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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:11 AM
    As has been mentioned, sometimes you’ve got to be more specific. I voted for 32 because for rifle, the 32-40 is hard to beat for everything from target to medium large game... they’ve been used for well over 110 years, and although brass may be...
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    08-13-2018, 08:54 AM
    An old Model 870 is like a ‘55 Chevy... they seem to run on forever, and there are so many of them out there they support a huge market for aftermarket parts. There may be better repeating shotguns out there but the humble 870 owns a big niche in...
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    08-13-2018, 07:50 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    Trapper9260, is your BH one of the old Buckeye Specials in 32 H&R or the later eight shot 327? When I had my B-E Spl, brass was so hard to come by I didn't shoot it much before foolishly selling it. My newer 327 has no problem handling ANY brass...
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    08-12-2018, 06:40 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    Sounds like you got a batch of those early Federal cases we heard so much bad press about! I'm also wondering whether perhaps your chambers might be on the open side of factory spec. Those two factors together could explain a lot about the results...
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    08-12-2018, 08:03 AM
    You’ve impressed me! While I have a lathe I inherited, i’m not enough of a machinist to make that kind of tooling and do the alteration... it’s probably a matter of self confidence, but that’s the way I am. BTW, how hard was the steel inside that...
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    08-12-2018, 07:50 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 fed. mag. in Cast Boolits
    TCFAN, Iím curious... how does your SP101 express its dislike for the H&R case? Does it show accuracy loss, hard extraction, irregular ignition, etc?? With my 327 Blackhawk and my custom K-frame in the caliber, while I donít shoot a huge number...
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    08-10-2018, 08:25 AM
    Barrabruce, you’re way beyond my pay grade with this project... if you were here in the US, I would encourage you to get and use the factory made die. Since shipping would be half way around the World, all bets are off! 8-) There is no reason...
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    08-09-2018, 04:10 PM
    HarryO, i expected Dale53 to stop by and chat with you about his pet loads for the 32 H&R... he has both the unaltered Model 16-4 and the Model 631 in that caliber and loads for them extensively. In fact, he frequently tells me that he feels the...
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    08-09-2018, 02:44 PM
    There you go... the K-Hornet was very popular in the days when 310 dies were at their zenith. (That's top of the curve, not a TV set! :D ) I'm curious though... are you saying that the neck is too small/tight on your die, or do you not get onto it...
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    08-09-2018, 08:44 AM
    OK, I reread post #17 and have a better understanding. If it were me, the reload would be full wadcutters with a medium load of 2400. Accuracy and controllability would be my concern over sheer power in the situation you describe. Froggie
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    08-09-2018, 08:38 AM
    I’m going fishing... what kind of bait do I need to get? Unless I’ve missed it (I’ve only had one cup of coffee :coffeecom) you still haven’t defined the kind of competition. As somebody already said, we need to have a fuller set of parameters to...
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    08-09-2018, 08:26 AM
    First, are you talking about using K-Hornet dies with a Hornet chamber or vice versa? The 310 is supposed to neck size only, so in theory at least the dies should work either way, but if you are experiencing difficulties with the shoulder, I’m not...
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    08-08-2018, 10:48 AM
    Some listings for die sets used to say they could be used with either type handle. I think you will probably run into difficulty when you try your dies in calibers such as 9 mm, 380, 32 S&W and other short cases. I'm going to say flatly, you won't...
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    08-07-2018, 09:40 AM
    If the factory installed barrel is currently working well with HB ammo, it would appear there is no problem with lug engagement on the outside of the barrel. How will polishing the case mouth affect this? While I agree that for perfect function,...
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    08-06-2018, 09:23 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 Federal Magnum in Cast Boolits
    There is a relatively small outfit called J&J that makes kind of a shadow line of products that are like the MTM, Midway and others, but less expensive when I find them at gun shows. Most are a clear translucent material that seems to be pretty...
