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  • John McCorkle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:08 PM
    I procured 500 pieces of federal once fired brass for a 35 whelen project (wanted to convert to 35 whelen) but have since changed plans. Brass is polished and bagged, haven't even opened the bags they came in. Would like to trade and am open...
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    Yesterday, 10:27 AM
    Warewolf and vampire killing rounds too... Sent from my Moto G Play using Tapatalk
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    10-18-2018, 06:14 PM
    I've bought revolvers in terrible shape and used them as beater range toys...have one now that looks tighter than a bank vault but looks like Chewbacca and big foot had a baby....but I didn't pay much for it either. I think even the best of...
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    10-18-2018, 05:26 PM
    Besides the 'workmanship' does it function better? Can't really tell from the picture but still seems to have alot of wiggle around that firing pin...it's more centered now but I'd also test it to see if the prob is genuinely resolved...and maybe...
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    10-18-2018, 11:35 AM
    So help me think this through a bit...as I understand it...(in analogous language) Tremendous force ...say whacking a piece of steel like an anvil with a sledgehammer hammer...rock and hard place. If that rock and that hard place are exactly the...
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    10-18-2018, 09:50 AM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Awfully nice of you, thanks! I had the same thought about the tire mulch in a 55 gal drum...that may work for me in the interim too...where did you find your tire mulch and was it decently priced to fill a 55 gal drum? Also, how do you...
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    10-18-2018, 02:05 AM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Thanks again, did a little looking into bullet traps in general... everything from dirt berm to design like yours....which I dub "the Cadillac"...found a good "midsize sedan" version that looks inexpensive enough and simple enough I might just be...
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    10-16-2018, 02:47 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Yo!!! I like that bullet trap! Never thought of something quite like that but that dog will hunt!! I have access to a welder if I can get some steel and some time something like that would work beautifully And thank you, selling off a couple...
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    10-16-2018, 12:52 PM
    Think this is a great perspective. I am a huge fan of 300 bo...there are alot of reasons but I get to be involved in making the brass...casting...hunting plinking target home defense...I use 300 blk for everything...but that is me. Not only may...
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    10-16-2018, 12:34 PM
    So there is alot of experimentation that goes into load development...from rifles to pistols...brass types, alloy, powder, charge weight, seating depth, crimp, primer type, primer seating depth, sizing dies, neck sizing only/FL sizing, bullet size,...
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    10-16-2018, 12:23 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    150k is quite a few!!! Thanks for the advice...my goal is to start at the end of hunting season (property doubles as deer hunting grounds/target range) The deer are rather used to regular shooting but need to fill the tags first to eat on next...
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    10-16-2018, 12:07 AM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Man, loving all the responses from you all. I've loaded and shot alot but not much 38 spc (<3k in my lifetime) this is a going back to focus on fundamental marksmanship with pistol...much like I did growing up with .22 rifle (translates to rifle in...
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    10-12-2018, 12:17 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    That's great advice, a coach once told me to practice 100 dry fires at night per every live round I fired at the range....don't know if this was literal or figurative but I come close to that in dry fires... I think continuing that coupled with...
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    10-11-2018, 07:22 PM
    These are my 50/50 ww and range lead water quenched...with gas check and powder coated out of my 300 blk...they did beautifully Sent from my Moto G Play using Tapatalk
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    10-11-2018, 05:42 PM
    Have an unused jug (5#) of reloader 17 I have no use for...would like to sell or trade. I am in the DFW area but travel often to my property near Ruston Louisiana If you are near the DFW or along the I20 corridor between Louisiana and here and...
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    10-09-2018, 02:41 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread 458 Socom fail in Cast Boolits
    Does xylene penetrate the skin barrier? Seems I have heard it does...and if so I'd be very careful with it and lead together....heard about a guy using it to clean lead based paint and got horribly high blood lead levels as a result Sent from my...
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    10-09-2018, 02:33 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread 458 Socom fail in Cast Boolits
    Some guys here would likely cast you up some of any number of bullet profiles...maybe someone else can provide a link for you but I know alot of guys just like casting....and if they were paid to do it even better for them. I don't think it should...
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    10-09-2018, 12:33 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread 458 Socom fail in Cast Boolits
    Yes, what he says above...boil them then give a rinse in acetone or mineral spirits....then a final wash with Dawn dish soap. That is bullet lube in that groove and it is intentionally greasy so the powder won't stick if any film is left on the...
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    10-09-2018, 12:01 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread 458 Socom fail in Cast Boolits
    Was there some sort of lube in that grease groove? Almost seems something was there that didn't let the powder stick Sent from my Moto G Play using Tapatalk
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    10-08-2018, 06:43 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    What is a good light loads for unique in 38 spc? I have a 148 wc mold and 125 RF mold...I'd like to use the 125 if I could as it is a six gang mold... But all the load data I've seen for 38 spc is using 4+ grains not the <3 grains of Tite group...
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    10-04-2018, 12:39 PM
    That's good wisdom about 9mm being more complicated, but it's not insurmountable...and just as he said tackle one factor at a time and account for that when testing (ie don't give up on it) It'll take time but once you got it you'll love it. ...
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    10-01-2018, 07:28 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    I have on hand: Hp38/231 Tite group Unique I'll test these to see what I can get from accuracy on the Lee 125 RF...I'd like to stick with that one since I have a six gang mold already... I have several other molds I'm sure would also be...
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    10-01-2018, 04:31 PM
    John McCorkle replied to a thread Well, here I go in Cast Boolits
    Good advice thank you I've tried cci in other 38 spc loads and they seem to work well...my go to powder has been Tite group for pistol (38 spc and 9mm) but unique runs up there for nostalgic reasons (load in my 06, 08, 300 blk, 303, 9mm and...
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    10-01-2018, 01:51 PM
    Got inspired to try something out on a recent thread on 38 spc. I recently picked up a used model 10 in poor aesthetic shape but great functional shape (she's ugly but shell shoot very well) Did the break down on the lighter target loads for...
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    09-28-2018, 02:08 PM
    Agreed with above, there are methods of "plunk" testing which is basically just ensuring the bullet will go "plunk" freely un incumbered by pressure and friction sliding into the chamber. Best way I have found is to take the barrel completely out...
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    09-26-2018, 01:11 PM
    Have heard of some guys using cast in ar powder coated with gas check and hard alloy (all to do with the pressures required to cycle the action) Not sure what accuracy is attainable but velocities I heard are around the 2000-2100 mark with the...
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    09-26-2018, 11:52 AM
    Hahaha, ok whew...I was about to start asking what voodoo magic you had loaded and if your fingers were still in place....hahaha Sent from my Moto G Play using Tapatalk
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    09-25-2018, 11:59 AM
    Two things I think go into the difference... From what I understand there is a measurement called "bristance" (spelling may be off) which is basically how much fire comes out of the primer...more for magnum to set the slower powder burn...
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    09-24-2018, 01:01 PM
    So as a confession, all this discussion has me really thinking hard about the 38 spc as a good HD round...loading a metric ton of 148 wadcutters over bullseye and spending alot of time with my model 10. Wheather the 148s would be my go to or...
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    09-23-2018, 07:16 PM
    I wanna know what happened to the saw that cut that 30 inch log down? Bois d'arc is tough stuff...once saw a guy use an aged piece as a knife after honing on an edge... Sent from my Moto G Play using Tapatalk
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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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