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  • tazman's Avatar
    Today, 02:03 PM
    All this is one of the reasons I use slightly oversize and hardened boolits. Yes, my boolits are harder than necessary for the usage. The thing is, they work. They shoot accurately and don't lead the barrels on my guns. I am not going to change a...
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Another thing to watch/check for is weight variances as the battery gets weaker. Sometimes the weight readings will change as the battery loses voltage over time. This would be a bad deal for powder charges.
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    Yesterday, 11:02 PM
    Okay, any of those powders will work. Find data for a 147 grain boolit using those powders and use the starting load or just below. Then work your way up to where you want to be as far as velocity, function, and accuracy. That boolit needs to be...
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    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    Are you sure it’s not the 429650 av? Which is a 300 grain semi wad cutter
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    Yesterday, 04:23 PM
    Here is another current thread on the same topic. Lots of good information.
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    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    I have several different 9mm handguns. The groove diameters vary from .357 to .355. As it happens, all the chambers will accept boolits sized to .357. A couple will accept .359. I have no issues with .357 in any of the handguns, even the ones with...
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    04-01-2020, 11:20 PM
    Jjed----- What powders do you have available?
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    04-01-2020, 12:04 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Crimping for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I agree with charlie b. I use them for all my handgun cartridges and have no issues like others have talked about.
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    03-31-2020, 08:34 PM The above thread is specifically for 9mm rifle similar to the question you posed. Good information in there.
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    03-31-2020, 07:48 AM
    The Lyman 44th edition handbook is available for download in a few places online. It has data for a 158 grain boolit in 9mm using red dot. The listing is 3.0 -3.6 grains of Red Dot. No data on OAL. Not certain if the powder has changed over the...
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    03-29-2020, 04:01 PM
    Data for WST is available online at the Hodgdon data site.
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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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  • leadhead 500's Avatar
    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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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