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    Today, 05:11 PM
    If you are not going to carry it a lot then get a steel version. I loved my Ruger SP101. It was a bit snappy with magnum loads but was pleasant to shoot .38's. I put a lot of rounds through it as well as carried it a lot. I also had a Taurus 85...
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    Today, 09:56 AM
    Ed's Red is ATF, kerosene and acetone. The 'oil' version is ATF and kerosene. But, if in very cold or very dusty environments I would use graphite alone. These days there are several versions out there. I wonder if the teflon stuff works at...
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    Today, 09:47 AM
    A gunsmith friend out here used to do the hot blue with boiling water (distilled, our water is hard as a rock). He worked on it a bit until he managed to recreate the old Colt blue. Boiling was one of the keys to it. He roughened up the inside of...
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    Today, 09:31 AM
    ^^^this Until Lee came out with their factory crimp die that's the way I used to do it. At one time I had an old RCBS sizing die for .45acp that I would use for taking out the flare. Set it so it just 'kissed' the mouth of the case.
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    12-07-2019, 11:57 AM
    After the bullet leaves the muzzle blast there is no more effect from the rifle on the bullet, NONE. If it is traveling in the same direction at same velocity it will hit at the same point based on the aerodynamics and atmosphere. The 'traveling...
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    12-06-2019, 09:44 PM
    LOL, yeah I should be happy about it, but, I'd rather have one hole :)
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    12-06-2019, 07:53 PM
    I would wager that the difference is in the pressure curve and barrel nodes. Even a slight difference can cause the barrel to be at a slightly different angle when the bullet leaves the muzzle. That's why it shows up at longer ranges, because the...
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    12-06-2019, 07:32 PM
    The critical part is still the stuff you put in front of the gelatin. Layers of denim, leather, fleece, etc depending on target. Something for bone is sometimes nice too just to check what happens to your bullets. If this is for hunting you...
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    12-05-2019, 11:07 PM
    Yep, I found with shooting conicals that compressing the load made a lot of difference. I used a card and felt wad under the paper patched or lubed slug. The bullets were a slip fit (not for hunting) so a slight push was all that was needed to...
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    12-05-2019, 11:24 AM
    Still seems to me that a good shove on the ramrod will accomplish the same thing. And I never used a tight enough load that I needed to smack the bullet. That also seemed counter to good accuracy. I guess the range being fired at has a lot to do...
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    12-05-2019, 11:18 AM
    If you are going to buy a new die then the Lee factory crimp die is my favorite for semi-autos. I used it for the .32acp I had a while back. You can set them to crimp as little or as much as you want.
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    12-04-2019, 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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    12-04-2019, 10:31 PM
    Yep, I think many of us agree with that.
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    12-04-2019, 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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    12-04-2019, 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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    12-04-2019, 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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  • charlie b's Avatar
    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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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