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    03-28-2020, 04:36 PM
    probably stop expanding at more like 175 to 200 yds, one of the things I learned is it takes a bit more speed than youd think
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    03-25-2020, 06:20 PM
    id think a bevel base would magnify any negative effects from your crown since you don't have the sharp corner to corner exit like FB
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    03-25-2020, 01:44 PM
    ya use data for a design that puts the base in the most similar position in the case. sometimes that could be just using data for a heavier design. or you can do some figuring and think the normal case volume from the bottom inside of the case to...
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    03-24-2020, 02:41 AM
    bmortell replied to a thread Preheating mold in Cast Boolits
    aluminum conducts heat so fast you can just stick the end in the pot for a moment.
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    03-23-2020, 09:08 PM
    bmortell replied to a thread 1894 44 Mag load in Leverguns
    I recently upped my sizer from .4325 to .4333, I re-powder coated some of the ones that were already sized so I could size them again without casting more. currently letting them age a bit cause I quench 50-50ww. ill have to try making a spread of...
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    03-23-2020, 06:03 PM
    bmortell replied to a thread 1894 44 Mag load in Leverguns
    What kind of lead / hardness and diameter
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    03-22-2020, 05:26 PM
    I spent lots of time trying different alloys and powders, diameter ect. for my 44 revolver, then once I had it good I never shot it again lol. the fun part was trying stuff then I go try something else with a different gun.
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    03-22-2020, 10:35 AM
    Ive usually had bumping up in conjuntion with gas cutting and leading. For me dont seem like it happens fast enough to fix the issue
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    03-18-2020, 02:34 PM
    ones with big lube groves that will obturate flat I fill with lube to prevent it. small lube groves I sometimes smear LLA on wax paper thinly then roll the coated bullets on it to get a bit on the bearing surface, not needed but they seat smoother...
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    03-17-2020, 09:09 AM
    It'd be easy to try PC, a sample pack of colors and some bb's from smoke isnt expensive, and then your equipped to coat several thousand boolits with 3 different colors whenever youd want to. Definitly not a bad deal and gives you options.
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    03-14-2020, 06:14 PM
    so you mean out of round, as in its NOT the mold halfs having one slid further forward than the other, assuming you would have noticed a step on the boolits mold half seam and mentioned if that was the case. in that case possibly good news if its...
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    03-13-2020, 06:20 PM
    yeah antimony isn't really what you want in something that expands to a large degree, like a long 30 cal can pretty much triple caliber expand which that degree of stretching is a lot to ask of the metal. in water tests ive compared 1.5% to 2.5% and...
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    03-13-2020, 09:40 AM
    Im not sure what to do with rifle, last deer season i had 220gr cast 30-06 AC 2.5%sb 3%sn at 1900 mv. I shot at one with a solid rest and missed from brush deflection. Then my grampa with identical boolits hit one broadside at 100yds and didnt go...
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    03-10-2020, 09:21 PM
    I have the same problem, I was thinking about sanding a radius on the edge that touches but I didn't get to it yet so cant say how it works
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    03-05-2020, 09:46 AM
    bmortell replied to a thread Newby here. in Helping Hands
    this is your friend, usually everthing will go to poop over 2k in 10 twist so this is a chart equalized at 2k for rifle powders. and use at your own discretion and check data elsewhere as the chart isn't made by me. cant say which is best every gun...
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    03-02-2020, 12:56 AM
    id take whatever is smaller or a mixture of sawdust, spread it out in a thin layer and pour wax over it to make a sheet. then break it up into pieces that look like little no bake cookies. makes for good easy to handle flux.
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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