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    Today, 03:08 AM
    tazman: .44 mag rifles are made to SAAMI specs which are different than for handguns. Don't ask why as I do not have an answer and I don't know who does. Okay then 0.0035" deep... so I was wrong but still pretty shallow.
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    Today, 02:32 AM
    Unfortunately there are only two moulds I know of in existence, but both in 12 ga. Cap'n Morgan has one he made in Denmark and it is a very good clone of the Brenneke (in fact he made several different versions for testing) and I have one I made...
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    Yesterday, 08:36 PM
    Were those the Brenneke Classics? That's not bad but I'd expect better from Brenneke. The holes look a little oval so maybe the slugs are not quite stabilized. Is that barrel choked? Still as you say, plenty good for deer at those ranges. Got to...
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    Yesterday, 12:13 PM
    cenershot: I wouldn't discount the 0.662" RB in the smoothbore either. Some of my best round ball groups came from cloth patching the 0.662" RB into hulls with shotcups in them. I used a fairly thin cotton and patched them into the hulls much...
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    Yesterday, 02:03 AM
    Hah! Once again I should learn to read... ".662" round ball cast of 50% COWW + 50% pure lead" its all right there! Except for the wad question anyway. I am always curious about wads. At 0.739" that's a pretty large combo so I'd figure those wad...
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    10-19-2018, 10:11 PM
    I didn't read the article but will respond anyway. I have spent most of my working career in and around the largest lead/zinc smelter complex in the world in Trail B.C. The lead refinery where I have spent most of my time produces 90,000 tons of...
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    10-19-2018, 09:57 PM
    Greg: I used to have a Marlin 1895 in .45-70 back in the 70's. I shot that gun with top end (for 1895) smokeless loads and lots of FFFg BP almost always under the Lyman 457124 385 gr. boolit. While it was somewhat messy, I loved shooting the BP....
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    10-19-2018, 08:56 PM
    Now that is impressive! Great work! You deserve that feeling of satisfaction that settled on you for sure. I do like big ol round balls! Good to see some fine accuracy from a wad/ball combo. Did you recover any wads? I'd like to see what...
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    10-19-2018, 07:20 PM
    What is the groove depth of the Ballard rifling? I have had no troubles with microgroove but if a guy wasn't taking care of his gun it wouldn't take much to damage that shallow rifling. I think my 1894 runs about 0.0025" deep which isn't a lot.
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    10-19-2018, 04:01 PM
    Nothing wrong with microgroove rifling, in fact I prefer it. I have an 1894 with microgroove now and used to have an 1895 .45-70 with microgroove rifling and liked it... wish I still had it! I have not seen a Marlin with Ballard rifling but...
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    10-19-2018, 03:57 PM
    I believe the recommended aluminum thickness for copper and aluminum checks is 0.014". Some have posted good results using two thicknesses of pop/beer can. Not sure how you'd put 2 disks together to form with a disk puncher then forming tool but in...
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    10-19-2018, 11:34 AM
    I use a Wheeler gunsmithing vise for guns, and a 4" Harbor Freight for heavy work.
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    10-18-2018, 07:51 PM
    For gas check shank boolits I use old gutter for checks. It is 0.019" thick so THICK but using a hammer type check maker allows me to use a bit of extra force so they simply swage as deeper cups and work perfectly. I have enough old gutter to make...
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    10-18-2018, 07:47 PM
    longbow replied to a thread Hull trimming in Casting for Shotguns
    Well, I am too cheap for that! I made my hull length gauges from 3/4" steel pipe. 12 ga. hulls slip nicely into 3/4" pipe so cut the pipe to correct length to remove the amount you want, label it and it never changes. I use a utility knife to...
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    10-18-2018, 12:35 PM
    You wouldn't be alone! Although some of the targets are so small, a trade gun is really put to task. Olives at 25 yards, anyone? Plus shooting through the loops on a pretzel without breaking them!
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    10-18-2018, 12:16 AM
    My check makers are mild steel. The only thing I heat treated was the disk punch for the simple version. Everything else is just mild steel. Should last for some time before wear becomes an issue. I'd guess many thousands of checks will be made...
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    10-18-2018, 12:13 AM
    Yes, if I am getting your intent... a gasket punch on end grin hard wood will punch out aluminum disks if that is what you are asking. My simple gas check maker uses a punch to make disks then the forming die. it works well but is slow compared to...
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    10-17-2018, 02:17 PM
    "hardening mild for gas check molds" As already asked... is this for hardening gas check maker parts or...? Why would anyone want to harden a mould?
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    10-17-2018, 11:05 AM
    The twist is fine. Just treat it like a sore pecker, and don't screw with it.
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    10-17-2018, 11:03 AM
    https://youtu.be/xzESSWjMgUs Try this. https://youtu.be/xzESSWjMgUs
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    10-17-2018, 11:00 AM
    waksupi replied to a thread Science of preference in Cast Boolits
    I've loaded enough different chamberings over the years, much of it is now second nature. From the case capacity and bullet weight and design for a particular bore size, I have a darned good idea of which primers and powder will work best. I seldom...
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    10-17-2018, 10:33 AM
    Not a Henry but I have a Marlin 1894 with 1:38" twist and typical "fat" bore for rifles at 0.4315". I decided I liked the "heavy boolit" trend and made a mould for 300 gr. PP boolits. I used a "J" bullet load which IIRC was 21 grs. of H110. It...
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    10-17-2018, 01:26 AM
    Found it! http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?79921-Low-Budget-6-check-maker
    18 replies | 470 view(s)
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    10-17-2018, 01:13 AM
    Here's one way: http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?150997-hand-tool-made-check-maker/page2&highlight=simple I know there was another even simpler home made check maker posted several years ago where IIRC the gas check die was a...
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    10-16-2018, 07:59 PM
    Randy: My rifling cutter is the edge of a file epoxied into a wood "rifling head" (a piece of dowel) cut almost in half longitudinally. I have another piece of dowel cut to match that acts as a shoe that can be shimmed to provide cutting...
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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