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    Yesterday, 10:02 PM
    RangerDan started a thread 327 Federal in Cast Boolits
    Any suggestions on cast bullet loads for this baby? The gun is a Ruger 101 with 4.5 inch barrel.
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    09-22-2018, 09:54 PM
    I have recently obtained a 480 Ruger Red Hawk pistol with 7.5 inch barrel. I have two molds for it a 325 grain GC and a 400 grain PB. Both are Lee molds. I would appreciate info on powders and loads for these two bullets if anyone has any experience...
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    09-22-2018, 09:17 PM
    Veral Smith of LBT fame wrote a booklet called Jacket Performance With Cast Bullets and in it he had a chapter on hardening and heat treatment of cast bullets. In this chapter he wrote about aging of heat treated bullets and he found that will reach...
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    09-22-2018, 09:06 PM
    I use the Lee 40 cal 175 grain standard grove bullet in a 40 cal and a 10mm and it works well in both. Some adjustment in alloy may be needed to tweek it just so but for my money it is hard to beet Lee bullet molds.
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    09-22-2018, 08:56 PM
    My Lyman slug mold cast flat nose, hollow base slugs that resemble overgrown air rifle pellets that weigh with my alloy 470 grains. I shoot them in a Rem 1100 slug gun with rifled barrel. To date my best load consists of Rem. low brass black hulls,...
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    09-22-2018, 08:37 PM
    I've been using the Prvi 7.5x55 brass for a couple years and it is good stuff. It has worked in three rifles without a hitch. I'm on the seventh loading of some and no sign of them wearing out.
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  • RangerDan's Avatar
    09-22-2018, 02:20 PM
    My 458 SOCOM has mid length gas system and I shoot many 300 grain cast bullets through it with no problems in function or brass.
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    09-22-2018, 02:06 PM
    My 10 dollar Salvation Army Store oven is off by 75 degrees but with a cheep oven thermometer I know what temp to set it on for powder coating.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:50 PM
    I have the same question. In the .556 I don't recommend a carbine length gas system. On my match rifles I extend the rifle length gas system 2". I have zero experience with the 458 SOCOM but everything I have read states the carbine length gas...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:11 PM
    That would be my point. Consumers rejected lower velocity of the 17 HM2. A low velocity 17 HMR load would fair no better.
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    09-21-2018, 06:35 AM
    The upstate area of SC where I am basically got a pass. A fair amount of rain, but nothing major. The crazy thing is the rivers are still flooding as the water makes its way to the coast.
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  • RangerDan's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 10:30 PM
    I have an 1895 Krag and love the old girl. Haven't shot any cast bullets in it yet only jacketed and she is a tack driver. Have some 200 grain cast loaded up and am waiting on cooler weather to test them. Hard to shoot open sights with sweat getting...
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  • RangerDan's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 07:24 PM
    Go to the Accurate Mold web site and look around, there at hundreds of patterns that he can make or he will make one up based on your pattern. They are offered in aluminium, iron, or brass. Very happy with mine.
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    09-20-2018, 04:27 PM
    After four kids finished collage, married and became self sufficient and the home place got paid off I found there was a small amount of funds now to pursue some long enjoyed pursuits. Mostly acquiring and shooting some old military rifles. One...
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    09-19-2018, 11:29 PM
    They do it's called the 17 Mach 2 but it didn't sell well and the gun manufactures made the chambers too loose in the semi-auto's so neck and case splits are fairly common. I have several and really like them but I purchased 8K of ammo at a...
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    09-18-2018, 10:56 PM
    I have had good results with Daisy steel sling shot ammo purchased from Walmart. A box of these mixed with bullets in a vibrator case polisher and they come out well coated. Be careful adding powder a little will go a long way so start with a small...
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    09-18-2018, 10:41 PM
    RangerDan replied to a thread What is it in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I've had it for several years now and have cut it into smaller blocks. I have also cast up approx 200 pounds into Lee ingot molds and muffin pan ingots. Cutting it was an experience finally found a saws-all to be the most effective way but was a...
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    09-18-2018, 07:10 PM
    RangerDan replied to a thread What is it in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Thanks for the kind offer however my poor old back won't cooperate. Guess with the help of the Good Lord we do the best we can with what He supplies us with.
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    09-18-2018, 03:54 PM
    RangerDan replied to a thread What is it in Lead and Lead Alloys
    I have been using it as pure tin in my casting and have had great results. I cast from 22 cal up to 50 cal bullets and all in between. It seems that the copper in it makes for a slightly harder bulled without any brittleness. On my Saeco hardness...
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    09-18-2018, 03:08 PM
    I have been given a large supply of an unknown metal that the former owner thought was lead. After melting some of it down and casting a few bullets it was apparent that it was not pure lead. So i sent a sample to RotoMetals and for analysis and it...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-18-2018, 12:44 AM
    https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/9/17/former-ruger-ceo-william-b-ruger-jr-passes-away/ Sturm, Ruger & Co. is mourning the death of William B. Ruger Jr., former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Ruger. The...
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  • BNE's Avatar
    09-17-2018, 06:34 AM
    4.0 grains of Hogdon Clays is my go to load. 45 is my favorite, but it can be picky to get set up on. That being said, once you figure out how much to Bell the cases, and how much to crimp, it works fine. Starting with a factory round as...
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  • BNE's Avatar
    09-16-2018, 04:56 PM
    I have struggled with the case feeder on and off for over a year now. Last week I gave up and just removed the rod that rotates and drops the brass into the loading station. I taped a tongue depressor onto it and just rotated it by hand. It was...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-15-2018, 08:56 PM
    That could be possible.
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    09-15-2018, 02:25 PM
    Awhile back I was doing a lot of selling and trading at gun shows. Later I was looking for something else I a discovered a S&W 629 that I have no idea when or how I came to own it.
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    09-14-2018, 10:22 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Are you "particular"? in Cast Boolits
    It depends on the intended usage of the ammo and guns. For my cowboy action it being safe and reliable is the only real requirement. On my 1,000 yard match rifles I do what to know and control every deal as precisely as humanly possible. On the...
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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