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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    I don't use that kind of chronograph myself, but my thinking is that style can't handle the kind of blast that comes with 200+ grains of powder. Even with normal loads, I set my chronograph a few feet away. I have to keep it close enough that...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 PM
    No, you can not see shot stringing on paper, unless you have someone in a car, towing a trailer with said butcher paper at 40 mph. That test was done by Bob Brister. There is nothing the average guy can do to test shot stringing without getting...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    You should not be concerned at all. Your measurements look exactly as expected. Mossberg bore's seem to run .732" to .734", so you are normal. Your slug diameter is pretty close to what mine are. I know the "10 pound rule" is thrown around a...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    IMO something that shoots slower will probably never copper foul anyways. I cleaned my 336 chambered in 35Rem the other day with copper removing copper fowling what so ever. I’ve cleaned this gun many times after several j words pass...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    I wouldn't say Lee's new version is an improvement, but it's not a downgrade. The elevator contraption they put on it is not needed. They claim it was for safety. I don't believe it was ever unsafe to begin with, but even if it did, why not just the...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:38 PM
    I don't want to rain on your parade, but you can buy that exact same mold from Arsenal for $78 plus shipping. Handles are $15-$20 if you didn't already have them. You could even go all out with Accurate molds with the connected trough for about...
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  • Blood Trail's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:55 PM
    Ah, I’m using the same data minus the nitro card under the slug. And I’m using a rifled barrel. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:43 PM
    I called speer today to see if they had a chance to look at my bullets. Speer told me that some were larger than their max acceptable spec range so they are replacing the two boxes I sent in with new replacement bullets. The Speer customer service...
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  • Boaz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:50 PM
    Boaz replied to a thread for thought and meditation in Our Chapel
    Good lesson . I like the word 'practice' in our lives . Being who we are requires 'practice' to change .
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    First off . . . I have absolutely no dog in this fight . . . . But . . . . Rusty, if I hadn't just bought a Lyman Trade Rifle in .50 to set up for trying different loads/projectile designs for target and playing at shooting at longer distances,...
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 AM
    Tuesday morning bump - still lookin'
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    Yesterday, 10:37 AM
    bedbugbilly replied to a thread War time lathe in Our Town
    When I was in college 50 years ago, I majored in Industrial Education with emphasis on machining. All of the lathes, mills, etc. were from WWII and were from the U.S. "Lend/Lease" program. At that time, they would have been between 25 and 30 years...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:57 AM
    You guys were making me think so I threw my 6x24 Nib $25 Tasco varminter on eBay and got 90 bucks for it. I would never use that type of magnification for anything but bought one because of how cheap they were. I see them selling for up to $149 now....
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:44 AM
    I bought an Aero precision M5 complete lower Minus a buttstock direct from Aero. It was $212 shipped. I see they have a 10% off your first purchase. I believe normal price is $249.00. The Aero has an adjustment screw that removes the wiggle...loose...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:28 AM
    I’m stuck with varget in my 336. My 100 yard test target with cast. I repeated the same tight group the other day again zeroing it in.... And believe it or not the three shot group when sighting it in was tighter than the group below... ...
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  • Markopolo's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 AM
    nice SE Alaska day here..... All Efforts of Worth and Excellence Are Difficult By Oswald Chambers Enter by the narrow gate….Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life…. —Matthew 7:13-14 If we are going to...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:09 AM
    H4895 shot 3/4” group at 100 yards with my cast vs varget all on the same hole so it’s a good second choice. Tri State told me they got lucky when I asked about the powder so i would assume they must have just got it in. I’m guess they get it a...
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  • Boaz's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:03 AM
    Boaz started a thread The last verse in Our Chapel
    In the...Reading the bible...thread above . Today we read 1 Timothy 3 . This is the last verse in that chapter of GOD's word . Given to Paul who has given it to us . I find it needs no interpretation and no explanation to those who believe . 16...
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    Yesterday, 06:54 AM
    Boaz replied to a thread Reading The Bible in Our Chapel
    1 Timothy 3 Audio link ; 3 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife,...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 09:26 PM
    megasupermagnum replied to a thread speed? in Cast Boolits
    With all those little flaming bits, there is a good chance that is 4227. I like that powder, it performs well with a strangely soft recoil pulse. Unfortunately I never seem to quite get the accuracy of other powders. It is fantastic in 357 maximum.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 09:23 PM
    If you were to have some made, your best bet would be a machine shop, not a foundry. It would be cheaper, more accurate, and you could have them made of steel. Any machine shop with a CNC could easily copy yours, and they would be quick to make....
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 09:04 PM
    None of those are hand loading dies, if that is what you are looking for. Redding doesn't make any to my knowledge. Lee makes the following kit for 45 colt, and I would sure hope they have 9mm luger as well....
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 08:20 PM
    I have had the hardest time trying to find a Varget powder the last week or two. No one had any in my area. I was driving from WI to IA headed to the quad cities area a few days ago. I tried all the listings I could find on google with zero luck. I...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:37 PM
    I have had a hard time finding Varget. No one in my town had any in stock. Cabela’s an hour away from me didn’t have any either when I drove past to check. I was in the Quad cities and called all the local reloading facilities I could find on line...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    07-06-2020, 07:33 PM
    Found varget today! Not a great price at $40 for a pound with tax but I believe the shop that had it new it was a hard to come by powder. I checked all the shops on my area, Cabela’s when I drove past it to central Iowa. And the shops on the quad...
    17 replies | 1716 view(s)
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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