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  • charlie b's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:25 PM
    FWIW, I do have the Axis II in .223 but with a heavy barrel (it was a Walmart special). It is a true 1/2MOA rifle. The 1:9 twist has been great for me. It handles the 77gn Sierra Match King bullets. I have one group of 10 rounds at 1000yds of...
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    02-13-2020, 08:35 AM
    Since I have seen these kinds of statements before I thought I'd ask the questions here. This SIG and the Hellcat are both designed to be as small as possible with a 10+ rnd capacity. At some point, a pistol becomes so small that getting a...
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    02-11-2020, 11:34 PM
    Yes, I did. Most of these guys who have tried HF powders, other than red, have seen the same issue, which is why most of us do not use HF powders. My advice is to throw away the powder and buy some good stuff from Smoke's.
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    02-10-2020, 10:19 PM
    You don't have to be a good caster to get decent rifle accuracy. It just means you have more rejects. :) I sort out the badly blemished bullets as I cast, especially if the base is off at all. Once they get past that I examine them again and...
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    02-10-2020, 09:15 AM
    My Savage 12 likes the 168 AMax bullets and Varget or Reloader 15. Finding the right charge of powder is a bit of a chore but it is now in the 1/2MOA range and getting better. I am trying the heavier bullets again now that I have narrowed down the...
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    02-08-2020, 08:17 AM
    If you want a wood stock tack driver then look at the Savage model 12 series. Target or varmint versions. Laminated wood stocks on a lot of them. My .308 is near MOA with cast, right at 1/2 MOA with jacketed. I am working on the cast to get...
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    02-06-2020, 11:49 AM
    No, but in searching I found this site. http://www.cartridgecollector.net/6mm-international-donaldson-version Nothing is new in the world of cartridges.
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    02-06-2020, 08:04 AM
    Same for me. 45 deg. My bench is counter top height. I use a std desk chair. Puts the bench top a bit 'higher' but I can see what is going on better. Also gives a bit more room under it. I also have interchangable 'plates' for various...
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    02-05-2020, 12:11 PM
    ^^^ditto FWIW, I used to worry about the revolver crimp and case length. Then I got the Lee crimp dies. They don't depend on case length and IMHO they make a better crimp.
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    02-05-2020, 12:01 PM
    Thanks!! I didn't know GM was making the fast twist again.
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    02-04-2020, 10:11 PM
    Where did you find a fast twist barrel?
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    02-03-2020, 07:58 AM
    I bought the Pro Varmint for my Axis. It fit very well and later on I bedded it and added pillars. It does fit me well as is. I was prepared to make the comb adjustable but found I didn't need to, probably cause I only have medium height rings on...
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    02-02-2020, 09:51 PM
    Yes, size after coating.
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    02-01-2020, 10:53 AM
    Yep, IMHO Break Free changed their formula a bit. Probably to work better in the spray cans. Spray cans to me are just a way for them to make a lot of money. Big cans, small amount of product, and lots more product used than necessary. You can...
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    02-01-2020, 10:46 AM
    I wonder if the Ruger LCR would suffer the same problems under the same conditions? Or Taurus. I really do want a light .357 but, I may have to stay with a semi-auto.
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    02-01-2020, 10:34 AM
    That was kinda my point. It was before a lot of the changes made to the AR platform over the years.
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    02-01-2020, 10:27 AM
    FWIW CE Harris recommended 2400 for cast bullet shooting in the .30-06 and similar cartridges. His 'universal' load for ranges up to 200yd was 16gn 2400 behind 170-180gn bullets. For hunting and out to 600yd he recommended 18-21gn of 2400 and...
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    02-01-2020, 10:17 AM
    Yes, as I stated in an earlier post, thermocouples are the way to go if you do bullets by the basket. FWIW, you can probably get good results if you just put the bare thermocouples in the batch rather than putting them in a bullet as that way you...
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    01-30-2020, 11:34 PM
    Nope, not offended. Just pointing out that putting a thermocouple in a bullet is not a one size fits all solution. In some cases it could actually give a poor result if you have an oven with different heat zones, especially if you are not cooking...
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    01-30-2020, 11:01 PM
    I appreciated the goal of the scout rifle back then. Since then the accuracy of the AR platform has improved dramatically such that it is capable of "medium" range accuracy as well as operating as a close quarters weapon. And the sighting systems...
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    01-30-2020, 09:34 AM
    If you want your state to do something then just petition for things like a flintlock season, iron sights only. Sidelock only. Black powder only (no subs). Plenty of ways to do this if your state is interested. But, like mentioned above, some...
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    01-29-2020, 09:53 PM
    And that is why I use an oven thermometer on a regular basis to check on the oven's operation. The rest of it is overkill for my use. First, the amount of heat transfer is due to the temperature difference between the ambient conditions and...
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    01-28-2020, 11:59 PM
    I had a forward mounted scope on my Garand and it worked well. Much better than the old side mount. But, I find it just as easy to acquire close in targets with a conventional scope mount location. It is the magnification of the scope and...
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    01-28-2020, 11:41 PM
    LOL But, I consider ALL cartridges 'Conventional, whitebread, boring, blah.' It is the weapon used to fire them that is interesting to me. A 'blah' weapon, like a standard AR is one of the most boring things around. But, put a superb upper,...
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    01-28-2020, 11:29 PM
    You guys must have 'smoother' barrels than I do. :) I did a shoot with cast and then jacketed in my .308. The results were good. Less than 1 MOA with my cast bullets at 200yd and then two groups of ten with jacketed that were a bit more than...
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    01-28-2020, 11:14 PM
    If you mean putting a thermocouple inside a bullet? For me? No. If I was doing a large batch of bullets dumped in a basket that would probably be the way to go. You might ask why I say that. Simple. The thermocouple measures the inside temp...
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    01-28-2020, 11:02 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    I buy gas checks for a simple reason. They crimp onto the shank of the bullet. I also like that they are made of thicker copper.
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    01-28-2020, 11:00 PM
    charlie b replied to a thread .308 mould in Cast Boolits
    Nope, not deep seated. Like the Lee bullets, the 'good' heavy ones are bore riders. The forward end of the bullet is sized to fit the bore so only the rear section is in the neck of the case. Base of bullet is near the base of the neck.
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    01-28-2020, 09:25 AM
    I vote for the bullets being pushed too hard. Doesn't take much. For lubed .30 cal bullets a general rule of thumb is 140,000rpm is the 'limit'. This does depend a lot on alloy and your bullet quality, but, if you stay below that you will usually...
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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