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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 08:36 PM
    Been watching this since the beginning, I'm real surprised it lasted this long. I have enough to keep me going a long time, so I figured I'd let someone else get it as hard as it seems to come by nowadays, but had it stayed available another day or...
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    Today, 07:23 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    I believe if they'd been my neighbors, they'd have been burying some dogs. Can't understand people who want aggressive dogs. Could have just as easily been a small dog or a toddler as a cat. I like dogs, like them a lot and I sincerely believe...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:15 PM
    I was fortunate enough to get one of the Lee Bator molds and have used it on fox squirrels in the .22 Hornet. I cast them very soft, don't remember the exact alloy, but I was aiming for the 1% antimony content of .22 LR bullets. With gas checks...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:10 PM
    If the meplat concerns you, another option would be to use the Bruce Bannister method of soft nose casting. It's tedious, but works and you'd only need a few. There's a sticky about how to do it.
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 07:07 PM
    back in the old days they used tin with their lead. I would bet 25 or 30-1 would be more than enough with the P/C applied. I realize a pound of tin would only make like 5-600 boolits.
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 07:01 PM
    you can squish a gas check up in diameter all you need is pressure. I push 8mm checks on 8mm boolits up to 358 all the time, it's how I make 140gr gas checked wad cutters.
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 06:53 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Just asking ? in Cast Boolits
    no they can't. the harder alloy's are compensating for mold design. you have different states of fitment, and a design that relies totally on mechanical fitment needs a harder alloy to fight and resist the deformation acceleration and lead...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 06:44 PM
    nope it will help there too. many of the jacketed 45 colt bullets are already sized to 452. the 45 acp' bullets are generally sized to 451. I didn't even bother measuring my Ruger 45's anything. I just shoot 452 in it and it likes it. or not,...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 06:32 PM
    it's a polymer. it just isn't cross-linked like Hy-Tek is. Hy-Tek is the next experiment, and eventually powder coated jacketed bullets. I'm still working on the prep for the P/C, and will try some half jacketed revolver stuff first.. yeah I...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 06:22 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Rude Surprise in Our Town
    something like this?
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    Today, 06:18 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    they like the high spots in the wheat fields around here. it just has to be a small hump 2-3' higher than the surrounding 1-200 yds.
    12 replies | 175 view(s)
  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 06:14 PM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Buffalo hunt in Hunting with CB's
    their heart sits up behind their shoulder. a lung shot is going to be a wait a while thing, they have about double the lung capacity of a horse. punching the shoulder into the heart is better except you lose the 3 lbs of heart hash for brunch, and...
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  • bruce drake's Avatar
    Today, 03:08 PM
    I ended up recutting the chamber of one of my 300BLK uppers (I have 2) into a 30 Apache (7.62x45) which is the 223Rem case opened up to 30 caliber. It limits the bullets to 150gr or smaller (I prefer to load it with 110 and 125gr spirepoints but I...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Today, 10:35 AM
    Check your nipple.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:58 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Stupid Cat!! in Our Town
    Our three are indoor only. Two are fairly young, the ten year old one is our baby and snuggles down to sleep all night between us. We had a big, friendly tomcat show up and hung out off and on for almost two years. Loved him to death and...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Today, 07:41 AM
    I'm a fan of 99s and have found all the ones I've shot that are .30 and bigger do well with cast. That .308 was scoped and putting together a deer load was a no brainer. I've also used a 99EG in .300 Savage with the NOE copy of the 311041 and that...
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    Today, 07:33 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Welp, I'm screwed. in Our Town
    Congratulations. Nothing is more fun to a caster and tinkerer than a big bore revolver. A lot more forgiving than an auto loader and with that Red Hawk, you can really load her up, or you can make it into a big kitten for plinking all day long...
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    Today, 07:24 AM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    I'm a gun nut and hence, have several shotguns, but only two I'd really consider and both are made since the steel shot requirement and use interchangeable choke tubes. The Mossberg will even handle the 3.5" shells, but I'm hesitant to even try...
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  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 01:36 AM
    it turns white as it oxidizes. I have been coating some of my jacketed bullets with NuFinish. it seems to cut down on copper in the barrel, but the powder fouling seems harder to clean out.
    8 replies | 204 view(s)
  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 01:27 AM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Welp, I'm screwed. in Our Town
    your done for. I could write a list of what casting stuff I got and you could shoot for that, but 10 other guy's would just write a bigger one. so i'll go with welcome to the site.
    29 replies | 556 view(s)
  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 01:24 AM
    runfiverun replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    BB shot and improved cylinder will let you get them at 35 yds. 1400-1450 fps is a good velocity to target, it provides enough energy through velocity to do the job.
    12 replies | 175 view(s)
  • runfiverun's Avatar
    Today, 01:19 AM
    your gonna be effective at anything from 1800-2,000 muzzle velocity. you don't need fancy and you don't need cutting edge accuracy. the 4759 will get the job done no problem. just sight in to your first cold shot at 100 yds, then note where the...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    My Savage 99 did quite well with the Ranch Dog 165 grain .30-30 bullet using 28 grains of IMR 4895 and a tuft of Dacron, lubed with LLA. Alloy was Larry Gibson's 50/50 COWW and pure (I think I used FMJ pistol range salvage so not quite pure) and 2%...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    richhodg66 replied to a thread Goose hunting in Hunting with CB's
    I don't know much about them, but I know I seem to have several formations of them fly over me when I'm on a deer stand close to the big lagoon there. I even have them fly over the house pretty often, at least last year I did, and not close to...
    12 replies | 175 view(s)
  • TCLouis's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:28 PM
    That 1377 has some serious trigger pull requirements. I would bet the trigger pull on mine is over 10 lbs.
    8 replies | 152 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