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    Yesterday, 07:15 PM
    44man replied to a thread The possessed mold! in Cast Boolits
    I don't think so. I have made my own molds for several years and to center the cherry is a very hard setup. It only takes a few thousands off to get a sticky. I have lucked out but will say it is not easy. Lathe cut blocks can be even harder to...
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    Yesterday, 09:41 AM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    Could be but it shot cast as good as it gets. It shot one Rem factory load good but he bought an MTM box and mixed them up.
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    Yesterday, 09:33 AM
    I understand you want to play with a HP. But with a drill press you need a fixture to hold the round with a drill size hole centered. You can use a case trimmer to HP, Forster made one long ago. I see they still have it. You can make a cutter for...
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    Yesterday, 09:21 AM
    44man replied to a thread The possessed mold! in Cast Boolits
    OK, that eliminates that. You still need better temp control. I heat my molds in a little electric box oven on a hot plate with a BBQ thermometer in it to 500 and my Lee pot is set at 750. I could never cast with colder lead. I am the slowest...
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    Yesterday, 09:01 AM
    Cast is where I live and have bettered groups shot with jacketed many times. Many of my guns have never seen a "J" word. I am of course a revolver nut and have shot one hole groups at 50 yards, 1/2" at 100 and 2-1/2" at 500. I question...
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    Yesterday, 08:40 AM
    I use 2 die brands, Redding and Hornady. A GC will not help a poor seat die but you should still use them on a boolit cut for them. You lose boolit length and the skid stop if you leave them off. Using Hornady dies for the 30-30 and 06, I get zero...
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    Yesterday, 08:26 AM
    44man replied to a thread The possessed mold! in Cast Boolits
    Hard to tell but the boolit in the mold looks frosted heavy. If it is, your mold is too hot. That will also mess up the bands. Boolits that stick have not cooled enough to shrink. A mold too hot will expand at the parting line and get smaller 90...
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    03-22-2017, 10:06 PM
    Never saw the Wallace mark before. Thanks for posting!
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    03-22-2017, 06:53 PM
    I am close to Harpers Ferry, Little town of Bakerton. You are not that far. I am also near Charles Town. Some day we need to get together.
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    03-22-2017, 02:14 PM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    It is a wood stock. I have to shoot it because Joe does not know how to be consistent. I tell him over and over but talk to a rock.
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    03-22-2017, 11:19 AM
    44man replied to a thread Lube question in Cast Boolits
    Can't fix. Get all the original lube out and use a better lube.
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    03-22-2017, 11:11 AM
    There is a difference between a Morse and an R8 or Jacobs. Morse has no slot. My lathe, mill uses a Morse in the tail stock but a Jacobs in the mill.
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    03-22-2017, 10:39 AM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    So true. I had to go to work every day and to make time was a loss of sleep. I fixed TV's to 4 AM. I also mastered that with TV's in my garage from all over Ohio. People brought them hundreds of miles. Then gunsmith work. Fellas here will never...
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    03-22-2017, 10:10 AM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    I made all the brass parts and engraving tools to get this turkey. Life was crazy and I still wonder how I did things.
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    03-22-2017, 09:50 AM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    I found store bought tools sucked so made my own. You can't carve with bought tools. I left ML stocks 1/8" thicker to carve and took the rest down to final.
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    03-22-2017, 09:34 AM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    Thank you, might be the best rifle I ever built with real fancy checkering. The gun in military form shot so good I had to build it up. Had a cherry tree fall in the woods so I planked it with a chainsaw. Aged and dried so it is stable. I built many...
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    03-22-2017, 08:53 AM
    I made a mistake with my 45-70 revolver many times. I was poking holes and losing deer with no blood trails to follow. With one I found blood at over 100 yards and it was over another 100 when I found her. I figure over 250 yards to dead or more. I...
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    03-21-2017, 09:16 PM
    Might be dissapointed too. Expand to fit is a hard thing too.
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    03-21-2017, 08:31 PM
    It is hard and depends on hits. I really hate the perfect shot stuff because we all can't do it.. It comes down to where we hit an animal. To say I am always perfect means just that but I am not that. Nobody else is either. So many can't shoot a...
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    03-21-2017, 06:38 PM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    I never shot a boat tail. No need. Well, actually I did many but not my loads. I will shoot his gun next time to see if he is the reason.
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    03-21-2017, 06:27 PM
    Therein is the problem. Stuff works here but not there. It can't be defined and I can't say what is best except for me and what I shoot. With cast we are all not exact. We will make mistakes and learn but to destroy an animal for a fast kill...
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    03-21-2017, 05:53 PM
    It is really hard to believe that a boolit will rattle down that bore. Go back, slug again and make sure you read the micrometer correctly. No calipers. or zero them. They MUST be off. Looking at the edge of yours they are at 4 and a tad. They are...
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    03-21-2017, 05:41 PM
    You will not believe it. I am so happy to not wear glasses other then sunglasses outside, it is crazy. No more for range, sights, computer and can actually read without but still need cheap cheaters for real close or small, like 6". My friends got...
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    03-21-2017, 05:18 PM
    I have never seen a spring on any firing pin that will protrude the pin. They are meant to retract the pin. I think your hammer is down on the pin, holding it out. Some guns have an inertia hammer that bounces back after firing. I suspect you have...
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    03-21-2017, 05:05 PM
    44man replied to a thread Sick of it. in Our Town
    Most all that have plowed our snow except the man that lives here are under contract. So much, so the faster they can plow the better in the pocket. Seen them go past at 45 MPH spraying gravel 30 yards too many times to count. Flat rate of maybe...
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    03-21-2017, 04:51 PM
    I have become very touchy about boolits and seen it all with pencil holes to the extreme. Velocity, boolit weight, alloy, HP size and a few other things enter. I am not comfortable telling you what you shoot needs this or that. Maybe the hardest...
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    03-21-2017, 04:41 PM
    Now I am confused to no end. Is the bore a .45 or .44? What is the gun chambered for?
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    03-21-2017, 04:38 PM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    I quit being in a hurry so time is needed. I learned sitting hours and hours checkering or carving that there is no hurry, we still get old at the same pace. I just got out of bed and it is close to dark again. I will think about it a lot anyway...
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    03-21-2017, 04:24 PM
    44man replied to a thread Poor results in Cast Boolits
    I took a picture of the Swede I built. Cherry from my woods. Hope you can make it larger.
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Abbreviations used in Reloading

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