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    08-20-2019, 10:42 PM
    Are these things basically range toys/fashion accessories? How well do they usually shoot? I was half wondering if I could stash a loaded one in my belt to finish off wounded jackrabbits at 15 or 20 yards.
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    08-18-2019, 01:25 PM
    Now that I think of it, another possibility is the ancient lyman mold I used to cast the balls. When I next cast pure, I will have to do some 490 balls with the new lee 2 banger I have but have never used. Probably isn't happening before hunting...
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    08-17-2019, 09:58 PM
    I have found that 2.2 grains of Trail Boss with a Hornady swaged HBWC is soft shooting and accurate. Seat the boolits flush with the case mouth. You can buy a box of these for about $20.
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    08-17-2019, 12:01 AM
    I think this is exactly it. Aside from shock, bullets kill in part by making holes in important stuff. The bigger the hole, the more damage you do, all else being equal. If you look at, say, a .243, that cartridge depends on a certain amount of...
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    08-16-2019, 07:48 PM
    I use magnum caps and clean at least every third shot when working up loads. I found that the real black was waaaayyyyy dirtier than the Black MZ. At 50 yards I would like a 2 inch group. In what I would consider hunting loads as far as powder...
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    08-16-2019, 07:09 PM
    I suspected patch failure so I tracked down a bunch of my patches and they looked fine. No tears, holes, burnouts, etc. Half of them looked like I could pick them up and load them again. I am thinking that if I want to shoot round ball out of...
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    08-16-2019, 05:55 PM
    .490 balls. Perhaps I should try a 495, but I used what I had cast. Would it make that much of a difference? With te .490 balls I found the thicker .018 patch made it a real challenge to get the ball down the barrel.
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    08-16-2019, 05:18 PM
    As I understand it, there was a period where Lyman made the molds for TC.
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    08-16-2019, 04:14 PM
    Well, I tried it all. Two patch thicknesses, two powders, charges from 50 to 80 grains. This rifle does barely acceptable 50 yard groups with 60 grains of back mz. I think it just does not shoot round ball very well. In contrast, a maxi ball...
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    08-15-2019, 11:09 PM
    I have shot my TC Hawken in 50 cal with a .015" prelubed patch. I can't get real high up in my charges before accuracy goes to pot, even with an over powder wad. I am done dialing in the 54 so tomorrow I am going to the range to play with this...
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    08-15-2019, 10:34 PM
    I'm not sure it is worth the effort to hollow point. Consider what it is like when you hit a deer with a 30-30. Similar-ish energy levels and if you are lucky the bullet expands to 50 cal or so. Millions of deer have been taken with 30-30 without...
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    08-14-2019, 09:07 PM
    One of Dad's friends years ago was a self employed stove repairman and in the early years of going it on his own money was tight as he plowed money back into the business. At a critical time for him he got a jury duty summons. He checked the box...
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    08-11-2019, 09:43 PM
    I guess I am perplexed. Why will a 54 caliber round ball of 230 grains kill an elk at 100 yards and a 240 grain modern bullet/boolit in .44 not kill a deer at 100 yards? Both doing about the same speed at the barrel.
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    08-11-2019, 03:55 PM
    Why would a 240 grain cast be less than 70 yards max?
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    08-09-2019, 11:22 PM
    Looks to be a 45 maxi ball, a 45 round ball and a 54 round ball?
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    08-07-2019, 01:00 PM
    brewer12345 replied to a thread Casting for 223 in Cast Boolits
    Do you pc before or after installing the check?
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    08-07-2019, 09:58 AM
    brewer12345 replied to a thread Casting for 223 in Cast Boolits
    Definitely sub 2000. More likely 1600 and ::) under.
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    08-07-2019, 09:46 AM
    On my list of things to fool with is a lower powered load for a single shot 223. Seems to me that cast would be a good place to start. Anyone used the lee 225 55 mold? How hard is it to cast and check those little buggers? Would I be better off...
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    08-07-2019, 09:20 AM
    I think you are quite correct. My 54 seemed to yield decent accuracy round balls without a fuss. The 50 seems to be more finicky. I need to spend more time fooling with it and maybe try a thicker patch to see if I can get better accuracy at...
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    08-06-2019, 11:03 PM
    Well, I will hopefully have a chance to gain some field experience this fall as I hunt for both elk and deer with a muzzleloader. I am planning to use the same load for both simply because it is accurate: 54 cal 380 grain REAL lubed with bore...
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    08-06-2019, 06:27 PM
    At 50 caliber and up expansion is a nice to have rather than a must, imo. Given the expansion I got last fall with a 12ish bhn boolit that impacted a doe at 1600 or so fps, I have little doubt that a soft round ball, minie or conical would expand...
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    08-06-2019, 06:18 PM
    A 50 plus pound dog, good outdoor lighting, secure doors and windows. A shotgun would probably help as well. Alternatively, move to a low crime area?
    28 replies | 1349 view(s)
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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