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    Yesterday, 05:53 PM
    98% of my rifle castings get the No. 1 Mk III eyeball exam throughout the process, and I am a kinda unforgiving of flaws I see on a bullet. I did scale some #225438 bullets for a 22 Hornet test series I ran in 2014, and shot some fairly impressive...
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    If by "Lyman 200 grain SWC" you mean #452460, then YES I have run it through a Glock 21 successfully. The slide cycle had a bit of a hiccup with it and with an H&G #68 clone (also a 200 grain SWC). These both were seated with .020" of the bullets'...
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    04-19-2018, 11:55 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread 32-20 bullits in Cast Boolits
    32/20 WCF throats can vary. 1906 Colt Bisley S/A--.314". 1920 Colt Army Special--.313. 1930(+/-) S&W M&P--.314". (Now-departed) 1930s Colt Police Positive Special--.312". 2004 Marlin 1894CCL--.313". I size my 32/20, 32 S&W Long, 32 H&R Magnum,...
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    04-19-2018, 06:10 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread 35-30 or 38-55? in Leverguns
    That 405 JES is an intriguing option, but I am very happy with my JES re-bore Win 94 in 38/55. It has become my truck rifle in bear country to supplement the sidearm(s).
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    04-19-2018, 12:37 AM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Instant hair removal in Our Town
    A long time ago as a young gasman I glanced into a kiln view hole and melted my moustache just from heat. I am glad your OK. Many of the small things we do daily can get us.
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    04-18-2018, 03:20 PM
    I have tried a couple 250 grain-class bullets with the carbine--the Lee plain-base and Lyman #375248, a gas-check flatnose. At the pressures of the load (22.0 x 4198), a gas check is superfluous, but the bullet still shot very well. The powder...
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    04-17-2018, 01:34 AM
    Try 22.0 grains of IMR 4198 for a smokeless duplicator of black powder performance--about 1300 FPS with the Lee 250 grainer in my rebored Win 94 carbine. Pardon my saying so......but a groove diameter of .372" sounds screwy for any 38/55. My...
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    04-16-2018, 10:45 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Spring? in Our Town
    SW Mt got plenty of wet snow today. There are going to be some unhappy campers downstream when this melts off. 2011 near Cooke City there was 75" of snow April 10th, this year there is over 120".
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    04-16-2018, 10:42 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Got bugs? in Our Town
    The wet side of the divide gets yellow jackets bad. We get mosquitos, ticks and wasps, with no see-ums on the high-line.
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    04-14-2018, 09:47 PM
    Internal ballistics (ignition to bullet at muzzle crown) is an exact science. External ballistics (bullet at muzzle crown to target surface) is an exact science. Factor in (or out) the variables, and the result is very predictable with high...
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    04-14-2018, 06:33 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread Still leading in Cast Boolits
    Fully in agreement with Tom Myers' posts in this thread. If accuracy is sound with castings and the leading problem is resolved by use of the full-length cases, the 11* forcing cone modification may be "Nice but not necessary". That re-cut forcing...
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    04-13-2018, 11:37 PM
    I use the Lee 200 grain with the spire-type point in 30-06, cast as a Bruce B Soft Point. "Donor slug" is the Lyman #257420 in pure lead.
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    04-13-2018, 08:48 PM
    9.3X62AL replied to a thread Forster Trimmer in Casting Equipment
    I have used Forster trimmers for close to 30 years now, and they have been accurate, tractable tools for the purposes I use them for--case trimming and neck reaming. The Forster system's "stop collet" is a superior design to the RCBS trimmer's...
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    04-13-2018, 08:30 PM
    OK, I'll take one for the team.......given the O/P's stated goals of target work and decreased recoil, why not try cast bullets? My example in 7.62 x 54R is a Romanian M-44 carbine, and it dotes upon the Lee #312-185 (sized @ .312") atop 16.0...
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    04-13-2018, 03:41 PM
    It appears so. Ah, well--Caliber Wars are fun on a slow day. I am not sure just how much can be "proven" via ballistic comparisons. All of the fomulae we use to calculate relative stopping power between calibers & loads uses one of the ballistic...
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    04-13-2018, 02:21 PM
    I shoot both the Lee 155 and the 311466 in a Handi rifle. Accuracy is good but not bench rest with a load of Imr 4895. I started at 26 gr and went up from there. I may have played with the 3118 and low velocity but moved on.
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    04-12-2018, 04:53 PM
    Both those look good but I have to try the pepperoni rolls first.
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    04-11-2018, 08:04 PM
    I would try to find a SSM in 32 H&R. A caster can beat the cost of 22 lr hands down with better ballistics.
