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    Yesterday, 08:46 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Primer Prices... in Cast Boolits
    I get Winchester primers (large rifle, large rifle magnum, small rifle, and small pistol) for 31.99 per 1k locally (right at the store-- no shipping or hazmat), which seems like a reasonably good deal to me.
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    Yesterday, 08:40 PM
    CFE-223 first, then maybe W748. When my son asked me to find the best load for his Mini-14 CFE-223 did best of all the ones I tried.
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    10-19-2017, 04:39 PM
    The key here is my comment that I generally do not shoot hot loads. But yes, these are tubular magazine Winchesters, and I have had no problem yet-- 13,000 rounds fired and counting. There is an excellent study done (which I cannot find at the...
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    10-18-2017, 07:01 PM
    I'm probably in the minority here-- but I only crimp my 38 Special and .357 Magnum loads. The 223 Rem, M1 Garand, 32WS and 30-30 loads have no crimp. But then again, I don't shoot much in the way of hot loads. So for most of my shooting any crimp...
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    10-14-2017, 08:33 PM
    Don't know about the Lee auto-prime, but I had this problem with some shell holders. Check the bottom of the shell holder. The plastic insert in the hand primer has a beveled shoulder that sticks up a little (I guess its there to strengthen the...
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    10-14-2017, 08:17 PM
    I had difficulty opening the tube on my Henry-- but I discovered it was not the spring-- it was the rubber O-ring where the end of the tube seats. I put in a thinner O-ring and that solved the problem. I have two loading gate rifles and the Henry....
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    10-12-2017, 10:01 PM
    Hick replied to a thread lee .358 140 gr swc in Cast Boolits
    In 38 Special I use 3.6 grains of 700x or 4.0 grains of titegroup with the Lee 358-140 swc (tumble lubed in BLL)-- both run about 850 fps. YMMV
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    10-09-2017, 12:04 PM
    I use 11.0 grains of W231 under a lee 309-170GC boolit. This gives me 1450 fps out of my M1 in 30-06. Very mild recoil and still accurate.
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    10-08-2017, 07:18 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Cataract surgery in Our Town
    Had both my eyes done several years ago. My lenses are set for distance focus, which means reading glasses for close stuff. Here's a tip for shooting with open sights-- Small peep apertures help close-in focus without you needing glasses. After...
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    10-07-2017, 11:44 PM
    I could send you some Ideal 358156 gas checked boolits to try out. That mold is an oldie but goody. I'll watch for a pm if you are interested.
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    10-05-2017, 11:59 PM
    You said the boolits were just seated enough for the clip to go in the garand. Could it have been that the case was overlength? If the case was too long the lip of the neck can hit the shoulder in the chamber. This puts a very tight crimp on the...
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    10-05-2017, 02:00 AM
    M-tecs--- thanks for the added info. Notice that your quote from Wilson says that the gauge is intended to measure as-fired cases-- but their customer support people are telling me they cannot measure as-fired cases in 32WS. In fact, they told me...
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    10-04-2017, 02:37 PM
    I bought a Wilson case gauge for 32WS. It is supposed to check headspace tolerance and overall case length tolerance. Unfortunately, the 32WS case is a rimmed case and headspaces on the rim. Wilson thinks the headspace on 32WS is controlled by...
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    10-03-2017, 09:20 PM
    IMR4064 does great in a 30-30. I've gone a low as 23 grains (slightly below 70% case fill) with good results-- higher loads should be fine.
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    10-01-2017, 11:47 PM
    I have a reproduction copy of the original encyclopedia Brittanica (not sure I spelled that right). I dates to the 1600's and gives the original recipe for Mead. Add water to honey until it will just "bear and egg", then ferment. The thing about...
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    09-23-2017, 08:52 PM
    One thing you can check is to feel the primers after priming. Primers are supposed to be seated slightly deeper than the base of the brass. Try your fingers--With the brass upside down in a loading block run your fingers over the primers one by...
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    09-23-2017, 08:46 PM
    Time isn't worth $ unless someone will pay you for that time. If you give up a $50 job to stay home and reload that time is worth $50-- but if nobody is going to pay you for that time it isn't worth $.
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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