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    05-18-2019, 10:04 PM
    What do you mean by best? An extra 2” will get about 50 to 75 FPS in any of the calibers, but it all depends on the powder, bullet, etc. I prefer 45 ACP because it’s easy to load for, easy for me to shoot accurately, brass is easy to get, load...
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    05-12-2019, 02:59 PM
    A shotgun shoots shotgun shells, a rifle shoots rifle cartirdiges. If you were to develop a 12 gauge brass shotgun shell with a PSI limit of 35,000 2 intelligent enough people could reasonably argue either way, that itís a shotgun, or conversly...
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    05-12-2019, 12:28 PM
    One of the problems with buying “unique” molds is that you are left to your own devices when coming up with load data. The best you can do is try and find a similar bullet. My first point of reference is trying to find a bullet that gets seated...
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    05-09-2019, 11:21 AM
    reddog81 replied to a thread old ww in Cast Boolits
    I've gotten buckets of wheel weights from a shop the does semi tires along with car tires. The larger weights for big truck tires were very soft and the small car weights would be very hard. the medium sized weights (.5 oz to 1 ounce) were soft...
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    05-09-2019, 10:58 AM
    defects on the base effect accuracy much more than defects on the tip. Defects on the base upset the bullet as it's leaving the bore and throw the bullet out of whack. Defects on the tip don't have the same effect.
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    05-06-2019, 11:11 AM
    Sounds like a number of issues. Seat the bullets at the longest OAL that allows for them to fit the magazine, feed, and chamber with 100'% reliability. Just stick with loads closer to starting loads while trying to figure out the best OAL. It...
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    05-04-2019, 02:51 PM
    It would take a shooter who’s better than 99% of the shooters out there to tell any difference. The jump through the forcing cone is larger than the difference between a .357 and a 38. Unless you’re shooting 90 grain bullets or something smaller...
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    05-01-2019, 01:04 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread PC vs GC in Cast Boolits
    Short answer - yes. Long answer - PC prevents leading, but gas checks can be helpful when shooting higher pressure, higher velocity loads. Anything in the 45 Colt realm of velocities and properly applied powder coat will be sufficient.
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    04-29-2019, 03:03 PM
    How many rounds were shot before the squib and did you notice anything unusual with those? How far down the barrel did the bullet make it? How much unburnt powder was there with the other loads? Could be any number of things. Weak primer,...
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    04-29-2019, 12:39 PM
    I got a box of 10mm bras today and it looked good and was packaged well.
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    04-28-2019, 10:41 AM
    250 grain solid data would be the best starting point IMO, assuming the data your looking at has a similar profile. If you can find 235 grain HP data that’d work but probably be more rare. The pressure inside the case will be nearly identical...
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    04-25-2019, 09:01 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread Pot Height in Cast Boolits
    I started by sitting for reloading and casting. Once I tried standing with each I never went back . Pot height is probably right about mid torso. My Lee pot is sitting on a 6” stable platform on top of a normal height work bench. I’m 6’2 so...
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    04-25-2019, 03:50 PM
    reddog81 replied to a thread USPS in Action.... in Our Town
    I had a Fedex package start 50 miles east of me and then go to Chicago IL, Kansas City MO, Olathe KS, Osseo, MN and then finally back to Des Moines. Note that the trip from Olathe Ks to Osseo MN would have taken the package right through Des...
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    04-24-2019, 02:45 PM
    I'd size the bullet as large as possible up to .363. The barrel will size the bullet down to .358 without issue. If the leading is limited to the area shown in the pictures, it's really of little concern and more a visual nuisance than...
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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