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    Today, 12:10 AM
    I just did a check and got about 5/16" short of a full case with 17.6 gr Unique in a fired 45 Colt case. I also looked at the SAAMI Spec. Proof loads are 140% to 155% of max. So 1.4 x 14K is 19.6K min and max proof is 1.55 x 14k = 21.7K. If...
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    03-20-2018, 05:54 PM
    If I were in your situation, I would be considering a "base protected by water" anneal. Take a few cases, set them in a pan with water flush with the solid portion of the base. Take a torch to the cases and get a good anneal of everything...
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    03-17-2018, 01:23 AM
    The lcrx is a +P and I have confidence that you are not pushing the gun too far. The heavy boolit & light revolver will probably result a noticable shift in point of impact over "typical" loads. My standard LCRX load is a 110 gr low recoil...
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    03-15-2018, 12:23 AM
    I shoot a lot of 357 mag & 357 max. The mag is handicapped more by the SAAMI pressure limit than anything else. Just look up the 353 casull. If you have a mag that you are really not happy with, the next question is why. Is it lack of...
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    03-13-2018, 08:06 PM
    Grmps, I have played with enlarging 1 cav and 2 cav molds before. I have not really wanted to try to get a 6 cav bigger and consistent. Getting bigger boolits by bumping them up using swaging technology is just one of the reasons for using...
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    03-11-2018, 10:16 AM
    Pics of what I use:
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    03-11-2018, 03:09 AM
    I use ASBB HF red. Where I use it for 357 maximum loads, I can do full power with no issues at all. I used PC on 200 gr Lee boolits out of a Dan Wesson revolver for IHMSA last year. I am working on a cast then swaged 160 gr boolit for this...
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    03-08-2018, 11:15 PM
    I actually load a LOT of 357 with a stiff load of Promo (red dot equivalent). Promo is king of the lowest $/bang ratio. It is also bulky. From the chart referenced in post 19, only Hodgon Clays is bulkier. You can use at least 5 gr with...
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    03-08-2018, 10:53 PM
    Of the three in the poll, I voted for the RNFP with no hesitation. On the other hand, for most shooting, I have gone with lighter to save lead. I have used both the Lee 120 TC and the 125 RNFP. The 120 TC drops very easy and is overall...
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    03-08-2018, 10:05 PM
    This was my first 6 cav. First effort was not good. The mid section of the boolit would drop undersized (0.356"). Even with PC I could not get it to shoot good with full power loads Then I aquired a mini lathe. I worked out a die that I...
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    03-08-2018, 08:50 PM
    W1 drill rod is cheap, I got mine from Graingers. If you make one from W1, you can polish, harden and then temper pretty easy. If you temer @ 580 F in a oven you get a nice blue color. This is not a bad choice for hardness (it is recommended...
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    03-07-2018, 09:30 PM
    I burned 8 lbs of Titegroup in handguns wih a big portion in 38 sp and 357 mag. It handles anything from popgun power levels (say 700 fps) up to very snappy quite well. Even though I switched back to Promo for most of my bulk reploading (the...
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    03-04-2018, 12:36 AM
    I have made a couple at home. No grooves is absolutely great for dropping easy and a reduced reject rate. My current ongoing experiment includes "something entirely new" (where there is really little or nothing "new"). I am currently...
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    03-02-2018, 11:35 AM
    P Flados replied to a thread Just got to brag. in Our Town
    Come on now, there were several kids honored. They all did great, but at least give us a clue.
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    03-01-2018, 10:30 PM
    The SWC is a compromise that does a number of things pretty good. It will bring down game quite well. For a given caliber, meplat diameter is the dominant feature with respect to effectiveness on game (terminal ballistics). Bigger meplats...
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    02-26-2018, 11:47 PM
    The 170 is probably better if your gun likes it. Some guns shoot better with one vs. the other. Some guns just do not like feeding the 170. I have loaded for a Model 94 that did not want to feed 170s crimped that were in the groove. The...
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    02-23-2018, 01:32 PM
    The +P designation goes with a higher allowed pressure. Higher allowed pressures makes for higher velocities when everything else is the same. If you pick a common bullet weight and then sample all available commercial +P ammo, you will...
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    02-22-2018, 11:36 PM
    Adequate OAL is very important when talking max allowed charges. On the other hand, having a crimp and an OAL that is short enough to fit a revolver or feed in a lever gun is a must for many users. Using 38 Sp cases with magnum level loads...
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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