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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 AM
    That 645 bullet carries plenty of lube, and it shoots well to 1000 yards from 45-70's. If I were to limit to one greaser in the 2.1 case that 645 would be my choice.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Today, 08:23 AM
    Better yet, just get a Saeco 645 mould and go.
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  • bigted's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:16 AM
    Long been a 50 cal lover. Never had any cartridge rifles in the cal but now have a platform that i can try it in . I am sure there has been the comparison between these two cartridges but i somehow have missed reading them. I intend shooting...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:15 AM
    Richard hope to see you there. I'll bring along a care package for you to try in your rifle when you get a chance. I don't have time to load for a lower recoiling rifle than the one I'm bringing, or I'ld offer up a rifle as well. I'm bringing a 16...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 10:54 PM
    Well watch for the Wyoming flag flying at the camping area.
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    05-23-2018, 10:31 PM
    Richard the Lodi matches are at the Winnequah gun club in Lodi Ws. The Creedmoor cup begins on June 7 and ends June 8. Course of fire will be 3 sighter shots and 10 for record in a 25 minute time period at 800,900 and 1000 yards. The only spotter...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 07:55 PM
    rfd, you could always load your best stuff and head for Lodi in a couple of weeks. That Creedmoor cup match is a ton of fun, then followed up by the Midwest bptr regionals. 4 days of load testing to be sure.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 07:16 PM
    CG's suggestion on a nose pour adjustable is a good one. I like those as they do allow you to taylor the length to your rifle. KAL and Leeth also make good ones. Old West did make them but unfortunately has quit that style.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 06:45 PM
    If your rifle has an 18 twist you may or may not get that short bullet to shoot well. You may want to reconsider the diameter on that bullet and move up to .444 or bigger. I've tried a bunch of different recoil pads over the last 20 years or so,...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 03:52 PM
    Richard measure the butt plate on your rifle and get one of the Limbsaver slip on recoil pads, they really tame the felt recoil down a bunch.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 11:55 AM
    Don't get wrapped up in the seating depth thing. Go at it just like you would any other bullet, the target will tell you how much compression ,seating depth etc the rifle wants. I seat my bullets quite a bit deeper than what some would suggest, I...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 09:58 AM
    BACO's .446 525 shoots very well to 800 but after that it starts falling apart in the 45-70,45-90 and 45-110. It weighs 518 or so when cast from 16-1 and 520 from 18-1.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 09:56 AM
    The 2 shot method is a good way to find good loads without loading 10 or more of any one load and finding out later that you got a lot of trigger time in, but could of used the powder and bullets for better purpose.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 11:07 PM
    Pick about any bullet .444-.446 diameter, cast it from 16-1 and wrap it in Seth Cole 55 w paper.
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    05-22-2018, 09:45 AM
    Chris when I go out on the range here, I take it along just like any other piece of equipment. It's a valuable tool. At 600 you don't need to use the receiver, the transmitter will have enough power to feed the picture. Beyond 600 the receiver is...
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    05-22-2018, 09:29 AM
    That might work if you're somplace that has cell service... but the target camera is relatively inexpensive, will give you group measurements etc..
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    05-22-2018, 08:42 AM
    Monitoring hits with an cellphone, iPad etc is a pretty simple thing to do if you get ahold of one of the Caldwell target camera's.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 08:38 AM
    You may want to explore some 1f blackpowder in that, I'm really liking the Olde Eynsford 1f in the 2 7/8 case. Those Jamison cases probably won't hold but around 115 grains maybe less. Be mindful of your fouling control. For the recoil problem,...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 12:33 AM
    You might want to consider either a Green Mountain, or Oregon Barrel Co. barrel, if you're not going back with a factory barrel.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-18-2018, 07:49 PM
    Drill lots of holes in the sticks so you have plenty of adjustment for those bench sticks. Also make the base as wide and as heavy as you can We adjust the height of the sticks we use on the ground with a rubber hammer to get them to the right...
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    05-18-2018, 08:41 AM
    Null spot may change as the barrel heats up. Most important thing is to rest it in the same place every time. Usually about 4 inches back from the muzzle or right against the forearm. Also make sure you have the stick height adjusted so the rifles...
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    05-18-2018, 08:32 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    You can have them put the single set trigger on it.
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    05-16-2018, 06:28 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    I don't know Bob, being well past 60, having worn bifocals for several years now, and I still prefer on a hunting rifle the barrel sights.
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    05-16-2018, 09:26 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    Chris I prefer the barrel sights on a hunting rifle.
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    05-16-2018, 08:55 AM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    If it's only going to be used as a hunting rifle, skip the set trigger, and just use the barrel sight's.
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    05-14-2018, 07:18 PM
    Don McDowell replied to a thread C. Sharps in Single Shot Guns
    You might want to consider having them add the single set trigger if you're going to use it for target work/competion. Their sights are ok, but you'll be happier in the long run with Baldwin, Hoke or MVA. I prefer the Baldwin sights on the front.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-12-2018, 10:06 AM
    That guy made another video using the same bullet and it had the same problem at 800 yards as those of us that have tried to campaign that bullet. One shot will be several feet to yards high, the next off to the left or right the next way low,, and...
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    05-12-2018, 09:44 AM
    Some folks confuse bullet stability with a key holing bullet. If you've been around long range shooting enough, and you have good optics , you'll see a bullet that has lost stability going towards the target looking like it's riding a spiral...
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 05:31 PM
    I think the 3 wide lube grooves on that Lee bullet put to much of the weight in the nose of it. It shoots well to 200, but after that it gets into trouble if there's any wind to speak of.
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  • Don McDowell's Avatar
    05-11-2018, 03:47 PM
    The postel is a good bullet, and can work well to 1000yds, but works particularly well at midrange and silhouette. The Lyman government bullet will do the same as the postel ,but likely require a few more minutes of elevation. The Lee 5003r shoots...
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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