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  • MostlyLeverGuns's Avatar
    Today, 12:03 PM
    Like Chainsaw, HUH, why would you NOT shoot a pistol past 20 yards. I have never understood shooting at targets less than 50 feet away with most firearms. Hip shooting tin cans, rolling those plastic ball targets does start at 10 yards, but does...
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    03-13-2019, 12:09 PM
    I've used it in 300 Savage and 308 - Savage 99's - 185 grain .310 bullets,18-20grs A5744 very good accuracy at 200 yards 2 to 3 inch vertical, 3-6" horizontal depending on wind, 15 inch drop from 100 yard zero. Marlin 336SC 32 Special 16 grains,...
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    03-13-2019, 11:53 AM
    Collector value is a ghost. Unless absolutely pristine, most rifles are 'shooters'. Recoil pads, non facctory sling swivels, drilling/tapping, anything that changes the 'out of box' look reduces value. Only those extremely rare calibers or low...
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    03-13-2019, 11:42 AM
    Yep, best way to thread from a shoulder to open space, much lower stress level than cutting toward a shoulder.
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    03-13-2019, 11:40 AM
    I trim 444 and 45-70 for uniform crimp. I measure the actual chamber length before picking a trim length. Multiple ways to do this, NOE makes a Case Lebgth Button that is handy. I will use the shortest case in a lot of 50 or 100 to set the trim...
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    03-08-2019, 11:30 AM
    I would go with a 308 since elk is on the list, bullet diameter always helps when hunting. Component availability, bullet mold availabilty, loaded cartridge selection. A 308 will be slightly lighter than the 7-08 in the same rifle(bigger hole in...
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    03-04-2019, 10:22 PM
    Yeah, the artillery - 105mm, 155mm, 8 inch, 175mm (1970's) all had powder charges in bags, number of powder bags was adjusted based on range. A shell contained max number of bags for the gun and projectile. After gunnery practice all the left-over...
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    03-04-2019, 12:51 PM
    There are a whole lot of folks that practice shooting a couple jacketed bullets after shooting lead to remove lead fouling, it does work. With a 45-70, a .458 diameter would work best. There are many people who clean from the muzzle, by choice or...
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    03-04-2019, 11:21 AM
    I've never worried too much about 'polishing' brass, or even 'washing' it, unless shooting black powder. Wiped off with a clean cloth if needed. Wash if dirty military brass to get rid of mud,dish detergent, the water rinse. Some of my dies are...
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    03-03-2019, 10:44 AM
    Rimmed 35 Rem. Standard 35 Rem chamber with a rim for 303 British. 303 British brass sized and shortened gives you a rimmed 35 Rem. OR a 303 British.
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    03-03-2019, 10:39 AM
    For trimming I like the L E Wilson, easier to adjust and a little more accurate than Forster, maybe easier to operate, does need shell/case holders specific to caliber. The Forster does have a hollowpointing attachment that works well, I do have...
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    03-02-2019, 10:56 PM
    Back to reducing ES, I find uniforming primer pockets and deburring flashholes makes a difference. Case length uniformity and case neck tension also count. Annealing case necks in a consistent manner assists in uniform case neck tension and crimp...
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    03-02-2019, 12:46 PM
    I usually take these steps with a batch of new cases. Uniform primer pockets, deburr flashholes, partially size to insure necks are round, neck expand with step/M die and load, load and shoot at shorter ranges, 200 yards or less. After the first...
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    03-02-2019, 12:25 PM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Budget 243 in Factory Rifles
    I shoot a ot 0f 243's through a couple Savage 99's. Easy to get very high accuracy. I have looked at some of the other 6mm and 6.5 cartridges. A lot of quibbling can be done. I hve not encountered any problems with case lengthening, neck...
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    03-01-2019, 10:57 AM
    I've used the Lee chamfer tool, RCBS crimp remover on their case prep tool, Lyman primer pocket reamer, primer pocket uniformers by K&M, swagers by Herter's and RCBS. The little Lee case chamfer tool may be the simplest and quickest to just get...
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    02-26-2019, 02:41 PM
    Sometimes magnum primers improve the uniformity of light loads in large cases, should cause no problems and might help accuracy.
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    02-26-2019, 12:46 PM
    The 225-30 is a 'common' wildcat, used in the single shot rifles needing a rim and not too difficult to form, IF you you start from 25-35. If you are paying for the labor/machine time, a 22-250 T-C, Mossberg Predator, Savage might up a better deal....
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    02-25-2019, 04:35 PM
    I'd be inclined to go with a 32 Special in a Marlin 336. It does hit a little harder than the 30-30. A bigger(diameter) bullet a little faster, I have used 200 gr in my rifles with no stability issues and excellent accuracy at 200 yards. NOE...
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    02-23-2019, 10:27 AM
    I have Mossberg 22's, 46b-B's, 146's, a 144 and a 44 - the 44/144 are magazine fed, the 46/146 are tube feed. I have found these older 'heavier?' Mossberg's very accurate. The trigger can be adjusted slightly. Disassembly is not difficult, a...
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    02-23-2019, 10:18 AM
    In my Marlin 45-70 - My choice is the RCBS 300 grain flatnose, but shooting heavy bullets just adds recoil. I've shot a bunch of elk with 300gr bullets punching through both shoulders. Save the lead and save the recoil. My elk load is unpleasant...
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    02-18-2019, 10:45 PM
    Back in 1964 I bought my new Marlin 336C in 30-30 ($53 'on sale'). I started reloading and a year later started casting bullets on a gas kitchen stove. I started with the Lyman 31141 sized to .309(mold was undersized). OK but not great, then I...
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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
Eastern WY
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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