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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:22 PM
    The H-870, or the powder I have AA 8700 (which I'm convinced is the exact same stuff), is so slow burning that I really do not think it's possible to overload it, especially not in a big straight walled case. I started using it with heavy jacketed...
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  • Mk42gunner's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:22 PM
    Mk42gunner replied to a thread 2020 Census in Our Town
    I got a pre-Census letter, the actual paper form, then two different cards. Tried to do it online, three different times, system refused to let me log in with the provided pin number. Finally filled out the paper form and sent away via snail...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:30 PM
    Remove the wood, boil or steam like a rust blue. Turn it into bluing.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:24 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Tobacco Seeds in Our Town
    I don't know if I have any seed left here or not. I was growing three varieties. They do take a lot of care to start. This is a bit late in the season, but you could probably get them to produce well yet. Look for a tobacco growers forum....
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:20 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread 2020 Census in Our Town
    Being a Luddite, I was waiting for the paper copy. However, so far I have received three mailings telling me there was going to be a census. No kidding? Why didn't they just send the damned thing in the first place, rather than wasting the paper and...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:47 AM
    I and lots of people load small pistol primers in the .22 Hornet, works better than small rifle primers. Many years ago, I grabbed the wrong box and loaded a batch of .38 Special rounds with small rifle primers, don't remember the brand. Anyway,...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:27 AM
    I haven't tried to form brass yet, haven't needed to but it seems like if you anneal it, then maybe run the neck over an 8mm case expander first then into a .35 Whelen full length die, it would work fine. I'm gonna do it in two steps like that when...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:05 AM
    The Whelen is a neat round, I only have a Handi in it, but an old Santa Barbara Mause is sitting in the rack waiting for me to send it to JES. Question, why are you lubing after powder coating, I thought the whole point to it was that you don't...
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:00 AM
    I did what you're talking about with my .458, heeding Nobade's advice, I used slower powders for the kicker, seems like I used 5744. Honestly, my accuracy was better without the kicker. I used magnum large rifle primers, the Lyman 500 grain round...
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  • Ben's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 10:04 PM
    358480 they are falling a little light and both are running .589"+ Something isn't right here ? ? You need to check your numbers one more time.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 04:09 PM
    I had the benefit of growing up the son of the most avid bullet caster and handloader I ever met, so I knew enough to be dangerous when I started out on my own. The biggest thing I'd do over is buying a quality post from the get go. I fought...
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  • khmer6's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 04:04 PM
    Damn that's a smoking price out the door.
    5 replies | 318 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 12:49 PM
    Before you start to grind on anything, try different followers. That can solve the problem many times. They all may look alike, but they aren't. Maybe one from a Spanish Mauser that had been chambered for .308 would work. Also be sure to ram...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 12:38 PM
    It seems that the leak was the problem. Who leaked?
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 11:53 AM
    I like it for Trapdoor loads in the .45-70. ABout 31 grains and a 340 grain bullet was a nice, accurate load in my H&R.
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  • richhodg66's Avatar
    04-04-2020, 10:39 AM
    I can't really use one, but good one you for doing something cool for your fellow handloaders.
    11 replies | 251 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