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  • Harry O's Avatar
    02-16-2019, 01:17 AM
    Follow the directions you posted. You can go quite a bit above published loadings that way. I was doing some loading with a 45 Long Colt a few years ago using brand new Starline brass. I think the max. load published at the time was about...
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    02-12-2019, 11:00 AM
    I just ran across a magazine article on forming .43 Spanish cases. It runs from page 34 through 39 in the April 2001 issue of Accurate Rifle magazine. It looks like everything in it has already been covered here, though.
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    02-09-2019, 07:46 PM
    Harry O replied to a thread 458 Lott 730 grain in Cast Boolits
    Does anyone here know what a "hardness test" is used for? We design for strength (tension, compression, or shear, and yield or ultimate), we design for ductility, we design for buckling, we design for stiffness (ask me about a football stadium that...
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    02-04-2019, 04:21 PM
    Well, you have me beat. However, I will still keep trying.
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    01-31-2019, 09:07 AM
    I have some of all three. All are good for some things and not so good for others. The aluminum are much easier to cast with during long sessions because of the light weight. Small aluminum moulds (like Lee) with large bullets overheat easily. ...
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    01-31-2019, 08:47 AM
    That reminds me. I also have this stashed away. It is 50/50 solder. I am saving this for last for the same reason you guys are. Use the junk first and keep the clearly marked stuff for last. These cost me $1.00 per 1 lb. bar because the guy...
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    01-31-2019, 01:20 AM
    I have taught my wife to buy it cheap or not buy it at all. She has done well. I am figuring the tin cost doing it this way is $3 to $4 per pound. I randomly throw in partial rolls when melting it for casting into balls. Since there is often...
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    01-30-2019, 12:49 PM
    This is solder that my wife has bought for me at estate sales. They have all kinds of mixes from 40% tin to 95% tin. Every once in a while, I melt down a bunch and cast them in 0.690" balls. I figure out the amount of tin in each ball and use...
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    01-27-2019, 10:57 PM
    If you search long and hard enough, there are a few (like maybe three) places on the internet that make and sell some of the small parts that regularly break on the Lightening and Thunderer. As mentioned, they are fragile. There are several places...
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    01-26-2019, 06:09 PM
    I have never fired an 1877 Lightening with a .38 Special. I have fired an 1892 series Colt (made in 1902) with .38 Special Federal Target loads many times without any problems. Note that the target loads are not very powerful, the straight-through...
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    01-21-2019, 02:32 PM
    Don't worry. You can quit .32's any time you want. Just ask anyone here.
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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