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    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    I can state from experience that a double-charge of 24 grains of W231 with a 385-grain #457124 in a sound and well;-fitted up 1884 trapdoor will not blow up the gun, but WILL ring the chamber such that it requires a 2-lb. lead hammer and 7/16" drill...
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    Are you planning to load smokeless or black? Accurate has several traditional and modern designs for the .38-40. If loading smokeless powder you want a crimp groove. These have adequate lube capacity for black, but also a substantial crimp...
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    01-14-2020, 10:10 PM
    Duh? 8-)
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    01-14-2020, 09:44 PM
    The 9mm cases begin to taper and become thicker once you get beyond the seating depth of a 115-grain or 123 grain jacketed bullet. If you use a normal .38 Special or .357 expander plug its longer shank length will impinge against the case wall...
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    01-14-2020, 09:21 PM
    Also if you cut down 10mm to .40 S&W, you also need to mouth ream them. Labor intensive.
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    01-14-2020, 09:16 PM
    Could you please list the titles to go with the TM numbers? And believe you meant 1942-43, WW2, not Mexican War 8-)
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    01-14-2020, 03:42 PM
    Outpost75 replied to a thread Snyder Carbine in Military Rifles
    My friend in Italy shoots his with a .60 cal. round ball and 80 grains of 2Fg in 24-ga. shotgun cases cut off at 2 inches. Just shove the ball down against the powder and smear 50-50 beeswax and olive oil over the ball.
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    01-13-2020, 11:44 PM
    My Ruger Old Army .45 single-action blackpowder revolver, has adjustable sights and a 7-1/2" barrel. I have for it two extra fitted percussion cylinders which I ordered from the factory. As the revolver comes out of the box it is sighted for...
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    01-13-2020, 11:12 PM
    These Accurate bullets all work in the Ruger .45 Colt with 7.5 grains of Bullseye: Larry's test data: Note actual bullet weight on shown on the data sheets, because I use softer 1:30 tin-lead alloy from Roto Metals and sent bullets to...
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    01-13-2020, 10:28 PM
    Surfaces should be polished to a 400-grit finish first, which increases the stainless ability to form a cohesive passive layer. Then bead blast with fine glass beads and light air pressure not more than 60 PSI pressure of dry air. Applying the beads...
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    01-13-2020, 09:35 PM
    Great guns. If you want to shoot anything other than round balls you will want a higher front sight.
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    01-13-2020, 03:20 PM
    For those who want lanolin in their Ed's Red, my dairy farmer neighbor says that he's been using Bag Balm to mix his Ed's Red for over 20 years and it works fine. Ed's Red also cures mange on hound dogs and barn cats.
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    01-13-2020, 03:14 PM
    Going back through Keith's early writings and the evolution of his experimental bullets, suggests that a meplat which is 0.6 of the bullet diameter is satisfactory and a good compromise between "crush" and aerodynamics. About 0.7 of the bullet...
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    01-13-2020, 03:01 PM
    If you cannot mark it with a thumbnail it is harder than 11 BHN. If you drop an ingot onto a concrete floor and it goes "plink" rather than "thud" is is harder than 15 BHN If you can clamp 1 inch of the ingot in a vise and break the rest off...
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    01-13-2020, 12:37 PM
    Ruger used standard SAAMI proof loads for production in .45 Colt, but the engineering dept. when I worked for the company had Remington produce some "double-proof" loads which approximated the pressure levels used for proofing .44 Magnum (1980s,...
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    01-13-2020, 12:25 PM
    Sounds to me like you have a .454ish barrel. The Speer bullets are soft lead and will "slug up" in a full charge load with a fast-burning powder like Bullseye. A charge of 7-1/2 grains is correct for a full-charge with soft lead 250-grain bullet. ...
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    01-12-2020, 10:55 PM
    +1 for Savvy Jack. Bullet of caliber that starts with a "4" weighing 1/2 oz., cast of alloy not harder than 10 BHN, with meplat not smaller than 0.6 of the bullet diameter, driven at 900 fps from a 5" revolver or 1200 fps from a 20-inch Cowboy...
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    01-12-2020, 10:46 PM
    Are you looking for fired empty brass or loaded rounds? I may be able to help, but shipping of loaded rounds is ridiculous. Empty brass is easy.
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    01-12-2020, 10:29 PM
    Yeah, I had several of those cans. REALLY got people buzzed up when I reported 37 grs. of RL9 in my .308 Hunter Bench gun after I explained that I had a half can of RL7 and another of RL11 AND mixed them after I won the match... These days I am...
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    01-12-2020, 03:42 PM
    In the 1980s S&W got caught cheating on proof by the Contracting Officers Technical Representative. It was noted that the burn stains on the cylinder face of some stainless revolvers was not the same color on all chambers, one charge hole being...
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    01-12-2020, 12:13 PM
    Don't know what current specs are, but when I worked in the industry in QA (1980s): Min. build assembly before proofing pass 0.002/0.003 hold, min. acceptance after proofing pass 0.003/0.004 hold Mean Assembly Tolerance pass 0.005/0.006 hold,...
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    01-12-2020, 12:16 AM
    What is the twist of rifling you plan to use??? For a bullet over 200 grains subsonic you want a 1:14 or 1:12 twist.
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    01-12-2020, 12:14 AM
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    01-11-2020, 09:57 PM
    Can't speak to NOE, but I have been using this Accurate design for similar subsonic applications with fine results in a .38 S&W rook rifle by John Taylor and also in the .38 Special cowboy gun. Also shoots to the fixed sights and very accurate in...
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    01-11-2020, 02:46 PM
    The so-called "crud ring" produced by firing .38 Specials in .357 chambers is easily overcome by using a soft bullet which is well lubricated, loaded with a fast-burning powder to standard pressure and velocity. The great majority of my .38 Special...
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    01-11-2020, 01:02 PM
    In my Finn M39 I use the NOE version of #314299, sized .314" with 30 grains of IMR4064, RL15 or Varget.
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    01-11-2020, 12:50 PM
    When you order a mold from Accurate you can specify diameter wanted and your alloy. Normal tolerance is 0.002" but you can specify whether you want the tolerance positive, negative or centered. If you order the mold with .311 bands with normal...
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    01-11-2020, 12:27 PM
    That's a great mold for barrels which have a bit of wear on them, as the tapered nose fits the throat well. In a new barrel the forepart will be engraved by the throat and you will feel some effort in closing the lever, but it really shoots great. ...
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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