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    04-16-2019, 04:23 PM
    I have pushed the 38-55 to 1650 with Reloader 7 and a bullet that drops at 288 grains total weight with GC. To prevent leading I also treat with Lee Liquid Alox for a total coating and fill the lube grooves with other lube as well. It is a hunting...
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    04-16-2019, 02:25 PM
    Lee makes a bullet specifically for the cartridge weighing in at 160 grains. DEP
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    04-15-2019, 06:23 AM
    Are you sure the long brass is not an issue. While many swear by it I also see where many trim it down a little. Like to 2.10 or so. I have always favored faster powders for cast and 4895 is too slow. Re 7, 4198 and Unique are pretty standard...
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    04-15-2019, 06:15 AM
    Beagle the molds a bit. I have used the foil tape and done so. I ran into a Russian carbine 7.62 that slugged 317 and could not get it to shoot cast all that well. Looking back I could have tried a 32 special mold but I did not think it would...
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    04-12-2019, 10:07 AM
    They have a couple of excellent magazines called Lever Action Rifles that I bought back when. They are now $30@ but were excellent magazines. DEP
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    04-12-2019, 10:04 AM
    A bullet I liked for deer hunting was the Lee 303 mold that throws at over 311. I sized it down using a flat nose punch and got bullets that weighed about 188 grains with my alloy and gas checks. The flat nose gave it enough shorter length so that...
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    04-12-2019, 07:58 AM
    Italians also make cheap shotguns like Perazzi, if you are like me a second mortgage your house to get one. Ubertis are not all bad either. Pedersoli made a muzzle loading rifle that did very well in 1000 yard matches. But you are correct in that...
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    04-11-2019, 09:49 AM
    Are you going to reload or just shoot factory? I have a 32-20 and reload for it and find its handiest when loaded down a bit to about 1300 fps. DEP
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    04-11-2019, 09:47 AM
    Marlin seems to be getting their game together better. Henry's are great levers. Many do not like the loading feature of Henry's however and are addicted to the side gate of the classic Marlins and Winchesters. I prefer the Henry system as all...
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    04-10-2019, 10:16 AM
    I like Marlins but only have those in Ballard rifling. Those with microgroove will always claim to get accuracy they use oversized bullets that are a bit harder than I like. Most of the 95's are now made with Ballard rifling. IN the 30-30 I used...
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    04-10-2019, 10:02 AM
    Probably the most likely reasons for developments in the cartridges came about in the conversions from C&B to cartridge. Colts took a 454 cal round ball. Some claim the conversions gave us case dimensions at first. The 36 C&B was actually a 38...
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    04-08-2019, 05:49 PM
    northmn replied to a thread First Build Support in Muzzleloading.
    First off the Douglas barrel should be indexed so that the Douglas is either top or bottom. Douglas barrels were at one time top of the line but had run out where the hole at the breech was not centered. Also I use to fill in gaps if not too bad...
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    04-07-2019, 11:15 AM
    northmn replied to a thread 5mm rimfire? in Rimfire Area
    I looked it up on Midway and Aguilla makes ammunition for it and is available at $28 per 50. High priced but cheaper than a lot of centerfire stuff. It was a great idea, but did not have quite the hype the 17's had when it came out. As I...
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    04-06-2019, 09:58 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Mossberg 464 on the way in Leverguns
    The molds drop weight is based on #2 alloy. I used softer alloy in a mold rated 175 grains and got 188 with gas check. See that a lot. DEP
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    04-05-2019, 07:20 AM
    When I brought my 32-22 CL home I decided to try a 120 grain round nose bullet thrown by a Lee mold I already had on hand. It was for a 308 bore but dropped as cast at 311 or slightly better. It has shot very well. I tried a 32 handgun mold...
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    04-04-2019, 09:03 AM
    I had a MN carbine and it would not shoot any cast I had. I slugged it and got a 317 bore. The bullets were keyholing. It was a collector and I let someone else collect it. The molds made for that diameter were too spendy. DEP
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    04-04-2019, 07:30 AM
    northmn replied to a thread Mossberg 464 on the way in Leverguns
    They make a walnut stocked pistol gripped version that would fill the bill as described above if made. DEP
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    04-04-2019, 07:24 AM
    Another issue may be the caliber. A Savage 99 in 250 brings double what 300 brings locally. 25-35's are not common around here either so even D&T it would bring more. There are some that want shooters in the less common calibers. DEP
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    04-03-2019, 03:45 PM
    northmn replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    Improve the ballistics to what? CCI sells a cartridge called the velocitor which is supposed to drive the 40 grain bullet at over 1400 fps. I have tried them and they do have a little more snap. I also have a 22 magnum which does a bit better. ...
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    04-03-2019, 08:37 AM
    northmn replied to a thread 2400 in a 22??? in Rimfire Area
    I feel that way also but there are some that insist that reloading is a lot of fun and that they can somehow improve on the factory stuff or save money. Even retired I value my time more than ever as I truly want to enjoy retirement as much as...
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    04-03-2019, 08:28 AM
    In shotguns the 16 gauge was pretty much under rated. It was a victim of magnums. At one time is was the second largest seller in ammunition but went down due to the hype over the 3" 20 ga. It seemed the manufacturers and marketing did everything...
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    04-02-2019, 10:42 AM
    northmn replied to a thread .308 bullets in a 32-20 in Leverguns
    Takes quite a bit of bump to get a J bullet to slug a bore. Especially with the base enclosed. Try them maybe but I would not expect them to work. DEP
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    04-01-2019, 12:54 PM
    At one time I remember we had a primer shortage. After they were able to get the prices up a bit, I have not seen another shortage. Same kind of happened with the 22's. Where once they were 1.50 a box now the cheap ones are about 3.00 a box. We...
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    04-01-2019, 08:01 AM
    Older manuals list heavier charges of 2400 than now. Part of it is due to the quality of firearms as well as the new pressure testing. The old 38 special also suffers some from that condition. The cartridge has gotten chambered in some pretty...
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    03-31-2019, 10:44 AM
    Like others I have stock piled a few 22LR's after the shortage. I survived the shortage using my 32-20 and 357 rifles. Wish I had a hornet as that would be the best alternative. About the only thing the "shortage" did was make it tougher to go...
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    03-31-2019, 09:33 AM
    The long Starline brass costs more. I tried the same load in Starline and Winchester cases and got almost identical results over the chronograph. I also had a few Winchester cases for my 38-55 and like to use them. This will probably draw...
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    03-31-2019, 09:24 AM
    I have no idea of the bore on that old of a Marlin as to diameter. I bought a 1894 Cl made in the 60's I believe and it shoots a 30cal as cast 120 grain Lee bullet very well. Tried another bullet but like this one. I also treat the bullet with...
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    03-30-2019, 04:18 PM
    Most of the old Mosbergs I have seen shoot very well. All I can say is to shoot it and see. DEP
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    03-29-2019, 01:54 PM
    Over rated. I like the 6.5 Creedmoor but could easily argue that it is overrated because of the "long range" association it carries. It is a very good cartridge for deer hunting at normal ranges, however. The cartridge that gave me the biggest...
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    03-29-2019, 10:45 AM
    Saami calls for the 2.08 case length and probably a newer rifle would use it. I see a lot agonize over brass length for the 38-55. There's a contributor on the Marlin site that owns several 38-55's and thinks the whole issue is a non issue. I...
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Something of a historian and like to research my areas of interest in shooting.
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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