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    Today, 11:41 PM
    LOL But, I consider ALL cartridges 'Conventional, whitebread, boring, blah.' It is the weapon used to fire them that is interesting to me. A 'blah' weapon, like a standard AR is one of the most boring things around. But, put a superb upper,...
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    Today, 11:29 PM
    You guys must have 'smoother' barrels than I do. :) I did a shoot with cast and then jacketed in my .308. The results were good. Less than 1 MOA with my cast bullets at 200yd and then two groups of ten with jacketed that were a bit more than...
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    Today, 11:14 PM
    If you mean putting a thermocouple inside a bullet? For me? No. If I was doing a large batch of bullets dumped in a basket that would probably be the way to go. You might ask why I say that. Simple. The thermocouple measures the inside temp...
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    Today, 11:02 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    I buy gas checks for a simple reason. They crimp onto the shank of the bullet. I also like that they are made of thicker copper.
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    Today, 11:00 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    Nope, not deep seated. Like the Lee bullets, the 'good' heavy ones are bore riders. The forward end of the bullet is sized to fit the bore so only the rear section is in the neck of the case. Base of bullet is near the base of the neck.
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    Today, 09:25 AM
    I vote for the bullets being pushed too hard. Doesn't take much. For lubed .30 cal bullets a general rule of thumb is 140,000rpm is the 'limit'. This does depend a lot on alloy and your bullet quality, but, if you stay below that you will usually...
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    Yesterday, 10:11 PM
    I started with Eastwood powder. Cook according to instructions. Preheat to 450F. Put in tray until powder becomes glossy. Turn oven to 400 and leave it for 20 min (I usually go 25min). Has worked well for me. I also verified that my oven...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    Years ago I put red dots on my pistols. Revolver and 1911. I got a Fastfire III for the 1911. I was really skeptical about it handling the slide action but it did well. My progressive lenses in glasses made the red dots look a little 'funny' but...
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    01-26-2020, 10:47 PM
    I agree. But, I've never really had a crappy mold from Lee. That's out of 20 or so I've bought over the last 30 years. The most recent was this last fall and it was good too. The only real issue I have with some Lee molds is they tend to be...
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    01-26-2020, 10:34 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    I kinda disagree. My .308 likes heavier bullets. RCBS 165SIL, Lee 180 and Lyman 311299. My next mold will probably be a 230gn. But, I like shooting at longer ranges too. I use the Lee 180 for plinking as well. 8gn of Blue Dot gets me...
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    01-25-2020, 09:47 PM
    Yep, I PC the Lee180gn. I do gas check them to get a flat base. Seating the gas check fully and square to the bore is one of the most important parts of accurate bullets.
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    01-25-2020, 09:44 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    There is another thread just started a few days ago on this same topic.
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    01-24-2020, 07:32 PM
    LOL, I could not get HF Red in our stores. So I went with a better brand. Most of the reloading equipment I have used over 30 years is Lee. It may take a little tweaking but it works well at far less cost than the other brands. Yes, if I was...
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    01-24-2020, 07:23 PM
    That's true up to a point. Benchrest competition for cast bullets are "much" larger groups than jacketed bench rest competition groups.
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    01-24-2020, 08:17 AM
    And, there are people who did similar stuff and died of cancer from those same conditions. I've known of 3 pack a day smokers who lived to their 90's. And some who died in their 40's. You want to tell the guy who died in his 40's that smoking...
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    01-24-2020, 08:08 AM
    The break in process is proven to work. The method is the part people have differences on, ie, how many rounds does it take to 'break in' the barrel. And, interesting enough, some rifles will shoot really well with 'rough' bores. Some have...
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    01-23-2020, 07:57 PM
    Have had two rifles I did not do a break in process. I have regretted it both times now. Took over 200 rounds to settle down and I believe that could have been shortened if I had taken the extra time for the break in process.
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    01-23-2020, 07:54 AM
    Right up until it does make a difference. Just depends on how often you do this kind of stuff. I used to think nothing of wood dust until I started working with it a lot. Now I have to wear a mask or suffer allergic reactions.
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    01-23-2020, 07:49 AM
    I also find that adjusting seating depth to engage the rifling helps a lot in accuracy too.
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    01-23-2020, 07:47 AM
    Have you looked at Buffalo Arms Co?
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    01-20-2020, 10:47 PM
    When I pry the lid off my 'shake and bake' tubs I do get some powder in the air. Yes, I use a mask when the tub is open and I am transferring bullets to the baking sheet. I didn't think about it until I noticed how close my face was to the tub...
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    01-20-2020, 10:43 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Modified Ed's Red in Cast Boolits
    I use the acetone version and leave out the mineral spirits. The acetone easily cleans out any residue from powder coated bullets. I have a protective shield I put over the stocks of my rifles when cleaning, along with a bore guide.
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    01-20-2020, 11:17 AM
    Don't see why cast would be a problem. I shoot cast out of my Savage 12 varmint rifle in .308. If you want to shoot cast bullets faster then the rifling twist should be on the slow side. My 1-10 barrel maxes out in the 2000fps range. Powder...
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    01-20-2020, 09:28 AM
    LOL. Years ago I bought a Blackhawk in .45LC. I loved loading that thing up to max loads and shooting away with it. After a thousand rounds or so I noticed my wrist would hurt the next day. A few more outings and it got worse so started shooting...
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    01-20-2020, 09:23 AM
    If Barsto admits the OEM specs changed and they have not changed their barrel specs, then I would send the barrel back and ask for a refund. Then find another supplier. The last Barsto I bought was in 2004. The gunsmith I used bought and...
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 09:14 AM
    Filler depends on your load density. If not sure try it with and without. I only had one load that liked a filler. It was a slower load with the 165SIL bullets and 4895. That same bullet using 4198 did not like filler.
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    01-20-2020, 09:13 AM
    Filler depends on your load density. If not sure try it with and without. I only had one load that liked a filler. It was a slower load with the 165SIL bullets and 4895.
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    01-20-2020, 09:09 AM
    I would get a couple of the small boxes and try them out (they are free). FWIW, they don't have to be flat when ready to ship, ie, it can look like a little balloon when done. Make up the box. Cover it with clear packing tape. Stuff the padded...
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    01-19-2020, 10:14 PM
    I used to have an SP101 in .357 I carried when fishing. It was a little heavy on long hikes. I like carrying an alloy snubbie but that 3" looks nice too.
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    01-19-2020, 10:01 AM
    I am another .357 fan. Probably the most potent caliber that can be easily carried concealed. I also like that they are light enough when I am out fishing and hiking. Yep, it is limited on range when hunting. But, so are most pistols that you...
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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