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    Yesterday, 06:28 AM
    There is an older Alliant manual available from Castpics as well. I believe it is from 2001. It gives load data for Blue Dot in the 38 special.
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    06-22-2018, 09:30 PM
    I understand. I am so used to working the 1911 that I try to get pistols that work in a similar fashion. The fun part is I can carry the Taurus cocked and locked since applying the safety does not drop the hammer as happens with the Beretta....
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    06-22-2018, 03:13 PM
    My concern was the safety lever on the Beretta 92 needs to be pushed upwards to release the safety, which is the exact opposite of the Taurus PT92 and the 1911. I want my pistols to work in the same manner. I really don't care about the decocker or...
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    06-22-2018, 10:58 AM
    The Taurus PT92 has a frame mounted safety/decoder that works perfectly and doesn’t require a different movement of the safety from the 1911 to work as you might think. I like to be able to work my handguns in the same manner so I won’t make a...
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    06-21-2018, 10:58 PM
    I wasn't aware that Lee made a tumble lube 158 grain RNFP mold for 38/357 caliber. Lee makes a standard lube groove mold in that design. Is that what you are referring to? Lee also makes tumble lube 158 grain SWC and Round nose designs.
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    06-18-2018, 08:11 PM
    I currently own 3 Taurus PT92 pistols in 9mm. They all run flawlessly. The only thing I dislike about them is the depth of the rifling in the barrel. It is a bit too shallow to grip cast boolits well so accuracy with cast is an iffy proposition....
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    06-17-2018, 11:39 AM
    After all the descriptions, I can see how it would happen. I am glad it hasn't happened to me yet. I would be concerned.
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    06-16-2018, 11:01 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Lee 356-153-2r? in Cast Boolits
    I would try starting just below the starting load for a 147 grain boolit and see how that worked. When I used AA7 with that boolit, I used the starting charge for a 147 grain boolit and it worked fine. I load that boolit to a OAL of 1.150.
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    06-16-2018, 05:28 AM
    I have never heard of this or experienced it. I wasn't aware it was even possible. It sounds like the cylinder isn't locking up properly.
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    06-16-2018, 05:22 AM
    I used a monocular for a couple of years during my archery tournament days. The biggest problem seemed to be getting the thing lined up on target quickly. It takes some getting used to.
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    06-14-2018, 07:50 PM
    Since you like to tinker, you could make full match grade ammunition. Go the whole route with weighing cases as well as individual charges and bullets. Measure the runout on the loaded rounds to make sure every bullet is perfectly aligned. Trim...
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    06-13-2018, 11:52 PM
    tazman replied to a thread is .360 too big? in Cast Boolits
    If you have good accuracy and no leading you should be home free. The powder charge you mention is not an issue as it isn't over max yet provided you are using 158-160 grain boolits in 357 magnum brass. It is possible you might benefit from a...
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    06-13-2018, 11:22 AM
    The other two have match grade barrels with tight chambers designed for specific bullets. Not the fault of the gun. They could easily be throated so they would work with anything. I just don’t need to do that.
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    06-13-2018, 08:42 AM
    I have always believed that the 9mm was effectively a 38 special in disguise as a semi-auto cartridge. When you compare the two using similar loadings, they are very close. They were initially designed for different bullet weights. With the newest...
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    06-13-2018, 08:27 AM
    I have never seen the powder. What is it's shape? Is it a flake powder or spherical?
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    06-13-2018, 08:24 AM
    I have to disagree here as well. The success I have achieved with the Lee FCD(not the collet crimper, the one with the carbide ring) speaks for itself. I don't have leading issues. I don't have accuracy issues. The consistency of my ammunition has...
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    06-12-2018, 10:34 PM
    My only 45acp experience so far has been with full size 1911 pistols. I own four of them. Two of them will eat anything I can put in the magazine and shoot it well besides. The first is a Springfield Armory Mil Spec. The second is a Sig nickel...
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    06-12-2018, 10:17 PM
    There is a ton of data for that powder/cartridge combination available on the Hodgdon data site. Loads listed with nearly every boolit/bullet weight imaginable. It appears to produce very good velocity numbers with the 45ACP. I personally have no...
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    06-12-2018, 10:11 PM
    For your first question, there is no pressure increase in a 9mm cartridge due to being fired in a carbine as opposed to a handgun. The loads are the same. The only difference you will have is a velocity change due to the difference in barrel...
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    06-12-2018, 08:20 PM
    I have an older(2001)Alliant manual that lists Red Dot loads for 9mm 125 grain lead. No designation of nose shape was listed. The OAL is listed as 1.150. The max powder charge is listed as 4.5 grains. It claims a velocity of 1145 fps from a 4 inch...
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    06-11-2018, 11:30 PM
    Unless the powder is particularly dense(AA7,Titegroup), you will find that most 9mm charges pretty much fill the case to the bottom of the boolit. Slightly compressed charges are not at all unusual for this cartridge. The 9mm case is small enough...
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    06-11-2018, 12:46 PM
    I use the Lee FCD on all my handgun loads. Apparently I have been lucky and managed to acquire dies that only size the case when things are substantially too large. The large majority of my loads never get touched on the sides by the die. It simply...
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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