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    02-18-2019, 03:04 PM
    I agree. Trying before you buy a mold is a valid reason but I doubt that accounts for them staying in business. That’s what drove me to cast myself, pay for expensive jacketed bullets or expensive cast ones??? No thanks
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    02-18-2019, 09:41 AM
    And that is why internet load data is inherently sketchy.
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    02-18-2019, 09:33 AM
    Here I was thinking I was missing something.... I have personally never felt the need to “upgrade” from a Ruger and it’s price point. But I will agree more gun offerings can only be good.
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    02-16-2019, 10:15 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread Below Zero with Cast in Cast Boolits
    I will start by saying I have no experience with temps cold enough to matter, I don’t shoot if it’s uncomfortablely chilly. My only observation would be it would be easier to simply warm the ammo as opposed to creating cold only loads. The water...
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    02-15-2019, 12:38 AM
    Agreed, the threaded tube seems to be the most important part and therefore the most expensive and likely the best place to upgrade. I can make a decent suppressor with a half-assed Monocore built with a drill press, or make baffles out of freeze...
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    02-14-2019, 11:13 AM
    I disagree, if I can buy a hi point for under $200, then a tube with zero moving parts cannot possibly cost more. I am ignoring NFA fee, but probably shouldn’t as the NFA has created an inflated valuation for suppressors. People are understandably...
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    02-13-2019, 07:04 PM
    The biggest problem I have is there is no standardized testing done for suppressors. We can compare weight and cost but sound suppression is an estimate at best and outright fabrication at worst (manufacturers and form one builders). I know there...
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    02-13-2019, 03:39 PM
    Also meant to point out that the wide variety in suppressor design tells me that it just doesn’t matter much. I suspect most design decisions are made based on manufacturing cost not sound suppression.
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    02-13-2019, 03:37 PM
    I realize I may not be able to build the best, but I don’t see how commercial offerings can justify the price for a metal filled tube. I agree form 1 cans would be more than adequate for 90% of shooters
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    02-11-2019, 03:31 PM
    Mine will likely be all aluminum, with exception to the first few baffles. Just mailed off my forms to ATF and CLEO. We shall see how long it takes, but I figure I have a few months to decide what I want to do.
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    02-11-2019, 12:18 AM
    Is that suppressor still in use?
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    02-11-2019, 12:17 AM
    Well I was really thinking just one or two and the rest with aluminum. As far as price goes, there is no commercial suppressor out there for around $100. Also, I plan to use this on a 9mm carbine as well. (I cannot justify the cost of dedicated...
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    02-10-2019, 11:03 PM
    My hesitation in using freeze plugs is the weight; I have heard they make for a heavy suppressor, but I have no frame of reference. Would it be cumbersome on the end of a lightweight .22 rifle?
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    02-10-2019, 10:46 PM
    Yes.... That would be the point of a form 1, you complete it (including $200) and in return they send you a stamp.
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    02-10-2019, 10:21 PM
    Nice. How have they held up?
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    02-10-2019, 09:34 PM
    What did you use for baffles?
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    02-09-2019, 08:04 PM
    Getting ready to go down that road and wanted to get first person info. I have googled it to death and found info on other forums, but I wonít create an account on most forums as the attitude is childish to put it mildly. Also for those that...
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    02-09-2019, 07:46 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread Break open .22 in Rimfire Area
    Well dang I was hoping for something cheaper than T/C!!! Oh well, means I don’t want it bad enough
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    02-05-2019, 11:53 AM
    I’m in the camp that guns aren’t toys, but fun tools. If you can’t operate the tool, your too young.
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    02-04-2019, 10:57 PM
    A .22lr is still my first choice. Air guns are not a good option in my opinion as little ones can not operate them for themselves. I dont load or cock guns for new shooters regardless of age.
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    02-04-2019, 06:55 PM
    T_McD started a thread Break open .22 in Rimfire Area
    Is anyone currently making one? Closest thing I could find is Rossi, but discontinued.
