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    Today, 02:25 AM
    I'm shooting an accurate mold 40-180H with no lube groves. It ends up being 188 grain with my alloy. I'm shooting them with basically a full case of AA #9 and getting 1275 or so FPS. That'll stop a lot of things that walk this planet... It...
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    Today, 12:40 AM
    Finally feel good enough to make it to the garage. Loaded 150 40s and resized about 800 40 cal boolits... I feel like I need to cast more 400 grain 45s... But that sure makes lead/powder go fast...
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    03-22-2020, 11:11 PM
    I use the lee sizers with the cutting tool attached to a small hand held screwdriver. Works pretty fast. I found that you can generally hear a PING when you have a crimped primer pocket - so that's my indication to seperate that case for reaming.
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    03-22-2020, 03:56 PM
    I really like this one: https://noebulletmolds.com/site/product-category/401/htc402-188-wfn-bv1 I cast them as cup points and they come out right around 180 grain and look like this:
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    03-21-2020, 11:19 PM
    I have one Lyman mold it is the 429640. It's the 250 grain 44 cal devatator. It takes a long time to make a pile of boolits because it only drops one at a time... But they do turn out nice:
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    03-19-2020, 02:32 AM
    23# seems like a lot, but it's probably around 12-1500... 1500 45's is gonna be like 50#
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    03-19-2020, 02:30 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread Varget powder? in Cast Boolits
    I've got some H4895... I was going to try it in the 1895, but never got around to it. Maybe that's the next adventure.
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    03-16-2020, 10:50 PM
    44Blam replied to a thread Bad leading in Cast Boolits
    I leaded a rifle all to heck once by pushing the boolits too hard and seating them to deep. There were places where you could not tell that there were groves. :-o It took about 3 days of running chore boy through it to get it all cleaned... ...
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    03-14-2020, 11:17 PM
    44Blam replied to a thread First casties in Cast Boolits
    Wow Wallace - looks like you've been visited by the tinsel fairy! Welcome to the hobby - with all that money you save - you'll be able to make more boolits and shoot more. :D
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    03-14-2020, 01:25 AM
    I live in a townhouse in So Cal. I cast on one of my balconies and there is no problem. There is an 8' wall between my blacony and my neighbors and if they are there on their balcony, I just keep everything quiet and don't flux as much.
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    03-12-2020, 10:49 PM
    I have a newish Marlin 1895 and I love it. It has never had a copper jacketed round through it. I had a nice load with Trailboss that made that gun shoot with a recoil similar to a .22. I like shooting varget in it, though. You have to go...
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    03-12-2020, 10:33 PM
    44Blam replied to a thread Sighting in a peep sight? in Leverguns
    I think the site is: https://montanavintagearms.com/sights/ Anyway, I sent my wife the link to the 101 mid range as a 'suggestion' for my birthday - which is coming up... I want to put that on my 1895. Currently, I have a Skinner peep sight...
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    03-12-2020, 12:31 AM
    A buddy of mine makes stands for steel plates. I'm going to buy two of them and his new stands are what he calls "experimental". I've seen the prototype and it is as solid as you get... Anyway, we are going "test" and shoot various calibers...
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    03-11-2020, 01:31 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread Welterweight 44s in Cast Boolits
    I like this shape: It is the Accurate 43-240 AG: My mold has two cavities that are 43-240 A and two cavities that ar 43-240 AG.
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    03-11-2020, 12:39 AM
    I use 23.5 grn W296 on an Accurate 43-240 AG gas checked boolit. This is pretty much a full case, is not sooty and it is also a very accurate load. These also go about 1450 fps in a 7.5" barrel. I powder coat and have shot tens of thousands of...
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    03-10-2020, 01:54 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread Reheating alloy in Cast Boolits
    If you are fluxing with sawdust, why not? I flux with sawdust and made a HUGE bag of it a year or two back from one project... I'm still using it... I actually like the smell of pine sawdust...
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    03-09-2020, 11:05 PM
    It does float initially and then ends up burning off.
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    03-09-2020, 02:30 AM
    LOL! I got one of those broken primer seating hand tools... That thing was a ***. I sent the broken platic part back to lee and the promptly sent me a new one...
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    03-08-2020, 07:36 PM
    First, I like that this report is on page 430... :grin: Couple months ago, I was PC'ing some boolits and it was a bit humid. I was using red PC and I wasn't getting really good coats, so I switched to blue. The red is harbor freight red and...
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    03-08-2020, 03:25 AM
    44Blam started a thread Varget powder? in Cast Boolits
    Why is it super available... And then GONE for a while? I stocked up last time I saw it, but I'm running a bit low...
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    03-08-2020, 12:50 AM
    Got a new 40 S&W/10 mm die set and it's a little fancier than they used to be...
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    03-07-2020, 11:32 PM
    Did all the boolit resizing and case prep (decapped/trimmed/chamfured/primed) for 300 44 magnum cartridges. Gonna do the loading tomorrow.
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    03-06-2020, 03:13 AM
    There are a few limiting factors. One is pressure and trailing edge failure... But read up on what Larry Gibson has been doing. A lot of the problem with pushing boolits too hard isn't velocity, but with RPM of the boolit...
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    03-04-2020, 02:31 AM
    44Blam replied to a thread Lee liquid Alox dip in Cast Boolits
    If I use alox, it is BLL... And only in high velocity rifle boolits. All my other steps happen first: Cast Gas Check (if applicable) Powder coat Resize (if necessary) BLL
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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