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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 06:36 AM
    It's an easy thing to handload for. I would take one out when my boys were small as a treat, only problem was they could run through ammo way faster than I could reload it. My wife's grandpa carried one in WWII and loved them. He hunted deer...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 06:29 AM
    Yep. That's my problem.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:47 PM
    I size to .311 for all my .308 rifles. I would agree, crimping won't likely help and may be detrimental.
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:59 PM
    My 9mm AR has alot of soot, its just the bolt opening. It will work with a light buffer, but your really need 2lbs or so of bolt and buffer in a blowback 9mm. Those buffers are available, but not cheap. I made 2 buffers out of brass for $25 with a...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:46 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Reloading in movie!!! in Our Town
    Mel Gibson cast bullets in The Patriot. Loved how he just dropped it from the mold into the palm of his hand. Either that was really faked or he's the toughest SOB alive.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:59 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Reloading in movie!!! in Our Town
    There was a thread here about Wind River the other day. Pretty good movie, though I wouldn't really call it a great movie. Awfully dark.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:57 PM
    Did it come with that receiver sight? That by itself is a $50 plus. You got a great deal on that rifle. I have a real soft spot for old Marlins.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:50 AM
    We have a lot of Osage trees around here and they tear into the apples off of them to get at the seeds, The torn up fruits are a good sign to look for for squirrel hunting. I think I'm gonna look into buying some feed corn and throwing some...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 06:56 PM
    Yeah, $10 is a lot more than most of the gun shows I attend, but most of those are small towns, which I love. Still, $10 to keep me that entertained for a couple of hours seems cheap to me. That show had a ton of reloading and bullet casting...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 04:27 PM
    So Reck is the same as the other poorly made pistols Germany made at the time. A 25 blowing up a gun, wow. I had one of those 22LR german made revolvers. I got tired of fixing it, and chucked it. Back of the cyl was all dented from the hammer...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 04:22 PM
    I messed with this today, a chunk of 45 cal muzzle loader barrel, and a piece of 22 barrel. It does look to be a feasible project. Problem would be cost. I would basically be ruining a 45 ACP barrel, cheapest I can find are the often questionable...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 01:09 PM
    Now that the season is over and Spring is about here, been noticing that the rabbits are back out. I don't hunt or shoot them because I never really cared for the tatse that much, plus I enjoy seeing them in the yard. We have several that come in...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 12:19 PM
    I worked as a tech at a dealer, and broke more snap on tools than craftsman. Have 2 sets of the S&K socket/ratchet, 3/8 and 1/4 drive, never had an issue out of them. Snap on, you have to wait for the guy to come buy to replace anything, even harder...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 12:15 PM
    I could see where conventional lubed cast might be an issue in a 223 gas weapon. Trying to drive them hard enough to cycle the rifle might lead to issues. Powder coating seems to fix alot of that. I have driven a 55gr cast to 3000fps out of a...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 12:05 PM
    Funny how big of variation these old rifles can give. I tried R22 as it showed was faster in a 7mm mauser at the old pressure. But 4831 was way better. I found the lowest velocity loss with fast powders in a short barrel Mosin. 29in down to 17in...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 11:58 AM
    I have never seen a subsonic 223 load sold. And really was not that easy to come up with. I tried the various recipes on the internet, bullseye, tightgroup, or trailboss. All gave terrible results, its was the wide variations in velocity. One shot...
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  • Ben's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 11:24 AM
    SOLD to Piedmont Mould and handles sold as a set. 240 gr. SWC, Hensley & Gibbs mould. Cast at .4535" The mould & handles are in very good condition. An excellent mould for the .45 Colt. A San Diego Mould. $80 and I pay the shipping. 1st...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 08:04 AM
    Would have thought all the Spanish rifles had bent bolts. 3 I have are all bent, 2 7mm, 1 308. But I guess not an actual bent bolt, one came with a scope set up, it has to be pretty high off the receiver for the handle to clear a scope.
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 08:00 AM
    From what I have read, the alloy frame guns are unobtanium. Basically the alloy frame guns did not hold up to use, so really rare to find one. But yea would be nice, the CZ75 PCR I bought recently is alloy and so much lighter than normal. Its...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-19-2018, 07:57 AM
    The book data is based on the front crimp groove. Move it out to the rear one, the velocity will drop.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 02:40 PM
    I grew up on the east coast (S.C.) and if I ever did have to move back east of the Mississippi, it would be there. Had to drive east about a year ago to pick up my son from the Camp Lejune area, couldn't get out of all that congestion and **** fast...
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  • gsdelong's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 11:17 AM
    Thumb hole or regular, I am guessing right handed?
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 11:01 AM
    That bullet is a great deer bullet, I and several others on here have used it successfully with no excessive meat damage. You cast it way too hard, pushed it too fast and shot something that wasn't realistic at point blank range and then call the...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 10:57 AM
    The .22 LR drought got me to looking at other things and was what got me into casting for the .22 Hornet, I bought a Hornet specifically to do that. In retrospect, I might have done better trying to do it with my .223. My old Savage 110 has the...
    15 replies | 426 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 10:55 AM
    For elk and moose, I would recommend nothing under 260 gr. I wouldn't even consider the 200-220 gr. range. Off angle shots may not give the penetration you want. IF you are going to push beyond factory velocities for cast, better have a good rifle...
    38 replies | 737 view(s)
  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-18-2018, 10:29 AM
    This is my thought. I have a few sinker molds, one that casts egg sinkers and one that casts tear drop sinkers, both of various weights. I think I have a jig mold somewhere too from the days I used to use a lot of light jigs (never did get...
    26 replies | 647 view(s)
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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