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    08-04-2018, 02:35 PM
    This query has been posted on Casting and Reloading Hand Tools all week with only 3 responses. You might get more responses by posting this in Moulds... Maintenance and Design. The people that read that all the time are more likely to have a good...
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    08-04-2018, 08:16 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread NOE Molds in Casting Equipment
    My first NOE mould was a group buy copy of the old Ideal™ 3118. At 115 grains nominal the original was about perfect for 32-20, 32 H&R, and even 32 S&W Longs for larger frame guns (no break tops.) The NOE version is numbered 314008 and my example...
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    08-03-2018, 11:45 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 Federal mishap in Cast Boolits
    Sorry if I came across as the Grammar Nazi, Mr Slim Chance. Since the 327 is designed to encourage operation out on the hairy edge (with SAAMI pressures up to 40,000 PSI, IIRC) of what any mid-frame handgun could be asked to handle I am constantly...
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    08-02-2018, 09:09 AM
    Well, to go the other way, sometimes I get used to the grips if I really want to shoot a specific gun, other times I change the grips to make the whole thing more comfortable for me. If you shoot a military type 1911, you adjust to those grips, if...
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    08-02-2018, 08:55 AM
    Green Frog replied to a thread 327 Federal mishap in Cast Boolits
    So what was the mishap? A mishap is defined as "an unfortunate accident" and what you describe doesn't seem to fit that category at all. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you didn't have an explosion, or damage a gun (or yourself) as a result of...
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    07-31-2018, 10:46 AM
    BTW Tatume, I may be costing myself a sale, but if that Model 14 we were talking about sending back to S&W comes back as needing a barrel and/or cylinder, you might consider using it as the donor gun to build your own custom K-32. On some of these...
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    07-31-2018, 09:24 AM
    Now you know why I was willing to go a little above $1600 for my Model 16-3 homage! :brokenima Froggie
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    07-31-2018, 08:53 AM
    Fair enough, Dale. Meanwhile, I’ll bring along some of my favorite 327 loads and have you try them in the 616 (I’ll even put Goodyear’s on it if you insist.) as a true field and hunting round, the 327 beats most if not all of the other 32 rounds...
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    07-30-2018, 11:26 AM
    A couple of additional thoughts; I have an average to slightly larger than average hand. My K-frame "616" has a set of custom ebony smooth combats (square butt) and my J-frame 60-4 has nearly equivalent grips, only scaled down and for a round...
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    07-30-2018, 09:07 AM
    We have several branches of this going on now, both publicly here and in a couple of PMs and e-mails between some of us. In a perfect world, I would say that both the S&W K- and J-frame guns in stainless or old school blue would have a vocal...
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    07-30-2018, 07:36 AM
    ^^^^ This^^^^ I've had pistols and revolvers from 32 S&W (the short one) and 32 ACP up to the 32-20 and 327, and each had their own purposes and strengths. At the moment I have little to no use for the shortest rounds, but 32 S&W Long in a little...
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    07-29-2018, 08:05 AM
    In this day of CNC machining on multi-axis machines, i’m guessing that a big Douglas or other 1 1/8”+ round blank could be readily turned to the profile needed. Likewise, cylinders could be made again as were the ones from Hamilton Bowen in times...
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    07-28-2018, 02:48 PM
    I could see a run of special production guns, but there would be resistance among buyers unless you started with forged parts and an old style frame with no Hillary Hole. Whether you could persuade Smith to build them or whether the target audience...
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    07-28-2018, 07:12 AM
    Mr Beagle, As you may be aware, Smith made an exceedingly small number of 4” K-32s, essentially 32 cal Combat Masterpieces. These make up a rare variant of an uncommon model. When the Model 16-4 was released they made approximately the same...
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    07-27-2018, 08:07 AM
    Both MP and NOE offer moulds that drop bullets at 314” or even slightly larger. My newly built custom K-32 has .313” throats, so that is the limiting factor for my bullet sizing, but you will need plan gauges or some similar equipment to measure...
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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