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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    FWIW, my Axis in .223 is a 1/2MOA rifle or better with good bullets. A bit better than MOA with the cheap bullets. Axis barrels are made on same line as the rest of their rifles. But, it is harder to find one with a heavy barrel.
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    Yesterday, 10:31 PM
    Yep, I think many of us agree with that.
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    Yesterday, 09:28 PM
    If your current barrel is in good shape it might do the job as is. If you buy .458 bullets then size them to fit the bore, lube them and shoot. At least you would find out how that barrel shoots. You could also do a trial with mounting a scope on...
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    Yesterday, 07:18 PM
    I use the cleaning jag. It is near enough to bore dia and seats the card wad on top of the powder nicely with as much pressure as you want. I never understood why the rod is bounced. If you need to compress the load then just apply pressure to...
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    Yesterday, 07:13 PM
    Won't your .32acp seating die do it? Adjust it to crimp enough to take out the flare.
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    12-03-2019, 08:32 PM
    If the bullet is 'undisturbed', once it leaves the barrel it really does not matter which cartridge or rifle fired it. That's why there are ballistics tables based on bullet and velocity, along with the atmospheric conditions. PS just to be...
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    12-03-2019, 03:54 PM
    I've got plenty of old cases that I use for the plinkers. Once they get drilled out they seem to last forever. Some folks have indicated that it is not necessary to drill the primer holes. I do it as a precaution.
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    12-03-2019, 03:49 PM
    I basically agree with all. 140,000 is a number dependent on several things including alloy and bullet shape. I would expect it to vary a lot. As to bullets stretching, of course it could be happening and might or might not affect accuracy,...
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    12-03-2019, 08:33 AM
    So the tensile strength, which is what is dictating the 140,000 rpm limit, seems to be the sweet spot limit. And your results seem to mimic what we were seeing. And, no, the bullet does not come apart at that point, it just stretches a little,...
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    12-02-2019, 09:41 PM
    I shoot PC in rifles at 2000fps. No leading at all. I have never pushed plated bullets before so I did a short search. Berry's 'standard' bullets have a max vel of 1250fps and their 'thick layer' bullets have a max of 1500fps, so it does seem...
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    12-02-2019, 09:30 PM
    Even the hammer test does not 'expose' some issues. Seems that some gun powders will 'interact' with coating powder that is not cured correctly. Unless you know something the coating powder mfg does not, then use the mfg curing instructions.
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    12-02-2019, 09:15 PM
    Larry, is your ternary alloy the copper-tin-zinc or is it something else? As an engineer I looked into this kind of thing years (decades) ago with a couple of bench rest shooters. Part of the investigation was on lube, alloy hardness and leading...
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    12-02-2019, 09:00 PM
    An update on my cast bullet shooting. Still working with the Lee C309-180 but have been powder coating them. I use the shake and bake with Eastwood blue powder, gas check and size after baking. A couple of things I was surprised at. They are...
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    12-02-2019, 08:28 AM
    Thanks for that vote as well. I was trying to figure out if I could get one mold that would work for my .357 as well as my 9mm and was looking at that one. I powder coat so the lack of gas check is ok. Think I will go for it.
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    12-02-2019, 08:24 AM
    The part about Elvis I disagree with is his cook time/temp thing. Some combinations might work ok like that but some need the full cure temp/time that the powder mfg specifies.
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    11-30-2019, 03:36 PM
    Not really. I carried an SP101 snub in .357 daily and while fishing (my version of a kit gun). Carried a 4" .357 for east coast deer hunting and target shooting. Use both for casual plinking. So, yes, the .357 was the 'most useful' for me as I...
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    11-30-2019, 03:21 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread I want pure lead! in Muzzleloading.
    I have never had a chain fire so won't even try to speculate on the cause. I also made sure that I had a full ring of lead shaved off when I loaded a ball. Heavy loads. And, I did not use a lube or wad. Caps were a tight fit to the nipples. ...
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    11-30-2019, 03:03 PM
    If you want to look at a bunch of videos this guy seems to not have too many bad habits. I lurked in here a lot and looked at a bunch of his videos before I took the leap. https://www.youtube.com/user/FortuneCookie45LC/featured PC is...
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    11-30-2019, 08:09 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread I want pure lead! in Muzzleloading.
    I used to use WW for my Remington. It had pretty good edges on the chamber mouths so the lead shaved nicely. And, yes, it did take a bit of force on the lever.
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    11-29-2019, 02:09 PM
    But how do they work on game? When messing with HP designs decades ago we came to the conclusion that the cavity angle was very important to performance, especially when penetrating hide or clothing. The ones we drilled straight did not expand...
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    11-28-2019, 10:09 PM
    Well, I can tell you I use cast in my 12BVSS .308 and it works great. Both for std cast loads at 1900-2000fps and for plinker loads at less than 1000fps. The plinker loads worked just fine with .30-30 cast bullets (flat point, no gas check) for...
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    11-28-2019, 10:21 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Lee sizers in Cast Boolits
    All of this is why one of my next purchases will be an NOE sizing setup. Bushings are inexpensive so can have several in different sizes.
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    11-27-2019, 05:44 PM
    Thanks.
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    11-27-2019, 02:29 PM
    For round balls just patch and shoot. You could try different lubes with the patches to see which you like best, from water or spit to specially formulated goo. I have found that adding a 'wad' to the PRB did nothing for me and sometimes made the...
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    11-27-2019, 02:10 PM
    For deer?
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    11-27-2019, 02:07 PM
    Aren't you guys using copper alloy bullets for the higher velocities?
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    11-27-2019, 02:06 PM
    When choosing a defense load I always buy 100rnds. Set aside the ones for use and fire the rest to check for function. I know some would consider that too few but my experience has been that if a malfunction is going to occur because of the bullet...
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    11-27-2019, 02:02 PM
    My father-in-law had a .25 Walther that he cast bullets for. I think he had a Lee die but cannot remember. He was a machinist so he probably modified one. But, didn't shoot the pistol much as the slide had a nasty habit of making two grooves in...
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    11-27-2019, 08:10 AM
    Yep, I would love to have a harrells, but, like many other things the extra money is not worth it for me. Probably why most of my reloading equipment is Lee stuff. It works for me. If I ever got to the point that .1" on a target was critical I...
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    11-26-2019, 07:29 PM
    Seems the OP has a special case where he can be closer to them. I did not have that situation where I lived and the little critters did learn to stay out of range. I ended up with a pellet rifle and scope. Worked but I could never get all of...
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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