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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 AM
    Buckshot replied to a thread Boring tooling in Special Projects
    ...........Where the milling machine shines is in making up your mould blocks. I simply use 6061 alloy aluminum bought from MSC in 6' sticks. Two pieces are set in the band saw and parted off in pairs with about 1/8" extra length. Then each pair...
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    Today, 02:56 AM
    Buckshot replied to a thread Boring tooling in Special Projects
    ..............I've always found that LATHEBORING is the easiest. Others must agree because if you read the adds they'll usually say, "Lathebored". The lathe is the machine on which it's most easily accomplished. I have to add here that the lathe is...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:00 PM
    beagle replied to a thread My 105 shell in Vintage Ammo
    Training rounds for the 40mm grenade launcher used on the AH-1G (Cobra) M28 Armament system and also the M-5 Grenade Launcher on the UH-1C/M series helicopter. Also used by the Marine Corps in the Mark 19 Grenade Launcher. The "hollow point" round...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:38 PM
    I do not (yet) load for 357 SIG, but I like how it duplicates the 125 grain 357 Magnum ballistics so closely. As felon repellent, the 357 Magnum flat-out WORKS. I have fired the cartridge in Glock and SIG-Sauer full-size pistols; subjective recoil...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-15-2019, 11:02 PM
    beagle replied to a thread .433 cast size vs .428 in Cast Boolits
    I've shot .433s in my SBH but as has been pointed out they were tight to chamber. No signs of pressure. I dropped back to .432 and that's done well for me./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-14-2019, 12:54 PM
    Check Castpics. Cast in the .351 Self Loading,/beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-14-2019, 12:51 PM
    Natches sold off a batch of the .45/70 line throwing cases some years back. I bought a couple of hundred. They'd been pulled. WCC head stamp. I had a Number 1 Ruger .45/70 at the time so I processed what I could (many were dented beyond salvage...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 10:28 PM
    beagle replied to a thread 38 RNFP Comparisons? in Cast Boolits
    The RCBS mould feeds and shoots extremely well in my M1894 Marlin. HP'd and with one of Pat Marlin's PB checks, it is very reliable accuracy wise./beagle
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 04:56 PM
    In revolvers and ESPECIALLY in rifles, the 180 grain bullets make the 357 Magnum into a real game-taker. Such a good, useful caliber.
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 12:24 PM
    beagle replied to a thread How much can they take? in Leverguns
    I have owned a Number 1 Ruger and then bought a M1895 Marlin years back. Now, the Marlin still resides and the Number 1 is gone because the Marlin would outshoot it. Both the .45/70 and .38/55 acquired their reputation as big game killers with BP...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 11:59 AM
    beagle replied to a thread SP Boolit in Cast Boolits
    High velocity penetrator. They also made it for the .357 Magnum./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 11:55 AM
    And, I'll throw another variable in the equation. Now, this is my own humble opinion. Bullet design also affects stability. Cases in point are the 148 grain wadcutter in the .38 Special. Loses velocity quickly past 50 yards. This is primarily...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 06:41 PM
    It is encouraging to see Colt trying to stay in the game. I really like the concept--6 shot, 3" barrel, 28-oz package in 357 Magnum. If good quality is there, I will buy one.
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    01-11-2019, 06:28 PM
    I have a steel swinger target advertised as being usable with 44 Magnum handgun rounds. It has been used within those guidelines for several years with the only damage being done to the paint job. Recently I ran some 22 Win Mag soft point and...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 12:44 PM
    The Lyman #383 looks pretty close as well./beagle
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 02:05 PM
    I have dabbled with Lyman #313631 in 32 Magnum and 327 Federal. The faster it is driven, the better it groups from my revolvers. From what Larry writes, I need to try this casting in my 32/20 levergun and in the 30 Carbine Blackhawk. Couldn't...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 04:55 PM
    In the S&W M&P and the Webley-Enfield DAO I have in 38/200, I use the 202 grain NEI #169A (sized .363") atop 3.0 grains of Unique or 3.3 grains of Herco. These print where the sights look at 25 yards from the S&W. In the Colt Police Positive x...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 01:18 PM
    I am another Mid-Caliber Revolver enthusiast. Currently in the safe are a Colt New Pocket x 6" in original nickel (32 "New Police", Colt-speak for "S&W Long"), a S&W Model 16-4 x 6" from 1989, and a Ruger SP-101 x 4.2" from a couple years ago. ...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 11:34 PM
    You come on down to my place. I have enough Osage Orange here to equip the whole nation with casting mallets. Cut your own and tailor to your desires. They will last forever./beagle
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 11:36 AM
    That is the ticket, right there. Or they graze on fresh grass sprouts in the dry washes is Spring, sometimes 200+ yards out. Offhand shots with 223s and 22-250s are the rule. Too much fun!
