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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Today, 08:12 PM
    I have the Lee C309-170F and it casts at .3095. A .310 sizer barely puts a mark on it. Surprisingly (or not) I also have the Lee C309-150F (new style) and it casts at 311+ with my alloy. I really wish my 170F would cast at .311+. It's one of Lee's...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:12 PM
    Are you a Lee snob?:kidding:
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Ummm....Talk about massive assumptions! Yes use whatever brand you want, but please don't try to convince us that your Lee dies are superior to my Redding or RCBS...It's obvious that you love your Lee dies and that's OK. I have a few sets left, and...
    71 replies | 1888 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:31 AM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Lots of Ammo!!!!!! in Rimfire Area
    Not only is it available, but the prices are getting back in line. I scored a bunch of 22 Mag at nearly the prices of the "old days". I'll continue shooting my 22 rimfires...love em'.
    7 replies | 335 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 AM
    I shoot those type of loads often, but only in bolt rifles and single shots. They won't cycle an AR. They shoot great in a Contender though.
    6 replies | 245 view(s)
  • andym79's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:21 AM
    Hi guys I am sure this question has been asked before but are there any advantages or disadvantages between 3, 4, 5 or 6 groove barrels when shooting cast. My gut says more grooves may improve accuracy but increase fouling, is there any truth in...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 09:15 PM
    I find all of his posts either laughable or offensive. He has nothing useful to add to this forum, and only wants to stir up trouble. He has been placed on my ignore list, and I hope that the mods catch onto him soon and straighten him out. He...
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  • Recluse's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 12:16 PM
    Yep. Thirty years ago, we had a lot fewer reloaders and the manufacturers were competing for market share. Fast forward to the recent political climate of the past eight or more years and the (reloading) market has exploded in growth. Now it's about...
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  • Recluse's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 12:08 PM
    I bought a Lee Challenger press back in '88 and loaded thousands of rifle rounds and magnum pistol rounds with it with exactly zero problems. When Lee came out with the heavier steel assemblies for the handle and ram movement, I bought a kit for the...
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  • andym79's Avatar
    07-21-2017, 04:35 AM
    Hi I am thinking about buying this mould. Does anyone use it in their 270? If so how well does it shoot and how slow have you taken it? My rifle has a 1:10 twist. Thanks
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-20-2017, 06:36 PM
    I agree, am am disappointed that it has been allowed to continue. One "new" member on this thread has been added to my ignore list because all he does is berate, and has absolutely nothing useful to add to this forum.
    75 replies | 2093 view(s)
  • Recluse's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 10:56 PM
    I failed to mention that Lee has come out with something (fairly) new that I definitely like--their "quick trim" dies and case-trimming system. Holy mother of mariachi midgets riding mini-bikes! My oldest daughter has discovered the Winchester...
    71 replies | 1888 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 07:02 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Rounded bands ok? in Cast Boolits
    To me they are rejects, and I throw them in my sprue bucket and remelt them for the next batch. The gas check may make it inconsequential, but I still wouldn't waste a gas check on a boolit that wasn't properly filled out.
    27 replies | 724 view(s)
  • tomme boy's Avatar
    07-19-2017, 01:48 PM
    S&B rifle brass is suspect at best. The pistol brass I have used is great. The first time reloading it the primer pocket is a little tight. But after that first loading it is some of the brass I always use. I reloaded 50 45acp casings over 30 times...
    20 replies | 672 view(s)
  • Recluse's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 10:06 PM
    I have a set of 45 Colt dies from Lee that I purchased many years ago. To this day, I fire very little 45 Colt so the dies get used very little. They do a superb job and I have no complaints, especially with the full length sizing and flaring dies....
    71 replies | 1888 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 08:53 PM
    A3100 powder is the cat's meow in my Rem 700 30-06 with 200 grain paper patched cast boolits. As others have mentioned it's close to IMR 4831 in burn rate. PP is a whole different animal though. With paper patching we typically start with the...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 08:24 PM
    I haven't seen it...yes it's funny! Thanks.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 04:11 PM
    I was able to get the Lee C312-1552R to nearly 2300fps with "decent" (1-1/2"-2" at 100 yds) accuracy in a Rem 700 30-06 1/10 twist. I used Lyman #2 alloy, sized to .311 and lubed with Carnuba Red. Powder was IMR 4064. The best accuracy however was...
    75 replies | 2093 view(s)
  • Rainier's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 02:01 AM
    Hmmm... from about 18 paces an old Black Talon managed to travel about 28 inches through a whitetail from my 1911 - only .45 ACP I ever recovered. The deer was slightly quartering away towards its left, the shot hit in front of the hind quarter just...
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  • Rainier's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 01:32 AM
    I don't have and have never shot a 454 Casull but I did cast up the Lee 300gr (they finished 307gr with a Hornady GC and PC'd) and loaded some of them over 22gr of 4227 in 45 Colt. They ran over the chrono at just over 1200 fps and for me that's bit...
    21 replies | 921 view(s)
  • Rainier's Avatar
    07-18-2017, 01:05 AM
    Rainier replied to a thread First Cast Bullets in Cast Boolits
    They look brilliant from here - good work! Next post... A range report :smile:
    11 replies | 329 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 09:32 PM
    He stole my answer LOL.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 09:13 PM
    I really like the Wilson 47D mags, they are my favorite. They have worked very well for years in all four of my 1911's.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 09:04 PM
    I have a S&W 686 357 that has seen a steady diet of 38 Special wadcutters for years and years. No problems with build up here either. I clean after shooting and use a 40 or 45 Cal brass brush and Hoppes #9 to clean the cylinder. I don't allow it to...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 08:40 PM
    While Bullseye may not be "ideal", it still works pretty darn well accuracy wise for target loads, and so does Red Dot. I use both in 44 Mag with 200 grain full wadcutters and accuracy is outstanding.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 07:25 PM
    I still have a few Lee dies that are working just fine. Mostly though, I have switched them over to RCBS and Redding. Not Lee bashing at all, it's simply a matter of "you get what you pay for". I have donated many of my Lee dies to new reloaders...
    71 replies | 1888 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 06:45 PM
    The 30-30 would be my pick. It's a lot more flexible than you might think when using cast boolits. Lots and lots of boolit weights to choose from. I use the Lee TL314-90 for small game and plinking, and a plethora of other boolits for other needs....
    13 replies | 447 view(s)
  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 06:30 PM
    Hi Larry, yes this is exactly how I did it... I used my vice. Still a huge hassle, but I got er done. Next time gonna buy the tool.
    20 replies | 936 view(s)
  • Rainier's Avatar
    07-17-2017, 05:11 PM
    Too hard of alloy? Check, good call Mr. Gibson Shot placement? Big question for me... The question on my part (because I've never hunted them) is; Are shoulder shots what you want when hunting Cape buffalo? Seems to me the easier route to the...
    18 replies | 830 view(s)
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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