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    Yesterday, 10:38 PM
    Good to hear it worked out for you. Aluminum molds open up fairly easy. Iron molds are pretty quick to round out an out of round cavity. But after that getting greater diameter takes quite a bit of lapping.
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    10-07-2015, 11:51 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Pretty Mushroom in Cast Boolits
    I predict meat in the freezer. Have fun.
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    10-07-2015, 10:57 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Pretty Mushroom in Cast Boolits
    Water is much harder than whitetail. Thus I'd expect your bullet to hold together just fine. In the big bores I like to be able to cut into the bullet with a fingernail. About a BHN#10 for deer. For black bear I cast them up with 4.5% Sb 3% Sn .01%...
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    10-07-2015, 08:51 PM
    When I had misfires , more commonly a hang fire, it was usually from my failure to dry out the gun by snapping a couple caps on a nipple after wet cleaning. In other words trying to save money on caps. After a misfire you can try pushing the...
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    10-07-2015, 12:48 PM
    Me thinks you just heard some butchering of the English language from a person unfamiliar with various shop practices. There are shops that re-bore barrels then recut new rifling. The most abused term around this site is smelting.
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    10-05-2015, 08:16 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread cz 527 in Factory Rifles
    It may be due to mine being a 24" barrel LUX model. Balance being farther forwards. I don't notice the magazine getting in the way and in fact like the way it looks. Of course I think a LEE Enfield is a beautiful rifle. CZ makes three round flush...
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    10-05-2015, 05:12 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread cz 527 in Factory Rifles
    Mine is in 222 Rem with a 24" barrel. It's a great cast boolit shooter. Very well made rifle with perfect chamber and bore dimensions.
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    10-04-2015, 11:43 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Lyman 245496 in Cast Boolits
    I load my #245496 to a C.O.L. of 2.502" to get to where I like it. My old Lyman 3rd shows a COL of 2.480". Regardless, I run them to reach .005" off rifling not pushed into it. Chamber is 243 Ackley Improved in a 26" barrel. Case capacity is a...
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    10-04-2015, 09:27 PM
    GabbyM replied to a thread Heavy Boolit in 44 Mag in Cast Boolits
    Lyman #2 is 5% tin 5% antimony and 90% lead.
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    09-29-2015, 11:56 AM
    Not loaded for a 7mm Mag yet. Although in both 243 A.I. and 270 Win. Which are also quite overbore. I found a charge of shotgun powder to get them up around 1,900 fps worked as well or better than much more rifle powder. Unique is what I am using. I...
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    09-29-2015, 03:15 AM
    In a perfect world. Your neck expander plug would be .001” under your bullet diameter. Brass spring back would leave your neck close to .002” under boolit diameter. Consistency in bullet tension is more important than actual tension pressure. Thus...
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    09-29-2015, 02:06 AM
    yo must sort your brass in 9mm or any other pistol round I am familiar with.
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    09-29-2015, 01:00 AM
    35remington: What powder are you using that is so position sensitive. Sounds like HP-38/WW231. Which in my humble opinion should never see the inside of a 38 case. But seams to be so popular. It works good for me in a 45 acp so that's where mine...
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    09-29-2015, 12:48 AM
    My advise for a simple fun solution. Clean out that copper very well. Use some JB Bore Paste or other abrasive on a tight patch to polish a little. Then shoot about 500 of your cast boolits through the rifle. That's what finally worked on my 35...
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    09-28-2015, 10:15 AM
    I'd be interested on how your load performs at 100 and 200 yards. That's lots of rotational speed for a cast bullet. The velocity you cited from the CFE data is from a 24 inch test barrel so your 16" carbine would be a couple hundred fps slower....
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    09-28-2015, 09:43 AM
    Lyman's 49th has load data for 170gr FP Hornady Jacketed bullet over RX15. Range is 29.0 to 32.0 with the 32 grain showing + for a compressed load and C.U.P. of 37,400. Looking at that would be in line with your 28.0 grain load under 195 grain...
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    09-27-2015, 07:19 PM
    T3's do have spring loaded ejector pins and of course a Saeco extractor claw. Pretty much like an AR-15. Since they've been around for many years and come from Finland I believe cold weather testing is extensive. I'm pretty sure most Canadian...
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    09-27-2015, 01:40 PM
    It took me a couple days of hair pulling to figure mine out. They are straight up voodoo to set. Your 200 grain 45 is going to be a hard one to get running as they are about as wide as they are long. With no variable speed I'm not sure you'll be...
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    09-27-2015, 01:35 AM
    I've found Hodgdon Universal Clays delivers modern level velocity from my 4" barrel 38 Special revolvers. Alliant's new BE-86 is advertised to deliver excellent velocities from the 38 also. Crux of it is. With a non +P rated load I get near 900...
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    09-19-2015, 02:44 AM
    PS First bear hunt all I had for a pocket gun was an M39 S&W 9mm. I loaded it with 125gr 357 magnum bullets over a big charge of Blue Dot. This was before I cast boolits other than smoke polls. After witnessing the indifference a bear has to being...
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    09-19-2015, 02:01 AM
    Gee I hope I'm not being perceived as an "armchair expert". Per post #18. I realize no malise was intended. Just that I have a soft tender disposition. Reference my post #17 as my response to the OP's question. My credentials on this subject are...
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    09-18-2015, 05:35 PM
    FYI most of the Lee 230 TC molds will cast a 240 grain bullet that flies very slow.
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    09-18-2015, 03:44 PM
    H&G #68 cast bullet made from an alloy harder than WW. 2/6 alloy at a BHN #15 would be my choice. All they do is drill a .45 inch hole but they run deep and straight. They will out penetrate the heavier bullets due to there higher velocity. Then a...
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    09-18-2015, 02:01 PM
    Speer 85 grain BTSP #1213 will take care of the deer, hogs and coyote. B.C. is advertised at .404. The one here in my hand has a length of .941". I shot a lot of the Sierra 85gr HPBT from the original 1:12" twist barrel on my 243 Win Ruger VT....
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    09-18-2015, 01:28 AM
    OK Set up a small cooling fan. Ten dollar plastic thing generally purchased by menopausal women for there desktops. Run the lead very hot as you would run pure lead. when or if you start to get pitted crystal surface and or shrinkage, usually...
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    09-18-2015, 12:11 AM
    Way I calculate cast boolit expansion. For the last few years since our former member Bullshop posted the formula. It's always worked. First however I do have a Saeco hardness tester to tell me what I have. Formula is BHN x 100 = Velocity at which...
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    09-17-2015, 09:48 AM
    Brass is heavy however. Mine is in Magma machine compatible blocks so I just mount it into my Master Caster and it carries the weight. My Accurate mold is a 220 grain 30 caliber flat nose. With shallow lube groves. It's a beast of a thumper. I need...
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    09-17-2015, 09:36 AM Fulton Armory has the complete uppers or complete rifles. Hand guards are a little hard to come by. Numeric Arms used to have used ones before they became...
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    09-16-2015, 08:21 AM
    My 2 cents: measure your expanded 9mm brass with a calipers. Check for depth of expansion vs seating depth of your bullet. Truncated cone bullets seat deeper than round nose bullets. Most expanders don't reach deep enough. Lyman's M die does as...
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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