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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 05:04 PM
    I've been using cast bullets in M1 carbines since '68. I most often used just COWWs (+ 2& tin the last 20 years) which run 12 - 14 BHN when air cooled. For many years I've preferred to use a service cartridge velocity level load as that most...
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    Today, 04:39 PM
    Am I pushing them too fast? Short answer is yes.....obviously...... You might switch powders and load them down to 1300 - 1400 fps. However, if you want to use commercial cast at those velocities you might look for a vender that sells...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    The nicely '06 chamber fire formed 7.62 cases just had a slight roll crimp with no shoulder or neck......was kind of funny till I tried to turn the brass back into the ASP........got a "dat don't look like no gubment case I seen....ain't gona take...
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    Yesterday, 03:23 PM
    You know when I heard that "back in the day" it made a lot of sense and I thought it probably was the reason. However, after numerous years of investigating and research which found there never was any arsenal documentation to back that story up. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-16-2019, 08:18 PM
    Blacktails and mulies with my .41 magnum. For hunting with cast I use the RCBS 44-210, a Keith type SWC, at 1400 fps out of my Ruger Bisley with 7 1/2" barrel. It's always worked and wasn't broke so I never went to a heavier or WFN bullet.....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-16-2019, 07:59 PM
    Ah yes, M2 Alternate ammunition. I do not include M2 Alternate in with M2 Ball as it has it's own designation as does M2 Armor Piercing. There's several specific references to M2 Alternate ammunition non of which give a crystal clear idea of the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-16-2019, 01:01 PM
    The original M2 Ball was the result of, in the late '30s when the National Guard was called up and federalized, the new M1 30-06 ammunition exceeding the safety fans of the National Guard ranges. National Guard Bureau requested ammunition with the...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-15-2019, 02:06 PM
    How long is the bullet?
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    08-14-2019, 07:55 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 45-70 bp rem-umc in Vintage Ammo
    jrmartin1964 Thanks for the info. I suspected it would have been loaded up into the '30s. Good to know.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 07:45 PM
    Your oven quenched bullets should do well up through 13-1400 fps, perhaps a bit higher.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 07:31 PM
    Should do better (maintain accuracy to a farther distance) in the 16" twist but, as mentioned, the sometimes almost cylindrical bullet shape of some WFN/OWC does come into play.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 12:08 PM
    Might be better served in the rifle with a GC'd bullet, especially if a softer alloy might be used or you have to drive it fast if the Ruger has a slow twist.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 12:07 PM
    "What’s the secret to getting 100-yard accuracy out of a WFN or OWC design? Or should I stick to LFN and SWC designs?" Probably using a shorter lighter weight one that gives better stability at the velocities you mention in the 18 3/8" twist of...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 11:59 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 45-70 bp rem-umc in Vintage Ammo
    Picture as requested showing a lube groove. You can see the grooves were made with a knurling tool during swaging; A better picture of the "dish"; Answers to your other questions would also interest me. I'm going to pressure/velocity...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-14-2019, 09:49 AM
    sisterjim PM sent, given the 38-55 had a 20" twist the 18" twist should suffice just fine for your needs.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-13-2019, 08:00 PM
    Can someone give me an approximate range of manufacturing dates of this ammo? It is REM-UMC 45 Govt 45-70. It has a 405 gr swaged lead FNHB bullet that was sized .457. The balloon head case had 70 gr of what appeared to be 3Fg BP compressed in it.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-13-2019, 07:50 PM
    Larry Gibson started a thread 44 Russian in Vintage Ammo
    Picked this up at the LGS a while back. Had 20 cartridges in excellent condition in it. Plan on pressure testing 10 of them.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-13-2019, 07:42 PM
    I've velocity and pressure tested original DM 42 M2 Ball ammunition. The ammunition I test was very good 3rd specification M2 ammunition. Out of the 24" test barrel in averaged 2821 fps (muzzle) at 56,000 psi using an Oehler M43. That should not...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-12-2019, 10:59 AM
    +1.......
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-11-2019, 08:08 PM
    Coming up on 55 years (4 November '64) since I enlisted in the Army as airborne unassigned because I wanted to volunteer for Special Forces. Having completed Basic Training, Infantry Training and just completing my 5th jump at airborne school I ran...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-11-2019, 10:44 AM
    Many think there's something "broke" with the Iver Johnsons because many models don't fully lock the cylinder in place unless the trigger is pulled back. The cylinder will spin freely in mine (yes it is supposed to) with the trigger forward. Also...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-11-2019, 10:21 AM
    OP doesn't state what level of 45 Colt loads nor the weight of his bullet.....so I just use the data for Colt SAA & clones and 250 gr cast/lead as referenced loads. Lyman #3; PB; Start 5 gr, max 7.5 gr SR7625; Start 6 gr, Max 8.5 gr ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-11-2019, 09:59 AM
    I've used the 120 gr bullets from Nosler, Speer and Sierra..... worked well on small and medium deer but are a bit to easily expanded for some shots on larger deer. I prefer the Hornady129 gr SP though as it is an excellent game bullet for deer in...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    08-10-2019, 02:08 PM
    Yes, good info to consider. As a "kit gun" to me is a small companion gun I keep coming back to my S&W M30 with 3" barrel in 32 S&WL. With it, 4 speed loaders and a 20 round belt ammo carrier I'm comfortable with 50 rounds for it. The 32 S&WL...
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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
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