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  • Hickok's Avatar
    Today, 08:49 AM
    If it shot good I would. I make my "hunting boolets" with a soft nose of lead, and then a harder alloy for the rest of the slug. I buy pellets for pellet rifles, drop about 4 in the hot mold to make the soft nose. Two piece boolit. Do a...
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    Today, 08:39 AM
    Ravelode, which hand? Are you right handed or southpaw?
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:35 PM
    Fisher Since you're hunting with the rifle/cartridge in question and considering smokeless powder loads I would suggest the use of a GC'd bullet. You will get better accuracy at the higher end velocity you've mentioned. I've done a bit of long...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Keep in mind with "listed" +P loads that the SAAMI MAP for standard 38 SPL is 17,000 psi. The SAAMI MAP for 38 SPL +P is 20,000 psi. Neither MAP psi figure means that all standard 38 SPL loads produce 17,000 psi and all +P loads produce 20,000...
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    Yesterday, 07:00 PM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread TV show " Seal Team" in Our Town
    My experience with the VA also has been positive. Anything and everything to show "drama" on military tv shows, particularly about any special operations units is pure Hollywood hallucination......especially in The Unit, SIX and SEAL...
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    Yesterday, 10:07 AM
    No clear is approx. 2 weeks away Aodmelter Knew this as we had exchanged PM's before his post . he was Ok with the wait
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    Amen to that. Did the same thing with a table saw when I was younger. Split my left index finger down to the first knuckle. Like you say, I learned about the importance of a push block. God's best to you as you heal and mend.
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:35 AM
    Texas thanks for that post, a lot of good information there about different triggers! The trigger on my National Match M1A is one that has given me a "what the heck" moment once. If when shooting off a bench rest or sand bags, and holding the...
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 10:58 PM
    I got one of the Mihec Lyman Moulds but haven't fired it up yet. If it's full bore I'll run a BW12 wad under it and PC them. I didn't look at it that close. If I powder coat those they should be up around .735 ish on both the front and back bands...
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    04-24-2019, 07:59 PM
    Hickok replied to a thread To wake up by ? in Our Chapel
    Precious children! Thanks Boaz!
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  • W.R.Buchanan's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 07:30 PM
    OK guys I'm back form Front Sight. Had a great time. Did a 2 Day Rifle Skill Builder Course with my BIL on Friday and Saturday and we both sucked. Definitely need more practice with that platform. Then we did a 2 day Tactical Shogun Class on...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 06:10 PM
    Fisher If you want to push that Postel bullet 1500 - 1600 fps with smokeless powder and stay within 29,000 psi I suggest Lyman #2 alloy, a 93/3/3 alloy or at the very least a 16-1 alloy. I also suggest you try a smokeless powder such as 4895 or...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 05:59 PM
    Some years back I saved up to get a set of Zeiss 10x40s.........they are marvelous indeed. With optics you get what you pay for. Once I discovered that I realized with all the money I spent on other "less expensive" bino's that didn't hold up and...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 05:46 PM
    That sure is a classic 38 SPL bullet! Your velocities are very similar to mine with Unique under 158 - 160 gr cast bullets. I've used 5.5 gr Unique under the 358477 and 358156 as my standard 38 SPL +P load to duplicate the Winchester and Federal...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 03:31 PM
    Argentino Since there's no leading in the bore it appears to me, as you surmise also, the leading is from gas cutting around the bullet in the cylinder throats. You might try using just plain Pb alloy or find some tin and mix a 40-1 alloy. The...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 12:33 PM
    What alloy? What lube?
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 12:17 PM
    "Properly loaded, this cartridge has more knockdown power than a .30-.30" Bwaaaahaaaaahaaaa............considering earlier in Sharpe's description of the 44-40 he states; "The 44/40 makes an excellent cartridge, properly loaded, for all game up...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 12:08 PM
    I don't make it a practice to "over load" any cartridge either. I do make it a practice to load some cartridges to their potential in the fire arm they are to be used in. That is common practice in reloading. It is done with many cartridges. ...
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 11:42 AM
    That's what I use also or Dillon spray lube. I have also used the OneShot lube and it works fine also. I tumble the lubed/sized cases in sawdust for 20 - 30 minutes to remove the lube then finish loading on a Dillon SDB.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 11:39 AM
    Speer also is using their swaged bullet which will throw in another variable not to mention seating depth variation which can easily cause that much variation. What bullet/alloy are you using?
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 11:34 AM
    Larry Gibson replied to a thread Spray case lubes in Cast Boolits
    I also use Dillon spray lube or make my own out of lanolin and alcohol. The Dillon goes a long ways and is not expensive. I use lanolin on a pad to lube the old way also.
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  • Larry Gibson's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 11:29 AM
    I've loaded a thousand of them in 38 SPL +P loads (5.5 gr Unique) which gave 980 fps out of a 4" M15 and 1010 fps out of my 5" M15. I TL'd them with a light coat of LLA and let thoroughly dry before loading. I seated and crimped with a medium...
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    04-24-2019, 08:03 AM
    Hickok replied to a thread 224 Valkyrie in Our Town
    My biggest complaint with any small caliber gun used for deer, is after making the shot, if the deer runs (as most do) then you have to track the animal. Small calibers do not usually blow out a nice big exit hole, and tracking can be difficult. ...
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 04:33 PM
    Remember the words of Christ Jesus, "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you." Prayers for your situation and the Lord's care and protection for you and your daughter.
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  • Hickok's Avatar
    04-23-2019, 10:34 AM
    Over a lifetime of shooting, I have tuned, stoned, polished, adjusted and replaced triggers on many of my rifles and handguns. Slowly over time I have come to some conclusions on the subject of triggers. FIRST, I am NOT speaking of gritty,...
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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