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    04-12-2019, 06:55 PM
    The necking up is pretty simple. One or two annealing steps will reduce splitting and improve case life. Expanding the body to just in front of the web is a little more tricky, but not a big deal. I know because I have been converting 223 to...
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    04-12-2019, 06:25 PM
    I totally agree about the projectile. For the factory deer load, there are some worries about less than desired penetration. Other than this concern, the pointy plastic tip ammo has a good BC and good velocities at all reasonable ranges. ...
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    04-11-2019, 07:06 PM
    In a similar gun with the same barrel length, the 350L should do slightly better than the 357 Max. The 350L case does have more just a little more capacity and the 350L allowed pressure is not less than most consider appropriate for the 357 Max. ...
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    04-10-2019, 11:02 AM
    They headspace on the case mouth and there is way too much case length difference, 1.60" for the 357AR, 1.71" for the 350L. Although there is a big case length difference, in an AR there will be negligible performance difference with 180s and...
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    03-31-2019, 06:00 PM
    Depending on angle, wind causes both horizontal and vertical POI shifting. Wind has been very much a concern and I really want to get out on a calm day. I am retired now which helps. The outdoor range I go to is closed Monday & Tuesday...
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    03-31-2019, 05:42 PM
    The 357AR that I am shooting has done many groups that were "one ragged hole" plus a flyer. And as I previously stated, some loads do great at 100 and then spray all over the place at 200. These issues really made me want to string at least 5...
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    03-30-2019, 11:44 PM
    1. number of fouling shots if any - No specific fowling shots, most groups are in the middle of a range session 2. coating used, how applied; time and temperature of cure - HF Red Powder Coat, Tumble Lubed, 15 Minute bake after reaching 350...
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    03-29-2019, 08:43 PM
    It has been a while since I posted here, but not because I have been idle. Although I found that the 180 shoots pretty good out to 100 yards (1900 fps / 1.5 moa), groups at 200 yards have been closer to 6 moa. I started working on 202s but had...
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    03-24-2019, 12:27 AM
    Winchester did not introduce this round as an optimum product for shooters and hunters. They are in business to sell guns and ammo. The guns will sell with most being to non-reloaders in the straight wall states.
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    03-20-2019, 01:11 AM
    All of my current "magnum" (or 357 Maximum) shooting is with ASBB HF Red PC plain base boolits cast from range pickup lead. My 10" contender in 357 Max shoots pretty good at 1800 fps with a 160 gr boolit. It also does pretty good with a stout...
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    03-20-2019, 12:27 AM
    I got my first hand in more than 30 years ago. It was a 357 mag contender. In the 1990's I got into IHMSA and bought a new Dan Wesson 8" in 357 Maximum. For me, 50 yards with iron sights is a good target distance from a rest for working...
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    03-19-2019, 11:51 PM
    P Flados replied to a thread Cheap lead in Cast Boolits
    If you are going to melt it, any lead will do. Lead is going to run at least $1.00/lb up to $1.50/lb in small quantities. Range pickup is a lot cheaper. Lead shot is more expensive, but can bypass the "melt & mold" effort. Big question...
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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
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