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  • gsdelong's Avatar
    Today, 11:17 AM
    Thumb hole or regular, I am guessing right handed?
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 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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    Today, 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...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Today, 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...
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    Today, 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...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    Today, 09:54 AM
    I bought one recently, local shop ordered one to see if it would sell. Might have been in the case a day. Handy little gun. Of course refused to feed anything but FMJ, an easy fix. Came w 2 mags, picked up 2 more. Took out the mag safety. Had read...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 09:48 AM
    "If the United States had a rectum it would be Iowa" Not even close. I'd happily live anywhere in the Midwest over pretty much anywhere on the eastern sea board.
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    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    Been giving this project more thought and just read this one again. I have a Harbor freight tool stand, cost $5 and has that cross piece. I also have an old Pacific C press I got for $15 that sizes on the up stroke. I think this is coming...
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  • kywoodwrkr's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:53 AM
    You need to clear in/out PMs Does groove micrometer have case and could I have a close up picture of ratchet on cylinder? Thanks. Arggh, I wasn't patient enough. Thanks.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:32 AM
    This is the show in Wichita I referenced; Best big gun show I have been to in years. Lots and lots and lots of reloading and bullet casting stuff, never...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:39 AM
    I've used Rich's flints, and bless him for making them available. However I did find they really wear a frizzen, so I keep them for emergency use only.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 AM
    I used a short .54 barrel on my Hawken one year and killed a little buck with it. Used a TC Maxi Hunter mold and yes, it did indeed kick hard. I was young and dumb and probably used way more Pyrodex than was necessary, especially given the ranges...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:45 AM
    Dad gave me a big ol' drum of Alcan 120 I have been using up for a couple of years now. I managed to find enough load data (120 was never real popular in anything it seems) to figure out it burns like Red Dot, so I have been using Red Dot starting...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 08:53 PM
    ...............I'd picked this mould up many moons ago and haven't even warmed it up yet. I'm in the process now of inventorying all my moulds and would like to know what this one is supposed to be. Looks like a 30/31 cal, maybe 160/180 gr RNGC. ...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 08:03 PM
    I went to a gun show in Wichita last weekend with my Dad. It's one that seems to cater to old and antique stuff, not table after table of black rifles and automatic pistols, maybe that's the difference. Nothing out of the ordinary, no protests,...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 07:38 PM
    I had been using the Lee universal die to load .38-55, apparently, it wasn't cutting it. I do use it pretty much all the time when loading cast rifle bullets. These dies made a huge difference.
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 06:00 PM
    I use the .325 215gr 325365 in my M48, PC. Shoots great subsonic, not really messed with em full power yet.
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    03-16-2018, 04:47 PM
    I kind of wish I had thought of that as I was using a set of old RCBS dies before, might could have saved a little money and just replaced the expander plug. Oh well. To say I'm impressed with how much better these dies made this rifle shoot is...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 02:38 PM
    I have a .38-55 that has been troubling getting it to shoot well to say the least. Big groups, I'd mess with it a bit, set it aside and come back to it. Kind of figured after reading that the expander plug was the problem, so I splurged on a set...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-16-2018, 10:49 AM
    Tackleberry41 replied to a thread Saturn help in Our Town
    Most new cars they sell it as a unit. Just the way its done anymore. Sometimes you can find out the bearing number and buy direct. But way better off just unbolting the old one, bolting on a new one and away you go.
    15 replies | 386 view(s)
  • TCLouis's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 10:45 PM
    arlon 358156 performed best (precision) in a 112" barrel I had. Unfortunately I have no notes on the loading I had hopes that the LAR45 180 RNFP GC was going to be it, but never found "the load" with the limited testing I did.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 09:22 PM
    I like to squirrel hunt with cast in centerfires. I have the itch to get a small .25, pretty sure it will be just getting a barrel for my Contender rifle. I have dies for the .25-20 and .256 though have never loaded for either (yeah, I'm a...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 01:21 PM
    Its hard to know who is doing what anymore. Go buy a S&W it might be made by S&W or Walther. I bought one of their M&P compact 22s, thats made by S&W, but the full size isn't. Ruger, they all seem to do it anymore. Walther got absorbed by...
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  • Tackleberry41's Avatar
    03-15-2018, 01:14 PM
    Last one I paid for was CZ-75 compact. Have a Keltech RBD 5.56 on lay away.
    1154 replies | 107959 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