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  • fredj338's Avatar
    11-11-2019, 07:29 PM
    You try LoneWolf?
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    11-11-2019, 07:27 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Best dies for 9mm in Cast Boolits
    I have an old set of RCBS, run them on my 650 with a MBR stepped funnel (M type). It works great & I am sure I would be served well with Dillon, Hornady or even Lee.
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    11-08-2019, 07:17 PM
    3 or 5gal metal ones are the best.
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    11-08-2019, 07:16 PM
    I like Smokes powders, others work too though. My buddy gave me 1# of powder by the # & it works quite well.
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    11-08-2019, 07:12 PM
    You can get a lot more vel with AA#9 vs AA#5 in the 10mm & at lower pressures. I love AA#9 with 200gr bullets. With 180gr, AA#7 & BLueDot seem a better fit as does Longshot. You can reach 180gr/1300fps loads safely in a stock G20. Just me maybe...
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    11-05-2019, 03:07 PM
    Yeah like you I haven't seen an issue just taking bullets out of the cardboard box I store them in, coat & bake. No I don't wear gloves or do anything special to the bullets.
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    11-05-2019, 03:05 PM
    ^^THIS^^ You can tumble with HF red but in most instances it is a PITA. The 1/2# I have left gets mixed in with Smokes other colors just to use it up.
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    11-05-2019, 02:58 PM
    My 270gr LHP (cup point) are cast of 20-1 lead/tin. They do show good expansion running them about 1250fps. IF running a solid, I would expect only deformation but no real expansion unless they hit bone.
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    11-04-2019, 04:06 PM
    I PC range scrap. I water drop out of the oven after 13-15m. Measured a week later, I get a tiny bhn bump, maybe 3bhn. It's all near the surface though, but they shoot great so??
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    11-01-2019, 03:19 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Cracked brass in Cast Boolits
    I get 8-10 reloads in most 223 cases before neck splits start to show. As noted, only annealing prevents this.
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    10-30-2019, 03:24 PM
    At 800fps you could run pure lead properly sized & lubed. It may cast better with 1% TIN. Accuracy testing for me with service pistol is 20-25y. For hunting rigs, 50-100y.
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    10-30-2019, 03:19 PM
    It isn't your BHN but your alloy. I believe that Lee calibrates its molds with Lyman #2, so you are running more tin than needed. None of the dozens of molds I have drop the weight indicated. That is likely because I don't shoot Lyman #2.
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    10-30-2019, 03:16 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Another 9MM Question in Cast Boolits
    I used to run 0.357" in all my 9mm but a couple have tight chambers so I went back to 0.356", still no issues with accuracy. Get both sizing dies & try them out.
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    10-29-2019, 02:25 PM
    Since 95% of my shooting is pistol, I don't sweat alloy that much. I blend in the pot, gives me more options. I have diff bullet molds for diff alloy & just add what I feel I need in the pot. Only time I am more precise is making LHP, 20-1 lead/tin...
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    10-29-2019, 02:22 PM
    PC loads exactly like lubed lead. So not having data, go with starting jacketed for the weight you have & work it up. FWIW, not a huge fan of CLays unless they are pure low vel target loads. Clays gets weird when you start pushing the top end...
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    10-29-2019, 02:17 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread bullet drop material in Cast Boolits
    I use an old terry towel. I only drop the bullets about 3-4" so even a single layer is enough cushion. Haven't burned the towel in like 15y worth of casting?
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    10-29-2019, 02:14 PM
    100%, best thing I ever did for my Lee 4-20.
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    10-29-2019, 02:13 PM
    Certainly more than one. I have one Lee that has been thru 8-9 cycles & still gives me fits.
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    10-16-2019, 05:34 PM
    That is a good wife there! My wife took a stained glass class a few years ago. She came home with about 10# of came scrap, little bits that are trimmed off during the process. While not much, I did send her back to score what ever the instructor was...
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    10-16-2019, 05:26 PM
    fredj338 replied to a thread Cast 9MM keyholing in Cast Boolits
    I have heard far oo many stories of the TL designs not being very accurate in certain calibers. I would go with a conventional lube groove bullet. If you like Lee molds, their 120gr TC is very good. If you want a Rn, the 125gr should work too. For...
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    10-14-2019, 02:34 PM
    I don't think you can really nail down when pressures get out of control or leading happens. Variable like type of rifling, bore smoothness, peak pressure & alloy will play into it. I have found no issues going 0.002" over bore dia with magnum...
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    10-14-2019, 02:31 PM
    I have never had PC flake or scratch off. I always smash test & the coating is solid. I bake @ 400 for 15m, water quench out of the oven, regardless of whos powder I use.
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    10-14-2019, 02:27 PM
    I get a little star on the muzzle of my Springfield 1911/9. No build up in the barrel anywhere though. I use a few diff powders from Smoke.
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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