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    Yesterday, 08:47 AM
    The problem with lubed cast bullets in a Glock is the sharp barrel rifling that tends to strip lead, leaving heavy deposits in the barrel. These deposits build up, destroy accuracy and increase pressure. The worst barrel leading I ever saw were...
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    Yesterday, 07:49 AM
    Those look terrific and I certainly do not doubt greatly improved accuracy. Is the reforming done with one or multiple dies?
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    11-27-2020, 07:01 PM
    I just wish I could group like that at 25 yards, no all my testing is done with a ransom rest, so I can take the human element out as much as possible. As far as the polymer jacket, it has several properties that make it very unusual. The polymer...
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    11-27-2020, 10:03 AM
    I understand why, but I had to adjust my thinking when I got into powder coating because I was no longer greasing bullets and depending on the alloy to seal and withstand the torque of spin-up. I was now making jacketed bullets. A properly coated &...
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    11-26-2020, 01:08 PM
    Driver, when you say "Excellent Results" are you referring to the PC fired and the bullet left a clean barrel or do you mean accuracy. PC bullets do leave a clean barrel even in polygonal rifled barrels. But, I have not done Ransom Rest...
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    11-26-2020, 12:45 PM
    Well I made my first attempt at making a swagging die. The bullet came out concentric, but unfortunately .002" over size, so a failure this go round. It was a learning experience, the next attempt I an going for a .224" die, that way if I fail I...
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    11-20-2020, 08:01 PM
    "The Grasshopper & the Ant" works for reloading as well as surviving unemployment during pandemic...
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    11-10-2020, 10:16 PM
    Sig556r replied to a thread AR cleaning kit in Our Town
    +1 on the GI kit or clones (coated rod preferred), convenient pouch, nothing fancy & it works in the range or in the field.
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    11-10-2020, 10:11 PM
    Devoid of details from the incident, accidental discharge can only happen while shooter is engaged in a USPSA course of fire or unauthorized handling of a loaded firearm outside of it. If its the latter, that may be a negligent discharge with legal...
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    11-10-2020, 06:54 AM
    You sir are doing exactly what I believe is the answer to making cast bullets rival commercial copper jacketed bullets in speed & accuracy. I know a full power reformed PC borerider design bullet can hold a MOA passed 300 yards. What I believe is a...
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    11-09-2020, 07:40 PM
    I and I think a lot of others would like to hear specific input as to what you have done.
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    11-09-2020, 03:17 PM
    Yes, in the machinist world it would be called runout, but runout, non-concentric mean lobsided- one side lower or smaller than the other. You can get reasonable accuracy out to 100 yards by lowering the velocity. but for long range accuracy you...
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    11-09-2020, 02:54 PM
    Humidity, doesn't get much worse than where I live on the Texas Gulf Coast. Humidity can be 100% and not raining. so what to do if I shake & bake powder coat? First and foremost, Keep Your Powder Dry! I seal my powder in glass containers that...
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    11-09-2020, 03:12 AM
    Sig556r replied to a thread Alex Trebek in Our Chapel
    Rest well...
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    11-09-2020, 03:08 AM
    Sig556r replied to a thread Prayer request in Our Chapel
    Prayers sent
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-05-2020, 06:13 PM
    The only way to get full power accuracy is with a bore rider design bullet with bands sized to fit the barrel grooves and the nose portion sized to fit the lands and with a perfectly fitted gas check. I only know of one person "Bama" who has done...
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    11-05-2020, 10:44 AM
    At 72 I am certainly not graceful on my feet, but when it comes to packing my mats full of bullets and getting them all upright in the oven, I cheat, I use SS Baker's Cooling Racks. These are wire grid racks that come in different sizes overall and...
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    11-05-2020, 10:33 AM
    I have fired full power properly coated & cured PC bullets in my 22-250 at 3500+ fps with no leading; full power loads in 30/06, 7x57, 762x39, M1-Carbine, 45 acp, 44 mag, 357, 38, 9mm & 380. Speed is not an issue for me because I don't have...
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    11-03-2020, 01:18 PM
    You are absolutely correct modern bullets molds are about as perfect as it gets, but no more perfect than molds made by H&G, Saeco, etc. that are older than me and I am 72. But perfection in cutting the bullet cavities has nothing to do with the...
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    11-03-2020, 12:51 PM
    Very interesting, did you make your own dies? Have you been able to get a flat base or do you have alloy squeeze out? Have you checked them for concentricity? Are you loading full power and what kind of groups are you getting at 100+ yards. Have...
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    11-03-2020, 12:45 PM
    Healing prayers on the way...
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  • Dragonheart's Avatar
    11-03-2020, 12:06 PM
    Very interesting, did you make your own dies? Have you been able to get a flat base or do you have alloy squeeze out? Have you checked them for concentricity? Are you loading full power and what kind of groups are you getting at 100+ yards. Have...
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    11-01-2020, 12:50 PM
    I know "Traffer" has made dies to swage/reform bullets and I am wondering how many others have or are doing this also? I believe the path to full power rifle accuracy at distance for cast bullets is to make them concentric. I assume most know a...
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    11-01-2020, 12:22 PM
    You can do your own test. Just accumulate old newspapers 12-18" thick, enough to stop most bullets. Put the stack in one or two clear trash bags and fill with enough water to totally saturate the paper. Give it an overnight soak to make sure. When...
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    10-30-2020, 05:32 PM
    Dragonheart replied to a thread Lee Pro Melt in Casting Equipment
    Wow that looks like a lot of surface rust, but I would think the stainless pot and insides are okay. If it were mine I would clean it up and powder coat or paint it. Put an oversized base, so I had more real estate for hot molds to set, and...
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    10-30-2020, 05:18 PM
    I was about 64 when I powder coated my first bullet, now I am 72 and I have coated over a hundred thousand. it was so easy, simple and quick. Old age has its problems, but you are never to old to learn. Now can someone tell me where I put all...
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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