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    Today, 01:15 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Federal #100 SPP in Cast Boolits
    Back in my Bullseye shooting and PPC days those and the Remington 1-1/2 were the preferred primers. They tend to be more sensitive and are better choice for target or PPC guns having light replacement springs, bobbed hammers and other nonsense...
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    Today, 01:00 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 1873, 1892, 1894 in Leverguns
    The key to getting long case life reloading .45 Colt for these modern guns with pregnant chambers is NOT to use a modern FL sizer die! Instead, only decap the fired using the Lee Universal decapper. Then lightly flare with an expander plug which...
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    Today, 12:43 PM
    If the receiver is marked DP it isn't always a hopeless case. It depends upon why it was marked for Drill Purpose. I have seen Long Branch DP receivers which Magnafluxed fine, had no cracks and the lug seats in the receiver were not buggered up,...
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    Today, 10:49 AM
    I agree with NoBade. I would caution you that most of what you read in the various prepping and survival forums regarding loading black powder for TEOTWAWKI is pure entertainment fantasy, written by Walter Mitty wannabe bar room commandoes who do...
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    Today, 10:34 AM
    Nobade is correct, but to clarify your other questions. Pure lead is more difficult to get well-filled out, defect free castings because it requires a higher melt temperature which increases oxidation and which does not flow as well to fill out...
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    In my Ruger .45 ACP revolvers and also in the S&W M1917 and Colt New Service I use Accurate 45-240H1, which has a long nose and reduced seating depth to maintain maximum powder capacity. This bullet casts 240 grains in Lyman #2 alloy which is...
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    Getting 800+ fps with a 158-grain bullet in .38 Special using modern solid head cases and black powder I don't think is feasible, but .357 cases would hold the full traditional 21-grain black powder charge which was contained in the old balloon-head...
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    Yesterday, 04:51 PM
    Cases are not of uniform length, so that the long ones are getting crunched by excessive crimp. TRIM all your cases to 1.280-1.285, the same as new Starline brass, then set up your dies and the problem should go away. Older factory .32-20 cases...
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    Yesterday, 01:33 PM
    ^^^^What Larry said!^^^^ Also size .309 for the Ruger revolver.
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    Yesterday, 11:54 AM
    When the black powder is compressed in seating the bullet, it fills the hollow base. Using an HB bullet permits you to load a few grains more powder, but accuracy in heavy loads will not be as good if the skirt blows. I prefer solid-base bullets...
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    07-11-2020, 02:34 PM
    For black and Pyrodex I would mix 50-50 Crisco and beexwax or olive oil and beeswax. But you could also try blending some of your 50-50 Alox-beeswax with equal parts by melted volume with Crisco or tallow and use that. I have done that for small...
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    07-11-2020, 12:47 PM
    Agree that because you already load for the .44 Mag. and have a rifle in that caliber, a .44 revolver makes good sense. I would also like to point out that a firearm doesn't need to be run at full-power all the time any more than any other machine....
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    07-11-2020, 12:19 PM
    The late Maj. Bruce M. Wincentsen referred to the early M43 as the "Civil Service Gun", i.e. "it seldom works and you can't fire it."
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    07-10-2020, 08:56 PM
    Why not find a 3-inch Model 13 barrel and install that? The only "required" barrel marking is the frame serial number. I wouldn't worry about the factory rollmarks cutting off the barrel, but it is helpful to leave the caliber designation...
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    07-10-2020, 10:09 AM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread 44 mag subsonic noise in Leverguns
    Ruger 77/.44 my hunting buddy uses 6 grains of Bullseye with 260 Keith for 1050 fps and is very quiet using Gem Tech Tracker supressor Without the can is loud pop, like a cowboy load, not a crack.
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    07-09-2020, 05:53 PM
    I need to sort out some fired Berdan-primed cases from my range brass. I can find a dozen or so no problem. PM me your mailing address and I'll get them to you ASAP.
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    07-09-2020, 05:46 PM
    In the Ruger revolver 7.4 grains of AutoComp. Seating out to OAL 1.24" is CRITICAL as increasing seating depth causes a dangerous pressure spike in a small case like the .40 S&W! The long nose of Accurate slug fits length of revolver cylinder but...
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    07-09-2020, 01:03 PM
    A single ball will shoot low as to point of impact, but OK for close work within 30 feet or so. TWO balls will group closer to the sights. You can load three balls in a .357. One grain of Bullseye and one ball makes a quiet plinker. I...
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    07-09-2020, 10:47 AM
    I load Accurate 40-182H and 40-220H in mine
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    07-08-2020, 12:41 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread .32-20 grouping in Leverguns
    Here is open-sight, 100-yard, ten-shot group from my Savage boltgun.
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    07-08-2020, 11:52 AM
    This data from The Fouling Shot: Firing a .30 carbine Blackhawk with “full charge” loads is unpleasant without adequate ear protection. The velocity of WW2-era Lake City 1944 Ball ammo was 1586 fps from my 7-1/2” Blackhawk, versus 1981 fps from...
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    07-07-2020, 03:02 PM
    Lever actions also tend to string as the magazine tube empties, because the nodal points on the barrel move. If shooting groups hold the rifle normally as you would when hunting, but use the front bag to support the non-firing hand, holding the...
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    07-07-2020, 02:56 PM
    By the time he works up a load the powder will be gone. Hardly worth the effort for a coffee mugful of powder.
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    07-07-2020, 02:54 PM
    These days there is no difference between IMR and H4895, all comes from ADI in Australia. Check the 4895 powder you have. If can is marked DuPont, it is pre-1977 and was made in Kenvil, NJ If IMR but marked Made in Canada it was made by...
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    07-07-2020, 01:39 PM
    Expect it would make great fertilizer for your kitchen herb garden, or mix it with sawdust and paraffin to make fire starters.
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    07-06-2020, 07:04 PM
    If the range lead is mostly bullet cores from jacketed ammo and .22 rimfire, it will probably be 2-3 percent antimony with almost no tin. If there is lead from commercial hardcast bullets, then you may have enough tin in the mix to get reasonable...
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    07-06-2020, 01:08 PM
    The 1 to 30 alloy will bump up with black or a fast burning pistol powder like Bullseye. Size nose to throat diameter, driving bands will remain untouched, as-cast.
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    07-06-2020, 12:36 PM
    Not a hollow-base, but Accurate makes molds for heeled bullets in several calibers. I have this one for .38 Long Colt and use it in the Howell conversion for my Pietta .36 Remington.
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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