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  • fredj338's Avatar
    05-15-2019, 01:52 PM
    Wetpack was often used before gel to test bullets by the bullet manuf. I still use it, but my supply of phone books is dwindling. It gives nearly identical expansion as gel or live game but about 75-80% of the penetration. My issue with water is it...
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    05-14-2019, 06:19 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Casting for .404J in Cast Boolits
    I have had some success driving PC cast to 2000fps, within the range of the 404J. For cheaper bullets to feed mine I decide to size down 300gr 44mag to 0.423 for practice loads though. I don't shoot mine that much but before my last trip to Africa...
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    05-14-2019, 12:52 PM
    I have sized jacketed 300gr/0.429 down to 0.423 for shooting in my 404 jeffery with good results. I use a 0.427" sizer then a 0.423". I get 2" groups at 100y which is plenty good for practice to 200. I think it is a bit of a crunch to go all the way...
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    05-14-2019, 12:50 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Glock 17, chapter 3 in Cast Boolits
    I just do not have this issue shooting cast in my Glock stock barrels. I can size to 0.357" & they load & shoot great without swaging the bullet down. I use an old set of RCBS dies with a MBF expander, M style. The picture looks like you are over...
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    05-14-2019, 12:46 PM
    Dueling tree plates are pretty small so any full power 9mm, 115gr & up will move those. Where heavy bullets come into play is big pieces of steel, like 20# & up. Then mass is king for creating momentum & dwell time of the bullet on steel.
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    05-10-2019, 02:55 PM
    Not so much a value as it is I know what I am buying. You can put anything into an ingot & tell me it is whatever you want. Yes sim to clip ww.
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    05-10-2019, 02:06 PM
    Even if you do not crimp, rifle brass should be trimmed to a uniform length that is short of max. If you have a minimum cut chamber, the brass can be forced into the lands & pressures go crazy.
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    05-07-2019, 02:51 PM
    Is that am after market bbl? In stock glock bbls I run 0.357" bullets, lubed, HT or PC coated, always good accuracy & never a keyhole. In after market bbls, the bore us often a bit tighter so I can get by with 0.356".
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  • fredj338's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 02:48 PM
    I have molds from just about everybody. I look first to Accurate for something new. Tom does not do a true round nose so other manuf like Lyman, RCBS or Saeco may be better if that is the design you want.
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  • fredj338's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 02:45 PM
    The one pin hole in the first pic looks out of round?? For what a 2cav Lee cost, just buy another if you like it? Or better still a 6cav?
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  • fredj338's Avatar
    05-07-2019, 01:26 PM
    I like & use both. PC will withstand higher pressures & give good accuracy. HT is bit easier to use, but you have to bake twice. I go back & forth, whatever I grab at the time for my practice ammo.
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    05-03-2019, 04:32 PM
    High levels is kind of relative but my highest levels were when shooting indoors. I rarely do that anymore. I like to restrict indoor shooting to about 4x a year. You do not absorb lead thru your skin. You inhale dust or ingest it by touching your...
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    05-03-2019, 04:30 PM
    Proper size is the key. I used to get lino cheap so cast all mu CAS bullets from lino. No issues, just a waste of good alloy. Today I would look to trade some for pure or range scrap & blend it.
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    05-03-2019, 04:28 PM
    When I was buying lino for like 50c a pound in the late 80s, I wish I would have bought about 2 tons.
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    05-02-2019, 03:39 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread PC vs GC in Cast Boolits
    I really have no use for a gc on any pistol bullet. PC just makes that easier. I have had the gc removed from a couple molds for that reason.
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  • fredj338's Avatar
    05-01-2019, 02:37 PM
    I find no significant diff in lubed vs PC or HT coated. So I am fine doing load dev with either & then substituting. I have seen vel increase in some loads but within the range for diff testing conditions.
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  • labdwakin's Avatar
    04-25-2019, 04:24 PM
    I've used pieces of doweling, broken hammer handles, rawhide mallets... doesn't matter what, long as it doesn't damage your mould and doesn't cost a lot, lol.
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    04-24-2019, 02:46 PM
    Like dragon, I use a jig, but mine is made from used plastic ammo box trays. It takes about 15m to load 150 bullets into the tray w/ big tweezers to bake.
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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