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    01-22-2015, 11:19 PM
    454PB replied to a thread Need help! in Cast Boolits
    That's not uncommon and in your case, it means the brass is thicker than normal, your resizing die is sizing smaller than normal, the expander plug is undersized, or some combination of all. As long as the boolit isn't deformed or sized down by the...
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    01-21-2015, 10:52 PM
    I've used mink oil boot dressing for years, works as well as Imperial Wax and can be bought at any sporting goods store or shoe store.
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    01-21-2015, 10:48 PM
    I watched it too. Looks like fun, everything from 45/70 to 460 Weatherby magnums, and moving targets.
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    01-21-2015, 12:41 PM
    It sounds like you're now on track. When you said you cooled the mould for 12 seconds, was that with the wet cloth? If so, I suggest you do the cooling more often, and at shorter intervals. 12 seconds is a relatively long time and is changing the...
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    01-19-2015, 12:40 PM
    I think you should worry less about pot temperature and concentrate on mould temperature. When I'm casting large boolits and they are taking too long to cool (in the mould), I use a cake pan with some water and a cloth folded up. Fill the mould, let...
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    01-18-2015, 10:59 PM
    As Wayne said, there's no need for anything harder than wheel weights (12 BHN) when using gas checks. I have used water dropped plain based boolits for 45/70, and have good results with the Lee 340 RF at around 1500 fps. Mine are fired in a...
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    01-17-2015, 02:52 PM
    Try pushing the gas checked boolits through the Lee sizer nose up. The Hornady gas checks have a slight taper at the top of the cup which "bites in" better when that taper enters the sizing die first. Even if it doesn't make any difference, as long...
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    01-12-2015, 12:37 PM
    I've heard that too, but I've never seen it to be true. However, I do a thorough barrel cleaning before switching from jacketed to cast or vice versa. That doesn't mean removal of "every trace of copper".
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    01-11-2015, 12:16 AM
    I tutored my grandson while he loaded his first box of .308 ammo around Christmas. He had asked me several times when he could load his own ammo for the Ruger American Compact .308 Win. that I bought for him in August when he turned 12. I had him do...
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    01-08-2015, 02:25 PM
    I don't own an RCBS sizer, but I do own a couple of Lyman, a Saeco, and a Star. None of them will stand up to sizing long, hard, 45/70 boolits more than .001". You'll need a push through like the Lee for that, or do them in several steps.
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    01-08-2015, 12:13 AM
    Mine are used in .454 Casulls, but wheel weight alloy and a gas check work fine at 1600 fps. Your recipe for alloy is harder than WW alloy.
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    01-08-2015, 12:09 AM
    Me too. I have some boxes of boolits that were lubed 5 years ago and they are fine. BUT, they are neatly placed nose up, side by side, and the temperature rarely gets over 85 degrees in my loading room.
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    01-08-2015, 12:01 AM
    454PB replied to a thread slow quiet boolits in Cast Boolits
    I think I'd worry about sticking one in the barrel.
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    01-07-2015, 11:52 PM
    I once owned a .41 rimfire derringer. I did some penetration tests on a piece of 2X4 at about 5 feet. The bullet penetrated it's length.....the base of it was flush with the wood. I doubt it would penetrate a skull.
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    01-07-2015, 11:36 PM
    You should not see any more change. I've done long term hardness testing on heat treated boolits, and they do continue to harden for several months, but I assume you air cooled and no additional treatment if you're looking to control hardness. ...
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    01-07-2015, 11:25 PM
    454PB replied to a thread CB for 454 in Cast Boolits
    I always made my own lubes until it became hard to find Alox. I then ordered a big box of BAC and found it cheaper than making my own. Over the last 40 years I've experimented with various home brew lubes, but none worked better than the BAC. I,...
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    01-07-2015, 02:35 PM
    In my experience, that seems a bit much. It could be that the SOWW are not filling the mould as completely as the COWW because of a total lack of tin. As an example, a mould that casts a .430" slug in COWW will usually cast around .432" in...
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    01-07-2015, 12:44 PM
    454PB replied to a thread CB for 454 in Cast Boolits
    I like BlueDot for reduced velocity loads, and 16 grains behind the 270 SAA (which actually weighs 275 grains in my alloy of wheel weighs + 2% tin) chronographs at 1195 fps. from my 7 1/2" RSRH. I get good accuracy and zero leading.
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    01-06-2015, 11:51 PM
    I suggest you try one of the traditional groove lubes rather than tumble lubes, that will cost very little. If you don't have a lubrisizer, you can smear it into the grooves with your fingers.......you won't need many for testing purposes. I use...
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    01-05-2015, 11:44 PM
    You are cetainly on the right track and have obviously done your homework. In my opinion.......worrying about fourth decimal place measurements is a waste of time, especially when it's a boolit as big as a .44. My 35 year old Redhawk has been...
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    01-05-2015, 02:54 PM
    I tried it too. What I did was wrap the boolit, then size without lubing in a Lyman 450. The result looked like a normally lubed boolit with white lube. The messy part was that excess teflon was sheared off and remained on the top of the sizing...
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    01-05-2015, 02:23 PM
    I agree with oldfart1956. I've broken the linkage on 2 Lyman 450 sizers, and both times it was while sizing hard 45/70 boolits. I also agree with MtGun44, when you use gas checks, the alloy can be quite soft without any leading worries.
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    01-05-2015, 02:15 PM
    I have a Llama 1911, and it shoots well with the same boolits that Colt 1911's like. My personal favorite is the Lee 230 TC, sized .452"
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    01-05-2015, 01:57 PM
    454PB replied to a thread 22 revoler cylinder in Swappin & Sellin
    Hmmmm......that looks like the cylinder from my H&R 929 revolver.
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    01-05-2015, 12:13 AM
    That PCB question came up a lot, and of course we had to test EVERYTHING! In this case, the cables were manufactured before PCB's were even invented.
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    01-04-2015, 11:25 PM
    454PB replied to a thread Seven years sober! in Our Town
    Good on ya! I, too, am a musician. I started playing in bands at 16, and I'm still doing it.....another bass player. I saw early on what addictive personalities musicians have. Over the years I've probably worked with 50 different guys. Many...
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    01-04-2015, 11:11 PM
    While I worked in power plants, the older ones used to use lead sheathed cables for low voltage (relatively) high amperage conductors. We replaced those conductors on some transformer banks, the cable was 1000 MCM. It was roughly 1 1/2" in diameter...
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    01-04-2015, 12:44 AM
    Mine is a .44 magnum. Ugly, but shoots well. "no more recoil than a .38 Special"......apparently George didn't understand physics.
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    01-04-2015, 12:21 AM
    454PB replied to a thread A 38's a 38, right??? in Cast Boolits
    I accidentally fired a .44 magnum round in my .454 Puma rifle. No big deal, and it made an interesting piece of brass. Having two different cartridges on the shooting bench is just as dangerous as having two different powders on the loading bench.
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    01-03-2015, 03:49 PM
    Zinc melts at 787 degrees, wheel weights around 675 degrees. 700 degrees should work.
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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
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