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  • tazman's Avatar
    Today, 05:02 AM
    Not really a surprise about the recoil. You have 308 to 30-06 type energy going downrange from a 6.5-7 pound rifle. It is going to let you know you were shooting a serious gun sooner or later.
    2 replies | 21 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Today, 04:54 AM
    For a plinking load, it is hard to beat the Keith style SWC boolits in any weight from 150 to 170 grains. They are consistently accurate and have been a staple for a lot of years. The Lyman 358311 and any 158 grain flat round nose boolit will also...
    14 replies | 272 view(s)
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    Today, 04:40 AM
    Just out of curiosity, what gun will you be using it in and what is the purpose of the load? One of those boolits is designed for the 45ACP, the other for the 45LC.
    4 replies | 207 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:13 PM
    According to the Wolff gunsprings site, the factory spring is 23lb. Oddly enough, they don't sell a factory standard spring for that gun. Lots of others both heavier and lighter.
    2 replies | 43 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:59 PM
    I went back to that LGS today and looked at the 10mm XD pistols they had. They had both the 4.5 inch and the 5.25 inch in the case. Anybody near Davenport Iowa that wants one, they are available.
    19 replies | 695 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:51 PM
    Don't worry about it. The case opens up during firing and allows the boolit to pass no problem. The case just springs back after the pressure is gone. After much testing, I found that my 38special/357 mag revolvers liked a good, heavy crimp. It...
    3 replies | 161 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    The as dropped size varies a bit depending on the individual mold and your alloy. I hate to say it but Lee isn't as consistent as some of the other mold makers. When you get a good one you need to keep it ad take care of it. Mine drops right at...
    4 replies | 101 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:20 PM
    There is also some cast boolit reloading data on the Hodgdon reloading site.
    7 replies | 125 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:47 PM
    The 231 powder that you already have will give you 1100 fps and it meters consistently. Why not just use that powder. I guarantee you will be able to tell the difference between an 1100fps load and a 850 fps load.
    14 replies | 272 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 PM
    I like that inset press idea. I have never thought of that. It should work as you suggest. What I did was build mine extra heavy so the bench would not move. It still wiggles slightly but it doesn't cause a problem.
    30 replies | 893 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:27 PM
    200 pieces of Lyman 356402.
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    Yesterday, 03:25 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Chrono-madness! in Cast Boolits
    I guess I'm just lucky. I haven't done that yet.I still have my original Chrony. I have a couple of others because the first one was difficult to make work but none of them have been shot.
    23 replies | 551 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:20 PM
    tazman replied to a thread Lee 358 158 from rf in Cast Boolits
    Here is a link to the Hodgdon reloading data site. There is data there for Hodgdon, Winchester, and IMR powders in most calibers. There is data there for 158 grain cast boolits. It works fine with that boolit.
    8 replies | 148 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:14 PM
    Also interesting that at the bottom of the notes Keith recommends 18 gr with 20 maximum. We should never assume the accuracy of someone else powder measure.
    11 replies | 433 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:06 PM
    Try AA5, power pistol or another powder. Many of us know Uniques quirks and love it anyway. Surprisingly for benchrest shooters, the amount of powder in the case is one of their least concerning variables. Often the 2%-3% swings Unique can have...
    14 replies | 272 view(s)
  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:59 PM
    What many found in the 90's was that moly was hydroscopic or a water attractant. It would be less of a concern in a pistol barrel but a bigger on for rust in a rifle barrel. It was slicker than most lubes so with the lessened friction, velocities...
    8 replies | 156 view(s)
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    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Water heater died.... in Our Town
    In the past gas water heaters were failing due to corrosion and calcifying. In the future the electronic failures will shorten the life while the tanks are still solid. I live in a hard water areas but have done so since the 70's. You can get a...
    25 replies | 430 view(s)
  • largom's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:18 AM
    K&M has the finest adjustment and easy to use. Ken Markel was a benchrest shooter and developed several unique tools to improve accuracy. You do not have to turn the entire neck for hunting rifles, just remove the high spots for 2/3rds. of neck. ...
    16 replies | 325 view(s)
  • tazman's Avatar
    10-21-2018, 11:43 PM
    I saw one on the shelf yesterday at a local gun store. I was looking for a different pistol but a close relative of it. I might have gone for it but I am not set up for 10mm. I ended up finding an XDM 45 competition with 5.25 barrel. Will be...
    19 replies | 695 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