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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Today, 02:33 PM
    Those aren't meant to be shot on the shoulder. Move them down on your arm to just above the muscle.
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    I load top end "J" bullet loads under my equal weight cast boolits in my 1894 marlin .44 mag and use all PB boolits with little issue. It used to lead a bit but for two reasons: - boolits were undersize (SAAMI rifle spec is 0.431" groove diameter...
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    Yesterday, 08:48 PM
    My trimmer is really crude. I cut off pieces of 3/4" iron pipe then faced smooth in my lathe one every 1/4" from 2" to 3". Slip a hull in the appropriate length "trimmer" then slide a utility knife across. Works well enough but I agree there is...
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    Yesterday, 05:27 PM
    Some of us want to shoot heavy boolits whether we have to or not. I used to wonder if the heavier boolit reduced case capacity to the point that there would be less velocity and penetration but from my testing... no! The 300 gr. boolits out...
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    Yesterday, 01:55 PM
    As noted, the 1:38" twist seems to be a historical twist from the .44-40's or even prior. Why the "fat" bores? Well, I have never seen any reasonable explanation as to why a rifle chambered for a handgun cartridge with SAAMI spec of 0.429" groove...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-07-2018, 12:33 PM
    I've had good success with WC852.
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    12-06-2018, 01:14 PM
    I agree with others, .35+. I've killed several elk with cast in the .358 Win. Hit them right, they die. In my area, it's close in jungle work for the most part, and I don't think I have ever shot an elk at over 100 yards.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-06-2018, 12:56 PM
    For longer range work, the flat nose will be easier to work with than a pointed bullet.
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    12-06-2018, 12:54 PM
    If they are still hanging up, use some 0000 steel wool to clean up the edges of the cavities. Usually cures it or me, along with running the lead hot.
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    12-05-2018, 09:20 PM
    Randy: I'm guessing your Lee slug mould question was aimed at me (no pun intended!)? My current plan is to sort out stem diameter to suit a decent size wood screw (#6 or maybe #8?) then drill the core pin to the bottom of the drive key slot...
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    12-04-2018, 07:46 PM
    What is the difference between the Slugger and a standard MEC 600 Jr.? From what I can tell from reading it is just the different crimp dies but they sure jack up the cost for that. If I could buy the conversion kit (for a reasonable cost anyway)...
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    12-04-2018, 07:40 PM
    I'm guessing it is a Danish thing to take slugs duck hunting!?! Your ducks are that big? Now if you had one 'o them bright powder coated slugs as suggested in another thread you might not have needed a Shotkam to see the slug! Just a little...
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    12-04-2018, 07:35 PM
    That Hammerhead idea would work for machined brass, copper or zinc as well as cast zinc and of course lead. A guy might get away with a Brenneke like slug in non-lead too though you'd need more length to make up for lower density. That is certainly...
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    12-04-2018, 07:21 PM
    Mike: It has been a long haul! Actually, I got started this several years ago but life got in the way so it got dropped. First the dog was winding down so I spent time with the poor old guy then my mother's health started to deteriorate so that...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-04-2018, 01:32 PM
    Sounds like an undersize bullet.
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    12-04-2018, 01:31 PM
    I've got a bullet around 280 gr. from NOE. Check their catalog. Stick with a Loverin design, you should find one that works well.
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-04-2018, 01:30 PM
    Most of the shooters at our military and sporting rifle matches in the winter shoot cast.
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    12-04-2018, 01:23 PM
    I've settled on 1-66 as my favorite.
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    12-04-2018, 01:48 AM
    My cutter looks just like the one in the Bev Fitchett link... it is a piece of file with the faces ground off leaving the edge as a multi tooth cutter. Easy to make but not as effective as i would have thought considering the source. Oh well! To...
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    12-04-2018, 12:04 AM
    Hah! Found it whilst looking for rifling cutter alternatives: https://www.bevfitchett.us/antique-rifling-machine-2/cutter.html That's Bookie using a piece of file! At his site he uses a piece of saw blade with quite coarse teeth. I have...
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    12-03-2018, 08:47 PM
    I used the chunk of file as recommended on some site about rifling. I know the traditional cutter was a single hook cutter but the way this thing works I doubt a single tooth cutter will be suitable because it will have to exit the material totally...
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    12-02-2018, 09:46 PM
    Not sure much of anything will stick well to a smooth lead slug. A bit of knurling would not only make the slug a tighter fit to sabot but also give the glue something to grab. If those Hammerheads are as tight in the sabots as you say they make...
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    12-02-2018, 09:40 PM
    Well, I kinda brought this back from the dead! As I've mentioned on several other people's threads, I have restarted this project. Restarted in a slightly different manner but same end goal. I decided it was going to be a lot of work and a bit...
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    12-02-2018, 01:09 PM
    If the primers aren't getting pierced, I wouldn't be too concerned. My Trapdoor puts a real divot in primers, no problems.
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    12-02-2018, 12:36 PM
    Trying not to drift off topic here so keeping to the Hammerhead title, I was reading yesterday (should have copied the article) that sabot slugs slip in the sabots so don't pick up the fairly fast 1:36" +/- rifling twist totally. The comments...
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    12-02-2018, 12:13 PM
    I've said the same thing but been assured that I do not want hogs where I live! Maybe a better statement would be "I'd like to have access to hogs to hunt!" But regardless it looks like fun to me. And... the way hogs are moving North we may get...
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    12-01-2018, 05:30 PM
    Randy: One of the reasons I haven't pursued getting the Lyman Foster slug to shoot better is that I hate my mould! It is the most stubborn, cantankerous mould I have ever used! It has always cast poorly and the slugs tend to stick on the core...
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    12-01-2018, 01:59 PM
    Here's a another one: http://www.doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=18637 What do I want from a 12 ga. "rifle"? I like the idea of the Paradox type guns that can be used with birdshot, buckshot or slug/boolit and...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    12-01-2018, 01:51 PM
    I just updated mine a few weeks ago. Of course, there were things I forgot so will be putting updates in my safe, that the executors have the combination to.
    27 replies | 960 view(s)
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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
GC Gas Check