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  • Green Frog's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:27 PM
    Those bullets have a lot of lead inside of the case. Pressures increase due to smaller air volume too, not just more powder. I'm very interested in how all of this works out, especially for my Blackhawk. I'm not sure how bold I'll be with my...
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    01-17-2020, 07:55 PM
    Check with Tandy Leather. They have (or had) a pattern book for modern and western style holsters. Of course they also sell materials to make them. I sure miss the days when I lived within walking distance of the old Tandy store in Richmond, VA. I...
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    01-17-2020, 07:35 PM
    OK, this is so far out of my wheelhouse I’m going to just sit on the sidelines and observe. I’d always thought my 125 grain rounds were heavy for caliber, but you guys have left me in the dust! Please be sure to include OAL with your specs as...
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    01-17-2020, 02:04 PM
    Sounds like Thor’s Hammer is a pretty close match for my NOE 314008 that drops at a very consistent 125 grains using COWW with just a % or two of tin. I’ve been working with Accurate #7 and a non-canister surplus powder that mimics Accurate #9. ...
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    01-17-2020, 10:01 AM
    I recently joined the Cowboy Fast Draw Association that requires a separate holster and belt (no Latigo-style rigs.) Im in Central Va, so a trip to one of these near-mythical leather shops in the Southwest is not practical. As a result, I have to...
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    01-17-2020, 09:38 AM
    To get back to the original purpose of this thread, I need to ask what constitutes a “heavy bullet?” Some folks seem to think of anything over 115 grains in any of the 32/327s as being heavy, while others seem to be reaching into the 130 grain +...
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    01-16-2020, 03:06 PM
    Yeah, the only 38-40 SA I know for sure that they made was the Buckeye combo in 38-40 and 10 mm. They're tough to find. Froggie
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    01-15-2020, 10:28 AM
    There are a lot of Smith carbines (both orig and repro) being shot by folks in the North-South Skirmish Association and they change hands often among competitors. You might want to troll around the N-SSA For Sale forum on their website if you don’t...
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    01-14-2020, 09:42 PM
    Outstanding post :awesome: I remember nearly 60 years ago when my father was doing mechanical drawing he had a pencil sharpener modified to expose the "lead" in a standard style wood and graphite pencil. He would then sharpen them to a chisel...
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    01-14-2020, 09:19 PM
    My bad. My fingers were moving faster than my brain.:coffeecom I knew we were talking about the 38-44, since they were such oddities we were discussing. You're right, 38-40 wouldn't stir up anywhere near the interest the 38-44 did, although I...
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    01-13-2020, 09:25 AM
    Unfortunately we got two threads, covering two similar but different tools, going just about simultaneously. The one with pictures showed a late, plum colored tool with only one hole, while the other thread had no picture of the earlier two-hole...
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    01-13-2020, 09:19 AM
    Buffalo Arms used to sell a very nice brass reservoir for the earlier, screw-in type. It was enough longer (taller) that it held about a pound of black powder... handy when loading those big boomers for BPCS. I’ve heard of people heating one of...
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    01-12-2020, 09:36 PM
    OK I admit it, there is no perfect round or caliber to do all things for all people. OTOH, the 327 Fed Mag makes a good stab at doing a whole lot of things for a whole lot of people. By the time you get up to hot loads with the heavier bullets,...
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    01-11-2020, 10:30 AM
    Now that this thread is resurrected I’ll chime in again and agree that this unit lacks the leverage and sheer beef of the later models, especially the current 4500, but with soft lube and bullets within a couple of thousandths of finished size, they...
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    01-11-2020, 10:11 AM
    The tool shown in the OP is a very late post-War steel example with plum coloring instead of nickel and only a single hole (indicating it used the “new” priming chamber.) IMHO, this would suggest it would have been intended for the later quasi-357...
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    01-11-2020, 10:01 AM
    Another vote for setting the mould on top of the pot. The pot is there and heating itself anyway, why add to the process when you have a built-in preheater right there. As my old shop teacher used to say, “KISS - keep it simple, stupid!” Froggie
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    01-11-2020, 09:52 AM
    Addendum to last: I just went and checked out that SAECO 322 design (the current one.) All I can say is just “WOW!” If I had owned that mould 25 years ago, I’m not sure how many of my recent buys would have tempted me! As I went through a few of...
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    01-11-2020, 09:30 AM
    Mark, thanks for that additional info. I tend to forget about SAECO as they are pretty rare around here. I’ll just have to get busy and look that one up. I passed last weekend on the opportunity to buy a B&M 4 cavity mould for a true BB wad...
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    01-10-2020, 08:01 PM
    OTOH a pair of brothers of the lumberjack variety living not too far from me were having an argument after consuming an excessive amount of adult beverage. One pulled out a 25 auto and shot the other.. who became so enraged at that insult he took...
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    01-10-2020, 07:44 PM
    44magLeo beat me to it... the only reference to a 38-44 in my accumulated 310 die code list is for a 38-44 rifle, a cartridge with which I have NO familiarity. Now that I think about it more, the 38-44 revolver load wouldn't require any difference...
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    01-10-2020, 07:35 PM
    According to my accumulated 310 die listing, there was a 310 die set for the 455 Mk II, labeled 154. I've never actually seen one, but I'm going to guess that might be what you have there. Perhaps someone more familiar than I with the various...
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    01-10-2020, 07:16 PM
    I think you mean 311008, don't you? That's the one I was referring to in my previous post. It was my main (only?) mould before I went to lighter and heavier ones for specific applications, but if I could only have one bullet for all my 32 loads,...
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    01-10-2020, 09:33 AM
    Nice find, Eddie! That has to be a rare marking, but of course functionally it means very little; you can load all of the 38/357 family of cartridges in the same handles by simply adjusting the dies or at most changing seating stems for different...
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    01-10-2020, 09:23 AM
    Are you willing to cast and coat your own, or are you only going to buy your bullets ready to shoot? The original Ideal 3118 design these other, later adaptations tend to be longer in the nose, thus give a longer COAL. As you have discovered,...
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    01-09-2020, 11:08 PM
    Before my previous post was censored I had identified your 313445 as being intended for 32 revolvers such as the 32 S&W Long. It is not quite a wadcutter in the normal style, but the stubby nose is not quite long enough to make it a normal...
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    01-09-2020, 11:45 AM
    My goal is to find a Ruger #3 that can be rebarreled and chambered to 327 Fed Mag in a Rook Rifle style configuration... the ultimate casual single shot. Then again, I like strange stuff. :bigsmyl2: Froggie
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    01-08-2020, 08:51 AM
    These heavy bullets are attractive on paper... but as some of you are finding out, heavier equals longer. For my custom K-frame 327, the NOE interpretation of the classic Ideal 3118 comes to within less than.01 of the front face of the cylinder. ...
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    01-03-2020, 10:44 PM
    Green Frog replied to a thread Greatfull in Cast Boolits
    I've made a similar comment on this forum before. With modern manufacturing techniques, moulds can be made in large numbers to very high quality that even 50-75 years ago would have required much hand work from one of a handful of highly skilled...
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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