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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    The NOE, Accurate or Arsenal molds similar to the RCBS 30-180-FN or Lyman 311041, BUT casting a .311 plus to start for your Marlin. My RCBS and Lyman molds both gave .309 bullets with COWW. An old Lyman 311407 Loverin design worked very well...
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    If you can't find 6.5 Jap brass, the 220 Swift is about the closest for reforming.
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    Yesterday, 11:00 AM
    I've expanded 308 to 358, the Lee 358 die set has a tapered expander. Also have reformed 308 to 243, 300 Savage, and 8mm-08 Improved, 30-06 to 8x57 and 300 Savage, 444 to 8x57 Rimmed, 357 to 256, 221 Fireball to a rimless 256 - go slow, use good...
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    11-23-2020, 04:29 PM
    Like waksupi said, if it is a good 8x57, I would just use it as is, usually 8x57 brass can be found and cutting down '06 brass has been done since after WW I. Same with throating to handle longer bullets.
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    11-23-2020, 04:20 PM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Aguila ammo in Rimfire Area
    A picture of a target. I can shoot a target at 10 yards and say it is 100 yards? I have had excellent results with Aquila over the years. More accurate than most of the bulk-packed high speed stuff that was available cheap. I prefer their...
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    11-23-2020, 11:04 AM
    I like the burnt tar description. I find it bitter and unpleasant. I prefer a light roast, even the French Vanilla or Hazelnut stuff, keep the Coconut Cream for weekends. I do go through 2 Joe Dimaggio pots a day and have been drinking the local...
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    11-22-2020, 11:04 AM
    Ballistic Products carries Magtech brass shotshells, including 410 2.5 inch. Looks like out of stock but they do work very well. 444 are quite a bit smaller. You might put a wrap or two of tape around the base to center on 1st firing, otherwise...
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    11-21-2020, 10:37 AM
    I would choose the 358 Win, case availibilty and it can be a legitimate elk cartridge while the 35 Rem is just a little light for elk, yeah, I know you can kill 'em with a 30-30 or .243. Since you have a 'full-length' Mauser action, cartridge...
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    11-19-2020, 11:06 AM
    Maybe the question should be how many HOURS do spend on the range, reloading cartridges/casting bullets, working on firearms vs 'on the web'. It takes longer to shoot 30 rounds thru a cap'n'ball pistol than running a hundred thru a high cap nine. ...
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    11-19-2020, 10:55 AM
    I've used the 185 SWC with very good results in several 1911's and and XDS. I have also used the 155-160 grain SWC available from a few vendors. It is a little fussy about about overall length in some pistols but does provide very good accuracy...
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    11-18-2020, 01:41 PM
    Burris Fullfield II Amazon - 4 left
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    11-12-2020, 11:02 AM
    MostlyLeverGuns replied to a thread Marlin Jam in Leverguns
    I think it is confined to the 1894's. I haven't run into the jam in 336, 444, or 1895 and I have a bunch of them.
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    11-11-2020, 05:55 PM
    I too suggest that your digital scale is the problem. When I set up for smaller charges (under 10 grains?) I throw ten charges into the pan of my old RCBS 505 and make adjustments based on average weights. I have both the Lee Perfect Powder...
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    11-09-2020, 10:49 AM
    I've pulled a couple hundred plus bullets of various foreign 'NATO' 7.62x51 (TZ, OFV, others). Most have been 144 grains +/- a grain, few have made 147. What military arsenal might(?) make a difference.
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    11-09-2020, 10:42 AM
    I would try a drop-in trigger group, one that has trigger, hammer, disconnector all in one unit that is simply held by the pins and has set screw to secure its position. This would eliminate any possible pin/pinhole wear and even what could be...
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    11-08-2020, 10:47 PM
    There is the Lyman Super Moly Lube for cast lead bullets and there is moly-coating for jacketed bullets. There is a significant difference in usage and performance. The moly greases that have been mixed with various waxes do not behave the same as...
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    11-08-2020, 12:41 PM
    I've got a couple Marlin's in 32 Special. I've used Reloder 7, 4198, 4227, and 5744 for moderate loads (1500-1800fps) with excellent accuracy with 165 gr, Matt's 185 gr and some 200gr from Bullshop, finding .324 diameter to work best in my rifles....
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    11-08-2020, 11:15 AM
    I have a Lyman borescope. I am constantly amazed at how well some barrels shoot after I have looked at them inside. All kinds of roughness, toolmarks, tears in the grooves, pits in many, almost all bought used... now I just check how well I have...
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    11-05-2020, 03:51 PM
    Thin your finish, depends on finish, turpentine, mineral spirits, mix 50-50 or more thinner to finish. I use Helmsman polyurethane spar varnish thinned 50-50 for finish with more thinner for checkering or to avoid build-up.
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    11-03-2020, 10:33 AM
    I've loaded Accurate 2015 under the Barnes Original 300 gr bullet with excellent accuracy and great penetration on a dozen or more elk and a moose, found a couple under the hide but fully mushroomed in one -piece. The Barnes Original is Pure lead...
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    11-02-2020, 11:01 AM
    Yep, remove decapping rod, resize, neck expand... I have used deprimed primers, but for practice, non-critical applications.
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    10-27-2020, 12:24 PM
    +1 on the underpowered, undersized American 8mm Mauser (8x57) FACTORY ammo. It is not hard to improve on American 8mm Mauser ammo. I have a bunch of very old military corrosive 8x57 . It does shoot OK, but it is easy to improve upon without...
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    10-27-2020, 12:08 PM
    Ribeye and tenderloin from a young cow elk, medium rare, sauteed in butter in black iron frying pan.
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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