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  • longbow's Avatar
    Today, 12:45 AM
    longbow replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    Larry: What is the boolit on the far right? Looks like a Lyman 457125 beside it so it must 550 to 600 grs.? A lot of lead regardless. Also, what are the boolits at #3 and 4 from the left? Looks like the 457124 but 3rd from the left has a gas...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    longbow replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    Right from the Lyman Cast Bullet (SP?) Handbook: Powder charge: 9.5 grs. Unique Boolit: 457124 366 grs. Now I'd call that a plinking load and if you want less recoil and more lead economy try a .457" round ball or collar button boolit (Lyman...
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  • Four Fingers of Death's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:49 PM
    Probably meant an M17
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  • Bad Ass Wallace's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:40 PM
    I also have a Springfiels 03 with a late model 4 groove barrel. I did extensive testing some years ago trying to achieve a 10 shot MOA group with cast bullets and after 100's of rounds, shot 2 groups such groups on the same day! My boolit is a Lyman...
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  • Calamity Jake's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:02 AM
    Very well done!!! But where's the red heads :-):-):-)
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  • NoZombies's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:44 AM
    I ended up with several thousand rounds of the chinese stuff a few years ago. It shot alright, but did require a lot of extra care in cleaning, and of course, the brass was worthless for reloading. At the price I paid, it was a fair deal, but I...
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  • waksupi's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:10 AM
    There is a reason we call it Bozone.
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  • beagle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:10 AM
    Those look like tears when the sprue was cut. Sometimes a void is right below it and visible. Leave a larger sprue and wait until it frosts before cutting and voids will be minimized at this point. ALL cast bullets have voids in them all over. ...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 11:52 PM
    I always used .348 Horady checks on my .351 stuff sized to .352". Worked all right on the Lyman series of moulds and I had no problems. The .351's a strange critter. I had a set of .35 Win SL dies that worked well for me but I normally loaded...
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  • Murphy's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 09:47 PM
    Murphy replied to a thread Truck gun in Our Town
    With tongue in cheek... It all depends on where I'm taking the truck that day. Murphy
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  • longbow's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 09:09 PM
    longbow replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    I'm with Larry once again. One of the joys of owning a gun with a strong action in .45-70 (or for that matter any calibre) is that you can download to plink cheaply, have low recoil practice rounds or whatever then load up when wanted or needed. ...
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  • Maven's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 06:29 PM
    Maven replied to a thread Just asking ? in Cast Boolits
    10bender, Harder alloys, e.g. linotype, drop slightly CB's of slightly greater diameter than pure Pb, but they'll also be lighter than pure Pb. Perhaps their use is one way of compensating for a mold which casts too small or even too heavy? OTOH,...
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  • cattleskinner's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 04:47 PM
    The loading gate is a non issue for me. The only gripe I have is the scope rail for the Big Boy rifles is too high. It would be nice if they were a bit thinner for a better cheek weld when using a scope.
    63 replies | 1376 view(s)
  • bruce drake's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 03:08 PM
    I ended up recutting the chamber of one of my 300BLK uppers (I have 2) into a 30 Apache (7.62x45) which is the 223Rem case opened up to 30 caliber. It limits the bullets to 150gr or smaller (I prefer to load it with 110 and 125gr spirepoints but I...
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  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 01:30 PM
    The original heeled bullet molds that I have are made with what I would call lube "ripples" on the body of the bullet like very shallow lube grooves. I've never used the heeled bullet designs with the lube groove inside the case. I've always used a...
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  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 01:12 PM
    Are you having those kinds of failure rates on multiple rifles, or on a single gun? I ask, because it sounds like a headspace or firing pin issue.
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  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 10:53 AM
    What was your heat treating process? What steel for the dies?
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  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 10:50 AM
    No offense taken. What ammo are you having such problems with? I'm sure we'd all like to be able to avoid it.
    21 replies | 364 view(s)
  • waksupi's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 10:35 AM
    Check your nipple.
    4 replies | 127 view(s)
  • cattleskinner's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 04:55 AM
    Bullets are sold also, thread closed.
    7 replies | 29 view(s)
  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-17-2017, 01:51 AM
    Get a Paco Kelley tool or similar. It makes even fairly cheap subsonic ammo more accurate and more deadly. It usually helps with making the velocity more consistent as well because of the increased 'pull' needed for the bullet to leave the case.
    21 replies | 364 view(s)
  • longbow's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 08:22 PM
    longbow replied to a thread New to this in Casting for Shotguns
    My opinion... 0.678" RB's are about the easiest to load for and are a standard mould size from Lyman and RCBS. They fit several standard shotcups very well and with a 16 or 20 ga. nitro card wad or two underneath generally shoot very well. ...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 08:13 PM
    longbow replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    Forgot to add that powder choice has a lot to do with the recoil. I made the mistake of doing a large amount of research before I had my Siamese Mauser conversion built and decided that: - heavy for caliber boolits were the way to go so Lyman...
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  • longbow's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 08:00 PM
    longbow replied to a thread 45- 70 +p? in Factory Rifles
    What Larry said! I have no hunting experience with my .45-70's but considering that, as has been repeatedly mentioned, the .45-70 with BP loads is responsible for the demise of many bison and other large critters and medium size critters I have...
    58 replies | 1190 view(s)
  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 04:04 PM
    NoZombies replied to a thread WTT Star dies in Swappin & Sellin
    It may come to that, I'm hoping that someone who has a .453 needs a .452 and we can both be happy, but if not, I'll resort to lapping it out...
    3 replies | 142 view(s)
  • NoZombies's Avatar
    10-16-2017, 04:01 PM
    The .32 long colt started life with the heeled bullet, and then was later loaded with the hollow based bullet of smaller diameter, usually around .301-.303. I forget when the transition was, but they were both called the .32 long colt. (either...
    27 replies | 671 view(s)
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The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
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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