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    11-13-2018, 11:59 PM
    Hick replied to a thread Where to reload? in Our Town
    I bought a Walmart "desk" (the kind you put together) that is 36" wide and put it in the corner of a room and bolted a piece of 2 x 12 wood on top. It easily holds my powder measure, scale, RCBS press, Lyman 450 lube sizer and boxes of dies. ...
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    11-10-2018, 12:31 AM
    Hick replied to a thread 303 British revisited in Military Rifles
    Check the chamber before you rule out the Enfield-- they are not all loose. My 1936 build has very little brass growth. In a test with 10 cases full length sized, the shoulder position as-fired changed by only 0.005. You can avoid the problem...
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    11-10-2018, 12:25 AM
    around 200 grains should work very well in the Enfield. My 314299 drops at 196 and my Enfield seems to like it a lot. I use the 314 sized to 313-- but my bore slugs at .311. You'll want something a little larger-- as discussed above.
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    11-06-2018, 12:11 AM
    Buy what you want in a larger dovetail size and file down the dovetail-- that's what I had to do.
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    11-04-2018, 11:35 PM
    You could try running a little cooler. I do that and it slows down the dross formation dramatically. Lead melts at 621 F-- so you have a little room to reduce without the bottom spout freezing.
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    11-03-2018, 11:14 PM
    You can also look here to try to visually narrow down the list of possible powders. I did this with some mystery powder I found in my father-in-laws garage after he moved into a home.
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    11-02-2018, 10:48 PM
    I had the same problem with my Mauser in 7.65-- the full length sized cases chambered really stiffly-- some I had to really lean on the bolt. I shaved the bottom of the die using normal sandpaper. It took me three tries with sanding, and probably...
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    11-01-2018, 10:09 PM
    According to my Speer manual a 110 grain bullet with 30 grains of reloader 7 runs 2300 to 2400 fps. Your Winchester likely has a 1:12 twist. That Speer load is for a jacketed bullet,not a lead bullet. That velocity in a 1:12 twist means the...
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    10-27-2018, 10:04 PM
    I trim all my brass using a belt sander. I use a cartridge length guide if I have one. If not, I pick through my collection of socket sets to find a half inch socket that is close to the length I want. Then stick the case in the socket and grind...
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    10-24-2018, 10:28 PM
    I love the Lyman 450, but for my 22 cal bullets I use the Lee push through sizer and Bens Liquid Lube. This includes putting on the gas checks. The Lee just seems to work a little better for those little guys.
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    10-24-2018, 10:18 PM
    Mine drop right about 324 using Lyman #2
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    10-24-2018, 10:13 PM
    I use a reduced load of 43 grains of IMR 4064 with the Hornady 150 FMJ/BT as my go-to load for my M1 because I have a couple of pins/screws in my shoulder and want a little less recoil. I've tested that load many times in all sorts of temperatures...
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    10-23-2018, 10:35 PM
    Lee 324175GC isn't expensive and works well. You could also look for a used Lyman 321427GC (I found one on Gunbroker for a very reasonable price). Unfortunately, I have no extras to offer you.
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    10-23-2018, 10:31 PM
    I had a similar chambering problem with a Mauser. Take a properly sized piece of brass and blacken it with a sharpie and chamber it-- when you take it out you should see rub marks where the problem is. Mine was just a slightly tight shoulder.
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    10-23-2018, 10:21 PM
    I find the Hornady 150 FMJ/BT does very nicely in my 30-30 well past 100 yards-- the only catch is you have to load the rounds singly because (1) its a very sharp spire point and (2) the round is too long for the cartridge lifter.
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    10-22-2018, 08:13 PM
    look here:
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    10-21-2018, 09:58 PM
    I buy 32 cal moly coated pistol bullets (0.314) and size them down to 0.311 and shoot them in my 30-30 for plinkers and target-- usually around 1100 fps or even a little higher. No leading or accuracy issues at all. I also use 0.358 (125 grain)...
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    10-20-2018, 10:26 PM
    I worry about case fill for medium to slow powders-- I know there are differences of opinion about whether SEE is real or not, but I don't want to find out with one of my rifles. However, there are lots of loads I like that are relatively low...
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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