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    02-18-2020, 09:15 AM
    I've used 6 gr. Bullseye with the 200 grain SAECO flat nose. Good load and reasonably accurate, but I've found 7.5 grs. Herco to be slightly more accurate though muzzle velocity is a little less.
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    02-18-2020, 09:06 AM
    I like the CCI400 in .223 / 5.56 as I've usually seen slightly better accuracy with it over other primers, but the cup is softer and it will definitely "flatten" more quickly than the harder CCI450 or Remington 7 1/2. I'm unfamiliar with your load,...
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    02-08-2020, 10:09 AM
    I think the bullet you describe is a copy of the NEI 311.155GC designed by C. E. Harris at least thirty years ago. It was designed for the 7.62x39 cartridge. I don't know how close the specs on the Lee version are in comparison with the original...
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    01-30-2020, 08:16 AM
    I have to turn case necks (slightly) for my Model 70 .30-06 if I use .311" cast bullets, the ones that shoot most accurately in this rifle.
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    01-25-2020, 02:09 PM
    A bit off-topic, but after using many cast bullets ranging from about 160 grains to around 215 grains, I've settled on one bullet and powder combination, the Lyman #314299 (hollowpointed by Eric Ohlen) cast of wheelweight alloy (200 grains) and...
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    01-25-2020, 11:26 AM
    I'm not sure, but I think the bullet you're describing may be the Lee copy of the 7.62x39 bullet designed by C. E. Harris years ago and made by NEI. I used the NEI bullet for cast loads in a Ruger bolt-action 7.62 x 39. Weight from an alloy that was...
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    01-25-2020, 11:02 AM
    lotech replied to a thread 4759 in Canister & Surplus Powder
    I've used 4759 for a long time like many here and stocked up when the discontinuance was announced. However, and I've mentioned this before on the semi-regular 4759 threads... we have a tremendous number of powders available today, even for cast...
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    01-25-2020, 10:53 AM
    lotech replied to a thread bonanza co-ax in Reloading Equipment
    I don't recall my Co-Ax being particularly expensive in comparison with other presses when I purchased it new more than thirty (maybe forty?) years ago. I don't know about the perfect alignment claims some attribute to the Co-Ax, but I do know that...
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    01-25-2020, 10:30 AM
    I've had the #358439 for years and while I've never done a side-by-side comparison, I'm pretty sure I get a little better accuracy with this bullet in comparison with the regular #358429 version. I no longer load .357 magnum, only .38 Special using...
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    01-23-2020, 10:02 AM
    Lots of good answers here, but it all comes down to the real fact that just about anything works well if you're only shooting cast bullets. Many products, regardless of cost will probably equal the results obtained with Hoppe's #9 or Ed's Red, but I...
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    01-23-2020, 09:56 AM
    I guess I've tried most primer types and brands and used most available brass in handgun and rifle cartridges during more than fifty years of handloading. However, I've used far more CCI primers than anything else. Occasionally, I've found a batch...
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    01-23-2020, 09:46 AM
    I have a number of SAECO moulds that I purchased new twenty-five or thirty or more years ago. I only have a very few that I bought in the last ten or twelve years. I don't know that I could identify different metals and I've never paid a lot of...
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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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