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    12-13-2017, 07:02 PM
    I run them until they split (neck splits). I have rifle cases that have gone 20+. Its a question of how hot you like to shoot. I like reduced recoil so my loads are never anywhere near maximum.-- That makes the brass last a lot longer.
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    12-10-2017, 12:30 AM
    5 or more times this year? Everything I own! (6 rifles and 2 revolvers). When weather permits, I shoot every one, every week.
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    12-09-2017, 08:41 PM
    Lyman Cast Bullet Handbook ed 3 has lots of data for 358156 in 357 Magnum
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    12-09-2017, 08:31 PM
    Hick replied to a thread SAECO Mould #050 in Cast Boolits
    best bet is simply to cast a few and measure them
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    12-04-2017, 11:18 PM
    I get great results with the Lee 309-170F (gas checked). I've also tried 311284GC and thy were very accurate-- but they are so long I had to trim the brass slightly under normal length to be able to crimp and still have them fit the clips...
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    12-02-2017, 10:05 PM
    I don't have them balanced-- but I have a spreadsheet that keeps track and reminds me when to buy more. So, for example, my spreadsheet is right now telling me i have a four year supply of primers, but I need to scrounge up more lead this next...
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    12-01-2017, 11:34 PM
    I shoot a lot of C309-170F gas checked. Very accurate in both my M1 and my Win 94 30-30. I've run them at 1900 fps in my M1-- but haven't tried pushing past 2000 yet.
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    12-01-2017, 07:16 PM
    Hick replied to a thread What lever guns to get? in Leverguns
    I wouldn't rule out 32 Winchester Special. Brass is available and can always be converted from 30-30 (just run it through the die). Jacketed bullets are expensive but who needs them? The 32 WS with its 1:16 " twist just loves cast boolits and...
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    11-30-2017, 10:53 PM
    I'd opt for the lead-- I'm not down to 1500 primers (Heck-- I've never been down to 1500 primers-- if I get below 20,000 I start to worry about my stock-- and at the moment I'm not remotely worried).
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    11-27-2017, 01:54 AM
    Hick replied to a thread People!!! in Our Town
    last week I was at the local range when a family with two teen boys showed up to shoot. They had a 30-06. None of them had ear protection. BUT-- when the father fired the first round, both teen boys went to the restroom and got tissue paper and...
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    11-25-2017, 08:47 PM
    I'm wondering if the barrel is loose allowing it to move out of the proper position-- maybe a little forward due to the takedown screw being a little loose. On my Model 4 the hammer cannot fall unless the breech block is fully closed. Assuming the...
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    11-22-2017, 01:11 AM
    Hick replied to a thread recoil in Single Shot Guns
    There are formulas you can use to estimate the recoil. They are pretty accurate (I have an excell spreadsheet that does it). It won't tell you what the recoil feel like (everyone is differeent in how much recoil they like). But-- when you find...
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    11-19-2017, 12:48 AM
    4 grains of Titegroup is what I use for all the cast bullets in my .357 magnum. 125 grain FN, 150 grain RN, 156 grain FN (Ideal 358156)-- they all come out around 950-980 fps from my Ruger blackhawk (6" barrel).
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    11-18-2017, 09:29 PM
    Hick replied to a thread M1A or Garand??? in Military Rifles
    Garand for sure. Also, be aware that you CAN shoot cast at low velocities in the Garand and get great accuracy. The rifle won't cycle, but that's not an issue. In fact, I changed out the gas plug on my Garand for one that has an open hole, so...
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    11-18-2017, 09:20 PM
    My grandfather's 22LR (Remington Model 4)
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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