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  • fredj338's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    I think adding black BB makes the coverage better. Swirl the plastic container with no bullets for a few seconds, then add bullets & shake.
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    Yesterday, 03:10 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread 1911 boolits in Cast Boolits
    I have tried a few diff 147gr bullets styles in my 1911 Springfield 9. It will feed most anything but I will put a RN on top as first round into the chamber for competition. The best bullet I have found is the Saeco #910. A RN with a small cutting...
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    08-12-2019, 01:18 PM
    Actually there are variables. HT needs to dry between application & baking. The mixture itself is subject to variables. I like both, find HT easier in some ways, like I don't need to stand them up for best finish. Yet you have to coat & bake twice...
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    08-12-2019, 01:14 PM
    That bullet should feed in any lever gun.
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    08-08-2019, 03:54 PM
    I have two pins for my 44 Dev mold. The std pin is deep & wide, bullet comes in about 250gr. The other is a shorter cup point. The bullet comes in @ 270gr. I cast both to 25-1, run @ 1250fps. Only taken two deer with the 270gr. Both broadside, both...
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    08-08-2019, 03:51 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Sizing for 45ACP in Cast Boolits
    I have like a dozen 45acp, not going to slug & load for all of them, so I size all my cast to 0.452". Over 40y of shooting, so far so good.
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    08-08-2019, 03:50 PM
    LEver guns are not fond of swc shapes. My 1866 feeds RN or RNFP or TC without any issues. Yes you always need a crimp. of some kind.
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    08-01-2019, 02:45 PM
    You are picking up too much trash. What I like about range scrap is I get a higher yield than any wheel weights, close to 80% usable alloy, depending on how much jacketed vs lead/plated. I don't process rocks or misc crud. Wash your ranges scrap &...
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    07-31-2019, 12:46 PM
    I have a Cabin Tree hardness tester. Posting a WAG is kinda stupid. A 3-4bhn is based on range scrap so that can vary. If you are using a diff alloy, then you will get a diff result.
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    07-31-2019, 12:43 PM
    Agree. All molds need some seasoning to cast good bullet. IMO, brass just takes longer. I have one Mihec, but honestly, don't use it much too heavy.
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    07-30-2019, 03:32 PM
    IMO, if you are baking on the 400deg range for 15-20m, it is undoing your water quenching out of the mold. So I air cool the bullets then water quench out of the oven after baking the coating. Filing off the nose, I get about 3-4bhn bump from the...
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    07-30-2019, 03:30 PM
    The bullet wont be harder but the PC can be harder than the alloy. So you get basically a thin jacket.
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    07-30-2019, 03:26 PM
    Stop using fillers. Powder, over powder wad, grease, ball, shoot. No reason to use filler in a cap & ball. Just make sure whatever powder charge you have, the ball is seated firmly on top.
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    07-25-2019, 02:37 PM
    Different guns different results. In my 4 5/8" RBHSS, the 300gr print higher than 250gr, enough so that I had to fill off a bit of the frame under the rear to get the sight far enough down to get POA/POI @ 25y. BTW the dwell time thing, uh no. Run...
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    07-25-2019, 02:34 PM
    Problem with this guesstimate is you assume the plastic tray is uniform?
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    07-25-2019, 02:32 PM
    In 10s of 1000s of reloaded 9mm I have never measured nor trimmed a case. As noted, the case really ends up head spacing on the extractor. Semi cases rarely if ever stretch, so load shoot repeat.
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    07-25-2019, 12:33 PM
    Unless the throats are 0.001" smaller than groove dia. My RBHSS had 0.4505" throats on the avg. It shot ok, leaded early. After opening them to 0.452", accuracy was about 50% better & now no leading.
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    07-25-2019, 12:32 PM
    In revolver its almost more important to get the cyl throats right. Does little good to go 0.001" over groove dia then have throats 0.001" smaller than groove dia.
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    07-25-2019, 12:28 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Alloy Help in Lead and Lead Alloys
    Try casting without first. In 9mm & up sizes, I do fine without adding any tin. I think too many people add tin & too much when they do. 1% would be a max unless you are dealing with something like 20-1 lead/tin for LHP. Been awhile since I was in...
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    07-24-2019, 03:24 PM
    Well not totally true with some molds. I just got a new 6cav Lee mold from a friend. Cleaned it, heated it on a hot plate, it took about 100 bullets, what 15-16 pours, to get good fill-out in all cavs. I Think most molds need some seasoning to get...
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    07-24-2019, 03:21 PM
    Once the mold is hot, glove handling of the sprue plate is pretty easy. Until that though, I have to use a stick to bang the sprue plate open. I cast in my garage so not really worried about any noise issues.
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    07-24-2019, 03:18 PM
    I agree, with BP pressures are not an issue. As long as you get good ignition, should be fine. When I was shooting 45-120 with BP, I liked mag primers for extra flame to ignite the large powder charge. In rifle cases, I always use rifle primers.
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    07-23-2019, 02:51 PM
    Yet there is that if you can do something every day you love, you really aren't working thought. I don't think I would want to do my hobby as a job but then I dont care much for my job anymore, so maybe?
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    07-22-2019, 03:17 PM
    I have found with new molds it can take 100 bullets to get them "seasoned". Plus pure lead is really hard to get good results with in smaller calibers imo.
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    07-19-2019, 03:00 PM
    Depends. If your handgun needs are higher pressure/vel, then you will want a harder bullet. For most service calibers, I get by with range scrap hardness about 10BHN. I do PC or HT coat nowdays.
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    07-19-2019, 02:58 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Handles in Cast Boolits
    IF we are talking Lee, like most of their stuff, QC is all over the place.
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    07-19-2019, 02:56 PM
    I don't. I never drain any of my casting pots unless forced to. That is how you introduce crud into the spout. IF changing alloys, I just reduce the pot to about 2# worth then start adding to blend the new alloy. I have two Lee pots, they never...
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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