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    Today, 11:50 AM
    finishman2000: I'm doing the same thing with my Ruger 77/357. I'm using the NOE RG2 mould and some left over Lee 200gr. FPs I have on hand. I have had good results with the NOE 200s over 4gr. Bullseye in 38spl cases. When I seat the bullet as deep...
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    Today, 11:00 AM
    Do a chamber cast or next best what folks call a pound cast and determine the size of the throat. The barrel of a rifle is just a long sizing die. And as Char-Gar said slugging the bore doesn't tell you anything. Well it may tell you if there's a...
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    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread Nose sizing? in Cast Boolits
    sawinredneck: I have a new Savage model 10 tactical rifle in 308Win. So far (very early) in testing it likes the same bullet that you're using. The Lee .309-180-RN I have the NOE nose sizing bushings in .298, .299, 300, 301 and 302. I've found a...
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    07-12-2017, 03:39 PM
    I believe the best way to get proper expansion and correct neck tension is by using the Noe expander plugs that fit inside the Lee Universal expander die and yes they have the step built in like the M-die. Gp
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    07-11-2017, 07:01 PM
    Nice work and great pictures. I have The Ruger 41 BH and that same NOE mould. Thanks for sharing your load. They don't let us shoot Grizz down here and doubt I'm up to the task anyway but I do load for two buddies that hunt black bear. Wait until I...
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    07-10-2017, 08:52 PM
    The Lee TL314-90-SWC that Larry mentioned is my go-to 30cal. plinker MF load bullet. Used mostly in my bolt action CZ and T/C Encore 7.62 X39 but also in my 30-30 Handi Rifle. With the small lube grooves and powder coating they're almost slick sided...
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    07-10-2017, 08:35 PM
    I bought a like new 1998 year model RWS 34 in a local pawn shop for a hundred bucks. It's my favorite air rifle. Gp
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    07-09-2017, 12:28 PM
    My Savage model 10 has a nice tight chamber and best load to date is the Lee C309-180-R over 19gr 2400 the bullet is sized .309 bands and .301 nose. Lubed or powder coated both group very well. Gp
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    07-08-2017, 08:34 PM
    I have eight different 35cal moulds and three 9mm moulds that can be used in 357mag or 38spl loads. (I know, overkill) they range in weight from 105gr. to 240gr. My favorite is the Saeco #62358 RNFP (I can't tell it apart from the Lee 158 RNFP...
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    07-06-2017, 08:47 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread 223 Rem Question? in Factory Rifles
    I don't think you would go wrong with the CZ, I love my CZ 527 in 7.62X39. It's a very nice mini-Mauser and the rifling on mine was very smooth right out of the box. It did take a hundred or so rounds to clean up the bolt throw but I have it running...
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    07-06-2017, 08:24 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread 223 Rem Question? in Factory Rifles
    I have a H&R Handi .223 that has a 1 in 9. It really likes the Saeco 60gr. RN and I have had limited success with the NOE 80gr. SP Gp
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    07-06-2017, 08:19 PM
    I like Blue Dot and use it in several calibers. I did see posted warnings about not using it in 41mag three or four years ago. Up until that time I hadn't had any noticeable problem with it but figured there must be good reason so I use other...
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    07-04-2017, 10:28 PM
    I bought a inexpensive endoscope on line for $14.99 and it hooked right up to my lap top. It also has the camera function. I'm not spending hundreds of dollars on a better scope. This one shows me what I need to see.Gp
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    07-04-2017, 11:39 AM
    If I'm reading it right NOE says to use the expander that matches the bullet for size as in .452 expander for .452 bullet. For me ,I order one thousandths under as in .451 for .452 bullet and may go 2 under for some rifle bullets. I prefer the Noe...
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    07-04-2017, 11:25 AM
    gpidaho replied to a thread NOE July 4th sale in Cast Boolits
    Roy: That's where I'm at. I have the $1,000 club discount coming and the 20% off is a good deal. LOTS of things I'd like to have but what I NEED is a mould for my new 45-70 lever action and most of those are out of stock. Well, at least the club...
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    07-04-2017, 12:33 AM
    I was just at Shooters World web site. Cowboy is D060 and Accurate 5744 replacement. At $19.99 a pound I'd say that would be the way to go. Right now it's not listed at Midway, Mid-South or Powder Valley so I guess the thing would be just finding...
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    07-04-2017, 12:12 AM
    abuaitoo; That might be. I haven't checked since they first started selling Lovex here as shooters world. I'll look on a couple of sites. Gp
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    07-02-2017, 10:36 PM
    ichthyo; I'd sure give it a try. Very few of my pistol bullets get lubed any more. PC is just SOOO much cleaner. Do yourself a favor and buy quality PC powder. Clear coats best for me and I use Eastwood's products or Cardinal powder that is...
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    07-02-2017, 09:49 PM
    I haven't, but I have powder coated a lot of 22cal. bullets and they won't melt at powder coating temps. Alloy melts at a given temp regardless of bullet size. Gp
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    07-02-2017, 09:45 PM
    Sorry, just noticed the comments on this thread. andrew375 is correct 5744, lovex D060 and shooting world Cowboy are all the same powder as far as I know. Gp
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    07-01-2017, 08:56 PM
    5744 works very well in heavy for caliber loads. It burns very dirty when using light for caliber bullets. Lots of different powders are less expensive than 5744. I like 4227, 2400, Unique and RL7. And yes, Cabela's-Bass Pro is an expensive place to...
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    07-01-2017, 08:46 PM
    I think that scope would be a very good choice on a budget. I buy Vortex for my rifles. Outstanding warranty. Gp
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    06-30-2017, 08:00 PM
    I use silicone dielectric grease. A little bit goes a long way so use very little. It doesn't migrate into the mould cavities like most lubes do. You can find it at auto parts stores. Gp
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    06-30-2017, 07:54 PM
    Shooting World powder named Cowboy
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    06-27-2017, 08:56 PM
    gpidaho replied to a thread RCBS Easy Melt in Casting Equipment
    Looks like a good pot. Mid-South doesn't have them in yet but list them at a fair price. Gp
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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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