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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 03:09 AM
    Enjoyed your post. That is not the first time I have heard "You should not shoot anyone you can get someone else to shoot for you."
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:18 PM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread Pet 223 Loads in Reloading Equipment
    Hornady 40 gr. Vmax or Nosler Ballistic Tip over 27.5 grains of H335. This is the closest to a magic load I have ever found. Shoots outstanding in everything.
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:58 AM
    An aluminum mold will last a looooong time IF you treat/maintain it properly. With that desired volume, a 2 cavity would take forever and a larger mold could get heavy. To maintain that volume you would need to cast an average of 110 boolits...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 08:20 PM
    You guys are right...I used win 296, not H110, which was in my Lyman 4th edition cast boolit load book. I thought that was a pretty stout load since i've read that the 296 and h110 powders are exactly the same ... but I've never mixed them or load...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 03:21 PM
    Lee's book gives a "factor" (VMD) for powder density based on how much 1 grain weighs cubic centimeters. The lower the figure the more dense the powder will be and thus will occupy less space with a given weight in a given cartridge. The VMD...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 10:58 AM
    1/60 twist would be slightly better....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 10:43 AM
    Foraging shot 45-70 load I use a fired R-P case but others work just as well. Deprime and reprime with standard LR (make doesn’t seem to matter) primer. Drop 10 gr of Unique over primer and then gently push a ˝ gr of Dacron down on top...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-23-2018, 09:16 AM
    I was out on a range session yesterday and had one stuck case out of about 50 plus rounds. It was after the first 12-15 shots. I was using a stout load of 23.8 grains of h110. I pushed my bolt back pretty hard to get the casing out. I noticed some...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 08:58 PM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread GCA Garand video in Military Rifles
    If I heard right, they paid close to 5 million dollars to get 86,000 Garands back here? That doesn't include the time they still have to put into them. I have to cringe at the price they will asking for these! Not like the good ol' days for sure....
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 03:47 PM
    1st try...caught the boolit in the fourth milk jug. It started out as 270 grains and ended up at only 124.3 grains. The widest part measured .780". It was shot out of my ruger 77/44 using 23.8g of W296. The jugs were set out about 20' or so from...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    05-22-2018, 12:35 PM
    I don't have any experience with 45 cal. round balls, but I have a 54 cal Lyman Deerstalker and it shoots .530 round balls quite well. It is a 1/48 twist. Hope this helps.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 03:22 PM
    Yes, 270 grains...I think everyone else figured it out. Thanks for your helpful answer to figure out my original question. Here is some proof of actual use of straight one hundred percent of ACCOWW. I'd like to make them a little softer for a...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 12:33 PM
    I tested my ac 50/50 mix with 2% pewter that I casted last Thursday. It has a BH of 10.4. My ac coww are 14.3 BH and my soft mix of 94/6 of floor flashing and pewter mix is around 7 BH. All are PC'd and GC'd. I'm thinking 10.4 should give me enough...
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 10:33 AM
    ShooterAZ replied to a thread Lead smear on block in Cast Boolits
    If it is a lead smear, I heat up the mold to temp and then scrape the spot with the sharp edge of a boolit base. Comes right off.
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  • ShooterAZ's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 10:32 AM
    I used a small carriage bolt to "flare" it just a little bit. Slight tap with a mallet and they fit better.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-21-2018, 08:33 AM
    Thanks for the brake down Dusty. I've read that older pewter can can have quite a bit of PB in the mix and is darker in color. I have some older pieces which are dark and oxide looking and newer silver colored examples...both marked pewter of...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 10:21 PM
    Thanks mike, now we are getting somewhere. I just want to make sure I don't go with too soft of an alloy.
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 10:04 PM
    How do I get copper in the mix? Thought it took a lot higher temps to melt?
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 09:59 PM
    Nope, going to use the devastor. Not looking for opinions just answers on how to get it to expand without shedding too much lead at higher velocities. Pewter has 93% percent or more tin in it if you were not aware. If it sheds some lead the...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 09:05 PM
    You have a point but it doesn't answer my question. I want an alloy that will expand to give the best kinetic energy transfer without coming apart. I don't want to make a hard boolit that doesn't expand and just poke holes. If so I will shoot it...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 08:52 PM
    In some of the readings I've done in here it seems that Tin(I'm using pewter) helps with keeping the hollow point pedals of the 44 mag devastators I'm casting from shearing off. I've tried pure lead with 6% pewter with a Bh around 6.5 at 1675fps and...
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 04:51 PM
    Grmps replied to a thread 44 mag pistol groups in Cast Boolits
    or shooter :kidding:[smilie=s: I would start by getting measurements off the gun-- forcing cone & bore, How much over the bore size is your boolit/forcing cone what alloy are you using (is it too soft for your velocity) what are lube/or...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 02:29 PM
    I glued a few in place today for testing. Found out they were too long to fit in my 77/44 magazine. I ground them flat so they are flush with the cavity so the hollow point is completely sealed and will now feed. Don't plan on testing them since...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 01:07 PM
    I ran some though this morning. I took a little more time trying to snap the GC's on before sizing instead of starting them with the GC overlapping one side of the boolit base. I had a few that still wouldn't snap on. I pushed them up into the...
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  • fivegunner's Avatar
    05-20-2018, 09:15 AM
    If you are going to buy brand new or if you could get one used I would get the Mec sizemaster in 410 . It will size the base of your shells . if you get hulls once fired sometimes the 600jr won`t size them tight enough to fit you gun easily ....
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 07:55 PM
    No doubt as a lot of cast bullets were used by military shooters. Earliest I read of Ideal's (the mould company name) #1 alloy was in Lt. Townsend Whelen's book Suggestions To Military Riflemen (1909) originally published in 1909.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 07:45 PM
    Back in my younger days in Oregon I ran security for a couple "establishments" numerous times when they had big name live music or "adult" entertainment. Worst was when they had the Chippendales or the Aussie knock off group......I could tell some...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 07:31 PM
    The 358W can give feeding problems in the SR Mauser actions (M93 - M95) as they do not have the correct case taper, same as the .308W. I had a heck of a time getting my Oviedo M93 to reliably feed .308Ws if 3 or more rounds were in the magazine. ...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 06:33 PM
    I started them crooked in the fault. Its been since last fall since I pc'd and forgot I boo booed some doing the same. I eliminated the issue by pushing the boolit up into the sizer with my finger and then raising the sizing arm up till...
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 06:11 PM
    I used Smokes powder. Once it turned shiny I baked it for 20 min at 450 in my toaster oven. Some of my GC's wouldn't snap on and I started them crooked when I sized. I'm guessing the boolit scraped on one side going in crooked? I remember having the...
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 05:01 PM
    Grmps replied to a thread Fn p90 in Coatings and Alternatives
    Any more ideas/suggestions?
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  • Tripplebeards's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 04:57 PM
    I had some issues with casting the other day. I had some lead finning on my boolits so I realize the thin lead fin scraped off along where the PC was. I know it's not the PC's fault and from crappy casting. I would assume it's nothing to worry...
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  • Grmps's Avatar
    05-19-2018, 03:06 PM
    Good job for the first go around. If you are using a bottom pour pot, skimming isn't that critical. A regular large "eating" spoon or soup spoon (the curved kind) works for skimming. I flux with pine sawdust and leave the dross (looks like grey...
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My first reloads were with cast bullets in the 30-30 when I was 14.
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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