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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 10:42 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Ruger Old Army 101 in Muzzleloading.
    40 grns of 3F Swiss gives me 1104 fps in my 7 1/2" Interesting threads here ...
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  • cbrick's Avatar
    Today, 09:46 PM
    Same here, an NRA sticker on your vehicle marks you as someone that is more likely to have a firearm in the vehicle and there is no shortage of idiots with the intent to find out. Rick
    70 replies | 1155 view(s)
  • cbrick's Avatar
    Today, 09:38 PM
    If that's the case then I recommend a different range. If it has to be run as a competitive match with hard set categories and a bible for a rule book it will severely limit both the attendance and the intent of the event. I'm not trying to say what...
    69 replies | 2383 view(s)
  • Cmm_3940's Avatar
    Today, 09:11 PM
    Range scrap is fine. .45ACP is about as unpicky as it gets. Size them right and they won't lead. .452 works for me.
    5 replies | 81 view(s)
  • cbrick's Avatar
    Today, 09:10 PM
    Bruce is 110% correct. If you want to have a military match then have that but if you want max attendance and max guns fired per shooter with emphases on fun then the rule books must go. When I started the Extravaganza I made it "shoot what ya...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 05:00 PM
    Best accuracy should be found in the 1700 - 1950 fps range with the 4895 loads. That is given a suitable alloy, lube and sizing (I always assume so). If you are looking for more than that then we need to discuss the alloy and perhaps a better...
    9 replies | 250 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 04:52 PM
    If the range lead has a large % or hard cast bullets or jacketed bullet cores it will be antimony rich and tin poor. I currently have 3 different such batches of range lead off 3 seperate ranges and have dealth with numerous other batches of RL...
    4 replies | 154 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 PM
    Current testing of COWWs have shown the actual antimony content to be close to 2.5 % on average and the tin content to be .5% at the most with many newer WWs having 0% tin. That's why adding 2% tin most often balances out with the antimony content...
    13 replies | 287 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 04:14 PM
    #1 alloy (called "Ideal Bullet Metal" at the time) is 80% lead, 10% Tin, 7% Antimony and 3% copper by weight. Per Ideal Manufacturing Company, Lt. Townsend Whelen (1909) and Phil Sharpe. Larry Gibson
    26 replies | 466 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 PM
    Piedmont So why is there so much variation in cavity sizes of Lyman made molds over the years if they spec'd them for #2 alloy? Wouldn't they all measure the same? They don't. And why do the cherries vary so much in design from one to the next...
    26 replies | 466 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 11:50 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread NRA Commercials in Our Town
    Or....there are a lot of them. Preaching to the left is a waste of time. Preaching to the right is a waste of money. It's in the middle where elections are won. My point exactly, well said. Thank you Larry Gibson
    16 replies | 397 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Today, 11:36 AM
    Very Nice! Might give some thought to H4895 or Varget under that Von Gruff bullet. I know powder is hard to get these days though. Sure wouldn't pass any up if I saw some. Kep us posted on how it does please. Larry Gibson
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  • Cmm_3940's Avatar
    Today, 10:46 AM
    I liked my XDs .45ACP before it went back to the factory. Not so much when I got it back months later. I now carry an XDm 3.8 and am happy with it. Seems like a solid review.
    5 replies | 94 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 09:07 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Other Folks Reloads in Our Town
    Life is full of choices were we trust other people. We trust other people to drive us around. We trust other people to take care of our kids etc. I have no problem with shooting someone else's "trusted" reloads. On the other hand I know lots...
    24 replies | 479 view(s)
  • 1Shirt's Avatar
    Today, 08:46 AM
    I agree with Bruce and Larry nearly always, and this is no exception. That said, I use dac fill with most loads of 2400 and slower powders, and have had excellent success with same including in 375 H&H. Had never used 4227, but was able to snag an...
    10 replies | 314 view(s)
  • 1Shirt's Avatar
    Today, 08:26 AM
    Have a 91 and a 38, and both are shooters. Have a total of 150.00 invested (total) for both of them. Both fun, but the little 38 is a joy to carry and shoots very well both want .314 cast. Neck size after 1st fireing and trimming, and anneal...
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  • Cmm_3940's Avatar
    Today, 01:25 AM
    Cmm_3940 replied to a thread Other Folks Reloads in Our Town
    From personal experience, this sounds like ammunition that was loaded by someone with an alcohol problem they need to get sorted out. I'd pull them all too.
    24 replies | 479 view(s)
  • Cmm_3940's Avatar
    Today, 01:21 AM
    Cmm_3940 replied to a thread Identifying Beeswax in Boolit Lube !
    I have several 1 pound bricks of beeswax in plastic wrap on a shelf in my reloading room. It smells like honey whenever I walk by.
    7 replies | 218 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:11 PM
    Like bore scopes they are very cool. Can be a great tool but you see things (that until you saw them) that never were a problem before.:bigsmyl2: I have a bore scope but I have long since learned that some people can't be allowed to look...
    4 replies | 104 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:54 PM
    Cabelas has 35 Rem in stock...
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  • Crawdaddy's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    Payment sent. God Bless.
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  • cbrick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    Happens all the time every day. Every single non-NRA member firearm owner that still has legal firearms. Rick
    70 replies | 1155 view(s)
  • cbrick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:09 PM
    Perhaps so but if it weren't for the NRA right now today YOU would NOT own a single legal firearm. That's reality! How much of someone elses money is that worth to you? I take it your not an NRA member so whatever they make a year is someone elses...
    70 replies | 1155 view(s)
  • cbrick's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    I look at the NRA as a necessary evil. Without them you can rest assured that not a single one of us would own any legal firearm and we wouldn't have for many years now. Yeah, I get pretty tired of constantly getting hit on for more money but...
    70 replies | 1155 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    Sure. Larry Gibson
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:52 PM
    I've done an extensive test of cowboy action loads other than those listed in VV's manual using 32C - Tin Star (32 H&R, 38 SPL, 357 mag, 44 SPL, 44 Mag, 44-40, 45 Schofield, 45 ACP, 45 Colt and 45-70). If you have one of those to use it in I can...
    5 replies | 122 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:39 PM
    Considerable functional psi difference between the .40 short and weak and the 45 ACP. Getting AA #7 up to sufficient psi for efficient burn in a 45 ACP is most often an over the top load psi wise. Larry Gibson
    9 replies | 236 view(s)
  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Start at 26 gr 4895 with that 185 gr (C324-175-1R?) cast bullet and work up to 31 gr in 1/2 gr increments. Use a 1/2 - 3/4 gr Dacron filler. I also use a .325 sizer and lube with a good NRA 50/50 lube. Larry Gibson
    9 replies | 250 view(s)
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April 15, 1947 (67)
About Larry Gibson
My first reloads were with cast bullets in the 30-30 when I was 14.
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Shooting, what else?
Retired U.S. Army. Currently contract Research and development of ammuntion and relaods


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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