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    Today, 04:49 PM
    I have a set of the RCBS shotshell dies and load 4.5 grains of 452AA or WST with the Remington SP410 shotcup. They cycle the M1911 just fine and pattern well to 20 ft. RCBS no longer makes the dies. They were always special order and expensive. ...
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    In experiments I did in 1984, loading Saeco #348 double-end wadcutters in full-charge loads with 3.5 grains of Bullseye, firing them at 50 yards in a heavy 16-inch twist test barrel on BSA-Cadet action with .38 AMU chamber, 10X Unertl scope,...
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    Today, 11:49 AM
    This is caused by cutting the sprue while the center of the base of the bullet is still in the “Pasty Phase”. This “Pasty Phase” can be as wide as 150 degrees. What is happening is that the antimony is crystalizing and floating in a tin/lead liquid....
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    Today, 11:31 AM
    Your 29-2 is an older gun and would benefit from a factory rebuild if you want it to last. As FYI here is a listing of the Model 29 engineering changes: Engineering change numbers of the S&W Model 29: 29-1 introduced 1960, thread pitch of...
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    Yesterday, 10:36 PM
    Was not my thread, maybe the OP would if you PM'ed him
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    Yesterday, 09:56 PM
    Pure BS. Period.
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    Yesterday, 09:48 PM
    I have testified in capital murder trials. I have been a jury foreman on murder cases. I have served my country in combat. Those people who are truly evil should not be allowed to live. I have known some that I would be fully willing to kill...
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    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    Great score! Would love to read a followup post on your loads and to see pictures posted.
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    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    For an ordinary service grade or hunting rifle it is easy to get all wrapped around the axle measuring with micrometers while cutting with a stone hatchet. The 11-degree target crown is optimum, but the difference is significant only in highly...
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    Yesterday, 05:52 PM
    For those interested in the clinical definition of Anti-Social Personality Disorder (ASPD) in the DSM-5 here is the link: https://www.theravive.com/therapedia/antisocial-personality-disorder-dsm--5-301.7-(f60.2) If you take the time to read...
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    Yesterday, 05:39 PM
    After each casting session I brush the iron hardware with plain mineral oil USP, which prevents rust but sublimes away when mold is pre-heated. Burlap is coarse and better scrubber, but should be washed to remove dirt in the weave.
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    Yesterday, 05:36 PM
    Shot thousands of rounds in full-auto Thompsons, #452374 LRN cast from air cooled wheelweights with 5 grains of any fast-burning pistol or shotgun powder you've got, Bullseye, Red Dot, 700X, 452AA, all work. Never had any leading issues with RCBS...
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    The ASPD prison population is truly evil and cannot be rehabilitated. Read: Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow Also: Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, Robert Hare
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    Yesterday, 01:47 PM
    Over the years as cherries wore out the fellows making relacements did it more by eyeball than measured tolerance, for sure.
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    Yesterday, 01:23 PM
    I keep a sardine can of water and wet sponge on the bench top and watch the sprue as it hardens. When the sprue turns from shiny to frosty I lay the sprue pour of the gang mold onto the sponge, and let it steam to a count of three before opening...
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    Yesterday, 11:27 AM
    The WW2 armorer's crowning tool for the M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, BAR and .30 Browning machineguns had a removeable, 2-inch long, .2995" diameter pilot centered on an 82-degree 7-flute countersink held by a 2-inch diameter knurled knob which could be...
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    Yesterday, 11:11 AM
    Here are several 100-yard, ten-shot groups shot with my Marlin 1893S .44-40 Microgroove carbine made in 1993 using XS ghost ring iron sights. These pictures show what the Marlin Microgroove rifles are capable of when shot carefully off sandbags with...
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    Yesterday, 10:54 AM
    On the very old Ideal molds many bullets of the same nominal shape could be ordered in different weights made to order by shortening or lengthening the bullet by one or more driving bands and grooves when the cherry was set up. A 500-grain #193...
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    07-01-2020, 09:26 PM
    Five year old thread, I've added a few of my more recent designs since the thread was last updated: Did you design that Accurate Mold? Hey fellers. Accurate Molds rocks. We all know that. He's not much for talking on the phone, but he'll help...
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    07-01-2020, 08:15 PM
    The Saeco #348 DEWC with 3.5 grains of Bullseye in my 1943 Colt Official Police Heavy barrel with 0.003" barrel-cylinder gap gives 900 fps and shoots X-ring groups at 25 yards. My 6-inch 1941 S&W Hand Ejector .38 Special with similar tight...
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    07-01-2020, 04:58 PM
    Lots of variation in .375 chambers. Best is to do a pound cast of the neck and chamber throat before buying a sizer. Try your Lee or NOE bullets as-cast and unsized, load dummy rounds with each and see if either will chamber. If one does, you...
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    07-01-2020, 12:02 PM
    Both the .38 Super barrels which were rechambered to AMU, and the .38 Special Colt Gold Cup barrels were one turn in 16 inches. The reworked .38 Super National Match pistols were locked breech the same as the .38 Super Auto, used the standard...
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    07-01-2020, 11:40 AM
    The followup to the previous article covers the development of +P loads, in The Fouling Shot issue #263 Tales From The Back Creek Diary - Old Cop Guns Retire to Outdoor Duty Loads for the .38-44 High Velocity (.38 Special +P) or .357 Revolver...
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    07-01-2020, 11:31 AM
    I have enjoyed reading this thread again also. The following article appeared in The Fouling Shot issue #262 Retired “cop guns” still “serve and protect.” Standard-Pressure .38 Special Loads for the Revolver and Cowboy Rifle C.E. “Ed”...
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    06-30-2020, 01:23 PM
    In the Colt .38 Super National Match converted to .38 AMU, and in the later .38 Special Gold Cup we loaded unsized cases with Remington or Winchester factory lead bullets of .360" diameter, and 3 grains of 452AA. The final stage on the Phelps...
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    06-30-2020, 12:16 PM
    Factory 158-grain LRN .38 Special cartridges were loaded for 100 years with 3.5 grains of Bullseye. You could do much worse. Today, of course, there are better bullets than round-nose. Using the same 3.5 grains of Bullseye with a cast, 146-148...
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    06-29-2020, 06:43 PM
    Factory load velocity using soft 8-12 BHN lead bullets of standard weight and profile for the caliber are closely approximated with 5 grains of Bullseye and 240-grain bullet in .44 Special, 6 grains with 215-grain bullet in the .44-40 and 7 grains...
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    06-29-2020, 11:09 AM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread what bullet size? in Cast Boolits
    Go back and read the sticky. Measure the cylinder throats, not the barrel. For most modern guns .452 is correct. For pre-WW2 revolvers .454 or .455. Bore diameter is across the tops of the lands. A bore diameter bullet will be too small....
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    06-28-2020, 06:55 PM
    Nice healthy looking bear. We have a few which wander through our neighborhood that terrorize the pit bulls and play tag with the Jack Russels and rat terriers. They have great fun playing with gutsy and fearless small dogs, but the pits are...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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