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    02-19-2018, 06:46 PM
    Attached comparison of Dixie TriBall buckshot with an equal weight of 00B and 40 yard pattern.
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    02-17-2018, 05:40 PM
    The only recoil aspects not taken into account, were the actual weight of the wad and buffer. Velocity was based on a 20 inch barrel. My usual 26" barrel + extended choke tube usually adds between 20 and 30 fps. See post #14 below: ...
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    02-16-2018, 10:00 PM
    See below: https://www.beartoothbullets.com/rescources/calculators/php/recoil.htm?bw=945&bv=1050&cw=28&w=7.5 Recoil Calculator Enter Bullet Weight in Grains: 945 Enter Bullet Velocity in fps: 1050
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    02-16-2018, 04:41 PM
    Perhaps the most overlooked value in Tri-Ball buckshot is how it transforms an ordinary choked small game smoothbore into a high penetration hog gun when the need or opportunity arises.
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    02-16-2018, 04:34 PM
    I overlooked this earlier, so to answer the question: Yes, hard cast and even heat treated hard cast pellets, when combined with a pellet stack that allows the pellets to flow rather than compress radially in the choke constriction, full choke...
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    02-15-2018, 09:43 PM
    Using a heavy barrel TC New Englander* cylinder bore, with just the bead front sight, I found it quite easy to maintain 3.5" to 4" groups at 40 yards. The load was a .690 lead/tin alloy ball, patched with pillow ticking, seated over a .125" card...
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    02-15-2018, 09:24 PM
    RMc started a thread Bismuth in Casting for Shotguns
    Has anyone here tried casting buckshot or ball from Bismuth alloy? It appears that Rotometals is promoting this alloy for home casting: https://www.rotometals.com/lead-free-bullet-casting-alloy-88-bismuth-12-tin/
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    02-15-2018, 03:00 PM
    I have heard .22 rimfire #12 birdshot loads referred to as "mustard seed shot" and "rat shot" over the years. I have also shot special MO-Skeet clay targets with Rutledge Bore 22 rimfire smoothbore Remington "shotguns". The ammunition is...
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    02-15-2018, 01:20 PM
    In my opinion these should be used with a Sabot as designed. You can do a search for MMP Sabots, there they have most of the info needed for the sabot size and projectile. This includes the projectile diameter for use in the proper sabot. Cast and...
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    02-11-2018, 06:21 PM
    Caution: Hodgdon does not supply any information on crimp style for short shells. As with all Hodgdon data, the assumption is Fold Crimp which creates a substantially shorter loaded length than roll crimped hulls of the same unloaded length. ...
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    02-09-2018, 10:59 AM
    Newtire, Unfortunately I must have melted down all of these I had for rejects, here's the link to the Moose Moulds page that shows the projectile/design. http://moosemoulds.wixsite.com/mm2013/wilkinson Hope this helps Jeff
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    02-09-2018, 12:05 AM
    Of course when you factor in commercial buckshot pellets currently offered to the handloader, variations on the theme expand quite unexpectedly: http://www.ballisticproducts.com/Buckshot-Loading-Manual-4th-ed/productinfo/00MBUCK/ So I would...
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    02-08-2018, 11:56 PM
    True the nominal diameter of 000B Easter/American Standard is .36". However, I have yet to measure a 000B pellet from a factory loaded shell that measured larger than .35".
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    02-08-2018, 02:54 PM
    Ballistics in Scotland is correct. The Wilkinson boolit, produced by Moose Moulds for the .58 Cal 16 groove is very similar to those pictured. I cast the Wilkinson once or twice a year for a man who does several 1000 yard shoots with a similar...
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    02-08-2018, 12:08 AM
    By the way, 00B and Western #3 Buckshot are the same size. This is why WWI vets from the Western states often called military buckshot cartridges of the era "three buck" loads. The '51 Colt Navy revolver and the dual tube ten bore front loader...
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    02-07-2018, 04:31 PM
    0000B is a recent analog construct by handloaders loading .380" pellets in 10 bore shotguns. Actually, not that long ago historically speaking that American shotgunners knew and used Eastern and Western monikers for buckshot sizes. Indeed...
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    02-04-2018, 02:34 PM
    Just make sure your sawdust is good and dry before putting it into your lead. Tinsel Fairy Alert. : ) Jeff
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    02-02-2018, 01:42 PM
    I don't think it's Zinc either. That is a heat color, and not from anything bad in the alloy. Try running the alloy cooler when you render, keep stirring and stirring. When you get the impurities into a mass on top flux it, with more stirring and...
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    01-28-2018, 04:15 PM
    Great hunting post over on the Casting For Shotguns section. "This stuff is the B-52 Stratofortress of Buckshot...Speed, Range, and Payload." http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?347564-Tri-Ball-Buckshot-Scores
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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
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