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    Today, 01:07 AM
    IMO, the case for a pistol caliber carbine is more power than in a handgun and the ability to share ammo with a pistol you already own. So I would say a carbine choice should be made based heavily on the pistol you already have and like. For me...
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    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    A dumb question, but I will ask: have you shot anything that heavy in your Marlin? Mine shoots anything up to 240 grains just fine. Above that weight by much and it is all over the place. If you haven't tried heavier projectiles, it might be...
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    06-17-2018, 09:00 PM
    I notice that my octagonal barrel Rossi takes a lot longer to heat up than my Marlin round barrels. The Marlins are very accurate, but the heat up quickly and if you are doing target shooting you need to wait a while between groups or the heating...
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    06-17-2018, 07:20 PM
    Seat it in the lube groove? I assume that if you are using a powder for mere mortals (e.g. Unique and similar) for 357 you could start on the low side and work up?
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    06-17-2018, 07:07 PM
    mopar, if you are shooting low pressure cartridges (38 special, 45 ACP, etc.), I would say you could get away with just sweetening up your pure with some lino, perhaps 1 part lino to 3 or 4 parts pure. 3:1 would give you 3% antimony, 1% tin. If...
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    06-17-2018, 06:58 PM
    I probably shoot more 38 special with a Rossi 92 than any other cartridge in any other firearm. Second place would go to 38s in a revolver. Once I get the scope mounted on the 44 Lever it might get into the competition simply because it is so hard...
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    06-16-2018, 12:42 AM
    Yeah, I guess I have come to the conclusion that unless you are doing something vey high powered the alloy you use for pistol boolits isn't that critical. Something from range scrap to ACCOWWs plus a bit of tin works very well. Where I need to do...
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    06-16-2018, 12:32 AM
    I suppose I should not let the thought of the time it takes to prep bottleneck brass stop me, but it does give me pause. Well, now that I know it works I will keep it in mind. Maybe I can figure out how to speed up the brass prep chore. It is...
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    06-15-2018, 12:53 PM
    I enjoy shooting the lee soup can boolit in my 3006, but between the 2 banger mold and the gas check it is a slow process for a plinking round. I notice that lee sells a plain base pistol 6 banger meant for 32 cal handgun rounds, the 311 93 1r. ...
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    06-08-2018, 10:56 PM
    murf, I have a Rossi 92 with the 24" octagon barrel which cannot be scoped. It has a long sight radius and a Marbles tang sight. I really couldn't see the front post through it, so I swapped it for a fiber optic which is a little too fat, but I...
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    06-08-2018, 07:49 PM
    Well, the nice bit about cast boolits is that almost any rifle can be fun to shoot. I don't fun butt-kicking 30-06 loads to shoot, but a Lee soup can over 12 grains of Unique makes 1 inch groups at a hundred yards, has no more recoil than my 38...
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    06-07-2018, 11:33 PM
    I have been playing with a ballistic calculator and a recoil calculator. It looks like a 405 grainer (which I understand to be a classic boolit for this calculator) launched at roughly 1300 FPS would fly flat enough, have enough energy to be deer...
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    06-07-2018, 11:18 PM
    I cast and load, so dialing it in is no problem. I was just wondering if you can have a usable 100 deer and hog load without losing fillings.
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    06-07-2018, 11:00 PM
    Unfortunately, I am at the point with my vision that any rifle I will use at 100 yards needs to be scopable.
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    06-07-2018, 10:42 PM
    I have levers that range from .22 to .44, but I don't have the granddaddy thumper 45/70 version. Since we all cast, the expense of shooting these monsters is modest so that isn't much of an issue. What is an issue is the cost of the rifle (have to...
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    06-07-2018, 10:37 PM
    I shoot 12 grains of unique in a .30-06 under a 118 grain pill. The powder kind of rattles around in the case and I could probably quadruple charge the case if I weren't paying attention. This load is very accurate and consistent, 1 inch or...
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    06-07-2018, 12:03 PM
    brewer12345 replied to a thread Cleaning in Cast Boolits
    I have wondered if I clean too much, frankly. Revolvers are inherently messy enough that I will probably always clean after a range trip. Rifles seem to barely get dirty, though, since my loads don't lead.
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    06-06-2018, 11:21 PM
    I have fun shooting several cartridges, but if pressed to pick one I would say that a cast DEWC in 38 special is the last word in shooting cast for me. Sure do enjoy the 35 Rem, various flavors of 30 cal, 44 mag, etc., though.
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    06-04-2018, 10:48 AM
    When I saw what jm 357s were going for 5 years ago I gave up and bought a used Rossi. No complaints. Would have bought a Henry otherwise. I suspect jm anything will eventually fetch collector prices.
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    06-03-2018, 11:37 PM
    Considering the gaggle of JMs floating around and the other alternatives (perfectly happy with my Rossi lever), I don't understand why anyone would buy a new Remlin.
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    06-02-2018, 12:33 AM
    Uh, what are you using it for? Why do you need alloy harder than 14?
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    06-01-2018, 09:27 PM
    I would make an argument against a Makarov being a pocket pistol. This was the standard military and police sidearm of the Soviet bloc for decades. That means it was expected to reliably perform in a region with long, cold winters and heavy...
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    06-01-2018, 06:23 PM
    Mostly I pocket a 38 snub with an FBI load. That said, upon occasion the Mak comes with me instead. I am under no illusion as to the power (or lack thereof) of either option and just about any handgun pales in comparison to a long gun. If I am in...
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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"
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