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    Yesterday, 02:43 PM
    If your a reloader and bullet caster, I don see much advantage as 1911s abound and are mostly reasonable. Simply pick the caliber or calibers of guns you want. And then you can choose full size and one in compact. With that said though, I do...
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    Yesterday, 09:39 AM
    Was starting to get hooked on 5744 for all my cast bullet rifle loads until it appeared the price shot up during the shortage. Switched to unique and 2400 and made those work instead.
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    11-21-2017, 09:17 AM
    If that was my smith 25-2, it would get a new barrel. A snub 45 is intimidating without a shot being fired but it's a bit big carrying hidden. A buddy of mine has a 1989 model with a 5" barrel and that gun is a tac driver and wonderfully balanced.
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    11-21-2017, 07:58 AM
    My main rifle shooting range has the target berm at 200 yards. We shoot a lot of steel plates at ranges of 25, 50, 100, 150 and of course 200 yards. If your getting 1200- 1300FPS or so, there is very little adjustment needed for a 50 yard to 100,...
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    11-21-2017, 07:35 AM
    Your probably the only one that will notice it. 38LC brass is not easy to come by and most of the time 38/357 dies won't crimp the case without modification. 38LC ammo is 2 or 3 times more expensive that bulk 38 special ammo. In short you may...
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    11-19-2017, 06:23 PM
    I am going for 1100-1150 FPS for my Lee TL 158 SWC bullet. Unique does that well and below max pressure so I can swap primers and cases. I see that 700x gets close to that with of course less powder but the pressure is higher. But for now, I am...
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    11-17-2017, 10:26 AM
    It's spotty here, I keep checking but only buy what I need when they have some. My supply is increasing.
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    11-17-2017, 10:13 AM
    I can keep hitting a golf ball until it's almost too far to see. Finally when the front sight completely covers the small white ball, then the hits get erratic. If I had a scope on it, that range would increase.
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    11-13-2017, 04:15 PM
    smkummer replied to a thread marlin model 60 new. in Rimfire Area
    Yep, paid $125 total for a mid-80's long barrel 18 shot hold open Model 60, that I can roll golf balls down the range. At least close to 50 yards open sights that I can hit them. What a perfect full size 22 plinker. Still have not put it on paper...
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    11-12-2017, 05:30 PM
    You have the later short grip frame cobra so you have several options with stocks (grips). For d-frames like yours, I usually add a pachmayr grip adapter which uses the original stocks. You have the option of using the 1972 and later wraparound...
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    11-12-2017, 09:22 AM
    My understanding this was to replace the discontinued 41 colt cartridge with an advertised close to 700 FPS out of a 4" barrel. Most actual velocities were below 600 FPS. Out of a snub, maybe 500 FPS? That's getting into the velocity range that...
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    11-08-2017, 07:00 AM
    I use them for 10 gauge as I only shoot about 2 boxes a year. They are useful to show a new shooter that you can reload, then buy a mec junior, sell the lee loader and don't look back.
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    10-29-2017, 09:35 AM
    Centerfire systems in KY has police trade-ins for about $300 plus shipping. S&W blued model 10s and stainless. If I were in the market, that is where my money would go. I am a colt collector and the K frame is right between the size of a police...
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    10-27-2017, 04:16 PM
    At one time, it was recommended to just load identical data in either 45 acp or 45 auto rim case. For some reason late data for 45 auto rim is lower pressure than 45 acp. The original 1917 guns are now approaching 100 years old. I guess it's...
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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