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    02-03-2019, 11:00 AM
    T_McD replied to a thread Reloading for 35 Whelen in Cast Boolits
    Nice. Normally I’m of the mind that if data doesn’t exist, your trying something you shouldn’t. But this is more a case of a relatively unpopular caliber with outdated information I think.
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    02-02-2019, 03:32 PM
    You still using the one 4895 load? That one looks like it meets my requirements to set off tannerite.
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    02-01-2019, 08:12 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread Reloading for 35 Whelen in Cast Boolits
    yea I'm that guy. I knew someone had brought it up before...
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    02-01-2019, 08:11 PM
    I thought of the small size soda cans but don't buy them normally, so it would be a false sense of savings. My main reason for not buying is I know I will not be casting enough to warrant buying molds to use maybe once every year or so. My next...
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    02-01-2019, 10:30 AM
    I have this odd desire to find a non traditional mold that’s fits in a Lee 4 lb pot. Beer cans work great as a mold but are too big.
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    01-31-2019, 11:54 PM
    OK the 35 Whelen is what got into this hobby within a hobby, and my plan has been to shoot powder coated gas checked wheel weight bullets fast enough to detonate tannerite, but otherwise as slow as possible. I am beyond ignorant when it comes to...
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    01-31-2019, 11:28 PM
    This just in, cheap aluminum foil doesn't work well as an emergency ingot mold. The foil doesn't really stick per se, it just comes off in tiny pieces that makes it not worth it. You're welcome, cuz I know everyone was wondering!
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    01-31-2019, 03:08 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread The Devil Made Me Do It in Cast Boolits
    Well after thinking it over, 38-55 seems to be the best choice! Good luck on the build, and keep the good memories.
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    01-31-2019, 03:04 PM
    Thanks for the replies, I appreciate the insight.
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    01-30-2019, 10:58 PM
    For all those making your own jacketed bullets, what is your main motivation? I got into reloading to save money, and its working wonders... :rolleyes: I just started casting as I could not find cast rifle bullets for cheaper than jacketed and...
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    01-30-2019, 10:43 PM
    Good motivation for being more self sufficient. And to appreciate our hobby even more.
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    01-30-2019, 09:20 PM
    I have not used pins as brass on brass seemed to get the job done. I started just using hot water and dawn and that worked great. added some lemishine and could see no difference, especially long term. all my brass that I wet tumbled has tarnished...
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    01-30-2019, 07:53 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread The Devil Made Me Do It in Cast Boolits
    I’m going to be the stick in the mud and suggest a more common caliber. Or does one not exist that meets the regulations?
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    01-27-2019, 10:46 AM
    T_McD replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    I had a feeling that would be the case. It mimics my attitudes toward reloading in general. I am not the guy who reloads for “moa” accuracy. I just plink and set off tannerite. If it’s accurate enough to have fun shooting, then it’s accurate enough...
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    01-26-2019, 10:52 AM
    T_McD replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    My goal with these are two fold, 1) shoot more and not spend 30 cents a bullet, 2) eventually find a load that is fast enough to set off tannerite and still accurate
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    01-25-2019, 03:07 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Unfortunately my immediate plans for casting are limited to my 35 Whelen. Could not find cheap bullets like I can for pistol and .223. And I definitely caught myself checking each bullet, and remembered that I read on here not to. So that helped....
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    01-25-2019, 02:54 PM
    This sums up my motivation for wanting my kid to be raised with a moral compass.
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    01-24-2019, 08:40 PM
    T_McD replied to a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    Yup waiting on powder and gas checks. Just making sure they are worth loading, I threw most back into the pot
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    01-24-2019, 07:27 PM
    T_McD started a thread First time casting in Cast Boolits
    These are the best ones from the batch I did. Are these acceptable? Feel free to criticize.
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    01-23-2019, 09:32 PM
    Fair enough, I appreciate the acknowledgement of doubts. Seems to be all I have at the moment
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    01-23-2019, 09:16 PM
    Is there any advantage or disadvantage to waiting to powder coat cast bullets? I havenít cast a single bullet yet so forgive my ignorance. The reason I ask is I am itching to cast but wonít get powder for a few weeks.
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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
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