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  • Grmps's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:19 PM
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    Yesterday, 07:16 PM
    If you are bottom pouring, hold the mold against the spout and see if that help. What mold manufacture is it? does it have adequate venting inside the mold? Sometimes you can use a fine diamond hone or sharpening stone and lightly east the top...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:08 PM
    There is monster muley bucks in just about every hunt unit, mostly in the northern zones. Some of the biggest elk also roam the woods of No. AZ
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    LOL...I've seen nine inches of snow here in early June. Killed my entire garden:violin:
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:06 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 30-30 load request in Leverguns
    Scoped Marlin with 150 RN at 2350 fps; Zero at 175 yards, 2.75" high at 100 yards Is 2.75" low at 200 yards Is 10" low at 250 yards with 1450 fps remaining. Doable with 150 RN and LvR powder.....much better with the Hornady 160 FTX with...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:29 PM
    I have been using this one in my Lyman 54Cal Deerstalker. It is a real game getter. Sorry, no experience with Lee reals. Hornady make a 54 caliber "Great Plains" 425 grain conical, and these performed so well in my 54 that it inspired me to get my...
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    Yesterday, 11:14 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread 30-30 load request in Leverguns
    30calflash If your Marlin has a 20" barrel then 200 yards is realistic with the 150s using LvR powder. With the 160 FTX Hornady 250 is very doable. If you've a 24" barrel then 300 yards is certainly possible. With a 20" barrel expect...
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    Yesterday, 10:20 AM
    I have an old 1990 load manual for Hercules powder, note: NOT Alliant. They list 3.0gr Bullseye@ 760FPS, 2.8gr Red Dot@ 725FPS, 3.1 Green Dot@ 750FPS, 3.6gr Unique@780FPS, 3.8gr Herco@785 FPS, 5.3gr Blue Dot@850FPS, and lastly 7.0gr 2400@870FPS....
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    Yesterday, 07:35 AM
    My J pet load for decades has been 46.5 gr of IMR 4064 with either the Hornady or Sierra 168 gr HPBT Match. LC cases and CCI No.34 primers. If I don't have the #34 I will use WLR. Am I reading that your new to you CMP Garand has a rubber buttplate?
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    Yesterday, 07:16 AM
    I've been in Flagstaff since 1977. Yes, the town has grown, but it's still a small town and hasn't lost it's charm. FYI, I believe the hospital here has some satellite "branches", so it may or may not be in Flagstaff. Either way, you'll have...
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    09-21-2018, 10:50 PM
    I have the same question. In the .556 I don't recommend a carbine length gas system. On my match rifles I extend the rifle length gas system 2". I have zero experience with the 458 SOCOM but everything I have read states the carbine length gas...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:11 PM
    That would be my point. Consumers rejected lower velocity of the 17 HM2. A low velocity 17 HMR load would fair no better.
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    09-21-2018, 08:13 PM
    I just made a batch of turkey jerky. I cut the breasts into 1-2" strips and marinated them fir a few days in a $5 jerky mix seasoning I bought at farm and fleet. I had the neighbor over to help me do some chores and paid my help in jerky. He I...
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    09-21-2018, 08:04 PM
    Bump for the weekend
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 06:02 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Taurus 63 revisited in Rimfire Area
    Winchester 63 hands down. Parts are still readily available for it, should you ever need any.
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    09-21-2018, 03:16 PM
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    09-21-2018, 03:15 PM
    Iv'e found these guys to be useful for Garand parts. Many are USGI and all are serviceable. https://www.fulton-armory.com/M1-Garand.aspx
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 11:07 AM
    Just about any flat top punch should work. I bought a set of flat punches from Accurate, they suit the vast majority of my needs as most of my boolits are FN profiles.
    1 replies | 51 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 10:22 AM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Starline 30-30 in Leverguns
    Baby steps...They've been slowly but steadily adding to their lineup. They have come a long way in the last several years, and I'm sure if we keep letting them know what we want/need they will add stuff IF the demand is there.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    09-21-2018, 09:59 AM
    In the H.P. White test Keith used a 429421 cast of 16-1 alloy at 250 gr, sized .429, lubed with Lyman Banana lube loaded over 22 gr Hercules 2400. He does not state (that I could find) what the cases and primers used were but I suspect the cases...
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    09-20-2018, 09:01 PM
    What??? A hp cast boolit expanded and all its energy dumped into an animal for a "dead right there" instant death...what it can't be done unless it was a sold boolit. LOL!!! ...Take that HP haters
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    09-20-2018, 08:39 PM
    Found a EGW steel base
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 08:08 PM
    Welcome to the addiction SELoader
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    09-20-2018, 08:03 PM
    Is it the sprue plate or is it the top of the mold? I've run across several Lyman molds that had warn where the sprue connected to the top of the mold (from lack of lubrication and tightening too tight), the only fix was to have a few thousanths...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 07:43 PM
    Looks like you got a good one. I'm very lucky to have got in on the Greek returns several years back. I got a Collector Grade, a Correct grade, and two service grades. All of them are HRA's. This wasn't my choice, just luck of the draw (except the...
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    09-20-2018, 07:22 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Starline 30-30 in Leverguns
    Thanks for the heads up, I just ordered 250 pcs. I love Starline brass.
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    09-20-2018, 12:20 PM
    I've never had any problems with any Eastwood, high gloss polyester PC for ASBBDT
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-20-2018, 10:55 AM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread 30-30 load request in Leverguns
    My go to powder is Leverevolution. It will give top velocity and accuracy with lower pressures than many other powders. Jacketed or cast, this stuff really shines in the 30-30. 3031 is a time proven performer, but LVR is hands down my favorite.
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    09-19-2018, 11:29 PM
    They do it's called the 17 Mach 2 but it didn't sell well and the gun manufactures made the chambers too loose in the semi-auto's so neck and case splits are fairly common. I have several and really like them but I purchased 8K of ammo at a...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 07:11 PM
    I bought my 300BLK brass from this fellow, one of our fine vendor sponsors. It's made from once fired from a military range. It's good stuff, and NO loose primer pockets! ...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 06:18 PM
    Here lies your problem/s as I see it. Primers falling out = Might be time to toss the brass due to enlarged primers pockets. You could try a different brand of primer to see if they fit tighter. Range pickup brass = There's usually a reason it's...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 03:49 PM
    While not a 6.5 Swede, Iv'e been using that mould with good results in a 6.5 Bullberry Contender barrel with decent results. This round is based on the 30-30 Win, shortened and necked down. It casts a nice boolit for me, as do all my RCBS molds. The...
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    09-19-2018, 01:54 PM
    Grmps replied to a thread Load Data in Casting for Shotguns
    Free download http://alliantpowder.com/resources/catalog/alliantpowder-reloadersguide/2014_Alliant_Powder_Catalog.pdf online source http://www.hodgdonreloading.com/data/shotgun
    36 replies | 456 view(s)
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April 15, 1947 (71)
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