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  • HangFireW8's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    Relieve the stock and handguard for most of the length of the barrel except the last inches, so that the long midsection of the barrel touches nothing. If rules allow, bed the last inches at the barrel clamp with epoxy, or for a sporter stock,...
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    11-17-2018, 06:43 PM
    Favorite topic. I often do load development on a new rifle with a higher power scope, then switch to something in the 1 to 3x range for hunting. Rarely do I ever switch back. Mainly I am looking for a wide field of view, quick target...
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    11-14-2018, 05:00 PM
    Foggy1111, Thanks for developing those gages. I still use my Stoney Points every time I reload bottleneck cases. John, 2 years too late, but no surprise on the 94 levers with backed out primers. All primers back out on firing. It takes...
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    11-12-2018, 11:28 AM
    In the old, old days, gas checks were slip-on and expected to fall off in flight. So there is a strong tradition of advice against seating below the neck. Modern Gator, Hornady/Lyman checks crimp on, and (assuming normal cast dimensions) do not...
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    11-12-2018, 09:47 AM
    Nice score! Worth the hard work. It will be a mix of mostly hard and some extra hard shot, both will have antimony and arsenic, extra hard will have more. If you are water dropping or oven hardening, and your alloy already has some antimony,...
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    11-11-2018, 08:47 PM
    Generally you can use one expander for every cartridge in a caliber family, in this case .224"... if that works for you. For example if you had a very early Hornet (since you mentioned Hornet) with a rimfire standard .222" bore and a tight...
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    11-11-2018, 08:14 PM
    I agree, though technically an ejection failure, case has extracted OK already. I don't always use the terms correctly either, even coming from a shotgun background I should know better (trap guns usually extract but lack ejectors, to better save...
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    11-11-2018, 01:11 AM
    Yes, $15 for one. But I added 3 to the shopping cart and shipping went up to a very reasonable $18.50. And after all, they are 6 cavity molds. But still a lot of question marks around them. Nothing that floats my boat, so I won't be of any more help...
    29 replies | 1433 view(s)
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    11-09-2018, 09:30 PM
    Dave hits the nail on the head... on why standard neck sizing dies DO NOT extend brass life. They merely guarantee that the brass will be overworked and fail on the neck, instead of the shoulder. Why? Standard Neck dies over-resize the neck,...
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    11-09-2018, 08:39 PM
    You tried two rifles, that was a good test. It definitely could be the primers. But it might also be: 1. Too deep primer pockets 2. Cartridge headspace (shoulder set back too far) I'm leaning toward the primers, but if you have a cartridge...
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    11-09-2018, 08:36 PM
    What kind of gun?
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    11-08-2018, 10:26 PM
    You can do the equivalent of Ed Harris' "the load" (13 grains of Red Dot in a suitable rifle cartridge) with a grain or two less of 700x and a cast boolit. I have. As always, reduce a bit and work up carefully. ...
    25 replies | 1909 view(s)
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    11-05-2018, 07:58 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Soot on the neck in Cast Boolits
    Please share your loads. Mild loads can have primer blowby, because pressure is not sufficient to expand and seal the primer cup in the pocket. Also, were these cases reformed, or original?
    16 replies | 850 view(s)
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    11-04-2018, 10:52 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread BHN and Obturation in Cast Boolits
    Hard versus soft lead alloy has very very minimal effect on (over)pressure with unjacketed lead alloy boolits. Virtually every other factor matters more. If you work up loads as normal practice, you'll be fine. Yes, MG 45/70 accuracy is usually...
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  • HangFireW8's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 06:05 PM
    Also check under the roll marks (the logo and/or chunk of words printed on the barrel). Also if it's a 44 or 444 keep in mind the SAAMI spec is NOT the same 0.429" as handgun 44's.
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  • HangFireW8's Avatar
    11-03-2018, 04:31 PM
    Ammonia dissolves the zinc out of the brass and leaves it weaker. Using ammonia has therefore never been recommended for cleaning ammo brass. Yet every year someone on some forum comes forward with this great new idea.
    41 replies | 1572 view(s)
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    11-02-2018, 04:02 PM
    Please remove me. This Group Buy has outlived the 8mm barrel it was intended for, and the rifle will be a 7x57 soon.
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    11-02-2018, 07:15 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Lost all my data in Cast Boolits
    It's your hobby, do it the way that makes you happy. But don't delude yourself that paper is immune from sudden data loss. One fire and its gone. Flood, mold, tornado, theft, repossession, vengeful Ex, etc. OwnCloud replicates my file changes to...
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  • HangFireW8's Avatar
    11-01-2018, 04:17 PM
    Might be a bolt action shotgun?
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    10-31-2018, 12:30 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Lost all my data in Cast Boolits
    OwnCloud, file versioning, instant replication across all my devices, boot disk images, backups... all mine... All Lan/local... nothing Amazon, Google, Apple or Microsoft can even see or give up on a subpoena... not a byte of it! Not going back...
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    10-29-2018, 08:26 PM
    map55b replied to a thread Homemade? in Reloading Equipment
    Simply brilliant!
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    10-22-2018, 11:21 AM
    Ah, I guess color is then irrelevant and I'm old fashion.
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    10-22-2018, 01:05 AM
    Nice! I'm not familiar with purple bullets. can you enlighten me?
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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