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  • country gent's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 PM
    I agree with RogerDat, clean lead ingots only in your casting pot only. A bigger gas fired pot for smelting is wanted or perferred ny many due to amount processed. Depending on the lead being smelted and or alloied there is a lot of crud coming off...
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    Today, 04:16 PM
    I cast all of my shillouette bullets from 20-1 and it does very well for me in my rifles ( 38-55, 40-65, 45-70, and 45-90) loaded over BP. I load for 1150-1200 fps velocity. Use a lube desighned for what your doing IE a good BP lube with BP loads...
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    Today, 04:01 PM
    Lube is important when sizing new brass as it may not be as close to finished size or as round as is needed. Another is the finish of the dies surfaces a die on the smaller side and or slightly rough will take alot more force and effort to size...
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    Today, 12:27 PM
    Bigted, Our [pl;ant used them in the production machines for threading holes in diecast parts. Several plusses were a stronger tap that could be ran under power easier, Longer life, better threads, and the last and biggest for an assembly plant was...
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    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    While not an 45 my 1911 38 spls barrel is a bar-sto and with 38 wadcutters its a real tackdriver. Ive also heard good reviews on Karts. Almost as importnt as the barrel is the fitting of the barrel to the gun.
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    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    Another thing to look at is some starting and plug taps points are as long or almost as long as the blocks holes are deep. Not getting many actual threads in until they bottom. In soft metals an expungement tap may work better as it dosnt cut but...
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    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    I always enjoyed and looked forward to the offhand stages also. Matches were won offhand and lost prone LOL. I can no longer safely shoot offhand standing due to mobility and balance issues. So I do it from the waist up sitting on a stool now.
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  • TXGunNut's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 PM
    I believe you're probably right. To be quite honest most of my 38WCF ammo these days is loaded over Unique.
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    Yesterday, 07:53 PM
    Speaking of the 38/40 WCF...9.3X62AL Only a few years of 1873's have un-marked elevators, the 38WCF came out in 1879. My 1873 was built in 1917, pretty much the last year of regular production. I've handled several "unmarked" 1873's, haven't...
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    Yesterday, 03:22 PM
    Check the riflings twist rate in the barrel and see what it is. 1-20 or 22 and the 405 should work good, 1-18 you may want to try something closer to 500 grns. Something in the 450 grn weight might be a good compromise and would be very effective...
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    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    I don't use a drop tube for pistol cartridges and I lump the 38-40 in with them along with the 45 Colt et al. The powders I generally use require little or no compression so I don't use a compression die. All kidding aside the 38-40 was developed...
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    Yesterday, 12:18 AM
    Are we in the Pit yet? For me it's real simple; no way I want the beast in the WH again. It's my opinion she already had her two terms; no more! I feel quite sure Trump will be much better than the press will let you believe. I'm OK with the...
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    Yesterday, 12:02 AM
    I have a pair of 4500's; one for BP (SPG lube) and the other for smokeless (BAC). I also use the Lee system and LLA for some boolits. Someday I'll buy a Star for the boolits that don't seem to like either method.
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    10-22-2016, 11:52 PM
    Or maybe 40-38, I dunno. I can't get anywhere near 38 grs FFFg into a Starline case but I suppose a balloon head case could have held 38 grs.
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    10-22-2016, 09:40 PM
    country gent replied to a thread Crunch ....Well Darn in Our Town
    JohnCh Im sorry to hear about the accident but am overjoyed that neither you or your freind was injured. Hope it works out in the end. Its a pain at times to deal with but a good agent can take care of most of it for you. Walking away is what is...
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    10-22-2016, 09:30 PM
    The lee presses will do okay with everything but the small based dies on once fired machine gun brass make make it grunt some. There are several that do good for heavy sizing operations, The rockchucker you mentioned ( was originally desighned as a...
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    10-22-2016, 09:20 PM
    Buffalo arms has a selection of cast steel iro pots for melting from 10 lbs on up. These are good heavy steel pots with a bail on them. I have a 30 lner here I use for small runs. My main pot is a cut off propane pot thats 100+lbs of lead but 2-3...
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    10-22-2016, 12:04 PM
    A sprue plate can be straightened but as said its a tricky job. Check it carefully to find the bend and be sure which direction its running. If you have a small arhbor press It can be gotten close pushing it flat between 2 heavy flat plates of...
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    10-21-2016, 11:28 PM
    For $4000,00 or so dollars a very nice 13X6- monarch gap bed lathe with gear head and guick change gear box can be purchased, it may even have taper attachment and digital readout on it. Also for about that money a hardringe solid bed 8X24 can be...
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    10-21-2016, 10:31 PM
    Some times you have to make yourself stop, put things away and leave the room. I also avoid loading when I have time constraints because that seems to be when I make mistakes.
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    10-21-2016, 10:25 PM
    No need to Google it, have looked it over quite well at ground level on a couple of occasions. Rolling hills, ravines and riverbanks offered a bit of cover but it was used little by either side. Custer made a number of mistakes but in the end he was...
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    10-21-2016, 09:55 PM
    Yes sir! Have your ducks in a row going in and be firm but polite.
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    10-21-2016, 09:45 PM
    LOL! Good job, stay with it until you get it done. Another good hunting story well told, thanks for sharing it with us.
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    10-21-2016, 08:59 PM
    A 38 handgun is most likely a .36 bore, but then again so is a 35 rifle. A 38 rifle could be a .375 or a .380, depends on who made it and when. A 44 is much closer to a .43 caliber but I guess "44" sounds better; almost as cool as "444". Some 32...
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    10-21-2016, 04:13 PM
    Handguns 38 are .357 dia for the above reasons but 38 caliber rifles ( 375 H+H, 38-55, 375 win ect) are .375 or there abouts. Same with 25 caliber pistols are .251 and rifles are .257 dia. 45 cal pistols are .451-.452 and 45 caliber rifles are...
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    10-21-2016, 01:21 PM
    My normal procedure is to Clean the blocks and sprue plate with dish soap and water scrunning with a tooth brush and really working up a good lather. this may take 2 or 3 times to get the good lather . I then rinse with hot tap water and let dry a...
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    10-21-2016, 10:13 AM
    You might try modifying your ladles handle. A longer wooden handleMight act as a sprue malletby just rocking / swivel;ing the ladle in your hand. But then the HOT ladle will be out in the open and it wont be in themelt staying hot. Also any hot...
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    10-20-2016, 06:36 PM
    I ladle pour all the rifle bullets I cast and believe it gives me better bullets overall. I cast over a big pot similar to a plumbers pot ( 130 lbs capacity) while its hard to describe Ill simply give my procedure. I start the pot heating and set...
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    10-20-2016, 06:20 PM
    1 ounce is 437 grains so yopur either off in the volumne of the ladle or in the conversion. for most moulds it should be fine big bullets in a 4 or 6 cavity may be diffrent.
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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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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