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    Yesterday, 06:23 PM
    I don't own any S&Ws made after 1989, or any Colts made after 1972. I don't care for them. I regularly shoot both Colts and S&Ws that are over 100 years old and that are still accurate and reliable. I also have no trouble getting them worked...
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    Yesterday, 10:53 AM
    .430-.431" should work fine. About 0.001" under throat size is what you want. If throats are not uniform, fit to the tight one. If throats vary by more than 0.001" from chamber to chamber, accuracy is improved by honing them uniform. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:42 AM
    Indian Joe, sure I like your style! At our hunting camp I decap and prime with Lyman tong tool, use a fired .30-'06 case to iron out any mouth dents, mouth resize only, charge with BP powder flask, insert Accurate 43-200QL bullet to base band, wipe...
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    10-21-2019, 05:27 PM
    Animals and people are not any tougher or harder to kill today than they were in black powder days. Most of the drive towards developing hollow-point handgun bullets for LE use was to reduce risk of collateral damage by reducing risk of...
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    10-21-2019, 10:29 AM
    The modern Mossberg barrels are heavier walled, and of better steel and heat treatment than older guns. I split the muzzle of a pre-WW2 H&R single-barrel with wheelweight .410 balls.
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    10-20-2019, 10:04 PM
    From a 10cm barrel that is true. See my chrono info above from short barrel.
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    10-20-2019, 08:45 PM
    Beretta USA service dept. advises to avoid in Tomcat any load producing above 130 ft.-lbs. of energy: I would apply same rule to Keltecs., .32 ACP “WW2 Vintage,” Current Euro-CIP and Buffalo Bore +P Factory Ammunition Ammunition...
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    10-20-2019, 07:18 PM
    A Keltec P32 will disassemble itself firing loads I use routinely in my 1944 Beretta M1935 and Colt M1903 Type III made in 1920.
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    10-15-2019, 04:05 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Cast 9MM keyholing in Cast Boolits
    Have you assembled any dummys with .358" bullets to see if they would chamber? Many wartime 9mm barrels are oversized. Load the largest bullet diameter which chambers without resistance.
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    10-15-2019, 02:33 PM
    Thanks for posting the pic! I'm sure Tom will sell a bunch of those molds because many traditional shooters don't like the bevel base. Anxiously waiting for field reports from the Land of Oz.
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    10-15-2019, 09:47 AM
    Here is recent chronograph data for original factory .38-44 and .357 loads, and my ".38-44" Handloads: Factory .38 Special +P and .357 Mag. Velocities and .38 Special (.38-44) Handloads Ammunition___1955_S&W .38-44 HD 4”___1939_Colt New...
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    10-15-2019, 09:39 AM
    What people don't realize if that when you order a Tyler T-grip for an older pre-1940 gun, such as a Colt New Service, these are not made ahead and "stocked," but each one is made to order. In the days of the Internet everyone wants instant...
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    10-14-2019, 09:25 PM
    Your Krag brass headstamped Super Speed .30 Army may be pre-WW2. 1950s Postwar Winchester brass I have is headstamped WRA .30-40 Krag
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    10-14-2019, 08:18 PM
    Very common in wartime barrels to see nonmetallic inclusions or laminations. These usually occur from elongation of a shrinkage pit in the center of the steel billet when it was poured, because the billet was improperly cropped in the mill, and the...
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    10-14-2019, 06:50 PM
    For a small case you could either make from .223 brass or just buy Starline, consider the 7.62x25 in a rifle, and then throat it long to permit seating 150-grain rifle bullets out long. John Taylor did one for me using a Remington 722 in .222...
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    10-14-2019, 06:21 PM
    As FYI, data from firing today. Factory .357 loads fired in 4" S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman and 1939 Colt New Service 5"in .357 Mag. The .38-44 handloads fired from a 1955 S&W .38-44 Heavy Duty and the 5"Colt New Service .357 Mag. Factory...
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    10-14-2019, 04:54 PM
    Longitudinal cracks are not unusual for wartime barrels made with slave labor. Rushed production and poor QC. If you REALLY like the gun, John Taylor can make a barrel, and while at it make it long enough to thread for a can. I had him...
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    10-14-2019, 04:47 PM
    Release clearance determines max. safe bullet diameter. If cartridges chamber without effort the bullet is not too big.
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    10-14-2019, 02:43 PM
    Load is OK for any "full sized" .32 ACP, would not put lots of it through a Keltec.
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    10-13-2019, 03:37 PM
    Even with the higher velocity loads intended for the Winchester 1892, pressures do not exceed about 23,000 psi and are well within the design limits of pistol primers, as .44 Magnum loads run up to 35-38,000 psi.
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    10-13-2019, 01:06 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Colt Lightning 44/40 in Leverguns
    I have found that all .44-40 rifles and revolvers shoot well with a soft 1 to 30 tin-lead alloy 200-208 grain bullet of .430" diameter and 6 grains of Bullseye or TiteGroup, or 6.5 grains of WST, Red Dot or 452AA. Velocity and pressure approximates...
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    10-13-2019, 11:31 AM
    Large rifle primers in .44-40 brass will "stand proud" because the height of the primer cup is different. Use large PISTOL primers ALWAYS in .44-40! Loading for a .44-40 rifle to levels which are unsuitable for the revolver sort of defeats the...
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    10-12-2019, 09:16 AM
    I had a BSA Cadet Martini which had been recut with the front of a .32-40 reamer to use .32-20 brass blown out straight. Accuracy was very good with the RCBS 32-120 Cadet heeled bullet cast 1:30 tin-lead with a case full of IMR4198. I've since had...
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    10-12-2019, 09:12 AM
    Sounds like a fun project. I've heard of people doing them on .410s, but a 20-ga. would have serious thump!
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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