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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    Current issue of The Fouling Shot has pressure tested data from Larry Gibson for .44 Magnum and .44-40 with current powders. If anyone would like a copy PM me with an email address which will accept a 2MB .pdf attachment.
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    Yesterday, 05:09 PM
    I can tell you from experience that the Crispy Creme doughnuts work. We used to trap nuisance bears to tag, put radio collars on and relocate them to the most remote part of the state. If they returned they would be shot. Doughnut waste from...
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    Yesterday, 02:36 PM
    He would be much better off with a 12-ga. pump shotgun. The Judge is a sub-par performer in .45 Colt and a poor performer in .410. He would be better off carrying a rucksack full of Crispy-Creme doughnuts to throw at and distract the bear and...
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    Yesterday, 02:22 PM
    The factory open sights of the pre-1964 Winchester Model 94 in .30-30 came zeroed to strike within a 3 inch circle drawn tangent at 6:00 inside a 6 inch black aiming bull at 50 yards. The normal sight picture with open sights is to take a...
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    Not a pretty picture! Expect criminal charges to be forthcoming and IRS to revoke tax-exempt status just for starters. ...
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    Yesterday, 11:16 AM
    The 1.315" length is max. 1.305 is the trim-to length which new R-P or W-W brass would usually be. Due to the heavy crimp applied to obtain acceptable ballistic uniformity with 100-grain softpoint bullets cases fired in factory loads WILL stretch...
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    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    I've mostly run Bullseye or 452AA (until it was discontinued in 1991) and since then mostly WST in the Star machines all total for over 50 years. I prefer a fast-burning powder which attains the desired velocity with a clean burn at the lowest...
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    08-05-2020, 08:00 PM
    Colt letter says was shipped to Belknap Hardware Company, Louisville, KY April 6, 1905 as purchasing agent for Baldwin Phelps Detective Agency. Is a documented West Virginia Coal Wars Gun captured by my great grandfather during the Battle of Blair...
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    08-05-2020, 07:16 PM
    My favorite recreational loads for the .44 Magnum use the Accurate 43-206H "stump-nosed" SWC, which weighs 213-grains in 1 to 30 tin-lead, with 7.5 grains of Bullseye. I load 6 grains of Bullseye with the same bullet in the .44 Special or .44-40...
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    08-05-2020, 07:00 PM
    Given the finer particle size of 4Fg compared to larger granulation, a greater percentage by weight is composed of graphite, and while the burning rate is faster, the total energy produced in ft.-lbs. per grain is less. Larry's pressure test in .45...
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    08-05-2020, 03:29 PM
    My .45 ACP Model 625 of 1989 had the etched rifling and leaded incessantly and resisted all attempts to lap or otherwise smooth the barrel, so I sold it.
    17 replies | 374 view(s)
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    08-05-2020, 11:24 AM
    With 1.305" case, the 0.3" nose length of Accurate 31-105T results in a 1.605" overall cartridge length, whereas factory max for .32-20 is 1.592". If this is an issue, when you order the mold ask Tom to shorten the nose length by 0.015" to .285"...
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    08-04-2020, 11:36 PM
    We load 1000's of rounds of .30-'06 gallery loads annually for use in club 03A3s for Appleseed classes. We use a Dillon machine set up to meter 8.5 grains of WST shotshell powder and we load Accurate 31-155D cast from backstop scrap, loaded as-cast...
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    08-04-2020, 02:08 PM
    SAAMI Max. Average Pressure is the statistical maximum individual pressure, or the maximum sample average (machine loading limit) plus 3 standard deviations. The proof pressure is ordinarily 1.25 times the MAP, which varies according to the...
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    08-04-2020, 01:47 PM
    Indian Joe is correct on the RCBS bullet. However, my experience with both my 1905 Colt Frontier Six Shooter and 1920 Colt New Service is that they impact low relative to the sights when firing the lighter 200-grain bullets. To avoid having to cut...
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    08-04-2020, 01:05 PM
    OOPS! Thanks for the correction. 4Fg is not ideal, but will "work," loosely filling the case, without compression.
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    08-04-2020, 12:06 PM
    2Fg will work as long as you fill the case, settle the charge for maximum powder capacity and obtain at least 3mm of powder compression with the bullet seated.
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    08-04-2020, 10:56 AM
    Accurate 31-105T is very close to original factory .32-20 lead bullets.
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    08-04-2020, 10:54 AM
    Two lighter-weight Accurate bulets for .32 ACP which feed well in finicky pistols which tend to bobble with anything other than FMJ hardball. The 31-075H has a .303 diameter nose above the front driving band for tight chambers with short...
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    08-03-2020, 08:21 PM
    What is sold in the US as aliphatic mineral spirits or Stoddard Solvent is a nonflammable "safety solvent" used for dry cleaning, which does not contain volatile organics and such does not ignite when tested under the NFPA test standard, such that...
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    08-02-2020, 05:38 PM
    Jacketed bullets for the .32 Winchester Special run .320" and have a thin jacket and soft core to squeeze down easily. The same bullet is factory loaded in US 8mm sporting ammunition in a mild charge which is safe for the 1888 Commission rifles. I...
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    08-02-2020, 12:01 PM
    To produce a correct roll crimp for revolver use, get a .45 Auto Rim die set and simply use a .45 Colt shell holder. A pleasant and accurate load which produces less than 14,000 psi is 3.5 grains of Bullseye or TiteGroup, or 4 grains of WST or 231...
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    08-01-2020, 07:35 PM
    I own two S&W 940s. The first one went 1500 rounds of standard-pressure 9mm before developing more than 0.002" of end-shake. The crane arbor was stretched, the gun tightened up and in another 1500 rounds it needed to be tightened again, by that...
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    07-31-2020, 12:48 PM
    In my experience the Lee Factory Crimp Die in .44-40 reduces bullet diameter inside Starline brass to .428", which is too small for best results in modern rifles and revolvers produced to .44 Magnum barrel dimensions. The Lee die works best in...
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    07-31-2020, 11:28 AM
    The Garand gas port is about an inch behind the muzzle, and with fast-burning powders the pressure will have peaked and dropped off long before the bullet reaches the gas port. If you want a cast load which cycles the M1 reliably, start at about 36...
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    07-30-2020, 09:27 PM
    Not a bad guess. Here are chronograph results for .38 Long Colt, .38 Special wadcutter and 150-grain heeled flatnosed:
    191 replies | 36249 view(s)
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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