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    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Wad Question in Casting for Shotguns
    I can't speak too much for rifled guns since I don't have one (yet) but it is best to set slug height so the wad petals are at the ogive of the slug nose or at the nose driving band/bearing point so the petal does not extend past the bearing surface...
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    Now I am wondering... shouldn't center of pressure be behind the CG for drag stabilized slugs and in front for slugs from rifled guns? Have you considered round balls? 0.678" RB's in an appropriate shotcup are a good fit. 0.662" RB's in steel...
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    Yesterday, 01:10 PM
    Michael is that with rifled gun? You've mentioned helical flight before. Is it around 50 yards where that kicks in? I watched video by Taoflermaus where it appeared that Lee slugs were following quite erratic flight patterns from both smoothbore...
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    Yesterday, 12:46 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Deer scent attractants in Our Town
    No matter what you do, you will not fool the nose of a buck or bull. You just need to play the wind game with them, and hope you win. There is a particular bush in front of my cabin that I pee on daily. Been trying to kill it for years. The deer...
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    Yesterday, 12:28 PM
    Take a fired case, and slip a bullet in the neck. There should be slight resistance. That is what you are looking for. You aren't fitting a bullet to the bore, you need it to fit the throat.
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    Yesterday, 02:06 AM
    I probably saw that post but don't recall details. What was the straight sided wad? From what Randy said about the petal taper on the Federal wads they match the taper of the Lee and Lyman slugs so with those or similar wads both the base and...
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    11-11-2018, 11:07 PM
    Here's my take on petal squish and shearing. Shotgun wads are not true sabots and are not made to exacting standards. Greg Sappington did a lot of work and testing to try and get a high and consistent level of accuracy from wad slugs but in the...
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    11-11-2018, 09:20 PM
    I haven't used the Winchester wads with the Lyman clone but they have done well for me with other slugs. So far of what I have tried the old Pacific Verelite has been best. I'll have to order some Federal wads as they seem to have a good rep. Now...
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    11-11-2018, 07:47 PM
    Hah! I want a transporter so I can avoid traffic! I'd like a phaser too but I'm not sure just what I could cast for it... BigMrTong... I tried finned slugs several years ago using a slotted core in a push out mould so fins were part of the cast...
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    11-11-2018, 07:36 PM
    Version 2 looks like a winner! The skirt may be a bit thick but it looks like a nice HB cavity and looks like it should be nose heavy. I think you will still have to oven heat treat or fill the cavity even with that thick skirt but it looks...
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    11-11-2018, 01:38 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread deer skinning made easy in Our Town
    Problem is, most times you won't get back your own meat. They do them in big batches. While you may have taken perfect field care of your deer, you are just as likely to get back some of Bubba's gut shot hairy mess.
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    11-11-2018, 01:30 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Bad lot of primers? in Cast Boolits
    When I get FTF in a batch of primers, I always check to see if I have a broken firing pin. Since you had misfires in two firearms, I'd say they are defective.
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    11-11-2018, 01:27 PM
    I always cast frosty boolits. I like them.
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    11-11-2018, 01:25 PM
    waksupi replied to a thread Lost all my data in Cast Boolits
    A good lesson for everyone, especially businesses. So many businesses don't keep hard copy records anymore. Major computer disruption, all the info is gone. Stores can't even make change anymore with electricity out.
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    11-11-2018, 12:25 PM
    Sprue plate lube on the pin and under the sprue plate should solve that sort of damage. Aluminum on aluminum tends to gall if it rubs. I usually use both sprue plate lube and powdered graphite on the few Lee moulds I have. Running a diamond hone...
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    11-11-2018, 11:56 AM
    Many years ago I tried using cornmeal as is in the cavities of Lyman Foster slugs. I turned slugs upside down, filled the cavities with cornmeal then pressed masking tape over and trimmed around the outside edges. That held the cornmeal in and...
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    11-10-2018, 01:24 PM
    Something else you might try is to loosen the sprue plate to allow better venting at the top of the blocks. I usually loosen my sprue plates so they almost swing free. On some moulds I find that I have to bevel the top edges of the mould blocks ever...
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    11-10-2018, 01:08 PM
    Would you mind posting a pic of your 10 ga. slug and wad separated? The slug in that first pic looks quite different than the slug in the second pic... unless I am missing something. Is your 10 ga. printed tail wad a cylinder rather than finned like...
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    11-10-2018, 12:57 PM
    Welcome to the mysterious world of slug shooting! I have launched tons of lead downrange over the years and so far have come to the conclusion that, for me anyway, round balls are about as accurate as any home cast and loaded slug I have tried to...
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    11-10-2018, 02:46 AM
    Those should work in a regular Foster style HB that is deep with not much taper but not likely in the Lyman or clone because the cavity is very conical. The ball would fall out. I think a few people here have tried the plastic balls. At least...
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    11-09-2018, 11:38 PM
    Using coarse sand paper or emery cloth on a dowel that fits the HB taper to rough it up may give the glue enough grip to stay in. However, I've had attached glue skirts cast into Lee Drive Key slugs in a form fall out! A guy would figure theres...
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    11-09-2018, 08:47 PM
    Here's another vote for the Lee collet die. I was full length resizing but the chamber is so much larger than the brass the brass was obviously being worked way to much. Also, since my 4 Lee Enfield's and my son's one all want 0.315" boolits the...
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    11-09-2018, 08:37 PM
    I'd be careful playing with the cushion leg! No pressure testing equipment here but having looked through about every bit of load info I could find and having bought BPI's short hull loading info, it appears that removing a cushion leg or changing...
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    11-09-2018, 08:28 PM
    I've only used cormeal and hot melt glue which works well for me but... amazingly enough if the slugs aren't warm the glue can totally shrink (cold shut) and not bond. I often run a small wood screw into the base of the slug or into the cavity so...
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    11-09-2018, 12:26 AM
    Did you cast from wheelweights or soft lead? I'm curious about field results... skirt compression for the most part.
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    11-08-2018, 11:24 PM
    Pretty slick Randy! I'll look into that. It would be nice to have it lay flat. The gun seems pretty smooth as is... surprisingly so. I was expecting something much looser and clankier with "stiff spots" but it is quite tight and smooth... in my...
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    11-08-2018, 10:01 PM
    Hal: Yeah, I have to check fits now. My single shot has a sloppy bore so the 0.678" RB's in Winchester shotcups are a bit loose and have to be paper wrapped (tube like). They fit perfect in my old Pacific Verelite wads which are thicker petal. I...
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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
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