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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    Did you really mean it the way you wrote it? No PC on pistol or rifle? Maybe you meant '...everything except black powder.'
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    Yesterday, 07:09 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Varget Score! in Cast Boolits
    Congrats. I was able to pick up a few lbs of powder last week as well. I've snagged a couple bricks of LR match primers but have not seen small primers yet. Hopefully it is a sign.
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    09-26-2020, 10:56 PM
    If the bullet is made for a gas check, then it will usually be less accurate without one. Maybe not enough to tell at pistol ranges, but, for rifles you will see a significant difference. If you want to shoot without a GC then get a plain base...
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    09-26-2020, 05:06 PM
    All depends on caliber, barrel rate of twist and how good your bullets are. It is all about the RPM of your bullets and the effect that has on any defects in the bullet and the structure.
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    09-25-2020, 09:32 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Creedmoore? in Cast Boolits
    Good reading too! :) The classic matches where muzzleloaders were as good as the breechloaders. But, I think it had more to do with who was doing the shooting :)
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    09-25-2020, 05:51 PM
    ^^Kind of an understatement? I fired quite of bit of IMR4895 with the Lee 180gn bullet. It did fairly well with 30.0gn. No fillers. No unburnt powder. I also like to seat my cast bullets (powder coated) so they are a bit of a jam fit into the...
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    09-25-2020, 05:46 PM
    Thanks Larry. For some reason I can get good cycling with the XCB at 1950fps (34.0gn imr4166). Will have to see if it still works when it gets colder this winter :) I also shoot the ACC 31-210E (an Eagan clone), which does pretty good as...
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    09-25-2020, 08:18 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Creedmoore? in Cast Boolits
    Nope, no other uses for the name. Gun makers have used it as a model name to invoke the feeling of accuracy in their products. Now Hornady has used the name for the cartridge to imply that it is good for long range accuracy. Now they have the...
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    09-24-2020, 10:33 PM
    Larry, are you using the XCB bullet in your Garand? What ranges? Mine seems to be as accurate as I can shoot with open sights. Just wondered what ranges you shoot with it.
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    09-24-2020, 10:15 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Weight Sorting? in Cast Boolits
    Again, it depends on range and accuracy level. 2MOA or less you can throw charges that are quite different. Did a ladder test one time that was a full grain difference in 5 loads. All 25 rounds would fit in a 2" square at 100yd (same aimpoint)....
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    09-24-2020, 03:46 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Weight Sorting? in Cast Boolits
    Yep, at that range I'd just do visual and not even be too picky about that. Biggest thing is nice square base.
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    09-24-2020, 09:09 AM
    I am over 1000 so far.
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    09-24-2020, 09:05 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Weight Sorting? in Cast Boolits
    What level accuracy and range are you shooting at?
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    09-23-2020, 04:03 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Weight Sorting? in Cast Boolits
    The smaller you want your groups the better you sort :) When I am 'really serious' about groups (<MOA and longer range) I will sort to 0.1gn of the heaviest bullets of the batch and only pick bullets that look perfect. Most of the time 0.5gn...
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    09-23-2020, 03:57 PM
    Three shot groups may tell you which loads are bad, but, may give a 'false' good group, ie, 1" 3shot group may end up being a 2" 5shot group. I like doing a lot of casting/loading/shooting so I use 5 shot groups to get me close (0.2gn increments)...
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    09-23-2020, 03:51 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Alloy issues? in Cast Boolits
    Maybe you didn't flux it well enough.
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    09-23-2020, 12:34 AM
    Before I knew any better I used a bunch of Federal primers and never had an issue. Due to shortages I have recently used a bunch more without any issue. I do load from a SLED or std clip and never let the bold slam on a cartridge in the chamber.
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    09-23-2020, 12:30 AM
    To make it work you'd probably have to go the lost wax process to make the molds. Make wax bullets. Attach to sprue (20 to 100 at a time depending on your kiln size). Dip in clay slurry and let dry, multiple times. Fire the mold in the kiln...
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    09-22-2020, 05:06 PM
    I am pretty good with them, mostly because I used smaller ones on model airplanes. But, when one gets 'stubborn' I can get quite creative with my language :) Now days I use electric motors in all my models.
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    09-22-2020, 05:00 PM
    Slower groups are better than faster groups. Alloy is a bit on the soft side for wanting higher velocities. How good is your quality control? Weight sorted to at least 1gn? No surface or base defects. GC's seated square and coaxial with the...
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    09-22-2020, 08:14 AM
    I liked the 1860 Army just because it looks much better to me. Sleeker lines. I also had the little Sherriff model in .32. Cute little thing and it shot well. Wish I still had it. The Navy models are nice and work well. Father-in-law had...
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    09-22-2020, 08:00 AM
    As far as I am concerned staying on a boat qualifies as an RV :) Probably even more confining and difficult to 'manage'. I don't like open water and never cared for the wave motion much. I fish in boats every now and then but not my favorite...
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    09-21-2020, 08:01 PM
    I went to Titan because they have a lot of Lee stuff. And a lot of it is cheaper than from Lee direct.
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    09-21-2020, 08:00 PM
    As an alternative, I went to Montana Bullet Works for some rifle bullets. Excellent service and nice people. Why did I buy from them? I was shopping for a bullet mold. So, they have a couple of the ones I was considering buying. Bought 100...
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    09-20-2020, 09:56 AM
    Since my AMPCO nipples wear out in less than 50 rounds I suspect vent liners might go in 10 or 20, if that long. And, yes, I have considered mag spark conversions. If I shot my Lyman more I'd probably go that route. If you have a .54 with a...
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    09-20-2020, 09:51 AM
    "all 2 cycle engines are demonically possessed." I spit water all over my keyboard :) Father-in-law was on diesel subs back in his Navy days. He and his engineering crew did a rebuild of the Fairbanks Morse diesels while underway one year...
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    09-20-2020, 09:26 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread NOE top punchs in Cast Boolits
    NOE also has detailed drawings of their bullets. Just find the one that is closest to your bullets. Seating GC's base first does not guarantee they go on flat. You need to seat them first, then size. If you have a Lyman sizer then get their GC...
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    09-20-2020, 09:12 AM
    We ran a home business for many years and I did my own web service. It took a lot of my time while my wife did most of the production (not bullets :) ). Just the inventory actions alone were daunting for a two person operation when you have many...
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    09-19-2020, 10:35 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Boolit weight in Cast Boolits
    Just load and shoot. Do start with lower than max pressures, but, this is not usually an issue for most cast bullet loads. And, you will not be at the same velocities as the book powder levels. Not a big deal. FWIW, Lee specs their molds for...
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    09-19-2020, 05:50 PM
    I believe Larry is referring specifically to the Hornady style gas checks rather than the 'straight side' gas checks that people can make at home. The difference is the 'edge' that Hornady puts on the gas check. When seated the GC is 'crimped' and...
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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