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 01:31 AM
    The clocked velocities for both calibers with 125 grain bullets are very close. SIG-Sauer's intent was to provide the same ballistics in an autopistol that the FBI's approved Federal #357B load churned up. The same day I fired the 357 SIG x 125...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-07-2019, 02:35 PM
    I have only fired one 357 SIG, that was a P-226. Impressive cartridge for sure, and 14 357 Magnum-equivalent loads on deck is a great idea.
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-06-2019, 11:38 PM
    Fellers, in my part of the country it's a sin to scrub a properly seasoned cast iron pan with any abrasive or even use soap. Soak and wash with a clean cloth and it will come out. Dry and slightly oil and store./beagle
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    01-06-2019, 11:32 PM
    beagle replied to a thread Fireworks in Our Town
    Things must have really changed over there since I was at Schoffield Barracks. I'd go to Wahiwa or Mililani and load up and come back and we'd have "circle parties" with everyone cooking burgers, hotdogs with loads of beer and bags of firecrackers....
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-06-2019, 07:23 PM
    Both that lady you married and the gun store you trade with are PRECIOUS TREASURES. I am similarly situated, and can appreciate how blessed I am and how such elements in your life add to its depth and quality. You will LOVE that 686. I have a...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-06-2019, 11:27 AM
    beagle replied to a thread 458 Lott 730 grain in Cast Boolits
    Amen to that. I shot some 562560s out of my Number 1 Ruger .458 WM at 2200+. One box was enough. Normally the guys at the range will shoot anything but I had very few takers on this load. Had to finish the box myself. It was accurate but more...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-05-2019, 01:48 PM
    My carry load in 40 S&W is the WWB 180 grain JHP. These clock ~925 FPS from the Glock 23 and ~965 FPS from the CZ-75B. Using the Lee 40-175-TC (conventional lube groove) atop 4.7 grains of WW-231 in W-W cases with either CCI-500 or WSP primers...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-04-2019, 10:39 PM
    Any good machinist with a CNC mill can do that in about 10 minutes. Square mould, dial in outer edges and make .001" cuts until you get what you want. Basically the way we remove GC shanks./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-03-2019, 02:31 PM
    Still using some Unique in the old paper/metal cans. Ran a few test loads of new Unique and the old stuff over the chrony. No significant difference other than normal variance in velocities. Use it. Save the cans, they're sought after./beagle
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    01-03-2019, 12:31 PM
    beagle replied to a thread WTT for Holsters in Swappin & Sellin
    Preferably with a strap./beagle
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 11:56 PM
    Out of production for sure. I'd go to the Shotgun World forum and post. Some of those guys may have some stashed. The discussion comes up now and then on their forums. He may be able to reload the primers. At one time CCI made what they...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 11:27 PM
    I have one of the old CA surplus guns and two Model 18s. I love 'em all. Carried a Model 15 in VN as a "go to" sidearm in VN and all through my Army career. We still had them in the Army when I retired in 1989 (I was in Aviation). Too bad Smith...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 11:18 PM
    When I put the first 6" 9mm Blackhawk through its paces, it was a finicky rascal as to seating depth. Last year I got the hankering for a 4 5/8" Blackhawk convertible. Hadn't had a chance to shoot 9mm in it until Thanksgiving this year when my son...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 10:56 PM
    You make me jealous. Had one back in the 60s that was ringed about 2" in front of the chamber but still shot good. Traded it off because of that. Now, the LGS has one on the rack that I've been lusting over for about a year now. I keep slapping...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 10:42 PM
    I've used the Lyman 35875 (207 grains) and the Lyman 358430 (around 200 grains) in a .357 Blackhawk as well as a Marlin M1894. You have to be careful with seating depth versus pressure in the Marlin because of feeding so I gave that up. They do...
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  • beagle's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 02:34 PM
    Found both holsters. Thanks for looking guys./beagle
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 01:18 PM
    The 9mm, 40 S&W and 10mm are not my idea of "Beginner calibers" for self-loading pistol/cast bullet exploration. The 45 ACP has a known & established track record as a VERY lead-friendly caliber and a large body of reloading data tuned to that...
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  • Buckshot's Avatar
    01-01-2019, 04:52 AM
    Buckshot replied to a thread Mauser 7,65 Arg. in Cast Boolits
    ...............I have a few Argentine Rifles AKA FAT 30's. Ideally they are about .311 - .313" or so. Those over that and you're wanting a .314" to .316" slug. There are a few moulds out there that can handle the groove diameter. If you can "Fill...
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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