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  • HiVelocity's Avatar
    Today, 01:40 AM
    Thanks gentlemen..........I'll check it out. HV
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:36 PM
    REFERENCE: An old Lyman/Ideal Bullet Mold RREFERENCE source "31113 Round Ball for light charge, short range, or small game in .30 caliber rifles or .32-20. Cast balls about 1 to 10 Tin and Lead. Place ball on mouth of case and tap slightly to...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:05 PM
    I believe I have a massive predator problem. I normally see three or more raccoon every night bow hunting. In the last 15 years I’ll see coyotes pretty often as well. I’ve arrowed a good half dozen Yotes while bow hunting. I did some research and in...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:54 PM
    That’s exactly what I did back in 2000’. I called three ranchers and were offered all three places to hunt at no charge. The property owner where I shot mine told me the next year if I come back it would cost all of $50 to hunt his property. I...
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  • HiVelocity's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Folks, I have a good friend who is looking for a heavy-barrel S&W Model 10, "No dash". I know this is a long shot, but worth a try. If you would, shoot me a PM and I'll be happy to pass along to him. His father had one that got lost in the...
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    Rusty - These are made in two versions - the traditional round ball model with a 1:60 twist and a Great Plains Hunter made with a 1:32 twist. You should be able to put a patch / jag down the barrel and tell what the twist is. A nice looking...
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    Yesterday, 01:43 PM
    SSGOldfart replied to a thread Thank You in Our Town
    Same here and still learning something just about every time I open this forum.Thanks for noticing that many years of experience are here to help��☺
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 AM
    Thanks all for the information - greatly appreciated! I figured that I would only get 1 X out fo the plastic hulls - I have about 200 of them so figured that I wold use them to get started and then if I got more involved in doing the BP shotgun...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:07 AM
    Really? 10mm auto, 10mm magnum, 45 super, 460 rowland, 50 AE, etc.? You would take a 44 special over those?
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 AM
    Swinging the gun doesn't cause shot stringing. :groner:
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:55 AM
    No, My TC Impact has a bore right at about .501". TC has always been very consistent on their bore diameters. I had a 54 caliber New Englander, and it might have been the worst of the bunch with the REAL. That gun had a patch of rust that couldn't...
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    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    cloudy SE rainforest day... The Concentration of Personal Sin By Oswald Chambers Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips… —Isaiah 6:5 When I come into the very presence of God, I do not realize that I am a sinner in...
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    Yesterday, 07:05 AM
    Boaz replied to a thread Reading The Bible in Our Chapel
    2 Thessalonians 2 Audio link ; https://classic.biblegateway.com/audio/dramatized/niv/2Thess.2 2 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled...
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    Yesterday, 07:01 AM
    Boaz replied to a thread for thought and meditation in Our Chapel
    Thanks for today's thoughts .
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 11:03 PM
    About the handle, I have very large hands. The APP press handle might be the most comfortable handle I've used. The Rockchucker ball is ok, but I hate roller handles like on my Star sizer.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 10:25 PM
    That's about what clip on wheel weights run. I tried them, and it's not good. The driving bands are too brittle, and chip, rather than form to the rifling. 20:1 alloy made them seat harder than pure lead, but they shot no better.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 08:55 PM
    Bingo. Just about anything is a more realistic threat than a black bear. If you have a 100 to 1 chance of encountering a rabid dog, rather than an ornery black bear, which I think are realistic odds. Are you going to carry the semi auto 9mm with 15...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 08:23 PM
    I tried them anywhere from 40 to 120 grains of blackpowder or Blackhorn 209. Nothing made a big difference, but it seemed around 100 grains was as good as it got.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 06:55 PM
    I've not had problems getting shot out of the die. I use a tiny drill bit, they come right out without fuss.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 06:52 PM
    I would not do anything to it. If it spits lead, it has problems. Send it to Ruger. It's free, and they will have it back in 2-3 weeks.
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 06:49 PM
    I can't remember off the top of my head, but I had both the 320 grain 50 caliber and the 380 grain 54 caliber. Both cast the top band to pretty much the same size as what others reported online. I even tried beagling the mold so that they cast about...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 03:35 PM
    Have you tried running the bullets through the sizer dry? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I love dip lubing. It is way easier than pan lubing. To cut down on mess, I also like to take a fired case with an ID bigger than the bullet, ever so...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 03:26 PM
    My favorite so far was 3 grains 700x. Most any target powder will work fine. Lots of people like the Lee 90gr SWC, and that would be a good place to start. By pure luck, my 311-93-1r drops at .314", and that is a good choice too. I like to seat such...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 02:40 PM
    My best guess is REALs need a tight bore. 4 of the ones I tried were TC 1:48" twists, one was a TC impact with 1:28" twist, and one an H&R with 1:35" twist. All of them have consistent, and standard sized bores, with shallow grooves. I also tried...
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  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 02:09 PM
    While I'm sure there are some tight bore rifles that will shoot a REAL well, I'm 0-6 on all of the guns I've tried them in. They are consistently the worst shooting. My advice is to not waste your time, go to a maxi ball or great plains bullet.
    21 replies | 395 view(s)
  • megasupermagnum's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 02:07 PM
    I never did try loading 32 S&W long brass, so take this with a grain of salt. Mine loves 327 federal, so I load everything in 327 federal brass. There's no reason you can't load light 327 federal loads.
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  • bedbugbilly's Avatar
    07-02-2020, 01:52 PM
    Bazoo - can't help you with the book titles but if you like the 94, you have to like the 30-30! I have had several over the years - I let them go and now would like to find a nice vintage one in 30-30 with good honest wear to it. I have many fond...
    17 replies | 544 view(s)
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Been casting and reloading for years... Live very remote in Alaska. Retired military.
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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