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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    Top die is a Herter's Universal Neck Sizing die. It was the original "bushing die" as different neck sizing bushings could be bought for many calibers. You could also get full length "plugs" to FL size in the same die. There was a universal...
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    Yesterday, 12:23 PM
    I prefer a base with separate rings. Many times one peice base/rings don't allow proper scope placement for proper eye releif with many scopes. The adjustment housing always seems to need to be where the front ring is. With seperate rings they can...
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    Yesterday, 11:52 AM
    Lyman says they are intended to be sized .309 as they still suggest .001 over groove. Shiloh, I've had a long standing offer on Lyman moulds. Ship to me, I test, if it doesn't cast to nominal diameter I buy for what you paid plus shipping. ...
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    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    Not a good idea to try the 38 ACP die, it is a straight wall case and the die is too small for the 9mm. What press are you using? I too have loaded a couple thousand 9mm with the Lee dies w/o problems. My guess is the range pick ups are the...
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    04-25-2017, 10:14 PM
    Always a pleasure to help where I can. Larry Gibson
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    04-25-2017, 09:16 PM
    That's why your bullets are under size. Lyman moulds, newer ones the last 10 +yesrs, are cut for #2 alloy. Try adding 2% tin to your WW alloy and you should get close to nominal diameter. Or use the WWs to make #2 alloy which should give you...
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    04-25-2017, 07:14 PM
    What alloy are you using? Larry Gibson
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    04-24-2017, 01:52 PM
    I'm done here. Edward, thank you for the sincere comments. After 42 years in the military I probably should have learned something, eh. Having served in the infantry, armored cavalry and Special Forces which included a lot of training on...
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    04-24-2017, 12:24 PM
    Like TCFAN I found Bullseye to be and excellent powder with DEWCs in 357 cases just as it is in 38 SPL cases. I've also used 231 and 700X with equal results. I used 3.2 gr Bullseye in the 357 case. Larry Gibson
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    04-24-2017, 12:21 PM
    As mentioned there is no readily available case to easily form 7.62x54R. I have the assortment of cases Josh mentions but most of mine are Norma cases. I've some Norma cases that have been in use since '69 and have gone through many reloadings. I...
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    04-24-2017, 10:58 AM
    "Acceptance standards for M80 ball are exactly the same as they were for .30 M2 ball." That is an "acceptance standard" meaning that the 7.5" mean radii translates into right at 4 moa at 600 yards. That applies to M2 Ball as well as M80 Ball. ...
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    04-23-2017, 05:55 PM
    In a larger case such as the 30-06 each type and burning rate of powder will require a certain load density level and pressure level to ignite and burn efficiently. Also with the slow end of medium burning powders (that's where 4064 is) and slower...
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    04-23-2017, 05:43 PM
    It's all about sufficient and correct data input. Muzzle velocity must be correct. Screened velocity is not correct but can be close. Guestimated velocity is useless. BC of bullet must be correct. Height of sight center above bore...
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    04-23-2017, 02:37 PM
    I worked with a SOF weapons NCO on a mission who assisted with that debacle some years back. He said they had to link the M72 because it was the same as M1 Ball which would function the MGs we were giving the CONTRAs. They couldn't find any M2...
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    04-23-2017, 02:24 PM
    Start at 28 gr, use dacron filler and work up to 32 gr. Best accuracy in the 1800 - 1900 fps will come in that load range. Larry Gibson
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    04-23-2017, 12:33 PM
    An interesting note is my "limited test" (do we know of anyone who has conducted an "extensive" test of M1 Ball lately?) of FA 28 Ball ammunition was quite interesting. The specified velocity for M1 Ball is 2640 fps at the muzzle. The FA28 M1 Ball...
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    04-23-2017, 11:57 AM
    Not sure where MG gets his "facts" from. He can't even manage to get Dunlap's (Dunn?) name correct.........since MG doesn't apparently believe Dunlap to be correct perhaps he should carefully read Col Whelen and Col Hatcher......Col Whelen was in...
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    04-23-2017, 11:37 AM
    That is exactly what Scharfschuetze and I recommended to Char-Gar (the OP). We suggested at least to use the Winchester 147 gr FMJBT or, preferably, the Hornady 150 FMJBT (Both basically M80 bullets). Both those bullets are more accurate in M1903...
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    04-22-2017, 10:37 PM
    Since the thread has been revived, though without any additional information to speak of I should add that M2 AP was not on average (all things being equal) as accurate at ranges up to 600 yards as was the M2 Ball. The acceptable Mean Radius of M2...
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    04-22-2017, 02:44 PM
    I use 700X in rifle loads. 700X is a lot closer to Bullseye/Red Dot in burning rate than to Unique. I just bought an 8 pound keg of 700X. I use it mostly in pistol cartridges (32 H&R, 38 S&W, 38 SPL, 44 SPL, 45 ACP, 45 CBA, 45 Schofield and 45...
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    04-22-2017, 11:54 AM
    More reason why I recommend adding 2% tin to todays COWWs. Also to RL where the majority is from jacketed handgun bullets. If some hard cast is also in there the % of antimony will be greater and usually sufficient to balance with the tin. ...
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    04-22-2017, 11:47 AM
    I wouldn't waste time weighing the rest of that 1000? bullets. I'd throw them in the pot, remelt and recast taking it as a "lesson learned". The problem you are having is one that many who are just starting with a Lee 6 cavity mould have. You...
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    04-22-2017, 10:28 AM
    Absolutely no problem Josh, didn't figure you were ignoring me. I've been trying to track down confirmation via any official Tsarist, Soviet, other combloc or Finnish sources that the M91s were brought to zero with the bayonet fixed for probably...
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    04-21-2017, 02:07 PM
    That article and a conversation I had years ago with Mr. Jamison (about the M43 but also about his coyote hunting book) is why, when I could finally afford the luxury, I got my own Oehler M43 PBL. In the intervening years every time I developed a...
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    04-21-2017, 02:01 PM
    Actually Varget is considered a "medium" burning powder.....on the slow end of it though. Of the medium burning powders I would be more inclined to consider 4895 as the "Unique" of that burning range. Larry Gibson
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    04-21-2017, 01:50 PM
    OS OK *My question is what does it cost to get this higher level of education? *Will it work with a mac or iPod? I do not know if the M43 is back in production. Dr. Oehler has retired and turned the business over to John (don't know his last...
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    04-21-2017, 11:18 AM
    RL15 is a good powder but I have found it is not as consistent lot to lot as Varget or even 4064 (all are close to the same burn rate). Also it is more susceptible to variations in temperature as is 4064. Varget is an "Extreme" powder and performs...
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    04-21-2017, 11:11 AM
    IMR4198 would be a poor choice for sub sonic loads under a 200 gr bullet in the 35 Remington. It will not ignite and burn efficiently. Use Unique. Start at 5 gr and work up to 9 gr. Some where in there the bullet will start to crack. Where...
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    04-21-2017, 11:00 AM
    Josh "If you reference Russian military procedure manuals of the time, you'll notice reference to bayonets being always affixed. It's therefore logical that the rifles would be sighted in with the bayonets on." That may seem logical to us but...
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    04-20-2017, 10:10 PM
    With the 16" twist you will not hit 140,000 RPM until over 3,000 fps. That is a bit out of reach for the Whelen with 280 - 300 gr bullets, cast or jacketed. With your alloy "bullet skid" is a non issue. 2300 to 2400 fps with 280 - 300 gr cast is...
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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