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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Today, 05:09 PM
    I had a Colt 1903 that was crazy accurate. Surprising since the barrel wasn't really fixed to the frame. Never shot cast in it. Jacketed and WW231. Don't remember the load but it was about half way between start and max load. Cycled gun...
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    Today, 03:33 PM
    Yep, you probably are limited to doing a search since what you are asking would take a considerable abount of time and resources to accomplish in a manner that gives conclusive results across the board. Have to test different bullets, different...
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    Today, 03:22 PM
    Yes, shoot it. Best accuracy is normally when the bullet is engaged as others have posted. When shooting targets it is a normal practice and it is my preferred method. BUT, if it is a hunting gun that you may have to unload in the field then I...
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    Today, 10:55 AM
    I cheated :) I load on a Lee Loadmaster progressive. When loading for my .308 I ran out of die stations to size, prime, expand, charge, seat and crimp. Lee makes a charge die that works well, but, does not expand. But, they do make powder...
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    Today, 09:09 AM
    I would try both ways. Size some before coating and then after coating. Then size some after coating. See what the difference looks like and how much force is needed to do the sizing. Then judge for yourself which is best. I have size some...
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    Today, 08:51 AM
    Just have to search a bit. There are several threads in here about PC bullet performance as it applies to accuracy and a couple on velocity. My interest is in shooting rifles accurately. Cast lead has some inherent strength issues that come...
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    Yesterday, 11:29 PM
    Or are you interested in pistol performance? Lube or PC for pistols? Depends on what you think about lubed bullets. If they perform the way you want then I would say don't change. My choice was easier. I don't own a lube-sizer so the...
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    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    Do you mean like this thread http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?315642-Accurate-PC-350-Yds-part-1 I have also seen PC bullets show up at some of the Cast Bullet Assn bench rest matches.
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Odd lube choice? in Boolit Lube !
    At one time Oxyoke was supposed to be a slight variation of chapstick, which was, IIRC, vaseline and a wax (paraffin?). Some say to not use petroleum products with black powder, others say it is ok. When I shoot paper patched bullets in my...
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    Yesterday, 08:33 AM
    Congratulations and welcome to the club. I would ask how you seat them. It is important to seat them squarely with the bore and unless your bases are cast perfectly then the GC will not be square. I seat the GC with a Lee sizing die and a...
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    11-19-2019, 06:43 PM
    ^^this is what I'd do. If you want to make it a project, strip all the parts you don't want and make ones you like. You can even do things like slim up a Hawken style stock and splice in a longer fore end to make a KY like rifle. Change butt...
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    11-19-2019, 03:07 PM
    Do be picky about castings, BUT... I do two loads for my .308 One is for longer range and one is for plinking/practice at 100yd. Right now I only cast the Lee C309-180 bullet with gas check (powder coat first, add gas check, size). Reject...
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    11-19-2019, 07:56 AM
    Are you going to cast for it? If so then 30-30. If using jacketed then 7-30. I think any in the short barrel need to be hand loaded. I had a .30 Herrett with a 14" barrel a long time ago and it was a great cartridge, but, it took a LOT of care...
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    11-18-2019, 10:35 PM
    Thanks for this thread. I have used an alternative to Bama's for a number of years. Lee sizing die and a 1/4" dia punch (for .30cal bullets). Seat the gas check by hand. Put bullet in sizing die just far enough until you feel resistance. ...
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    11-18-2019, 06:41 PM
    I started experimenting with PC just about a month ago. This is only my 4th session shooting PC as opposed to lubed. Lubed bullets were shooting right around MOA but I was still getting a little bit of leading. The PC has been shooting very...
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    11-17-2019, 06:39 PM
    Same stuff as for pistols. The biggest differences for me were the importance of the lube and bullet sizing. With pistols I frequently cast, pan lubed with whatever I had on hand and loaded without sizing or even weighing the bullets. With the...
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    11-16-2019, 08:42 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Unfired Rifles in Factory Rifles
    None and never will. If I don't shoot it I sell it. That includes the collectibles. Shooting firearms that are over 100yrs old is interesting to say the least. Or, like the 24ga, where we had to hand craft ammo for it at one time (made brass...
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    11-16-2019, 12:41 PM
    There is a BIG difference between indoor ranges, just as there is a big difference in outdoor ranges. I have been to outdoor ranges that were so hobbled with rules it was really a PITA to shoot there. Same with indoor. Yes, some ranges are hyper...
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    11-16-2019, 11:51 AM
    Everything above is great. You might want to do what I did when considering cast for my .308. Montana Bullet Works has bullets from several of the good .30cal molds. You can buy boxes of those that might interest you and try them in your rifle....
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    11-16-2019, 06:37 AM
    I get a kick out of shooting sub MOA groups with my .308 using cast.
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    11-15-2019, 05:24 PM
    Thanks, just wasn't sure of everything. So you are basically using the same bullets and same powder load as before. As long as you are not leading the barrel then the lube should be fine at the ranges you are shooting. I'd shoot some more...
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    11-15-2019, 02:03 PM
    Since my first bullets shot so well I went ahead and got some Al sheet ( diamond tread from Lowe's). Drilled with 19/64. As cast bullets fit nicely. After PC I apply gas checks and size. Works really well and I have not had one tip over yet (I...
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    11-15-2019, 01:42 PM
    You say sample bullets. Did someone cast them for you to try? Were they loaded by you or did you receive them as loaded cartridges? You indicated that they shot well and your cast ones do not. Are yours prepared the same as the samples? Same...
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    11-15-2019, 09:00 AM
    Do you have any leading in the barrel? Grey streaks or grey deposits next to the rifling? I only ask cause I have had some bad experiences with tumble lubed bullets.
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    11-14-2019, 11:51 AM
    Reject rate for me depends on what I am casting. Plinking loads are pretty loose standards. Good square base fill and good drive bands. Just about anything else is ok. I do not weigh them at all. These are usually culled when casting. If...
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    11-14-2019, 09:44 AM
    Buffalo Bore. I would use whatever they load for your cartridge when hunting black bear. If the deer in your area are large then same load for deer. If smaller then I'd be tempted to use Hornady Critical Duty ammo.
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    11-14-2019, 09:38 AM
    I can't say how many rounds I fired through my Remington, but, it was thousands. The flame cutting happened, but, it seemed to reach a point and then not progress much more. Same with my smokeless revolvers. I would stay with the felt wads if...
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    11-14-2019, 09:25 AM
    It might make an interesting test. As far as lube and fouling, those of us who paper patch bullets use a lube soaked felt wad under the bullet (I also use a card wad between the felt and the powder). I have thought that powder coating would be a...
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    11-13-2019, 09:11 PM
    You're welcome. I just hope the formula works for you ;)
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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