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  • Outpost75's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    NOT a brass problem. A sloppy chamber and excessive case sizing problem.
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    Today, 04:35 PM
    You should have some reading material in your mailbox. Feel free to contact me again if I can be of further help.
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    Today, 03:32 PM
    If you get into reloading .32 ACP in a major way, you will find that mixed headstamp, range pickup brass varies greatly in wall thickness and is rather a nuisance. Dealing with it is a fool's errand and poor economy. As one who has over 50 years...
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    Today, 03:25 PM
    Too hot for the chamber dimensions. You are asking alot of the brass to expand that much and seal a sloppy chamber. The .45 Colt, .44 Magnum, .357 were not designed for lever-action use. To make a cylindrical case feed reliably in a...
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    Today, 01:36 PM
    Chamber is too large. Measure diameter of fired case at the bulge. Expect that it is over .485" Load is probably too hot. Dies size the brass too much. Measure your sized cases, expect they are smaller in body diameter than .475" Look...
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    Today, 12:13 AM
    I ran into this exact problem with a Cimarron-Pietta Pistolero 4-3/4" in .45 Colt on which the sight was crooked. Gun shot way off! Smacked front sight with a 2 oz. brass hammer to straighten up, and snapped the front sight off. Poor factory...
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    Yesterday, 10:49 PM
    Here are some updates from me: These all for .32 ACP and .32 S&W Long with 3 grains of AutoComp for .380 ACP Original Ruger LCP Beretta 1934 and SIG P230 with 2.5 grains Bullseye for 9x19mm REVOLVER, S&W 940, Ruger SP101, etc. with 3.5...
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    Yesterday, 10:06 PM
    Red Dot is bulky and a porous base "fluffy" powder, so you should not need to use any filler. The 13-grain load of Red Dot would give about 1800 fps with a 145-grain GC bullet and should not be increased.
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    Yesterday, 01:52 PM
    Water dropped bullets are too hard and don't shoot as well in standard-pressure revolver loads. I have no need for "hard" bullets and am another one of those old fuds who prefer drop their bullets onto a folded towel for gentle cooling and easy...
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    02-17-2020, 09:08 PM
    I have some Rem-UMC nickled .45 Colt balloon heads for you, some Rem-UMC .38 S&W and Rem-UMC .44-40. Have some misc. misfired rounds in various calibers I'll pull down and decap, and if any balloon-heads amongst them will add them to the pile. PM...
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    02-17-2020, 08:12 PM
    Another solution for .44-40 rifles having tight chamber necks, but a large groove diameter is the Accurate 43-200QL helled bullet. This has an oversized stop ring above the crimp groove which can be sized to fit the chamber throat or barrel groove...
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    02-17-2020, 11:51 AM
    They also made Model 19s with a 6-inch barrel for CHP, but less common than the 2-1/2" or 4". Some 3" Model 19s were made for Customs and Border Patrol, Office of Naval Intelligence and State Dept. Security for use by Marine Embassy Guards, reason...
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    02-16-2020, 09:20 PM
    I figured out long ago that a pistol or revolver which weighed more than 24 ozs. loaded was too heavy for pocket carry. Since I have retired and grown more "portly" I have taken to wearing suspenders for comfort, and do not routinely wear a belt or...
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    02-16-2020, 05:02 PM
    I'm with CuriousShooter on this one. Fire lapping causes wear of forcing cone and cylinder throats, but does little or nothing to mitigate a thread choke. A round-hole broach is the factory method to repair thread choke unless you pull the barrel,...
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    02-15-2020, 10:38 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    16 BHN is unnecessarily hard for BP, 8-10 BHN is fine for holy black.
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    02-15-2020, 10:37 PM
    Outstanding! There are a bunch of hams on this site. Recommend http://w4ava.org/training.htm as a free training resource with additional useful info beyond what you needed to pass the test.
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    02-15-2020, 11:53 AM
    This small amount of Dacron should be completely consumed upon firing. If any is deposited onto the muzzle brake it will probably be as a smoky film which can be cleaned off with a brush using Mil-C-372B or Kroil. If you see any visible "fluff"...
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    02-15-2020, 11:35 AM
    Here are pics of Virginia John's raised diamond, square-butt, plainclothes rounded bottom stocks:
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    02-15-2020, 09:42 AM
    An old gun that works is worth more than a new gun that doesn't! For that much money you can get a pre-1980 Model 19 and have it gunsmith tweaked as a duty carry. https://www.gunbroker.com/item/854838805 ...
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    02-14-2020, 09:48 PM
    When I had an armory full of them we made a fixture to hold the crane arbor and faced them in a Wilson case trimmer, which made it possible to stretch and face dozens easily once we figured out the correct base length to set the case trimmer.
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    02-14-2020, 07:56 PM
    Post-WW2 but pre-1957 raised diamond stocks typically go for $75-$100 depending on condition. Nice minimally worn, undamaged pre-WW2 ones with good finish VERY much more.
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    02-14-2020, 07:24 PM
    Pics would help, square butt?, round butt? Plainclothes stocks with rounded bottom, or uniform holster stocks with flat bottom? Raised uncheckered diamond around grip screw escutcheons or machine checkered right up to bushing? Walnut or...
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    02-14-2020, 02:23 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    Keith understood the relationship between cylinder throats and correct bullet diameter. He didn't slug barrels. I discussed this at length with him and Skeeter Skelton at Bill Ruger's New Hampshire home when I worked for the company back in the...
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    02-13-2020, 10:39 PM
    I understand that many people like Unique, but I've always had trouble with its large particle and not being able to uniformly measure charges assembled on a Star or Dillon machine. So Bullseye is my preferred powder for standard-pressure loads in...
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    02-13-2020, 09:20 PM
    Flat-nosed bullets don't "flip," but provide straight-line penetration, which may be an advantage. They also provide more "crush" than a round nose and are less easily deflected by oblique impacts against bone. But the Winchester FMJ loads are...
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    02-13-2020, 09:11 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Obturation in Cast Boolits
    PLEASE folks understand that BORE diameter is the smooth hole BEFORE it is rifled and reflects the diameter measured across the tops of the rifling lands. After rifling the GROOVE diameter is what most cast bullet shooters are interested in, but in...
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    02-13-2020, 06:44 PM
    Only the ones the US military buys and the few commercial producers who actually test to that standard to defend themselves in product liability lawsuits.
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    02-13-2020, 05:50 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Home-made 50/50 in Boolit Lube !
    I always measured mine by melted liquid volume.
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    02-13-2020, 05:04 PM
    I have never seen this happen. What is your source for this info? If it is first-hand experience please give details.
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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