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  • John Boy's Avatar
    Today, 01:03 PM
    Website - Reloading Black Powder Shot Shells ...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    Today, 03:20 AM
    I can't say I ever slugged any of my .38 S&W's, I just always sized to cylinder throat dimensions. I have shot .006" over bore in other guns with no ill effects, I personally don't get too wound up over it, especially with the soft alloys I usually...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    Today, 03:15 AM
    What type of tackle do you use to catch deer??????????? Is a mandatory deer check being established in the area? Not at this time. The DNR’s primary focus for response is...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:23 AM
    As the fellows noted, 146 grains was pretty standard for .38 S&W. Occasionally an original mold shows up, or you get lucky and find an old Lyman or Ideal that will cast that fat, but most will be a bit on the small side. I have a custom cut LEE...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    01-13-2019, 04:32 AM
    broken springs are pretty common on this type of gun, I've fiddled with old Iver Johnsons and H&Rs a bit, and they are similar. As far as the barrel cylinder gap, it was likely produced when black powder was the common propellant, and they left...
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    01-13-2019, 03:13 AM
    M-Tecs replied to a thread 45-70 in Our Town ...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 08:32 AM
    I believe that is the date of manufacture, but thats about all the help I can be.
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 08:27 AM
    Not that it may matter to you, but if you haven't slugged it, you might want to. I bought a NIB P-1, and it slugs at .358", the loosest of any 9mm I ever checked. Even jacketed ammo of typical 9mm bullet diameter shot poorly. .359" cast shoots...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    01-12-2019, 03:51 AM
    I REALLY with I was closer, I could always use another $20.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 05:04 PM
    These are very nice. Been using them for a long time.
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-11-2019, 02:02 AM
    Light strikes could be a sign of long headspace. Same for the primer appearance. The primer backs out with the case forward than get reseated under pressure.
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  • John Boy's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 07:13 PM
    Nope ... I have 61 die sets for every caliber I shoot and believe from every manufacture. They all generate perfect reloads including those in the red plastic boxes - Lee Precision and the blue box Dillons. The most expensive ones are CH4D for my...
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    01-10-2019, 06:49 PM
    It looks like a crutch for those that don't know how to cast ... :2_high5:
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    01-10-2019, 06:43 PM
    John Boy replied to a thread lube problem in Boolit Lube !
    With that concoction of ingredients might want to hand dip each bullet and trim excess with a drilled out over size case ... or throw your concoction in the garbage and use a mix that is 'proven'
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    01-10-2019, 03:19 PM
    HollandNut replied to a thread 458 Lott 730 grain in Cast Boolits
    yeah it was Ranger Rick , I got some really heavy 458 , 480 and 500 SW hard casts from him way back .. He had samples he would ship out for a few bucks .. I maybe wrong but IIRC , I checked later and he was out of business , I think he was getting...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 06:19 AM
    I load for a lot of different rifles in the same caliber bottleneck cases mostly for long range competition. I prefer the Redding or Forster micrometer and neck bushing dies. For 223 and 308 I run Dillon carbide sizing dies. For handgun it is...
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  • HollandNut's Avatar
    01-10-2019, 01:51 AM
    What you both feel good with , I use WW in my casting , and really don't use soft lead , I had about 50# of sheet lead that I melted down and traded a forum member for some boolits and other stuff he had that I wanted . I told him to send me what he...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 09:32 PM
    You can order some here for $13.00 per 100
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    01-09-2019, 02:38 PM
    I was thinking more along the lines of a chemical analysis using a mass spectrometer or whatever analysis equipment would be best for the task. Until the 1880's BP was the only viable option for BP and the manufacture of it would be at it's...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 01:57 AM
    We still have lots of loaded cartridges from the BP days. I know of at least three kegs of unopened rifle BP from the civil war. A friend of mine is into very old and expensive liquors. I have sampled 200 year old liquors. If we still have 200...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-09-2019, 01:09 AM
    We all agree the BP quality and fouling properties vary depending on manufactures processes. That is true today same as it was in the past. I have often read about the superior powders of the past. With the increased technology the very finest...
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    01-09-2019, 12:41 AM
    For LE write a ticket or citation they need to site what code you allegedly violated. Without that it's not a valid citation.
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  • John Boy's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 09:31 AM
    John Boy replied to a thread New porject! in Single Shot Guns
    Does the diopter sight and dies in the picture on the post come with the price listed?
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    01-08-2019, 06:07 AM
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    01-08-2019, 04:19 AM
    Products like Simichrome use 8 to 10 microns sized particles. That puts it at about 1,800 grit Most custom hand lapped barrels do not...
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  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 03:19 AM
    I find that I can shot quicker and more accurately one handed with the standard Blackhawk grip. Two handed I do better with the Bisley. With the double action grip style 44 Mag is about max for me before it becomes uncomfortable. The Bisley...
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  • dubber123's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 01:51 AM
    One of the 5.5" models would be a nice package. With a little tinkering, BFRs are a pretty nice revolver. Have they ditched the cheesy plastic/rubber grips, or are they still standard?
    23 replies | 648 view(s)
  • M-Tecs's Avatar
    01-08-2019, 01:03 AM
    Last I read Dug was not reaming them anymore. He purchased a Sunnen hone and hones them now. That is a better method than reaming.
    11 replies | 497 view(s)
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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