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    Yesterday, 02:44 PM
    Most folks who shoot a 3 1/2" 12ga turkey load in a H&R pardner only shoot one of them. The shotgun can handle the load, the shooter not so much. BB
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    Yesterday, 07:03 AM
    Y-man, When I load .69" RBs I intentionally compress the wad with approx. 50 pounds of force immediately before roll crimping. I don't have clear hulls to view the wad but the I am shortening the wad column about a 1/2 inch. The wad I use is a...
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    04-23-2018, 09:02 PM
    Heat treating with the right alloy is easy. With 94/3/3 I use 450F for 30 minutes and immediately dunk them in a 5 gal pail of water. I use a cheap toaster oven and my thermo couple, SSR and PID to control temp. I drilled a hole in the top of...
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    04-23-2018, 02:03 PM
    94/3/3 alloy heat treats harder than blazes! HP Molds can make you a pin that will also allow you to cast a solid base slug. This is a good option in case you decide to hunt cape buffalo.:bigsmyl2: BB
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    04-23-2018, 12:13 PM
    Mega, One thing to check is Tom has some dimension restrictions on depth of the grooves and the angle of the grooves. I don't remember the numbers but if you open his design a mold it lists them. The wider the nose the better in my book. ...
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    04-21-2018, 07:35 AM
    In my 445sm, 20 inch barrel, AA1680 makes a fireball you can see in bright sunlight. Barnes has data on their website for 45-70 using lighter .458 bullets. I don't remember if the data is for an 1895 or Ruger#1. BB
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    04-21-2018, 07:28 AM
    Well now that ya'll know what I look like you understand why all the hogs were running.:bigsmyl2: Getting to meet and talk with Hal was by far the best part of this trip. A true southern gentleman and a most gracious host. Getting to shoot a...
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    04-13-2018, 09:45 PM
    I will try patched .690" balls first because I have a mold. I may also try the HB slugs with a wad if I can find one that will fit down a .723" bore. BB
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    04-12-2018, 04:37 PM
    I like the idea of the 3D printer because I can make changes easily compared to a mold. If i happen to create a miracle wad I might consider letting someone else use the design for a production wad. I have owned a couple small businesses and if i...
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    04-12-2018, 03:00 PM
    Well the 1/8" port in the left barrel moved the POI 4 to 5 inches to the right so that is close to POA, however the HB slug is now tumbling! Back to a roundballs i guess. BB
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    04-12-2018, 12:34 PM
    Thank you for that information. BB
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    04-12-2018, 07:07 AM
    6pt, 1968 browning, when did you start buying new guns?:bigsmyl2: A fellow I used to hunt with had a full choked browning light 12. He and shotgun were deadly on deer out to 75 yards, with just a front bead. I swear you could hear the foster...
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    04-11-2018, 08:28 AM
    Anyone have experience printing with nylon filament? After reviewing the specs on the many filament types it seems that nylon may be a good choice for a slug wad. I couldn't find PP or PE filament. Turns out a good friend of mine who owns a...
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    04-10-2018, 05:36 PM
    In the PO Box today. BB
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    04-09-2018, 08:02 AM
    I am currently loading 3d sabots I received from a friend on another forum. I have not touched a CAD program in 10 years and my experience was limited to 2d envirnomental site plans. Ok, so what do you 3D wizards suggest for equipment and...
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    04-08-2018, 09:41 PM
    HT, Is that a badger perched on your noggin'? BB
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    04-07-2018, 08:52 PM
    LB, How much shorter are the paradox slugs after firing? BB
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    04-07-2018, 06:53 AM
    LB, I accidently did let go of a compound bow at full draw without an arrow. I was looking at the string and cables etc and moving the bow around when I lost my grip. I got most of the feeling back in my right after about 30 minutes. BB
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    04-06-2018, 09:09 PM
    Update. I finally sourced 40 pounds of extremely pure lead and made a bunch of 30:1 alloy. I am casing a +700g HB slug that drops about 0.735" and then sizing it to 0.722". This is a decent fit but not to tight. A 12ga over powder card will hold...
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    04-06-2018, 08:46 PM
    I think a slug or bullet shot out of a rifled barrel spins inside a sabot or wad because the fit is too loose in the bore. IMO, the push through test for bore fit of a slug/wad only applies to a smoothbore barrel. My personal experience with...
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    04-06-2018, 02:02 PM
    I wonder if that scattergun will function properly shooting a 860g slug? The factory loaded buckshot load is about 490g. Also, that accurate mold is a base pour solid slug that would probably thumble. You could email Tom at Accurate and see if...
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    04-06-2018, 09:38 AM
    LB, 700g slug with 36g Blue Dot leaves a mark. The same slug with 65g of SR 4759 leaves a bigger mark plus a Weaver bite.:shock: I went with blue dot because I have better accuracy shooting with my eyes open. Thanks Don. BB
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    04-06-2018, 08:49 AM
    Lee, Alliant's loads for 1 7/8 oz. shot loads use 37 to over 40 grains of blue dot. I personally have shot 12ga slugs that heavy with over 40 grains of blue dot in a H&R USH. The USH has a very heavy barrel. I have a fairly lightweight...
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    04-05-2018, 11:07 PM
    It would great if this sinkhole was one, true and two, located inside the D.C. beltway. BB
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    04-05-2018, 10:47 PM
    I don't have experience with that slug but I have shot a lot of full bore cast slugs in the weight range with blue dot. I would think that charge of blue dot will be fairly mild with a 740g slug. I assume you are shooting a modern rifled slug gun....
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    04-05-2018, 10:41 PM
    HT, I hunt alone because squirrels can't talk. Don't want a story at hunting came that disagrees with my version. BB
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    04-05-2018, 12:51 PM
    50 yds beretta 303 open sights, standing with elbows on a bench. 575g FB HB slug, 40g Blue dot 50 yds marlin 512 4x scope standing with elbows on a bench. 700g FB Solid base slug, 36g blue dot. No roundball targets, left that ammo at...
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    04-05-2018, 08:16 AM
    I have shot the .69 RBs loads through a full choke sxs and can hit a pie plate offhand at 50 yards. Ball diameter is less than the choke diameter so all is good. I cast these balls from hardball alloy to try and keep them from deforming when shot. ...
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    04-05-2018, 08:12 AM
    LB, They are blue duster 1 1/8 oz wads. Owner if a LGS gave them to me several years ago. I pitched the bag they came in so I can't give you a part#, I will try and measure the petal thickness and rb diameter and see what I get. Theses are 1/2...
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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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