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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Today, 07:57 AM
    This is really interesting. How consistent are the bullet weights? Do you have more or less trouble with voids and imperfections in the bullets? What kind of accuracy do you get with your rifle bullets?
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  • charlie b's Avatar
    03-28-2020, 09:10 AM
    I would first check the throat as Doug suggested. If yours has none then some bullets will need to be seated too deep to work well (and cause higher pressures). You may have to change the bullet to one that will work with the throat you have. ...
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    03-28-2020, 08:52 AM
    Yes, weight sort all my rifle bullets. I would weigh a few pistol bullets just to see what weight that mold throws, then never weight another one. Even 5gn differences in a pistol bullet do not affect the POI enough for me to see at 25yd. My...
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    03-25-2020, 09:47 PM
    I always liked the Sierra manuals so I was happy to find those on the accurate shooters web site. You might also find them to be a little conservative. I use a lot of Hogdon powder so I use their data to cross check. Most powder mfgs post data...
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    03-25-2020, 05:30 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Varget powder? in Cast Boolits
    I second RL15 as a backup for Varget. Produces some really accurate loads, but, is more sensitive to temperature. My .308 loves it.
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    03-25-2020, 05:28 PM
    The 9mm has come a LONG way in terms of terminal ballistics. That's why many law enforcement agencies are going to it instead of the .40 or .45. Do not consider yourself under gunned at all with a 9mm when using good defense ammo. Here are some...
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    03-23-2020, 10:14 PM
    From the Accurate Shooters web site http://accurateshooter.net/Downloads/sierra223ar.pdf http://accurateshooter.net/Downloads/sierra223rembolt.pdf
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    03-23-2020, 08:37 AM
    I will say it again. WHY? If you aren't going to tumble or vibrate the cases then just use Citric Acid. You can get it cheap at any Walmart. Put some water and acid in a bucket. Add cases and swish around a bit. Rinse and dry. Takes 30...
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    03-20-2020, 09:54 PM
    I just have a lot of rejects :) Yep, consistency is key. I am not that consistent but it just means it takes me longer to get a pile of good bullets. I don't shoot more than a hundred a week so it isn't that big a deal to me. Pistol is...
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    03-20-2020, 04:44 PM
    If all you are shooting is 50yd then I suggest a red dot. Get a good one. I've shot out two cheap ones before I got a Burris Fastfire. I've had 4x and 2x on pistols of various types. They were only really useful to me if shooting out to 100yd...
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    03-20-2020, 04:27 PM
    Interesting ingredients. Alcohol and lye seem to be the most 'active'.
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    03-20-2020, 04:18 PM
    Since you are in the business...why won't the local tire shops let me buy wheel weights from them? Is it some sort of contract thing? Govt regs?
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    03-20-2020, 04:15 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread Varget powder? in Cast Boolits
    Temp sensitive is only important in a few areas 1. You load to max velocity/pressure. If temps go up too much you will be over max. 2. You need precise velocity session to session. Such as some precision shooting where you need to be able...
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    03-19-2020, 08:37 PM
    I have had both and they are very close performance wise for shorter range work. The .222 is more efficient for closer work where you don't need the max velocity of the .223. Both do well with light bullets at moderate ranges. What I have now...
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    03-19-2020, 08:30 AM
    You really would not buy a Bartlein or Krieger barrel? Both recommend a break in, mainly to get rid of reamer marks in the throat. My 'cheap' barrels I don't do a break in. I just shoot them. They do take a little longer to settle in but I...
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    03-19-2020, 08:22 AM
    charlie b replied to a thread Varget powder? in Cast Boolits
    There are several of the Hogdon 'Extreme' powders that work well for many applications, at least for me. IMR4198, IMR4895, and H4895, although Varget is my go to powder for jacketed bullets in my .223 and .308 (I tend to shoot heavier bullets in...
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    03-19-2020, 08:14 AM
    If you want to find some more low vel loads for various cartridges.... http://www.gmdr.com/lever/lowveldata.htm I use Blue Dot in my .308, just because I have a bunch I don't use in anything else. An interesting thing I found after I got a...
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    03-13-2020, 11:05 AM
    Different alloys may produce the same hardness if cooled the same (ie, slow air cool), but, they will respond much differently if they are heated differently or cooled at different rates. Casting may be different, with different shrinkage. Yield...
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    03-11-2020, 11:03 PM
    During one gas war back in the late 60's one gas station had his tanker go across the street and bought gas from his competitor cause it was 2 cents less than he could get it for from the distribution point.
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    03-11-2020, 07:58 AM
    Yep, everything is relative. My salary in 1975 was $650 a month and I thought I was rich. Car payment was $150 and rent for two bedroom apt was $200. So, that Dillon was really expensive even back then. PS I could have bought a new Ferrari for...
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    03-09-2020, 06:34 PM
    Have to check about the covenants. We have some here and they are enforced by the city code people. And they do enforce them, especially if someone complains about it. It is up to you to not 'stink up' the neighborhood. FWIW, most of the...
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    03-08-2020, 09:33 AM
    Yes, the 4 die pistol sets include the seating die and the factory crimp die. 4 die rifle sets include a std full length resizing die and a neck sizing die.
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    03-05-2020, 07:48 PM
    Seating a gas check square to the base is critical for long range accuracy. Different things can mess up the process. A sprue that sticks up a bit, a bit of flash on the edge of the bullet shank, etc will mess up seating the gas check. Just...
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    03-05-2020, 08:30 AM
    You guys must shoot a lot more than I do. :) I mostly shoot my two bolt rifles, about 100 rounds per week. I rarely have mote than 100 cast and ready to load. My pistols each have about 1000 loaded rounds in storage. I shoot them at most...
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    02-28-2020, 09:49 PM
    Cast Bullet Association rule: "4.1 Cast Bullet - A projectile made of lead or lead alloy which has received its basic form by being cast of molten metal in a mold rather than being formed in a die. Except in the Plain Base Bullet class, a gas...
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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
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