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    Today, 12:25 PM
    These days, the .357 has been backed off to 35kpsi. In a proven action like the Rossi '92, and in .357 with a lot of steel around the chamber, I tend to load to the levels before the ammo producers decided to dial back the pressures by 10kpsi or...
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    03-15-2019, 12:09 PM
    Anybody remember "burning fluid" or "city gas"? That would be going back a ways. Burning fluid was a blend of alcohol and turpentine (byproducts of kiln-drying lumber) for lamps and was replaced with kerosene once Rockefeller figured out there was...
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    03-11-2019, 12:42 PM
    I read that the hard wire will wear on the corners of the lands in a rifled barrel. I had one but it was 12 gage and that's all I used it in.
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    03-07-2019, 01:18 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread 38-40 Marlin ideas? in Leverguns
    If the rifle is of modern manufacture, have you slugged the barrel to determine if you have a reverse taper in the bore, tight at the breech, loose at the muzzle? If it's button rifled and a round contoured barrel, it's a good possibility. Octagonal...
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    03-07-2019, 01:16 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread Alox ? in Boolit Lube !
    Like Froogal, I noticed that not staying in the grooves so well also happens with 541, aka Emmert's Lube, 5 parts beeswax, 4 parts vegetable shortening, 1 part canola oil by volume, but if you add 1/2 part anhydrous lanolin, it sticks in the lube...
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    03-07-2019, 01:13 PM
    The problem with making a jacketed bullet a smaller diameter is the springiness of the copper jacket. The core will remain what it was squished down to, but the jacket will expand a bit, leaving the core loose. To reform a .357 to .351 and have a...
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    03-04-2019, 01:39 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread 45 acp round ball. in Cast Boolits
    Good point, reddog81. That's why I went with a WW .456, which creates a more pronounced driving band when the case swell is sized down. and gives the case mouth and crimp something to hang onto. I never messed with the 155's and don't have a mold...
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    03-04-2019, 01:26 PM
    That's a fine looking piece. Correct sizing depends on chamber throat diameters. Hopefully, the throats are just a .001 or so over groove diameter. Mine is happiest with boolits sized right at throat diameter. If I can push them in with my thumb,...
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    03-01-2019, 01:17 PM
    I noticed that about the cable clamps I bought for a spare vehicle - made of zinc and harder than my head. . . she says. Actually, kind of glad about that because I've had lead ones refuse to open and let go of the terminal when changing things...
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    02-28-2019, 01:50 PM
    yeahbub replied to a thread 45 acp round ball. in Cast Boolits
    I do these on occasion and they work well. I use a LEE .456 RB cast of WW's, seated .010 deeper than halfway, so OAL is case length + .456/2 -.010 which comes out to 1.116", but mine are usually 1.110". A great way to reduce/eliminate the flared...
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    02-20-2019, 01:16 PM
    Micro-groove rifling is button rifled, has 12-16 lands and grooves, the number of which varied depending on the favor/disfavor showed by the shooting public at various times in their history. I don't recall what year it was, but the change from 16...
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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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