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    04-11-2018, 07:54 PM
    MT Gianni replied to a thread Shoot out squib in Cast Boolits
    Invert a gas check and put it in the muzzle. Tape your near bore sized rod every 6" and tap it out with a 3lb or heavier hammer. It takes longer to write this than to do it.
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    04-10-2018, 11:05 AM
    The accurate bullets Outpost75 showed look great but I have not found anything to outshoot my old Ly454424. I have seen 3 different cherries used in the ones I have gone through and I am sure there are more variants out there.
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    04-10-2018, 10:46 AM
    I would shoot it only if I were buying the lot and my offer would be 20 cents on the dollar. Many or most will be fine but the chances of one not being so are not worth it. As casters powder is the most expensive component in most cases but it is...
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    04-10-2018, 10:37 AM
    PreacherJim, what is your definition of overbore? Bullets larger than lands or cartridges with a large capacity to bore ratio?
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    04-10-2018, 10:31 AM
    MT Gianni replied to a discussion Welcome! in group Rocky Mountain BC
    I am 25 miles SE of Butte, MT.
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    04-10-2018, 01:02 AM
    I have a Uberti Cattleman in 44/40 WCF x 4-3/4", made in late 2012. It is FLAWLESS, and shoots SAECO #446 right where the sights look at 25 yards with several powders that provide 875-900 FPS--Herco, Unique, and 2400. That last powder leaves a bit...
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    04-09-2018, 08:07 PM
    All of the Ruger Single-Six and Blackhawk convertible models are useful and versatile sporting handguns. I am nosing around for a 22 Win Mag revolver at present, and one of the shorter Single-Six barrel lengths will get the nod soon.
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    04-09-2018, 10:59 AM
    90% of my shooting in 45 Colt gets done using Lymans #454190 and #454424. I have a Lyman #454490 (Thompson-esque 255 grain SWC/GC) that gets a bit of use in "Ruger-pressure" loads. and since my RCBS 45-325 for the 45/70 won't cast large enough for...
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    04-07-2018, 09:09 PM
    I got a couple molds PM sent
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    04-07-2018, 08:00 PM
    I have run 45 ACP with 185 grain bullets to 1100 FPS, but I think 1000 FPS is a better top-end load and will extend the life of your mechanism. 200 grainers I'll run to 925-950 FPS, and 230s get run to 875 FPS to duplicate my carry loads (WWB 230...
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    04-07-2018, 07:16 PM
    This is my usual mode of operation. Fact is--I have done very little casting for the past 4 years, other than some specialty stuff using pure lead or 30/1 lead/tin. I need to do more shooting, to require more casting.
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    04-07-2018, 06:04 PM
    I have fired 3 different examples of the Ruger 1911-series pistols. All were superb in accuracy and function. These cannot come into California due to our state's Handgun Safety Certification poppycock, but friends in the United States own them...
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    04-07-2018, 02:58 PM
    If you like "The Roads Less Traveled" in this hobby venue, it can eat up some time and effort to feed your firearms.
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    04-07-2018, 02:54 AM
    10.0 grains of Unique in the Ruger Blackhawk gives a good approximation of the 1873 black-powder ballistics with either Lyman #454190 or #454424 (255 grain bullets). These clock at about 1000-1025 FPS from my Ruger's 7.5" barrel. My Henry Big Boy...
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  • 9.3X62AL's Avatar
    04-06-2018, 09:58 PM
    Best part of this whole thread--learning that I am not the only member with a holster box! :-)
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  • MT Gianni's Avatar
    04-06-2018, 08:37 PM
    Refinish it if it is your every day carry and you are concerned about wear and rusting. If it is a range gun or collection gun any money you spend will be lost and value decreased. In almost every case it is cheaper to buy an EDC.
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    04-06-2018, 01:16 AM
    I have a Walther PP (year stamp "64") that dotes upon Lymans #311252 and #313249. Sizing is at .311". "252" runs at 900-920 FPS using 2.6 grains of WW-231. With "249", 2.5 grains of Unique gives about 800-820 FPS. With my pistol's...
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    04-05-2018, 07:00 PM
    The 10mm is not for everyone. The "180 grain-class bullet at 1225-1250 FPS" is as much as I want in a full-size carry gun like my Glock 20SF, and is a bit over-the-top in my Glock 29SF sub-compact. In the compact pistol realm, I really like the...
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    04-05-2018, 12:41 AM
    Boolit Head called it correctly. The original 10mm Auto ballistics by Norma Projectilfabrik ran a 200 grain bullet at 1225-1250 FPS. These were the Colt-Breaker loads that did in the 1911/Delta Elite platforms over time. The Bren Ten and the S&W...
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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