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    Yesterday, 09:43 PM
    Typically the angled portion or he U shape is at the bottom of the groove to allow easier release from the mold. Cut too far into the bullet and you'll start to creat a bullet than can be snapped in half. Like others have mentioned people can...
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    Yesterday, 08:19 PM
    I have not chonrographed any 231 loads in the HI Point. I have shot some light 231 loads when I first got the gun and didn't have any problems. They were probably loads real close to light target loads that I typically use and it functioned...
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    Yesterday, 04:31 PM
    I just started testing with a 45 ACP Hi Point carbine and Blue Dot has worked well for me. 10.7 grains behind a H&G 68 clone has averaged 1230 FPS with good accuracy. I tried 10.2 in a 1911 and it kicked pretty hard so I haven't tried 10.7 in a...
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    Yesterday, 04:15 PM
    It looks like your cutting the amount of lube in half and I'm not sure the lube needs any help flowing.
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    06-17-2018, 01:42 PM
    When the bullets deform and you've got a skirt coming off the bottom you've sized too much. You say the crimp groove and bases look OK so you should be fine. I usually try to not size more than .006. Anything above that seems to have a problem...
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    06-16-2018, 09:14 AM
    Where at in central Iowa and what are the approximate dimensions of the bricks?
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    06-15-2018, 10:23 AM
    I just use a piece of scrap 2x4. It doesn't have a guide, but I don't ever have any problems just lining up the holes as I go.
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    06-13-2018, 10:38 AM
    Most of the full size 1911's are a quality product. What's your budget? I saw some Rock Islands for $399 last weekend while the custom makers go for $2,000 to $3,000 or more. There are tons of good options in the $600 to $800 range, or something...
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    06-12-2018, 10:46 PM
    There are some many more ammo, bullet, mold, load data options for .38 Special and .357 Magnum that I have a hard time justifying a .327. .32 S&W Long is easy to find but all the other rounds are limited to a few online vendors or paying an arm and...
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    06-12-2018, 10:34 PM
    Watch your powder drops. In my Hornady lock n load progressive press it is the only powder other than Trail Boss that will get jammed up in the powder drop and throw short charges. It does this regularly. Maybe 1 out of 20 charges will be short...
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    06-09-2018, 06:34 PM
    Your description sounds like heavy bullets. Over sized would mean the diameter is larger than intended. The weight of the bullet is dependent upon the alloy your using. The more tin and antimony in the mix the lower the weight. Lead is...
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    06-08-2018, 08:20 PM
    There are plenty of nice used 1911's in you price range along with S&W revolvers or a Ruger GP100
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    06-08-2018, 12:56 PM
    If your plan is to start looking for lead once the shortage has started that's terrible planning. You need to jump on any deals you run across and stockpile. I started casting in 2015 and lead was available locally from a guy who smelted down...
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    06-08-2018, 12:33 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread mp molds in Cast Boolits
    The website is kind of hard to navigate and I think most stuff is out of stock. I think you're better off getting in a group buy if you want one of his molds, but those can take months to wrap up. NOE's website is easier to navigate, has more...
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    06-07-2018, 08:17 PM
    Do you powder coat? Have you tried the bullets yet? What are throat diameters on the cylinder? If you powder coat just size first and then powder coat and you'll be pretty close to .454. If you have at least tried shooting some of he...
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    06-07-2018, 05:44 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Cleaning in Cast Boolits
    I clean when needed... My blued guns will get cleaned every trip to the range, but it's more so to wipe off the finger prints and maintain the finish than anything else. Stainless guns will usually get wiped down but not necessarily...
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    06-06-2018, 04:06 PM
    1/2 MOA at 25 yards is .125". That'd be 6 shots in a hole smaller than the size of a dime. Did you mean half an inch at 25 yards? That would be a hole slightly larger than the size of a dime.
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    06-05-2018, 11:53 PM
    Where are these $10 molds you speak of? Often times I see molds for sale at about 10% to 20% less than new. I've seen a number of used NOE molds sell for more than the price would be when on sale.
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    06-05-2018, 10:58 AM
    How many shots were fired over the chronograph? Too few shots and your numbers aren't reliable. You can have 100 FPS spreads in the same gun with the same ammo.
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    06-04-2018, 04:02 PM
    It's a nice accurate bullet if you can get it to work in 9mm. You are correct that seating the bullet deep enough that it works in every 9mm out there is not really a good option. I've found 4 grains of Unique in .38 Special is as accurate as...
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    06-04-2018, 02:40 PM
    I load them at 1.12 which is actually pretty long for a flat nosed 9mm bullet. They work in some guns and not in others. You need a barrel with a decent leade in order for them to work. A barrel with blunt rifling that starts right away doesn't...
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    06-02-2018, 10:46 AM
    What jcren said x2... Slug the barrel first if you are worried about it. Or just to shoot it and see what happens. Anyone that says all Rugers have constrictions doesn't know what they are talking about. There is no way you can firelap the...
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    06-02-2018, 10:29 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Health care cost in Our Town
    Good luck fatelk. Hopefully you can reach a favorable resolution. I visited a local clinic 2 years ago and asked how much a visit costs. The front desk told me it would be $140. I tried to pay before leaving but the paper work hadn't been...
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    06-01-2018, 12:15 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Indoor range fees? in Our Town
    My local indoor ranges advertise $20 per hour, but will let you stay as long as you want for $20 assuming no one else is waiting for your lane.
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    05-30-2018, 01:16 AM
    What difference does it make? If the fumes and smoke are blowing in your face you can move.
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    05-29-2018, 03:04 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Which Lead Pot? in Our Town
    I'd get the 20 lbs bottom pour. If you want to laddle cast you can still use it that way. 10 lbs of lead might sound like a lot but you won't even get 200 230 grain bullets out of it once you figure in that you don't fill it up to the very brim...
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