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    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    Funny bacon grease came up... been there, done that! When I was much younger and loading BP into 12 ga. hulls under 0.690" RB's I used bacon grease for lube on wads. Didn't really need it for lube as there is way too much clearance but BP leaves...
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    06-21-2018, 09:36 PM
    The 300 + grain boolits start down near the bottom of the page: http://www.accuratemolds.com/catalog.php?page=10 You won't do better than an Accurate mould! Tom does nice work and fast. If he doesn't have what you want you can design your own...
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    06-19-2018, 09:20 PM
    My old 1894 is 1:38" twist with microgroove and it shoots boolits up to about 280 grs. quite well. Heavier and they lose stability before 100 yards. I've shot 265 gr. to 200 yards with good results. Nothing wrong with NOE but have you tried Tom...
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    06-15-2018, 07:48 PM
    Well there you go! A guy can learn something every day! And here I thought the 429422 was somewhat different in form not just HB. I wondered why 5 grs. lighter for the "same" boolit. Not sure if it is the case here but my understanding is that at...
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    06-12-2018, 09:26 PM
    I've got no particular interest in the Keith boolits but have seen this discussion, and sometimes arguments, about what is a true Keith style boolit and whether Lyman or H&G is it. According to the "history" here: ...
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    06-11-2018, 09:50 PM
    If that Lyman 385 gr. is the 457124, my old 1895 liked it with smokeless or BP. I shot a lot of them. Wish I still had that gun! It was a 1970's vintage Marlin and was a victim of my need for money to go to college. It shot well and liked that...
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    06-10-2018, 12:40 PM
    As bedbugbilly says... if it ain't broke, don't fix it! It doesn't matter why it works if it works. However, being a curious sort, I like to know why. My opinion only is that if dimpling does improve accuracy it does it due to closer ball to bore...
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    06-10-2018, 11:10 AM
    Okay then I missed something. In your post #7 you said "12S3 wads + .662" RB +.140" card = one tight fit!" Not sure how a 0.662" RB naked can be a tight fit in a standard wad. I've never used the Federal 12S3 wad because they are not locally...
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    06-09-2018, 08:43 PM
    I'll say petals are shearing in the choke... my thought anyway. The only petals I've had shearing are with 0.690" RB in my 12 ga. Generally petals do well. So, I have to think that the forcing cone isn't an issue as I've had good results with 0.662"...
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    06-08-2018, 08:09 PM
    If you have a light payload don't skimp on Blue Dot. It likes a heavy payload or heavy powder charge. I found that 36 grs. under a 1 oz. ball left unburned powder in the bore. I'd look to a faster powder for light payloads rather than...
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    06-06-2018, 07:56 PM
    Try cloth patching the ball into the hull with wad inserted... much like patching for muzzleloader. I pre-tear square patches from an old cotton shirt that runs around 0.010" when slightly compressed. The ball/patch/wad fit to bore is a stiff push...
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    06-04-2018, 09:18 PM
    Is the Tri-Ball load legal there? Not really sure what you would call it... is it "buckshot", multi slug load or multi ball load? If they call it buckshot then it has to fit legal buckshot size but if multi slug/ball load does it? I mean if...
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    06-04-2018, 12:14 AM
    Okay then... Hogtamer pointed out a mistake I am making. I always clean my guns after use. Can't help it. Must be a genetic defect. Now the tape idea I like and I think I may have some friction tape. If the chamber was clean and shiny before it...
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    06-03-2018, 10:19 AM
    I'll go with a "fat" slug. Make the hull bulge to fill the chamber and that's likely the best you will get. I'm also leaning towards a "fat" slug in the bore too for much the same reason. Shotguns have bore diameters all over the place (smoothbores...
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    06-03-2018, 01:48 AM
    I've tried the "stay on" paper patching but it gets shredded in the bore so has a rough uneven surface. For me it didn't work. Better to shed the patch I think but smoothbore shotguns are not BP paper patch rifles so there is no rifling cutting...
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    06-02-2018, 11:54 PM
    I honestly do not know... but I suspect the damage is done before the slug reaches the choke. My enlightenment came after recovering quite a few soft lead Lyman Fosters from deep soft snow. Every one had a different shape ~ noses were cocked...
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    06-02-2018, 10:33 PM
    Yup! that seems to be the standard size range. Too big for shotcup and way to small for bore. I'd be inclined to get the mould bored out to suit your barrel, either bored straight and leave a bit of a shoulder or have 3 or 4 driving bands bored to...
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    05-28-2018, 08:18 PM
    I use some 3/4" pipe cut and turned on my lathe for hull trimming. I have several lengths so I can trim about each 1/4" down to 2" for shorties that I haven't tried yet. Typically I use my hulls longer than I should so fold crimps get a little...
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    05-27-2018, 09:11 PM
    I made one as well and really like it. I use mine to punch check out of old gutter at 0.019" thick. They extrude a little deeper than normal thickness material of 0.014" but fit my 316299's perfectly. I use the simple hammer version using a plastic...
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    05-27-2018, 11:45 AM
    Is it .303 British or .30-06? Either way I guess, I'd be looking at .35 or .375 I think though .444 or .45-70 should also be an option. If you don't mind a wildcat then pick a calibre between .30 and .458 and go. If you want standard chamber...
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    05-27-2018, 01:00 AM
    2 3/4" hulls and one 0.662" RB. They are a nice press fit into the unslit wad. I hadn't actually thought of trying 2 balls and am wondering why because I have been toying with the idea of a two ball load and the CSD wads would be perfect for size if...
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    05-26-2018, 10:19 PM
    I'm thinking they won't do well out of rifled barrel unless they swell up evenly... and swell to fill to bore they do if cast from soft lead but, the recovered slugs I got showed that nose and skirt were tilted different on every slug I recovered...
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    05-26-2018, 08:13 PM
    I've just received my Carlson's choke tube adapter for silver soldering to a turned muzzle along with two choke tubes ~ I/C and blank. The blank tube will get bored to around 0.710" or maybe a bit larger then rifled to 1:72" twist with about 0.010"...
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    05-26-2018, 08:03 PM
    I don't recall what you said you were shooting for RB and am too lazy to read back (sorry) but if 0.690" that is one I have had no success with so far. However, BPI does publish load data for 0.690" RB's in shotcups so there are some that fit. That...
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    05-26-2018, 04:17 PM
    Now, I would have sworn I posted this link earlier but I must not have hit "Post Quick Reply"... or it was another thread, or I am getting early dementia. Wait... what was I saying? Anyway, on the swaging up bit... SluggerDoug posted his solution...
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    05-26-2018, 10:27 AM
    Yup! Those slugs cast small. My mould casts ar 0.705". I strongly suspect that this is intentional and was originally to suit the rifling swage kit that Lyman (Ideal?) used to sell. By swaging grooves into the slug lands will raise up so bring...
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    05-24-2018, 09:09 PM
    Those RB's must roll and rub a lot rather than tumble onto each other to get that shiny. I'd be harder alloy might get even shinier! A smooth and shiny ball is a good thing. Now what would be interesting (like I need something else to do) is...
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    05-24-2018, 08:19 PM
    I don't think I'd worry about sprues on slugs unless they were very large and ugly but for round balls a smooth ball is a good thing. I've manually tumbled to peen down sprues and that worked quite well but a rock tumbler is the way to go for sure....
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    05-24-2018, 08:13 PM
    Gp: I have only patched into a shotcup so the patch has no chance of coming off leaving hull or in forcing cone as it is protected by the shotcup. I have however read post by people who have patched round balls into brass bottleneck rifle...
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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
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