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    Yesterday, 08:58 PM
    Muzzle slugging tells me if I have a cleaning rod worn, funnel shaped bore. Through slugging tells me of tight spots (cleaning issues, rifling issues, roll stamp/out of round issues). Breech slugging tells me about the critical fit in the...
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    Yesterday, 08:15 PM
    I've been getting rid of expander balls, or using minimal sized ones (that barely kiss the neck) for this reason - runout. For 30/30 I had a custom button size die made out of a regular die, that's essentially a Redding "S" Full Size die. I also...
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    10-13-2018, 03:58 PM
    The powder companies tend to list all possible combinations, even some not optimal. Besides longer carbine barrels, the only reason I might try a heavy BD load is to generate the gas to better utilize a muzzle compensator.
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    10-05-2018, 06:58 PM
    The design changed a little. The "quiet carry" forend added spring tension to the action bars, but they are interchangeable and use the same wood as the old ones. As a result, there are a lot of the more rattly older version out there available...
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    09-28-2018, 02:11 PM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread 9mm procrastinator in Cast Boolits
    Welcome to the board, Big Jake. Ideally loaded ammo will pass the plunk test, as you did, just drop in. However slight engaging force might be OK, depending on the handgun. You can load up some dummies and see if they fully chamber when you drop...
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    09-26-2018, 08:00 AM
    HangFireW8 replied to a thread Big Bore Regret..? in Leverguns
    So far good advice on lightening the load and making the rifle heavier. I would add, have you considered a peep sight? They take some getting used to but increase the sight radius, and many of us with older eyes like them.
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    09-20-2018, 12:43 PM
    I'm thinking 8mm Karabiner or Maximum, and 6.5mm Cruise Missile. We would need dimensions to be sure. Searching the site on those names should get you some load info.
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    09-20-2018, 12:09 PM
    To be clear, it lowers the Relative Humidity.
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About HangFireW8
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Shooting, Hunting, Reloading
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I give loading advice based on my actual results in factory rifles with standard chambers, twist rates and basic accurizing.
My goals for using cast boolits are lots of good, cheap, and reasonably accurate shooting, while avoiding overly tedious loading processes.
The BHN Deformation Formula, and why I don't use it.
How to find and fix sizing die eccentricity problems.
Do you trust your casting thermometer?
A few musings.


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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