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    02-14-2020, 06:40 PM
    I'll take #24 BT
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 11:14 PM
    They say this 6.5WSM is a potential barrel burner, which is why I had the barrel Nitride processed, with this treatment it is possible to extend the life of a barrel many times over. In the 100 rounds or so I put down the tube before Nitride I...
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    02-13-2020, 10:36 PM
    Continuing on with post above.... I'm still working to get back to my accuracy and find that perfect load again. I think I am close and have identified a couple potential problem areas I must keep an eye on. First I got to figure out how to...
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    02-13-2020, 10:07 PM
    Got a chance to do some shooting this week with the newly nitrided barrel. Here is what I learned or reaffirmed.... 1. Nitride (QPQ, Black Nitride, Melonite, etc.) processing reduces friction in the barrel which reduces pressure. With...
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    02-12-2020, 11:44 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread My Work Order List in BT Sniper
    Been out of office for about a week with family visiting and working on my 6.5WSM with the 178 grain bullets a little bit. Had a few days of sun and no wind so took advantage of it while I could. The 6.5WSM is being temperamental now that the barrel...
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    02-09-2020, 07:25 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread Bleeding holes in Swaging
    Check hole is open with smaller .062" pin at the top of the press stroke if you can.
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    02-09-2020, 07:23 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread Bleeding holes in Swaging
    Internal pin or external punch may be blocking hole. How hard is the lead? Pure or a mixed alloy? As long as bleed hole is not blocked the lead should flow. Using any lube? Bt
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    02-09-2020, 03:12 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 Magnum cases in Swaging
    6.5mm http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?175471-264-from-22mag-brass/page3 Swage on! Brian
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    02-07-2020, 06:36 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread Vld in Swaging
    Yep! Saw those.... look good and long :) Those are from Corbin's dies right? Let us know how they shoot for you. My 22 cal long range bullets from a die set I put together for customer. I plan on making a few more of these for myself without...
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    02-03-2020, 08:48 PM
    I suspect those who were caught short the last time bought a case of the powder they wanted to head off being out and sold out whatever was in stock. People seem to be buying several cans of powder with no real need so that they don't run out in...
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    02-03-2020, 01:40 AM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread Just Wondering in Swaging
    20 cal from 22lr. Check the link. http://castboolits.gunloads.com/showthread.php?247465-20-cal-from-22lr-brass Works very well! Brian
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    02-02-2020, 11:56 PM
    Yep, sounds a little over annealed, and don't forget most these federal cases are .7 grains heavier and make a slightly longer jacket so you may be compressing the tip of the jacket a bit causing the blemished look. It is only cosmetic and will...
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    02-01-2020, 02:37 PM
    The pictured bullet above made from 22 short was completely full to get to 40 grains, still has a good amount of baring surface. I am certain if one trimmed the case a little or even just used less lead in the jacket already, it would be no...
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    02-01-2020, 04:01 AM
    Been thinking about the 20-30 fps loss I experienced in post #30, I think it may have been a difference between full sized brass at the start and fire formed brass shot the second day???? I'll have to look into it a bit more...
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    02-01-2020, 02:42 AM
    Got the gun back together with the nitride finished barrel! Will be shooting again soon. BT
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-31-2020, 03:57 PM
    Not as much as I would like to, actually have dreams of shooting the 40-308 in benchrest for score :) Haven't shot it since I turned the barrel down a little and had it nitride processed. Good to hear from you B. Swage on BT
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-26-2020, 12:47 AM
    Rest of my pics would take a while to get but again we have been shooting both the 40 from 9mm and 44 from 40 S&W with excellent results. Try it, or don't..... but many of us shoot these bullets with results that we are quite happy with. ...
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    01-26-2020, 12:43 AM
    Recovered bullets
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    01-26-2020, 12:43 AM
    100 yrd group from 40-308
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    01-26-2020, 12:42 AM
    300 yrds, 225 grains from 40-308, 2"outside to outside measured group, that's close to 1.6" center to center!
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-26-2020, 12:40 AM
    50 yrds shooting at the dots on target with 225 grain bullets from 9mm shot from 40-308
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-26-2020, 12:37 AM
    10 rounds 40 yrds, hi point carbine, 185ish grain bullets made from 9mm brass!
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-26-2020, 12:34 AM
    "Haven't loaded or shot any as yet", Wait till you shoot some, be sure and load some commercial bullets to shoot on the same day, then get back to us :) You will be supprised! Yes there are those of us, many of us, here that have and are shooting...
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  • BT Sniper's Avatar
    01-25-2020, 02:30 PM
    Ofreen, Makes since the feds would work better, they are a bit thicker brass at the base. Swage on. BT
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    01-24-2020, 12:39 AM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 cal VLD heavies! in Swaging
    The way I have machined and designed these dies is for the boat tail to be formed in the core seat die. The boat tail shape is machined into the body of the die, this makes a better set up then attempting to machine internal removable parts, I've...
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    01-23-2020, 05:33 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 cal VLD heavies! in Swaging
    Sierra 6mm .810" jacket drawn down to 22 cal 80 and 90 grain 22 cal RBT bullet made from this jacket. The 90 grain was a bit too much lead core for this jacket so it didn't quite point up all the way. Still pretty good looking bullets. BT
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    01-23-2020, 05:15 PM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 cal VLD heavies! in Swaging
    That was a Hines tactical 6mm jacket drawn down. I just tried a few of the Sierra 6mm jackets that start at .810" and end up at 1.120" after draw to 22 cal, they worked perfect for 80-95 grain bullets. The 22 mag is long at 1.250" in length after...
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    01-23-2020, 12:27 AM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 cal VLD heavies! in Swaging
    Ideally I think the 22 mag jacket length needs to be trimmed a little shorter to allow the customer here to make his 85-95 grain bullets he desires but it is certainly impressive to see what can be done with a long jacket and a set of swage dies :)
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    01-23-2020, 12:24 AM
    BT Sniper replied to a thread 22 cal VLD heavies! in Swaging
    Customer wanted to make a heavy 22 cal bullet with Sierra Match King nose and RBT boat tail. Here is what I came up with for him I was just testing the dies, here is a 110 grain on the left and a 100 grain on the right. The 22mag case...
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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