-07-2019, 08:50 PM
    It is interesting that these topics come up from time to time for all three of the 'original' magnums (.357, .41, .44). I seem to remember in one of the Dirty Harry movies he says he downloads his .44 Mag ammo for target shooting. I do the...
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    09-02-2019, 05:47 PM
    I'd try a different powder/load. This was the first group I fired with 311299's out of my .308 Savage 12. I don't think the water would have done that much damage to the bullets.
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    09-02-2019, 05:43 PM
    Thanks. The RCBS and Lyman both also have long noses but they are .301". PS The gas checks for the 311299 are well below the casE neck. Not the bore portion that is the problem, it is the short throat. The 165SIL is just at the base of the...
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    09-02-2019, 03:25 PM
    The throat is interesting. When shooting Sierra Match Kings I could seat them out to the book recommended OAL plus a little bit and was still .020" from touching the lands. Seeing where the rifling starts was a surprise to me. But, as long as...
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    09-01-2019, 04:49 PM
    I had the bullets sized to .309 cause that is what my rifle measured at in the grooves. I also found that my rifle has a very short throat. I had to seat the bullets such that only about 0.1" of the bullet 'shoulder' was showing.
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    09-01-2019, 04:38 PM
    That is why I love the southwest. Grew up in Phoenix area and lived in NM for 30 years now. We prefer NM for a lot of reasons, one being not as hot, second not as many people and third much lower taxes and cost of living. If you want a larger...
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    09-01-2019, 04:26 PM
    Try some of these. I use Blue Dot in my .308 for gallery loads. So far groups are around 1.5" at 100yd with 165 cast bullets (no gas check). Fun to shoot at that level. OOPS. Sorry, noticed you...
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    08-31-2019, 04:00 PM
    That's kinda what I did. A frequent winner of the production class was Don Kost with his BVSS using the RCBS 165SIL. After my first shots with it I can see why. There was a large variety of bullets used. The were even a few shooting a Lee...
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    08-30-2019, 04:21 PM
    Short story. I have a Savage model 12BVSS in .308 Originally I had thought about just shooting long range with jacketed and have put a bit more than 1000rounds through it. But, I have decided to get back to casting and use lead bullets in this...
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    08-27-2019, 09:40 PM
    I have not had good luck with it either. Probably cause I cannot compress it enough. Would probably work well with tight patched round ball or sabots.
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    08-27-2019, 07:21 PM
    Probably why it works for me. I haven't used real black for more than 40 years.
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    08-27-2019, 05:48 PM
    Inline cappers are good for hunting if you are short on space. Despite the cost I love the Ted Cash capper. None of the primers flip, easy to load and easy to use on just about anything (mine has kind of a scroll look to it). Great for range day...
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    08-25-2019, 10:04 PM
    I stopped using hot water for that reason. I used tap water followed by WD40 for a long time. Now days I use Ed's Red to clean it. And I oil the bore before storage. Before shooting I use alcohol to get all the oils out. If I don't pull the...
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    08-24-2019, 04:19 PM
    Very nice work. CE Harris did a lot on reduced charge military loads many years ago. His 200yd target recipe was 16gns of 2400 behind a 170-180 gn bullet. Around 1500-1600fps depending on cartridge. He got some of his load data from Mattern...
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    08-24-2019, 04:04 PM
    IMHO, the only reason to not use the .223 is if you have a shorter/lighter action that is just long enough to accept a .221 Fireball. For the 'ultimate' in light weight find a break action or falling block and chamber for one of the rimmed...
    40 replies | 2022 view(s)
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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