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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:47 AM
    This is geared towards the .30-06, but if you're looking for guidance on gallery loads, it's a good article to read. http://www.hensleygibbs.com/edharris/articles/american3006.htm
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:35 AM
    Yep. I almost never shoot jacketed in anything, but not long ago, bought a heavy .308 I plan to use as a strictly cast load experimentation bench rifle. I don't want to start another discussion on barrel break in, but I wanted to shoot 100 or so...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:26 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Squirrel chili in Cookin' Recipe's
    When I was about 14, I scrounged enough money to buy a Squires Bingham bolt action in .22 WMR and proceeded to slay all kinds of stuff with it as a teen ager (still have it), but quickly figured out the .22 WMR is too destructive on edible small...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:19 AM
    Cast bullets expand like all get out if you know what you're doing. Picture is a 7mm bullet of mine I recovered after going through about three feet of deer this past October. If anything, it expanded too much. This idea that cast bullets only...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:14 AM
    "I have a lot of bad experience using monolithic in .243 and .223 so the use of a non expanding cast bullet is not that much of a difference because in most instances, the monolithic solid copper bullets seem to have acted like 3,000 fps drill bits....
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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    Today, 01:26 AM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread Moulds at Cabela's in Cast Boolits
    About ten years ago the KC Cabela's had a few Lyman (like two or three) molds in stock, here lately it seems they only carry a few Lee molds. I picked up a Lyman 457122 HP that worked well the few times I used it, I messed up my shoulder shortly...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:40 PM
    The area and methods I hunt deer with, a 250 yard shot won't happen unless you set yourself up for it. I'll get in the woods, figure out where they're moving and then arrange to be close to them when they show up either in a tree stand or some kind...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:14 PM
    for a moment I was wondering if you were building humane "soft" shot for the waterfowl... ;)
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:48 PM
    Could a new barrel be had or could someone make one easily to original specs? I did read an article once about how Finnish shooters have made a whole bunch of wildcats on the 7.62x54 case. Boring one out to have a .35x54R would be cool.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:46 PM
    Truth be told, that's the biggest problem for most of us.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 PM
    My Dad was the most avid shooter and caster I know. So I grew up being taught that cast was how it's done. dad wasn't a hunter, but in some circles was a target shooting force to be rekoned with. As such, he tended to cast things hard, and didn't...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:50 PM
    The first deer I ever shot was with a .45 cal. Bedford County Pennsylvania rifle with a homemade patched round ball. Worked back then, still works now.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:28 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Squirrel chili in Cookin' Recipe's
    If you can post that recipe, I'd be interested. Not seeing many in the woods here this year. Kinda funny, the rabbits always get scarce after Spring, but I have never seen them so thick in Spring then disappear so completely in Summer and Fall...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 01:14 PM
    Look around, and see if you can find any other native stone that will work. I've used quartz, obsidian, and other rocks that I am not geologist enough to know the names of. Look for a glassy looking stone to work with. Quartz last quite awhile,...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 01:12 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Light rust in bore in Muzzleloading.
    Hot water sets fouling harder. Use room temp water, cut your cleaning time.
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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 12:39 PM
    The little I frames in .32 S&W Long sure are fun, although the sights on the Hand Ejectors are getting pretty hard for me to see now. I wish I had discovered them in my twenty's instead of late forty's, I do miss being able to focus on individual...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 09:14 AM
    I got lucky Midway had a sale, usually a frame is $150. Was $50, then the parts kits were marked down, have about $90 in the completed lower. Bought a used upper of ebay for $200, came w night sites, 40 cal barrel. Mine was pretty tight to, took...
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  • Ben's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 09:09 AM
    A lot of people don't have Lee numbers in their memory. You want to tell us the caliber and weight ?
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-17-2018, 08:54 AM
    Lots of good designs out there. I had good luck with the Rancgdog .30-30 bullet, also a couple of different 311041 molds on deer. The 311284 has been mentioned and it is an awesome bullet, but you may want to cast it with a soft nose, I plan to...
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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 11:29 PM
    I'm glad it worked for you. Like I said, I had to do that when making .45ACP shot shells the cheap way. I don't remember all the dies I used but I know the .30-30 and .22-250 dies were involved. Fortunately, thanks to an estate auction I am past...
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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 11:10 PM
    It worked well for you before right? Then once it started balking you found the bent screw? If that is what happened, I would clean the whole thing, H&I die included, and replace the bent worn and or broken parts. It should then work as if it...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 09:47 PM
    A shop nearby has a nicely sporterized Dutch Manliccher they've had for three years at least. Made a low ball offer they turned down, I'll go back in six months or so and try again. Had a fairly lengthy thread about case forming for it, seems...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 08:48 PM
    6.5 Dutch Mannlicher might be a good case to emulate. Its the 303 Case necked down to 6.5mm/ Its a dead cartridge case since WWII also so load data might be scarce although both chamberings -- 6.5 Krag and 6.5 Dutch were rated for 40k psi loads...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 08:04 PM
    In 2018, I bought a nicely sporterized 93 Mauser in 7x57 and a nicely sporterized Krag. Both are good shooters with cast. I wouldn't have done either, but I'm glad someone did.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 07:56 PM
    Glad things are going your way. The.30 calibers work well with cast on deer. I've used several including a 99 in .300 with cast. You may want to get a design with a flat nose before next year, though it sounds like the RN did fine.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-16-2018, 12:58 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Women carrying concealed in Our Town
    Here are some ideas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZfcjRsxKxY
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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