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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 01:38 PM
    I have been using the starline brass for a few years now 38-55, 40-65 45-70 (2.1) 45-90 (2.4) its very good brass. They do recommend you anneal it first for Black Powder loads.
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    Today, 11:54 AM
    The NM rear sights for the grand and M1a-M14 were hooded appetures in 2 sizes .052 and .059. Most lash holes are .060 or so. what you could try is opening a flash hle up to .09325 with a 3/32 drill bit. There may be a number drill close to .096 but...
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    Today, 11:32 AM
    Since it has cast good bullets in the past something has changed. I would clean several times scrubbing with a soft tooth brush. 1st time with break cleaner, 2nd tie lauquer thinner and last time with Dawn dish soap really working up a lather and...
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    Yesterday, 08:29 PM
    My little Sig in 380 shoots very well at 25 yards but it has excellent sights that can be seen, unlike a lot of these little pistols. These pistols normally shoot well but are hard to shoot well due to short sight radius, heavy trigger pulls and...
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    Yesterday, 08:13 PM
    A lot of the controllers guys build need to be calibrated to read correctly could this be the issue with your new pot?
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    Yesterday, 04:12 PM
    Not sure this would give you improvements or not. Might be interesting info with different brass sized in the same dies and press though. Might show another variable in manufacturers brass. I have head of crimping to a set number with a torque...
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    Yesterday, 03:48 PM
    I would first get the gun and test to see what your "carry ammo" is going to be. The buy the mould accordingly. This way you can load a duplication load (or very close to it) of the carry load. I carry the 102 grn Rem Golden sabers in my Sig and...
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    04-17-2018, 09:54 PM
    The inserts I liked were clear plastic with a chamfered hole in them. It was just a ring in the front globe that encircled the target with a small line of white around it but no wires of posts to distact and obscure the target. The ring from...
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    04-17-2018, 04:45 PM
    Easier buy a 6" steel scale ( The ones machinists use) measure the width of the opening and use 1" for zero and you can have 1/32" (.0325) or1/64" (.01575) graduations in stepped lines. I have done this before. These scales are only roughly .020...
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    04-17-2018, 12:48 PM
    How are you thinking of casting? Bottom pour pot. ladle pour. Large runs of several hours or short runs of a hundred or so. What lubes are you considering. a lube sizer. pan lube. tumble lube. A simple set up would be a coleman...
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    04-17-2018, 10:43 AM
    Most High Power shooter only clean enough to "get thru the next match". This did a couple things. 1) first shot was closer to the fouled bore zero saving chasing zero till the bore normalized. 2) saved reduced the chance of rod wear or damage. 3)...
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    04-17-2018, 10:26 AM
    My C SHarps with 1-12 Mcgowen barrel is .375 groove dia. Depending on the blank He may have a tapered or choked barrel. As said above I would slug to three places in the barrels length. Just ahead of the throat and inch or two. to center from...
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    04-17-2018, 10:06 AM
    WHat calibers weights are you planning on casting? This info helps a lot in offering advice. Small light bullets cast and moulds heat up a little different from big heavy bullets moulds do.
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    04-17-2018, 12:32 AM
    A one piece rod can be a issue to travel with and not get bent or damaged. A very simple effective case can be made for them from pvc tubing. You need a piece of tubing with the inside dia slightly larger than the handle of the rod and as long as...
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    04-16-2018, 05:26 PM
    Pick up a 7/8 14 nut, some 120 grit emery paper and you can shorten it by hand. working slow and easy. Screw the die into the nut. This helps to keep it square and even. Lay the emery paper on a hard flat surface. A piece...
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    04-16-2018, 05:02 PM
    The Sharps Brochardt is a rifle of the correct era and its banned also due to no hammer. Its just the way it is. There are conversions of the Remington Rolling block to a side lever to open the...
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    04-16-2018, 04:48 PM
    I converted a Lyman 535 grn postel 45caliber mould to nose pour. I used it a few years as the base pour in my sharps and a rolling block in 45-70 and in my Hepburn in 45-90. It did good as the base pour. After I converted it it base and bands...
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    04-16-2018, 01:53 PM
    With the abrasive carbon and fouling a soft rod impregnates with this grit becoming a lap or file and will remove the harder material. A lead slug impregnated with the right compound will cut carbide not fast but it does. The aluminum rods...
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    04-16-2018, 01:48 PM
    If you have an extra nose punc you can modify it to the leed bullet with a little J*B weld epoxy. coat a bullet with 2 coats of wax and let cure build up the end of the punch with tape to the dia of your bullet and a few layers of tape aroun that to...
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    04-16-2018, 01:40 PM
    country gent replied to a thread tmatt in Cast Boolits
    The 380 acp is a small case, the 105 grn bullet is also longer than the factory 80 grn bullet. This means case capacity is now less. Start low and work up to the performance you want or need. Pressure will build faster due to the small case...
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    04-15-2018, 10:50 PM
    Some think the unsupported chamber weakens the brass to much. Some claim the polygonal rifling is an issue with cast bullets. Unsupported chambers have been around along time ( where the feed ramp and chamber meet leaving an area of the case...
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    04-15-2018, 08:02 PM
    Sounds like the makin's for a series of great hunting shows. I don't do TV so I'm saving my data allowance for the YouTube videos!
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    04-15-2018, 04:44 PM
    Check the barrels twist rate and see what it is. SHilouette shooters and long range shooters have been barreling with 1-14-1-12 rates for heavier longer bullets. ( My CSharps high wall 38-55 has a 1-12 Mc Gowen on it 30" long and it loves the 360...
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    04-15-2018, 04:27 PM
    I have done annealing of odds and ends with a metal 5 gallon bucket and charcoal. drill 1/4"-3/8" holes in bottom and around sides to allow air in to promote a good glowing fire. set the bucket up on a couple concrete blocks. About 4" in the...
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    04-14-2018, 09:04 PM
    Actually the military barrels are 1-10 or 1-12. Springfield armory used a lot of 1-10s. Another is there were several different throat lengths leads used over the years
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    04-14-2018, 04:23 PM
    Most of what is called tron or steel in moulds is good ole meehanite ( a fine grained cast iron). I have all iron and steel moulds mostly 2 lees currently that ae aluminum. The iron and brass moulds cast beautiful bullets with a little pre heat...
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    04-14-2018, 01:29 PM
    One thing I have went to for my scales and auto measures is a Leveling plate. This is a simple steel, aluminum, brass, or wood plate the scales fits on easily with a little room to spare and 3 screws one center on ne end and one in each corner of...
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    04-14-2018, 10:43 AM
    Sometimes the slower pace and added time allows the mould to pull more heat from the bullets and "normalize" faster. I have found you that a mould can be up to temp on a surface and cool on others. Untill it normalizes thru the blocks it may not do...
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    04-14-2018, 10:36 AM
    I load a 105 grn cp bullet to duplicate the rem 102 grn load I carry in my sig and walther ppks. I have ran into some brass with thick enough wall taper to give some tight rounds but they will chamber. since this is practice ammo for me its not as...
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I was a NRA High Power rifle competitor for 20+ years with the service rifle also Long Range. I am widowed and Have Multiple Schlrocis. Im just getting into Black Powder Cartridges and cast rifle bullets now. Also have shot alot of handguns Ipsic and Bowling pins with cast bullets.
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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
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
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