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    Today, 05:17 PM
    There are calibers for old single shots that are either more available brass and does, or have a reputation for being easier to work up loads for. There are also calibers that or cases that are either extremely high priced or take a good amount of...
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    Today, 01:38 PM
    Too large or too small can cause leading. So before you buy molds or more bullets, I'd slug that bore and measure it with good micrometer first! The alloy being a little too soft or hard will not create leading as easily as the wrong sized bullet...
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    07-11-2018, 11:30 AM
    I've had good results with 2400 in the .32-20WCF. RCBS Cast Bullet manual lists 10.0 grs. of 2400 for 1537 fps, but I started down around 8.0 grs. because I am not a high speed fan. I like the 8.0 grs. of 2400 load with a 115 gr. bullet a lot.
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    07-10-2018, 04:43 PM
    Based on this info, I'd do as mentioned and simply use your sizing die to lightly compress the case necks after loading.
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    07-09-2018, 01:40 PM
    I don't crimp much since most of my loads are for single shots also. But I have found that certain calibers and guns I own shoot better with a crimp. So I never rule it out until I'm done finding the best load for a gun.
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    07-09-2018, 01:02 PM
    I've always used muzzleloader round balls to slug bores, and how big isn't all that important. I keep two boxes of them on the bench in .45 and .38 calibers. Once I use a ball and have measured it, I toss it back in the box to use again on a smaller...
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    07-06-2018, 11:08 AM
    Small world. Larry who is seen shooting the 990 yd. dinger at our long range shoot last year is a friend of mine! That's also a .40-65 that Larry is shooting, but a pistol grip stock. It's a Green Mountain barrel also, like mine. My friend Steve is...
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    07-05-2018, 06:44 PM
    Yes, it went to the East Coast. Then to the Dakotas. And finally to my friend in Indiana, before finding it's way home to me! Had a bit of a tough life until my friend bought it. It came to him with the stock broken and tangs bent! Also had the...
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    07-05-2018, 02:54 PM
    A number of years ago I wanted to build up a Rolling Block for long range shooting. I decided it would be a .40-65 Win. chamber, and began looking for an action. My friend the late Whitey Hanson had an original receiver, and after some swapping I...
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    07-05-2018, 11:33 AM
    A lot of what's been said here is true, but it's nothing new either. Some seem to think this corporate mentality is a new thing, but it's existed since factories existed! Winchester bought numerous companies and then simply closed them down. Had it...
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    07-04-2018, 02:04 PM
    I use .32 Win. Spl. when I don't have original .32-40 brass.
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    06-18-2018, 08:44 PM
    Since the base band is the one that seals the bore, I've reamed out the base band on several molds to make them seal in the bore better. Opening up just the base band will get you where you need to be, and often avoid chambering issues too. I have...
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    06-18-2018, 06:05 PM
    Yes MVA is offering complete finished receivers, plus all parts for a High Wall. I've purchased parts from them and both price and workmanship are great!
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    06-18-2018, 11:32 AM
    MVA sells all the High Wall parts you'd need new. So changing calibers isn't an issue and you could simply set your extractor aside with the original barrel if rebarreling.
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    06-17-2018, 03:58 PM
    I'd second the .40-65, but only if the existing bore isn't so bad that it would not clean up to be a .40-65 caliber. If it wont clean up then I'd consider going back to .38-55 caliber. A favorite of mine, and one of the great old calibers.
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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