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    May 2017, Contest topic: castboolits

    May 2017
    Castboolits






    New contest format. New rules. See link for rules.
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...90#post2797390








    I am using the individual forum titles as the monthly topics (going from the top down).

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    I've played around with loading 38 spl WC ammo, on and off for years. It seems I always had one issue or another, whether it was with commercial cast or my own boolits, and lastly seating die/technique?

    I think I finally got it nailed down...these were some I tested last saturday. I was real happy with accuracy, as well as expansion and weight retention. Alloy was a soft range scrap (BHN 9), and of the 6 recover boolits, one lost 10gr and the others only lost 2gr or less. Load was 2.9gr of Bullseye.


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    The Pietta 1873 with cast bullet handloads. Bullets are the RCBS 38-150-KT in Lyman #2 alloy. Lubed with SPG lube.

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    As I near the end of my stock of 9mm powder coated I'll return to my larger stock of lubed. These are 122 grain powder coated and 124 grain lubed bullets. Both are sized to .356. The rounds contain Winchester 231 powder. Click on photo to make it larger.
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    Forty caliber fodder for the 400 Jeffery waiting for a lube job.
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    Iver Johnson Model 2, top break. Manufactured approximately 1905. Black Powder only 38 S&W. Note the trigger safety; years before Herr Glock was born. I was given a bag of parts many years ago, and the pic is the result of my work.

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    148g Alberts, 8gr Pyrodex P.
    140g cast/powder coated round nose, 8gr Pyrodex P.

    At 74, I'm having trouble figuring out how to post full size pics, sorry.

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    The Rossi 44 seems to like LBT's 280 grain WFN bullet with RandyRat's silver-gray powder coat. And since I don't use a photo hosting "service" you have to click on the pic to see full-size (as with jb44mag's picture above).
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    May 2017, Contest topic: castboolits

    All lined up like good little soldiers

    And after looking at I realize the cropping is bad. But what do you expect from a pic taken and edited on an iPhone :laugh:





    This one isn't for the contest. Forgot I had made, poorly, this photo a while back.

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    Question......pic says black powder load. What load of black powder/pyrodex are you using in the 38 special?

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    Picture from quite awhile back as I no longer use nickle plated brass Both the 300 & 340gr slugs shoot very well in an old model stainless Vaquero. Oddly enough they also shoot very well in a M92 Rossi rifle (24" Octagon) bbl with it's 30 something inch twist. Groups at 50 yards ran to 2.5" for five rounds. Possibly at 100 yards they might span 3', but who knows? With old Mk1 Mod1 eyeball detectors and the open sights that in itself might just be wasted effort. The Lee's were merely Tumble Lubed then sent up through a .454" die. The Lyman's were lube-sized .459" and then up through the Lee die.

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    OK, now we're cookin' with gas...I like this

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    John, here is the associated story behind those.
    http://castboolits.gunloads.com/show...nt-3-in-45-75)

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    A few of my favorites. The 06 with a 180gr my 6.5x55 with a 140gr and a 125gr, the 7.62x39 and the 7.65x53 with a 150gr
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    Shooting fun with the 28-2...


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    Just started casting some .357 hollow points from an old lee single cavity mold 150 gn

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    my 310 gr GC


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    Quote Originally Posted by OlDeuce View Post
    my 310 gr GC

    This was done yesterday
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    what gun are these for ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mblack View Post
    what gun are these for ?
    MBlack I use them in my 1894 44-56 WC it's a shortened .444 brass...Click image for larger version. 

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