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  • MostlyLeverGuns's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:05 PM
    Mechanically, the case neck will need to slightly flared/expanded to seat bullets without shaving lead. Handgun dies are set-up for this, bottleneck dies normally are not. A Lyman 'M' die, a Lee case expanding die, or an NOE expanding plug in a Lee...
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    Yesterday, 12:35 PM
    Dogs running loose, chasing livestock, causing problems are simply shot in rural Colorado and Wyoming. Many years ago, shot dog in barn attacking goat, days later posters appeared, 'child's pet missing'. Dogs, neighbor's billy goat in the horses'...
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    11-17-2019, 10:59 PM
    I have live piloted neck only reamers for 35 cal and 30 cal. Desired neck diameter should be specified if you order such a reamer. I have Clymer from 30+ years ago. Pacific Tool and Gauge or Dave Manson should have them. You can order with an...
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    11-17-2019, 10:23 AM
    I have used the Forster, Lee hand held, and L E Wilson trimmers. I haven't used the Forster since I got the Wilson. I found that the Forster could 'drift' while in use, along with length variation of .002 to .003. The Lee hand trimmer is very...
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    11-16-2019, 03:45 PM
    Accuracy should be good, probably better than off the lands when using boolits. Pressure should be OK with indicated load. Biggest concern is extracting live round and leaving bullet stuck in chamber, dumping powder inside action and rendering...
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    11-13-2019, 11:04 PM
    I have used .323 cast bullets very successfully in my Marlin 336SC 24" barrel. I have used both Matt's 185 grain Flatnose and 2 different 195-200 grain bullets from Bullshop to get 2.5" groups at 200 yards. I used 16grs 5744, a 195 gr NEI FN GC...
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    11-13-2019, 10:25 PM
    I saw someone talk about lever-guns and 3" (3 MOA) groups at 100 yards. Maybe with open iron sights. Much better accuracy can be had with careful load development, a good scope, and bench technique required by the lever guns. I strive for 1"...
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    11-11-2019, 11:02 PM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread First lever gun in Leverguns
    That Remington Core-Lokt roundnose has been around a VERY VERY long time in 30-30, 32 Special and 35 Rem for tube fed levers. AT least 50 plus years, Istarted hunting in 1963, used Core-Lokt's in a borrowed 32 Special back then. No problems in...
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    11-11-2019, 05:23 PM
    I did NOT know that 20 grains of IMR4227 and a 250 gr bullet was the 'Hank Williams Jr' load. I started using 20 grs of IMR4227 over a Lyman 454424, .454 WW bullet in 1968 in a Hawes .45 Colt. It was/is a very accurate combination.
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    11-11-2019, 05:08 PM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread First lever gun in Leverguns
    That does look like a Marlin 336 not a Marlin 94 or 1894. The barrel also looks 'short', most are 20". There is/was a Marlin Marauder with a 16.25" barrel, straight grip, no ramp front. I've got a couple(5?) of the Marlin .35's. With a decent...
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    11-08-2019, 11:42 AM
    The M1 carbine ejector will 'seat' the round and hold it against the chamber lip (headspacing on the front edge of case neck). This keeps the cartridge from moving so the firing pin can hit the cartridge without losing power by moving the cartridge...
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    11-05-2019, 12:22 PM
    There is/was matches where all the competitors had ammunition supplied by the country where held. 7.62x51 NATO if I remember correctly. Such rifles were commonly bored quite tight, .305-.306 on the grooves to accomodate variations in ammunition,...
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    11-03-2019, 08:42 PM
    When packing horses a half serrated blade can be useful if a 'wreck' occurs, but a plain blade is what I normally carry.
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    11-03-2019, 08:38 PM
    Have you tried the .459 bullets available. I have gotten good accuracy from my two Marlins with 459's. There are a couple custom casters that do have 460 and 461 bullets, Bullshop makes a good bullet and will size to order, GT bulets makes a .460...
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    11-03-2019, 08:20 PM
    I've got 2 Marlin 1895's in 45-70. An early straight grip 22" barrel (1979/1980?) and a recent 1895 CB. I've shot many elk, a moose and a few deer with the early model. I have used 300 grain bullets on everything with extraordinary results. It...
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    11-02-2019, 03:57 PM
    I find the new cartridges very entertaining. You know how powerful that terrible AR15 is. Then there are the better than/as good as the '30-30 or 300 Savage or 45-70' sort of, kinda' cartridges for the AR or a 'TACTICOOL' bolt gun. There have...
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    11-01-2019, 09:58 PM
    I find the newer aluminum frame Browning BLR to be miserable to take apart and to reassemble. The older steel frame with pins are annoying but go together much easier.
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    11-01-2019, 12:09 PM
    Had to check, Lee Carbide Sizer, Lyman 'M' Expander, Lee Bullet Seater, Herter's Seater/Crimper set-up as Crimp Die, max load is 20gr IMR4227, Lyman 454424 (.454). Herter's Die provides roll crimp without bullet moving issues in 'Colt' clone weight...
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    10-28-2019, 09:54 PM
    A rimless 444, shorten to whatever length you need/want can be made from 30-06, 8x57, 308 depending. The rimless 444 headspaces on the case mouth. The rimless 444 was built for military Mauser conversions. There are many 300 grain bullets that...
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    10-27-2019, 02:53 PM
    Still using Herter's dies in 35 Rem and 32 Special, 1964?. If you you just WANT new dies, get Redding for the quality, maybe their Competition Shellholders for more precise sizing (extends case life).
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    10-21-2019, 10:50 AM
    ONCE IN A LIFETIME is the operative phrase. A 35 Whelan or 300 Win Mag barrel would be my choice if I was running a Contender/Encore. I would try to borrow an 06 or 308 at the lower end. Shooting a bunch of deer doesn't make a moose or elk rifle....
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Reloading 50 years, started at 13
Hunted CO, WY mostly elk, antelope, some deer, a moose, mostly hunt, shoot Savage 99, Marlin
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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
GC Gas Check