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    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    As it happens, I started a database in March 2015 to track all my reloading and shooting. So-- I know exactly how many rounds I have shot since then: 70,055. 20,000 of those in handguns, the rest in rifles.
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    Yesterday, 09:58 PM
    Hick replied to a thread H-110 and W296 in Reloading Equipment
    I have heard the same thing, that H110 and W296 are the same. I looked them up in the National Crime powder database and they do indeed appear to be very similar chemically. I have used them interchangeably in my 357 magnum loads and cannot see a...
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    10-19-2020, 09:52 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Subsonic plinker in Leverguns
    6 grains of HP-38. No filler
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    10-18-2020, 09:39 PM
    If the shoulder in the chamber is a tiny bit long, the extractor will hold the case against the bolt well enough to fire some of the rounds, but not all. What happens is that with a case shoulder a little short of the chamber shoulder, the case...
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    10-18-2020, 09:31 PM
    Lee 356-124 TC, powder coated and sized to 0.356
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    10-17-2020, 08:42 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Cz527 in Factory Rifles
    My CZ in 7.62 x 39 shoots just about everything I have well. Especially good with the Lee 312-155-2R. I also use the Lyman 311410 (with PC) and 314-135SP (GC and lube). Used some 123 grain Jacketed too, but the cast ones are most fun. 9.5 twist...
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    10-16-2020, 09:07 PM
    110's work great in my 30-30. I have used lots of Berry's in the past, but if you want a really good 110 look for 110 FMJ from ARMSCOR (Phillipines). They make them for the M1 30 cal. They are very accurate and fairly inexpensive. I buy them in...
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    10-16-2020, 08:56 PM
    My two favorites (but for 223 bolt action) are Lyman 225-646 and NOE 225-55-FN
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    10-15-2020, 09:16 PM
    I've used 700x for 38, 357 and 9mm. Worked very nicely. However, with my powder measure it did not meter well. Metering was the only drawback.
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    10-12-2020, 08:38 PM
    I have both and really enjoy both. My major observation is that for me, my revolvers are more accurate-- but it's not a huge difference. It could just be me, but I think the fact that the barrel is rigidly attached to the frame in my revolvers,...
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    10-07-2020, 06:51 PM
    about 2000. The problem with mine is that the tip of the transfer bar gets dented by the firing pin head, until it begins to look like a spoon-- and eventually it just can't push the firing pin enough to get to the primer. Starts with occasional...
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    10-06-2020, 09:10 PM
    Henry big boy in 357 Magnum. It does particularly well with the Ideal 358-156GC or RCBS 163 grain flat nose (13 grains of H110). My only complaint is that I have worn out two transfer bars already-- not a good design. I put up with it because the...
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    10-06-2020, 09:00 PM
    Hick replied to a thread What is your oldest firearm? in Our Town
    Most of my regular shooters are more than 50 years old, but my oldest two are my Remington Model 4 rolling block (113 tears old) and my 1909 Argentine Mauser (110 years old). My Enfield is only 84 years old, and my P38 pistol only 75.
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    10-04-2020, 09:50 PM
    If you really want to measure down range velocity, put your chrony behind some thing so that the machine is hidden but the opening with the screens is not. I've done that and it works. Once you get velocity, energy is 1/2 times mass (pounds) times...
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    10-04-2020, 09:45 PM
    I believe it was a video produced by SAAMI-- saw it too. Very impressive!
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    10-04-2020, 09:43 PM
    Hornady's Unique. It's a white light grease that comes in a tub. All you need to do it touch it when your fingers get too dry, and run your fingers over the neck as you pick up the case and set it in the shell holder. At about 300 rounds per...
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    10-04-2020, 09:41 PM
    Do like Mehavey says and you should be fine. Get in the habit of always PC'ing the same number of bullets each time (I do 50) and using the same setup (tray or whatever), and once you learn the tendencies of your oven, you will be able to just set...
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    10-03-2020, 09:52 PM
    Lyman 311410. Its a plain based bullet that runs around 135 grains. Slightly rounded nose. I PC them.
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    09-30-2020, 09:29 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Separation? in Lead and Lead Alloys
    As noted above it depends on what the alloy is. Antimony and Tin form an actual chemical complex that dissolves in lead just like sugar in water-- no separation. But some other alloy ingredients do not do this. This is why some alloys, like Lyman...
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    09-28-2020, 10:17 PM
    I have some 38 Long Colt brass that I occasionally use in my 38 Special. I use all my standard 38 Special loads with the brass. The thing to remember is that you have to stick to the COL you use for 38 Special so that you do not increase the...
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    09-25-2020, 09:52 PM
    Interesting point
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    09-24-2020, 10:02 PM
    Well-- in most computers it puts it in a folder called downloads-- but I don't know if that is universal.
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    09-24-2020, 09:56 PM
    Yes to all the above with the Lyman Lube sizer (I use one too), but at pistol velocities you can also use tumble lube. I use a lot of Ben's Liquid Lube with excellent results for pistols.
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    09-24-2020, 09:53 PM
    I wouldn't worry about it. You have a very good mold there! The Lyman 358-156 started off with Ideal (before Lyman) and has survived the test of time. Both my 38 Special and 357 revolvers love it and my Henry 357 rifle as well. It is a great...
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    09-24-2020, 09:48 PM
    While the media get bashed a lot-- there is truth in blaming the media. 50 years ago, people with extreme views tended to get shut down by those in their community that were more rational. The reason was that people with extreme views were in a...
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    09-23-2020, 09:58 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Beer can gas checks in Gas Checks
    You just invented another reason to drink beer-- whether it works or not you're a hero
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    09-23-2020, 09:45 PM
    You can find a copy of the Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook Edition 3 (and much more) here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B5OXFZ9peAawfi1zNHA1TUx3QjhFRVA3RGc2cTVCUUZFanpjT1RJSlJRQW1FR001OGcwTEk
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Retired Chemical and Nuclear Engineer. 1954 M1 Garand, CZ 527 FS (223 Rem), S&W Model 64 (38 Special) and a few other things. I cast and reload for all. Signed up because I like this forum.
Winnemucca, NV
Target shooting, reloading, golf, teaching
Retired Engineer, Retired HS Teacher, Retired JHS teacher


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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