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  • MostlyLeverGuns's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:21 PM
    I have not had bridging of 5744 in my Lee Perfect Powder Measure, but it is just good practice to keep a flashlight handy and look into EVERY case before bullet seating to check powder level. I do use 5744 in the 308 weekly(20-50 rounds), 18.5 gr...
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    Yesterday, 01:12 PM
    Unless your Savage 99 is already drilled/tapped (D/T) for the Redfield 102L, I would look for a sight that that works with the two holes already D/T on the tang to the rear of the cocking indicator. There are sights made by Lyman, Redfield,...
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    08-15-2019, 11:22 AM
    Hawk Bullets will make custom weight bullets and does list a 270 grain spitzer. They would probably go to 300 or 325 grain in the .348 spitzer. Many of the custom mold makers require a fair sized flat nose for most customer designs, just the...
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    08-13-2019, 09:59 PM
    HawkBullets makes some jacketed spitzer bullets in .348, Hornady also makes a spitzer with the 'gummy' point that also works in the leverguns.
    7 replies | 180 view(s)
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    08-13-2019, 09:49 PM
    Handy to have. If you lack the 'right' diameter 'M' expanding die or NOE expanding plug. Also used to hold the NOE expanding plugs. Must be used carefully as it can (will) put a large flare on cases. Uniform case length is especially important...
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    08-07-2019, 11:20 AM
    For a small press that works well for revolver cartridges and short rifle(223,7.62x39), the Lee Pro 1000 would work well. I have two. I keep one setup for 38 Special and 357. Two separate and complete die/powder measures on two different turrets....
    63 replies | 1808 view(s)
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    08-07-2019, 09:58 AM
    I believe situational awareness is the first step. My wife carries firearms for rattlers and is competent with most firearms. Getting her to SEE and LISTEN is the more difficult task. We live in a safe environment so it is easy to relax too much....
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    08-07-2019, 09:41 AM
    Case necks of 308 resized to 243 are thicker than most factory 243, though they normally are not 'too thick'. Lubing the interior case neck allows the case neck to slide over the expander button more easily, reducing stretching and making the...
    29 replies | 805 view(s)
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    08-06-2019, 11:27 AM
    I have reformed 308/7.62 Military to 243 many times. First I full length size/decap in a 308 die WITHOUT expanding the neck. I have used a 7-08 die as an intermediate step, again no neck expand, tho a 260 rem would probably work. I the run the...
    29 replies | 805 view(s)
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    08-06-2019, 11:09 AM
    +1 on McPherson's 'Accurizing the Factory Rifle', he also has another book on Amazon, 'McPherson on Leverguns' that covers a great deal, a Little rambly and unorganized but still useful. There are many, MANY things that can be done to increase...
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    07-30-2019, 10:28 PM
    +1 ulav8r offset the tailstock, make test cuts on plain steel rod to check you your taper or different tapers at different spots on the test rod before cutting the barrel. A sharp high-speed steel cutter for the best/cleanest cut. Most...
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    07-29-2019, 01:12 PM
    I would check the throat size, if the throat is larger than .453,a larger bullet (or softer) would probably work better. I would also try a .454 diameter and/or a softer bullet.
    19 replies | 680 view(s)
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    07-29-2019, 01:03 PM
    Starline does make .375 Winchester, though pricey compared to fire-formed 30-30. I would anneal before and maybe after fire-forming. After fire-form and anneal I trim to uniform length, usually shortest case sets case length.
    17 replies | 520 view(s)
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    07-27-2019, 08:54 AM
    That should work on most any North American game. Elk(wapiti), moose(your elk?) for sure, large bears - OK, fine for all the smaller stuff. Should be fine for feral pigs, wild boar.
    33 replies | 1283 view(s)
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    07-24-2019, 11:55 AM
    I use the Lee Perfect Powder Measure. Set to weight, run 5 to settle powder, 3-4 to check setting. I use an '06 case (mostly) to catch and check settings. Ball powders give 0 variance, Varget, RL15, newer short stick powder, less than 2 granules...
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    07-24-2019, 11:30 AM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Screwdrivers in Our Town
    I have the Wheeler's and the Brownell's. I like the Brownell's better because the bit sizes are graduated and a slightly larger or smaller bit can be selected with little effort. The Wheeler is well made and has a similar assortment of bits...
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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