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  • charlie b's Avatar
    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 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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    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    I am over 1000 so far.
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    Yesterday, 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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    09-19-2020, 05:24 PM
    My GPH percussion is very accurate with paper patched and greased bullets up to about 450gn. 80-100gn of powder means a lot of pressure. Even the AMPCO nipples wear out quickly. I can't imagine how few shots it would take to open up a vent liner.
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    09-19-2020, 05:18 PM
    ROFLMAO. Father-in-law was a master machinist so learned most from him, but, not nearly enough to be good at it. Just enough to make some stuff as I needed it. We also shared an interest in guns and reloading. He died before he could do one of...
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    09-19-2020, 04:50 PM
    If you are very careful you can do your own drill and tap for mounts. I did it myself a long time ago. Even had to contour the bottom of the bases to match the barrel. A good jig can be used even with a portable drill but a drill press makes it...
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    09-19-2020, 08:24 AM
    Yeah, that was how I ran when we lived out of town. Truck, 2 cars and 2 motorcycles, three trailers. And wife didn't drive much. Tools enough to fill a garage and do major projects. When I retired we decided to go full time in an RV. We had...
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    09-19-2020, 08:12 AM
    On another thread/forum there was a good write up about primers, SP, LP, SR, LR and magnums. One thing I didn't know was that for CCI their SP magnum primers were identical to their SR primers. Same amount of 'powder', same thickness of cup. The...
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    09-18-2020, 10:47 PM
    Used Lee sizers for quite a while, but, I like the NOE better. I especially like that they have nose size dies for my rifle bullets.
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    09-18-2020, 03:08 PM
    I really hated 4bbl carbs of almost any kind. A bad solution for big power from huge engines on the street. SU's and the various motorcycle carbs were simple to work on. Sync work could be a bit frustrating if you had 4 to do. I got rid of...
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    09-18-2020, 02:48 PM
    A gunsmith drilled and tapped the barrel of my Garand for a scope mount. He used Leupold bases and fit them to the radius of the barrel. They work really well. I did have to 'inlet' the top handguard to fit around the mount. What I liked about...
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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