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  • tazman's Avatar
    03-29-2020, 04:01 PM
    Data for WST is available online at the Hodgdon data site. http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/
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    03-29-2020, 12:33 PM
    I use the Lyman 452374 for full power loads and the Lee 452-200-rf for light loads. Other boolits are the H&G 68 clone from LEE and the Lyman 453460. I use several different powders depending on what I am trying to do specifically. Bullseye, WST,...
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    03-28-2020, 10:42 PM
    Most people hear about heavy bullets in 357 magnum and think no way possible, the old 38 special was loaded with a 200 grain lead! There is some good info from Glen Fryxell on the web about the Lyman 358627
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    03-28-2020, 10:05 PM
    The Lyman 358627 or the Noe clone weighs in at 215 grains and is a outstanding heavyweight in the 357 magnum. My S&W 686 with a 8 3/8” loaded with Winchester 296 or H-110 is very accurate
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    03-28-2020, 04:59 AM
    That should be an excellent combination. It is exactly what I have and it performs well. For a light load, use the Lee 358-125-RF with around 3.0 grains of Bullsye or Tightgroup in a 38 special case. In my gun, this shoots to the same point of...
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    03-27-2020, 01:30 PM
    I have never used Shooters World powders. My Lee Pro Auto Disk measures don't leak with the Winchester, Hodgdon, IMR, and Alliant powders I do use. I have these measures on turrets for my Lee Classic Cast turret press. I have six of them and they...
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    03-26-2020, 06:15 PM
    In the vast majority of my accuracy testing, the only way I can tell differences in accuracy is from a rest. Even when the groups from rest are one half to one inch different at 25 yards, my offhand shooting doesn't show any difference in group...
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    03-26-2020, 10:17 AM
    I shoot 99% 38special. Anywhere from super light plinking/practice rounds to full power loads. The only full magnum loads I fire in mine is to test for point of impact and accuracy for when I would need to use them.
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    03-25-2020, 08:50 PM
    I have owned several different 686 revolvers. They all shot well. The one I now own is a 686+ with the lock and the ECM barrel. It shoots just as well as the others with both jacketed and cast. I,too, used to look down on the new guns with the lock...
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    03-25-2020, 08:44 PM
    If you see your sights better without prescription glasses, do what I do and just use regular safety glasses that have no prescription. I found I could see my sights clearly and the target well enough to vastly improve my groups with a handgun and...
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    03-25-2020, 08:35 PM
    The need for a thermometer depends greatly on how precise you want to be. Are you looking for the ultimate in cast accuracy? Then get a thermometer as well as some other testing goodies, such as hardness tester and even a way to test your alloy. If...
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    03-25-2020, 06:03 PM
    Earmuffs are limited in the amount of noise reduction they can provide as are ear plugs. When I am shooting, I use both. I want to save what hearing I have left after 40+ years at a noisy factory. If I know the noise level is going to be less(22...
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    03-25-2020, 05:10 PM
    The Rcbs thermometer is outstanding! The lead pots will vary on temperature and every Mould will vary on what temperature it cast the best at.
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    03-23-2020, 09:41 PM
    rmcc replied to a thread byf 43. in Military Rifles
    Was made by Mauser in 43
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    03-20-2020, 06:37 PM
    There was a time, not so long ago, that the 222 was considered one of the most inherently accurate cartridges ever made. Lots of new stuff out there now making the same claim. I suspect the new barrels and better bullets have something to do with...
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    03-20-2020, 05:13 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Accurate bullet BC in Cast Boolits
    Ballistic coefficients for Lee and NOE are available online at their sites. If a mold doesn't have a BC listed, I find the closest boolit shape and weight from one of these two and use that. Any minor differences in BC for a pistol boolit isn't...
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    03-19-2020, 07:13 PM
    For that weight boolit, I use 4.0-4.3 of either Bullseye or WST. It functions my 1911 and my Springfield XDm with stock factory springs. Very accurate and easy to shoot.
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    03-18-2020, 08:41 PM
    It works fine for 38 special. I use it when I am looking for high end loads sometimes. It seems to give a softer recoil impulse for me. Others have stated they love it for target level loads.
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    03-18-2020, 02:21 PM
    tazman replied to a thread 357 mag rifle accuracy in Cast Boolits
    My results mirror that from Outpost75, except that my groups were somewhat larger than his. I expect that reflects the differences in our skill levels more than anything else.
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    03-17-2020, 08:53 PM
    For me, that Lee boolit groups the same a full wadcutters at the ranges I shoot(10-15 yards. I am not a great shot so targets won't be of any value except as compared to what I normally do. That said, I shot some of them at the range yesterday from...
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    03-17-2020, 08:11 PM
    It's always good to see these old rifles doing their thing. They were built right to start with and just keep on going. Even my ugly ones shoot well. I just wish my eyes were better. Back in the sixties, shorts were cheaper to buy than long...
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    03-16-2020, 11:01 PM
    I took the Browning ammo to the range with me today and shot some of it in my old Remington(510, 511, 512) rifles. It worked fine in those old guns. I can't say if the chambers are a bit worn or oversize, or if the bolt just made it easier to push...
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    03-16-2020, 10:24 PM
    I finally got these three old rifles to the range. Indoor range, rested on bags, open iron sights(no peep), 25 yards. In every case, the Norma match ammo gave the best groups. CCI standard velocity was equal or nearly so. With two of the...
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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