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  • iplaywithnoshoes's Avatar
    03-24-2017, 09:33 AM
    I buy 405gr from Missouri Bullet and Acme for a reasonable price. Anything heavier and I cast using the 459-500-3R. It throws them out at around .460" at 471-476gr with Lyman #2. Accuracy with that one has been good so far but then again, I am...
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    03-23-2017, 01:38 PM
    Some random charges I chose and stuck with. Both circled are actually 5 shot groups at 100yds. Rifle is a 27" .45-70 Encore fitted with 1903 sights. shoe
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    03-23-2017, 01:18 PM
    +1 on this as well. Near max loads with the bullet seated close to the lands gives great accuracy at 100yds with cheap 150gr Hornady FMJ. The barrel stays quite cool even after 25-50 rounds in fairly succession too. Pretty much my go-to for...
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    03-21-2017, 09:03 PM
    Tried BH209 over the weekend with promising results. Now to start reeling in a load to use occasionally then move to some Swiss in the near future. No problems so far with Unique so I think I will stick with that as a reduced load for 405gr.
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    03-20-2017, 09:15 PM
    The alloy that is inside the pot is not a SOLUTION, therefore it cannot be perfectly isotropic. Solidified tin and lead alloys are actually a solid MIXTURE and still remain as a mixture when molten. Convection and settling certainly occur in the...
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    03-20-2017, 08:56 PM
    I had pretty frequent leading problems in all of my .45-70s. In the pistol, with heavier bullets, I got plenty in the muzzle. In the 27" Encore, the leading happened in the throat. I switched from purchased bullets at .458 to some new ones mic'd at...
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    03-20-2017, 08:47 PM
    Surprisingly, my 459-500 Lee mold is my best casting one. Once the mold gets to temp, the bullets cast to within 2 grains. Maybe keep the alloy super hot.
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    03-20-2017, 04:55 PM
    Thanks to a couple knowledgeable and experienced members on this forum, I have successfully come to close to the sweet spot of a duplex of H4198 and H50BMG. Clean burn and noticeable jump in recoil with no pressure signs. Time to buy a chronograph...
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    03-20-2017, 04:49 PM
    Thank you! I'm enjoying it so far! That Contender is quite thumper isn't it? My .45-70 Encore whips me enough with heavy loads but both can be quite accurate when you get over the flinch! Great groups! 3/4" at 50yds is basically a...
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    03-20-2017, 04:19 PM
    Encore, 15" Pistol .45-70, 500gr, 1300fps. Fun to shoot during the range session but the next day feels like a sprained thumb. Also a 20" Katahdin barrel in .45-70 on the same Encore frame in rifle form, 450gr, 1500fps: just dandy offhand....
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    03-20-2017, 11:47 AM
    A sample group from a few weeks ago: Both circled groups are 5 consecutive shots each called and observed by a spotter. The other shots were sighters or horseplay. These might be flukes and I had no point of reference on the target with...
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    03-18-2017, 09:01 PM
    I cast a few more 170gr from my 309-170 Lee mold today (My second casting session). What is starting to annoy me is that the bases are not perfectly flat and have a raised bump left after cutting the sprue. This makes it difficult to keep the checks...
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    03-18-2017, 08:31 PM
    Out of round by how much though? 1 thou? 3 thou? What is considered out of round beyond correction through sizing?
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    03-17-2017, 04:32 PM
    Engine knock/auto ignition is a good analogy for detonation within the chamber. You are essentially experiencing local pressure spikes which are throwing off any desired differential pressure down the length oh the cartridge, the difference being...
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    03-17-2017, 10:26 AM
    Ah gotcha. So it's back to the same theme again with velocity and pressure. For any .308 Load, it seems like if I just stick with a harder alloy, I am okay at most speeds as long as I size .001 to even up to .003 above bore diameter (with a gas...
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    03-16-2017, 03:29 PM
    I know we are talking Contender but I have been able to squeeze 1" at 100yds out of my .243 and .45-70 pistol barrels in my Encore off a front bag. These were 15" barrels but I certainly don't doubt those kinds of groups from lighter contenders with...
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    03-16-2017, 03:18 PM
    I have noticed a lot of criticism of the mold by the BPCR community. I'm curious why there is such a mix of opinion. I have the mold and I may actually try some testing in the future on stability with different alloys. I'll be using it with 1:14...
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    03-16-2017, 03:13 PM
    Wow, those are great groups. I'll be sure to try these out then. I will likely never find any 4759 so my little pile of 5744 should do fine. I hope the unburnt powder left over isn't a sign of some loading error of mine. Good to know, I'll...
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    03-14-2017, 09:56 AM
    Thank you, and it has thus far. Still need to post pictures of two groups I squeezed from the rifle. tdoyka, I agree. It's far easier to get a decent custom barrel for an Encore/Contender to at least practice with. I agree that one cannot put...
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    03-13-2017, 02:11 PM
    If you showed me a posting on Armslist or Gunbroker (No decent gun stores here in IL), I would be inclined to agree. If I had found a reasonable price on a Lyman Sharps or Pedersoli Rolling Block, High Wall Sharps etc, I would not have even...
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    03-10-2017, 04:23 PM
    When using the right powder and consistent trigger pull, holes touching at 100yds with 405gr Oregon Trail. 500gr Acme FPs are closer to 1.5-2.0" consistently. I cannot even make out shapes on the target at that distance so it might be a fluke. Photo...
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    03-10-2017, 03:21 PM
    I cast some 309-170 and 459-500-3R last week out of Lyman #2 alloy. Each design and batch has its own interesting quirks and issues. 1. For 459-500-3R, this is quite a hard alloy for the application of this mold. My bullets are dropping out at...
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    03-09-2017, 03:35 PM
    Mixed up the original formula this week. Gave a nice cream sky blue. (Downy Bottle Blue I call it) Very easy to pan lube with so far. Let's see what bore conditions we get. shoe
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    03-06-2017, 04:57 PM
    lee 309-170 lee 459-500-3R (Yep, dead on) Yeah, I think you're right, I may toss them back.
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    03-06-2017, 03:37 PM
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    03-06-2017, 02:23 PM
    I cast and sorted my first bullets yesterday!
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    03-06-2017, 01:29 PM
    These are the first bullets which I have cast myself after culling any wrinkled, rounded out, or incomplete first casts. Can you guess the molds that these have been dropped from? In any case, I have been having a hard time determining if these are...
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    03-03-2017, 05:55 PM
    Yes, my load is quite close to that as well. It fire forms the case nicely and bumps the harder bullets a bit. 12.5 probably puts me at about 980.
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    03-03-2017, 05:44 PM
    Hey guys and gals, Thank you again for your advice and experience in this. I will continue to use Unique in economic loading for .45-70, perhaps testing it extensively against my current convenient load of Trail Boss. I get a better feeling on...
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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
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