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    02-18-2018, 11:43 AM
    Ah, the in the car test. I have noticed that after a couple months the lube becomes not the least bit tacky. I still suspect I put on more than is necessary but I get the hard coated.
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    02-17-2018, 03:32 PM
    I have a pile of stuff cast that I may or may not get loaded this year. They are mostly on shelves in the garage, which is the only place I have for my bench. It gets pretty cold in there in the winter, and in the late afternoons of the summer...
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    02-17-2018, 01:39 PM
    Sounds like to 200 grain swc is the ticket. Thanks!
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    02-15-2018, 04:28 PM
    Since 265 have been sold, crack is apparently quite popular.
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    02-15-2018, 12:58 AM
    I shoot a lot of 38 special and I think that at the velocities you can attain in the cartridge one must expect expansion to any real degree to be an iffy prospect. If you really want expansion from a 38 (especially a snub), go with the softest...
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    02-14-2018, 10:22 PM
    I shoot a lot of 38 special and like tried and true designs, so I am thinking about adding a 1911 to the stable. If so, I need one or more molds for the caliber. Can anyone suggest a mold for the cartridge? Are any of the Lee mold designs good...
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    02-14-2018, 11:14 AM
    brewer12345 started a thread Water drop? in Cast Boolits
    I have mostly been casting range lead plus some tin for lower pressure stuff (cowboy action type 44 mag, 38 wadcutters and mild RNFPs, etc.) and AC COWWs plus some tin for somewhat higher pressure stuff (357 mag, middle of the road 35 Rem, Lee soup...
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    02-12-2018, 09:55 PM
    FWIW my lead levels tested at 3 a couple years ago. I am relatively new to hunting and shooting, pretty new to reloading and casting. Where did the lead in my body come from? Much of my childhood was in the era of leaded gasoline and paint and I...
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    02-11-2018, 07:44 PM
    2147 or so.
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    02-11-2018, 01:47 PM
    Quite possibly an issue. At least until the next panic when a change in political party in charge happens. Then the race is on and all these guys will print money for a while.
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    02-11-2018, 12:06 PM
    Oh, yeah. If you want to try something a little smaller/lighter, I have some Arsenal 360-138 max boolits that cast at 133 grains and are sized to 358.
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    02-11-2018, 12:02 PM
    This is mostly my idle curiosity. Banging out boolits 2 at a time with my iron molds would be a great way to starve if I planned on making a profit, heh.
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    02-11-2018, 10:44 AM
    Hmmm, there seems to be a misconception that Remington filing for bankruptcy means they are going away for good. Not likely in this case. What will happen is that they will shuck off a bunch of their debt load and someone else is likely to own the...
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    02-11-2018, 12:25 AM
    Time to stock up on the tinfoil, I guess.
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    02-10-2018, 08:33 PM
    Always been my understanding you can sell loaded ammo as well, you just cannot manufacture it and sell without a license.
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    02-10-2018, 03:31 PM
    Remington was hovered up by a leveraged buyout shop, saddled with too much debt to carry, and along the way bought Marlin and ruined it. The outcome was pretty predictable years ago. I can't say I give a fig about Remington, but the destruction of...
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    02-10-2018, 03:27 PM
    I seem to recall that even cast boolits from commercial suppliers were scarce/priced up/required a waiting list to get. Did anyone sell some of their home cast to non-casters?
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    02-10-2018, 12:29 PM
    Looks like I am a little more cautious than most. I have chosen not to smelt, I only cast outdoors, and I generally wear nitrile gloves when I handle lead or reload. Mostly, you need to watch for dust, don't get solid lead or residue in your mouth...
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    02-10-2018, 12:18 AM
    If you don't care about pass throughs, I would probably just go with a big, big bullet with a big, big meplat and cast it real soft. White tails aren't that hard to kill and a 300+ grainer with a 70% meplat and a super soft alloy (pure lead plus a...
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    02-09-2018, 09:39 PM
    I'd guess you don't want the projectile to continue cruising on for a long ways and risk hitting something people care about. In your shoes, I would look for the biggest meplat, heaviest weight design and hollowpoint it. I would probably cast with...
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    02-09-2018, 08:17 PM
    Finally got around to sorting my pile. 43.5 pounds of 146 grain keepers. I have a lot of sizing to do.
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    02-09-2018, 12:46 AM
    I have a bunch of COWW 358665 lubed with Ben's Liquid Lube and sized to .358. They weigh in at 166 grains rather than 158. PM me if you want some. They work well in my Rossi lever.
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    02-08-2018, 12:27 AM
    Went into a casting frenzy with my new H&G50 8 banger from Mihec. Have not even had a chance to go through and remove culls, but I went through 4 pots worth.
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    02-06-2018, 02:06 PM
    Just taking a quick break while I melt the second pot of alloy, but so far I am really impressed with the 8 cavity solid version. Beautifully made mold that is easy to work with. I am using range scrap plus some pewter for tin (2 to 3%) and a...
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    02-05-2018, 10:40 PM
    Have a look in your loading manual for a 158 grain lead projectile in a 357 case and you will have starting and max with Unique and 2400. Crimp in the crimp groove and work your way up from min toward max until you find an accurate load.
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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