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    Yesterday, 10:16 PM
    Exactly. You do the best you can with what you have. All anyone can do.
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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    Sounds like a plan. I use almost any pistol powder in my 45acp 200 grain loads at one time or another. They all work well. The cartridge and boolit weight combination is very forgiving of changes.
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    Yesterday, 08:57 PM
    I haven't been able to get the 105 swc to work reliably either although some on this site have. The TL series for the 9mm can be problematic. In some pistols, they don't grip the rifling well enough to properly stabilize the boolit. I have my best...
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    Given the option, I would prefer the bad guy or animal has two holes to bleed from rather than just the entry. In and around my house, pass throughs are not really a problem. Nearest neighbor is quite a ways off. In a crowd or public place, I...
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    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Low Light 22 scope? in Factory Rifles
    I got tired of not being able to see well though my 22 scopes and switched to 1 inch high power rifle scopes. I have an old Weaver 4 power on my first 22lr rifle(Winchester 72A purchased used in 1963). I sighted it in over 30 years ago ago and...
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  • MT Chambers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:41 PM
    You should not try to mix loads, Lyman provides slug data with their slug molds, use it and don't substitute any components, their is plenty of slug data out there, use it verbatim, don't substitute hull brand, wad, primer, powder.
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  • Hogtamer's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:17 PM
    Star crimp is fine and you will do better overfilling the cavity with hot glue, let it set and trim flush with a sharp hot blade. A straight wall wad like trap commander is a good snug snap fit in the bottom of the wad and height is perfect. If...
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:43 AM
    I enjoyed the article. It showed up in the grocery store aisle yesterday. It shows quite a bit of current data with a lot more cast bullets than most do. Walks, a friend runs 350 head of cows, coaches football and is involves with basketball at...
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    Yesterday, 10:28 AM
    Older Ideals were a proprietary thread, 8x36? or x38 I don't really remember. Most are the 8x32 and I think all Lymans are. It isn't a bad idea to get a mold rebuild kit for a 2 or 4 cavity mold if you have a lot. It is a cheap easy source for spare...
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    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    Nice write up of what you travel with. I had to check the safe and make sure the single six mag, CZ75 (mm and 44 special blackhawk were still there. It appears you hit the weather right. We have had a nice September in the west.
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  • MT Chambers's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:07 PM
    The 17 HMR is an absolute staple for shooting gophers and prairie dogs here in the open west, the .22 LR wounds these pests and they die a lingering death in their holes. The HMR blows them up and kills instantly when these varmints are hit properly.
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    09-21-2018, 07:35 PM
    i got a legit 3" group with Lyman 525s with MY loads from MY gun at 100 yds from bench the last time I shot targets. As most everyone know there is a good deal of variance in shotgun barrels and fit is everything - it takes a good deal of fiddling...
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    09-21-2018, 05:51 PM
    Today's 22grs. 2400 is too heavy for a Smiff and Wesson, I only use 21 grs. in my Ruger or Freedom Arms, when I play with near max. loads in the .44 I much prefer using H110, it keeps me out of trouble.
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    09-21-2018, 05:21 PM
    It has to actually have a sliding friction grip on the rod in order to work. The square hole, that the little square piece fits in to turn the turret is inside the top of the plastic clamp. The little plastic square must grip the rod enough to seat...
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    09-21-2018, 12:18 PM
    I picked up a pre model 14 target masterpiece a couple of years ago. It was in good but not great condition. Mine was made somewhere around 1950. It shoots great. I shoot nothing heavier that standard pressure 38 special loads in it. Mostly...
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    09-21-2018, 12:04 PM
    When I first got the LCT, I mounted the primer feed incorrectly and it interfered with the turret rotation by contacting a die locking ring. This, of course destroyed the little square and changed the indexing on the rod. After correcting my...
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    09-21-2018, 07:17 AM
    That little square ratchet part will soften and wear faster if oil is applied to it(ask me how I know). It works due to friction between the rod and the ratchet part. Remove the friction and it doesn't work any more. Somewhere out there, probably...
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    09-21-2018, 07:08 AM
    tazman replied to a thread Sizing die compression in Cast Boolits
    Hickory is correct. I will add that having all the lube grooves full of lube is not needed in the vast majority of 38 wadcutter uses. Over the many years of full wadcutter usage in 38 special, it has been found and repeatedly verified that lubing...
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    09-20-2018, 09:28 PM
    My FCD dies do NOT size my boolits. The carbide ring barely brushes the sides of the case if it touches them at all.(perhaps I have some unusual FCD dies). I really like the crimp it produces and the ease of adjustment it provides. I don't have...
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 06:39 PM
    The 6.5mm looks like the "Cruise Missle", 8mm was an Oldfeller led group by. I don't remember the name. Big Bertha? Maxine max? Lee would make what ever you wanted for $100 set up fee or 35 molds.
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    09-20-2018, 06:27 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Whole Home Generator in Our Town
    I own a 500 gallon tank and heat, cook and dry clothes with lp gas. Fillup in August was $1.60 with 20C off for Aug delivery. Paid $2.05 last February. I use around 600 gallons a year and they have a $60 charge for less than 200 gallon fill, same...
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    09-20-2018, 06:11 PM
    The lee group buys ended when delivery stretched out to over a year in some cases, bad quality forcing many returns, and when you think of it, would you really want Lee to make you a custom mold at additional cost??
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 09:04 PM
    It seems to me that you need to dump some 32 long in there, as well as 32 acp.
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    09-19-2018, 08:59 PM
    Finding thicker patching material would be much easier. I would imagine the cost, if you could find someone, would exceed two lee rb molds. You might try finding a steel ball bearing the size you want and squeezing it in your mold in a vice.
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    09-19-2018, 08:54 PM
    RIP sir, your time here was much enjoyed.
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    09-19-2018, 08:49 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Cast HP Worked in Hunting with CB's
    How was the off shoulder and side regarding blood coagulating and splatter? Too many have doubts about the HP being overly destructive. The penetration looks to be great.
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    09-19-2018, 07:58 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Who likes 22 Short? in Rimfire Area
    If that's all the bigger they were we wouldn't have bothered shooting them. The ones here could carry off cows! Dad had us kids shooting them through the eyes since that was the only way to make sure you got a brain shot. The coyotes and coons loved...
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    09-19-2018, 07:15 PM
    Hogtamer replied to a thread Load Data in Casting for Shotguns
    Oh yeah, if you're using used hulls you'll need to open them fully with a tapered rod of some sort, twisting back and forth to soften. I use an old salt water tapered stopper that works. Those components have to go in straight.
    35 replies | 430 view(s)
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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