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    Today, 01:33 PM
    Probably the best choice for the criteria.
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    If it won't begin producing ammunition to proper specs automatically by voice commands, then it isn't the ultimate press.
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    Yesterday, 05:31 PM
    The previous comments provide pretty much all the information you need. I will add one item. Your chamber throats measure .358. Going any larger is a waste of time since the boolits will swage down to .358 when they pass through the throats in any...
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    Yesterday, 05:25 PM
    The range I shoot at, doesn't allow 50 BMG rifles on the range. The Movie Shooter has a scene in the early part where the sniper is firing a 50BMG at a can of stew. You can see the blast from his muzzle brake shaking the branches on trees near him....
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    Yesterday, 10:40 AM
    Ear protection is expected. The problem comes when the ear protection is sufficient for a rifle without a brake but the guy next to you has a brake that directs all that noise an blast right at you. I use double ear protection, but it is still not...
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    02-20-2019, 05:18 PM
    Of course, a lot of the responses, including my own, will be effected by personal experiences with individual handguns. Any time a person has issues with one, they won't have a lot good to say about one. I can only talk about the pistols I have...
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    02-20-2019, 05:15 PM
    I own two 1911 pistols in 45acp and one in 9mm. As good as the 45acp pistols shoot, the 9mm is more accurate. It is also VERY light on recoil and cheaper to shoot than the 45s. My 1911 in 9mm is my most accurate pistol. Every bit as accurate as my...
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    02-20-2019, 10:43 AM
    Smith & Wesson for revolvers. My experiences with other brands have not been consistent like S&W. Springfield XD in any caliber for pistol followed by Beretta 92 for 9mm. Either one will work well for 9mm. The XD series works in all calibers. I...
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    02-19-2019, 11:36 PM
    When I loaded the swaged hollow base wadcutters backwards in 38 special, the results were pathetic from both an accuracy and penetration standpoint. When I did the same thing using my own cast version, acccuracy was much better, quite usable in...
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    02-19-2019, 01:59 PM
    I had access to range scrap for several years but my source went away. While I was doing that, I smelted outside, using a smaller size stainless steel cooking pot/sauce pan on top of a camp stove that used the short, fat bottles of propane that you...
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    02-19-2019, 10:25 AM
    I have never heard of that one. Sorry.
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    02-18-2019, 07:49 PM
    Anything you add or remove from your muzzle will effect the way the barrel vibrates during the shot. Sometimes for the better. Sometimes not. I have a 308 Savage with a threaded barrel that has a pair of thread protectors on it. When they got a...
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    02-17-2019, 08:34 PM
    I think it was 44man who posted about that and some pictures. I don't believe he is on this site any more.
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    02-17-2019, 05:34 PM
    I crimp in a separate step. When seating the boolit, I check the depth so it comes out where I want it in the groove, then crimp with the next step. Many of the boolits I use have generous crimp grooves. It makes this part easier. I could use a...
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    02-17-2019, 04:24 PM
    My touch is not good enough to get a "feel" for a consistent crimp. I nearly always use boolits with a crimp groove. I set things up so I can bottom out the press and with the longest case, it will crimp to the top of the groove. That way with the...
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    02-17-2019, 02:04 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Water drop bullets in Cast Boolits
    If you have an alloy that responds to heat treatment, yes it does. The hardness varies depending on the alloy in question. Also the time it takes to reach full hardness also varies by alloy.
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Long time hunter and fisherman. Recently re-entered reloading and casting for fun and experience after 15 years away.
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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